Sixteen:Nine - ANC got its start about 20 years ago as a rotational signage company that primarily serviced the pro sports business, and through the years, ANC has grown into a big tech services provider that’s been putting in the visual systems for many arenas and stadiums. If you see a big center-hung set of LED boards over an NBA or Division 1 basketball court, or a giant replay board at a ballpark, there’s a decent chance ANC is behind it. More recently the company has found itself getting into digital out of home media, creating the same kinds of visual spectacle you might see in live sports, but instead in public areas or mass transportation hubs. A lot more than a conventional AV systems integrator, ANC is doing a ton of R&D and using product that will do things like light up the whole 360-degree view of an area with sync’d content. You might think, “Well that’s not all that new,” but ANC’s CTO Mark Stross explains why what he’s cooked up is different.
ANC's award-winning vSOFT control system is synchronizing the main center-hung video displays, LED displays, projection, and 21,000 PixMob wristbrands worn by fans to help create this immersive game opening for the Portland Trail Blazers Playoff run. Click the link to watch the vSOFT control system in action!
ANC's Chief Technology Officer Mark Stross was featured on NewTek's NDI Central Live at NAB Show 2018. Watch their exclusive interview with Mark and get the latest updates on LiveSync and ANC's technology offerings.
NEW YORK, NY, April 9, 2018 – ANC, a technology service company, has announced the public release of LiveSync, an operating system built to synchronize multiple digital media applications as one canvas. ANC has deployed and operated its proprietary LiveSync Platform in several high-profile digital media installations, including New York City’s Fulton Center and Moynihan Station, the Westfield World Trade Center, and several other commercial, transportation and retail settings. The LiveSync operating system, which is now available, creates immersive experiences by synchronizing LED, LCD, and other digital display technologies. The system enables one platform to combine pre-scheduled content, including dynamic triggering of content, social media feeds, and other streams based on real-time information.
ANC's Senior Vice President of Integration & Product Development Malik Khan spoke with AVNation's Tim Albright about his digital signage insights and new trends you could find at this year's DSE Conference.
Women of Digital Signage is a new organization with the goal to advance women in the digital signage industry. Whether someone is looking for a mentor, networking, or to explore new opportunities. Women of Digital Signage will be there to assist. For the month of April, the group selected ANC's SVP of Sales, Venues Services Collen Brace to be their featured member. The organization's Ann Holland spoke with Colleen about ANC, working in the Digital Signage space, and what drives her.
Digital Signage Expo (DSE) has announced the independently judged winners of its APEX Awards for 2018 at the 14th Annual APEX Awards Ceremony, Wednesday, March 28 at the Renaissance Hotel. MTA Arts & Design was honored with the Bronze APEX award for the "The Fluid", which was displayed at Fulton Center in New York City. ANC helped install the largest integrated digital signage network in a single transportation hub, which was used to display "The Fluid".
Forbes - The home of Texas Longhorns Football has been in use since 1924, and former athletic director Perrin, who was replaced by Del Conte in December 2017, acknowledged the fan experience issues came to light immediately after he was hired in 2015. Perrin quickly created a group to look into what could be done, knowing it wouldn't happen in time for the 2016 season. However, by 2017 the Longhorns had partnered with technology service provider ANC and opened the season with the 4th largest video display in college football and sound system upgrades throughout the entire stadium.
AVIXA - Customer experience is making a return trip to the forefront of transportation hub design. Prompted by increasing awareness around the human factors in infrastructure success, airports, train stations, and even bus terminals are evolving into spaces where passengers might actually enjoy their wait time. Partly driven by the need to promote more revenue from amenities and concessions as traditional profit centers such as parking are under threat from ridesharing and a future of self-driving cars, those in the business of transportation are finding it even more crucial to deliver an atmosphere conducive to happy travelers who want to arrive early and linger awhile before they depart.
ANC's Colleen Brace, Senior Vice President for Venue Services, was awarded the Harold VanderZwaag Distinguished Alumni award from the Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management at UMass Amherst. Since 1993, this prestigious award has been given to a graduate that exemplifies professional excellence, outstanding achievement in the sports industry and dedication to the McCormack Department of Sport Management.
The University of Texas (UT) selected ANC to install and operate a new video display system at Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium. The video display debuted in Fall 2017. Take a closer look at the install process from the initial design through game day in this project spotlight video.
ANC was awarded the Platinum Stellar Service Award for ‘Best Tech Support’ from Systems Contractor News (SCN). The winners are featured in their recent Training and Service Guide for Systems Contractor News Magazine. ANC received the award in recognition of their dedicated Operations Team, who works with venue partners to deliver flawless event management services.
Cleveland.com - The penthouse at Quicken Loans Arena is not your typical penthouse. Don't expect swanky digs, plush surroundings with Champagne flutes. But it's Steven LaClair's domain. His title is "Lead Field Representative, Cleveland," but he really is a director. He's a fan, but he doesn't scream. He's relaxed, but attentive. At a recent Cleveland Monsters game, LaClair keeps one eye on the game, his left hand on a computer keyboard and his right hand hovering over the home-goal-horn button.
Digital Signage Best Practice Guide - Compared to all the other LED screens of similar size, Notre Dame's new screen has as about four times the resolution of what the other college and professional football programs are using. it's 10mm LED. Revolutionary, in its way. And it points to a different era that we're all heading into - an era where outdoor LED is not "signage" on steroids but a new form of entertainment and a conduit to a new kind of digital experience.
Visual communications in stadiums and arenas bring together several varieties of digital signage – digital menu boards for concessions, traditional digital signage with integrated broadcast or stadium video feeds and advertising, information and wayfinding kiosks, and video analytics. These venues are a microcosm of the world of digital signage in a single location! ANC's Chief Technology Officer Mark Stross will participate in this session at DSE that will offer an in-depth profile of digital signage for sports and entertainment facilities.
For the fifth year, Systems Contractor News is turning to you to determine the winners of the SCN Stellar Service Awards. Over the next two weeks, readers are encouraged to take a minute to reflect on the companies that have made the difficult task of running your business a little bit easier, and thank them with a vote. Voting will be open from now until Wednesday, March 14. ANC has been nominated for Best Tech Support and we would appreciate your vote.
Join a panel of audiovisual experts as they discuss the hottest trends expected at DSE 2018. This one-hour course will cover the most stunning technologies, experiences, and movements we expect to see at the show. More importantly, we’ll discuss why these trends matter and how you can use them to better your business. ANC's Senior Vice President of Integration and Product Development Malik Khan will be participating.
ANC took over Hollywood this past weekend for NBA All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles, CA. ANC’s 6mm LED displays were utilized at the Staples Center and the Los Angeles Convention Center to display engaging game & sponsorship content. The Staples Center hosted All-Star Saturday and the All-Star Game while the Los Angeles Convention Center hosted the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game.
Forbes - Part of the venue's marketing strategy has to ensure that every event, from NHL and NBA games to concerts — delivers an unparalleled customer experience (CX). According to John Page, President of the Wells Fargo Complex in Philadelphia, the focus is on customer service that is achieved through multiple channels and a large talented team. For example, the Wells Fargo Center’s new LED boards throughout the arena have transformed its visual presentation capabilities. They partnered with industry-leader ANC to install 10,000 incremental square feet of LED technology. The arena now features a total of 19,800 square feet, which is more than any other NHL and NBA arena.
Systems Contractor News - Love is in the air today—after all, it is Valentine’s Day. Since I’m feeling mushy, I thought I’d share what I love about my job, which I’m sure you’ve heard me say a million times: it’s the people. Having the opportunity to work with this crazy, smart, funny, and interesting group of people on a daily basis puts a smile on my face. I know many others feel the same way I do, so I reached out to some influential #AVTweeps and asked them what they love about their jobs.
Hamden, Connecticut – Feb. 12, 2018 – Quinnipiac University expanded its partnership with technology service provider ANC with the installation of three new scoreboard systems for Quinnipiac Athletics. The new scoreboard systems were designed specifically for Quinnipiac’s field hockey, soccer, lacrosse and rugby teams and are fully operational for the 2018 season. The two new scoreboards for field hockey, soccer and lacrosse include a 16mm outdoor LED display measuring 260 x 460 pixels beside a traditional scoreboard display, while the scoreboard for rugby measures 13’ high by 16’ wide and incorporates Amber LED to display the digits, team names, and captions. Each will provide game information, with the LED screen being used to display game clips and team and sponsorship graphics.
From standard digital signage to spectacular displays. ANC's software is known throughout the industry for creating immersive experiences by synchronizing LED, LCD, and other venue technologies. The software is also know for its state of the art auditing system that relays exposure reports and action sequences to our partners. Auditing is vital when determining when and how many times content plays and the ability to troubleshoot issues in operations. Wanting to ensure our partners receive the best technology solutions in the industry, ANC has created a new advanced auditing system that will allow our partners access to more information than ever before.
On January 24th, ANC & CEO Jerry Cifarelli were honored as one of CEO Report’s 2018 Corporate Culture Award Winners at a ceremony at the NFL Experience in New York City. CEO Report's Corporate Culture Awards program honors companies that foster a creative, collaborative workplace culture to enhance performance and sustain a competitive advantage. Corporate Culture Award winners will have championed for a positive, productive culture in their organization, and will have worked with employees to develop successful cultural practices. ANC was recognized for their unique and supportive work environment, providing the tools and resources for all employees to succeed. Apart from their beautiful office space in Purchase, NY, ANC prides itself on organizing company get togethers to boost team building and award employees for their hard work and dedication.
Every season, Stadium Journey looks back on the top 100 stadium expereinces in the United States and Canada. They asked their 100 writers to give a list of their Top 10 stadiums in North America, and from those votes, compiled the best of 2017. This year, 15 ANC venue technology partners were highlighted, including 3 in the top 10. The venues included Fenway Park (Boston Red Sox), Dodgers Stadium (Los Angeles Dodgers), Notre Dame Stadium (University of Notre Dame), and the Wells Fargo Center (Philadelphia Flyers).
Sports Video Group - In a perfect world for in-venue content creators, all videoboards would be shaped in a nice and tidy 16×9 aspect ratio. In an industry where everyone is looking for a way to stand out from the crowd, however, it pays to think outside the box. This year, Villanova debuted a unique pairing of videoboards inside the longtime campus staple, Jake Nevin Field House.
Take a look back at some of the highlights of our work in 2017, which includes projects with University of Notre Dame, University of Texas, University of Utah, Arizona State University, University of Montana, and the Wells Fargo Center.
AVIXA - The Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia has continuously stretched the bounds of large-scale video display throughout its 15-year partnership with integration and content specialist ANC. Together they pioneered one of the earliest 360-degree wraparound LED ribbons in the bowl and went big with an upgraded center-hung display back in 2006, and then moved outdoors to add two massive outdoor displays and highway-facing billboards. Lit with content created and managed by a collaborative in-house and ANC team, the integrated display system sends a cohesive message inside and out with video, animations, sponsor content, promotions, and statistics.
ANC's Creative Services department worked closely with Middle Tennessee State's Men's Basketball program to create their introduction video for the 2017-2018 NCAA Basketball Season.
Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia is home to both the 76ers basketball team and Flyers hockey team, as well as the usual stream of arena-scale concerts and events (I’m looking at you Disney On Ice). So imagine trying to install almost 20,000 square feet of interior LED displays throughout the venue without being able to impact the experience of the tens of thousands of fans attending each event. In this podcast, Sixteen:Nine speaks with Chris Mascatello, Executive Vice President – Technology Solutions for ANC to discuss the large upgrade project at Wells Fargo Center that adds two impressive atrium display systems and new LED bowl fascia ribbons to the arena’s centre-hung display, two outdoor LED displays, highway facing billboards and digital menu-board technology, all controlled by the same system.
Villanova University today announced it has selected ANC to install a new video display and audio system within Finneran Pavilion, the new home of Wildcat men's & women's basketball. "Villanova University is proud of our elite men's and women's basketball programs and aim to create a world class environment for our athletes, students, and fans, said Mark Jackson, Director of Athletics, Villanova University. "The new Finneran Pavilion will be equipped with industry leading technology to create a best-in-class atmosphere." The new video display system is comprised of 1,700 sq. ft. of LED that is part of the larger renovation project to improve the former Pavilion, which will reopen in time for the start of the 2018-2019 season. The video display system includes a main video display measuring 17.64' high by 23.94' wide and a unique suspended ring display that offers fans 360 degrees of interactive content.
BucknellBison.com - An exciting arsenal of two new video displays intended to further enhance the fan and player experience at Sojka Pavilion will be unveiled for the start of the 2017-18 basketball season. Prior to last season’s basketball campaign, Bucknell and ANC teamed up to install the first high-definition video board in Sojka Pavilion on the northeast façade. The 12-feet-high by 20-feet-wide board supplanted the original matrix display that had been in place since the facility opened in 2003, and now the video offerings in Sojka Pavilion are set to be expanded even further this season.
The University of Utah has selected North Ridge Construction, Inc., ANC, and TSA Architects to install a new center-hung display for the Jon M. Huntsman Center. The display will be ready for the 2017-2018 basketball season. The 15,000 seat Jon M. Huntsman Center serves as the primary venue for the University of Utah Basketball teams and Gymnastics and is the largest arena in the Pac-12 Conference. The new technology will help to create an immersive engaging environment for all University of Utah students, fans, and alumni.
The University of Montana has selected ANC to design and install a new center-hung display at the 7,000 plus seat Dahlberg Arena, home to the Montana Grizzlies and Lady Griz basketball teams. The new center-hung will be the only one in the Big Sky Conference to have four 6mm LED video displays. The four main 6mm LED video displays measure 9.45’ high by 16.38’ wide and will include four 6mm LED video displays along the bottom of the display measuring 2.62’ high by 14.70’ wide. The displays will feature video, animations, sponsor content, promotions, and statistics to help engage fans, students, and alumni. ANC collaborated with the University on the design process, providing support beginning with the initial design, through the installation, and will manage and operate the new center-hung display.
Commercial Integrator - Two of the most historic teams in college football will play under video boards that will not only help them remain in the national championship hunt, but will also help them recruit the next wave of tech-savvy young gridiron stars to their campuses. For the University of Texas Longhorns, the new video board—which is fourth-largest in the NCAA—continues the tradition of being on the leading edge of technology as the school was one of the first to adopt LED several years ago, says Chris Mascatello, executive VP of technology sales and services at ANC. For the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, high-tech video boards are unchartered territory and a quest that didn’t come easily or quickly. With that said, the historic campus is now home to the largest 10 mm resoultion video board in all of college football.
SCN Think Tank presents a series of sessions in which moderators and panelists from different sides of the design, integration, manufacturing, and experience development process ask tough questions about technology and the future of the AV industry. ANC's Chris Mascatello will participate in a conversation about client demands that drive the day, including immersive experiences, collaboration and ideation, and the internet of everything.
AZ Central (USA Today) - The Arizona State football game day experience will improve exponentially starting Thursday with the debut of a 47-by-113 feet video board at the north end of Sun Devil Stadium. The board, installed by technology company ANC, is the eighth largest in college football, according to Josh Richard, ASU athletics manager of game presentation. It also includes a major improvement in the stadium sound system that Richard said Monday will be among the most appreciated features.
AV Technology Magazine - “AVoIP is in its infancy. It will take some time for it to mature and this could lead to a universality of solutions,” suggests Malik Khan, senior vice president, product design and integration for ANC. “Technology managers should work within the solutions that are available today, which are not interoperable, but plan their infrastructure for three to five years out. If the technology or solutions available change, upgrading the system is easier if the backbone is built to handle it.”
NCAA.com - Towering over the south end zone at Notre Dame Stadium, the Campus Crossroads project's most long-rumored addition measures 54.1 feet high and 95.5 feet wide. Its immense LED (light-emitting diode) display screen contains a total of 4,798,976 pixels, the most of any NCAA outdoor venue. "Compared to many boards of similar size, Notre Dame has as much as four times the resolution of what many college and professional football programs are using," said Chris Mascatello, the executive vice president of technology solutions for ANC Sports Enterprises, which manufactured the video board.
The University of Notre Dame has partnered with ANC to install the first major video display system into the iconic Notre Dame Stadium. “Tradition is the cornerstone Notre Dame football,” said Notre Dame Vice President and James E. Rohr Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick. “The seamless integration of the video display system into Notre Dame Stadium will emphasize our tradition by highlighting our legacy through rich visuals, information, and statistics.” The video display system is part of a nearly 800,000-square-foot construction project that has added new structures to the west, east, and south sides of Notre Dame Stadium, transforming it into a year-round venue. The video display system will be highlighted by the largest 10mm surface mount (SMD) display in college football, featuring the most physical pixels in an NCAA outdoor venue
ANC's Dave Compton has been chosen as one of Commercial Integrator's 2017 40 Influencers Under 40. The list helps celebrate the best young talent in the AV, IT and security integration world. Dave was responsible for the final commissioning of the LED system, inclusive of LED, control, and back-end systems to create comprehensive digital media networks at Westfield World Trade Center, Fulton Center and Moynihan Station, the leading transit centers in New York.
How do you transform a sports arena or stadium to meet the needs of the demanding sports fan or concertgoer? Can you make their experience fun, engaging, personal and seamless at the same time? Explore how large-format LED screens or LCD video walls work in concert with small point-of-sale displays, special lighting features, digital menus and even suite/lobby televisions to open up new entertainment-and-revenue-driving opportunities. Listen in to this lively and interactive webinar with Christie Rice from Intel and Mark Stross from ANC as they discuss the new technology advancements that are creating a more enriching, interactive consumer experience.
Westchester Magazine - Walking through Moynihan Train Hall, the new extension of Penn Station, commuters can look up and see not only what time their trains will be arriving but also wander through Coney Island, Chinatown, and Niagara Falls — virtually, of course. It’s a new kind of transit experience, and you might say that ANC in Purchase is, well, LED-ing the way. Known for providing signage, design, and marketing solutions in sports venues, the company gives clients a platform to display larger-than-life advertising and marketing on everything from billboards to jumbotrons to visual displays with Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting. ANC has more than 200 employees around the country, servicing local clients, like Iona Prep and Westchester Community College, in addition to big-name clients, like the LA Dodgers and Cleveland Cavaliers.
Austin American-Statesman - In a bid to improve the overall fan experience, UT officials on Thursday announced sweeping audio, visual and technological upgrades being made inside the stadium that will be ready for the 2017 season. Technology company ANC won the contract to install a new video system that contains 14,000 square feet of LED technology. The new video board measures 134.38 feet wide by 55.85 feet high, totaling 7,505 square feet. In a press release, ANC officials said the new board will be the fourth-largest in the NCAA.
Commercial Integrator - It seems like large venues, particularly sports stadiums, are always competing with one another. No sooner than one team issues a press release about how theirs is the world’s largest LED video board than another team is edging closer to one-upping them. EVP of Technology Solutions Chris Mascatello recently spoke with Commercial Integrator Magazine about how the large venue integration market is evolving and offered insight on how venues can keep up with current trends.
Westchester Business Journal - ANC may not be a household name, but its products are hard to miss, especially for sports fans. When the NBA championship finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors move to Cleveland for Game 3 next Wednesday, more than 20,000 people will sit under the massive LED screen the Purchase-based company, ANC Sports Enterprises LLC, designed and operates at Quicken Loans Arena. The 5,550-square-foot, four-sided scoreboard was nicknamed “Humongotron” by the team when it debuted in 2014. It’s the largest high definition scoreboard in the country.