Barcelona, Spain – June 18, 2019: Harkness Screens, the world’s leading screen technology company, announced a major investment in its Digital Screen technology platform at CineEurope 2019.
Launched in 2013, the Harkness Digital Screen software family comprises a number of tools which are designed to help architects, exhibitors and installers create best-in-class moviegoing experiences through the correct specification and design of cinema screens. These tools range from the Digital Screen Modeller—a real-time 3D simulation tool for visualizing onscreen presentation quality through to the Digital Screen Verifier—a light measurement app for the iPhone.
The Digital Screen platform currently consists of the following tools:
Digital Screen Planner – For carrying out complex screen specification calculations
Digital Screen Calculator – For screen ad equipment selection and understanding operating costs
Digital Screen Modeller – Real-time 3D auditorium modelling for showcasing image performance
Digital Screen Archiver – For storing onscreen brightness measurements
Digital Screen Verifier – For measuring white light onscreen
“Since we launched the platform in 2013 with a vision to create better outcomes for our customers and in turn the moviegoer, the Harkness platform has become an integral part of the design and specification process for screens around the world with over 15,000 downloads across both iOS and Android,” stated Richard Mitchell, VP, global marketing and commercial development at Harkness Screens. “This new investment allows us to take advantage of infrastructures and technologies that were still in their infancy when we launched our platform, to add new functionality to our tools and to create improved experiences and better outcomes for our global users.”
At the heart of this new investment will be the development of a new user interface across all tools and the addition of a secure cloud-based central user and data management system for all utilities called “myHarkness.” This new system will allow
users to benefit from being able to use complete cinema auditorium data (from physical measurements through to brightness levels and equipment specifications) across multiple platforms and allow for collaboration between teams and project stakeholders as well as opening up a number of significant opportunities for Harkness customers to benefit from an enhanced experience.
“Our apps have allowed customers to optimize design, generate return on investment, specify and monitor light and sound levels, measure moiré and laser speckle, test for environmental damage, auto-generate maintenance scheduling and more,” said Mark Ashcroft, CEO, Harkness Screens. “Leaping forward, as part of this new myHarkness approach we are in very advanced stages of investigating how these tools and other digital assets within the Harkness portfolio can assist in upgrading the end-to-end quality of our screens including digital inspection, monitored transportation, and installation. Managed well, this will add to the relationship Harkness has been able to share with customers for decades to come.”
The new suite of Harkness utilities is due to launch in 2020 and the company is expected to run beta trials with existing users and key customers later this year.