Las Vegas Audio and Video Production Company Selected to Produce DARPA Grand Challenge

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DAV Productions, a Las Vegas-based audio, video and lighting production company, recently produced the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) “Grand Challenge,” a 132-mile unmanned vehicle race.

DAV Productions, a Las Vegas-based audio, video and lighting production company, recently produced the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) “Grand Challenge,” a 132-mile unmanned vehicle race.

DARPA’s mission for this project is to develop autonomous technologies that allow vehicles to navigate themselves through difficult terrain. Ultimately, the military plans for a large percentage of combat vehicles to function fully-autonomously in the field. In order to serve this end, DAV Productions provided complete event production services and broadcast media coverage for the Grand Challenge event.

In order to provide information to race officials and spectators, cameras were positioned along the course to transmit live images back to the control center at the finish line, where race officials, participants and the thousands of spectators could track the event in real time. DAV Productions added displays for live video content as well as real-time tracking information for the race. “This year we brought the action to the people,” said Amy Quigg, Director of Media Productions, “Because of the extensive coverage that we provided, people were engaged in the race from start to finish. Everyone’s eyes were glued to the monitors.”

“We were able to overcome some challenging logistical obstacles while covering the race,” said Ryan Legue, Director of Sales for DAV Productions. “Most Las Vegas events occur in a single venue—and primarily indoors. But the Grand Challenge took place in the desert where we had to prepare for wind, rain, dust and tent production environments. It took some careful planning and detailed execution, and from a production perspective, our team was able to make the race run flawlessly.”

DAV Productions also created pre-race videos of the contestants, provided a PA system, and integrated content into streaming video for a website that received millions of hits during the race.

In addition, the company produced a highlight video of the event that is currently being shown in the lobby of the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

DAV Productions is a Las Vegas-based production company, serving the video and media needs of agencies and corporate clients, as well as the staging, labor and coordination requirements of tradeshows, conventions and special events. With a recent $1 million investment in cutting-edge audio, lighting and video technology, DAV Productions provides one of the most complete production solutions in Las Vegas. DAV Productions can be reached at 702-795-8805 or visited online http://www.davproductions.com

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