HTS NAMES HARKNESS SCREENS EXCLUSIVE DISTRIBUTION PARTNER OF COMMERCIAL CINEMA SCREENING MARKET FOR QALIF FAMILY

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Highlands Technologies Solutions and Harkness Screens announce the signing of an agreement designating Harkness Screens as the exclusive global partner and commercial affiliation for the distribution of the Qalif Family on the commercial cinema screening market.

Developed by HTS, the Qalif range has been designed by experts and pioneers of digital cinema deployment. Created to optimize equipment utilization and to allow the theater to continuously supervise its quality policy, the Qalif products are suitable for each need.

This range includes the Qalif Ultimate, at the cutting edge of technology, it automatically controls and calibrates all of the image components and the entire audio spectrum to obtain a state-of-the-art broadcast quality. In line with this, Qalif Optimizer focuses mainly on the analysis of the light and the audio spectrum, but also the focus adjustment. The Qalif Optimizer Lite analyzes the luminance and takes the sound measure. The Qalif Aligner is used to automatically align double or triple 3D projection systems. And the latest member of the family, the Qalif Spectro, evaluates colorimetry and contrast. Each Qalif sends a detailed report after its utilization on the digital support selected by the exhibitor.

Highland Technology Solutions found in Harkness Screens a key partner to allow cinema exhibitors to improve, maintain and manage presentation quality in cinema. Commenting on the announcement, HTS CEO, Patrick Zucchetta said, “The Harkness team has been instrumental in the development of the Qalif products to date and their insight and knowledge have been invaluable in creating a robust set of tools that are changing the way cinemas look at presentation setup and quality. In Harkness we believe we have the perfect partner to help us meet our desire, to assist exhibitors in improving presentation quality.”

The Qalif Family also enriches Harkness’ Curolux range and extends it into unique offers. Exhibitors can choose between three quality levels depending on their priority. The advanced technologies of HTS and Harkness will allow cinema theaters to preserve a broadcast quality equal to the initial filming quality and maintain it for the entire lifetime of the screen.

Harkness CEO, Mark Ashcroft said : “We are delighted to have secured this exclusive global licence allowing us to further integrate Qalif technology into our Curolux screen monitoring platform. From our industry-leading screens, through to our people and the best in breed technologies, we’ve been committed to supporting cinema exhibitors in their drive to improve the cinematic experience for movie-goers and with the Qalif suite of tools, we are now able to provide a platform that can monitor and maintain presentation quality in a way that up until recently only a traditional projectionist could.”

Harkness has also confirmed that existing HTS partners CineActive Solutions and Labodigital will become non-exclusive principal resellers for the United States and Latin America respectively.

This agreement makes Harkness the representative and exclusive sales channel for managing integrator Qalif sales in the commercial cinema screens’ sector only. HTS plans a transition from supply management of our reseller partners to Harkness Screens. However, HTS retains the commercial activity on the other markets : post-production, private screens, events, photometry etc, as well as those it has not yet approached.