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ETC has com- pleted its acqui- sition of Austin, TX-based stage lighting technol- ogies manufac- turer High End Systems from Barco Inc. “We welcome the High End team to the ETC family. ETC will provide a strong ETC CEO FRED FOSTER support structure for High End to continue to innovate and make great products for the industry,” says ETC CEO Fred Foster. ETC says it will protect users’ investment in High End products through strengthened service, support, and development. The ad- dition of High End enables ETC to broaden its strategic focus and pursue additional desired areas of technology growth, according to the company. ETC will operate High End as a separate company located in its c urrent Austin, TX facility. High End customers will continue to contact the Austin office for sales and service, and sales distribution channels worldwide remain the same for the foreseeable future. For more information, contact ETC: 608-831-4116, FAX 608-836- 1736, www.etcconnect.com. ETC Completes Acquisition of High End Systems from Barco JANET ECHELMAN GIVING A KEYNOTE AT LFI LFI Highlights IoT & Connectivity at 2017 Show Lightfair International (LFI) returned to Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Convention Center from May 7-11, 2017, for its 28 th staging of the world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference. Preceding and setting the stage for the trade show opening, the LFI Innovation Awards highlighted the industry’s most innovative products and designs introduced during the last 12 months. For 2017, the conference program featured 75 courses, including 12 forum sessions as part of the IoT & Smart Lighting Forum and Light & Health Forum. The former featured experts on controls, sen- sors, and connectivity addressing both the potential and challenges of IoT (Internet of Things) and whether smart lighting extends be- yond using connectivity for energy efficiency and maintenance. Sakchin Bessette, co-founder of Montreal-based Moment Factory, presented his “Another Light” keynote while other keynote speakers included theoretical physicist Dr. Michio Kaku and aerial sculpture artist Janet Echelman. Show organizers have also announced that LFI will move to Chicago, IL next year, running from May 6-10, 2018. For more information, go to www.lightfair.com. PROFESSIONAL LIGHTING & PRODUCTION • 13