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San Luis Obispo, CA—Nov 2, 2015

USL, Inc. Engineering Director, Harold Hallikainen and Dolby Laboratories Principle Architect, Sripal Mehta, Jointly Receive the SMPTE, Samuel L. Warner Memorial Medal Award

USL, Inc. is proud to announce our own Harold Hallikainen as one of two recipients of the Samuel L. Warner Memorial Medal Award. This award recognizes outstanding contributions in the design and development of new and improved methods and apparatus for motion picture sound, including any step in the process. 

The 2015 award will be presented to Sripal Mehta of Dolby Laboratories, Inc., and Harold Hallikainen in recognition of their collaborative work in the development of closed caption communication protocol standards for digital cinema. Their accomplishments include the development of an Ethernet-based synchronization protocol with associated resource presentation list, and a content essence format by which content owners can create and package up to six languages of interoperable closed captions in a single distribution. Their joint effort enabled the introduction of competitive closed caption systems in motion picture exhibition, providing improved means by which deaf and hearing-impaired individuals may universally enjoy the cinema experience.

Hallikainen served as a chair of the SMPTE committee writing the standard as it evolved. Mehta was the document editor and provided much of the structure and technical details of the standard. Hallikainen was the first to implement the client side of the standard and provided test hardware to all digital cinema manufacturers, facilitating testing their implementation of the server side of the standard. In addition, Hallikainen has further tested interoperability at every ISDCF (http://www.isdcf.com) Plug Fest and works with users to ensure continued interoperability. Hallikainen wrote the ISDCF documents "Language Codes," and "Closed Caption Authoring Best Practices" to further ensure interoperability of closed captioning from content creation through server playback to captioning equipment.

Hallikainen studied electronic engineering at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. From 1974 to 1995, he served as president of Hallikainen and Friends, a manufacturer of audio and telemetry equipment for the broadcast industry. From 1995 to 2007, he designed television and theatre lighting control equipment for Dove Systems. Since 2007, he has been an engineer at Ultra Stereo Labs specializing in analog and microcontroller hardware and software design. He also taught analog and digital circuitry, programming, and mathematics part time at Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo CA for 25 years. He is co-inventor of the Light and Sound sensor, a cinema quality control device. He has written over 100 articles and two books on broadcast regulation, National Association of Broadcasters Chief Operator Guide and National Association of Broadcasters Guide to Unattended Station Operation. Other published works cover circuit analysis and radio spectrum allocation. He has also written chapters in three editions of the National Association of Broadcasters Engineering Handbook. While at USL, he has been very active in several SMPTE standards committees, serving as chair of the committee that developed the Auxiliary Content Synchronization Protocol and secretary of the Cinema Sound Systems committee. He and his wife Louise live with their two Shih Tzus in San Luis Obispo, CA. 
 
[For further information and product specifications contact USL Inc., Director of Marketing and Sales, Clint Koch at clint@uslinc.com.]

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