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Pivod’s technology lighting the world

PERTH-based Pivod Technologies is lighting up the museums of the globe with its highly creative brand of audio visual technology.

The company’s multi-million dollar export creations are on display at museums in Australia, the Middle East and Asia.

They are audio visual extravaganzas – veritable smorgasbords of futuristic technology that would sit comfortably in a high-budget Hollywood blockbuster.

At the exotic eastern setting of the $250 million King Abdul-Aziz Museum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Pivod’s $5 million creation consists of a technological marriage of laser, lighting, animatronics and smoke shows to recreate the ancient history of kings, princes, sultans and their country’s people.

Similar wizardy is on offer at Singapore’s Discovery Centre.

The brains, or techno-wizardy, behind this is Phillip Jenkins who founded this company more than a decade ago from his home office in Nedlands. Until September 1999 it was known as Audio Visual Consulting.

Now regarded as one of the world’s highest profile designers, Mr Jenkins dreams up an audio visual concept for clients and then makes the contractual arrangements with electronics engineers, computer engineers, architects, computer programmers and interior designers around the world to bring it together.

His success recipe has drawn on a healthy smattering of creative genius, judicious use of alliances with foreign partners and bucket loads of patience.

Recently he moved into offices on Stirling Highway, where he employs 18 people. A Melbourne office employs two people and Pivod is preparing to expand into London, New York and Geneva.

Mr Jenkins said his education in audio visual technology was based on 25 years’ experience rather than formal training and the “ups and downs” of business life had provided the “richness of experience” to make Pivod Technologies ripe for the world stage.

Some deep soul searching last year and consultation with his wife Carol and daughters Jessica and Julia, culminated in a three-year global expansion plan that involves taking on public investors this year.

His core product is video streaming and storage integrated to control and management systems. Its web interface can be applied to home entertainment systems, remote sites and buildings communication systems.

In June, Pivod signed a joint venture agreement with US-based Vianet to allow Internet users to enjoy high-quality video mail and video conferencing over high-speed dial up connections.

Under the deal Pivod will use its website to supply Vianet’s wavelet technologies – a powerful technique for streaming large video files.

Mr Jenkins predicts Pivod will achieve a $20 million annual turnover by Christmas as pending contracts are finalised.

“I don’t expect things to happen overnight, but we will be a $100 million company in the not too distant future. My time is now,” he said.

Pivod’s resume also includes corporate buildings in Australia and Asia, Federal Airports and Australian mining companies.

It was close to signing a $5.45 million contract for a technology centre in Saudi Arabia and is carving a stronger presence in the domestic market.

It has won a $1.5 million contract to install a video-on-demand multi-media system at Museum Victoria and is negotiating to supply systems for another four museums and technology centres across the country.

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