Building on past success
Jan Daem’s work at LIPA has exemplified the required balance between simplifying the regulation of lasers as light sources for projection, while preserving the industry’s commitment to operator and end-user safety. Jan successfully led the European regulatory strategy and – together with his colleagues at LIPA and world-class laser safety experts – convinced the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) to evaluate laser-illuminated projectors as ‘lamps’. He did this by providing peer-reviewed scientific evidence that laser-illuminated projectors present no greater risk than lamp projectors of equivalent brightness.
The road ahead
As chairman, Jan will face one more challenge – to complete LIPA’s US regulatory strategy, bringing the US FDA/CDRH into alignment with the new IEC regulations he helped to develop. With this, LIPA’s primary regulatory mission will be complete. After that, LIPA will shift emphasis to its other missions: to accelerate the global adoption of laser-illuminated projectors in both cinema and non-cinema applications and to provide guidance and best practices to its members and users of laser-illuminated projectors around the world.
LIPA was founded in May, 2011 to speed the adoption of laser illuminated projectors into theaters, and other public spaces worldwide by providing the information needed to enact regulatory change and educate stakeholders. LIPs are enabling movie theater and conference room audiences to enjoy higher quality and dramatically brighter images, especially in 3D, while lowering operating costs and reducing power consumption.