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Daktronics
TypePublic
NasdaqDAKT
IndustryElectronics
Founded1968[1]
FounderAelred J. Kurtenbach
Duane Sander
HeadquartersBrookings, South Dakota, United States
Key people
Aelred J. Kurtenbach, Co-Founder and Chairman
Reece Kurtenbach, President, CEO
ProductsTiming and Display systems
RevenueIncreaseUS$610.53 million (2018)[2]
IncreaseUS$5.56 million (2018)[2]
Number of employees
2,500+
Websitedaktronics.com

Daktronics is an American company based in Brookings, South Dakota that designs, manufactures, sells, and services video displays, scoreboards, digital billboards, dynamic message signs, sound systems, and related products. Founded in 1968, by two South Dakota State University professors, Daktronics grew from a provider of electronic voting systems for state legislatures to one of the world's largest suppliers of electronic displays. The name is a portmanteau of "Dakota" and "electronics".[3]

History

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Daktronics was founded in 1968 by Aelred Kurtenbach and Duane Sander, professors of electrical engineering at South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota.[4] The company began with the design and manufacture of electronic voting systems for state legislatures.[5]

Products

A Daktronics Scoreboard, installed in a high school gymnasium. Used for basketball, volleyball and more (May 2018)
A Daktronics Scoreboard, installed in a high school gymnasium. Used for basketball, volleyball and more (May 2018)
Park Street Station, Boston, Red Line Outbound side platform with Daktronics electronic announcement sign (November 2012)
Park Street Station, Boston, Red Line Outbound side platform with Daktronics electronic announcement sign (November 2012)

Facilities

Daktronics is headquartered in Brookings, South Dakota, with other facilities in Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Redwood Falls, Minnesota; Shanghai, China; and Belgium, along with more than 50 regional offices around the world.[4][1]

Services

In 2000, Daktronics acquired Keyframe Inc., a video production and consulting company.[10] Today, Daktronics Creative Services designs digital content in HD video, 3D animation and motion graphics, specializing in media networks and large-scale LED displays.[30]

The company is also involved in sports marketing.[31]

Notable

Daktronics has been supplying scoreboards and video displays for the Olympic Games for several years. However, due to official sponsorships with other timing providers such as IBM, Omega SA and Swiss Timing, displays are Daktronics-manufactured but utilize timing and front-facing branding for the former companies.[4]

Daktronics has been an influence in National Basketball Association rule changes in the 2000s. The company manufactured the first backboard light strips to comply with buzzer beater instant replay rulings, and in 2004, developed a see-through shot clock to improve spectator visibility.[32]

See also

References

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  2. ^ a b "Daktronics, Inc. (DAKT) Valuation Measures & Financial Statistics". Finance.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2018-07-23.
  3. ^ Belson, Ken (July 19, 2014). "Daktronics Plays Outsize Role as Giant Scoreboards Proliferate". The New York Times. Retrieved January 21, 2020. Daktronics — an amalgam of the words Dakota and electronics — was listed on the Nasdaq stock market in 1994.
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  10. ^ a b "Daktronics to acquire Keyframe Inc. - Tampa Bay Business Journal". Bizjournals.com. 2000-01-31. Retrieved 2013-08-18.
  11. ^ "Times Square LED Video to Help Celebrate". Daktronics.com. Retrieved 2013-08-18.
  12. ^ "Daktronics To Install New Jacobs Field Led Video Display - SportsBusiness Daily | SportsBusiness Journal | SportsBusiness Daily Global". M.sportsbusinessdaily.com. Retrieved 2013-08-18.
  13. ^ PennWell Corporation (2005-03-23). "Daktronics to expand display system for Kuwait Stock Exchange". LEDs Magazine. Retrieved 2013-08-18.
  14. ^ "Rebranding of Vortek Division". Daktronics.com. Retrieved 2013-08-18.
  15. ^ PennWell Corporation (2007-10-04). "Daktronics installs world's largest HD display for Kansas City Royals". LEDs Magazine. Retrieved 2013-08-18.
  16. ^ "Daktronics Agrees to Purchase Belgium Display Manufacturer". Reuters. 2013-01-11. Archived from the original on 2013-06-20. Retrieved 2013-08-18.
  17. ^ Andrew Tarantola (2014-07-26). "The World's Largest HD LED Display Takes Over Jacksonville". Gizmodo. Retrieved 2014-07-26.
  18. ^ https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/915779/000091577916000171/dakt_2016043010-k.htm
  19. ^ "Scoreboards and Timing Systems :: Daktronics Products". Daktronics.com. Retrieved 2013-08-18.
  20. ^ "LED Signs and Message Displays". Daktronics. Retrieved 2013-08-18.
  21. ^ "LED Video Displays". Daktronics. Retrieved 2013-08-18.
  22. ^ "Digital Billboards :: Daktronics Products". Daktronics.com. Retrieved 2013-08-18.
  23. ^ "Digit & Price Display Products". Daktronics. Retrieved 2013-08-18.
  24. ^ "ITS Dynamic Message Signs". Daktronics. Retrieved 2013-08-18.
  25. ^ "Audio Systems :: Daktronics Products". Daktronics.com. Retrieved 2013-08-18.
  26. ^ "Automated Rigging and Hoists". Daktronics. Archived from the original on 2014-02-01. Retrieved 2013-08-18.
  27. ^ "Tote/Odds Boards". Daktronics. Retrieved 2013-08-18.
  28. ^ "Space Availability Displays :: Daktronics Products". Daktronics.com. Retrieved 2013-08-18.
  29. ^ "Software & Controllers". Daktronics. Retrieved 2013-08-18.
  30. ^ "Creative Services". Daktronics. Retrieved 2013-08-18.
  31. ^ "Daktronics Sports Marketing". Daktronics.com. Retrieved 2013-08-18.
  32. ^ "High-Tech Shot Clocks Improve Court Vision". NBA.com. 2005-11-18. Retrieved 2013-08-18.