Gary Kayye

Gary Kayye

Gary Kayye, founder of rAVe Publications, is one of the most prominent personalities in the audiovisual industry. He has been a contributor to WIRED magazine and a technical advisor and columnist for Sound & Communications magazine as well as an opinionated columnist for rAVe [Publications] since 2003. In addition to his writing and market analysis, Gary has been a product, marketing and business operations consultant to dozens of AV companies in the U.S. and overseas. Clients have included companies such as Sony, Sharp, Epson, Lutron, InFocus, Sanyo, Mitsubishi, NEC and Philips.   Gary, who has been involved with the audiovisual market for over 20 years, was the recipient of the InfoComm 2003 Educator of the Year Award and the 2007 NSCA Instructor of the Year Award. Over the years, he has donated much of his time as an active volunteer in the AV industry’s trade association and served as chairman of InfoComm’s Professional Education & Training Committee (PETC), chairman of the ICIA Design School Committee and chairman of InfoComm’s Installation School Committee. In addition, he has served on the InfoComm board of governors. He also helped grow the InfoComm Projection Shoot-Out as the premiere AV industry trade show special event serving on the committee from 1991 through 1997, and was instrumental in launching the Shoot-Out in the European market at the Photokina Expo in 1994 and 1996 as well as the Asian market at the 1995 and 1997 INFOCOMM Asia shows.   Prior to founding his own company, Gary was vice president of sales and marketing for AMX Corporation (www.amx.com), a manufacturer specializing in professional AV and residential AV control systems. Prior to AMX, Gary spent nine years at Extron Electronics (www.extron.com), rising to the position of vice president of sales and marketing. Gary earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1987 from the University of North Carolina and is currently Adjunct Faculty at UNC in the School of Journalism teaching a class on how future technologies will affect the future of advertising, PR and marketing.   He is also the founder of Swim for Smiles, a non-profit that raises money for the N.C. Children’s Hospital through swimming and other fitness-related events for kids. You can contact him at gary@ravepubs.com..

Key Digital Intros 4K/UHD 18G HDMI Distribution Solution

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Key Digital just launched the KD-DA2x4G and KD-DA2x8G 18 Gbps HDMI distribution amplifiers with two HDMI inputs to four or eight (respectively) HDBaseT outputs for distribution to four or eight screens up to 100 meters / 328 feet away at 1080p resolution or 70 meters / 250 feet at 4K. All four / eight monitors […]

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Oblong Targets Zoom Video with Debut of Rumpus Multi-Stream Collaboration Video System

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Oblong Industries just announced something called Rumpus, a new visual collaboration application for purely virtual teams. Oblong is marketing it saying that Rumpus makes web conferencing both content and context rich. It provides simultaneous access to shared screens from meeting participants, and delivers a new layer of communication with shared cursors, annotation and emojis for […]

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Extron and Logitech Collaborate for AV Control with One-Touch Collaboration

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Extron Electronics has announced that Extron AV control can now be part of Logitech SmartDock and forthcoming Logitech Tap collaboration spaces. Their work with Logitech through the Logitech Collaboration Program allowed them to extend automation and professional control integration capabilities to a workspace. The Logitech SmartDock and, soon Logitech Tap, can be equipped with Extron […]

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We Just Shot 1500+ Videos (and Posted 300+ New Product Articles and Recorded 55 Podcasts) at ISE 2019

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The 2019 ISE show last week in Amsterdam ended with over 80,000 AV and IT professionals walking the 15 show floor halls. And, we had nearly 20 reporters in Europe recording it all so our coverage will live forever — on our dedicated ISE 2019 microsite! We shot 1,500+ new product videos, took 1500+ photos on the […]

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Here Are the Best of ISE 2019 Awards – AV’s Only NOT-Pay-for-Play Awards

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You can’t enter a product in them. And, you can’t ask us to nominate you. And, you can’t get an award by advertising or sponsoring us or paying for it. There are NO award entry fees — if you want those kinds of awards, you need to head on over to AV Magazine, Commerical Integrator, […]

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The All-NEW E4 Experience was a GIANT Hit

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Over 600 People traveled through the doors of the all-new Almo ProAV E4 Experience (formerly E4 AV Tour). And, they didn’t just come for the 45+ exhibitors who all showed new products, they didn’t just come for my AV-over-IP Keynote, they didn’t just come for the SDVoE Alliance or DSF (Digital Signage Federation) Certification Courses, […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 829: The Samsung Digital Signage Options and Webinar

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THIS IS A SPONSORED POST Next week, Gary Kayye is delivering a webinar that’s sort-of a “state-of-the-digital-signage-market” that’s a must-attend. Digital Signage has been the fastest growing segment of the AV market for eight of the last 10 years and 2019 will see its biggest year, yet. Why? Well, you need to join Gary’s FREE webinar next […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 828: Meet Lisa Peveler – My first AV People to Feature a Manufacturer’s Rep

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Lisa Peveler “fell” into the AV market in a similar way to how many of us do, accidentally — and thanks to a friend.  And, she’s grown to love it and she’s worked at both big-time manufacturers like Acoustic Innovations and Stewart Filmscreen.  But, now she’s a regional manager at Mizzen Marketing in TOLA – don’t know what that is? Then, […]

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KT Corp Connects With Oracle for New 5G Business Services

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KT Corp has selected Oracle Communications for the 5G Policy Control Function (PCF) in the buildout of its 5G network and to enable new Network as a Service (NaaS) offerings for businesses. An early adopter of 5G, KT Corp is known for innovation and selected Oracle for its overall 5G readiness, product maturity and competitive […]

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Barco Extends Video Wall Portfolio with OverView LVD5521B

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Barco is introducing a new addition to its OverView LCD video-wall series. The OverView LVD5521B is a 55” 500-nit LCD solution that features a 1.8-mm seam, modular structure and the option of operating the (redundant) power supply remotely. It’s designed for control rooms, broadcast studios, corporate lobbies, experience centers, meeting rooms and signage applications. Other […]

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disguise’s vx 4 Media Server Ships

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disguise announced the launch of its new vx 4 server, which has been engineered to play back video at higher quality and resolution than ever before. The vx 4 is optimized for playing up to four times uncompressed 4K60 using its high-performance NVME RAID drive array, as well as the capability of playing lossless 10-bit […]

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IntelliVision Awarded Patent for Scalable Video Cloud Services

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IntelliVision Technologies today announced it has been granted a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office titled “System and Method for Scalable Could Services,” number US 10,142,381 B2. This technology of scalable cloud-based services is a component of the IntelliVision video analytics service, which can also be deployed on the device or at […]

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Extron Adds More Control for Zoom Rooms

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Extron has announced a series of system enhancements and updates to Extron control for Zoom Rooms including a single user interface on an Apple iPad or Extron Pro Series touch panel. This latest release adds a number of enhancements, including improved GUI elements, contact presence information, content sharing, new camera controls and more. Extron and […]

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Arista Corporation Announces the Emerald Series HDBaseT 2.0 Family of Tx & Rx

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Arista Corporation just introduced the Emerald Series HDBaseT 2.0 Family of Transmitter/Receiver Products. Consisting of four products, with each based on the HDBaseT 2.0 architecture and controllable via either Telnet or an RS232 interface, each product has a built-in web server and can be controlled via a common web browser. The four products that constitute […]

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Sterling Audio SL230MP Mic Pair Is for Stereo Recording

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Sterling Audio announces the SL230MP medium-diaphragm condenser microphones. Offered as a matched pair, the SL230MP mics are designed for capturing stereo recordings. Each SL230 mic employs a real gold-sputtered condenser capsule with a six-micron membrane, allowing for very high sensitivity to even the subtlest dynamic nuances in the source material. The mics’ cardioid pickup pattern […]

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It’s Official: The Panacast Camera System Is Now in the Jabra Headset Family

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GN Audio announced a conditional agreement to acquire Altia Systems Inc. (“Altia Systems”). Altia Systems, based in Cupertino, California (USA), is the developer of the Panacast multi-camera array technology. All necessary conditions have now been met and GN Audio has completed the acquisition of Altia Systems. This allows GN Audio to expand into plug & […]

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Aveo Systems Annouces Zoom Rooms Support

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Zoom Rooms make an off-the-shelf computer (PC or MAC) a video and audio-conferencing codec, replacing dedicated hardware-based video codecs. Mira Connect controls the Zoom Rooms codec and manages all the other equipment in the room including cameras, microphones, displays, video switchers, DSP audio products and more. Using Aveo Systems’ Mira Portal cloud-based platform, Mira Connect […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 827: What is NEC Showing at DSE?

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This is the official launch-podcast for NEC at the DSE (Digital Signage Expo) show. In addition, to a refresh of their entire LCD lineup, NEC is launching a new, unique 49” display in Vegas next month, 55” 4K display as well as new signage projectors and LEDs . Which signage markets are growing the fastest and what can you expect to […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 826: Panacast Makes Two Splashes Since ISE

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The all-new Panacast 3 panoramic camera is shipping right as they ink a deal to be acquired by GN Audio – of Jabra-fame. In today’s podcast, Gary is joined by Aurangzeb Khan, President & CEO at Altia Systems — makers of the Panacast line — and they talk about the pending acquisition, their ISE showing and they even hint at […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 825: A Post-ISE Review of Philips and Their New LEDs and Hotel TV’s

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At ISE 2019, Philips launched a totally-new family of LEDs fringing from 1.2mm to 4mm and we were there for the debut. In addition, their new line of Hotel TV’s pioneered something that every hotel chain has been asking for – integrated wireless BYOD sharing via Chromecast. So, now, anyone can stream anything to a Philips Hotel […]

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New Loxone Low Voltage LED Light Fixtures Released for U.S.-Based CIs

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Loxone’s smart LED lighting solution is expanding: LED Spots, Ceiling Lights and Pendulum Slims are now available to the U.S. market. The lighting trio works together, along with other Loxone smart home products, to transform any room with customizable lighting moods, tunable white lighting effect, true automation and minimal user interaction. Each fixture helps reduce […]

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Unified Communications & Collaboration Market to Be $60 Billion by 2025

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Unified Communications & Collaboration Market is set to grow from its current market value of more than $32 billion to over $60 billion by 2025, according to a new research report by Global Market Insights, Inc. The unified communications and collaboration market growth is attributed to the growing penetration of mobile devices and increasing adoption […]

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J&S Audio Visual (JSAV) Acquires Buffalo-Based BAV

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JSAV has completed the acquisition of Buffalo, NY-based BAV. The combination of these two long-standing integrated audio-visual companies enables both to reach further outside their established markets. With a shared commitment to their clients and the highest level of quality reflected in both company’s outstanding customer satisfaction ratings, together JSAV and BAV have a combined […]

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Shure CEO Christine Schyvinck to Keynote the AVIXA Women’s Council Breakfast at InfoComm 2019

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The AVIXA Women’s Council, a global community for supporting and empowering women in the AV industry, will host its annual breakfast event at InfoComm 2019, on Thurs., June 13, with keynote speaker Christine Schyvinck, president and CEO of Shure Incorporated. At the breakfast, Schyvinck will discuss attracting and retaining women in the audiovisual and technology […]

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Enterprise Connect 2019 Spotlights Women in Communications

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Enterprise Connect today highlights new additions to this year’s programming that encourages productive, collaborative and inspiring conversation around the importance of creating opportunity for women in the communications industry. In addition to a keynote lineup comprised of more than half women headliners, the 2019 event will offer insightful panels, valuable networking, and important conversations on […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 824: AV People #13: Meet Rosanne Lang – A Tradeshow Jedi Master

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On today’s AV People we feature UX guru in Crestron’s Rosanne Lang — the Yoda of AV Tradeshow directors. Rosanne basically fell into the AV industry working for a small (now giant) remote control company in her home town. Gary’s discussion with Rosanne spans her nearly 30-year career in AV, her love of cooking (baking, specifically), her sons […]

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Collaboration Board Market Sees Nearly 40 Percent Growth in 2018

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Interactive Flat Panel Displays (i.e., collaboration boards) continued to be a considerable success in 2018 in the education and corporate markets. By Q4, 83 percent of all interactive display sales were IFPDs, increasing from 73 percent last year, according to the latest research from Futuresource Consulting. 55 of the 67 countries that Futuresource track had […]

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SYNNEX VISUALSolv Growth Continues With Advisory Council, Training and More

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As SYNNEX’s VISUALSolv group continues to address the need for cohesive technology solutions around digital signage, professional AV, physical security and collaborative communications, the company has announced several new channel investments. According to Sandi Stambaugh, vice president, product management, SYNNEX Corporation, “One of our strategic goals as a distributor is to fully understand our customers’ […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 823: Absen Reviews ISE and Prepares for DSE and NAB

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Today’s podcast with ABSEN is to not only talk about their ISE presence last month but also to prepare you for their upcoming stint in Las Vegas with both DSE (Digital Signage Expo) and NAB (National Association or Broadcasters). Absen will be at both. And then, InfoComm. Gary was joined by ABSEN’s own Alison Maxson who explains their show plan […]

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Rants and rAVes —Episode 822: A Discussion of VuWall’s AV-over-IP Videowall Ecosystem

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VuWall has a unique solution that addresses the needs of connecting and integrating both legacy (HDMI/VGA) sources as well as network sources into a Videowall, network operations center or presentation system. Their ecosystem allows for it all, regardless of source or destination signal type, to be controlled, switched and managed via their proprietary ecosystem software platform. […]

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