The Best Design for Digital Signage

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By Graham Gilhooley Senior Creative at 20/20 Productions When it comes to digital signage, it’s easy to get hung up on the latest innovations. But while investing in new technology is certainly important, to really get the most out of digital signage, good design is key. Digital signage lends itself to engaging and captivating displays […]

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Top AV and Collaboration Predictions for 2019

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2018 has been an interesting and eventful year in the AV and collaboration industries.  We’ve seen a number of mergers and acquisitions, rebranding of products, new players big and small entering the market and an avalanche of new products. So what does 2019 have in store for us? I don’t have a crystal ball, but […]

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#AVisLIFE: Vocational Explorer Post Has Teens in Durham, NC Lead Broadcast Operations for MiLB Durham Bulls

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Photos by Sara Abrons 70 youth ages 14-20 years old direct, produce and execute the broadcast operations at MiLB AAA baseball team the Durham Bulls and have been for the past 20 years. As a part of a an Explorer Post under the Boy Scouts of America, both male and female participants fill roles ranging […]

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The Role Of the AV Integrator in Huddle Space Design

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Crystal clear audiovisual. Effective acoustics. Perfect lighting. Comfortable and functional furniture. These are the key ingredients of the experiential huddle space design that creates truly memorable experiences and makes participants eager to return and use the space again. What Is Experiential Design? Millennials are likely the group to thank for inspiring the huddle room. They […]

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Why Are We Not Talking About Digital Signage Security?

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By Viktor Petersson Screenly Over the last few years, we have seen many cases of digital signage players being hacked for fun, profit and even propaganda. Hardcore porn shown on hacked billboard in Malmö Cyberattack claims multiple airports in Vietnam Hacked digital signage displays porn in Union Station Hijacking the Outdoor Digital Billboard – By […]

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NetDragon, Edmodo and the Impact of This Week’s Acquisition

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By Ben Davis Futuresouce This week, Chinese online games company, NetDragon Websoft, announced its agreement to acquire US-based Edmodo, the global education network. The deal will likely present growth opportunities for NetDragon’s broader portfolio of education solutions and could have competitive ramifications for companies operating across the breadth of the education technology sector. NetDragon’s New Triple Threat In a deal […]

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The Little Secret 99 Percent of AV Dealers Don’t Know About Motorized Window Treatments

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By Norman Rosenberg A/V dealers are losing out on opportunities to earn money and minimize wasted time on integrating motorized draperies, Roman Shades and other custom window treatments into their client’s projects. We’ll explain a quick and easy way to earn great margins and more importantly get the project done in as little as half […]

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Using Digital Signage to Encourage Appropriate Workplace Behavior

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  By Phyllis Zimbler Miller Enplug The song “You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught” from the 1949 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical SOUTH PACIFIC describes how people are taught to discriminate against those who are different. The flip side is equally true – people need to be taught what is discrimination as well as how not […]

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Digital Advertising Screens – The Profitable Business Anyone Can Start

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By Lee Gannon TrouDigital When people think of digital advertising screens, they think of giants like JCDecaux. They think of bus stop displays, large motorway billboards or those slideshows you see on escalators in the Underground. They think of household brands and celebrity-centered campaigns. They don’t think of something more akin to a commercial TV […]

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Higher Education Uses AV Integration to Curate Leaders

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By Alan Brawn, CTS, DSCE, DSDE, DSNE, DCME, ISF-C Let me begin with a bit of candor. Over the years, I have observed that when those in the AV integration industry speak about typical projects for the education market… they usually sound mundane, and it is easy to assume what the project will entail. For […]

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Using Video and the Internet of Things to Lead Remote Teams

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By Chip Manning VDO360 Videoconferencing is not new, but recent technological advancements—including mobile videoconferencing and telepresence—have led to more widespread use. On the other hand, the Internet of Things (IoT) is a relatively new idea, one with implications across a wide variety of industries and aspects of business. When the two technologies—videoconferencing and the IoT—come […]

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There Are Still a Few Obstacles to Smooth, Beautiful OTT Viewing

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By Andy Marken Marken Communications “Practice. Plenty of practice.” – Miss Spalding, “The High and the Mighty,” Warner Bros., 1954 If you want to punish your kid today, you don’t ground them, send them to their room, take away their Big Wheel or withhold their allowance. Nope, you cut them off from the Internet – […]

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Optoma Disrupts 4K UHD Home Projector Market – How Will Other Manufacturers React? 

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By Darren Taylor Futuresource Consulting For the past few years, 4K projection has been the reserve of digital cinema, high-end Pro AV and premium home cinema applications, primarily due to high cost of the light engines. However, key component supplier Texas Instruments (producing around half of the world’s front projector light engines) demonstrated a lower-cost 4K UHD DLP […]

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Trade Show Fails!

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By Sam Malik I have attended trade shows for nearly 25 years and I have seen it all. CES, COMDEX, CEDIA, DSE, ISE, NAB, InfoComm, etc. Trade Shows are not cheap to attend and require planning and usually a significant investment, even for a smaller booth. I personally have designed and worked booths from 10’x10′ […]

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Overworked Integration Teams

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By Bob Romano CRO, BBH Solutions, Inc. Recently a story in rAVe AV News titled “Corporate Culture and the AVL Industry” by Anthony Coppedge caught my attention. I had a disconnect with his article, which seemed to say overworked integration teams (specifically in the AV ecosystem) was due to “cultural failures” of the organization. My belief is […]

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The Three Golden Rules of Interactive Display Design

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By Meghan Athavale CEO, Lumo Interactive There are obviously all kinds of factors that influence how a display is designed, and how it works. These include things like lighting requirements, durability, intuitive user experience, target audience, localization, accessibility… the list is super long. However, there are three simple rules that I’ve discovered must be followed […]

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ISE 2017… The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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The good was the ISE show itself; the bad was going through security at the airport with a carry-on bag filled with small electronic devices and the ugly? Well — read on. Miravue was new to ISE this year so we decided to exhibit in the Discovery Zone (a one-time option for new exhibitors that […]

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Is Apple’s Siri Already Smarter Than Zuckerberg’s Jarvis?

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By Jared Ross CODEDOC When Mark Zuckerberg first announced his plan to build AI control for his home, I’ll admit it… I was slightly apprehensive that the billionaire entrepreneur would put my home system to shame. Zuckerberg and I definitely agree that Crestron is the most reliable backbone for our AI home control solutions. However, […]

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RAKs for 2017

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By Ron DeVoe Total Marketing, LLC We are now embarking on a New Year as we leave behind 2016. I am reminded daily of my time on this earth and how it has exceeded the mid-range of my sixth decade. Yesterday, I was again reminded as my phone rang and I was assailed by the […]

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THE LED Conundrum

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By Seth Waltz Principal, AVL Designs “Everybody says they wants LED theater lighting, yet we hear many people saying they have it and hate it. Totally believable because they got the wrong LEDs for their application.” In the old days of analog lighting (meaning incandescent and halogen lights) lights pretty much turned on and off […]

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Digital Signage Trends To Watch In 2017

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By Lee Gannon TrouDigital Digital signage has been around for a few years now. It was originally the reserve of large corporations with deep marketing budgets and most popular in consumer-facing industries like retail. Today, digital signage is increasingly sophisticated (as well as more affordable) and its users are highly creative in its application. It […]

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Creating Conference Room Standards for AV

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By Pete Kolak Senior Manager, Conferencing Services (Unified Communications), Juniper Networks In an era of self-driving cars, self-lacing shoes (thanks, Marty) and privatized space travel, shouldn’t we be farther along with corporate communication tools? Don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot of great stuff out there but in our corporate search to meet basic needs, […]

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