Latest headlines: Gary Kayye on Barco’s Overture, Jon Sidwick on the impact of organizational trust, plus news from Extron, BenQ and more
November 13, 2020 | Volume: 11 | Issue: 21
This week brings fresh perspectives on unified communications & collaboration in the 21st edition of rAVe UCC this year. Recognize the author of column number two? In his story, “The Impact of Organizational Trust,” Jon Sidwick writes, “Suddenly, the individual has become far more critical than the company …. We are now forever going to be in a hybrid world where managing the fluid movement of people between locations will drive the technology deployed.” So how do we in AV need to adjust our thinking? Sidwick’s story gives us keen ideas.
Also this week, Sharp NEC announced two new additions to its MultiSync desktop series; Yamaha set target ship dates for its new audio system, ADECIA; and there’s a new software platform, designed specifically for education, on the block — Connecti. Per the story, it leverages existing PCs in the room to deliver “seamless hybrid learning” for in-class and remote students. Sounds right on par with the top need in education (designing HyFlex, or hybrid flexible environments) today.
Lastly, if you’re familiar with Barco’s Overture, take a good, hard look at it; Gary Kayye generated a story about the software based on a tip he received that Barco may be discontinuing it. Overture is (soon to be “was?”) one of the few software-based remote AV control and monitoring platforms for campuses and enterprises.
If you haven’t visited Barco’s Overture microsite, hurry as it’s likely about to disappear. I received a “tip” that Barco may be discontinuing Overture, one of only a few software-based AV control systems, last week and it turned out to be mostly true.
Back in March, the world started to close down. Traditional working environments changed overnight with knowledge workers shifting from the office to their homes, retail outlets closing or putting in strict protocols and the events industry all but disappearing. This has brought about an incredible shift in power.
Concerning virtual shows and our reporting on them (we do that a lot these days), we’re back at you today with a recap on another one that we sure hope you didn’t miss, because it was really pretty great. The host, distributor Almo Professional A/V, did the dang thing for its fall 2020 E4v — the second iteration of the “E4 Evolution” (Almo’s acclaimed E4 Experience but all online in a virtual format). Through a second E4v, Almo proved, once again, that it would give the world (and indeed, Tuesday’s E4v attendees came from all over) a chance to engage in forward-thinking education and content for AV and IT. Led by our fantastically animated emcee Joel Rollins, it was an E4 like never before.