This week we posted a news release about how Arrive Systems — a cloud-based AV control and signal management system — has decided to appoint Liberty AV Solutions – best known for its wire, VGA and HDMI distribution products — as its distributor in the USA.
Arrive came to the market some three or four years ago with a big debut at InfoComm showing off some very sophisticated network-based AV systems they’d installed in the some Middle Eastern universities. At that time, we were impressed and thought this had potential. But we’ve challenged Arrive for over a year and a half to point out a single, complete installation in the U.S. where we could speak to the client about how the products and technology are working for them. To date, we’ve had no such referral. It appears that this agreement with Liberty AV Solutions is to solve their obvious awareness and US supply issues — so, maybe we’ll soon have our first reference for an installed system.
Last year, Arrive appointed former Extron exec Lee Dodson as president. Lee is an industry veteran, having served in a product marketing and managing position at Sony Display, then as president at Premier Mounts before moving to Arrive. Lee knows the ProAV market well and likely knows that Liberty’s reach to nearly every AV integrator in the US is key to Arrive’s success. If Arrive can’t get traction in the U.S. with Liberty, they likely never will.