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..

AVIXA Details Industry’s First Rack Design Standard

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AVIXA has announced its standard, Rack Design for Audiovisual (AV) Systems (F502.02:2020), which outlines the requirements for audiovisual rack planning, design, accommodation and equipment layout. This standard joins the Rack Building for Audiovisual Systems standard to provide formalized guidelines for efficient design, build and integration of racks in AV systems. This new standard covers the […]

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Stampede Parent Exertis Makes Major Management Changes

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In expanding focus on North American growth through acquisition, Stampede parent Exertis International announced several key executive appointments. The appointments will help the company to achieve its long-term growth objectives across all of its business units, according to Exertis. Effective immediately, Clive Fitzharris assumes the position of managing director. Fitzharris has been head of group […]

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Crestron Brings Zoom Rooms to the Home with HomeTime

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Crestron is announcing Crestron HomeTime in collaboration with Logitech and Zoom to deliver a videoconferencing, home control and unified communications experience engineered for socializing, remote learning and working from home. Crestron HomeTime is a unification of the Logitech MeetUp conference camera with the Crestron UC Engine that integrates with Crestron control to deliver the optimal […]

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Mimo Monitors and Revel Digital Software Teamed Up to Make a Touch-Free, Temperature-Taking Platform

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Mimo Monitors joined forces with Revel Digital software to create a touch-free, temperature-taking platform using its digital signage tech. Designed for entrances to grocery stores, office buildings, schools, assisted living facilities and more, this so-called “enterprise-grade platform” is customizable to ensure it can optimize every business’s needs. It contains the premium Mimo Monitors hardware display […]

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The OMG Story of the Week: Savant Buys GE Lighting (Yes, That GE — General Electric)

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OK, now Crestron and Control4 have to take Savant seriously, as they just signed a definitive agreement to purchase GE Lighting, a division of GE (NYSE: GE). Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. Savant Founder and CEO Robert Madonna said, “Savant’s mission from the start has been to create the number one smart […]

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Kramer Electronics Releases 18G-Capable 4K Digital Scaler for HDMI and USB-C

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Kramer Electronics’ VP-451 is an 18G-capable 4K digital scaler for HDMI and USB-C signals. The unit up and down as well as cross-scales to resolutions up to 4K@60Hz (4:4:4). The output resolution can be set automatically to follow the native resolution of the source or be set manually to a custom resolution. The VP-451 supports […]

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In Response to Barco Lawsuit, Vivitek Agrees to Stop Selling LauncherPlus Button in U.S.

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In June 2019, Barco filed suit in the United States against Delta Electronics, Inc. and its subsidiary Vivitek Corporation for infringement of its ClickShare patents. Now, less than a year after the case began, Delta and Vivitek have agreed to withdraw their LauncherPlus products from the U.S. market. Barco’s U.S. lawsuit against Delta and Vivitek […]

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Visix Is First Company to Launch Voice-Activated Digital Signage for Any Display

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Visix, Inc. has released version 1.32 of its AxisTV Signage Suite digital signage software with a new Voice Recognizer Widget that turns any screen into a hands-free interactive sign. AxisTV Signage Suite users can drag and drop the new Voice Recognizer Widget (VRW) onto any layout and then set custom parameters that instruct the sign […]

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Magewell Has a New Update for Its Ultra Stream Encoders

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Magewell has released a new upgrade for its Ultra Stream family of livestreaming encoder hardware. The update adds flexible new recording modes alongside expanded streaming protocol support and various minor improvements. In addition to streaming live to popular services or a custom server, Ultra Stream encoders can record video as files to a directly connected […]

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AVIXA Announces Award Winners; To Be Recognized at InfoComm 2020 Connected

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AVIXA has announced the 2020 recipients of its annual awards. Honorees will be recognized via virtual ceremony during InfoComm 2020 Connected on Wednesday, June 17, at 5 p.m. EDT. According to AVIXA, its awards recognize “outstanding AV professionals for their contributions to the industry.” Members of the industry nominate individuals for multiple categories. These are […]

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Williams AV Names Brad Kautzer as New President and CEO

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Williams AV announced the appointment of Brad Kautzer to the position of president and CEO. Kautzer is an executive with a passion for building teams, growing global businesses and driving high tech innovation. Kautzer’s skills and abilities developed during a series of executive-level roles as the senior leader of various global businesses at Honeywell. In […]

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ScreenBeam Classroom Commander Now Available for Chromebook and Windows

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ScreenBeam announced Wednesday that its Classroom Commander platform is now available for both Chromebook and Windows 1:1 classroom environments. The ScreenBeam Classroom Commander is designed for one-to-one or one-to-many classrooms by combining wireless display with student device orchestration to improve lesson flow and collaboration. Supporting up to 50 student Windows or Chromebook devices and a […]

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New Poly USB Headset Comes Equipped with Active Noise-Canceling Technology

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Poly (formerly Plantronics and Polycom) unveiled the latest addition Tuesday to the company’s Blackwire line. The Blackwire 8225 is a corded plug-and-play USB headset. It’s designed to reduce background noise and deliver uninterrupted communications so users can work from anywhere. Three settings of hybrid active noise-canceling (ANC) technology allow users to adjust, to fit their […]

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CEDIA’s New White Paper Can Help You Understand and Prepare for Wi-Fi 6

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CEDIA has released a new white paper titled “Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax): High Efficiency Wi-Fi.” The white paper dives into the new Wi-Fi 6 standard that has been designed to address some of the most prevalent wireless networking issues and provide high-efficiency Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi 6 is the latest wireless networking standard — and it’s fundamentally different […]

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Crestron Home Adds Lutron Integration That Simplifies Lighting and Shading

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Crestron announced an addition Monday to its Crestron Home software; through an alliance with Lutron, Crestron Home will integrate with Lutron lighting and shading control. Specifically, it will work with RA2 Select, RadioRA 2, and HomeWorks with QS and QSX control systems. Focusing on ease of deployment, Crestron Home will automatically detect Lutron hardware on […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 985: You Are About to Make a Fortune Selling Audio, Again

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COVID-19 made us all keenly aware of the value of collaboration. And, collaboration without video is just like watching a silent movie. Not only is audio a heck of a lot more profitable than video but, the post-COVID-19 world is going to bring us a plethora of opportunities to sell  “personalized professional audio gear. Oh, […]

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Medialon Announces Micro-Embedded Solution for Museum Audiovisual Applications

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Medialon has launched a new micro-embedded solution for museum audiovisual (AV) control applications — Showmaster Mini. Showmaster Mini is for simple AV control applications and installation types. It uses a fanless design so it can mount where AV racks aren’t suitable. The ultra-compact design solution is available as standard, with a reduced feature version of […]

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URC and Fusion Research Enter Direct Dealer Sales Agreement

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URC and Fusion Research announced a new URC direct dealer sales agreement Thursday. The companies also announced Total Control 2.0 integration of Fusion Research Solo and Duet Music servers. Starting May 14, 2020, authorized URC direct dealers in the U.S. can purchase Fusion Research Solo and Duet music servers from URC for end-user sales to […]

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BrightSign’s Two New Solutions Aim to Help Retailers Meet Post-COVID, No-Touch Standards

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BrightSign released new products Thursday: BrightLink and BrightMenu. According to BrightSign, the solutions will help businesses operate in the face of new health regulations brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. BrightLink is a new touchless solution — it enables users to scan a QR code and remotely control a display via their mobile phones, eliminating […]

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AMD Targets BlackMagic DaVinci Resolve With New 8K Capable Radeon Card

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AMD announced the release of the AMD Radeon Pro VII workstation graphics card Wednesday. The graphics card, explicitly aimed at broadcast and in-house production facilities, offers 16GB of extreme speed HBM2 (High Bandwidth Memory), and support for 6x synchronized displays and high-bandwidth PCIe 4.0 interconnect technology. Claiming to be 26 percent higher 8K image processing […]

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INFiLED’s New Series Made for Outdoor Advertising Will Be Available This Month

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INFiLED announced its new MV Series Tuesday. The series, according to INFiLED, is suitable for a wide range of fixed outdoor advertising applications. The product features a light-control sensor for day and night automatic brightness adjustment as well as a Remote Display Monitoring System. The MV Series will be available in multiple sizes 1000×1000 mm, […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 984: Melody Craigmyle Talks E4v

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On today’s special videocast watch as Gary Kayye and Melody Craigmyle talk about E4v. With COVID-19 impacting the AV industry — Almo Professional AV is the first industry distributor to announce a virtual trade show. E4v connects you to exclusive online education, all while earning up to 8 CTS RUs! Each day includes four tracks […]

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As CEDIA Expo Welcomes Crestron Back, Let’s Issue a Challenge to Dump the Apps

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CEDIA Expo announced that Crestron Electronics will return for the 2020 show, optimistically scheduled to take place Sept. 8-12 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. And, CEDIA Expo also said Crestron will work with closer to continue the advancement and success of the custom integration channel. “After what has been a challenging year for […]

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Philips Display Solutions Shows How Digital Signage Will Solve Post-COVID-19 Social Distancing Dilemma in Retail

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Philips Professional Display Solutions is providing its vision on how digital signage can help the “new normal” in retail, known as post-COVID-19. The company has created a new series of queue management and people-counting signage solutions designed exclusively to help public settings (including retail stores, supermarkets, cinemas and many more) to monitor and manage footfall […]

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New Panasonic KAIROS Is 100 Gbps AV-over-IP Platform Aimed at Esports and Live TV

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Panasonic System Solutions Company of North America has announced KAIROS. This live production platform provides an AV-over-IP processing platform with an open architecture system for live video switching. Also, it includes complete input and output flexibility, resolution and format independence, maximum CPU/GPU processor utilization and virtually unlimited ME scalability; oh, and it’s uncompressed. As a […]

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Extron Just Dropped the Coolest In-Wall Touch Panel Ever

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Extron is shipping the new TLP Pro 300M 3.5” portrait wall mount TouchLink Pro Touchpanel. The TLP Pro 300M is designed to control video, audio, lighting, shades, HVAC, security and other systems within virtually any environment. This touch panel is equipped with a 320×480 resolution capacitive touch screen built with scratch and smudge-resistant Corning Gorilla […]

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Panasonic Unveils New PTZ Camera Aimed at House of Worship, Rental and Broadcast

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Panasonic announced the AW-UE100 integrated pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) camera, which supports a wide variety of IP transmission protocols, including high-bandwidth NDI, high-efficiency NDI|HX and Secure Reliable Transport (SRT). This new PTZ camera includes a direct drive motor for smooth pan and tilt movement that offers installation flexibility, low noise and high-resolution image capture. It’s designed for […]

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Almo Pro A/V’s Contract Labor and Project Support Now Includes Engineering and Drafting Services

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Almo Professional A/V has expanded its Contract Labor and Project Support offering to now include Engineering and Drafting Services. The expansion comes as Almo partners are looking for ways to keep projects moving forward while providing a smooth and coordinated installation from start-to-finish. “We are all acclimating to an inevitably changed world,” explained Cory Allen, […]

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Savant’s New Hand-Held Remote Comes Equipped With Siri Voice Control

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Savant just launched the new Pro Remote X2 hand-held remote. The Savant X2 can control entertainment, lighting, climate, shades and more and uses Siri voice control. The Savant X2 includes built-in icons for control of favorite services, favorite channels and Savant Scenes and features an all-aluminum chassis and uses a 3.1-inch glass touch screen. It’s […]

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LAVNCH WEEK, By the Numbers

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Last week’s LAVNCH WEEK was huge for both THE rAVe Agency and the industry. In fact, it was the largest virtual AV event, ever, with five days, 36 presenters and 20 hours of streaming — all in one platform. Let’s jump into the numbers. Here are some interesting stats: We streamed 15 terabytes of data […]

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USAV Adds Five New Integrators and a Service Provider

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USAV, a division of PSA, announced Tuesday the addition of five new integrators and one service provider to the USAV consortium. USAV aims to support its members in becoming and sustaining their positions as technology solutions providers. The new partnerships include: Integrators: Bluewater Technologies (Farmington Hills, MI) was founded in 1985 and is the only […]

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