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..

Bluescape to Integrate With Amazon Chime SDK

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Bluescape announced its integration with Amazon Chime SDK to enable scheduled and ad-hoc video meetings. This integration allows Bluescape customers to host and join video calls in Bluescape. They can also schedule their meetings directly through Microsoft Outlook. “Bluescape’s integration with Amazon Chime SDK is creating a paradigm shift in video collaboration,” said Dr. S. […]

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The Zigbee Alliance Rebrands as Connectivity Standards Alliance

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The Zigbee Alliance, an organization of hundreds of companies creating, maintaining and delivering open global standards for the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced its organizational rebrand to the Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA). The organization announced a second brand, Matter, formerly known to the industry as Project Connected Home over IP (CHIP), the future of […]

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IMCCA Announces Strategic Partnership with CEDIA Expo

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CEDIA Expo is partnering with IMCCA (Interactive Multimedia & Collaborative Communications Alliance) as a strategic programming partner for the CEDIA Expo to be held Sept.1-3, 2021 in Indianapolis. The IMCCA will bring insights and subject matter experts to a variety of CEDIA Expo 2021 activations, including on the CEDIA Expo Smart Stage and Innovation Hub. Topics will […]

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HDTV Supply Offers New Ethernet Extender Set

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HDTV Supply added the WolfPack 4K HDMI Ethernet Extender set that sends HDMI video and audio signals up to 175 feet in a 4K 30 HDMI format. The set includes one HDMI Sender (TX), one HDMI Receiver (RX) and two Universal Power Supplies. Each device is installed using one Cat 6 cable with AV signals […]

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Access Networks Adds Unmanaged Services Option to ARCC Solution

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Access Networks, now part of SnapAV, just added an unmanaged services option that can be added to any access point purchase to its cloud-based solution ARCC (Advanced, Resilient Cloud Controller). ARCC delivers simplicity during deployment, a higher level of control with more tools to customize each job and a lower cost of entry for industry-leading […]

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BrightSign Unveils New Media Connection Solution

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BrightSign unveiled BrightSign Mobile Wednesday, a new solution to connect media players to the cloud where traditional methods of network connectivity are difficult to achieve. The solution is available as an accessory to BrightSign players that includes a low-profile USB modem with an installed SIM card. Customers have a choice of data plans which are […]

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Extron Announces Collaboration With Yealink

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Extron just announced a collaboration with Yealink to create simple control and collaboration solutions for UCC workspaces. With these scalable solutions, Extron is integrating room automation, audio and signal extension capabilities with the Yealink MCore Mini-PC, Microsoft Teams Rooms and Zoom Rooms solutions. Its collaboration with Yealink brings Extron AV and room control capabilities to […]

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Monterey Conference Center and Immersive Design Studios Partner for CANVAS Studio Solution

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The Monterey Conference Center partnered with Immersive Design Studios to build a new 10,000-square-foot CANVAS Studio, a state-of-the-art space available for virtual or hybrid meetings and events. The Studio will open in June, abiding by all local safety protocols. The CANVAS Studio at Monterey sets a new standard for professional events, providing an immersive and […]

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AtlasIED Upgrades Atmosphere Digital Audio System

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AtlasIED just upgraded its Atmosphere digital audio system with a new 2.0 firmware update (available here for free). The updated version enables many performance and installation enhancements, including stereo and subwoofer support, self-healing accessories, room combine and bell scheduling. These and other updates offer integrators even greater opportunities to customize, deliver and control audio to […]

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AVer Conference Camera, Pro Conferencing System Receive Zoom Hardware Certification

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AVer Information has announced that its CAM520 Pro2 Conference Camera and VC520 Pro Conferencing system have been granted official hardware certification by Zoom Video Communications, Inc. Before approving the CAM520 Pro2 and VC520 Pro2 for official certification, Zoom put them through lab tests to verify its imaging quality and ensure that its intuitive features can […]

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Poly Announces Voyager Focus 2 Bluetooth Headset

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Poly announced the Voyager Focus 2, the latest addition to Poly’s line of stereo Bluetooth headsets. The Voyager Focus 2 is a smart, wireless headset with amazing audio that’s intuitive and easy to use, combining Poly’s next-generation Acoustic Fence technology with Advanced Digital Hybrid Active Noise Cancellation (ANC). Poly’s Advanced Digital Hybrid ANC comes with […]

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tvONE Releases Software, Firmware Update for Coriomaster2 Video Processor

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tvONE has released a new software and firmware update for its CORIOmaster2 video processor that’s 4K/8K (4K@60Hz 4:4:4) for high-end LED installations, projection edge blending or monitor walls. And, the new updates are aimed at the healthcare, broadcast, esports, live events, education and corporate environments. The biggest updates add a new Quad 4K HDMI Input […]

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Adamson Systems Engineering Releases New Range for Installation Market

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Adamson Systems Engineering just introduced a range of new products aimed at the installation market, including an extension to its IS-Series of installation loudspeakers and a suite of design tools for architects, integrators and sound designers. With the introduction of the IS-Series Weatherized line, Adamson offers AV pros a loudspeaker family built to withstand extreme […]

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Two Biamp Conference Room Audio Bundles for Zoom Rooms Are Now Zoom-Certified

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Biamp says that Zoom has certified two conference room audio bundles aimed at medium and large Zoom Rooms. Each bundle includes Parlé Beamtracking microphones for the ceiling and all the connectivity required. The system includes automated EQ, minimal cable requirements (with zero termination), zero network setup and what Biamp is calling a simper install aimed […]

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Audio-Technica Introduces New Microphones

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Audio-Technica has introduced four new condenser boundary microphones: the ES945O/FM3 omnidirectional, ES947C/FM3cardioid, ES945O/FM5 omnidirectional and ES947C/FM5 cardioid condenser boundary microphone. These mics feature a capacitive-type user switch that enables muting of the microphone – making them especially ideal for conferencing applications. The FM3 models replace the existing ES945/LED and ES947/LED and feature local muting, while the FM5 models represent an entirely new product for […]

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Hitachi Launches Hospitality Displays

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Hitachi has announced the launch of a line of hospitality displays from 32”-65”. When combined with the Hitachi Hospitality Content Management Solution (CMS), each connected display is enabled with a centrally controlled entertainment and communications hub that delivers personalized interaction, tailor-made content and additional revenue for the hotel or hospital. The entire line can also […]

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Carousel Digital Signage and ScreenBeam Partner for Digital Signage Content Solution

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Carousel Digital Signage has partnered with ScreenBeam, a wireless display and collaboration solutions innovator, to keep meeting spaces and classrooms live with digital signage content while screens are idle. The integrated solution converts ScreenBeam wireless presentation systems for enterprise and K-12 customers into Carousel Cloud media players upon conclusion of a presentation or lecture, creating […]

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Loxone Intros New Intercom With HD Camera, Hidden Speaker and More

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Loxone’s new Intercom looks very different than any other intercom you’ve likely seen before. In addition to the aesthetic, it has an HD camera, hidden speaker, protected microphone and built-in proximity sensor that lights up an interactive bell button. The Intercom is on-prem-based, (so Loxone says there is no cloud dependence or risk of unprotected […]

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Tripleplay Releases Caveman 3.1 for Digital Signage Content Production

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Tripleplay just released Caveman 3.1 for digital signage content production. The new features include: New Site Profiles switching feature for shared venues enables multiple tenants to use the system independently of one another and for the whole display network to change profile with a single mouse click. Mersive integration bringing IPTV and digital signage to […]

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HOLOPLOT Launches X1 Line Full-Range, Loudspeaker and Sub

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HOLOPLOT announced the launch of its X1 product line, including the X1 Modul 96 full-range and the X1 Modul 80-S loudspeaker + sub. The company says these speakers claim full sound control with ultra-high precision over large distances; the X1 optimizes the listening experience for every audience member while eliminating spillover and external noise pollution. […]

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VR-Based Conference Rooms Debut to Augment UCC Meetings

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Modus VR today announces its latest upgrade with the addition of new Conference Technology objects, features and partners that specifically address the space-planning needs of enterprise technology integrators, designers, architects and customers. According to the company, the latest additions make it faster and easier than ever for all stakeholders to create conference rooms that precisely […]

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Almo Corporation Goes Green; Adds Solar Panels to Warehouse Facility

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Almo Corporation just added 529 roof-mounted solar panels to its Wisconsin-based warehouse facility. The move allows Almo to lower energy costs by operating through the use of sun-produced energy to fulfill 80 percent of the facility’s electricity needs. Installed by SunVest Solar, the addition of the WI warehouse solar panels are expected to produce 254,565 […]

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Extron Launches New IPCP Pro S1 xi Processor for Centralized AV Control

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Extron just launched a tiny fully featured control system in the form of the IPCP Pro S1 xi, a control processor designed for centralized AV control in small to medium-size applications. Extron says the IPCP Pro S1 xi features enhanced performance with greater processing power and twice the memory of its IP Link Pro series. […]

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Biamp Announces Solutions for K-12 Hybrid, Remote Classrooms

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Biamp is attempting to take aim at K-12 hybrid and remote classrooms with its Devio SCR Series signal processors and Parlé Beamtracking microphones. Biamp says setting up Devio SCR is just like connecting any USB-based mic to any UCC platform — then all you need to do is select and connect the equipment to suit […]

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Barco and L-Acoustics Combine for Amazing Exhibit in NYC

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ARTECHOUSE NYC, located in a never previously occupied boiler room beneath the iconic Chelsea Market, is one of the most unique art destinations and experiences in New York City. Despite its century-old confines, ARTECHOUSE is an innovative space for immersive and interactive art exhibitions dedicated to providing the most advanced platforms for genre-pushing artists experimenting […]

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Green Hippo Updates Hippotizer Projection-Mapping Software

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Green Hippo just released an upgrade to its Hippotizer projection-mapping software which introduces an entirely new design, pre-programming and content delivery workflow. Version 4.6 includes all-new planning, visualization and timeline control architecture, opening up further creative opportunities for designers. New design features include “Projector Planning,” giving full visibility of the projection environment and requirements and […]

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Kevin Kelly Is Replaced at Exertis

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Exertis today announced that Kevin Kelly is stepping down as president and CEO of Exertis North America, effective June 30, 2021. According to Clive Fitzharris, managing director of Exertis International, current Exertis North America Chief Commercial Officer John Dunne will become managing director of the North American business, effective July 1, 2021. John has 30 […]

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NanoLumens and VuWall Partner for Control Room Video Wall Solution

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NanoLumens and VuWall have partnered to offer a packaged video wall solution for control rooms within the transportation, utilities, government and security operations markets. The solution, offered by both VuWall and NanoLumens, allows the client to customize the size and shape of their LED display and offers multiview of data on any surface with any […]

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Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger Integrates Multiple Solutions From LG Business Solutions USA

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When the Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger opened its doors, it set a new standard that parent company Outrigger Hospitality Group intended to replicate across its Hawaiian resort properties. The Waikiki Beachcomber represented a $35 million modernization project under the Outrigger brand that sought to create the feel of a Hawaiian beach house in the middle […]

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Extron Unveils XPA U 3502 Energy-Star-Qualified Power Amp

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Extron just launched what they say is the world’s most powerful half-rack amplifier in the form of the XPA U 3502, an ENERGY-STAR-qualified power amp delivering two 350-watt channels into 8 ohms or 4 ohms. It is convection cooled, UL 2043 rated for plenum installation, and includes hardware for rack-mount configurations. The XPA U 3502 […]

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