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 (, a manufacturer specializing in professional AV and residential AV control systems. Prior to AMX, Gary spent nine years at Extron Electronics (, 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

ISE Releases Details on Thought Leadership Program for 2022 Show


ISE announced details of its extensive thought leadership program for 2022. The content offering will help attendees learn about issues affecting market verticals, get up to speed with the latest technology developments and discover what the future holds for the industry. ISE 2022 is designed to ensure that all attendees, whether from the AV channel […]

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Savant Joins Avnu Alliance To Facilitate Device Interoperability


Savant has joined the Avnu Alliance, a consortium of professional, automotive, consumer electronics and industrial manufacturing companies working together to ensure the interoperability of devices within the Audio Video Bridging ecosystem. As a promoting member of the Avnu organization, Savant participates in pre-certification working groups to facilitate important technical updates and certification standards to meet market requirements […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1083: There’s More to Seneca Than Just Media Players


In my latest episode of Rants & rAVes, Seneca’s Jami McGraw joins me to talk about the company (owned by Arrow), its latest innovations and more. He also gives a firsthand look at the ElementMP series — a series of digital signage hardware solutions claiming to have the simplest out-of-box experience possible. So, if you’d like to learn […]

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AVI-SPL and SKC Communications Close Acquisition Agreement


AVI-SPL and SKC Communications announced they have closed their acquisition agreement and will merge as one under AVI-SPL. Integration of the two businesses and teams is anticipated to be substantially completed by March 31, 2022. The acquisition of SKC Communications enhances AVI-SPL’s customer experience through deepened UCC voice expertise, stronger U.S. geographic presence and more […]

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Extron’s NAV Pro AV-over-IP Series Receives JITC Approval


Extron announced the NAV Pro AV over IP Series has received Joint Interoperability Test Command — JITC approval by the U.S. Department of Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). This approval complements Extron FIPS 140-2 validation by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Extron says the […]

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Polk Audio Announces Signa S4 Dolby Atmos Sound Bar System


Polk Audio announced its first Dolby Atmos sound bar system, the Signa S4. It features seven drivers and uses two upward-firing speakers that deliver Dolby Atmos height channels to create overhead sound. The Signa S4 can also up-mix non-Atmos rendering height, surround and center channels to create a virtual Atmos experience. The Signa S4 includes a wireless […]

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Alliance for IP Media Solutions Announces Support for Inclusive Language Shift in AV Industry


The Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS) announced its support for the industry’s shift to more inclusive language in standards and engineering documents. The alliance welcomes efforts by standards bodies and other organizations to ensure that the language used to craft such documents is free from stereotypes, subtle discrimination and demeaning or exclusionary expressions. AIMS is […]

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Krispy Kreme’s Edinburgh Store Has Digital at Its Core With a ‘Hole in the Wall’ LED


Krispy Kreme’s store at Edinburgh St James Quarter shopping center in Scotland opened its doors at the end of Summer 2021. The store encompasses digital technology at its core with the complete in-store digital experience managed and controlled through embed signage. This store is a modern take on the original initiative by founder Vernon Rudolph. […]

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C2G Releases 1-Port USB-C Extender Transmitter to Receiver Kit


C2G recently released a much-needed product that many of you #AVtweeps have been asking for — a USB-C Extender Transmitter to Receiver Kit for classrooms, conference rooms and huddle spaces. Almost every laptop and mobile device available now has USB-C, and we need to be able to leverage it. The C2G 1-Port USB-C Extender Transmitter […]

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Crest Audio’s Tactus.Control Mixing Console Now Supports WAVES eMotion LV1 Version 12


Crest Audio, a Peavey Commercial Audio brand, announced that the Tactus.Control motorized mixing console now supports WAVES eMotion LV1 Version 12 with embedded MIDI control. Crest Audio says Tactus.Control is designed to supplement the eMotion LV1 touch screen by providing moving faders, lighted buttons and knobs for the most used functions. The latest update offers resizable […]

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C SEED and L-Acoustics Creations Combine New Products Into Immersive Home Entertainment Solution, Maunakea


C SEED and L-Acoustics Creations have partnered to combine new entertainment products into one solution. C SEED revealed the M1, a microLED that is designed to emerge from the floor before unfolding into a 165-inch 4K TV display. L-Acoustics revealed the Island Prestige, an immersive sound lounge delivering spatial audio. The two companies have partnered to introduce Maunakea, an […]

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AIMS Will Form Education Working Group To Train IP Media Technology and Solutions Professionals


The Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS) announced it is forming an Education Working Group that will focus specifically on the education and training of industry professionals prepared to design, build and operate standards-based IP media technology and solutions. “Today, when we talk to various industry parties about IP adoption, we consistently hear that SMPTE ST […]

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AVI-SPL Announces Agreement To Acquire SKC Communications


AVI-SPL announced a formal agreement to acquire SKC Communications, a Kansas City-based collaboration technology company, bringing together two companies focused on UCC. SKC’s expertise in cloud voice services and unified communications-as-a-service (UCaaS) adds to AVI-SPL’s solutions portfolio that enables hybrid work strategies. SKC will bring voice communication solutions such as IP telephony and headsets to […]

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Extron Adds Seamless Integration of Digital Signage Content to ShareLink Pro


Extron has a new Digital Signage LinkLicense upgrade for ShareLink Pro Systems. This upgrade allows digital signage content to display on ShareLink Pro devices when users aren’t connected or sharing content. Signage content can be displayed on the ShareLink Pro 1100 and ShareLink Pro 500 using web-based HTML content provided by third-party digital signage providers […]

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disguise’s r20 Software Update Now Offers Designer Software in Six Additional Languages


disguise has added the r20 software release in six new languages. In addition to English, disguise’s Designer software is now available for use in Spanish, German, French, Korean, Japanese and Simplified Chinese. The localization represents the next step in the company’s move towards remote, cloud-based collaboration following its recent acquisition of leading 3D content previsualization […]

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Barco Announces ClickShare Alliance Program for Enhanced Customer Experience With Hybrid Meetings


Barco announced the ClickShare Alliance Program to help customers create a hybrid experience in and outside the meeting room. The program enables video conferencing powered by the ClickShare portfolio and 331 validated peripherals from alliance partners. The ClickShare Alliance Program includes a total of 50 alliance partners and added new brands like QSC, Sharp, Dell, […]

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AVIWEST and Vodalys Partner for Cloud-Native Livestreaming Platform


AVIWEST and Vodalys have teamed up to offer a cloud video production and low-latency delivery solution for corporate live events. Using AVIWEST’s video contribution system and the Vodalys.Studio cloud production web platform, users can simplify content production and web streaming for corporate communication. With the Vodalys and AVIWEST systems, video professionals can produce footage of […]

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Pexip Acquires Skedify


Pexip Holding ASA (“Pexip”, Oslo Børs Ticker: PEXIP), a leading enterprise video communication platform provider, today announced the acquisition of Skedify, a Belgium-based Software-as-a-Service customer engagement solution. The utilization of video as a core communication tool has accelerated over the last few years, not only for internal meetings in organizations but also increasingly in customer-facing […]

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LG Finally Enters UCC Market With New Interactive Displays and Wireless Sharing Tech


LG Business Solutions USA announced the LG One: Quick series of conferencing and collaboration solutions LCDs. The series includes the 55-inch all-in-one LG One:Quick Works videoconferencing display (model 55CT5WJ), a 43-inch LG One:Quick Flex touch display (model 43HT3WJ) and the LG One:Quick Share (model SC-00DA) wireless presentation system. The presentation system plugs into the USB […]

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Barco Introduces F400-HR Native 4K Projector


Barco announced the introduction of the F400-HR, calling it the industry’s first single-chip native 4K resolution projector and aiming it at the training and simulation markets. The F400-HR is developed to bring 4K image quality to advanced simulator systems. Using a 4,096 x 2,176 DCI 4K chip, it can also show 6K and higher resolution […]

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Snap One Intros Episode WAKE In-wall Bluetooth Amp


Snap One introduced the innovative Episode WAKE Amp, an in-wall amplifier that connects to Bluetooth audio devices and voice assistants to deliver a music solution for new or existing multiroom or single-room audio systems. Episode’s WAKE Amp connects to speakers already set up throughout the property. Featuring Bluetooth connectivity with a 100-foot range, WAKE Amp […]

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IBC 2021 in Amsterdam Is Canceled, but It Would Be a Bad Idea to Even Consider Canceling ISE Yet


The International Broadcasting Convention (IBC), the annual global show aimed at broadcasters and content creators of TV and radio programming, has canceled its planned Dec. 3-6 trade show. The show, which usually draws over 50,000 attendees and another 5000 exhibitors, issued a statement yesterday that cited the sharp rise in COVID-19 cases in the Netherlands specifically. Starting in […]

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L-Acoustics L-ISA Technology Immerses Art Fans at Beyond The Road Seoul 2021


The Hyundai Seoul department store’s ALT.1 Gallery hosted the first exhibition of Beyond The Road in Asia through November. The Seoul outing encompasses 33 different rooms in the department store, culminating with an immersive screening room. The project is a collaboration between creative producer Colin Nightingale, creative director Stephen Dobbie and electronic music artist James Lavelle of the famed […]

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1 Beyond and Sennheiser Combine Products To Create Voice-Activated Camera Tracking Solution


Sennheiser and 1 Beyond announced the release of a new camera tracking solution that offers voice-activated camera tracking for rooms of any size such as classrooms, boardrooms, multipurpose meeting spaces and more. 1 Beyond says many systems using the integration of the 1 Beyond Automate VX and Sennheiser’s Team Connect Ceiling 2 (TCC2) have been […]

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Atlona Releases OCS-900N Network-enabled Occupancy Sensor for Automation Applications


Atlona has expanded its portfolio of touch-free AV control components by introducing a network-enabled, multi-function sensor designed for a wide variety of automation applications. The new AT-OCS-900N detects occupancy, temperature and ambient light to trigger Atlona AV solutions or third-party devices over an IP network. It is available immediately. The ceiling-mounted OCS-900N uses passive infrared […]

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SDVoE Alliance and Xyte Partnership Will Provide Monitoring and Management Service for Alliance Members


Cloud services company Xyte announced a strategic partnership with the SDVoE Alliance that will bring Xyte’s cloud connectivity platform to all 54 SDVoE Alliance members, providing a unified monitoring and management platform for more than 700 members products. SDVoE Alliance members now have access to the standardized monitoring and management platform to launch revenue-generating managed […]

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Panasonic To Release PT-VMZ71 Series of LCD Projectors To Replace PT-VMZ60 Series


Panasonic announced its latest series of LCD projectors to meet the emerging needs of education and business for collaboration and clear and vivid images. The PT-VMZ71 Series offers four WUXGA resolution models ranging from 5200-7000 lumens and offers 3,000,000:1 contrast. Panasonic says the series is ideal for well-lit classrooms, hybrid learning environments, new workspaces and […]

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AQAV Names Bill Lawrence as Executive Director, Welcomes Kelly Perkins To Board of Directors as VP of Marketing


AQAV announced the election of its new executive director, as well as an addition to its board for 2021-2022. Bill Lawrence, vice president of engineering at Kinly U.S. and current VP of programs at AQAV, assumed the role of AQAV executive director Nov. 1, 2021. Lawrence replaces Gina Sansivero, whose four-year term ended Oct. 31, […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 1076: The Almo E4 Experience: LIVE in Dallas Nov. 30 With a Hybrid Global Experience Using LAVNCH


We’re excited to be partnering with Almo to bring the first (ever) truly hybrid AV event to the market. Using the LAVNCH HYBRID Platform, Almo Pro A/V will hold its live, in-person E4 Experience as it does annually, in Dallas, and — in an exclusive partnership with HB LIVE — Almo will deliver curated content to a global […]

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AVI-SPL Earns Cisco Customer Experience Specialization Certification


AVI-SPL has earned the Cisco Customer Experience (CX) Specialization certification. With this certification, Cisco recognizes how AVI-SPL’s managed services successfully connect customers with technology to elevate user experience and create new business value. AVI-SPL also recently earned the Cisco Advanced Enterprise Network Specialization in the U.S. and Cisco Advanced Collaboration Specialization in the U.K. “Achieving […]

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SDVoE Alliance Drives Content With NETGEAR, Aurora Multimedia and SNA Displays in New York City Retail and Entertainment Complex


American Dream is an expansive retail and entertainment complex nestled outside of New York City. The mall features an array of entertainment, including the Nickelodeon Universe theme park, Big Snow American Dream ski slopes, a 25,000-square foot “City Under the Sea”-themed aquarium and the DreamWorks Water Park. The ultimate luxury destination, The Avenue, features an […]

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