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..

Quividi Adds Vehicle Classification Feature to AMP Outdoor DOOH Measurement Tool

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Quividi announced a new vehicle detection and classification feature to its AMP Outdoor software that will measure, contextualize and optimize DOOH communication in urban environments. Based on Intel’s OpenVINO, the solution counts the numbers of vehicles passing next to a point of interest. It then breaks passing cars down by type (car, bus, van, etc.) […]

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Nortek Control Launches 4-channel Onboard Network Video Recorder Software for ELAN Surveillance Systems

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Nortek Control launched a new ELAN 4-Channel Onboard Network Video Recorder (NVR), a software-based recording solution for ELAN surveillance systems. It is tailored to mid-market and smaller installations and expands offerings for custom integrators, builders and homeowners.  Features of the ELAN 4-Channel Onboard NVR include faster installation, setup and operation; 24/7 remote access and control via the ELAN […]

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Barco Celebrates Production of 100,000 Digital Cinema Projectors

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Barco announced it has reached an achievement of the production of 100,000 digital cinema projectors. At the turn of the 21st century, the film and cinema experience underwent an unprecedented change as it moved from the traditional analog world of celluloid film into a new digital age. Barco says the digitalization of cinema accelerated after […]

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Extron Updates DTP Crosspoint and IN Presentation Switcher Series for Enhanced Deployment and Functionality

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Extron announced that its presentation switchers have been upgraded with quad-core control processors. This includes the new IPCP Q models within the DTP CrossPoint Series and the IN Presentation Switcher Series. The Extron DTP CrossPoint 4K Series matrix switchers are available in 10×8, 8×6, 8×4 and 8×2 sizes. They include 4K inputs and outputs, built-in […]

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Shure IntelliMix Room DSP 3.1 Blocks Keyboard Tapping and Chip Bag Noise from UCC Meetings

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Have you ever heard or been the person addressed as, “What’s that noise? Could you mute your mic, please?” That “noise” can range from someone tapping on the microphone or opening a bag of chips to silverware clinking when meals are served during meetings that span international time zones. Now, Shure IntelliMix Room DSP (version 3.1) […]

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LynTec Will Showcase New Lighting Control Products at InfoComm 2021

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LynTec announced it will showcase its new lighting control product lineup with the LCP Lighting Control Panel Series and Narrow Profile Panelboards in Booth 6049 at InfoComm 2021 in Orlando, Florida. The company will also display its RPC family of power control solutions and the Xtend Power Control (XPC) Series. The LCP Series supports the […]

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DSE Show Moves Closer to Big-Time Comeback By Adding David Drain

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Questex has appointed industry veteran David Drain as DSE event programs director. Drain will build an education program for DSE 2022 that covers digital and interactive display technology from concept and design to content and analytics. You may recall that DSE (formerly the Digital Signage Expo but now known as the Digital Signage Experience) was the industry’s […]

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AVI-SPL Updates Symphony User Management Platform With Automated Workflow Capabilities

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AVI-SPL updated its user experience management platform, Symphony, with user-configurable, automated workflows for scheduled and self-healing activities across the AV, UC and collaboration solutions. The updated workflows are activated through rule-based triggers and processes that target specific end users, device types and rooms.  Administrators operating AVI-SPL Symphony can set performance and configuration alarms with assigned priority levels […]

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Xilica Partners With Sennheiser to Enhance Existing Integrated Room Solutions Products

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Xilica has partnered with Sennheiser to develop an integrated room solution that will leverage audio products from both companies aimed at iT. The Xilica-Sennheiser solution pairs the Sennheiser TeamConnect Ceiling 2 beamforming microphone array with Xilica’s ecosystem of DSP, user interfaces and network endpoints. As part of the alliance, Xilica has enabled TruVoicelift functionality of Sennheiser’s TeamConnect Ceiling […]

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Sharp NEC Display Solutions Introduces NC1803ML Laser Projector to Digital Cinema Projection Series

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Sharp NEC Display Solutions today announced the availability of the NC1803ML laser projector in its digital cinema projection series. The NC1803ML is ideal for theaters with small and medium screens, museums, houses of worship and higher education applications. The NC1803ML offers a replaceable laser module and laser light source lifespan of up to 50,000 hours. […]

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Polygiene and Catchbox Partnership Creates Antimicrobial Wireless Microphones for Safer Use

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The last thing people want to do in a post-COVID-19 world is share a microphone. Catchbox, creators of the throwable microphone, have attempted to fix this by partnering with Swedish company Polygiene to create an antimicrobial cover for its wireless microphones. Both the Catchbox cover fabric and microphone foam cap are treated with Polygiene ViralOff, […]

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Nortek Control Introduces New Proficient Signatures Landscape Series Speakers and Subwoofers, Bringing Total Series Line to 13 Products

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Nortek Control has introduced all-new Proficient Signatures Series Landscape Speakers and Landscape Subwoofers that provide outdoor audio in various environments. These additions follow the recent availability of the Proficient Protege Rock Series Outdoor Speakers, bringing a total of 13 new Proficient outdoor speakers to market in one month. The two new Proficient Landscape Speakers, PAS-AW-LS-6 […]

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Portrait Displays Releases Calman Verified ASUS ProArt Projector A1

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Portrait Displays announced the release of the Calman Verified ASUS ProArt Projector A1. The projector comes precalibrated for a Delta E < 2 color difference. A tangible Calman Verified report also accompanies each projector to authenticate calibration standards. ASUS ProArt Projector A1 features include: FHD visuals via a 3000-lumen LED light source Wireless mirroring for […]

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VuWall TRx Version 3.1 Offers Software Performance Updates and Video Wall Stitching Capabilities

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VuWall announced the release of TRx version 3.1, the company’s centralized video wall management platform. The TRx platform delivers video wall management and AV distribution together. The enhancements found in the TRx 3.1 release include: Video Wall Stitching — Users can build unlimited-sized video walls by stitching multiple VuScape video wall nodes or build an […]

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Avocor’s Latest Launch Includes Stealing BenQ’s Thunder via Partnership with Google Workspace

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Avocor today announced a global partnership with Google Workspace and also launched two new all-in-one videoconferencing and digital whiteboarding devices — the Google Meet Series One Desk 27 and Board 65. Both are touch-enabled video devices designed as part of the Google Meet Series One hardware portfolio (think Zoom Rooms and Microsoft Teams Rooms, but […]

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DVIGear Releases New Version of DisplayNet Server, DNS-20

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DVIGear has released the DNS-20, the latest version of DisplayNet Server, which provides the interface layer required to manage and control a DisplayNet system. Compatible with all current DisplayNet endpoints, the DNS-20 leverages the very latest SDVoE technology to manage, control and distribute uncompressed AV signals with resolutions of up to 4K/60p over a 10GbE […]

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PPDS Appoints Patrick VanTreese as Education Sales Manager for North America

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PPDS announced the appointment of Patrick VanTreese as its new education sales manager for North America. VanTreese will be responsible for developing and executing the company’s education division for PPDS in North America. Using his expertise in the EDU space, he is tasked with creating new business opportunities, partnerships, relationships and revenue streams while also […]

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SANUS Releases VLT7 Advanced Tilt 4D TV Wall Mount

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SANUS announced that its VLT7 Advanced Tilt 4D TV wall mount is now available. The VLT7 is compatible with TVs from 42 to 90 inches and allows for tilting of up to 15 degrees up, down, left and right. It also can extend up to 6.8 inches from the wall. The mount’s scissor mechanism provides […]

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Draper Releases Draper@Home Interior and Exterior Fabric Sales Kit

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Draper is offering a new shade fabric sales kit, which was introduced at CEDIA Expo 2021. The kit includes hundreds of Draper@Home interior and exterior fabric samples from domestic weavers Phifer and Mermet USA. “We very much designed this new kit with the custom integrator in mind,” said Penny Sitler, LEED AP, director of marketing for […]

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PPDS and ITANCIA Partner for New T-line Interactive Education Displays

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PPDS just announced a new partnership with French distributor ITANCIA to roll out its range of Philips T-Line interactive displays, built and designed for education.   Powered by Android, PPDS says the interactive Philips T-Line range is designed to enhance collaboration in education environments. Philips T-Line offers an anti-glare and anti-reflection 4K screen with multitouch technology and […]

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Screen Innovations to Exhibit New Outdoor Shades, Screens and Accessories at CEDIA Expo 2021

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Screen Innovations (SI) will demonstrate a host of new products at CEDIA Expo 2021. To see SI’s entire portfolio of shade and screen technologies and accessories, click here. SI has dedicated a 10-by-10-foot section of its CEDIA exhibit to shade and screen solutions that create comfortable, enjoyable outdoor environments. Within a custom pergola, SI will […]

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INFiLED Launches Outdoor Touring LED Rental Cabinet Solution, TITAN-X

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INFiLED just launched a new outdoor rental solution, the TITAN-X. TITAN-X high-transparency large-format outdoor touring LED solution features a pixel pitch of 8.3 millimeters and a transparency rate of 70%. INFiLED says each cabinet offers extensive load capacity and stability due to its rear triangular foldable wind bracing system. The system can resist wind speeds of 20 […]

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Vogel’s Products BV Appoints Stirling Communications Supply Co. As North American Distributor

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Vogel’s Products BV has appointed Stirling Communications Supply Co. as their distributor for North America. Stirling Communications is a New Jersey-based value-added distributor. The partnership will combine Stirling’s US-based operational support with Vogel’s market knowledge to serve customers with audiovisual solutions. “We are excited to bring Vogel’s AV mounting solutions finally to the Northern American market,” said […]

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SYNNEX Corporation and Tech Data Corporation Complete Merger, Become TD SYNNEX

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SYNNEX Corporation and Tech Data Corporation announced the successful completion of their merger. The combined company is now TD SYNNEX, led by Rich Hume as CEO. Dennis Polk, the former CEO of SYNNEX, is executive chair of the TD SYNNEX board of directors. “TD SYNNEX is uniquely positioned in today’s relentlessly transforming technology ecosystem,” said […]

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Dynacord Updates SONICUE Sound System Software With Free Control App for iOS

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Dynacord’s SONICUE sound system software has added the free SONICUE Control app for iOS devices. SONICUE sound system software addresses the entire sound system, and the release of SONICUE V1.2.2 adds enhanced functionality to the ecosystem. SONICUE Control is a panel-viewer app that allows users to operate control panels created using the SONICUE control panel […]

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Part 2: Simple Expectations of InfoComm 2021 — Exhibit Only 1 Product

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In Part 1 of my “Simple Expectations of InfoComm 2021,” series of blogs, I explained some of the elements of how InfoComm 2021 will be like no other InfoComm we’ve had in history — for OBVIOUS reasons. And, my advice to exhibitors to help them maximize their ROI and reach the attendees well was simple […]

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A Sample of CEDIA Expo 2021 Exhibitors

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CEDIA Expo will take place later this week on Sept. 1-3, 2021, at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. You can find THE rAVe Agency’s coverage of the Expo on our microsite here. “There’s no other show this year that will offer an opportunity to see and hear what’s new in the residential technology […]

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RingCentral Adds New Security, Collaboration and Communication Features

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RingCentral announced new features aimed at making them a player in the UCC market. New security and compliance features such as Dynamic End-to-End Encryption (E2EE) and a C5:2020 certification deliver data protection and secure video meetings. Dynamic E2EE for video meetings allows users to start ad-hoc and scheduled E2EE meetings and to dynamically turn E2EE […]

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Vanco International Releases Evolution EVEX4K70 4K HDR Extender

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Vanco International announced the Evolution by Vanco EVEX4K70 4K HDR Extender. According to Vanco International, this extender delivers 4K HDMI signals at 60Hz, 4:4:4 sampling, HDR and PoE up to 230 feet (70 meters) over a single Cat6 cable with zero latency. The EVEX4K70 also features bidirectional IR, allowing control from the display or the […]

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