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..

BrightSign and 22MILES Partner to Create Campus Connectivity at Georgia Tech

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BrightSign announced its collaboration with 22MILES Tuesday. The partnership, according to BrightSign, is meant to improve campus connectivity at Georgia Tech University. Georgia Tech is a university of roughly 33,000 students, located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, Georgia. The university tasked its newly created digital signage department with managing and implementing a campus-wide digital […]

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Panasonic Finally Decides to Compete With Barco’s ClickShare With PressIT; And, Adds New Projectors and an IFP, Too

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Panasonic announced several UCC-based solutions Tuesday, along with technology configurations to address the need for flexible remote work and learning environments. Addressing the migration challenge of classroom learning to distance learning, Panasonic is offering a solutions-based architecture that simplifies the process and encourages remote collaboration between educators and students while replicating the in-class experience. The […]

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Dynacord Adds First Member of Its MXE Matrix Mix Engine Series

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Following the launch of the IPX and TGX amplifiers and SONICUE sound system software, Dynacord now adds the MXE5, its first member of the MXE matrix mix engine series. The 24 x 24 crosspoint-performance audio matrix offers both routing and mixing functionalities, with 12 analog mic/line inputs, eight line outputs and 24 Dante audio channels. […]

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Adamson Systems Engineering Releases CS-Series Loudspeakers

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Adamson Systems Engineering is officially launching its CS-Series sub-compact, networkable loudspeakers with onboard amplification, DSP and Milan-ready AVB connectivity. The CS-Series loudspeaker offerings are available as stand-alone products or as an upgrade to existing S-Series enclosures. Their Milan-ready AVB architecture offers network integration and boasts built-in network redundancy contained in a single cable to relay […]

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ATEN Technology Launches New Video Capture and Mixer Device — the UC3022 CAMLIVE PRO

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ATEN Technology launched its new video capture and mixer device Tuesday. According to ATEN, the device is designed to stream two 4K cameras. The UC3022 CAMLIVE PRO is also intended for the following applications: videoconferencing, livestreaming, distance learning and online worship. The CAMLIVE PRO combines video capturing, mixing, encoding and two-channel video-source-switching from HDMI cameras […]

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Denon Could Become the Ultimate High-end Audio Company if Parent Buys B&W

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Bowers & Wilkins, THE high-end in performance audio, has begun early-stage talks with Sound United LLC — parent company to Denon, Polk Audio, Marantz, Definitive Technology, HEOS, Classé and Boston Acoustics — to explore opportunities for the two businesses to combine. “Discussions between Bowers & Wilkins and Sound United are at an early stage with […]

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Audinate Dante Reference Design Kit for Dante Embedded Platform Available This Summer

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Audinate announced the availability Monday of a reference design kit for Dante Embedded Platform on the NXP i.MX 8M Mini QuadLite SoC, which provides Dante audio-over-IP to OEMs as on-chip software. This means we will see these solutions as final products in Q1 2021. Solutions developed for standard computing hardware platforms such as ARM are […]

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Lumens Digital Optics Announces New Document Camera — the Ladibug DC172

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Lumens Digital Optics announced the Ladibug DC172 Monday. It’s the latest addition to its range of document cameras. With its 4K UHD output resolution at 30 fps, the camera claims no 4K latency, too. It’s equipped with HDMI and USB outputs, and display up to 4K resolution images on the monitor. It also supports an […]

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Salary for a Full-time AV Tech Is Now $64,959 in the US

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The new 2020 Macroeconomics Trends Analysis (META): Pro AV Channel Employment Report, produced by AVIXA, looks at the global workforce in the ProAV industry, beginning with the impact of the macroeconomy and diving into job categories, salaries, education, skills and other factors. The Pro AV Channel Employment Report survey respondents reported substantial raises for 2019, […]

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AVer Announces Certified Video Collaboration Solutions for Microsoft

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THIS IS A PROMOTED POST FROM AVer INFORMATION INC. AVer has announced a collaboration focused on creating videoconferencing technologies that work with Microsoft software. AVer Video Collaboration Solutions for Microsoft will be a complete line of AVer USB videoconferencing products developed and certified with Microsoft Teams in mind. These AVer products will feature HD cameras, […]

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Former Head of Sales at Poly, Kathleen Blackmom, Joins DTEN

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Kathleen Blackmon joins DTEN as head of U.S. channel sales, with over 20 years of related experience. She will guide a team to expand the DTEN channel strategy, nurture new and existing partnerships and manage an assertive growth plan. “Kathleen brings industry expertise, strategic direction and immense enthusiasm to this new DTEN role,” said Peter […]

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CTOUCH, Barco and Kinly Deliver a Glimpse of “New Normal” Corporate Training

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CTOUCH, Barco and Kinly built a unique virtual training room at the CTOUCH office in Eindhoven, Netherlands. This is a unique look into what could become a new way to meet face-to-face without being in the same room. “At this moment, there are only a couple of these training facilities in the Netherlands,” said CTOUCH […]

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Atmos Home Is Now Shipping the AtmosRemote

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Atmos Home today announced the company is finally shipping the AtmosRemote, first-debuted in 2019. The AtmosRemote is a single handheld device providing access to every media device and dozens of smart home gadgets. Through a touch panel, homeowners can control every wireless and IoT device in their home either via touch screen, local voice commands, […]

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Environmental Lights Launches New 4-in-1 LED Strip Light

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Environmental Lights announced the launch of its new MaxRun 4-in-1 5050 LED Strip Light on Thursday. MaxRun 4-in-1 5050 LED Strip Light is designed to solve the creative challenges where a continuous run of color is needed. According to the company, MaxRun 4-in-1 is one of the first 4-in-1 LED strip lights that can light […]

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Renkus-Heinz Has a New Single-Array Module — the Iconyx Compact Series 12/3-RN

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Renkus-Heinz just introduced what may be the best single-array module ever in the form of the Iconyx Compact Series 12/3-RN. The Iconyx Compact Series brings the flexibility of the Iconyx to a smaller footprint array, filling a need for integrators seeking integration options in the “medium-sized” installations typical in the house of worship, corporate, transportation, […]

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Portrait Displays Launches Calman 2020

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Portrait Displays has announced the release of Calman 2020 — an addition to its Calman color calibration solutions. Calman is designed to make the users’ jobs easier by streamlining calibration methods and providing consistent updates with the latest features, according to the company. Calman 2020 boasts several new features, including Calman Ready AutoCal support for […]

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Jetbuilt Celebrates Fifth Anniversary, Releases Prototype Code

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Jetbuilt just celebrated its fifth anniversary with the release of its prototype code, available at prototype.jetbuilt.com, to showcase its proof of concept experienced by selected integrators and investors in 2015. Jetbuilt, introduced at InfoComm 2015, will honor its anniversary during InfoComm 2020 Connected from June 16-20, 2020. Launched by industry integrator Paul Dexter, Jetbuilt was […]

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Facial Recognition Is DEAD in the Digital Signage Market

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Technology seems to be able to do nearly everything — unless the government steps in and says, “No, it can’t.” And, that’s precisely what happened with the concept of facial recognition. Everyone’s experienced it. Everyone’s probably used it, too, if they have a Facebook account or use Apple devices — facial recognition is a giant […]

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NEC Unveils Brightest Projector in its PA Laser Projector Series

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NEC Display Solutions of America launched the brightest projector in its PA laser projector series, the PA1004UL. It has 10,000 lumens of brightness. The WUXGA resolution PA1004UL’s claim-to-fame is how quiet it is — at a 35 dB operating noise level — like 30% quieter than any other projector in its brightness category. This quiet […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 986: WolfVision Cynap the Perfect BYOM UCC Product?

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Gary was joined on today’s Videocast with WolfVision’s Michael Lisi to talk Cynap, the VCX Conference and the future of UCC via BYOM and full collaboration. Cynap is well-positioned to be the ultimate BYOM (bring your own meeting) UCC product to drive both local and distance-based collaboration in classrooms and meeting rooms. Watch and see why!

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Navori Labs Launches QL Access Control Add-on to Its Signage Software

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Navori Labs announced the launch of QL Access Control, a new feature developed in response to COVID-19, as an add-on to its QL digital signage software. According to Navori, QL Access Control enables retailers and public spaces to monitor and secure entry and exit traffic in compliance with the latest health regulations. QL Access Control […]

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Studio Technologies Releases New Headset Aimed at Esports

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Studio Technologies has released the Model 207 Esports Console. According to the company, the console helps to make esports events more compelling by opening the lines of communication, allowing production personnel, team coaches and fans to hear what the players are discussing during gameplay. The solution also prevents teams from hearing their competitors or the […]

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Digital Projection Launches Satellite Modular Laser System

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Digital Projection launched the Satellite Modular Laser System (Satellite MLS) for the North American market on Thursday. This allows the separation of the pure laser light engine, with the associated power and thermal management, to a remote location. It then enables a compact and virtually silent projection “head” that primarily contains optics, video processing and […]

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Parasound Introduces New Amplifier Aimed at Commercial and Residential Installers

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Parasound has introduced a 12-channel, 2-ohm power amplifier aimed at commercial and residential audio systems installers with power options for stereo audio in six rooms (zones) and 24 individual speakers. The Parasound ZoneMaster ZM 12 drives two channels at 120 watts each, 8 ohms, with the remaining 10 channels at 60 watts each. With 4-ohm […]

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New Security Solution From Viking Can Monitor Phone Lines, Measure Voltage Drop

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The new Viking LVR-1 is designed to augment a security system by monitoring analog phone lines and measuring any voltage drop. This drop is programmed to activate relay contacts that signal a nonworking phone line. When the voltage on an analog phone line monitored by the LVR-1 drops below 2 volts, the LVR-1 begins a […]

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Kinly Buys AVMI; Now a Top 5 Global UCC Company

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Kinly, headquartered in Amsterdam, announced the acquisition Tuesday of AVMI, an AV integrator headquartered in London. The acquisition of AVMI strengthens Kinly’s position in the EMEA and likely makes them the third or fourth-largest service provider focused on UCC services, globally. Together, Kinly and AVMI will offer a proposition in the virtual collaboration space to […]

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Extron Partners With GoTo for LogMeIn’s GoToRoom Conference Room Solution

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Extron announced Tuesday it has partnered with GoTo to integrate audio, video and control technologies with LogMeIn’s GoToRoom conference room solution. Basic Extron and GoToRoom systems include an Extron IP Link Pro processor that provides everything needed to control a wide variety of conferencing and audiovisual functions in a room with a Dolby Voice System. […]

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Plantronics and Poly Have a New Series of Solutions for Microsoft Teams Rooms

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Plantronics and Poly unveiled a new series of Poly Room Solutions for Microsoft Teams Rooms Friday. These are the Poly G10-T, G40-T and G80-T. The listed solutions include audio and video tools for users on Microsoft Teams and give IT managers the ability to scale for meeting rooms of all sizes. Teams has more than […]

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Nominations Now Open for Ninth Annual Readers’ Choice Awards

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We weren’t sure whether to continue with the Readers’ Choice Awards this year. To be honest, with COVID-19 affecting so many different aspects of our work and our lives, it didn’t seem like the right time. That’s when it hit us. We began giving out these awards as a way to let our audience tell […]

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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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