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..

New Emergency Communication Products from AmpliVox Support School Safety Legislation

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According to the National Council of State Legislatures, the period of 2017-2019 has seen state legislatures propose 1,005 bills and resolutions related to school safety. Many of the bills have provisions for emergency communication procedures for school emergencies, and AmpliVox Sound Systems supports those measures. AmpliVox has long been a key provider of emergency sound […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 866: The Nureva Ecosystem Will Be on Display at Both UBTech and InfoComm

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Nureva’s engineered an ecosystem that includes interoperability with not just UCC spaces but AV meeting rooms, classrooms and even ad-hoc work spaces, too. And, at UB Tech in booth 718, they’ll not only demo their HDL300 Microphone Mist technology but also a Nureva Sketch plugin for the Intel Unite platform. Of course at InfoComm in booth […]

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Everyone Was Wrong: Microsoft Surface Hub 2S Is Real — And a Surprise Accessory

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Microsoft actually launched the Surface Hub 2 right after running out of the first version — on May 15, 2018 — yes, over a year ago. But, since then, crickets. What followed was a host of chatter from both WCD (Windows Collaboration Display) hardware manufacturers as well as from a plethora of the AV press […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 865: SDVoE Hopes to Transform the Matrix at InfoComm

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SDVoE’s President, Justin Kennington, talked InfoComm 2019 on today’s podcast — including an interesting in-booth (1143) demo that will include a 4 x 4 matrix switch built both using SDVoE and using traditional matrix switching gear (in fact, here’s a blog Justin wrote about that earlier this year). What they hope to show is the […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 864: Visix Heads to InfoComm with the Most Customizable Room Sign Line in the Market

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Want to be able to totally-customize a Room Sign for your clients in Higher Ed, corporate or UCC spaces? Well, according to Visix founder Sean Matthews — in booth 2321 at InfoComm 2019 — they’ll show you the most customizable Room Sign lineup in the digital signage industry — all Windows 10-based. You can literally edit anything and everything […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 863: Help Our Industry Grow By Joining Ignite at InfoComm — Here’s My Interview with Ignite’s Kelly Perkins

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Kelly Perkins has been on a mission that we’re all going to reap the benefits of. In less than two years, she envisioned, planned, executed and launched a totally-new industry initiative known as IGNITE. Funded by the NSCA, IGNITE connects employers with students ready-to-employ AND has an industry-based Ambassador program where you can not only help mentor your […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 862: Join Me (and Avocor) Thursday at 3pm EST for a Free UCC Webinar and Get CTS Credits

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Just listen to this podcast and you’ll hear why you should join me (and Avocor‘s Dana Corey) for a free webinar this Thursday at 3pm – and earn 1 AVIXA CTS RU, too. Almo ProAV is rAVe’s Webinar Partner and one of the fastest growing segments of AV is UCC and the Collaboration Board is a big part of that. […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 861: Watch This Siemon Demo of Cat6A Being Terminated in Less Than 60-Seconds; Fiber 90-Seconds

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Although Siemon has been around for over 100-years, it’s likely that you haven’t heard of them. But, at InfoComm 2019, they’ll be in the SDVoE Booth (booth 1143) , they hope to change all that. Siemon has engineered a fool-proof system to expedite Cat6A and Fiber termination aimed at simplifying AV-over-IP installs. And, on this videocost, Siemon’s North […]

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SDVoE at InfoComm 2019 Includes Education, Education, Education & Gary Kayye on How HDBaseT Is Dead

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At InfoComm 2019 (Orlando, June 12-14, booth 1143) the SDVoE Alliance will feature industry experts presenting 20-minute, in-booth education sessions on a variety of topics essential for system integrators, designers, consultants and tech managers who want to take advantage of the flexibility, scalability, interoperability and cost benefits of the SDVoE platform for networked AV. “Our […]

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Cable and Connector Infrastructure Company Siemon Joins SDVoE Alliance

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The SDVoE Alliance today announced that Siemon, a leading manufacturer of IT infrastructure solutions, has joined the alliance as an adopting member. At InfoComm 2019 (Orlando, June 12-14, booth 1143), industry experts will share Siemon’s vison for the AV industry in two SDVoE 20/20 in-booth education sessions: Going the Distance: AV over Fiber Made Easy […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 860: Cleerline Technology Heads to InfoComm with New Rack Enclosures, HDMI Solutions and Micro Distribution Products

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Cleerline Technology Group won accolades at last year’s InfoComm show for their CLEERFIBER transparent Fiber cables but at this year’s show they’ll focus on a wider range of new products including new rack enclosures, a new family of HDMI solutions and growth of their micro distribution products. Gary was joined on today’s podcast with Cleerline Technology Group’s Managing […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 859: IDK Heads to InfoComm with Ruggedized AV-over-IP Product to Add to Its SDVoE Ecosystem

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In addition to adding a Dante Bridge product at InfoComm 2019 in both 653, IDK will use the show to debut a new ruggedized (rental/staging) version of their IP-Ninjar family of SDVoE-based 10G AV-over-IP products. Gary was joined by IDK’s US President, Ryohei Iwasaki  and CTO Chris Miller, to talk about those new products as well as where […]

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Extron Only ProAV Manufacturer to Pass Accreditations for New UL Standard

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Extron is among a select group of professional audio/video companies to have passed the UL DAP – Data Acceptance Program accreditations for the new UL 62368-1 standard. The new standard covers a broad range of products. It applies to all Information Technology Equipment and Audio Video products rated fewer than 600 volts, as well as […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 858: BrightSign Will Demo BSN.cloud at InfoComm 2019

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BrightSign will be in booth 343 at InfoComm 2019 showing their new BSN.cloud,  their 3-part cloud management platform for digital signage including Control Cloud, Management Cloud and Content Cloud. The Control Cloud is a free subscription service for use with all connected BrightSign players. The Management Cloud offers a fee-based, data-driven cloud service that delivers a complete set of […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 857: T1V Demos ThinkHub Connect and the Awesomeness of Its MultiSite Collaboration Feature

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I love doing video demos (or what we call videocasts (podcasts) as it helps me visualize the market for something. And collaboration-baed products are my favorites right now. Well, yesterday, I did a video demo with T1V’s EVP Sales + Marketing, Adam Loritsch, and CTO Jim Morris in real-time. So, what you’re about to watch […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 856: Matrox Will Bring AV-over-IP Portfolio to InfoComm 2019; Talks SMPTE 2110 Standard

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Matrix is solidly being the AIMS (Alliance for IP Media Solutions) and their interest in the SMPTE ST 2001 standard for AV-over-IP interoperability. Matrox’s Director of Sales, Samuel Recine, joined Gary on his podcast today for an in-depth discussion on why he believes the SMPTE ST 2110 is the best path fro the commercial AV industry. It’s already […]

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Black Box Enters the 10G AV-over-IP Market with MCX Using SDVoE

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Black Box today announced the release of its new MCX, a 10G AV-over-IP system. Using what they say is a unique “enterprise level with use of the 10G SDVoE” platform, the MCX includes nine products — four decoders and five encoders that either handle copper, fiber or both. Some of the models add Dante Audio […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 855: DVIGear to Bring Formula IP Racing Simulator to InfoComm to Demo AV-over-IP

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One of the most unique applications to demo AV-over-IP no-latency at ISE was DVIGear‘s racing simulator using their DN-200 series DisplayNet Series SDVoE-based 10G AV-over-IP processing. It, alone, is a great reason to make sure you stop by booth 1725 – oh, by the way, they’ll be giving away an iPad Pro to the highest […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 854: Anchor Audio at InfoComm With Improved Battery Performance 10X and Happy Hour

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There are three reasons to head over the Anchor Audio‘s booth (6053) at InfoComm this year. First, they’re having Happy Hour in the booth on Wednesday and Thursday from 2-4. Second, according to Anchor’s Director of Sales, Nick Craig  they’re demoing their new battery technology that delivered a 10-fold improvement with over 2000 charge cycles in the Beacon […]

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Amorphous Nano-Pixel Displays That Are Thinner Than Human Hair Are Coming — Seriously!

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Plasmonic metasurfaces are being developed for use in future flat panel displays. These are basically scalable electrochromic nanopixels using plasmonics and their color gamut and high spatial resolution blows away even the best OLEDs we have today — by a factor of between 400 and 1000. Right now, according to a research paper published in […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 853: Intel Unite 4 Will Not Be All That Intel Shows at InfoComm

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Global Director of Sales for Intel Unite, Thomas Loza used today’s podcast to tease a new product launch at InfoComm 2019 in booth 3300. The Unite lets you create and manage a secure content sharing and collaboration platform for your organization. Wirelessly connect displays, employees, and mixed technology environments so your team can share and collaborate seamlessly, wherever they are. […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 852: Aurora’s Paul Harris Shows ReAX Control Platform Family of Products

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A little over a year ago, Paul Harris launched something called ReAX — a Javascript and HTML 5-based control platform that he felt would simplify control programming in the AV space. Well, now it’s ready for prime-time and his company Aurora Multimedia will head to InfoComm 2019 with 8 ReAX products to show. And, he’s still willing to […]

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Miniature USB Mic Debuts from MXL Microphones

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MXL Microphones announced the MXL AC-44 USB Conferencing Microphone today as a product that will officially debut at InfoComm (booth 3725). With a compact footprint measuring only 2.5×3″ (and 1″ tall), the AC-44 is an ideal solution for any limited space application. It can easily be affixed to medical carts for telemedicine, placed in robotics […]

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My Friend (and Projection Shootout Partner) Steve Somers Named AVIXA 2019 Distinguished Achievement Winner

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Extron and AVIXA jointly announced that Steve Somers, recently retired vice president of engineering from Extron, the winner of the 2019 Mackey Barron Distinguished Achievement Award. Each year the trade association representing the commercial AV industry worldwide recognizes outstanding AV professionals for their contributions, leadership and commitment to excellence. The Mackey Barron Distinguished Achievement Award […]

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Vidyo Acquired by Enghouse Systems Limited

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Enghouse Systems Limited announced today it has acquired Vidyo for around $40 million. Vidyo’s annual revenue is approximately $60 million. Headquartered in Hackensack, New Jersey, Vidyo is a provider of video software solutions that support visual communications across diverse end-points, networks of varying bandwidth and geographically dispersed locations. The company’s infrastructure software platform leverages patented […]

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Unite Tour Guide System from beyerdynamic to Make InfoComm 2019 Debut

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beyerdynamic will officially debut Unite, a tour guide, interpretation, assisted listening and digital presentation wireless system, will make its U.S. debut in booth 5768 at InfoComm 2019. From tour guides, through voice transmission for speeches, to interpreter applications — Unite is marketed as a complete wireless solution. The silent public address provides support for people […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 851: Stem Audio’s UCC-Based Audio Ecosystem Explained

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Last week, Stem Audio debuted a family of audio products that aims to simplify the design, set-up, integration and management of UCC-based rooms. How? Well, on today’s pre-InfoComm 2019 videocast, Gary was joined by Stem’s CEO, Jacob Marash, who not only showed how the system works, but also explained the ecosystem, product-by-product. In addition, he hints that the […]

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Marantz Debuts Two New AV Receivers for ProAV

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Marantz today announced the NR1510 and NR1710 slimline 4K Ultra HD AV receivers. Housed within the compact chassis, they include Dolby Atmos, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology, DTS:X and DTS Virtual:Xto create startlingly lifelike cinematic experiences.The NR1710’s Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology gives users a 3D listening experience without the need for dedicated height or […]

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Yamaha Unified Communications Details InfoComm 2019 Plans

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Yamaha Unified Communications has announced it will show the latest additions to its broad portfolio of UC solutions at InfoComm 2019. At booth 4961, Yamaha UC will demonstrate the new wireless extension mic for the CS-700 SIP Video Sound Bar, new solutions for medium sized conference spaces and open spaces, along with the award-winning YVC-200 […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 850: XTEN-AV is About to Make D-Tools Obsolete

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We are not kidding with that headline. D-Tools will not survive the capabilities of XTEN-AV — nor can they compete with their pricing model. Don’t believe me, watch this demo and you tell me what D-Tools does that this doesn’t do? And, then, compare what you’re paying for D-Tools to what you’d pay for this — […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 849: RGBlink Used rAVe RADIO to Debut D4 and XPOSE V2

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At InfoComm, RGBlink will have two major announcements — the first is a new D4 2-channel 4K presentation switcher and the second is Version 2 of their XPOSE control and configuration software. Neither has been launched yet but Gary got the scoop on them from RGBlink’s Justin Knox during today’s podcast! RGBlink is in booth 601 at InfoComm […]

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DiGiCo to Show New Products and Upgrades at InfoComm 2019

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Drawing more than 40,000 attendees each year, InfoComm ranks as North America’s largest dedicated pro-AV exhibition and frequently serves as one of DiGiCo’s primary global launch sites for new products. This year promises to be no exception, as DiGiCo will be showcasing a variety of exciting new offerings as well as upgrades to its current […]

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