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..

Rants and rAVes — Episode 827: What is NEC Showing at DSE?

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This is the official launch-podcast for NEC at the DSE (Digital Signage Expo) show. In addition, to a refresh of their entire LCD lineup, NEC is launching a new, unique 49” display in Vegas next month, 55” 4K display as well as new signage projectors and LEDs . Which signage markets are growing the fastest and what can you expect to […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 826: Panacast Makes Two Splashes Since ISE

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The all-new Panacast 3 panoramic camera is shipping right as they ink a deal to be acquired by GN Audio – of Jabra-fame. In today’s podcast, Gary is joined by Aurangzeb Khan, President & CEO at Altia Systems — makers of the Panacast line — and they talk about the pending acquisition, their ISE showing and they even hint at […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 825: A Post-ISE Review of Philips and Their New LEDs and Hotel TV’s

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At ISE 2019, Philips launched a totally-new family of LEDs fringing from 1.2mm to 4mm and we were there for the debut. In addition, their new line of Hotel TV’s pioneered something that every hotel chain has been asking for – integrated wireless BYOD sharing via Chromecast. So, now, anyone can stream anything to a Philips Hotel […]

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New Loxone Low Voltage LED Light Fixtures Released for U.S.-Based CIs

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Loxone’s smart LED lighting solution is expanding: LED Spots, Ceiling Lights and Pendulum Slims are now available to the U.S. market. The lighting trio works together, along with other Loxone smart home products, to transform any room with customizable lighting moods, tunable white lighting effect, true automation and minimal user interaction. Each fixture helps reduce […]

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Unified Communications & Collaboration Market to Be $60 Billion by 2025

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Unified Communications & Collaboration Market is set to grow from its current market value of more than $32 billion to over $60 billion by 2025, according to a new research report by Global Market Insights, Inc. The unified communications and collaboration market growth is attributed to the growing penetration of mobile devices and increasing adoption […]

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J&S Audio Visual (JSAV) Acquires Buffalo-Based BAV

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JSAV has completed the acquisition of Buffalo, NY-based BAV. The combination of these two long-standing integrated audio-visual companies enables both to reach further outside their established markets. With a shared commitment to their clients and the highest level of quality reflected in both company’s outstanding customer satisfaction ratings, together JSAV and BAV have a combined […]

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Shure CEO Christine Schyvinck to Keynote the AVIXA Women’s Council Breakfast at InfoComm 2019

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The AVIXA Women’s Council, a global community for supporting and empowering women in the AV industry, will host its annual breakfast event at InfoComm 2019, on Thurs., June 13, with keynote speaker Christine Schyvinck, president and CEO of Shure Incorporated. At the breakfast, Schyvinck will discuss attracting and retaining women in the audiovisual and technology […]

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Enterprise Connect 2019 Spotlights Women in Communications

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Enterprise Connect today highlights new additions to this year’s programming that encourages productive, collaborative and inspiring conversation around the importance of creating opportunity for women in the communications industry. In addition to a keynote lineup comprised of more than half women headliners, the 2019 event will offer insightful panels, valuable networking, and important conversations on […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 824: AV People #13: Meet Rosanne Lang – A Tradeshow Jedi Master

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On today’s AV People we feature UX guru in Crestron’s Rosanne Lang — the Yoda of AV Tradeshow directors. Rosanne basically fell into the AV industry working for a small (now giant) remote control company in her home town. Gary’s discussion with Rosanne spans her nearly 30-year career in AV, her love of cooking (baking, specifically), her sons […]

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Collaboration Board Market Sees Nearly 40 Percent Growth in 2018

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Interactive Flat Panel Displays (i.e., collaboration boards) continued to be a considerable success in 2018 in the education and corporate markets. By Q4, 83 percent of all interactive display sales were IFPDs, increasing from 73 percent last year, according to the latest research from Futuresource Consulting. 55 of the 67 countries that Futuresource track had […]

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SYNNEX VISUALSolv Growth Continues With Advisory Council, Training and More

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As SYNNEX’s VISUALSolv group continues to address the need for cohesive technology solutions around digital signage, professional AV, physical security and collaborative communications, the company has announced several new channel investments. According to Sandi Stambaugh, vice president, product management, SYNNEX Corporation, “One of our strategic goals as a distributor is to fully understand our customers’ […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 823: Absen Reviews ISE and Prepares for DSE and NAB

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Today’s podcast with ABSEN is to not only talk about their ISE presence last month but also to prepare you for their upcoming stint in Las Vegas with both DSE (Digital Signage Expo) and NAB (National Association or Broadcasters). Absen will be at both. And then, InfoComm. Gary was joined by ABSEN’s own Alison Maxson who explains their show plan […]

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Rants and rAVes —Episode 822: A Discussion of VuWall’s AV-over-IP Videowall Ecosystem

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VuWall has a unique solution that addresses the needs of connecting and integrating both legacy (HDMI/VGA) sources as well as network sources into a Videowall, network operations center or presentation system. Their ecosystem allows for it all, regardless of source or destination signal type, to be controlled, switched and managed via their proprietary ecosystem software platform. […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 821: The SDVoE AV-over-IP vs 1G Debate

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Gary was joined on this post-ISE podcast with SDVoE‘s Justin Kennington to talk all about AV-over-IP. He’s bullish on 10G and a bear on 1G – and he makes no bones about it. And, although he and Gary may disagree on the importance of a 1G AV-over-IP system, he’s steadfast in his belief that IT and AV professionals […]

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SDVoE Design Partner Training and Certification Program Now Approved for AVIXA CTS Renewal Units

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The SDVoE Alliance today announced it is an official AVIXA Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) Renewal Unit (RU) Provider. The online SDVoE Design Partner Program now offers AVIXA CTS RUs along with SDVoE certification. This first-of-its-kind online program, available through the SDVoE Academy, publicly recognizes experts in the creation of SDVoE systems that take advantage of […]

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Extron Now Shipping eBUS Button Panel That Puts Powerful AV Control in the Rack

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Extron has announced the immediate availability of the EBP 108 RAAP Rack Mount eBUS Button Panel. The EBP 108 RAAP is a fully-customizable AV system control interface designed for use with Extron eBUS-enabled control systems. This control panel connects to an IPCP Pro control processor to perform a wide variety of AV system functions such […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 820: Watch This LIVE Demo of the Monitors Anywhere USB-Based Videowall Solution

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One of those hidden-gems at ISE this year was a company called Monitors Anywhere – it’s likely you haven’t heard of them but they are doing some creative things using Window’s Extended Desktop. For one, the least-expensive video wall solution I’ve ever seen – like 1/10th the cost of anything else. Yes, 1/10th. So, I asked Monitors […]

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EAW Launches KF810P Installation Line Array

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Eastern Acoustic Works has launched the new KF810P installation line array, the latest model in the company’s KF800 series. As with other KF-series loudspeakers, the KF810P is a three-way system with broadband pattern control. Designed specifically for installed applications, it incorporates aesthetics offered in black or white, invisible wiring and concealed three-point rigging. A weather-rated […]

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ClearOne Ships New Ceiling Tile Beamforming Mic Array

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ClearOne today announced that it has begun global shipments of its recently debuted and patented Beamforming Microphone Array Ceiling Tile (BMA CT) to systems integrators. The BMA CT is designed so that multi-array setups can utilize a single, low-channel count DSP mixer, including acoustic echo cancellation, noise cancellation and beam selection. Further simplification comes from […]

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IHSE USA Announces Draco Prepackaged HDMI 2.0 Matrix KVM System

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IHSE USA today introduced Draco compact ultra, a prepackaged KVM matrix solution for HDMI 2.0. Supporting configurations offered as 16×8 to 32×16, the Draco compact ultra enables switching of HDMI 2.0 computer video with embedded stereo audio and USB-HID for keyboard and mouse connections. Draco compact ultra features IHSE’s Flex-Port technology enabling pre-configuring ports to […]

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Remote Production Control Over IP Now Available with Commander UI for BPswitch Systems

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Broadcast Pix today announced the upgraded Broadcast Pix Commander, which allows browser-based switching on mobile devices, is now available. The touchscreen control platform for BPswitch integrated production switchers now provides IP-based remote control of servers and robotic cameras, access to all workflow tools and full-motion viewing of production elements through a standard internet connection. Using […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 819: A Review of the Nureva ISE Presence with Rob Abbott

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Nureva added a new feature to their HDL 300 Microphone Mist and Speaker-bar offering at ISE 2019 called Active Zone Control  AS a user of the HDL 300, this is the perfect feature addition for rAVe founder, Gary Kayye, and his UNC classroom. In his case, the HDL 300 is used as a microphone array system to […]

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The ELAN New Home Program Expands into the Nortek Security & Control New Home Program with a Full Array of New Solutions

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Nortek Security & Control LLC (NSC) today announced the expansion of its newly rebranded Nortek Security & Control New Home Program, which now includes the company’s complete lineup of solutions. In addition to the solutions from NSC’s ELAN, SpeakerCraft, Panamax and other custom installation brands originally included in the ELAN New Home Program, the Nortek […]

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Rants and rAVes —Episode 818: The Digital Signage Expo is Just One Month Away – Here Are the Details

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Gary was joined by DSE’s Director of Expositions, Andrea Varrone  today to talk all about the DSE (Digital Signage Expo) show — coming in less than a month in Las Vegas. The DSE Conference starts 26th and the expo is open March 27 and 28 but there are 4-days of education, you can become digital signage certified and […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 817: SiliconCore Explains EZ-HD Series of Pre-Packaged LED Walls on rAVe RADIO

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Gary was joined on today’s podcast via video with SiliconCore‘s Director of Marketing, Johanna Ocampo and Jim Wickenhiser, Senior Vice President, to talk all about heir big launch at ISE 2019 of a new line called EZ-HD  Basically, EZ-HD is is a series of three turn-key LED displays that are 110”, 130” and 165” diagonal that are all native […]

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rAVe’s ISE 2019 Wrap-Up Video Drops!

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This is what you’ve all been waiting for! The 2019 ISE Wrap-Up video. Each year, we produce a wrap-up video to give you a glimpse of the ISE Show in Amsterdam and get a feel for what the entire show floor is like. Are you in it? Is your company highlighted? Check it out:

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GN Audio Acquires Altia Systems

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Today, GN Audio has signed an agreement to acquire Altia Systems Inc. (“Altia Systems”). Altia Systems, based in Cupertino, California (USA), is the maker of the PanaCast camera systems used in UCC applications. This market is expected to grow significantly from a currently low penetration rate fueled by easy to use (plug and play), integrated […]

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Savant to Unveil Cloud-to-Cloud Integration with Resideo’s Honeywell Home T Series Smart Thermostats

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Savant has announced compatibility between its control platform and Resideo’s Honeywell Home T Series Smart Thermostats. Homeowners with a Honeywell Home T5, T6, T9 or T10 PRO Smart Thermostat from Resideo can simply say “I’m hot” or “I’m cold” into the Savant Pro Remote to trigger a two-degree adjustment of the temperature setting. Users can […]

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Extron Debuts Cool In-Ceiling Subwoofer Dubbed the SoundField SF 10C SUB

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Extron just announced a very unique way to add a subwoofer to a meeting room, boardroom or classroom in the form of the SF 10C SUB, an in-ceiling subwoofer that complements the Extron range of ceiling and pendant speakers. A novel suspended-by-wire mounting design completely isolates the subwoofer from the ceiling grid. A 10-inch driver […]

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NSCA Adds to Business Accelerator and Member Advisory Council Programs

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NSCA has announced new additions to its Business Accelerator and Member Advisory Council programs. The services offered by these providers are created exclusively for NSCA members to streamline business processes, establish marketing differentiators, build lead-generation pipelines and gain access to capital. New NSCA Business Accelerators available to members include: Deluxe, which offers integrators and manufacturers […]

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Welcome to Gary Kayye’s 2019 Krystal Ball – What Will Happen in AV in 2019

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I love writing this annual predictions article. If you’re a regular reader, you already know this but for those that don’t, my Kayye’s Krystal Ball piece is an annual article where I not only tell you what I think is going to happen in the AV market for the upcoming year, but I also go […]

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Our ISE Show Coverage Is More Than Every Other AV Publications’ in the World Combined

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rAVe [PUBS] and rAVe [NOW] just returned from the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) show last week in Amsterdam and we covered the show floor with nearly 20 reporters. You want proof? Well here you go: We shot over 1,500 new product videos on the show floor — yes, 1,500 We wrote up over 350 new […]

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