InfoComm: Making AV a Strategic Advantage

November 28, 2016

By Cory Schaeffer Director of Systems Solutions, QSC In my current role, I am tasked to spend time working with global end-user clients. It’s been great to connect and talk with them in an effort to better understand their challenges with AV. Many of these global clients have learned that removing as many technology variables […]

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The Latest RF Auction: What We Know So Far

October 5, 2016

By Dan Daley Special to InfoComm International It’s time for our periodic update on spectrum — that invisible resource that pro audio counts on for wireless transmission, mobile companies covet for new services, and the government continues to auction off. We’re starting to get clarity on this big issue (though we’re far from done monitoring […]

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Virtual Reality: Virtually Ready for Pro AV

August 10, 2016

By Dan Daley Special to InfoComm International Like a video game, virtual reality (VR) technology allows participants to experience the world in simulated environments. But it may also change the game for the AV businesses. In the span of a couple years, the industry has seen tangential technologies, such as drones and the Internet of […]

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The Hospitality Industry Grows More Hospitable to Music — and Pro AV

July 24, 2016

By Dan Daley Special to InfoComm International Hotels have been a stalwart of event production for decades, hosting trade shows, conferences and everything in between. They’re also no strangers to live music: The hotel lounge bar has long been the setting for a wide variety of acts — cheesy and otherwise. But a cohort of […]

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Five Things We Should Stop Doing

July 14, 2016

By Jennifer Davis Chief Marketing Officer, Leyard Often we get obsessed with new ideas, new technologies, and new initiatives that we can forget that a key part of strategy is what you are going to say “no” to. This applies to us individually, in our companies and as an industry. So, what are five things […]

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Just One More Pixel: Pushing the Boundaries of Technology with CTS

July 12, 2016

When Alan Taylor, CTS, joined UK systems integrator avsnet in early 2015, one of the first things on his mind was to get the company’s 50 or so technical and service staff CTS-certified. Taylor landed the job as senior project manager partly on his qualifications. He already had his InfoComm International AV Technologist and CTS […]

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Networking in AV: Learning the Ropes

May 24, 2016

Recent graduate Victoria Barela, CTS, earned her CTS certification just two months after graduating from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Live and Installed Sound. This go-getting programmer and audio enthusiast already has an internship with Illinois integrator Zdi under her belt and is currently getting her feet wet as a part-time Junior Programmer […]

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Standards in Action

May 6, 2016

By Tim Kridel Special to InfoComm International Don’t miss the standards event of the year during InfoComm 2016 in Las Vegas. The annual Standards Plenary will be held Tues., June 7, from 1-6 p.m. Learn more about InfoComm standards and how companies are using them today. Register now. Since the beginning of the year, Electro […]

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Three Exceptional Days at InfoComm 2016: Day One

April 28, 2016

By Brad Grimes Director of Communications, InfoComm International [Editor’s note: As a politician might say, what follows depends on what you mean by “three.” Three is so relative. InfoComm 2016 is way more than three days. Maybe you’re there all week, in which case “three” really means, like, “five” or “six.” See what we mean? […]

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InfoComm: Cruisin’: Event AV on the High Seas

April 1, 2016

By Dan Daley Special to InfoComm International “Won’t you let me take you on a sea cruise?” sang Frankie Ford in 1959. Back before the jet age, ocean liners were regarded as a standard means of intercontinental travel. But in recent years, pleasure cruising — where the journey often eclipses the destination (if there even […]

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InfoComm: Digital Signage Embraces Fast Cellular Networks

March 31, 2016

By Monica Heck Special to InfoComm International As 3G and 4G LTE cellular technology – and now 5G trials — make headlines around the world in the field of mobile video delivery, the same technology has quietly emerged in the digital signage space. Swiss signage vendor Navori Labs recently disclosed that it’s powering 20,000 networked […]

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Integrators Tackle Technological Change

March 9, 2016

By Dan Daley Special to InfoComm International This is the second in a series. To learn what these AV professionals think about how the business of AV integration is changing, read our earlier report. In many ways, technology is the basis of the AV industry. But when technology changes quickly and often, as it’s been […]

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InfoComm: Wearables and Digital Signage

March 2, 2016

By Jennifer Davis Vice President of Marketing, Planar Systems and RUNCO International I have had an iWatch for several months now and have enjoyed using it for messaging notifications, calling an Uber car, making purchases, capturing ideas into Evernote or accessing boarding passes. I have found the health monitoring and alerts uncompelling and the apps […]

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InfoComm: The Changing Business of AV Integration

February 24, 2016

Dan Daley Special to InfoComm International The pro-AV business landscape has been fluid for some time. The tectonic shift from analog to digital as the technological foundation of the industry set the tone for constant change, as new platforms and formats, from digital audio to 4K video, have generated relentless technical churn. At the same […]

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InfoComm: Three Ways AV Professionals Can Improve Collaboration with IT Teams

January 14, 2016

By Cory Schaeffer The world of AV is quickly tilting toward a more IT-focused environment, as AV products evolve to better integrate with existing IP, wireless and mobile infrastructures. These advances require AV professionals to gain a deeper understanding of IT technologies and to work more closely with IT departments to deploy AV solutions. Still, […]

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InfoComm: Formal Drone Education Is Optional, But That’s About to Change

January 13, 2016

By Kevin Kelly Stampede A standardized, commercial unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) education curriculum has not yet been established by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). As a result, virtually anyone can market himself or herself as a commercial drone operator. The barriers to entry are minimal. However, as the number of businesses utilizing drones continues to […]

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