Tis the Season

Tis the season and technology managers are seeing green. They are dreaming of purchases arriving in boxes. Red lights are everywhere! Yes, it is the holiday season, but that is not what I am referencing. In higher education, it is also budget season. The vast majority of higher education institutions have a fiscal year that […]

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Working in a Hyper-Political World

Perhaps it is due to the recent mid-term elections in the United States, but it seems to me that political discussion, references and opinions have entered more and more into our professional lives. A Fortune magazine article recently detailed the ban that Meta has put in place on the discussion of “sensitive” topics at work. […]

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Get Ready for ISE 2023!

By ISE Team The world’s leading AV and systems integration exhibition is back for another unmissable event: ISE 2023, 31 January – 3 February 2023, Barcelona Integrated Systems Europe (ISE 2023) promises to deliver a vibrant edition, showcasing a wealth of new technology and providing plenty of opportunity to connect with leaders and innovators throughout […]

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The Flexibility vs. Performance Trade-off

“For every action (force) in nature there is an equal and opposite reaction.” – Sir Isaac Newton I talk to a lot of people about the future of work and how businesses are rethinking their real estate footprints and spaces to adapt to the reality of a hybrid future. Companies want people to come back […]

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Creating Future #AVtweeps

A recent online discussion hit a familiar theme in AV. How do we attract people to this field? Many of the same questions and suggestions that have been discussed over the years came back up. Do credentials matter? Does credentialing help attract people? Should there be a track in a community college or trade school […]

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Home Content Creation in Flux after Record Levels of Growth

By James Kirby Futuresource Consulting After an extremely successful year in 2020, the home content creation market has undergone a major transformation. Whilst demand is currently experiencing a slowdown, 2021 broke records in terms of market value. That’s according to a new content creator report from Futuresource Consulting, which combines in-depth industry interviews with a […]

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Learning Spaces

In higher education, we spend a lot of time thinking about the technology that goes into classrooms. In my blog from last month, I wrote about what the perfect classroom would look like. I focused on technology and how technology can make our classrooms work better. Yet — everyone who works as a technology manager […]

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ProAV: Are Women Fully Welcome?

By Peter Hansen and Joé Lloyd AVIXA So many of us have found our home here in the ProAV community. We’ve entered, been made to feel comfortable, developed professionally, even thrived. But not everyone shares this experience. As our data shows, women have not necessarily found their forever home in this industry. With underrepresentation at the forefront, possible […]

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Here’s Your Chance to See Everything MAXHUB at Zoomtopia 2022

THIS IS A PROMOTED POST If you didn’t make it to Zoomtopia this year, you were missing out. As I mentioned to Gary on rAVe [TV], it was one of the best shows/conferences I’ve ever attended. From the networking to the engaging speakers to the entertainment, I had an amazing time and I hope I […]

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Diversity in Hiring

I recently had a position open on my team, and decided that we were going to make recruiting a diverse talent pool a priority. As many have discussed over the years, IT tends to be a very homogenous area (high percentage of white men). This homogeneity leads to groupthink, customers not feeling like they are […]

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Lessons From Uber: How NOT to Respond to a Cybersecurity Incident

After suffering a major data breach six years ago, you would think that a company like Uber would be ready for more cyberattacks, but here we are. How did we get here? [insert flashback music] It was late 2016. Cyberattackers quietly breached the security perimeter of Uber networks and accessed the personal data of 57 […]

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LAVNCH WEEK 6: Let’s Talk Emerging Tech

Emerging Technologies Day was one for the books. Our presenters were incredible, the technology was captivating and the sessions were both informative and fun. I’m back to give you a quick wrap-up of the day’s events and to encourage you to register for it here and watch it yourself instead of reading my article. Anyway, […]

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Looking for a New Display? Save Your Energy!

By Mitchell Rosenberg PPDS If you’re in the business of buying visual displays, you already know of the various considerations you need to make depending on how the device will be used, where and by whom. Is the screen big enough to be seen clearly from the other side of the room? Is the pixel […]

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The Ideal Classroom

I was recently recording a podcast with a group of fellow technology managers in higher ed. A question came up that I have not thought of in quite a while: What does the ideal classroom look like? Often when we ask questions like this we limit ourselves to the current technology that we know exists, […]

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More Than One in Five US Classrooms Now Has a Non-interactive Flat Panel Display

By Chris Pennell Futuresource Consulting K-12 schools across the USA are investing in non-interactive and flat panel displays, presenting new opportunities for vendors. As AV display installations sweep through classrooms and schools’ public spaces, a new EdTech AV report from Futuresource Consulting shows that, in 2021, 16% of school rooms had a non-interactive flat panel […]

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EU Power Ruling Will Turn Off 8K Sales

March 2023 will be Armageddon for the 8K industry in Europe. New EU power consumption regulations will go into effect then — and the new power consumption limits required for 8K TVs (and microLED-based displays) are so low that experts claim no devices will pass. Not a one. This effectively bans the sale of 8K […]

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Meeting Room Camera Market Breaks $1 Billion Barrier in 2021 and Continues to Perform

By Alistair Johnston Futuresource Consulting The market for meeting room cameras continues to show buoyancy, as hybrid working patterns maintain their presence in the commercial landscape. A new report from Futuresource Consulting shows that volumes increased across every meeting room camera category last year, culminating in 15% volume growth and 19% value growth year-on-year. Meeting […]

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It’s Not Just About Your SSN — It’s About Protecting Your PII

TL;DR Tech giant Samsung suffered two major data breaches this year. It alerted those customers who were affected. Now there’s a class-action lawsuit against the company. On Sept. 6, 2022, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (hereinafter “Defendant” and/or “Samsung”). Plaintiff Shelby Harmer and thousands of individuals (hereinafter referred to as […]

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Calling All Audio Pros: What’s THE Sound of All Human Knowledge?

What is the Sound of All Human Knowledge? Here’s a challenge for audio pros and everyone else: Through an open contest, the Wikimedia Foundation invites you to create nothing less than “The Sound of All Human Knowledge.” The Wikimedia Foundation is the global nonprofit that hosts Wikipedia and Wikimedia, the movement behind Wikipedia and 12 […]

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An Analysis of Crestron’s ‘Town Hall’ Sessions: Addressing the Supply Chain

It is no secret to the AV world that most companies have dealt with incredible supply chain issues in the past 18 months. We hear horror stories of companies changing ship dates from weeks, to months to even years. It is not uncommon today to hear of 18 -24-month ship dates. For some reason, much […]

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Will Supply Chain and Inventory Problems Change AV?

In mid-August, Gary Kayye shared an advertisement from Aurora on his LinkedIn page. In the advertisement, Aurora took on Crestron’s well-known stock issue directly. You can read more about the various reactions in Steph Beckett’s blog post here. The comments are interesting as a real-life experiment regarding what works with advertising — or what doesn’t. […]

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Where Is the Innovation in AV

In technology, we often use terms like innovation and disruption. Yet, in our industry, I have been thinking lately about the lack of true innovation over the past few years. I have to think that some of this has to do with the pandemic, after all it is hard to innovate when you are simply […]

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Make a Disaster Recovery Plan

Last month I wrote about cybersecurity in schools and what steps we can take to prevent attacks from happening. I wrote in the blog that there are many things we can do to harden our security and to make our institutions less of a soft target. Yet, as I pointed out in that piece, chances […]

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Allo, Google?

Google’s Duo will rebrand as Meet with the features from both apps. But Google’s Meet’s will remain Meet. Yes, there will be just two Google Meet apps: Meet (let’s call it 1.0, the Meet app to be soon phased out) and the new Meet (let’s call it “2.0,” the new Meet app that combines both […]

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Videoconferencing Hardware Volume up 21%, as Companies Focus on Strategic Collaboration

By Alistair Johnston Futuresource Consulting Videoconferencing continues to take hold across the globe, with a new report from Futuresource Consulting revealing 21% volume growth in hardware last year, to achieve 3.3 million units. The specialist research firm also reports a 15% year-on-year increase in market value for 2021, with total global revenues reaching $5.6 billion. […]

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#HootHoot Meeting Owls Security Vulnerabilities Have Been Patched, Have Yours?

In January 2022, cybersecurity researchers at Modzero reported a handful of security vulnerabilities to Owl Labs regarding their 360-degree videoconferencing Meeting Owl, Meeting Owl Pro, Meeting Owl 3, and Whiteboard Owl. Owl Labs has since released patches for these vulnerabilities. (The below is the Meeting Owl 3, as shown at InfoComm 2022.) The security patches […]

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Identifying Your Customer’s Needs

I love it when I read something that really gets me thinking. This is what happened with Mark Coxon’s recent article “Saving the Office Park.” It is a short but worthwhile read. In it, Mark suggests that instead of finding circumstantial reasons (to keep the cafeteria employed) to have people back in the office, or […]

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Sessions: European Company Aims to Upgrade Video Meetings

It’s the Holy Grail of videoconferencing. Or maybe more like “Lord of the Rings:” One Platform to Rule Them All. Any way you look at it, it adds up to the same concept: How do we get a single platform that incorporates all the benefits of the single-purpose solutions we now use? The first company […]

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Part 2: What I Learned About the Industry by (Not Attending ISE or InfoComm, But) Watching 2,000 Product Videos

Part 2: AV-Over-IP, Software-Based AV and AI This is part 2 of an article about all the things I noticed from ISE and InfoComm this year, two shows to which I didn’t go, but as the editor in charge of video titling for rAVe [PUBS] for both, I did watch pretty much every video the […]

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Why You Should Consider Selling Office Furniture, Or at Least Consider Space Design

I’ve read Barco’s new survey of 1200 executives across 13 countries to find out how the office is changing and how workspaces are used — and it’s enlightening. My biggest takeaway? The business I want to be in right now is selling office furniture and the tech to support it! In my opinion, that’s exactly where AV […]

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Security Could Be Success or Failure for Schools

In December 2021, Lincoln College in rural Illinois suffered a devastating ransomware attack. The attack shut down all systems, including those for recruitment, retention and fundraising. While the college had preexisting fiscal problems due to the pandemic, this ransomware attack proved to be too much for the college to navigate. In the spring of 2022, […]

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Part 1: What I Learned About the Industry by (Not Attending ISE or InfoComm, But) Watching 2,000 Product Videos

Part 1: UCC and Display Technologies I didn’t go to ISE in Barcelona this year, or InfoComm in Las Vegas just a few weeks later, but as the editor in charge of video titling for rAVe [PUBS] for both, I did watch pretty much every video the team shot from both show floors, which was […]

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