PPDS To Include Chromecast Wireless Streaming Tech on All Google-Certified Hospitality TVs

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PPDS (aka: Philips Digital Signage) is including Chromecast wireless streaming technology on all current and future Google certified, Philips MediaSuite hospitality TVs. PPDS says its Chromecast built-in has been welcomed by hoteliers and hospitality integrators globally following Google’s announcement, made on Sept. 22, that it will discontinue its third generation external Chromecast — a unit […]

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

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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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ScreenBeam Partners With Maxhub for Wireless Screen-Sharing and Conferencing Solution

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ScreenBeam announced its partnership with Maxhub to combine ScreenBeam 1100 Plus, its wireless screen-sharing and conferencing solution, with Maxhub’s cameras. The companies say this technology alliance aims to grant organizations access to effortless videoconferencing and Bring Your Own Meeting (BYOM) experiences in any working space. The ScreenBeam 1100 Plus wireless presentation platform also provides agnostic […]

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Sustainability in AV Organization Launches First SAVe Certification Program

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The Sustainability in AV (SAVe) nonprofit organization launched its first SAVe Certification Program on June 21, 2022, in partnership with Washington-based audiovisual integrator, Tempest Technologies. “Tempest Technologies has always recognized our responsibility to the community,” said owner of Tempest Technologies, Debbie Williamson. “Becoming SAVe Certified is part of our effort to take that commitment a step further. It […]

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Savant Systems Expands Savant Power System

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Savant Systems is expanding its Savant Power System to include additional power modules, power hubs and power monitoring tools. The new hardware is designed to expand installation flexibility as well as system and price scalability. The Savant Power Systems can be designed to control and monitor a few main use circuits or to manage all […]

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Ricoh to Acquire Cenero

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Ricoh announced the acquisition of Cenero, LLC, an audiovisual technology, unified communications and IT solutions provider. Headquartered in Malvern, Pennsylvania, Cenero offers a range of solutions that improve communication, drive productivity and empower collaboration.  Their suite of solutions includes systems design and delivery, as well as managed services that complement Ricoh’s portfolio of remote and hybrid […]

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Optoma Launches Creative Touch Interactive Flat Panel Displays for Education and Corporate

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Optoma launched its new Creative Touch Interactive Flat Panel Displays (IFPDs) for education and corporate environments. Creative Board is a whiteboard with a floating toolbar. And, the new Creative Board provides users with an infinity canvas feature that allows users to embed browser pages to the screen thus, you can pull information such as images […]

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Shure MV7 Is Now a Zoom Personal Workspace Certified ‘ProMic’

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Shure designed the MV7 microphone specifically for UCC applications. The MV7 microphone enhanced its status as a top microphone for hybrid work, becoming one of the first to be certified under the “ProMic” category of Zoom’s Personal Workspace Certified Hardware. As you likely know, the Zoom Hardware Certification Program helps customers identify hardware solutions that […]

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PTZOptics Announces Move Line and Studio Pro, HuddleCamHD Announces MiniTrack 4K Pro

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PTZOptics, and sister company HuddleCamHD, announced a slate of new camera releases. The PTZOptics Move line is a new line of PTZ cameras designed for universal compatibility, so every Move camera has outputs for SDI, HDMI, USB and IP. PTZOptics will offer the Move line with either 12X, 20X or 30X optical zoom, all with […]

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Will Supply Chain and Inventory Problems Change AV?

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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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AVI-SPL Is Now a Microsoft Managed Partner

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AVI-SPL announced today that it has become a Microsoft Managed Partner, enhancing its role as an “end-to-end lifecycle management solutions provider for Microsoft Teams and Microsoft Teams Rooms.” Less than 1% of the 400,000 organizations in the worldwide Microsoft Partner Network earn Microsoft Managed Partner status. To be selected as a Managed Partner, AVI-SPL “consistently demonstrated […]

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Exertis Almo Plans Two Single-Day E4 Experience Events for Fall 2022

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For the first time in three years and as a fully unified division, Exertis Almo is returning to the Eastern region to deliver two single-day E4 Experience events that cater specifically to local area resellers, integrators and their end users. Billed as the most recognized and valuable one-day education/training and product showcase, the E4 Experience is heading to Washington, D.C. […]

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Black Box Is Now a Zoom Phone Certified Integrator

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Black Box announced that the company has become a Zoom Phone Certified Integrator, bringing Zoom’s video communications platform and cloud phone system to market. Zoom Rooms and Workspaces solutions are used around the world in board, conference, huddle and training rooms, as well as executive offices and classrooms, to help users work together comfortably and […]

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VESA Announces ClearMR Compliance Test Specification

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The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) today introduced the ClearMR Compliance Test Specification (ClearMR), an industry standard and logo program that provides a new quality metric for grading motion blur in digital displays. ClearMR is applicable to both LCD and emissive display products, including display panels, TVs, monitors and computers with embedded displays, such as […]

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DTEN ONboard 55-inch Touch-Enabled Display Now Shipping

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The DTEN ONboard is now in stock and available to order. Designed in collaboration with Zoom, DTEN’s ONboard is a touch-enabled 55-inch display optimized for Zoom’s recently introduced Whiteboard feature. However, DTEN says the ONboard can integrate with any Zoom Rooms device — including video bars — “and immediately introduces interactive touch, with the ability […]

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Auralex Acoustics Adds Three Finish Options for T’Fusor Sound Diffusor

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Auralex Acoustics just announced three new finishes for its T’Fusor sound diffusor: Carbon Fiber, Sports Car Red and Matte Black. The new T’Fusor models “retain the diffusive T’Fusor surface profile while complementing the aesthetics of any studio, stage, theater or control room.” The T’Fusor is made from highly durable ABS and is available as single […]

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Pure Resonance Audio Announces S10 All-Weather Speaker

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Pure Resonance Audio just introduced the S10, a 10″ compact all-weather speaker; a two-way full-range 70-volt outdoor speaker designed for harsh environments. Receiving an IP66 rating means the S10 is fully protected against dust or dirt particles and direct high-pressure water. Its fiber-reinforced plastic and metal enclosure with a metal grill give it durability. This […]

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Allo, Google?

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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

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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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What is USB4 and Why Should You Care? Legrand’s White Paper Tells You

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C2G is helping to educate AV and technology professionals on the ins and outs of USB4 and Type-C interfaces in its latest white paper, “A Comprehensive Guide to USB4 & Type-C for AV Pros.” The white paper, written by Legrand’s AV Technology Evangelist Joseph D. Cornwall, CTS-D/I, provides foundational knowledge of these new standards so […]

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

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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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Are You Taking Guitar Center Seriously in ProAV? If Not, You Should

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Guitar Center announced that its Business Solutions division has acquired Cutting Edge Systems Corporation, a technology installation firm in New England as a part of its aggressive growth strategy for the company’s Business Solution Group. The acquisition brings Cutting Edge’s comprehensive integration services under the umbrella of the Audio Visual Design Group (AVDG), a commercial […]

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Sessions: European Company Aims to Upgrade Video Meetings

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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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Atomos Partners With NDI, Joins IP Ecosystem

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Atomos announces support for advanced software-driven IP workflows using NDI technology. With the new partnership, Atomos joins the IP ecosystem of products and the growing number of companies enabling NDI-based workflows. Atomos now integrates NDI across the entire Connect product range as an instantly recognizable source by other NDI-enabled applications and devices connected to a standard local […]

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Want to Put on a Hybrid Event Seen by Thousands (Not Hundreds)? Do What DPAA Did — Use LAVNCH

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DPAA is a global trade marketing association connecting out-of-home media with the advertising community while moving out-of-home (OOH) to digital. The member-based association is a business accelerator that fosters collaboration between agencies and the DOOH community, providing industry-wide research and best practices in mobile integration and programmatic areas, and promoting the effectiveness of DOOH advertising. […]

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

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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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Security Could Be Success or Failure for Schools

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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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Appspace Announces New Integrations With Microsoft

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Appspace announced the launch of Appspace for Microsoft. Appspace integrations claim to enhance Microsoft’s capabilities and work from inside the Microsoft apps customers know to deliver an improved time to value and ROI. The partnership connects Microsoft Teams, SharePoint and Viva with modern intranet and employee app solutions. Organizations can now integrate company content and […]

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Sennheiser Adds Merging Technologies; Will Align With Neumann.Berlin

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Chalk it up to the list of strangely worded press releases, but acquisitions sometimes have to tread carefully because they are works in progress rather than completed deeds. A joint announcement declares Germany’s Georg Neumann GmbH and Swiss digital audio specialist Merging Technologies will be working closer together — because both are now fully part […]

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