Bridging the Gap: ITSM Tools for AV and IT

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Over the past several months at my institution, we have been implementing a new Information Technology Service Management Tool (ITSM). After looking at several different products, we chose to go forward with TeamDynamix. The cost is reasonable (not cheap, but reasonable), even for small higher ed institutions (like us). Cost was a factor in our […]

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PPDS Appoints Patrick VanTreese as Education Sales Manager for North America

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PPDS announced the appointment of Patrick VanTreese as its new education sales manager for North America. VanTreese will be responsible for developing and executing the company’s education division for PPDS in North America. Using his expertise in the EDU space, he is tasked with creating new business opportunities, partnerships, relationships and revenue streams while also […]

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Megan Dutta Joins THE rAVe Agency as LAVNCH Emerging Markets Director

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THE rAVe Agency just announced Megan A. Dutta as emerging markets director. Dutta brings more than 15 years of marketing, communications and leadership success to THE rAVe Agency. She will be instrumental in expanding rAVe LAVNCH to emerging markets and technologies. Dutta — former content director for Systems Contractor News (SCN) and Digital Signage Magazine, both […]

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SecuringAV: The Colonial Pipeline Ransomware Cyberattack — Part 2

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What motivates a hacker or group of cyberattackers? The answer is typically money. For each column in this series, rAVe writer Paul Konikowski takes a deeper dive into a recent security event or data breach, shedding light on supply chain vulnerabilities, infrastructure and cyber-physical security. The Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack in May of 2021 caused […]

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Sony’s In-Person AV Tech Expo Did Not Disappoint

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I took my third business trip post-vaccination today and headed up to New York City for Sony’s first-ever AV Tech Expo at its 25 Madison Ave. location. I’d say it was worth the masking, walking and mouth-sweating (inside the mask). The expo was primarily focused on the new B (for high-brightness) and C (for high-contrast) […]

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SecuringAV: The Colonial Pipeline Ransomware Cyberattack — Part 1

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Why did the pipeline get shut down if the hackers only attacked the business end?  For each column in this series, rAVe writer Paul Konikowski takes a deeper dive into a recent security event or data breach, shedding light on supply chain vulnerabilities, infrastructure and cyber-physical security. By now, most people heard about the Colonial […]

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Part 1: A Simple Expectation of InfoComm 2021

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We’re fewer than 100 days from InfoComm 2021 week — the first InfoComm since 2019 and the first time two InfoComm shows will be in the same town two times in a row in over 20 years. I don’t think we need to review how and why we came to where we are with this […]

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DSE Is Back on — and DSE Advisory Board Is Announced

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The yet-to-be-renamed Digital Signage Expo (or DSE) will take place March 21-23, 2022 in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Convention Center; now part of the Questex family of shows. The new DSE will be co-located with the Bar & Restaurant Expo (formerly Nightclub & Bar Show) and be aimed at an end-user audience, not […]

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Pitch Perfect in Berlin

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There’s no Anna Kendrick, but in many ways, it’s like a Hollywood movie. The collaborative presentation platform Pitch just raised $85 million more. Pitch began as just another startup in Berlin; it set out in 2018 to change the way we present and collaborate. Not exactly a new and novel idea. Hundreds of companies have […]

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rAVe To Use Patent-Pending Tech for Digital Coverage of InfoComm 2021; Register Today! 

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After a more than two-year hiatus (and you know why), InfoComm 2021 registration is finally open! Set for October 27-29, the show will be in its most familiar location: Orlando, Florida. For the first time in history, the show will be in the fall. This year marks the 24th time the show has been hosted […]

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I Miss ‘POT’ Calls

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Remember way back when, when phone calls didn’t include video? I miss these days. Unbeknownst to my clients — sans the occasional siren or Harley Davidson motorcyclist, there were many, many times where I would jump on a call with them and walk, and walk and walk while strategizing. I loved it. Not only was […]

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Unboxing the FLEX From Newline Interactive!

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Chances are, you’ve heard of the Newline FLEX — we even covered it last year when it was first unveiled on the market. The Newline FLEX is a solution completely designed for desktop collaboration. The 27-inch monitor includes capacitive touch, full device touchback capability (with palm rejection), USB Type C connectivity (with power) and an […]

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Rapid Shift to Distance Learning Drives Surge in Demand for Mobile Computing Solutions in Higher Ed

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By Claire Kerrison Futuresource Consulting The outbreak of COVID-19 forced higher education campuses across the world to adopt distance learning overnight. “The education technology industry has been one of the few to witness growth as a direct result of COVID-19,” said Claire Kerrison, senior market analyst, Futuresource Consulting. “This is reflected in the Futuresource Higher […]

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How the Chip Shortage Could Decimate the AV, UCC and Digital Signage Markets and How You Can Avoid Its Effects

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Do not underestimate what I am about to tell you. In case you haven’t been reading the tech sections of the newspapers lately, there’s a global semiconductor shortage (branded as the “chip shortage of 2021”) and, although it hasn’t affected our market yet, it will, starting in late July. So, who cares? Well, you’d better, […]

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HD Distributing Hires Mark Coxon As Western Regional Sales Director

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HD Distributing just hired Mark Coxon as its new Western regional sales director. Coxon will manage the HD sales efforts in the Western region, with an emphasis on the direct-view LED market.   Coxon will be responsible for driving revenue and increasing awareness across all of HD Distributing’s LED-focused solution set. He will also oversee rollouts […]

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ZeeVee Delivers on Gary Kayye’s Digital Canvasing Concept With new AV-over-IP Management Platform

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ZeeVee is upgrading its ZyPer Management Platform with new multiview, preset and grid features (aka: integrating rAVe’s own Gary Kayye’s “Digital Canvas” concept into its AV-over-IP platform). Version 2.2, designed for the company’s ZyPer4K (SDVoE, uncompressed 4K, 10 Gbps) and ZyPerUHD (JPEG2000, compressed, 1 Gbps) AV-over-IP encoders and decoders, enables source content to be simply […]

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LAVNCH & LEARN: ViewSonic — Collaborative Education and Workplace Solutions

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On March 31, THE rAVe Agency Founder and Director Gary Kayye was joined by ViewSonic’s Ryan Strayer, Dan Sharpe and Chris Graefe for another installment of our LAVNCH & LEARN sessions. The session — titled “Collaborative Education and Workplace Solutions” — aimed to discuss ViewSonic’s exciting new products designed to foster collaboration in workplace and […]

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LAVNCH WEEK 3.0: The End User Day Roundup

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While ProAV Day of LAVNCH WEEK 3.0 went exceedingly well (if you missed it, catch up here), we have to say we were equally excited about Wednesday’s End User Day. End users are a passionate and devoted audience in AV, UCC and Digital Signage, involved in verticals from higher ed to corporate to events and […]

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Buy Direct?

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Being a technology manager in AV has been a wild ride. For years, many of us have felt like we were crashing the party. At first, we were not welcome at InfoComm, then that slowly changed. Then, when manufacturers started communicating directly with us, visiting us on-site, offering training, etc., integrators were not happy. Then […]

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Lightware Has a Big Announcement Coming Your Way During LAVNCH WEEK 3.0!

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During the week of Feb. 8, the industry’s flagship virtual event returns: LAVNCH WEEK 3.0. And, Lightware sent this teaser video as a pre-launch (pre-LAVNCH?) piece. I must say: It’s clear Lightware is about to launch itself into a totally new space in UCC — and AV for that matter. From this teaser, it appears […]

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The Movie Theater Is Now Dead, Plus a Prediction: Apple Will Buy Sony

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As much as I hated writing that headline, it’s true. And, despite years of warnings that the future of the cineplex was nothing but apocalyptic, Hollywood wasn’t prepared. Let’s back-up. Back in the late ’90s, companies started building DVD servers for home theaters. The idea was that a homeowner could buy a cache of DVDs […]

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LAVNCH Sets Virtual Event Engagement Bar By Delivering 57,000+ Group Conversations and Chats During the D=SIGN Virtual Conference

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AVIXA and the Digital Signage Federation (DSF) hosted its first event collaboration, D=SIGN: the Digital Signage Conference, on Dec. 8-9, 2020. The virtual event brought together AV professionals from around the world to explore the digital signage ecosystem with 30 speakers across 18 sessions. And, it was served-up on THE rAVe Agency’s LAVNCH Platform! Total registrations for D=SIGN came to […]

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D=SIGN Is Around the Corner. Here’s What to Expect

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It’s officially December, but the year isn’t over yet. Neither are the virtual events. Taking place Dec. 8-9, D=SIGN: The Digital Conference, powered by LAVNCH, is one to look forward to. And it starts just a week from today. D=SIGN was born from two key industry associations — AVIXA and the Digital Signage Federation — […]

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Updated: Barco ‘Freezes’ Overture Control System Development

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Updated Nov. 16, 2020: I reached out to both Kevin Morrison, CEO and Frank Pellkofer, president, Utelogy Corporation for their thoughts and, interestingly enough, they praised Barco and the Overture system with this quote: “Barco is a fantastic company that make world class products. These are extraordinary times and companies across all industries including AV […]

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It’s Official! NEC and Sharp Joint Venture Creates Sharp NEC Display Solutions

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Effective Nov. 1, 2020, Sharp Corporation (hereinafter “Sharp”) and NEC Corporation (hereinafter “NEC”) completed the previously announced transaction to form a joint venture by Sharp acquiring 66% of shares for NEC Display Solutions Ltd. (hereinafter “NDS”), a subsidiary of NEC. The new website is here. In connection with the completion of the transaction, NDS has […]

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Futuresource Consulting Studies Future of Professional Speakers Post-COVID-19

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The market for professional loudspeakers posted global revenues of nearly $3 billion in 2019, an increase of almost 7%, according to the latest professional loudspeaker industry report from Futuresource Consulting. One of the report’s key themes this year was the impact of COVID-19 and its significant effects on forecasts moving forward. The segment most affected […]

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DSF AND AVIXA Just Made Sure Digital Signage Will Be Fastest Growing Segment of AV in 2021

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AVIXA has partnered with the Digital Signage Federation (DSF) to bring digital signage education content to the association’s trade shows and events. AVIXA will announce details later this month on events where DSF will bring its content. The Digital Signage Federation is a not-for-profit organization that supports digital signage professionals through education, certification, networking and […]

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AVI-SPL Appoints Michael Kellaway as Managing Director for UK

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AVI-SPL announced the appointment of Michael Kellaway as its new managing director for the United Kingdom. Kellaway, an experienced, growth-oriented leader in the AV and unified communications and collaboration (UCC) industry, will be tasked with bolstering AVI-SPL’s leading UCC services in the U.K. market, identifying and answering future customer needs, and expanding the company’s world-class […]

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Dear Zoom: Love Letter or Dear John Letter?

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Dear Zoom, We began using Zoom three years ago as a corporate replacement for Skype. The technical staff and our faculty and staff absolutely loved it. Slowly, we acquired more and more licenses. Then in March of 2020, COVID hit, and Zoom went from an essential tool to a business-critical application. And that is when […]

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Microsoft Teams Playing Catch-Up With Zoom; Adds Nifty Custom Layouts, Better Breakout Rooms and Killer Meeting Recap Features

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There’s no doubt that Microsoft Teams has been playing catch-up with Zoom for months; some would argue years. But, this week, Microsoft upped its game by adding a host of features that even Zoom power-users will love. Here’s a summary look at each one: Together Mode:  Together mode re-imagines meeting experiences to help participants feel […]

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LG Business Solutions Launches LG MAGNIT MicroLED Signage Solution

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LG Business Solutions USA is officially launching its microLED signage solution, LG MAGNIT. The solution uses LG’s new “Black Coating” display technology and block-assembly design. It may look familiar (LG showed a sneak peek of it at InfoComm 2019) — microLED features self-emissive micrometer-scale pixels applied directly to the substrate board to deliver images with […]

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