Trade Show Season Is a Time to Support Diversity

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rAVe [PUBS] and many other industry publications have written recently about the great work of the AVIXA Women’s Council and its partnership with Rosie Riveters. Since this has been written about in many places, I won’t rewrite everything here. There are a few points I would like to make, however. First, it is fantastic to […]

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Solutionz, Inc. Announces Purchase of VSGi

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Solutionz, Inc. announced today that it has entered into an agreement to purchase VSGi. Solutionz is an audio-visual integrator, managed services and cybersecurity provider across North America. VSGi provides videoconferencing, audiovisual solutions, digital signage and integrated services for nearly every major agency and department in the federal government as well as customers in the corporate, […]

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Keep Your Customers and Your Teams Connected: Turn on Your Camera

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We, the ProAV people, know better than anyone that video communication has been around a long time. The first official video call was in 1958. I remember working to help corporations define a return on investment for the videoconferencing infrastructure. They had an automatic message for every travel request. For example, “Could this meeting be […]

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Cory Schaeffer Looks Back on Her AV Career

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As many of you know, industry icon Cory Schaeffer is set to retire at the end of the month. In her honor, rAVe has partnered with AVNation and Commercial Integrator in this video interview of her ProAV career. Schaeffer has spent over 30 years in the AV industry, most recently as director of alliances and ecosystems […]

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rePLAY InfoComm 2022 — We’re Just Getting Started

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rePLAY InfoComm 2022 kicked off today, and we have an exciting recap of Day One for you! We had a great time in Las Vegas gathering content (over 1,100 videos and over 12,000 photos) on the show floor that we will be showcasing over the next three days during our InfoComm rewind. Day one started […]

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AVI-SPL Symphony Launches Version 6.0 of Its Platform at InfoComm 2022

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AVI-SPL Symphony launched version 6.0 of its platform at InfoComm 2022. This release transforms the platform’s user experience for a more modern look that aligns with its most common customer use cases. Symphony is a user experience management platform used by IT departments around the world to administer, monitor, control, and analyze their multi-vendor audio-visual […]

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Crestron Is Adding 8K Capabilities to the NVX Product Line

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Crestron Electronics will demonstrate support for 8K video content distribution with a software-based AV-over-IP solution as the latest advancement of the Crestron DM NVX platform at InfoComm 2022. The demonstration will showcase the ability to simultaneously encode four 4K streams, enabling the distribution of native 8K content. The new DM NVX encoding software features what Crestron is calling “an innovative approach […]

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Panasonic Connect Intros a Plethora of New UCC and AV Things at InfoComm 2022

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Panasonic Connect North America today announced several UCC-focused solutions to its professional audiovisual (AV) portfolio to create interactive experiences for students, educators and professionals across in-person and remote environments. These include: WX-SR202DN two-channel Dante and WX-SR204DN four-channel Dante Digital Wireless Microphone Receivers: Building on Panasonic’s digital wireless microphone ecosystem, two Dante-enabled additions are added to its wireless […]

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How to Make a Case for Getting Training and Professional Development

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It’s good to be back to having conferences, trade shows and events in person again. They started out with lower attendance numbers, but seem to be bouncing back. Over the past few weeks, and every time trade show season rolls around, there’s a lot of discussion about paying for training, particularly in-person training. In fact, […]

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Extron NAV Connects the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine’s Surgical Education Center

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Leaders at the University of North Carolina’s School of Medicine, Department of Surgery, tapped UNC AV engineer Christopher Ferrer to design and install state-of-the-art AV systems in a comprehensive renovation of the fourth floor of the Burnett Womack Building on the Chapel Hill campus. Central to the project was the creation of a 140-seat surgical […]

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Barco ClickShare Is Now Also a Digital Signage Player

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Barco has added new functionality to its popular UCC and presentation device, ClickShare, allowing it to now become a digital signage player. Meeting room displays that are connected to ClickShare can now be leveraged as corporate branding tools or to distribute digital signage messages. The first digital signage partners are Signagelive, Seenspire and Korbyt. Digital signage messages can […]

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Up Your Whiteboard Game by Combining the Best of Analog and Digital

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Trade show season is back. ISE is going on in Barcelona as I type, and Infocomm 2022 in Las Vegas is just 25 days away. This means that manufacturers, integrators and *gasp* end users are all converging to explore new partnerships and help people bridge the analog-to-digital gaps that have been isolated during the great […]

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Expectations for ISE 2022: Press Briefing and More

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This year’s ISE Show arrives in Barcelona on 10-13 May 2022. Speaking at a press briefing last week, Integrated Systems Events managing director, Mike Blackman, said: “I’m delighted, and honoured, to be standing here today five years since Integrated Systems Events, and its co-owners AVIXA and CEDIA, decided to relocate the Integrated Systems Europe show […]

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Artificial Intelligence in AV

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Here’s an acronym that has gone from high thinking darkroom nerd zone ether to everyday common lingo and even general conversational fodder over a latte on a sunny afternoon with some friends. Artificial Intelligence or AI, this acronym seems to have evolved into the general public lexicon and is persuasively become a hot selling point […]

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Will NFTs Play a Role in AV?

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Over the past two months, I have written about the metaverse and cryptocurrency. The next logical topic of this new digital world is the NFT. What is an NFT, and will you as an AV professional ever have to deal with them? Let’s get started with the first question. NFT stands for non-fungible token. That […]

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ISE Announces List of Experiences to Light Up Barcelona

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Integrated Systems Europe has announced a raft of activities set to Light Up Barcelona, highlight creativity and technical prowess and showcase the power of the AV experience. ISE’s keynote speakers have been chosen to reflect creativity using technology and three projects will perfectly showcase to visitors how, when integrated into a collaborative solution, the ProAV […]

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Enterprise Connect rePLAY: Featuring Our Favorite Products From the Show Floor

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I had a great first Enterprise Connect in Orlando! As you probably know, most people are ready to get back to trade shows. We are ready to get back to in person and figure out more about how to do that in a way that’s respectful and comfortable for all. EC was a great reminder […]

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HP Inc. to Acquire Poly

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HP Inc. announced a definitive agreement to acquire Poly, a global provider of workplace collaboration solutions, in an all-cash transaction for $40 per share, implying a total enterprise value of $3.3 billion, inclusive of Poly’s net debt. The acquisition accelerates what HP calls its “strategy to create a more growth-oriented portfolio, further strengthens its industry […]

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Enterprise Connect 2022 Will Be the Hybrid, New Normal, Pivoting Trade Show of My Dreams

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All those buzzwords got you to click, didn’t they? And they say clickbait doesn’t work anymore. Let’s get to the point — our team will be at Enterprise Connect 2022 March 21-23 in Kissimmee, Florida. We’ll be on the show floor (at the Gaylord Hotel) doing what we do best: Creating a virtual video library […]

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What in the Universe Is the Metaverse

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In IT (and therefore AV as well), we certainly don’t have a shortage of our acronyms and buzzwords. When Meta, formerly known as Facebook, changed its name in October, the newest buzzword, “metaverse,” exploded into our feeds. We have heard the word countless times, but what the heck does it really mean? What, after all, […]

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Gaming Accessories Market Growth Aided by a Growing End-User Group: At-Home Workers

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By Maxym Dmytriyev Futuresource Consulting According to Futuresource Consulting’s latest Gaming Headset Market H2 2021 report, the overall gaming accessories market is expected to grow 10% year-on-year in 2021, despite a deceleration in volume and value growth compared to 2020. Onset by the continuous efforts in combating COVID-19’s spread, work-from-home trends have supported market growth, […]

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Collaboration Is About Workflows — Not Screen Sharing

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As we navigate the reasons to get together in person, collaboration seems to be one of the main terms used as to why we still need physical spaces. We’ve seen a multitude of solutions pop up in this arena, typically consisting of a screen, cameras, microphone, speakers and screen sharing software. Some systems take this […]

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THE rAVe Agency and HB Live Inc. Partner to Create LAVNCH HYBRID

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THE rAVe Agency and HB Live Inc., a full-service event production company, have partnered to create LAVNCH HYBRID, an on-site and remote event production resource. LAVNCH combines virtual events, press conferences, shows, meetings, webinars and a publication to grab the audience’s attention — both in person and virtually. THE rAVe Agency unveiled LAVNCH nearly two […]

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Magnima Releases AirPoint Ring Wireless Wearable Mouse for Wireless Air Gesture Control

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Magnima released the AirPoint Ring, a wireless wearable mouse ring designed for teachers, trainers and presenters. The AirPoint Ring is a wireless wearable mouse that offers dual surface and air tracking, allowing users to change slides with air gestures. It also allows apps on a connected Mac, Windows, iPad or tablet to be controlled wirelessly. The […]

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Log4j Could Drive New Business for AV

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In late December, a flaw in software that is ubiquitous around the world was reported, and it sent cybersecurity pros into a frenzy and turned the hairs of technology pros gray. There are countless articles about this vulnerability, so I am not going to go deep into the technology of what occurs. Here is what […]

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AVI-SPL Announces Agreement To Acquire SKC Communications

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AVI-SPL announced a formal agreement to acquire SKC Communications, a Kansas City-based collaboration technology company, bringing together two companies focused on UCC. SKC’s expertise in cloud voice services and unified communications-as-a-service (UCaaS) adds to AVI-SPL’s solutions portfolio that enables hybrid work strategies. SKC will bring voice communication solutions such as IP telephony and headsets to […]

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Learning From the Exercise Industry

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After all the guessing, prognostication and assumptions, it actually happened. InfoComm 2021 took place in Orlando the last week in October. What surprised me most during the event was the social media banter that went back and forth between the “should” and “should not” crowds. That is those who thought that AVIXA “should have” InfoComm […]

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Protecting the Supply Chain to Serve Integrators and End Users

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By Bryce Dunn Audinate Supply chains — once solely the domain of product managers and procurement specialists — are now being discussed in the evening news as disruptions impact the availability of a wide range of consumer and commercial goods. Semiconductors, in particular, have been affected by a significant uptick in demand that has not […]

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SecuringAV: The iPhone Spyware Vulnerability

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What YOU Can Do To Prevent Hackers From Hijacking Your Smart Device’s Microphone   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. OMG, did you watch the Apple “Unleashed” stream? No, not the […]

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Part 4: Simple Expectations of InfoComm 2021 — Just Relax

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In Part 1 of my “Simple Expectations of InfoComm 2021” series of blogs, I explained some of the elements of how InfoComm 2021 will be like no other InfoComm we’ve had in history — for OBVIOUS reasons. In part 2, I explained why showing only one product in your booth is critical to success at InfoComm […]

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