You’re Not Good at Everything — Three Keys to Collaborative Success

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Collaboration is so far past being a buzzword that it’s almost become kitschy. Nearly every booth at this past summer’s InfoComm show figured out a way to entwine the word collaboration in their messaging somewhere. But collaboration is truly important. It’s at the core of how the workplace is changing to accommodate modern work styles. […]

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Seven Best Practices for Huddle Room Collaboration

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Huddle spaces are the Goldilocks of meeting rooms: not so big and formal they stifle creativity, yet not too small for a team to get work done. And while they’re great at facilitating collaboration, it’s important to note that they’re not “just another meeting room” when it comes to implementing video conferencing. These ad-hoc collaboration […]

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The Art of Hacking AV Systems

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There are quite a few conferences that focus on AV equipment. On the consumer side, there is CES, on the broadcast side there is NAB, then for residential AV there is CEDIA Expo and for commercial AV, we have InfoComm. The latest conference to focus on AV equipment, however, happened Friday, August 10th. The conference? DEFCON. […]

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Why Are We Not Talking About Digital Signage Security?

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By Viktor Petersson Screenly Over the last few years, we have seen many cases of digital signage players being hacked for fun, profit and even propaganda. Hardcore porn shown on hacked billboard in Malmö Cyberattack claims multiple airports in Vietnam Hacked digital signage displays porn in Union Station Hijacking the Outdoor Digital Billboard – By […]

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The BEST of InfoComm 2018 Awards

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Unlike EVERY other InfoComm awards program, we don’t let companies enter themselves AND we don’t take money to apply for awards. EVERY other InfoComm awards program is pay-for-play and are NOT to be believed. They aren’t real. They are, in fact, #FakeAwards Now, I am not saying rAVe’s Best of InfoComm 2018 Awards are perfect, […]

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Sony’s InfoComm Video Wall Is So Good It Got Joel Rollins to Stop Talking (By Taking His Breath Away)

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Editor’s note: Joel didn’t write the title of this column. I have always laughed at marketing “buzz terms” as used in our industry. In fact, I once devoted an entire column to them (Buzzards in the AV Industry, July 2010). Except today, I am going to use one myself: Breathtaking. It is simply the only term […]

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Gary Kayye Delivers Opening Keynote at UBTech, Talks About Designing His Perfect Classroom

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rAVe Founder Gary Kayye opened up the 2018 UBTech Conference to a full house of about 800 in the Mirage Resort in Las Vegas yesterday. UBTech is an annual technology conference aimed at higher education leaders. Gary’s message was all about the journey that led him to design what he hopes is the perfect collaborative […]

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rAVe 2018 Readers’ Choice Award Winners Announced

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We are excited to announce the winners of our 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards. Our awards are different than ANY other industry awards and the stats speak for themselves: We had over 92,000 voters for the final awards! The nominations for the awards came SOLELY from you – the AV community. We have a system that […]

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Here’s a LIVE Guided Tour of the NEC Showcase in London

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NEC UK’s creative team deserves a raise. The 2018 version of the NEC Showcase was themed “Your Day in Digital” and it basically showed how NEC (and its 40+ technology partners) can enhance the average workday. Starting with your Tube ride from home, stopping to grab coffee, arriving at the office and continuing through an average workday […]

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Voting is OPEN for the 7th Annual rAVe Readers’ Choice Awards

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Vote NOW for the 7th Annual rAVe Readers’ Choice Awards The nominations are in and now you can go vote for the 7th Annual rAVe Readers’ Choice Awards! You nominated them and now it’s time for you to vote for the best of the best. Check out the list of the top companies and products […]

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Huddle Rooms: A Definitive Guide To Outfitting Your Smaller Collaboration Spaces

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By David Danto and Andrew W. Davis The year was 2006.  Videoconferencing had been used in the corporate world for more than ten years — and everyone hated it. It failed to meet the promises of reducing travel costs and providing easy, “just like being there” experiences. Enterprise AV was really no better. Huge boardrooms […]

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The 2018 rAVe Readers’ Choice Award Nominations Are Now OPEN!

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It’s that time of year again! Our Readers’ Choice Awards are open for nominations now and we need you (our readers) to tell us who you think the best of the best is in the AV industry. In case you haven’t heard every year at InfoComm we give out our annual rAVe Readers’ Choice Awards […]

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Did Plantronics Bail Out Polycom or Is This Perfect Timing?

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As the rest of the advertiser-supported AV press just reprints the Polycom or Plantronics press releases, we’re going to call it how we see it — with the truth about this “acquisition.” Yes, Plantronics is taking control of Polycom — a history-making videoconferencing company that all but invented the space — for what amounts to $2.0 billion in enterprise […]

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Apple Could Fail to Recapture K-12 Market for the Same Reason It Owns the SmartPhone Market

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Kids love the Apple iPhone. And most kids in schools who have smartphones have an iPhone — this, all while Android is the world’s leading smartphone platform. And, they mostly don’t use them as a phone. They text on them, Snapchat on them, they post on Instagram and they store their photos on them — lots of photos. And, […]

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Nine Tips to Bridge the Cybernetic Design Gap

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Before you commit to incorporating augmented or virtual reality into your design process, consider these scenarios that could harm, rather than help, your final outcome. Much like Doctor Who’s TARDIS, the toolbox for design just got a lot bigger on the inside. What was once relegated to testing labs, tinkerer’s garages, and a relatively small segment […]

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THE ISE 2018 Awards Are Announced

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You can’t enter a product in them. You can’t ask us to nominate you. And, you can’t get an award by advertising or sponsoring us or paying for it. And, there are NO Awards entry fees! We sent reporters to EVERY booth/stand at ISE 2018 and we selected the TOP products in every possible product category […]

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Why AVI Systems Purchased Magenium Solutions

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AVI Systems announced today that it has acquired Magenium Solutions, a Chicago-based technology services provider that brings vast expertise in Microsoft competencies to hundreds of companies nationwide. Magenium Solutions: Now “Powered By AVI” Commenting on Magenium’s future as a company “Powered By AVI,” Tim Traxinger, managing director and co-founder of Magenium Solutions, said, “This is a union of kindred companies. As a 100 percent ESOP organization, AVI […]

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Placemaking

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I was recently in Jacksonville for our annual sales meeting. One of the highlights of that meeting was when our guest presenter, Amahl Hazelton, director of communications for Destinations at Moment Factory, shared a plethora of interactive AV experiences they developed around specific public spaces. Now, I have heard the term “place-based entertainment” many times in my […]

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The Highly-Anticipated ISE In-Review Video Drops!

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Each year, we try and produce a fun (and different) way to see the shows we attend and cover with out rAVe NOW live show coverage team. We were at ISE in Amsterdam last week and we put together a video that we think you’ll not only love as much as we do, but it’ll […]

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Digital Signage and Facial Detection: More Than Meets the Eye

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To overcome the challenges they face competing with e-commerce sites and other retailers, brick-and-mortar retailers are adopting many different approaches to personalize the shopping experience for their customers. Smart digital signage, which combines facial detection software and anonymous analytics, is a tool that enables retailers to engage customers and provide an extra personal touch. Digital […]

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Crestron FreeForm Turns Enterprise Spaces Into Meeting Spaces

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Crestron announced FreeForm (CCS-F-2) at ISE 2018, a new addition to its line of Enterprise Room Solutions. FreeForm enables secure wired and wireless presentation in lobbies, lounges and other public spaces and integrates with popular calendaring platforms. Crestron is demonstrating FreeForm in Hall-2, Stand 2-C20 at ISE 2018, 6 – 9 February, 2018. FreeForm mounts invisibly behind wall mount displays […]

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Vivitek’s NovoConnect With LauncherPlus Poised to Catch Barco’s ClickShare

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In the five or so years since Barco debuted the ClickShare, no company has had anything significant, as a stand-alone packaged product, which comes close to the simplicity and compatibility of their BYOD solution. The ClickShare likely has a more than 70 percent market share of this segment even though there have been a half-dozen or so […]

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So You Want to Go to CES? Nah, No You Don’t. Really, You Don’t – Here’s Your CES 2018 Guide So You Don’t Have to Go

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During the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) each year, nearly every big consumer tech company debuts something new — and many of them will declare it “disruptive” or “game-changing” or “innovative” or one of a dozen or so other self-congratulatory adjectives that mean nothing. And all the while, the city for Las Vegas commences to ripping people off […]

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The Case for Digital Signage: How to Sell Digital Out-of-Home Against Other Media

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By Stephanie Gutnik Director of Business Development, BroadSign Digital out-of-home is everywhere — and people are looking. The displays are typically much larger than those of our mobile phones, commanding attention via sheer size, placement and (when done right) compelling creative. To the delight of advertisers, the same displays are also 100 percent viewable and […]

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Back to College — Team Engagement Lessons for the Corporate Enterprise

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Productivity and engagement, collaboration, team cohesion – these are all topics that are important to a company’s success. These topics have come into focus as corporate enterprises look to adapt their culture to the ever-increasing millennial demographic. I’ve met with several Fortune 100 companies who understand that rigid company hierarchy, top-down management, and traditional meeting-driven culture […]

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Google Enters the Videoconferencing Market With Hardware Kit

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Google has had Hangouts — a software-based SORT-OF videoconferencing suite for years. But hardly anyone uses it. But now the company’s launched a hardware kit hardware including an ASUS Chromebox, USB camera (10.1” diagonal, IPS, 16:10, 1280×800 resolution), controller, speaker and mic set, known as the Speakermic. The Speakermic, custom designed and built by Google, […]

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