AV Insider Spotlight :Arun Mohan, Technical Engineer, Middle East.

Every week, I am highlighting on some of the incredible people who are in the Audio Video Industry. As this blog is mostly about AV insiders, today we are profiling Arun Mohan.

arunHere is a brief intro about him.

Arun Mohan has worked in the Audiovisual industry for over 6 years. He is currently working as a technical engineer in the Middle East.

1.Describe your journey in the AV industry? How did it start?

My entry was in 2009, and I started as a programmer. Almost over six months of time, I had no idea about the implication or association of these technologies in our day to day life or in some ways it was cryptic to me until then. I was lucky enough to learn and work on various products ranging from obsolete to brand new, and lot of changes in technology has developed over this time. Confronting new technologies ever since I have started my first project. There is a lot to learn in this constantly developing industry and I’m learning the new concepts everyday.

2.What do you think is the challenges that are facing a new person who wants to join the industry.

A new person should be able to differentiate the idea from both client’s and vendor’s point of view. Client’s intention of implementing an application and their expectation of system functioning may have lots of dissimilarities. Another challenge would be getting work done by someone older than them, filling the generation void may get difficult sometimes. This field is not for those who are hesitant to globetrotting because there will be lot of it. Moreover for a new person it doesn’t matter what you already knew but choosing a path where you will remain constantly trained about new stuff.

3.What are the positives of working in this industry

The industry employs a host of engineers, designers, marketers, salespeople, and customer service reps to continually improve familiar products as well as come up with the next big must-have technology. On the technical side, opportunities exist for software and electronics engineers, quality assurance engineers, industrial designers, manufacturing design engineers, and IT professionals. Many consumer electronics products are global brands, so many companies have opportunities for international positions and travel. If you work in hot growth sectors, like wireless devices, you’ll probably be faced with many employment opportunities in the coming years. Electrical engineers, technicians, and others involved in designing and testing the ongoing flow of new products being brought to market will face much better prospects. Working in the consumer electronics industry is a gadget lover’s dream come true. Whether you’re in engineering or sales, you’ll have the inside scoop on this year’s hottest product and next year’s new technology.

4.Describe the different projects that were interesting that you had worked in.

In one of the projects that I have worked in, there was around 150 microphones for participants which would elicit the talker on the screen by detecting sound, whether in a meeting or a video conference with the use of 3 high definition cameras but the real challenge turned up when we had to add the interpretation function into the system.

One other project incorporated speech recognition as user interface, a person can control various aspects from environment to his choice of music in his livelihood by voice commands, it was done by a network of microphones and voice translation units and it was quiet interesting to work in.

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5.What is your main motivation for work that you do.

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The trick to keeping your motivation up through low points and exhausted periods isn’t any productivity technique or energy boosting idea rather its being clear about why you are doing what you are doing. Once I have made the choice to do something, I try not to think so much about how difficult or frustrating or impossible that might be; I just think about how good it must feel to be that, or how proud I might be to have done that. The harder the project is the prouder we feel of it.

6.If you were going to start over, what would you do differently ?

I would try to get a specialization in one of the streams, If I get chance to start over. Since the industry has enormous number of divisions or tracks, gaining a core level knowledge in all of it is nearly impossible.

7.Describe a typical work day for you. What are your daily disciplines?

I get into work early everyday, as most of the productive tasks come about during the first half of a day. Meet with team for half hour to communicate the client’s needs and organize team’s schedule around client priorities. I keep track of my activities, and it would help me in prioritizing the tasks for next day. I have to create and send reports for service based jobs. Most of the time I try to avoid late night work, but there were times when I had to bear up under site situations.

8.Describe the apps and gear that you use daily which makes you more productive?

A desirably configured laptop is the main tool for the kind of job that I’m in. Internet is a must to have resource, so I used to keep a portable internet device. A wi-fi router is one best to have accessory and with it I can avoid the hassle with wired connectivity. Apps vary from manufacture to manufacture so I get to use a plentiful of it.

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