Retail Is Not Dead- The Opportunity

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It’s July 16th, the end of another Prime Day where Amazon, the online behemoth, is slated to do nearly $6 billion dollars in sales in just 2 days.  Estimates show that Amazon accounts for anywhere from 38 to 49% of US eCommerce which gives them a commanding lead over second place eBay, which accounts for […]

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Friction, SB-327 and Zoom’s Terrible, Horrible, No-Good Week

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Last week was an eventful one for Zoom. In less than twenty-four hours, we had: The revelation of multiple security vulnerabilities in the popular Zoom conferencing software A [now updated] defensive statement by Zoom, dismissing concerns related to same Public outcry A reversal of course and introduction of an immediate patch for one vulnerability and […]

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Cybersecurity Lessons Learned from Zoom, Logitech and Draper

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By Paul Konikowski, CTS-D Last week was a big week for cybersecurity news pertaining to the audiovisual industry. Vulnerabilities in Zoom’s Mac desktop client were disclosed, hijacking flaws in Logitech’s Unifying USB dongles hit the mainstream and Draper, Inc. announced that its computer systems and communications networks were being held hostage by ransomware. Let’s take […]

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Spotlight : Dave DiGirolamo, CTS-D, Director of Audio Video Systems, Building Infrastructure Group

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In my biweekly blog series, I am highlighting some of the incredible people who work for the Audio Video Industry and in this post, we are profiling Dave DiGirolamo. Here is his brief introduction. Dave DiGirolamo is the Director of Audio Video Systems at Building Infrastructure Group located in Virginia, USA. He is a Certified […]

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The Themes of InfoComm 2019

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Over the years I’ve been in this industry (this was my 33rd InfoComm — 34th annual show with InfoComm/AVIXA though as my first, back in 1987, the show was called COMTEC — before the name was changed to InfoComm in 1988), the show has evolved from a technology-based show to a product-based show and, more […]

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My (Belated) InfoComm Review

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No other AV publication or agency produced as much content around InfoComm19 as rAVe. I mean, it wasn’t even close. Gary did a ton of pre-show interviews and previews, Johnny and Victoria ran the podcast booth on the show floor at the Peerless-AV booth and were booked day in and day out, and an army […]

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AV Industry EOL: Planned Obsolescence (Part Two)

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See part one of Anthony’s Planned Obsolescence column here. Since planned obsolescence for pro AV gear harms sales, service contracts and product support, the future for the AV industry may be headed toward the “as a service” model borrowed from the software industry. Should there be standards for planned obsolescence? Even the IT industry, with […]

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Conference Space Stakeholders — Trying to Please Everyone

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In my last article, I spoke of the need to design the spaces we deal with not by thinking about the tech stack, but instead from the perspective of an experience. But in order to do this, we need to understand WHOSE experience we are referring to. For the most part, when we design a […]

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With NEC at InfoComm 2019, It was All About Partnerships and Analytics

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Every single person from NEC who was at InfoComm was busy. Not only did they have one of the biggest booths at the show but NEC Display products were all over the show floor in signage and collaboration partnerships and a couple of dozen NEC’ers showed up to run the First Annual AVIXA 5K race, […]

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Epson’s Booth at InfoComm Could Have Been in a Museum

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I’d be surprised if Epson’s real-time art exhibit inside their booth didn’t win an InfoComm 2019 award. I’m serious. But, even if you’re not into digital art, you’ll appreciate how they were projecting it off-axis at about 160-degrees — on fabric! It was stunning. But they also had the entire DSE booth inside the InfoComm […]

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The Secret Behind the LG Booth Tour at InfoComm 2019

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By the time I returned to my office after being at InfoComm all last week, I had a dozen or more emails or messages from people asking how we pulled-off the LG Booth tour. I was perplexed. How do I respond? With a camera and a mic? Ah, but I had misunderstood the question! LG, […]

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Spotlight : Hossam Al-kurdi, CTS-D, CTS-I, AV Pre-Sales and Design Manager, Site Technology

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In my biweekly blog series, I am highlighting some of the incredible people who work for the Audio Video Industry. In this post, we are profiling Hossam Al-kurdi. Here is his brief introduction. Hossam Al-kurdi works as an AV Pre-Sales and Design Manager at Site Technology, an Audio Visual Solutions Provider located in Abu Dhabi, […]

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This Is Why You Can’t Trust Most AV Awards (Except Those From InAVate and rAVe)

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It’s called “pay-for-play” and it’s simply unethical — and even illegal in some industries. But in the 70+ year-old AV industry, it’s business as usual. Most of our industry’s awards are not real awards. Sure, manufacturers promote winning them as if they are. And, the magazines that dole them out pretend like they are, too. […]

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AVPhenom Introduces New Workplace Software at InfoComm19

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5/30/2019 Rancho Santa Margarita, CA Every year, Phenomenal Industries introduces at least one new GAMECHANGING product before InfoComm, AV’s premier commercial trade show.  Last year, there was an explosion of activity around ShareChair, the revolutionary huddle room collaboration product that blurred the lines between technology and furniture to change the way we share information. It […]

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Don’t Bring Me Gadgets… Bring Me Data!

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By and large, our industry has four players… we have manufacturers, we have dealers/integrators and consultants (let’s be honest though, they are really two sides of a coin) and then we have the end user.Twenty years ago, a user would come to a consultant or a dealer and say… “I need a room built out!” […]

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Amorphous Nano-Pixel Displays That Are Thinner Than Human Hair Are Coming — Seriously!

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Plasmonic metasurfaces are being developed for use in future flat panel displays. These are basically scalable electrochromic nanopixels using plasmonics and their color gamut and high spatial resolution blows away even the best OLEDs we have today — by a factor of between 400 and 1000. Right now, according to a research paper published in […]

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Cybersecurity and the Problem with OEMs

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Last year, Crestron was the focus of some cyber activists who found vulnerabilities in Crestron touch controllers that could theoretically allow someone to use touch screens to spy on the person in the same room. This was covered in a class at a hacktivist conference called DEFCON and subsequently was written up in WIRED Magazine. […]

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My Favorite Holographic Projection Company Was Just Purchased by Magic Leap

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I suspect most of you reading this will have never heard of MIMESYS — but, I certainly have. When I first saw their technology in person, I immediately thought of how Cisco would have loved to have this back when they were pitching their telepresence systems. Imagine being able to “teleport” someone into a meeting […]

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The Evolution of Technology Spaces

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Evolving how we understand and design collaborative spaces One of the most consistent things we see in corporate facilities/classrooms/lecture halls worldwide is that they have been equipped with some manner of technology package that is there for the users of that space to better communicate with others. And one of the most consistent things about […]

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The Entire Digital Signage Market Could be Pummeled by the Stupidity of San Francisco

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The city of San Francisco, via its board of supervisors voted yesterday to ban using facial-recognition technology. The actual ordinance deals specifically with city governmental organizations and divisions, but it will have long-lasting ramifications that could easily (and quickly) ben emulated all over the country. Designed to protect the average-guy/gal member of the community from […]

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What’s Holding You Back?

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Whether you’re working on improving yourself personally or professionally, it’s essential to have the ability to be introspective and analytical, in order to identify what you need to work on. That’s also true when you’re coaching others. In that, self-improvement has a lot in common with troubleshooting systems and equipment at work: diagnose, analyze, repair, […]

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Collision Course

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In the last month, I’ve had the opportunity to listen and learn a lot about the modern workplace and the principles behind its design. The philosophy goes well beyond the phrase “open” and really capitalizes on the idea of activity based working and creating spaces that allow for independent work, team collaboration, large team meetings, […]

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De-stress at Work — The Three-Level To-Do List

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It’s national stress awareness month, so I thought I’d share one of the techniques I use at work to reduce stress for my readers. We’re a company that focuses on making your meetings something you can actually enjoy, and my own design team will talk about “de-stressing” opportunities in our own UI.  However, there are […]

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