Meeting Room Camera Market Breaks $1 Billion Barrier in 2021 and Continues to Perform

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By Alistair Johnston Futuresource Consulting The market for meeting room cameras continues to show buoyancy, as hybrid working patterns maintain their presence in the commercial landscape. A new report from Futuresource Consulting shows that volumes increased across every meeting room camera category last year, culminating in 15% volume growth and 19% value growth year-on-year. Meeting […]

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Is There a Place for Large Sensor Video Acquisition in Live Production?

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By Helen Matthews Futuresource Consulting As the broadcast system camera market has started to recover from the impact of COVID-19, a notable development has emerged. Broadcasters are increasingly utilizing large sensor system cameras for live productions alongside traditional three-chip 2/3” cameras. This can be seen with the reception to the release of Sony’s HDC-F5500 in […]

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Portable, Powered, PERFECT! The Need for ‘Anywhere Audio’

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By Rob Voorhees Exertis Almo Allow me to paint a picture for you: The weather outside is in the high 80s — bright sun, not a cloud in the sky and you decide to take full advantage and head to the beach for the day. You pack all the essentials: sunscreen, drinks/food, maybe a book […]

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Professional Amplifiers Market Still in Disarray, Though Lucrative Future Ahead

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By James Kirby Futuresource Consulting As live events return in force, the professional amplifiers market continues to see strong levels of recovery. There remain some significant challenges for the industry, however revenues are on track to reach new heights over the coming years. A new report from Futuresource Consulting sets the scene for full recovery […]

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Adaptability in Business: Lessons From Sports

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The ability to adapt may prove to be the most valuable superpower businesses can possess in today’s world.  Business as usual has been disrupted repeatedly by natural disasters, climate change, geopolitical conflict, war, a pandemic, supply change issues, and the great resignation … and that’s just in the last 24 months. If you think those […]

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Videoconferencing Hardware Volume up 21%, as Companies Focus on Strategic Collaboration

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By Alistair Johnston Futuresource Consulting Videoconferencing continues to take hold across the globe, with a new report from Futuresource Consulting revealing 21% volume growth in hardware last year, to achieve 3.3 million units. The specialist research firm also reports a 15% year-on-year increase in market value for 2021, with total global revenues reaching $5.6 billion. […]

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Leasing Makes Cents

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By Cory’s Audio-Visual Many businesses face large expenses and limited choices when needing essential audiovisual production equipment and technology. Whether your business is adding live music capabilities, streaming services or needs a technology facelift, it doesn’t have to keep you sitting on the fence long. There are options with financial advantages. However, one option makes […]

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K-12 Presents New Opportunities for LTE

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By Michael Boreham Futuresource Consulting The pandemic accelerated shipments of mobile PCs into the K-12 sector, with the market peaking in 2021 at 53 million units worldwide. Yet hardware is only part of the story. A new report from Futuresource Consulting shows that there’s a widening connectivity divide, made worse by the after-effects of COVID-19. […]

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Hang and Bang — It’s Not for Outlets and It’s Not for Projection Screens

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By John Borns Exertis Almo I recently decided that I wanted to upgrade and replace my outlets and switches throughout my house. I went to the hardware store and bought the good stuff. Did I splurge on the fancy screwless covers? Did I get outlets with little USB outlets and tiny night lights built into […]

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Customer (or Contact) Relationship Management

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Ask a qualified fitness professional what the best workout and nutrition regimens are, and they’ll tell you that the best one is the one you can consistently stick with because that’s how results are achieved: consistent effort over time. Just like working out and eating healthy, the best business systems are the ones that get […]

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Old Dog, New Tricks: What I’ve Learned About dvLED

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By Brian Rhatigan Exertis Almo One thing that keeps me interested in my career is that our industry is ever-evolving as technologies are introduced and evolve over time. After 17 years of working in the world of ProAV distribution, I never stop learning new things. Most recently, I was tasked with learning about dvLED to […]

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What Integrators Need to Consider When Building a Home Network

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By Nick Bovill Snap One In order for a smart home system to perform at its best, integrators need to have a strong and reliable network as the foundation of every connected home installation. When integrators create such a network, customer satisfaction increases, leading to higher revenues and business opportunities. So, how do integrators create […]

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Choosing the Right Network Switch for AV Projects

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By Eric Olson Almo Professional AV So, you’re putting together your next AV project and the need for a network switch comes up. This could be due to many factors, most commonly for Audiovisual over Internet Protocol (AV-over-IP) applications, control, monitoring or internet connectivity. But if you’re not an experienced IT person or not very […]

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Education Personalization and Tracking Software Key to the Future of EdTech

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By Matthew Rubin Futuresource Consulting In a world of rapid technological acceleration, education reform and hybrid learning, student progression tracking and performance analytics are becoming increasingly important. A new report from Futuresource Consulting explores the competitive landscape and provides insights into the future opportunities for Lesson Delivery Software (LDS). “Schools and districts are driving towards higher literacy and […]

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Challenges from 2021 Set to Impact the Pro Displays Market in 2022

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By Freddie Mosop and Victoria Tselykh Futuresource Consulting A conflux of factors came to head in 2021: lockdowns, component shortages, government stimuluses, as well as fundamental changes to how people work and collaborate. This resulted in 2021 year-on-year (YoY) volume performance of 0.2% and 20.1% for projection and flat panel displays. While some manufacturers have […]

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Frequency Response Matching – Should This Be Part of the System Tuning Process?

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By Pat Brown SynAudCon “Frequency response matching” is a popular endeavor in both professional and consumer audio systems. Should this be part of the system tuning process? A logical use of audio filters is to attempt to “match” the frequency response of a microphone, loudspeaker, amplifier, or room to that of another. The logic behind this […]

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The Accelerating Merge of ProAV and IP

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By Chris Pennell Futuresource Consulting While the past two years have brought unprecedented operational disruption and uncertainty for enterprises across all industry sectors, it has also accelerated the blurring of the boundaries between the ProAV and IP worlds. We have seen broadcast and event tools merged with videoconferencing tools to enable enterprises to have richer […]

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How Live Events Are Set To Revive the System Camera Market

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By Helen Matthews Futuresource The System camera market was brought to a standstill by the Coronavirus pandemic in FY2020. Strict Government-mandated lockdowns in many countries resulted in live events being canceled or postponed across the globe, original content production stalled and as a result, the demand for system cameras plummeted. As professional broadcasters turned to […]

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Is Remote Work Working? 7 Insights Into the Future of Remote Work

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By Mike Yeomans BlueJeans While most of us have been finding ways to adjust to working outside of the office, researchers have been busy studying it. Many are wondering, what is the future of remote working? What researchers have learned through studying trends and reactions about remote work may surprise you. Read on for some […]

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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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One System, Three Voltages – Make Sense?

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By Pat Brown  SynAudCon “Constant Voltage” Distribution Systems Constant voltage is a term used to describe a circuit where the voltage from the source is not significantly affected by the presence of the load. It has nothing to do with the actual voltage waveform, especially in a sound system, which can be a sine wave, music, […]

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How COVID-19 Has Reinvigorated the Professional Camcorder Market

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By Helen Matthews Futuresource Consulting COVID-19 has had a lasting impact on the professional camcorder industry. Its initial impact appeared to be negative, with the first half of 2020 seeing a significant downfall in sell-in compared to previous years. Lockdowns, social distancing and event cancellations affected markets across the globe, resulting in the majority of […]

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The Extended Classroom and the Power To Transform

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By: Nancy Knowlton EdTech Digest Necessity is the mother of invention. It’s such a trite, overused statement, but it could not be truer today as we consider what lies ahead in primary and secondary education. The pandemic completely upended so many accepted ways of doing things, forcing us to adapt on the fly. Much of that […]

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Miking Audiences / Congregations

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By: Richard Honeycutt SynAudCon A new layer of complexity for miking audiences is now apparent with streaming.  Richard points out some common problems and solutions. We are all aware of the sudden increase in streaming resulting from social assembly restrictions. But now that we are opening up, many organizations that had not previously streamed events are […]

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B2B Flat Panel Volume Achieves Largest Quarter on Record, Front Projection Sees Revenues Rise

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By Matthew Rubin and Victoria Tselykh Futuresource Consulting B2B flat panel and front projection markets are on divergent trajectories, according to a series of new reports from Futuresource Consulting. While global flat panel market volumes increased by 3.1% year-on-year in Q3 2021, front projection fell by 13.2%. Yet market value figures tell the reverse story, […]

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Spirited Turnaround for Pro Displays as Forecasts Show 27% Market Expansion

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By Matthew Rubin Futuresource Consulting Companies operating in the professional displays market experienced a bleak 2020, with value dropping by more than 15% year-on-year. Yet 2021 has seen a turnaround, and the market is on course to end on a high. That’s according to a new competitive review report from market research firm Futuresource Consulting, […]

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IT and AV Market Movements in Higher Education

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By Chris Pennell Futuresource Consulting There’s no doubt that the higher education sector has experienced a difficult period over the last 18 to 24 months. Profound and far-reaching changes have been applied in an effort to respond to the challenges of COVID-19 and enable students to continue to learn remotely. In the wake of the […]

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What the New Infrastructure Bill Means for Tech in Transportation

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By Charles Kowalczyk AtlasIED The recently signed Infrastructure Bill will impact our industry in many ways. For five years, the bill provides $25B for airports alone, $39B for public transit, and $66B for passenger and freight rail. This allocation will manifest new builds, renovations, and expansions – which will include technology, both security and audiovisual. Projects that were allocated […]

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A Deeper Dive Into Loudspeaker Directivity

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By Mike Sims QSC There’s a saying in our industry – “Flat frequency response on-axis is necessary, but not sufficient, to make a good sounding loudspeaker.” OK, maybe you don’t hear this idea tossed around all the time, but it’s true nonetheless. This edition of the Consultant Courier will explore off-axis frequency response, directivity, and […]

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