Six Things You Should Never Ask An AI Assistant

BY: Joe Davies While many of us rely on our voice assistants like Siri and Alexa for things like checking the weather or setting a timer while cooking, it might not be such a good idea to rely on them in more serious situations. Here are six things you should always avoid asking voice assistants if […]

Six Things You Should Never Ask An AI Assistant

5 Tricks for Uncrackable Passwords

By: Trevor Cooke, EarthWeb Thirty percent of internet users have been victims of a data breach as a result of having a weak password; with over five billion people using the internet today, that means one and a half billion have had their data stolen by scammers taking advantage of their bad password. With this […]

5 Tricks for Uncrackable Passwords

Retiring in the AV Industry: Advice From Someone Who’s Done it Twice

By Ron DeVoe Since I have retired from the AV industry TWICE, I have been asked to offer advice or recognition of possible fallacies in retirement enjoyment. Because ownership of an AV business requires an enormous amount of mental energy for time and resource management, goal setting and attainment, cash flow and keeping up with […]

Retiring in the AV Industry: Advice From Someone Who’s Done it Twice

Grow Your Business and Expand Your Reach: A Comprehensive Guide to Commissioning Services

By Sophie Gustafson Exertis Almo Over the past few years, interest in commissioning services has transitioned from desire to demand. As the final step in the system integration process, commissioning services serve as the last piece of effort before the project goes into live production — and therefore, the end user’s ownership. These finishing touches […]

Grow Your Business and Expand Your Reach: A Comprehensive Guide to Commissioning Services

Optimism for Enterprise AV as Companies Seek to Strengthen Office Value

By Scarlett Woodford Futuresource Consulting As corporates continue to implement return-to-office mandates, next-generation collaboration technology will become a key component of the post-COVID office environment. A new report from Futuresource Consulting shows that corporate AV budgets were squeezed during 2022 and into 2023, and the situation was exacerbated by chipset price hikes and supply chain […]

Optimism for Enterprise AV as Companies Seek to Strengthen Office Value

True MicroLED Large Format Display Market Primed to Break Billion-Dollar Annual Barrier by 2027

By Ted Romanowitz Futuresource Consulting The True MicroLED display market for pro AV and consumer televisions is set to skyrocket. According to a newly released report from Futuresource Consulting, it will accelerate from just $24.0 million in 2023, to reach annual revenues of $26.2 billion in 2032, despite expected aggressive price erosion. The specialist research […]

True MicroLED Large Format Display Market Primed to Break Billion-Dollar Annual Barrier by 2027

Why I Made My Kids Play Sports

By Todd Heberlein Exertis Almo When my friends and I were kids, there really wasn’t a question of IF you were going to play sports, but rather which sports your parents would allow you to play. Every kid in my neighborhood was involved in some sort of team sport, ranging from baseball to volleyball. As […]

Why I Made My Kids Play Sports

Professional Microphone Market Slow but Steady, as Installed Commercial Leads the Way

By Grant Youngman Futuresource Consulting The professional microphone market continues to achieve slow but steady post-pandemic growth, with a new report from Futuresource Consulting forecasting a CAGR of 5.9% over the next five years. That’s despite a general feeling of caution and nervousness among buyers, resulting from current economic and geopolitical issues. Recovery for the […]

Professional Microphone Market Slow but Steady, as Installed Commercial Leads the Way

Anyone Can Play Guitar: The Quivering Line Between Consumer and Professional

By Marco Cella Extron There was a girl in my circle of college acquaintances named Aubrey; she was a very talented composer and welcoming spirit that could easily fit alongside every human archetype on Earth. Arguing with her was impossible: shoulder shrug, wide smile and heartland accent were the lethal weapons that made her extremely […]

Anyone Can Play Guitar: The Quivering Line Between Consumer and Professional

Pro PTZ Camera Market in Decline, Still Outshines Pre-Pandemic Levels

By Shubham Kumar and Olivia Lowden Futuresource Consulting After enjoying unprecedented growth during the pandemic, the global professional pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) camera market has become increasingly competitive. Futuresource Consulting’s new report shows the global pro PTZ market declined in value YoY in FY2022 for the first time since the pandemic, as the urgency to equip spaces […]

Pro PTZ Camera Market in Decline, Still Outshines Pre-Pandemic Levels

The Latest AV Technology for Command and Control Rooms

Command and control rooms are where information, technology and human expertise converge to enable effective decision making, resource management and responses to different scenarios. The importance of control rooms extends across a wide and growing range of sectors, and they help contribute to safety, security and operational efficiency. Let’s explore key trends in command and […]

The Latest AV Technology for Command and Control Rooms

Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Use Strong Passwords

As our online lives expand, the average user has gone from having just a few passwords to now managing upwards of 100. That’s 100 unique passwords to remember, if you’re using strong password habits. Password managers can save users the trouble of having to remember multiple passwords and make accounts safer by recommending strong, unique […]

Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Use Strong Passwords

Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems? Why Spending More on AV Is Not Necessarily a Bad Thing

By Rob Voorhees, Business Development Manager II- CTS, CTP, CTNS, Dante 3Exertis Almo I remember it like it was yesterday. I was standing in the audio department of a particular big-box retailer where I worked. A middle-aged man approached our wall of receivers, pointed to a particular name brand that was on the higher end of the […]

Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems? Why Spending More on AV Is Not Necessarily a Bad Thing

Saturday Is the New Sunday

By John Hood The Farm When I’m in downtown San Francisco, I have an internal alarm clock that tells me when to get the heck out. It’s a different time on different days. I have to reprogram as soon as it’s no longer working right. I got that sick feeling yesterday at around 2:15 p.m. […]

Saturday Is the New Sunday

Celebrating Cybersecurity Awareness Month

In 2004, President Bush and Congress declared October “Cybersecurity Awareness Month.” 2004 was a much different time and the event centered around advice like “Update your antivirus software twice a year like you do with your smoke detector batteries.” for U.S. residents. Nowadays, cybersecurity is a much more complex issue and Cybersecurity Awareness Month has […]

Celebrating Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Eliminating Barriers to Adoption in Higher Education Technology

By Jason Tirado Lightware US The pace of digital transformation in higher education has accelerated immeasurably over the past three years. To complement video lectures and engage students in virtual classrooms, higher education facilities have adopted technologies to accelerate interactivity and hybrid models of online and in-person learning. The new technologies have changed learning, teaching […]

Eliminating Barriers to Adoption in Higher Education Technology

Recruiting Talent in the AV Industry? Company Values Matter.

By Peter Hansen AVIXA Company values matter. They impact how your business runs, they impact our society, and, according to new data, they hold substantial importance to the ProAV workforce. The link between company values and hiring is not an entirely new topic. In recent years, more and more data has shown that workers place […]

Recruiting Talent in the AV Industry? Company Values Matter.

Professional Power Amplifiers Poised for Long-Term Profitability

By Grant Youngman Futuresource Consulting Professional power amplifiers continue to gain momentum after a pandemic-induced poor performance in 2020. The market achieved a global value of $668 million in 2022, according to Futuresource Consulting’s latest industry report, and is on track to exceed pre-pandemic levels this year, with a projected market value of $753 million. […]

Professional Power Amplifiers Poised for Long-Term Profitability

August Temperature Check Results: The Resimercial Market

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, when home offices became more popular than ever, we started to hear more and more about resimercial technologies. Resimercial solutions are those that blend residential and commercial aesthetics and technologies in order to cultivate workspaces that support both productivity and well-being. For our August Temperature Check, we wanted […]

August Temperature Check Results: The Resimercial Market

Automation and AI Are Powering the Next Generation of Pro PTZ Upgrades

By Shubham Kumar and Olivia Lowden Futuresource Consulting After a spell of limited innovation during the pandemic, professional pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras are entering a new technological era. Futuresource Consulting’s brand-new report reveals that AI and automation are the powerhouses behind many of the new-generation products entering the market, with auto-tracking, facial recognition, and automated camera […]

Automation and AI Are Powering the Next Generation of Pro PTZ Upgrades

How Can Offices Prioritize the Needs of the Future Workforce?

By Chris Pennell and Olivia Lowden Futuresource Consulting Amid the physical changes to office design over the last seventy-odd years, the role of offices has remained static. But COVID-19 turned the world as we knew it upside down, taking the workplace along with it. Remote working has become ubiquitous, and in the post-pandemic landscape, the […]

How Can Offices Prioritize the Needs of the Future Workforce?

The Esports Opportunity for Professional AV

By Helen Matthews Futuresource Consulting Esports’ ascendance into the mainstream is presenting an ever-growing opportunity for manufacturers and resellers of professional audiovisual, IT and video equipment. Despite the pervasiveness of online-only events throughout 2021 and 2022, as well as the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, the market saw a 76% rise in pro AV sell-in, when […]

The Esports Opportunity for Professional AV

Meet Your New Marketing Assistant: ChatGPT

You need to update your website. What’s that? You don’t have time? You don’t know how? No one on your staff has the skills? You can’t afford to hire a contractor to overhaul your copy? No more excuses: Find $20 per month, and hire ChatGPT or one of the many other Large Language Model (LLM) […]

Meet Your New Marketing Assistant: ChatGPT

AI and Higher Ed

AI is one of the most consequential and fast-moving technologies we have seen in years. The speed of change and drastic impact of that change will cause people to react quickly, go with the crowd and make poor decisions about how the technologies will be used in their businesses. No one, not even higher ed […]

AI and Higher Ed

AI and UCC

By Ken Kobayashi Sony AI is a trending topic that has been gaining traction and dominating mindshare in the news and the technology space. It is one of the most exciting, disruptive and controversial technologies in recent memory but with a bit of education and context, it is easy to see the extreme promise and […]

AI and UCC

7 Fun Facts About AI

    In honor of AI Day, which is held annually on July 16, I dug a little bit into the history and predicted future of artificial intelligence (AI). Here are seven fun facts I found about AI: AI Fun Fact 1 The term “artificial intelligence” was publicly debuted in 1956 at the Dartmouth Conference; […]

7 Fun Facts About AI

AI and Pro Audio

By Stefan Marti Shure Artificial Intelligence (AI) is revolutionizing the audio industry. At least, that’s what we’ve heard lately — AI is creating new music, making it possible for your two favorite artists to release a collaboration, or even produce and release a brand-new song by The Beatles that had never been created before. What […]

AI and Pro Audio

AI and K-12 Education

By Steve Wick IDEA I’ve been an educator for almost 30 years, and I’ve seen some pretty significant changes, but I can’t think of anything that has created more stir than the emergence of generative Artificial Intelligence as a tool for teaching and learning. The potential of AI is only limited by human imagination and […]

AI and K-12 Education

AI and Security Integrators

  In recent years, artificial intelligence (AI) has emerged as a powerful tool in various industries, revolutionizing the way we live and work. One of the most promising applications of AI lies in the realm of safety and security. From preventing physical threats to enhancing physical security measures, AI is transforming the landscape of protection. […]

AI and Security Integrators

Flat Panel and Front Projection Markets Stall Amidst Recession Fears

By Sean Bradley and Freddie Mossop Futuresource Consulting The flat panel and front projection markets continue to battle a string of challenges, as Q1 of 2023 saw substantial declines in volume and value across both markets. The worldwide flat panel market volume saw losses at -8% YoY, with value dipping by -19%. For front projection, […]

Flat Panel and Front Projection Markets Stall Amidst Recession Fears

Selling AI Security Technology: A SIA Event Recap

The Security Industry Association (SIA)’s Autonomous Solutions Working Group recently hosted a series of free virtual town hall events focusing on key artificial intelligence (AI) topics. The third town hall explored equipping security directors for the internal sale of new technology, with advice from industry professionals on how security practitioners can advocate for the application […]

Selling AI Security Technology: A SIA Event Recap

9 Ways AI Can Improve Your Smart Office

THIS IS A PROMOTED POST By Sydney Paulk TD SYNNEX With the rollout of ChatGPT, Bing Chat and Bard, the business world is abuzz with talk about artificial intelligence (AI). Though it’s hard to nail down a universal definition of AI, or a description of how machine learning fits into the AI landscape, the undeniable […]

9 Ways AI Can Improve Your Smart Office