Top Tech Gifts for 2022

They say it’s better to give than to receive—and I agree! There is nothing that makes my heart happier than handing someone the perfect present and watching the joy rush over their face as they open it. Of course I had to ask the community to give their input on the top tech gifts for […]

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Webinar: UCC Gets Personal

By Sophie Gustafson Exertis Almo In a recent webinar, “UCC Gets Personal,” rAVe’s Gary Kayye and special guest, Dana Corey, discuss the ever-changing trends and future of unified communication and collaboration. With the effects of the pandemic producing permanent change for corporate and educational spaces, Kayye and Corey take a close look at the technological […]

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Get Ready for ISE 2023!

By ISE Team The world’s leading AV and systems integration exhibition is back for another unmissable event: ISE 2023, 31 January – 3 February 2023, Barcelona Integrated Systems Europe (ISE 2023) promises to deliver a vibrant edition, showcasing a wealth of new technology and providing plenty of opportunity to connect with leaders and innovators throughout […]

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An Overall Picture of Growth for European Video Entertainment

By Olivia Lowden and James Duvall Futuresource Consulting Despite the obvious challenges of recent years – the snowstorm of prolonged lockdowns, social restrictions, and the cautious attitudes that followed – 2022 represented the beginning of a post-pandemic outlook for much of the video industry. One of the cornerstones of the video entertainment industry’s recovery has […]

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Home Content Creation in Flux after Record Levels of Growth

By James Kirby Futuresource Consulting After an extremely successful year in 2020, the home content creation market has undergone a major transformation. Whilst demand is currently experiencing a slowdown, 2021 broke records in terms of market value. That’s according to a new content creator report from Futuresource Consulting, which combines in-depth industry interviews with a […]

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Projection in Decline — But Strong Opportunities in High Brightness

By Freddie Mossop Futuresource Consulting The front projection market is projected to reach a value of $4.5 billion by 2026, new research from Futuresource Consulting finds. The figure is buoyed up by an industry-wide shift to high brightness, high resolution, and SSL (laser lightsource), which is the technology required to reach these upper-brightness categories. The […]

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ProAV: Are Women Fully Welcome?

By Peter Hansen and Joé Lloyd AVIXA So many of us have found our home here in the ProAV community. We’ve entered, been made to feel comfortable, developed professionally, even thrived. But not everyone shares this experience. As our data shows, women have not necessarily found their forever home in this industry. With underrepresentation at the forefront, possible […]

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Better Is Not Good Enough: The Racial Pay Gap Still Exists

By Peter Hansen and Joé Lloyd AVIXA ProAV is facing what is probably the tightest labor market in its history, with company labor needs greatly outstripping worker availability. As detailed in our latest “Macroeconomic Trends Analysis” report, these conditions have created major hiring and retention difficulties that companies are struggling to solve. When it comes […]

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Looking for a New Display? Save Your Energy!

By Mitchell Rosenberg PPDS If you’re in the business of buying visual displays, you already know of the various considerations you need to make depending on how the device will be used, where and by whom. Is the screen big enough to be seen clearly from the other side of the room? Is the pixel […]

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More Than One in Five US Classrooms Now Has a Non-interactive Flat Panel Display

By Chris Pennell Futuresource Consulting K-12 schools across the USA are investing in non-interactive and flat panel displays, presenting new opportunities for vendors. As AV display installations sweep through classrooms and schools’ public spaces, a new EdTech AV report from Futuresource Consulting shows that, in 2021, 16% of school rooms had a non-interactive flat panel […]

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

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?

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’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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A 4-Step Signage Strategy

By Todd Heberlein Exertis Almo The global digital signage market size was estimated at around $23 billion in 2021 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate of 7.7% from 2022 to 2030,* with the largest market being North America. We’ve all seen digital signage in our daily lives, and have come […]

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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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Tuning Out the Noise — Overcoming Your Fears in Business

By Rob Voorhees Almo Professional A/V “Fear, fear’s a powerful thing. I mean it’s got a lot of firepower. If you can figure out a way to wrestle that fear to push from behind rather than to stand in front of you, that’s very powerful.” — Jimmy Iovine We all experience fear in some way, […]

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The Accelerating Merge of ProAV and IP

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 To Buy a Car (Or an Audiovisual System)

By: Tom Kehr Almo Pro A/V So I need to upgrade my ride and decided that I need a 4WD Crew Cab Dually with a 1-ton pickup, leather interior and a towing package. The budget is $10K. ROTFLOL. Where did you get that dollar figure from? 40 years ago? Someone is stuck in a time […]

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How Live Events Are Set To Revive the System Camera Market

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

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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