Is This the Beginning of the End for LCD Video Walls?

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By Graham Cooke Futuresource Consulting Last week, Samsung Displays (DID) announced that it is to end production of LCD video wall displays on July 31, 2020. As one of the largest panel providers in the industry, Samsung DID’s decision to exit LCD video wall panel production has generated shockwaves, but it also presents significant opportunities […]

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Sports & Entertainment Venues: We Share an Opportunity in the Shadow of Covid-19

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By Kevin Ivey Sports & Entertainment Projects, Baker Audio Visual We are all facing adverse impacts to our seasons and schedules as a result of the restrictions imposed to impede the spread of the Covid-19 virus. How do we best leverage our collective downtime to plan for a resurgent market and the return of fans […]

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How Dante Could Disrupt the AV-Over-IP Market

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By Aviad Cohen Founder, Comeet I’ve been a fan of AV-over-IP ever since I first worked with the technology — but the number of vendors and different solutions out in the market make it very hard for customers to choose. How could an AV investment be protected if there is no standard? You can be […]

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An AV-Over-IP Update

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By Adam Cox Senior Analyst, Futuresource Consulting Low-latency AV-over-IP solutions are on the rise across a range of key verticals, presenting clear advantages over competing technologies. Yet, technology continues to struggle to achieve mass-market acceptance. Adam Cox, senior analyst at Futuresource Consulting, explores some of the challenges and takes us through the detail. AV-over-IP has […]

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The Road Ahead for AV in Self-Driving Cars

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As we turn the page on the 2010s, there’s a great deal of speculation about what this new decade will bring. Of course, nobody really knows what the future holds, but I’ve thought a lot about what’s ahead for the AV industry. One segment I find particularly interesting is the automotive space. At the CES […]

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Esports: Mom Lied When She Said I’d Never Make Money Playing Halo

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By: Morgan Alley Account Manager, Almo Professional A/V We millennials sure love to ruin everything, don’t we? First, we came in with participation trophies, we moved on to tank the economy and now we have come for sports! *Queue diabolical laughter* According to this Reuter’s article, global esports revenues will rise above one billion dollars by […]

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Collaboration in 2020 and Beyond: Predictions for Next Year

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By David Danto Director of UC Strategy and Research, Poly Turning the page into a new decade gives us the opportunity to put our past into perspective and predict where we’re going. In the world of unified communications and collaboration, this exercise reveals a space that is eliminating most of the poor experiences and exploding […]

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Comparing Wired and Wireless Lighting Control

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By Andrew Jimenez Vice President of Technology, Anixter The commercial building lighting controls market is experiencing a period of rapid transformation. With commercial lighting technology making the shift from traditional fluorescent to LED lighting fixtures, legacy analog lighting controls are being replaced by more scalable and reliable digital controls that can operate over a wired […]

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Is There a Place for Smartphones in Professional Video Production?

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By Chris Evans Futuresource Consulting Another year, another iPhone. And with Google’s latest handset, the Pixel 4, unveiled only weeks later, the benchmark for all flagship smartphones has been set for the next year. In recent years, the latest upgrades have placed an emphasis on smartphones’ imaging capabilities. Innovations have brought us multiple camera modules, […]

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What Education and Professional Development Should AV Integrators Be Pursuing to Survive and Thrive in a Post-Convergence World?

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By Brian Rhatigan Director of Business Development, Almo Pro A/V One thing I can say with certainty about the industry we work in is that change is constant. While basic foundations like flat panel displays, projectors and amplifiers, for example, remain stable, the way in which they are used and the way in which we […]

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TechStarter FIVE Winners Announced at CEDIA Expo 2019

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TechStarter, a new CEDIA Expo program that gives first-time exhibitors a chance to pitch business models to residential market leaders, awarded five exhibitors TechStarter awards this past week in Denver at CEDIA Expo 2019. Artio Lifestyle Lighting, Caavo, Hero Labs, Konnected and SandTrap Audio were recognized as the TechStarter FIVE with Hero Labs as the […]

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Why AI Will Make Collaboration Experts of Us All

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By Kelly Bousman Sr. Vice President, Marketing, AVI-SPL Editor’s note: Seventeen unified communications (UC), video and collaboration leaders from Fortune 500 and large enterprises met at AVI-SPL’s 2018 Customer Advisory Board (CAB) meeting and a subset of six CAB members met over three months in 2019, to envision AI’s role in improving collaboration and meetings. […]

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Another View on Biamp Buying Community and Apart Speaker Brands

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By James Kirby Industry Analyst, Futuresource Consulting Yet further consolidation has hit the professional audio markets, with Biamp’s acquisition of the Community and Apart loudspeaker brands. This follows a consolidation trend which Futuresource has being reporting on for some time, with pro audio moving further away from the independent, family-run industry it once was. This announcement […]

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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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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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Spotlight : Nawsad Joomratty, Founder & Managing Director, Home Automation by NJ

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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 Nawsad Joomratty. Here is his brief introduction. Nawsad Joomratty is the Founder and Managing Director of the engineering office at Home Automation by NJ located in Lausanne, Canton of […]

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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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Spotlight : Marla Suttenberg, Owner, Sapphire Marketing LLC

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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 Marla Suttenberg. Here is her brief introduction.   Marla Suttenberg is the Owner of Sapphire Marketing LLC, a manufacturer’s representative organisation located in Greater New York City, US. 1. […]

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The Reality of 8K

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By Jonathan Brawn, CTS, DSCE, DSDE, DSNE, DCME, ISF-C It seems like just yesterday we saw the launch of the new 4K UHD (Ultra High Definition) spec that was set to revolutionize the display industry. Boasting four times the effective resolution of our then state-of-the-art 1080p FHD (full high definition), this new technology was supposedly […]

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Audiovisual Solutions for Digital Signage: A Basic Guide for AV Specialists

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By Daniel Waldron Head of Content, Armagard Audiovisual equipment forms the foundation of any digital signage application. Screens, media players and software are integral to bringing digital signage networks to life, which is why choosing the right audiovisual solutions for digital signage installations is crucial. Every digital signage application is different, but the basic audiovisual […]

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Why the Future Will Be So Bright: Trends Affecting the Lighting Sector

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By Satish Agrawal CEO, Bambu Vault This year will be an exciting time for the lightning industry as it leverages the latest technology to innovate LED design, color, wavelength, energy efficiency and more. All indications point to healthy growth for the lighting industry in 2019 and the next few years. Several factors are contributing to […]

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The Best Design for Digital Signage

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By Graham Gilhooley Senior Creative at 20/20 Productions When it comes to digital signage, it’s easy to get hung up on the latest innovations. But while investing in new technology is certainly important, to really get the most out of digital signage, good design is key. Digital signage lends itself to engaging and captivating displays […]

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Top AV and Collaboration Predictions for 2019

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2018 has been an interesting and eventful year in the AV and collaboration industries.  We’ve seen a number of mergers and acquisitions, rebranding of products, new players big and small entering the market and an avalanche of new products. So what does 2019 have in store for us? I don’t have a crystal ball, but […]

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