Three Things the iPhone 6 Tells Us About Future Audio Visual Systems

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By Jeremy Boyd, CTS Systems Design Consultant, AVI Systems Apple is not the end-all-be-all in the electronics space, but Apple’s products are often indicators of where we are headed. The iPod was an indicator of how we would start to consume music and the iPhone was the catalyst for many of us to look at […]

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Integrator vs. Facilitator

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By Matthew Thompson Integrated Commercial Design There have been many statements made comparing and contrasting the IT industry and the AV industry. The main reasoning has been the collective technical industry acknowledgement that something needs to change, particularly in the AV industry. For AV integrators, the change has meant the call for IT competency in […]

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Building Information Modeling for A/V Folks, Listen up

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By Melody Craigmyle Vice President of Marketing, Almo Pro A/V Before I started in the A/V industry, I was vice president of marketing for the largest AutoCAD reseller and integrator in the country. Our world was architects, engineers of all disciplines, interior designers and facilities managers. I remember the first time I heard the phrase […]

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The New Rep Line Card – Professional Services

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Kevin A. Busza ICD Systems Since when does a manufacturer representative provide a services component on its line card? Yes, I am referring to services such as system programming, system commissioning and professional design documentation. Symco, Inc. a Mid-Atlantic manufacturers’ rep sees the potential, and is making the offering to its network of dealers. If […]

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Chance to Work With USC Architecture Students in Solar Decathalon, Priceless for Students and Sponsors

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By Cheryl Goldin Waveguide Consulting It’s not every day you get a chance to work hands-on with architecture students, to give them exposure to the business of building technology, but Waveguide, Spinitar and Crestron had that opportunity as sponsors of USC’s fluxHome team competing in the U.S. Department of Energy’s biennial Solar Decathlon. “We started […]

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Racks 101: Why AV Racks?

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By Joel Hagen Chief This week Chief celebrates InfoComm’s AV Week  with a series about racks. This post is the first in a series about rack systems. I sat down with Rob Zurn, Chief’s Product Manager in charge of rack system products. Zurn has more than 20 years in the AV industry and has seen his share of rack systems from the dealer […]

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Networking in the Home: An Integrator Opportunity

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Aaron Gutin VP of Sales and Marketing, Access Networks By the end of 2013, the number of mobile-connected devices will exceed the number of people on earth. (Cisco Visual Network Index 2012-2017) For the past 10 years, there has been a consistant proliferation of network dependant devices enriching our everyday lives. You know the list: […]

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The Good, The Bad and the Ugly – Survey

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The focus of this series “Power of Content” is to help people with content strategies and how they relate to digital screen media. Content for Digital Signage/DOOH has been the industry’s worst enemy.  In an upcoming article I will discuss how this directly affects consumer’s attitudes about brands on DOOH networks everywhere. I have always […]

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Not Polite to Pointer!

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Required disclaimer: This represents the opinion and experience of me personally and does not represent any specific policy, law or official guidance. We teach our kids it’s not polite to point, but what if they have to annotate? Boeckeler Instruments, Inc booth (3513) developed a video overlay system that allows presenters to draw and point […]

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Automated Space and Mobile Working

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Required disclaimer: This represents the opinion and experience of me personally and does not represent any specific policy, law or official guidance. Why would someone expect to be talking about space automation, mobile working and bring your own device (BYOD) at InfoComm 2013? Most federal agencies are dealing not only serious budgetary challenges; they also […]

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Hybrid Projector Side by Side Demo Big Hit at Projection Summit

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One of the highlights of the just-concluded Projection Summit was the hybrid side by side demonstration. This featured four hybrid projectors, sometimes called lampfree, lampless, laser, alternative light source, zero-lamp or solid state projectors, running the same content so attendees could do a fair comparison of the image quality. Projectors from Casio, Panasonic, Sony and […]

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InfoComm 2013 – Automation Space and Managing Schedules

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Required disclaimer: This represents the opinion and experience of me personally and does not represent any specific policy, law or official guidance. One fascinating new area I noticed at InfoComm 2013 is manufacturers are showcasing their technologies in integrated building solutions. I wasn’t able to visit too many specific related manufacturers on Day 1. This […]

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Everything Wireless — What About Security?

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Required disclaimer: This represents the opinion and experience of me personally and does not represent any specific policy, law or official guidance. Do you need secure wireless audio system that is great sounding and secured with military grade AES 256 encryption? If you haven’t seen Sacom/Sabine Inc. (Booth 1275) and you’re in the market for […]

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InfoComm 2013: Assisted Listening and Induction Loops

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Required disclaimer: This represents the opinion and experience of me personally and does not represent any specific policy, law or official guidance. The biggest gathering of technologies showing off their “stuff” is in full swing! Five minutes early, the InfoComm 2013 exhibit floor opened, and my first mission was to check out the manufacturers in […]

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InfoComm 2013 Plenary Standards and Innovation Session – State of Standards

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Required disclaimer: This represents the opinion and experience of me personally and does not represent any specific policy, law or official guidance. For the third year in a row, the InfoComm 2013 show started off with what seems to have become a standard practice in itself. This year the group of 50+ was welcomed by […]

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Leading the Way in Telepresence Innovation

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By Snorre Kjesbu Over the past decade, I’ve worked on a number of different projects aimed at improving communications using video conferencing and telepresence. In that time, I’ve been fortunate to be involved with key innovations at first Tandberg then Cisco that have had great impact on video collaboration: Forging life-like experience with immersive telepresence […]

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InfoComm 2013: Attend with Attitude!

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Required disclaimer: This represents the opinion and experience of me personally and does not represent any specific policy, law or official guidance. We’ve all been there during an installation when your customer on the project says, “Hey, let’s add a drop here!”   It doesn’t matter if your project was a design/build or some reiteration […]

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Customer Service is King

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Simple fact: Customer service is the single most important factor to any business… and most only get fair ratings. A simple KPI (Key Performance Indicator) is how we treat the customer before, during and after the sale. This is often referred to as the “Feel Good Factor.” Basically the goal is to not only help the customer […]

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Acoustics 101

Acoustical analysis of any large or small space can be a very daunting task to take on for the average Audio, Video, or IT related position.  The fact that at least 80% of audio products are designed to reduce or minimize the effects that poor design has on rooms makes this even more important.  Most […]

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