Joe Way Gave Me a Preview of His LAVNCH WEEK End User Day Keynote, “From Doom to Zoom”

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Back again with another LAVNCH WEEK preview — and I got the opportunity to speak with Joe Way from the University of Southern California. He will be joining us for End User Day of LAVNCH WEEK on May 1. This week has been more successful than we could have imagined so we at rAVe are […]

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LAVNCH WEEK DS Day Panel, “Leveraging Digital Signage in Times of Crisis” — The Blog Version

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Even as the world starts to return to “normal” (or, at least, we’re feeling more of a sense of normalcy now than we did in March — but still social distancing, please), it’s important to keep sharing perspectives and learnings among each other, so that we can take them well beyond the COVID-19 crisis. That […]

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Giant Security Update to Zoom Rolls Out Starting Today

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Today Zoom announced security enhancements with the upcoming general availability of Zoom 5.0, a key milestone in its 90-day plan to proactively identify, address and enhance the security and privacy capabilities of the Zoom platform. By adding support for AES 256-bit GCM encryption, Zoom will provide increased protection for meeting data and resistance against tampering. […]

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LAVNCH WEEK Digital Signage Day Tech Talk, “Programmatic Essentials for DOOH” with Ameet Shah — The Blog Version

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By: Madelyn Welch and Leah McCann Ameet Shah of Prohaska Consulting joined us today to talk about his two favorite topics: the first being programmatic buying and the second being digital out of home.  With those two things as his favorite topics, we think we found the right speaker today for our LAVNCH WEEK Digital […]

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Mark Boidman on “COVID-19 Market Reactions and Forecasts in AV” — Blog Version of the LAVNCH WEEK DS Day Keynote

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For day two of our first-ever LAVNCH WEEK — created and launched by rAVe in partnership with Zoom — we were particularly excited to have a full day of content specifically positioned around a huge market in our industry: digital signage. So, naturally, we found an expert on DS trends and forecasting to kick off the […]

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Anthony Coppedge Will Present on “Opportunity in the Billion Dollar HOW AV Market” During LAVNCH WEEK

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Oh my god I’m back again — with another taste of something you can expect to see during rAVe’s LAVNCH WEEK! Anthony Coppedge is a marketing and digital sales consultant who also happens to be a member of the rAVe BlogSquad. He’s also very clued in to the HOW world — and that’s why we […]

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LAVNCH WEEK ProAV Panel: “AV Careers, Workforce Development and Pivoting Your Products and Services” — The Blog Version

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The ProAV Panel of LAVNCH WEEK yesterday covered something that’s been on many of our minds. The title of the talk will give it away: “AV Careers, Workforce Development and Pivoting Your Products and Services.” In other words, how can you, and your business, pivot in this “new normal” and keep your head above water? […]

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LAVNCH WEEK ProAV Tech Talk: “Using AV to Trigger Biology” with Mark Coxon — The Blog Version

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In the greater context of AV systems and design, Mark Coxon asked in his Tech Talk presentation for LAVNCH WEEK today, “Why do we bother with all this stuff?” There’s no ONE answer to using audio and video to tell a good story. So how do we do it? Turns out a lot of the […]

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LAVNCH WEEK ProAV Keynote: AI and Voice Are the Future, with William Ammerman — The Blog Version

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“Artificial intelligence is already at work changing you”: a provoking idea, direct from our second LAVNCH WEEK ProAV Day keynote presenter, William Ammerman — author of McGraw-Hill’s “The Invisible Brand: Marketing in the Age of Automation, Big Data, and Machine Learning.” Ammerman’s keynote today for ProAV Day of LAVNCH WEEK, “AI and the Voice User […]

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Dave Labuskes on “#AVgood” and the AV Industry in 2020 — Blog Version of the LAVNCH WEEK ProAV Keynote

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Today in history marks the first-ever day of LAVNCH WEEK, the industry’s first virtual launch event — proudly created and successfully launched by rAVe in partnership with Zoom. Kicking off the day with the very first session of the week was AVIXA CEO David Labuskes. Who better to kick off LAVNCH WEEK than Dave Labuskes? […]

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Updated: How Zoom’s Recent Success Has Put Them Square in the Security Spotlight

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P.T. Barnum is credited for saying,”There’s no such thing as bad publicity.” You may have heard other variations of this old saying, such as “There’s no such thing as bad press.” Does this apply to recent headlines about Zoom? If you have lost track, I will do my best to summarize and put it all […]

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Didn’t Get to Register for ProAV Day of LAVNCH WEEK? Alexis La Broi Gave Me a Preview of the Panel Topic

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Hello, and welcome to the first day of LAVNCH WEEK if you’re registered, but if not, never fear because you know we always have tricks up our sleeves. Because of the nature of this project, we had to limit our registration to a certain number of people, so for the first order of business, I’d […]

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DSE Partners with rAVe for LAVNCH WEEK

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Digital Signage Expo (DSE) announces a partnership with THE rAVe Agency for the AV industry’s first all-digital launch event, LAVNCH WEEK. Created by THE rAVe Agency in partnership with Zoom Video Communications, LAVNCH WEEK (pronounced “launch” week) is a five-day virtual event that combines keynote presentations, interactive panels and video content. DSE is proud to […]

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Peerless-AV Partners with Blue Planet Energy for Grid-Optional Energy Solution

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Peerless-AV has announced a product partnership with Blue Planet Energy to develop the Blue Ion LXHV, a patent-pending, premium grid-optional energy solution that brings together a wide range of sustainable energy options to power critical infrastructure and businesses. Through a ruggedized, custom enclosure manufactured by Peerless-AV, Blue Planet Energy’s non-toxic battery system and an integrated […]

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Kramer Electronics Intros SDVoE-Based, AV-Over-IP Transceiver

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Kramer Electronics’ KDS-8 is a zero-latency, SDVoE-based (10G) AV-over-IP transceiver for distributing AV signals via Ethernet over copper cable. The KDS-8 streams up to 4K@60Hz (4:4:4) resolution signals over a 10G network interface, providing lossless compression. The KDS-8 is a fully standard and compliant SDVoE codec, and it enables compatibility with other software and hardware […]

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Scott Tiner to Present a Tech Talk on Vendor-Customer Relationships During LAVNCH WEEK

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Hello, everyone. I’m back with another video — giving you a preview of what you can expect from LAVNCH WEEK. Yes, I’ve gotten slightly better at explaining what it is since my last video (emphasis on slightly). LAVNCH is a special platform we at rAVe have built to host a variety of things: new product […]

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Paul Richards of PTZOptics Gives Preview of Tech Talk for LAVNCH WEEK

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Hello, everyone! Your LAVNCH WEEK emcee here! I’m taking some time to interview a few of our fantastic speakers before LAVNCH officially kicks off on April 27. What’s LAVNCH? I’m so glad you asked because I obviously need the practice of explaining it to people! LAVNCH is a new platform we’ve built at rAVe to […]

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Intel Unite, LG, Kramer and Barco Are Just Some of the Great Brands to Support LAVNCH WEEK

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The AV industry doesn’t quit, even when the world slows down. So when 2020’s biggest AV trade shows started to release their postponement and cancellation announcements one by one, starting as early as February, it was time to expedite the release of a new platform, called LAVNCH — something rAVe has been working for more […]

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Verizon to Buy BlueJeans, the Rodney Dangerfield of Videoconferencing Companies

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Today Verizon announced that it will acquire BlueJeans, a cloud-based enterprise videoconferencing and event platform, pending regulatory approval. The transaction will combine BlueJeans’ meeting platform with Verizon’s UCaaS business immediately, according to the news release, and will be deeply integrated with Verizon’s 5G product roadmap. Here’s what rAVe founder Gary Kayye had to say: “The […]

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Peerless-AV Expands Line of All-Season Outdoor TVs

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Peerless-AV has expanded its line of all-season outdoor TVs with the 86” UltraView UHD Outdoor TV (UV862). Delivering native 4K resolution (3840×2160) and a brightness that is three times that of the average of indoor TV, the new 86” UltraView UHD Outdoor TV is shipping in May. Peerless-AV’s 86” UltraView UHD Outdoor TV operates at […]

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David Labuskes, Eric Yuan to Keynote LAVNCH WEEK

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THE rAVe Agency, rAVe [PUBS] and Zoom are collaborating on a one-of-a-kind virtual event. If you receive our newsletter or follow us on social media, you’ve likely heard about it. LAVNCH WEEK (pronounced “launch” week) is a five-day virtual event focused exclusively on AV education through high-level keynotes, interactive discussion panels and new product launches. […]

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How the Post COVID-19 Will Be a Boon for AV, DS and UCC

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AVIXA has been publishing a monthly ProAV Business Index since mid-2016, gauging sales and employment indicators for the ProAV industry. The index is calculated from a monthly survey that tracks trends. Two diffusion indexes are created using the data, the AV Sales Index (AVI-S) and AV Employment Index (AVI-E). This month’s AV Sales Index (AVI-S) […]

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Peerless-AV Offers Bundled Solution in Response to COVID-19

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Peerless-AV is offering a bundled solution available immediately to deploy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As hundreds of testing and treatment stations are opening across the country to meet healthcare needs, the locations call for rapid triage and information sharing, often in inhospitable environments. The bundled solution includes a 49”, 55” or 65” UltraView […]

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Updated: Sharp and NEC to Merge Display Divisions Into Joint Venture

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This story has been updated to add a letter sent to NEC Display partners and customers. Below is the official press release from NEC Display today. Before you read it, here are my thoughts: Unlike nearly every merger in our industry’s history, this is a new display company that will be made up of two […]

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Epson Shipping World’s First 4K 3LCD 12,000-Lumen Laser Projector

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Epson is now shipping what it says is the world’s first 4K 3LCD 12,000-lumen laser projector. The new Epson Pro L12000QNL is aimed at live events, higher education and corporate environments. The Pro L12000QNL features two removable interface slots to accommodate a wide range of inputs, including 12G SDI and DisplayPort. Designed for demanding environments, […]

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Black Box Releases Emerald PE IP-based KVM Extenders

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Black Box has expanded the Emerald Unified KVM platform with the release of Emerald PE IP-based KVM extenders. Emerald PE transmitters and receivers enable extension and matrix switching of HD DVI video (up to 1920×1200 at 60Hz), transparent USB 2.0 and bidirectional analog audio — over a dedicated or existing IP network. The IP-based KVM […]

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AVer Integrates Crestron Application Ecosystem WIth Its PTZ Cameras

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AVer announced Wednesday the company has entered the Crestron Application Market ecosystem with its professional auto-tracking and livestreaming PTZ cameras. The integration of AVer Pro AV cameras and the Crestron 3-Series Controller is the first release in this technology partnership. The newly available Crestron module enables control of the AVer TR and PTZ camera models. […]

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My Day with Sharp and Its Windows Collaboration Board Launch, Plus an Interview with CEO Mike Marusic 

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I was honored to be the only member of the AV press invited to cover the live, global (it was streamed live from Seattle, Washington, New York City, Amsterdam and Madrid) streaming video launch of the Sharp WCD (Windows Collaboration Display) last week. Although those in attendance, live, saw it as a technical marvel (connecting […]

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Why the Mount Matters as Much as the PTZ Camera

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THIS IS A PROMOTED POST FROM HuddleCamHD By Paul Richards Director of Business Development — Chief Streaming Officer PTZ Optics Poorly-designed or poorly-documented mounting hardware can seriously disrupt an AV project’s installation schedule. When it comes to PTZ camera mounts, the engineers at HuddleCamHD and PTZOptics set out to make high-quality camera mounting hardware for […]

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Kramer Releases Omnivore KM-2B Microphone Aimed at UCC

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Kramer’s Omnivore KM-2B is a microphone designed for UCC applications. The patent-pending Omnivore KM-2B is a dual boundary microphone that eliminates comb filtering and has three selectable polar patterns, allowing versatility for any installation: Omnidirectional — For use in small/medium meeting spaces Sub-cardioid — Under the display in a huddle space Cardioid — On the […]

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SpinetiX Announces Partnership with Littlebit Technology

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SpinetiX has announced a partnership with Littlebit Technology to offer SpinetiX ARYA cloud service and DSOS operating system on axxiv computing devices. As a result, axxiv computing devices running SpinetiX ARYA and DSOS will be offered to Littlebit Technology customers in Europe. The Littlebit Technology collaboration opens SpinetiX technology and expertise to even more business […]

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Premier Mounts Expands LED Mount Options for Barco XT

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Premier Mounts announced the expansion of its LED mounts product line with the new Convergent XT modular LED mount for Barco XT. Premier Mounts adds Barco to a long list of major LED manufacturers who have solutions that can be paired with Convergent. In the Fall of 2018, PM added to the Convergent product line […]

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