Rants and rAVes — Episode 812: Intel Unite Heads to ISE to Demo UCC and Smart Building Manangement


Gary was joined by Intel’s Global Director of Sales, Thomas Loza  today to talk all about their ISE plans – including a booth in Hall 12 as well as one in Hall 8 – C240. The Intel Unite platform is universal so it supports nearly every UCC video collaboration system and allows for room, gear and even environment control, […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 810: Aurora Multimedia To Show ReAX Java-Script Control Platform, New HDBaseT and AV-over-IP Products at ISE


Gary was joined, via video, with Aurora Multimedia‘s CEO, Paul Harris, today to talk all-about-ISE. Aurora has some big launches planned for the show — in Hall 5 stand S85 — next week in Amsterdam and this will be the first public showing of the finished ReAX Java-Script based control platform and he’s use it to debut two […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 809: Vivitek to Debut 4000 Lumen Projector with Built-in NovoConnect at ISE; And, Celebrate 10 Years in EMEA


Vivitek EMEA will kick-off the ISE show celebrating 10 years in the EMEA market by launching a few major new products including brighter projectors, more interactive panels, non-interactive panels with built-in NovoConnect and a new 4000 lumen projector integrated with their NovoConnect Wireless Collaboration System. Gary was joined with Vivitek’s General Manager for EMEA, Holger Gräff  who talks […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 808: Philips Teases a Totally New Product Line Launching At ISE


In this edition of his pre-ISE podcast, Philips teases a totally-new product line they will launch at ISE next week. Gary was joined with Philips’ VP or EMEA, Franck Racape to not only talk about the new product line but also their plans in wireless streaming for both the corporate meeting room and huddle rooms space but also inhospitality […]

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Rants and rAVes —Episode 807: Wyrestorm Will Launch Domotz Integration and Digital Canvassing of AV-over-IP at ISE


Gary was joined with WyreStorm’s CTO Dave Silberstein today to talk about two major initiatives they will launch at ISE. In addition to to showing the first AV-over-IP integration of Domotz’ Remote Monitoring & Management platform they will be showing the capability to both build video walls with AV-over-IP sources but also tile multiple sources on one screen – what Gary […]

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Rants and rAVes —Episode 806: Absen Will Debut Three New Lines at ISE – Here Are The Details


Gary was joined on his pre-ISE podcast today with Absen’s Christian Czimny, Director of R&D, to talk all about their ISE plans. As we reported earlier this week, Absen has big plans at ISE and, after being recognized as the top exporter of LED in the world for the 10th year in a row, they will be all about […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 805: NEC’s Applications-Based Stand Will Wow 2019 ISE Attendees, Again


At ISE 2018, NEC Display Europe was awarded Best Booth by rAVe — and a host of other publications covering the show. Their 3-applications areas really simplified the technology for the attendees. And, for 2019, they’re back — the three areas are retail/digital signage, Collaboration and Large Venue and the entire thing, according to NEC’s Section Manager Strategic Product Marketing, Thomas […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 804: BrightSign Details New BSN.cloud Product on Our Pre-ISE Podcast


BrightSign just changed the digital signage world forever, with their new BSN.cloud. It’s the future of how all digital signage will be controlled, managed and distributed. Don’t believe me? Well, then listen to this podcast and let the CEO of BrightSign, Jeff Hastings  explain it — then you’ll understand why I can confidently make this claim. And, […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 803: Barco Talks New ClickShares and the State of Wireless Collaboration


There’s no doubt that Barco is leading the wireless collaboration market with their ClickShare lineup of collaboration devices and, just last week, launched two new units — the ClickShare CS-100 Huddle and the CSE-200+ with a 4K Output. In addition to integrating enterprise-level security, adding extended desktop and universal App connectivity to all models they are also […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 802: NETGEAR Heads to ISE Partnered with SDVoE


NETGEAR will again be in the SDVoE Alliance Booth (Hall 3 stand B150) at ISE next week and they will be demo’ing a reference design for an HDMI input card directly into the 96X series of NETGEAR switches. The advantage of a on-board card is that racked sources can be connected directly to an AV-over-IP switch without the need for […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 801: LG Gives An Update On OLED Technology


OLED is the most innovative of the direct-view display technologies — even companies without OLED talk about OLED. And, LG is leading the OLED revolution in monitors by miles. They have transparent, bendable, curved, convex, wallpaper and now rollable OLED. What’s next? And, what’s the use case — can you use OLED in a retail application where the […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 800: The SDVoE Alliance Heads to ISE with Over 40 Members and 150 Products


The SDVoE Alliance will be at ISE, again, in Hall 3 Stand B150 with 40+ other companies showing the industry’s only AV-over-IP standard of products. Gary was joined on today’s podcast with Justin Kennington  the SDVoE Alliance President, to talk about the state of the AV-over-IP market and the products that will be at ISE — including an […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 799: AV People #11: Meet Stephanie Gutnik – A Young, AV Professional Driving Digital Signage


When Stephanie Gutnik was graduating from McGill University in Montreal just 8-years-ago, she had no idea she’d  be working inside the industry most creative professionals think of as the future of advertising. But, she is. And, not only is she, at less than 30-years-old, already the Vice President of Business Development for Broadsign (a leading DS provider), but she’s also on the […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 798: Nureva Hints at Big ISE 2019 Launch


Nureva has clearly used the ISE Show  annually, as a launching pad for their new products. They have a big, new audio-based product coming at ISE but a whole lot more, too. In addition to some big Span updates, they will be there with simpler software functionality for casual Nureva Wall users and demo’ing their Microphone Mist technology. This podcast includes […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 797: PanaCast Debuts PanaCast 3 Camera on rAVe RADIO


Want to see a live, real-time demo of the new Altia Systems PanaCast 3 UCC camera? Gary was joined today by Altia Systems CEO Aurangzeb Khan and he did a demo of the PanaCast 3 — using the PanaCast 3. It’s smaller than the PanaCast 2, has three higher resolution cameras and is officially debuting stand number 13-B150 at […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 796: DVIGear to Debut New DN 150 10G AV-over-IP System at ISE


Gary had a chance to talk to DVI Gear’s Matthew Pulsipher who detailed what the DN 150 is and why it’s replacing the DN 100 Series  — it all has to do with 4K and the need to convert it into a “virtually matrix-able” AV-over-IP signal (10Gbps via SDVoE . And their demo of it is going to be pretty […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 795: CTOUCH Hints at Windows Collaboration Display Debut at ISE


On today’s pre-ISE podcast with CTOUCH CCO, Francois Barlinckhoff, it’s clear that they are laser-focused on the UCC market.  In fact, they have moved their stand, for the ISE 2019 show, to the UCC Hall — Hall 11 stand B150. CTOUCH already has a comprehensive lineup of 65” to 86” 1080p and 4K resolution collaboration and interactive touch displays, but if […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 794: Matrox Plans to Lead with AV-over-IP at ISE


Matrox is well known for their graphic cards as well as their streaming video technology. But, starting with ISE 2019, they want you to know them for their AV-over-IP technology — especially in the 1G AV-over-IP space. Gary was joined by Matrox’s Vice President of R&D, David Chiappini  today to talk about where Matrox stands and where they intend to […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 793: Sharp to Show 70” Windows Interactive Display at ISE 2019


Gary was joined by both Birgit Jackson, Commercial Director of Visual Solutions and Jason Cort  Director of Product Planning and Marketing, at Sharp Europe to talk about their unique Windows Collaboration Display  While the rest of the collaboration board manufacturers are making stand-alone interactive boards for meeting rooms, Sharp’s been innovating a unique way to allow the their […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 792: Kramer At ISE 2019 Includes AV-over-IP, AVaaS and Certification


Gary was joined by Kramer’s VP of Marketing, David Margolin  on today’s pre-ISE podcast to detail their plans at ISE — exhibiting in Hall 1 Stand F20. Kramer will debut an entire AV-over-IP product line including 1G and 10G distribution as well as an AVaaS platform — all while offering both control and AV-over-IP certification classes on the show […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 790: AV People #10: Meet Penny Sitler — a 37-Year Industry Veteran


Not only has Penny Sitler paved the way for many women in the ProAV market by being one of the first females to do marketing for an AV manufacturer, but she just spent the last year as chair of the AVIXA Women’s Council. Penny has not only spent her entire professional career in Draper‘s hometown of Spiceland, Indiana, […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 789: TASCAM’s Zone Mixers — Are These the Audio Industry’s Best Kept Secret?


At one time, TASCAM (under the TEAC name) was a prolific manufacturer of mixing consoles — remember the Model 15? In the late 1970’s it was the standard. TASCAM re-entered the mixing console business with the Model 24 earlier this year and now they’ve launched the MZ-223 (three output) and the MZ-372 (dual output) rack-mountable zone mixers. TASCAM’s Joe Stopka, Vice […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 788: AV People #9: Meet Lainie Mataras – Regional Sales Manager for Sapphire Marketing


Among Lainie Mataras’s many talents is the ability to fold a t-shirt, perfectly, while blindfolded. No, seriously, she can do that. Lainie has some unique talents and that, along with the ability to make fiends with 5000 people in 25-years, have made her an invaluable resource to both Crestron and Sapphire. Lainie’s been in AV […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 787: Are You Using nobox Yet? Here’s Why You Should Be!


THIS IS A PROMOTED POST nobox is a suite of services launched this summer from Almo ProAV — nobox is designed to make integrators more profitable, augment their services and give them a more national reach — when they need it. If you aren’t aware of the set of nobox series available for integrators,  you should check out […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 786: TASCAM’s CD-400U is an All-In-One Audio Solution for Entertainment Audio Installs


If you’ve ever spec’d an audio media server, imagine one that served up EVERY kind of content in a restaurant, bar, coffee-shop, retail store or school install. Well, the TASCAM CD-400U does just that — and more. Yes, it’s a CD-player — think 80’s. But, it’s one that is network and RS232 controllable and includes a USB-stick […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 784: AV People #8: Meet Zee Hakimoglu – President, CEO, and Chairman at ClearOne


If you’ve ever met Zee Hakimoglu  you’d remember. After graduating from Drexel University with a Masters in Physics, she entered the world of tech and has never looked back. Since declaring physics as her major in college, she’s been mostly surrounded by men and has some straight-up advice on how it shaped her and every decisions […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 783: NEC Adds to Collaboration Board Line with New Infinity Board


THIS IS A PROMOTED POST FROM ALMO PROAV NEC has been in the collaboration board marketing since the market category’s inception two years ago. But now, NEC has a much better product in the new Infinity Board — distributed by Almo ProAV.  With the Infinity Board, NEC partnered with the top third party companies in each category aggregated […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 782: AV People #7: Meet Nancy Knowlton – Co-Founder of Smart Technologies & Nureva


Did you know that Smart Technologies accidentally entered the K-12 Education market? Well, it’s true. Nancy explains how a chance meeting with the wife of an AV professional at a late 80’s helped make Smart successful and how she got in to technology, itself. Nancy is, undoubtedly, a pioneer in AV and one of the […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 781: Synnex VISUALSolv – A 2018 Wrap-up Podcast with Sandi Stambaugh


Synnex wraps up their 2018 Roadshow series next week, December 4th and 5th, in New York City. It caps off a big year for Synnex Corporation, which saw a big acquisition and some new partnerships. Gary was joined by Synnex’s Vice President of Product Management, Sandi Stambaugh,  who details some of their new initiatives launched in 2018 […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 780: Here’s the Best LIVE Nureva Span Workspace Demo, Ever


As an avid fan (and user & evangelist) of the Nureva Span Workspace  I think everyone should be using it. Why? Well, I asked Nureva’s Director of Customer Experience, Rick Kennedy to do a live Zoom Video based demo with me to explain the use-case and show my listeners (and viewers) how it works. This is an unedited, real-time demo […]

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