Barco Appoints LANG UK and Midwich Group as Preferred Distribution Partners in UK and Ireland

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Barco announced an update in its U.K. and Ireland distribution partnerships appointing LANG UK and Midwich Group as the preferred distribution partners in the United Kingdom and Ireland for projection and image processing solutions. The new agreement with the reputable AV companies, which comes into effect immediately, is aimed at strengthening the position of both […]

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No More ‘I Am Sharing My Screen’

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Yes, we suffer from more than just Zoom fatigue. The ProAV industry also suffers from “would-be-Zoom fatigue.” The weariness that comes with hearing about another contender that hopes to knock out remote work incumbents like Zoom and Teams. Yet, Switchboard comes with more spark. Spark Capital, that is. Switchboard raised $13.8 million backed by Spark […]

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DSS Europe To Host First In-Person Event in 3 Years

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Digital Signage Summit Europe (DSS Europe) is returning for its first in-person event in three years, reuniting the digital signage industry on 6-7 July 2022 at the Hilton Munich Airport, Germany. This year’s theme is “Digital Signage Business Critical,” which will analyze how digital signage has increasingly become critical to business success rather than simply a […]

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Ricoh Acquires Pure AV

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Ricoh has completed the acquisition of Pure AV in a move that adds to its provision of meeting and workplace solutions to customers, including Unified Communications and Collaborations (UCC), AV and Workplace Management. Founded in 2003, Pure AV is a specialist AV integrator with specific expertise in higher education learning environments, as well as the commercial and hybrid technology markets. Headquartered in Preston, […]

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Kinly Adds Tom Martin as CEO

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Kinly has announced Tom Martin as its CEO to further develop the impressive growth of the business in recent years. Tom takes the reins at Kinly following a successful spell as managing director for Northern Europe. His experience with the company stretches back 15 years, beginning with Viju in the Nordics with roles in support, services and […]

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If They Go Public, Buy Stock in Xyte as Randy Klein Just Joined Them. Yes, That Randy Klein

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Xyte, which hopes to bring a fundamental shift in the way hardware manufacturing ecosystems operate, announced today that Randy Klein, former president and CEO of Crestron Electronics, is joining the company as a member of its advisory board. Klein has played a significant role in the AV industry for over 45 years, driving growth and […]

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Shure Joins International Telecommunication Union and UK Spectrum Policy Forum Steering Board

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Shure has recently joined the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the UK Spectrum Policy Forum Steering Board. “Shure has been a leader in advocating for regulations impacting the audio industry,” said Prakash Moorut, global head of spectrum and regulatory affairs at Shure. “And we continue to take a more aggressive role to help with overall collaboration with regulators and […]

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rePLAY ISE 2022 — We’re Back

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rePLAY ISE 2022 was a success and we’ve got an exciting recap of session one for you! We had an awesome time gathering content in Barcelona for the live event, and we had even more fun showing it to you on the LAVNCH platform. One of the highlights from the trip was Emily Dean stepping […]

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ISE Tops 43,600+ Attendees!

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After a ton of anticipation, ISE finally arrived at the Fira de Barcelona, Gran Vía (10-13 May). With a total of 43,691 unique attendees from 151 countries, making 90,372 visits to the show floor. This was the first full ISE show since February 2020, when ISE said farewell to its previous home in Amsterdam and initial signs […]

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PPDS Intros Philips 6000 Series of 8K dvLED Displays

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PPDS (i.e., Philips Digital Signage), just announced the Philips 6000 Series: a range of 8K, dvLED displays in either 16:9 or 32:9. Unveiled at ISE 2022 in Barcelona (stand 3Q600), the new Philips 6000 Series LED is bezel-free so, technically, it can be designed in any shape, size or resolution and is aimed at meeting […]

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Barco ClickShare Is Now Also a Digital Signage Player

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Barco has added new functionality to its popular UCC and presentation device, ClickShare, allowing it to now become a digital signage player. Meeting room displays that are connected to ClickShare can now be leveraged as corporate branding tools or to distribute digital signage messages. The first digital signage partners are Signagelive, Seenspire and Korbyt. Digital signage messages can […]

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AV Is … Art? Refik Anadol’s Keynote at ISE 2022

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We talk about AV in many different contexts in this industry. However, we rarely think of it or refer to it as art. We tend to focus on technology first — the pieces and the parts that make the screen turn on, that make the display SHOW the art, but what if we were to […]

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Expectations for ISE 2022: Press Briefing and More

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This year’s ISE Show arrives in Barcelona on 10-13 May 2022. Speaking at a press briefing last week, Integrated Systems Events managing director, Mike Blackman, said: “I’m delighted, and honoured, to be standing here today five years since Integrated Systems Events, and its co-owners AVIXA and CEDIA, decided to relocate the Integrated Systems Europe show […]

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Google Wants Us on Its Radar

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The latest human-computer interface — an interface that could dramatically impact the AV business — comes from Google’s hardware invention studio, Advanced Technology & Projects (ATAP). What if our devices (in-home, in-office building, and in-store) had social intelligence within? People and devices have their own concepts of personal space — and Google uses its research […]

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ISE Announces List of Experiences to Light Up Barcelona

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Integrated Systems Europe has announced a raft of activities set to Light Up Barcelona, highlight creativity and technical prowess and showcase the power of the AV experience. ISE’s keynote speakers have been chosen to reflect creativity using technology and three projects will perfectly showcase to visitors how, when integrated into a collaborative solution, the ProAV […]

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We’re Going to ISE 2022 — Join Us There and for rePLAY ISE 2022!

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ISE 2022 is set for May 10-13, and we couldn’t be more excited to announce that rAVe will be attending the show in person! We’re going to get to see the ISE show floor in person for the first time in years, and we hope to see you there. Don’t forget to register to attend […]

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The Largest AV Contract in Europe

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Beginning January 2022, the European Commission awarded Avex and Videlio a four-year contract as the audiovisual provider of event facilities for all types of EU summits and events. While some industry press noted the award, the significance becomes clear when the EC highlights this as the single biggest award the EC has ever given. Ever. […]

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Navori Labs To Intro QL 2.7 Digital Signage Software With New Features at Upcoming ISE and InfoComm

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Navori Labs announced QL 2.7, the company’s first major digital signage software release in several years. QL 2.7, which introduces a suite of new features that cross all core software elements (QL Content Manager, QL Player and QL Server), will receive its public debut at the upcoming ISE and InfoComm shows in Barcelona (May 11-14, […]

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War for Ukraine and the AV Business

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War is an ugly thing at any time. However, on the heels of a divisive pandemic and as the most significant conflict since World War II, the war in Ukraine throws a monstrous shadow across the European continent — one that scares, yet unites, Europeans. Europeans who aren’t Ukrainian, who don’t have Ukrainian relatives and […]

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The Accelerating Merge of ProAV and IP

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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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AVI-SPL Announces Intent to Acquire Sonics

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AVI-SPL, the world’s leading digital enablement solutions provider, announced today that it has signed a letter of intent to acquire Sonics AVI Ltd. (Sonics), an audiovisual (AV) integration firm in Dublin. AVI-SPL says Sonics has earned a stellar reputation for helping the world’s largest brands create new value with modern workplace solutions. The firm works […]

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Midwich Group plc Acquires Nimans Limited

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Midwich Group, a global specialist audiovisual distributor to the trade market, announced it has entered a binding agreement to acquire Nimans Limited (“the Company”) and its subsidiaries (collectively “Nimans”) from Nycomm Holdings Limited. Nimans is a U.K.-based specialist distributor of unified communications, telecoms, collaboration and audiovisual technologies. Based near Manchester, Nimans was founded in 1981 […]

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No Relief for European Events Industry

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While some parts of our industry thrive in the pandemic, we should not forget our brothers and sisters in the events business. A year-end 2021 study just released by KdG Expert (Centre of Expertise for the Event Sector) highlights the pain with some research results in Belgium that will sound familiar to many in Europe […]

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Gaming Accessories Market Growth Aided by a Growing End-User Group: At-Home Workers

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By Maxym Dmytriyev Futuresource Consulting According to Futuresource Consulting’s latest Gaming Headset Market H2 2021 report, the overall gaming accessories market is expected to grow 10% year-on-year in 2021, despite a deceleration in volume and value growth compared to 2020. Onset by the continuous efforts in combating COVID-19’s spread, work-from-home trends have supported market growth, […]

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Say HaLow: There’s A Tougher Wi-Fi with Less Power, More Range

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Wi-Fi has been the dread of most professional installers who would usually rather lose a finger than predicate any of their solutions on wireless. If Wi-Fi 6 from CES 2022 doesn’t convince the wire-pullers, then Wi-Fi Alliance has another runner to put in the race. Kiss weak Wi-Fi goodbye and say hello to HaLow from […]

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ISE Show Postponed to May 2022

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Due to the rise of COVID-19 and variant cases, and in an effort to promote safety amongst all attendees, Integrated Systems Europe announced ISE, scheduled for Feb. 1-4, 2022, has been postponed and is now rescheduled for May 10-13, 2022. The exhibition will remain in Barcelona and take place at the FIRA Barcelona, Gran Vía. […]

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B2B Flat Panel Volume Achieves Largest Quarter on Record, Front Projection Sees Revenues Rise

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By Matthew Rubin and Victoria Tselykh Futuresource Consulting B2B flat panel and front projection markets are on divergent trajectories, according to a series of new reports from Futuresource Consulting. While global flat panel market volumes increased by 3.1% year-on-year in Q3 2021, front projection fell by 13.2%. Yet market value figures tell the reverse story, […]

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Martin Audio Adds New UK Patent for XE Stage Monitor Waveguide

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Martin Audio has added another patent — this time in the United Kingdom for its XE stage monitor waveguide. The patent covers the use of Martin Audio’s differential dispersion coaxial drive units and the continuation of their waveguide shape to form the baffle, as seen in the XE monitors to achieve the desired HF coverage. […]

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Pamplona Capital Management to Acquire EET

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Pamplona Capital Management and EET management will acquire the European distributor from FSN Capital. The sale is expected to close in Q1 2022. EET is a value-added distributor of IT technology components and solutions with a growing presence across Europe, selling branded and private label products (like Vivolink) to over 30,000 customers. EET has a […]

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HP Wants To Put ‘Presence’ in the Hybrid Work Era

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If you’re late to the party, you’d better bring something special. HP Inc. launched “HP Presence,” a portfolio of conferencing and collaboration solutions. In 2015, HP split its operation: on one side is HP Inc., the printer and PC company. The other side, HPE (Hewlett Packard Enterprise) company, deals with enterprise products and services. This launch […]

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Part 4: Simple Expectations of InfoComm 2021 — Just Relax

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In Part 1 of my “Simple Expectations of InfoComm 2021” series of blogs, I explained some of the elements of how InfoComm 2021 will be like no other InfoComm we’ve had in history — for OBVIOUS reasons. In part 2, I explained why showing only one product in your booth is critical to success at InfoComm […]

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Neutrik Group Restructures As a Multibrand Company

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In a reorganization of its global operations, the Neutrik Group has restructured as a multibrand company under the NEUTRIK, REAN and CONTRIK brands. The reorganization took several months and has expanded and diversified the group’s product offering across a breadth of technologies and applications; including both within and beyond the entertainment and broadcast production sectors the company has […]

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