Growth Opportunities Lie Ahead for Pro Displays After an Unprecedented Year

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By Matthew Rubin Futuresource Consulting The past year has been one of the most volatile on record for the professional displays industry. As COVID-19 spread across the globe, supply chains were interrupted and end-user demand plummeted in some of the biggest markets. Add into the mix the increasing appeal of LED, which makes it a […]

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ISE Maintains That Show Will Happen in June 2021 With Latest Announcement

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Integrated Systems Events released a new statement Monday via Managing Director Mike Blackman, regarding the planned ISE 2021 event in June. In case you don’t have the time to read it, I’ll summarize — and then tell you our plans. First, the summary: ISE had previously announced to all exhibitors that the organization would make […]

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UPDATED: Borgarting Appeals Court Acquits Norxe AS of Intellectual Property Claims Made by Barco

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Update: Inge Govaerts, corporate public relations manager at Barco, sent rAVe the following statement Tuesday: “It has been a tough case for both parties, but the starting point has been that it was believed that there was such clear evidence of objectionable actions that the outcome was a trial. Barco is of course disappointed not […]

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RISE Spotlight: Live Events Experiences, Reinvented

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Oh, how much we all miss live events. No matter how much you miss live events, you can’t possibly miss them as much as the people whose entire livelihood is based on live events. The latest thought-leading RISE series by ISE, turned its “Spotlight” on live event experiences and the “reinvention” that will mark their […]

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Gordon Dutch, Lee Baker and Ian Sempers Form New Consultancy Business — Called Re-Sauce

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After a short leave of absence from the front line, three industry figures have joined forces to form a new Business Consultancy primarily focussed on press, PR, marketing and sales for the global professional AV, IT and CE sectors. The new business called Re-Sauce has been founded by Gordon Dutch (former shareholder/Exec VP & MD […]

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Registration Now Open for ISE 2021

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Registration opened Thursday for Integrated Systems Europe 2021, making its debut at Fira de Barcelona, Gran Vía this June. Coming at a time of anticipation from an industry that is keen to “get back to work” in the second half of the year, it will incorporate both live and online content. Integrated Systems Events Managing […]

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ISE Responds to InfoComm Postponement

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As many of you are aware, AVIXA has postponed InfoComm to Oct. 27-29, 2021. In response to that, Mike Blackman, managing director of Integrated Systems Europe, made the following announcement regarding ISE 2021. The show is still confirmed to take place June 1-4, 2021 in Barcelona, Spain. If anything changes regarding COVID-19 and the ability […]

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RingCentral Launches Free Glip for ‘Smart Video Meetings’

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Global managed services provider RingCentral brings out Glip, a free solution that offers video and audio conferencing — and integrates with team messaging, file sharing, contact, task and calendar management. The company refers to the integration as its “Smart Video Meetings” experience. You might have thought of Ring Central as a PBX-replacement, a telecom-as-a-solution cloud […]

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Kayye’s Krystal Ball: 2021 Edition

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Welcome to my 21st annual Kayye’s Krystal Ball! I love writing this annual predictions article — it’s both humbling and rewarding. It requires me to stop and research anything new, evaluate the potential impact it will have and then articulate it in a way that matters to readers. If you’re a regular reader of my […]

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Visionary Enters Distribution Partnership With MediasPro

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Visionary has announced a distribution partnership with MediasPro. Through the partnership, MediasPro says the company will expand and strengthen Visionary’s presence throughout Germany. “MediasPro is one of Germany’s leading distributors for installed audio and video products,” said Scott Freshman, chief operations officer for Visionary. “Its extensive industry knowledge and strong customer relationships make them an […]

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Administrative Tools Are the New K-12 Ed Tech Battleground

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By Chris Pennell Futuresource Consulting As the number of electronic devices in use across North American schools continues to proliferate, K-12 curriculum leaders and IT decision makers are turning to administrative tools to manage data assets, track progress and provide support. A new end user study from Futuresource Consulting explores the impact of these tools, […]

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Fosway Group and Barco Find Virtual Classrooms Have Some Untapped Potential

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Ninety-seven percent of organizations are now using virtual classrooms to support learning and development, with over half (53%) reporting that they have proved to be their most successful learning platforms during the COVID-19 crisis. This data is part of new research conducted by Fosway Group, a European HR industry analyst, in partnership with Barco, a […]

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IDC Report Finds Many Offices Plan to Stay Remote/Hybrid for Foreseeable Future

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In the weird/unpredictable/unprecedented (did I get all the cliches in there?) times we are in, a question has stayed at the forefront of all of our minds: What the heck are our jobs going to make us do when COVID-19 is no longer a thing? For the past (almost) year, we’ve said “new normal” this […]

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We Want to Hear From You! In Less Than 1 Minute, You Could Win a $500 Gift Card

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We are all excited 2021 is here! 🌅🎆🎇 We’ve got some big plans. But we need your direction to help us plan accordingly. Simply put, if you’ll take this 60-second survey, we’ll enter you into a drawing for a $500 Amazon or Apple (you choose) gift card AND, we’ll do you one better; if you […]

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EAW and dB Technologies Form Unique Distribution Alliance — Could This Be More Than a Trend?

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By distributing each other’s products in their home regions, Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW) and dB Technologies say they plan to better serve their customers and position themselves for growth into 2021. “The dB Technology and EAW brands offer exceptional innovation and value to their customers and deserve the best chance to grow globally,” said Arturo […]

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The Movie Theater Is Now Dead, Plus a Prediction: Apple Will Buy Sony

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As much as I hated writing that headline, it’s true. And, despite years of warnings that the future of the cineplex was nothing but apocalyptic, Hollywood wasn’t prepared. Let’s back-up. Back in the late ’90s, companies started building DVD servers for home theaters. The idea was that a homeowner could buy a cache of DVDs […]

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Cyviz Fuels Global Growth With Shares Listing

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Meet the company behind the new ticker symbol “CYVIZ.” Norway’s Cyviz goes to the Oslo Børs to secure a Euronext Growth listing, selling shares at NOK 34.50 (34 euros) and reaching a market capitalization of NOK 370 million (37 million euros). Cyviz designs, develops and delivers software and hardware solutions for conference rooms, control rooms […]

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ISE Research Shows AV Industry Eager to Return to In-Person Events

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In October 2020, Integrated Systems Europe commissioned research, targeting AV professionals to evaluate visitor appetites for conferences and events following COVID-19. The research, completed before news of a COVID-19 vaccine, gauged interest in face-to-face, digital and hybrid event formats. The results show that 98% of the audience missed attending in-person AV industry events. ISE was […]

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LAVNCH Sets Virtual Event Engagement Bar By Delivering 57,000+ Group Conversations and Chats During the D=SIGN Virtual Conference

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AVIXA and the Digital Signage Federation (DSF) hosted its first event collaboration, D=SIGN: the Digital Signage Conference, on Dec. 8-9, 2020. The virtual event brought together AV professionals from around the world to explore the digital signage ecosystem with 30 speakers across 18 sessions. And, it was served-up on THE rAVe Agency’s LAVNCH Platform! Total registrations for D=SIGN came to […]

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Zoom Is Top UCC Platform for 5th Year in a Row

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Gartner just released its 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Meeting Solutions report and Zoom has been named a Leader in the 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Meeting Solutions for the fifth consecutive year as well as a Leader in the 2020 Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS), Worldwide. Zoom was named a […]

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Platinum Equity To Acquire Ingram Micro For $7.2 Billion

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Platinum Equity announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Ingram Micro Inc., the world’s largest provider of technology logistics services and solutions, from HNA Technology Co., Ltd, a part of HNA Group, in a transaction valued at $7.2 billion. The sale is expected to be completed by the first half of […]

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Midwich Acquires NMK Electronics Enterprise

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Midwich, an audiovisual distributor to the trade market with operations across the U.K. and Ireland, Continental Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific, has entered into a binding agreement to acquire a majority stake in NMK Electronics Enterprise, NMK Middle East FZE and Edge Electronics Trading LLC (“Edge”) (collectively “the NMK Group” or “NMK”). Based in the […]

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Sessions We Loved from D=SIGN, Day 1

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History’s first-ever D=SIGN: The Digital Signage Conference — an exciting new event created by AVIXA and the Digital Signage Federation (DSF) — began Tuesday. The two-day conference, delivered virtually this year,* was packed with products, education and networking for those in the digital signage industry: think AV integrators, retail/hospitality/healthcare/QSR operators, media and content professionals, and […]

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Why You Should Hire an Acoustics Specialist at the Outset

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Not long ago, while on LinkedIn, I had a brief but interesting exchange that made me stop and think. A seemingly innocuous post and an ensuing comment by a connection on the platform generated an internal dialogue that I’m not sure I’ve completely resolved. I share it here because it may not only have ramifications […]

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You’ve Got to Have Seoul

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Seoul extends its “destination marketing” by being the first city to offer a virtual meetings platform for event organizers. In response to the COVID-19 era, Seoul Convention Bureau (SCB) launches the “Virtual Seoul Platform” to be used for holding MICE events in the digital world. According to the organization (and our own knowledge), this is […]

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Peerless-AV and Mersive Forge Strategic Global Alliance for VC Market

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Peerless-AV announced its global alliance with Mersive Technologies, a provider of software-based collaboration solutions for corporate, education and government markets. Close research and development with the Mersive team has resulted in the introduction of a new mounting solution from Peerless-AV designed specifically for the Solstice Pod Collaboration Platform. “At Mersive we like to forge alliances […]

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The Impact of AV in Motorsports

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This year, traditional working environments changed overnight as everyone shifted from an office to their homes. However, my household has always been far from a traditional work environment. My husband, Cameron, is a professional race car driver. He’s had a pretty successful career over the last ten years. He’s won the Rolex 24 Hours of […]

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BETT 2021 Canceled

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BETT 2021 is the latest in-person trade show to be canceled — but is preparing virtual content in the show’s absence. The organization released the following statement: “After exhaustive conversations with our customers and visitors, as a consequence of changing government restrictions following the significant escalation of Covid-19 cases in the UK, we have reached […]

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Diversified Builds Out Workplace Safety Ecosystem

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With 2000+ employees, 50 worldwide locations, and more than $1 billion in an annual revenue, Diversified is a technology solutions provider delivering innovations in digital media, collaborative technology, broadcasting, electronic security and OTT solutions to a global clientele. rAVe Europe’s Bob Snyder chats with Michael Parker, director, strategic accounts EMEA at Diversified in London. Parker […]

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The Impact of Organizational Trust

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By Jon Sidwick Collabtech Group Back in March, the world started to close down. Traditional working environments changed overnight with knowledge workers shifting from the office to their homes, retail outlets closing or putting in strict protocols and the events industry all but disappearing. This has brought about an incredible shift in power. Suddenly, the […]

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Audio Collaborative 2020 — The Blog Version, Pt. 1

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By: Steph Beckett & Leah McCann Wednesday marked the start of the seventh-annual Audio Collaborative conference put on by UK-based Futuresource Consulting. Over two days, the 2020 conference, a virtual version of the show this year, tapped a lineup of industry experts to inspire a listening audience. Who was that audience? AV, technology and IT […]

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It’s Official! NEC and Sharp Joint Venture Creates Sharp NEC Display Solutions

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Effective Nov. 1, 2020, Sharp Corporation (hereinafter “Sharp”) and NEC Corporation (hereinafter “NEC”) completed the previously announced transaction to form a joint venture by Sharp acquiring 66% of shares for NEC Display Solutions Ltd. (hereinafter “NDS”), a subsidiary of NEC. The new website is here. In connection with the completion of the transaction, NDS has […]

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