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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What’s the Next Big Thing at Samsung Displays?

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It’s the kind of breakthrough any lab hopes for — one that starts with a current technology and discovers a revolutionary way to take it to an unexpected level. Researchers at Stanford University and the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) developed a proof of concept for a metaphotonic display technology that could improve the […]

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What Is the Difference Between 5G and 4G?

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By Daniel Reynolds Dynamo LED Displays As mobile market penetration hits an all-time high, data has become the new oil of our generation. With data consumption skyrocketing, the industry is scrambling to tackle network congestion of existing spectrum bands to keep up with our need for speed. You may often have experienced such breakdowns in […]

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USAV Adds DEKOM to Its International Partner Program

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USAV announced a large expansion of its International Partner Program (IPP), by the addition of DEKOM. This addition will increase the global partnering opportunities for the USAV national integrators as well as other international integrators. USAV integrators and vendors partners have also formed a special interest group (SIG) focused on the standards of the program. The IPP […]

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When are We Going to Start to Pay More Attention to Nvidia? Probably Now.

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This month, Nvidia announces an open beta for Omniverse, a 3D simulation and collaboration platform — and Maxine, a cloud-native streaming video AI platform. It’s now a phygital world — and as the physical and digital worlds fuse to simulate reality in real time and with pixel perfect detail, the company that AV should pay […]

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Futuresource’s Virtual Audio Collaborative 2020 Is NOT to be Missed

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This is likely going to be THE audio show of 2020. With under a month to go before Futuresource Consulting’s Audio Collaborative event begins, the line-up continues to grow, with a wealth of world-class industry leaders coming together to discuss the future of audio. Joining registrants from their virtual seats will be the chief products […]

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“We’re Also an Audio Company,” Says Microsoft

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From “Hey, Cortana” to cloud-enabled interactive sound for HoloLens to Windows Sonic (Windows 10 comes with support for virtual surround sound), Microsoft invests heavily in research on audio. And the company is convinced the ProAV market fails to recognize this. They have a point here. Did you know speaker detection technology developed by Microsoft researchers […]

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Esports Education Investments Endure and Grow Amid Budget Restrictions

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By Chris Bull Futuresource Consulting Throughout 2020, esports has been one of the most notable champions amid stay-at-home orders and social distancing policies. The industry has thrived, but it has certainly changed course from its pre-COVID trajectory, and even more so for its application in K-12 and higher education. When we talk about esports and […]

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Boxlight Corporation Acquires Sahara Presentation Systems

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Boxlight Corporation, a leading provider of interactive technology solutions for the global education market, today announced it has acquired Sahara Presentation Systems PLC. The total purchase price was GBP 74,000,000 (approximately USD 94,900,000) in the form of GBP 52,000,000 (approximately USD 66,700,000) cash and GBP 22,000,000 (approximately USD 28,200,000) preferred stock. Headquartered in the United […]

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New ISE 2021 Dates Set for June

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It looks like the industry pundits that predicted the ISE’s demise for 2021 were wrong as Integrated Systems Events, today, issued a statement that their new 2021 dates are 1-4 June and it will still be held at the Fira Gran Via in Barcelona, Spain. The decision to reschedule ISE 2021 from February to June […]

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World’s Largest Digital Camera Snaps 3200-Megapixel Images

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By Bob Snyder It’s an image so large it would take 378 4K ultra-high-definition TV screens to display. The resolution is so high you could see the dimples’ texture on a golf ball even if it was 24 kilometers away. This month, a lab at Stanford University, operating on behalf of the U.S. Department of […]

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Updated: ISE 2021 Moves to June — Still in Barcelona

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Update from rAVe Editor Sara Abrons: We reached out to AVIXA to see how the rescheduling of ISE would affect InfoComm and if there were any plans to delay, with ISE moving to June, the same month InfoComm is scheduled to take place. Rochelle Richardson, senior vice president of expositions and events for AVIXA, said […]

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According to Forrester, EU Tech Spending Could Decline By 9% Due to COVID-19

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Forrester predicts that, due to the coronavirus and resulting recessions, tech spending in the United Kingdom, France and Germany will decline by 5% to 7% in 2020 from 2019 levels in the most optimistic case. Forrester also forecasts that the U.K. will be the most vulnerable out of the three countries, with a deeper decline […]

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A Secret Productivity Killer Called “Double Join” Haunts Most of Our Meetings – And We Deserve Better

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I’d never heard the term “double join” until a few months ago on a call with one of our board members, John Case, who is a great resource to talk with if you’re researching the world of video conferencing. John spent a long time at Microsoft building the Office 365 product family and now puts […]

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