SecuringAV: The Colonial Pipeline Ransomware Cyberattack — Part One

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Why did the pipeline get shut down if the hackers only attacked the business end?  For each column in this series, rAVe writer Paul Konikowski takes a deeper dive into a recent security event or data breach, shedding light on supply chain vulnerabilities, infrastructure and cyber-physical security. By now, most people heard about the Colonial […]

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A, E, I, V, R and Ohms (And P and W)

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By Tom Kehr Almo Pro A/V Alphabet Soup and Math. Not your favorites, I know. I didn’t get all this at once, but I’ll share some things that helped me immensely. First, let’s sort out these letters. Circuits have properties, and we use values to quantify those properties. There are different symbols used depending on […]

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Federal Circuit Dismisses Shure’s Appeal of District Court Order, Holds Shure in Contempt

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ClearOne today comments on an opinion issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (the “Federal Circuit”) regarding an appeal filed before that court by Shure Incorporated. Through the appeal, Shure sought to overturn an order of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois that held Shure in contempt […]

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Part 1: A Simple Expectation of InfoComm 2021

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We’re fewer than 100 days from InfoComm 2021 week — the first InfoComm since 2019 and the first time two InfoComm shows will be in the same town two times in a row in over 20 years. I don’t think we need to review how and why we came to where we are with this […]

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My Thoughts on the ISE London Roadshow

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By Gordon Dutch Re-Sauce Sales & Business Consultancy Ltd As I am sure regular rAVe readers will know, the regular ISE 2021 show in Barcelona planned for February 2021 was initially moved back to June 2021 and then canceled this year due to COVID. Shortly after, ISE announced a series of regional roadshows starting in […]

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DSE Is Back on — and DSE Advisory Board Is Announced

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The yet-to-be-renamed Digital Signage Expo (or DSE) will take place March 21-23, 2022 in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Convention Center; now part of the Questex family of shows. The new DSE will be co-located with the Bar & Restaurant Expo (formerly Nightclub & Bar Show) and be aimed at an end-user audience, not […]

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Wireless Sees the Light

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You don’t have to know rocket science to follow the arcane world of high-performance wireless, but it doesn’t hurt. The CEO of BridgeComm, Barry Matsumori, worked previously for SpaceX and Virgin Galactic and has served as a board member of the Space and Satellite Professionals International. BridgeComm, optical wireless communication (OWC) company, provides enterprise-grade broadband […]

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Has Live Mixing Changed in the Midst of the New Normal?

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As the world returns to some version of “normal,” change has been significant for churches — particularly with streaming. Even with millions recently returning to worship services, the streaming gains achieved in the last few months shouldn’t be discarded. According to Tim Dougherty, senior solutions engineer for Wowza Media Systems, streaming went from a “nice-to-have” […]

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Mike Blackman Talks Digital and In-Person ISE 2021 With Gordon Dutch

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After a successful ISE London 2021, Gordon Dutch, CEO of Re-Sauce Sales & Business Consultancy, sat down (virtually) with Mike Blackman, managing director of Integrated Systems Events to discuss the event. Representing rAVe [PUBS], Gordon successfully snagged the first interview after ISE 2021 with Mike to discuss all the virtual and in-person show details. ISE […]

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SecuringAV: The Remote Desktop Attack on a Florida Water Treatment Plant

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For each column in this series, rAVe writer Paul Konikowski takes a deeper dive into a recent security event or data breach, shedding light on supply chain vulnerabilities, infrastructure and cyber-physical security. In my last “SecuringAV” column about the Nashville Christmas morning bombing, I did my best to define what “infrastructure project” meant using the […]

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Three New Minimum Viable Offerings for Houses Of Worship

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When designing a project for a house of worship, how often do you go back to the drawing board to ask the question, “Hmm, what should I include in this system?” Hardly ever, I assume, considering the requirements of houses of worship are mostly the same: assistive listening, environmental lighting, fixed installs and more. These […]

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rAVe To Use Patent-Pending Tech for Digital Coverage of InfoComm 2021; Register Today! 

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After a more than two-year hiatus (and you know why), InfoComm 2021 registration is finally open! Set for October 27-29, the show will be in its most familiar location: Orlando, Florida. For the first time in history, the show will be in the fall. This year marks the 24th time the show has been hosted […]

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The ‘New’ Workspace Is Really Just Digital Transformation

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In my March 2020 blog, written before COVID-19 changed the world, I wrote about “Digital Transformation.” At the time, very few organizations had truly invested in a digital transformation strategy. It was still a buzzword corporate leaders did not understand or were not able to fully implement. Before we move any further, let’s get a […]

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THE rAVe Agency Welcomes Bruce MacIntosh as Brand Alliance Director

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THE rAVe Agency is pleased to announce Bruce MacIntosh as brand alliance director. MacIntosh will align manufacturer and designer interests, champion data partnerships and lead business development for THE rAVe Agency’s joint venture with XTEN-AV: the only AI-powered AV design platform. THE rAVe Agency and XTEN-AV recently announced a joint venture to provide additional resources — […]

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Acoustics, Commercial Spaces and the Post-COVID World

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In recent months my company has seen an uptick in requests to consult on acoustics solutions and installations in commercial spaces. Some of these clients reached out for assistance on new builds, but most of them were looking for solutions to integrate into existing spaces. In many cases, the request stemmed from the need to […]

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Vivitek Appoints IMEX Instruments as Irish Distributor

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Vivitek has announced that it has appointed IMEX Instruments as a distributor in Ireland. Vivitek already has a partnership with sister company IMEX Systems in Northern Ireland, which remains Vivitek’s only approved reseller in the region. Founded in 1970, IMEX is a company with specialist knowledge in testing electronics. The company branched into the audiovisual and interactive […]

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I Miss ‘POT’ Calls

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Remember way back when, when phone calls didn’t include video? I miss these days. Unbeknownst to my clients — sans the occasional siren or Harley Davidson motorcyclist, there were many, many times where I would jump on a call with them and walk, and walk and walk while strategizing. I loved it. Not only was […]

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#DearVendor Podcast and Higher Ed: Speaking Directly to the Industry

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Several months ago I started a podcast here on rAVe called #DearVendor. The idea behind the podcast is the AV industry is an ecosystem — we are only healthy if all parts of the industry are healthy. In the podcast, I give tech managers (aka in-house integrators) an opportunity to tell manufacturers, integrators, programmers, designers […]

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Integrated Systems Europe 2021: Digital Conference Recap

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Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) came to us both in-person and digitally this year. ISE 2021 took place in-person at the Fira Gran Via in Barcelona on June 1 and 2. You can find a short intro to ISE 2021’s schedule here. In addition to the in-person event, the show was streamed live online via a […]

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The Cloud Versus On-Prem, That Is the Question

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One of the first marketing/technology terms that I learned when I joined a video managed services company in 2008 — versus previously working at a telecom company — was the difference between a cloud-based service (not a weather system) versus on-prem (aka on-site) hardware products. I currently work for a digital signage company that provides […]

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ISE 2021 Is Open for Business

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Integrated Systems Europe has officially begun — it opened its doors at the Fira Gran Via, Barcelona Tuesday. The show, this year being held in person at two regional events (Barcelona June 1-2, London June 23-24), also has an online component — ISE Digital. (ISE initially planned for four regional shows, but had to cancel […]

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LAVNCH WEEK 4.0: The ProAV Day Roundup

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Thursday’s LAVNCH WEEK 4.0 experience, ProAV Day, included an impressive set of presenters and products — even following an amazing day one, UCC Day, and day two, Digital Signage Day. Our talented host, rAVe Managing Editor Steph Beckett, introduced the day. What were you most excited to see on Thursday? 11 a.m. EDT: Here’s How […]

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Resideo Acquires Shoreview Distribution

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Resideo Technologies today announced it has acquired privately held Shoreview Distribution (“Shoreview”), based in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Shoreview was founded in 1989 and is a distributor of professional audio, video, lighting, display and broadcast equipment. With warehouse locations on the east and west coasts, Shoreview serves customers across the United States and will be part of […]

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LAVNCH WEEK 4.0 Is Upon Us. Here’s How to Join.

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It feels like I blinked and all of a sudden: The U.S. is slowly opening back up as more people become vaccinated. I am getting poorer and poorer as I buy tickets to all the concerts that are coming to town this fall. LAVNCH WEEK 4.0 starts tomorrow! Did you know that we developed LAVNCH […]

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Being Comfortable Outside of Your Comfort Zone

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If you stick around long enough you will see patterns repeat themselves. Most businesses in this channel are more similar than they are different; they have similar strengths and weaknesses. They’ll also have similar problems that need solving. The problems will be similar but seldom identical. The solutions that worked for your clients may need […]

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Finding the Blue Sky in 2020 (and Beyond)

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When looking back on last year, the best description that neatly wrapped up our collective experience in a bow was from Leslie Jones on a 2020 recap show on Netflix. Her character said, “I’d say it was a train wreck and a s*&tshow, but that would be unfair to trains and s*&t.” Seriously though, let’s […]

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