What’s Up With LAVNCH: October Events

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THE rAVe Agency has been busy planning and preparing tons of new LAVNCH & LEARNs and events. These events are educational and informative to help out both the new and experienced AV pros in our industry. From educational sessions on the newest tech to encouraging series on getting hired, we’ve got something for everyone. Let’s […]

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ISE Highlights Opportunities for 2022 Show

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Visitor registration for ISE 2022 is now open, offering the international AV and systems integration community a long-awaited opportunity to “Rise up. Reconnect. Ignite the Future” at its new home at the Fira de Barcelona Gran Vía. Integrated Systems Europe, ISE 2022, will take place Feb. 1-4, 2022. The ISE Conference program runs from Monday, Jan. […]

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Hall Technologies Moves Headquarters to Texas

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In an exclusive interview at CEDIA Expo 2021, Hall Technologies CEO Jason Schwartz told rAVe that the company is moving its headquarters from Tustin, California, to Coppell, Texas. The company, formerly known as Hall Research, rebranded in January 2021 to “expand its legacy and elevate into new innovations.” The move, Schwartz said, is part of […]

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Nominations Have Closed for 10th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards

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Nominations for the Readers’ Choice Awards have now closed. Our next step is that we will open up voting for your favorite companies, products and more — so keep a lookout for next steps. We’ll announce the winners during rePLAY 2021 on Nov. 2-4, 2021. To learn more about rePLAY 2021 and to register, visit […]

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5 Things to Know About Digital Signage Ahead of InfoComm 2021

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Digital signage is poised for strong revenue growth, with a forecast of $32 billion in 2021, increasing to $44.7 billion in 2026, according to AVIXA’s 2021 Industry Outlook and Trends Analysis. With this in mind, it’s no surprise Digital Signage will be a major focus at InfoComm 2021. To start, AVIXA (producers of InfoComm), along […]

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ISE Opens Registration for 2022 In-Person Event

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Integrated Systems Europe announced that it has opened registration for its in-person trade show in 2022. This will be the first of its trade shows to take place in Barcelona. ISE also says, “As well as five large halls of exhibition stands, there will be a full programme of paid and free-to-attend content. You can […]

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5 Things to Know About Extended Reality Before InfoComm 2021

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Extended reality (XR) is cool, there’s no denying that. AV professionals should all want to get their hands on this technology and experiment with its possibilities. And not just for fun … it makes financial sense to do so. According to an August 2021 report by Market Research Future, the XR market was valued at […]

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Nice Acquires Nortek Security & Control LLC

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Nice — a global manufacturer of smart home, security and home and building automation solutions — announced it has acquired Nortek Security & Control, LLC from Melrose Industries. Nortek Security & Control is a developer of technology for security, home automation, control, power, AV and entertainment, access control, health, and artificial intelligence (AI) systems for […]

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5 Things to Know About UCC Ahead of InfoComm 2021

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With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing for much longer than anyone expected, it should come as no surprise that conferencing and collaboration is a major focus for AV professionals. According to one report, the unified communication and collaboration (UCC) market size is expected to grow from USD 67.4 billion in 2021 to USD 127.5 billion by […]

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How to Get the Job You Want — Selling Your Value: Part 2

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This is the second article in my “How to Get the Job You Want” series. To view the other articles in this series, click here. I had been working in data storage and backup for about 10 years when I got a Dell catalog in the mail. When I opened and skimmed through it, I […]

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Part 3: Simple Expectations of InfoComm 2021 — Use QR Codes

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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 2021. Today’s blog is all […]

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Verizon Business Redesigns BlueJeans Spaces Platform for Hybrid Workspaces

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Verizon Business introduced the redesigned BlueJeans platform for the hybrid workplace. Centered around BlueJeans Spaces, this collaboration platform was developed to provide a virtual environment for teams working in multiple places. With the introduction of Spaces, BlueJeans offers the ability to collaborate virtually in today’s hybrid work environment. Spaces provides users with a catalog of […]

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Create Opportunities for Young People to Enter the AV Industry

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One of the reasons I advocate for internship and apprenticeship opportunities for young people is because of the opportunities that I experienced myself as a young person starting out. When I graduated from high school, I enrolled in the tech program in college to become a chemical engineer.  I applied for and joined an organization […]

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In Latest Interview, Dave Labuskes Says He Is 99.999% Sure In-Person InfoComm Will Happen

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THE rAVe Agency’s own Megan A. Dutta, director of emerging markets at LAVNCH, virtually met with Dave Labuskes, CEO of AVIXA, to discuss the many recent cancellations of in-person events in the AV industry and the expectations around InfoComm 2021. As of Sept. 15, 2021, both NAB Show 2021 and Enterprise Connect have been canceled due to rising […]

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When Your Digital Signage Is Out of This World

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It’s genius, really. If we have a Digital-Out-of-Home industry, why can’t we have Digital-Out-of-This World? Geometric Energy Corporation (GEC) will soon create a new category of advertising space. Outer space. Based in Canada, a GEC subsidiary (Geometric Space Corporation) has several space projects and is now in the process of building a satellite, a CubeSat. […]

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Adapting to Agile: Workflow Changes to Project Management

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When customers come to AV resellers and installers to ask them to provide an AV installation, part of the service is project management. Someone has to communicate with the customer and stay on top of the progress and any changes that are made. Customers are familiar with project managers; they usually have a whole set […]

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Bridging the Gap: ITSM Tools for AV and IT

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Over the past several months at my institution, we have been implementing a new Information Technology Service Management Tool (ITSM). After looking at several different products, we chose to go forward with TeamDynamix. The cost is reasonable (not cheap, but reasonable), even for small higher ed institutions (like us). Cost was a factor in our […]

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Finding a New Route to Market

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After the pandemic, many of us will set out to explore new routes to market. Selim Morlevi wants to drive there. In a van. As the founder of Create-4, a pioneer in experiential marketing in Turkey, he develops tech experiences for retail hospitality point of sale and consumer goods manufacturers. He’s worked with holographs, AI, […]

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Part 2: Simple Expectations of InfoComm 2021 — Exhibit Only 1 Product

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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. And, my advice to exhibitors to help them maximize their ROI and reach the attendees well was simple […]

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DSE Is Back — Now Called Digital Signage Experience

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Questex today announces the rebranding of Digital Signage Expo to Digital Signage Experience taking place March 22-24, 2022 in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Digital Signage Experience provides an opportunity for digital signage suppliers and solution providers to connect with buyers looking to use digital signage technology to educate, entertain and inspire. […]

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A Sample of CEDIA Expo 2021 Exhibitors

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CEDIA Expo will take place later this week on Sept. 1-3, 2021, at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. You can find THE rAVe Agency’s coverage of the Expo on our microsite here. “There’s no other show this year that will offer an opportunity to see and hear what’s new in the residential technology […]

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The World of Events: AV Gets Complicated

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From my experience, AV installations are permanent. The rooms, digital signage, multipurpose rooms and auditoriums that line my portfolio of installations have that in common: They are set up and left for use for many years. At most, there is one specialist that will interface with the controls to make sure the audio and video […]

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The No-BS Video Interview with CEDIA Expo’s Jason McGraw — And, a Kind (and Perfect) Message to Exhibitors and Attendees

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There’s probably no one fielding more complaints, confusing calls or questions in the market today than Emerald’s CEDIA Expo VP Jason McGraw. Is CEDIA happening? Can we get a refund if we pull out? Are masks required? Do I need to bring proof of vaccination if I attend? Will anyone show up? Why isn’t Emerald canceling CEDIA? […]

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NAB Show 2021 Will Require Proof of Vaccination to Attend

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With NAB Show approaching rapidly this fall, the National Association of Broadcasters has announced that in light of health and safety concerns surrounding COVID-19 and the delta variant, it will be requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for attendance. NAB EVP and Managing Director Chris Brown released the following statement: Dear NAB Show Community, With less […]

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Megan Dutta Joins THE rAVe Agency as LAVNCH Emerging Markets Director

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THE rAVe Agency just announced Megan A. Dutta as emerging markets director. Dutta brings more than 15 years of marketing, communications and leadership success to THE rAVe Agency. She will be instrumental in expanding rAVe LAVNCH to emerging markets and technologies. Dutta — former content director for Systems Contractor News (SCN) and Digital Signage Magazine, both […]

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CES 2022 Will Require Proof of Vaccination to Attend

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The Consumer Technology Association announced that CES 2022 will require in-person attendees to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. CES 2022 will take place in Las Vegas on Jan. 5-8, 2022. For those who may be unable to travel to Las Vegas, CTA will create a digital event (similar to last year) that will run in parallel with […]

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Ready Player AV?

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My university, a small liberal arts college in the middle of nowhere, recently announced an esports team and hired a coach. That’s surprising to many alumni who don’t realize the esports audience has grown to 474 million globally. (If it were a country, the esports population would make it onto the Worldometer list as the […]

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Who’s In, Who’s Out: CEDIA Expo 2021

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As we acknowledge the ever-changing impact COVID-19 and its variants have on our industry, our editorial team seeks to keep an updated list of what companies and audiovisual groups we can expect to see at CEDIA Expo 2021. Rather these manufacturers and exhibitors are in-person, hybrid or virtual, we plan to keep this article updated […]

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