Shifting to a Remote Collaboration World

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With everything that is going on around us, we are seeing plenty on the news and about folks having to work remotely. Over the coming weeks and months, we will see quite a bit about how we’re not keeping up and that business continuity is failing. Based on what I am observing first-hand from my […]

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Is This the Beginning of the End for LCD Video Walls?

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By Graham Cooke Futuresource Consulting Last week, Samsung Displays (DID) announced that it is to end production of LCD video wall displays on July 31, 2020. As one of the largest panel providers in the industry, Samsung DID’s decision to exit LCD video wall panel production has generated shockwaves, but it also presents significant opportunities […]

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AVIXA Cancels InfoComm 2020 in Las Vegas

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AVIXA sent out an announcement this morning announcing that InfoComm 2020, originally planned to be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center June 13-19, 2020, has been canceled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Show organizers said it had remained optimistic that the show could go on, and was monitoring recommendations from the WHO […]

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Nature, Nurture and Legacy Spaces: The Problem with Design

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So, unless you’ve been under a rock, you’ve seen hundreds of posts about remote work, video conferencing and collaboration in the last few days. The craziness of today’s events has forced companies to adopt video conferencing and remote collaboration solutions on a scale that we haven’t seen. Some think that this bodes well for the […]

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Five Ways to Keep Your Integration Business on Track

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If you’re like me, you’ve seen a slew of articles about “opportunities” for the AV industry during the current pandemic.  Most of these are marketing pieces, meant to promote a manufacturer’s products or to promote services by addressing the fear, uncertainty and doubt that is part of the current Zeitgeist. Work form home solutions and […]

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New PSA Initiative, “We Are the Countervirus,” Will Soon Make a Splash on DOOH Screens Across the World

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By this time next week, a new ad campaign and PSA initiative, “We Are the Countervirus,” could be running on nearly every major digital out-of-home (DOOH) network — encompassing hundreds of thousands of screens across the world. The Digital Place Based Advertising Association (DPAA), in collaboration with independent ad agency Madwell, launched the brightly branded […]

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Digital Signage Expo Rescheduled for September 15-18, Will Remain in Las Vegas at LVCC

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We announced earlier this month that Digital Signage Expo, originally scheduled for March 31-April 3, 2020 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, would be postponed to the fall due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak and limitations on domestic and international travel. Show organizers announced today that the show has officially been rescheduled for September 15-18, […]

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AI for AV Is Opportunistic for Service, Support and Sales

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Whether your firm has joined the chorus touting “AI” or is more conservatively accurate in the programming of “machine learning,” there’s a non-stop buzz in the industry around the advancements of computing power and advanced algorithms used to analyze dizzying amounts of data from an ever-expanding networked technology install base. Either way, an opportunity for […]

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Updated: Sharp and NEC to Merge Display Divisions Into Joint Venture

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This story has been updated to add a letter sent to NEC Display partners and customers. Below is the official press release from NEC Display today. Before you read it, here are my thoughts: Unlike nearly every merger in our industry’s history, this is a new display company that will be made up of two […]

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VuWall Debuts Free Pre-Populated Coronavirus Command Center App for ANY Device

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We’ve received many COVID-19 press releases — most of them self-serving. This one is NOT. Kudos to VuWall for offering this up. You don’t even have to have a VuWall system to use it (and it even works on a PC). VuWall is looking to partner with those who are on the front lines working […]

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My Day with Sharp and Its Windows Collaboration Board Launch, Plus an Interview with CEO Mike Marusic 

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I was honored to be the only member of the AV press invited to cover the live, global (it was streamed live from Seattle, Washington, New York City, Amsterdam and Madrid) streaming video launch of the Sharp WCD (Windows Collaboration Display) last week. Although those in attendance, live, saw it as a technical marvel (connecting […]

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My Observations From AVI Systems’ AVI LIVE Show: The Last Pre-COVID-19 AV Show

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I am sitting here in my kitchen table writing this. Like many of you who traveled last week, I am in a self-quarantine to protect the world from my potentially having the new coronavirus, sadly known as COVID-19 (sad as COVID used to only refer to that Tempe-based AV manufacturer known for the once-famous EXPiX […]

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A Letter to the AV Industry from AVIXA About InfoComm and COVID-19

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AVIXA CEO Dave Labuskes sent the following letter out to the AV industry today. My thoughts are below his letter. A Letter to the AV Industry I , as many of you, continue to watch the news on a moment-by-moment basis. As we are making decisions that affect our travel, business and family, I want […]

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Digital Signage Expo 2020 Postponed to the Fall

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Digital Signage Expo, originally scheduled to be held in Las Vegas March 31 – April 3, 2020, has been postponed until later in the year, likely September, and also still in Las Vegas. This announcement seemed inevitable, perhaps overdue, particularly this week with the WHO declaring the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic, the Trump administration announcement […]

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Enterprise Connect 2020 Postponed to Early August, Moved to San Francisco

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The show organizers of Enterprise Connect, the communications and collaborations show originally scheduled to be held later this month in Orlando, told exhibitors today that the show has been rescheduled for August 3-6, 2020, and will now take place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. This is due to the travel restrictions and uncertainty […]

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Lifesize and Serenova Merge, Thanks to the Same Company That Led AVI-SPL and Whitlock Merger Last Month

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Marlin Equity Partners is merging videoconferencing provider Lifesize and Serenova, a contact center-as-a-service (CCaaS) provider. Marlin Equity Partners, a global investment firm with over $6.7 billion of capital under management, is the financial sponsor of the merger and will continue to invest and support the growth of the combined business to address the $60 billion […]

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A List of AV or Related Events/Trade Shows and Their Event Statuses in Light of COVID-19 Coronavirus

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Updated: April 2, 2020 A lot of industry events in the coming weeks and months have shifted or changed in light of COVID-19. We pulled together a list of AV or related events and trade shows on our radar, and included their event statuses to date. If you are a vendor/show manager and would like […]

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The 20th Annual Kayye’s Krystal Ball: 2020 Edition

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Welcome to my 20th Kayye’s Krystal Ball! I know, I was shocked too. Twenty years of this. But I love writing this annual predictions article. If you’re a regular reader, you already know this, but for those who don’t, my Kayye’s Krystal Ball piece is an annual article where I not only tell you what […]

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The Golden Rules of Sound System Implementation and Design

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Disclaimer: This is one of those topics that seems to require periodic reminders and refreshers. Why this is the case is one of the great mysteries of the AV life, but we seem to lose sight of the core principals reasonably regularly, and thus — the following is your scheduled reminder that the foundational rules […]

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Some Personal Observations of ISE 2020, Professional Observations to Follow Later

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While the coronavirus certainly decimated attendance at Integrated Systems Europe 2020 — coming in right at around 52,000 attendees — exhibitors were thrilled with those who showed. NOT ONE exhibitor complained to me. Quantity was down, but the quality was up. Way up. This actually could have been the best thing ever to happen to […]

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Here’s a Glimpse Into How the ProAV Market is Doing

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On the third day of ISE last week, with little fanfare, Barco announced its 2019 earnings report while also commenting on how they think 2020 will play out. As we have very few publicly traded companies of this magnitude in the commercial AV space, I always appreciate Barco’s earnings report as it’s become a bellwether […]

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Effectively Reaching New Customers

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In December, I was a panelist for a session of the HETMA conference. I can not recall the exact conversation that led to us discussing getting cold calls from vendors. Several of us who are “customers” replied how much we dislike getting the cold calls or emails. What struck me most about the conversation and […]

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How Dante Could Disrupt the AV-Over-IP Market

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By Aviad Cohen Founder, Comeet I’ve been a fan of AV-over-IP ever since I first worked with the technology — but the number of vendors and different solutions out in the market make it very hard for customers to choose. How could an AV investment be protected if there is no standard? You can be […]

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rAVe Scoop: Biamp to Acquire Wireless Sharing Company HRT

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Oregon-based Biamp will announce at ISE 2020 here in Amsterdam, that it has purchased Huddle Room Technology (HRT). In case you haven’t heard of HRT, it makes a wireless sharing and collaboration product (think Barco ClickShare) but its version includes wireless USB, as well (think Barco ClickShare Conference). However, the HRT HuddleHub has one wireless sharing […]

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The Industry’s First Official Open AV-Over-IP Standard Is Launched, IPMX, Based on SMPTE 2110

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At ISE 2020 in Amsterdam in stand 15-B250, the Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS) ProAV Working Group introduced Internet Protocol Media Experience (IPMX), a set of open standards and specifications designed to enable carriage of compressed and uncompressed video, audio and data over IP networks. IPMX addresses the ProAV industry’s need for a single […]

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AV Industry Social Media: Quantity vs. Quality

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AV marketing professionals spend countless hours pursuing more reader likes, more engagement, more content, more metrics and frankly more of the same in a never-ending hype cycle. Social media is merely another function where marketers are stuck in tactical due to feeling the pressure to produce something — anything — in order to somehow drive […]

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Midwich Buys Starin for About $50 Million

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In a deal that is incredibly strategic for Midwich, the UK-based company announced this week that it’s purchased ProAV distributor Starin, headquartered in Chesterton, Indiana. Starin had revenue of about $200 million in 2019. Although the official announcement didn’t say how much Midwich paid for Starin, rAVe has learned the deal is worth under $50 million. […]

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UC Workspace Just Launched the Best New Product for UCC Since Zoom

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UC Workspace’s new UCC product is called WEAV; more information is near the bottom of this product announcement but read this first to understand its positioning. UC Workspace jumped on the scene a few years ago with a universal UX for all collaboration boards. Called Quicklaunch, it’s the maiden product of UC Workspace that allows […]

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