My Pathway to Dual AVIXA Certification (CTS-D, CTS-I)

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By Rakesh Kumar Mangal, CTS-D, CTS-I, EAVA I am writing this article to collectively respond to various questions and queries I receive on LinkedIn and various other platforms related to AVIXA CTS Certifications. Before starting any further, you should create a login on the AVIXA website if you have not done so already. How did I […]

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Matrox Now Shipping D-Series D1480 Multi-Display Graphics Card

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Matrox announced Friday that the Matrox D-Series D1480 multi-display graphics card is now shipping. Purpose-built to power next-generation video walls, this new single-slot graphics card supports up to four 4K@60Hz DisplayPort monitors. It can be combined to drive an output video wall of up 16 synchronized 4K displays. Along with an assortment of video-wall software […]

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Visix Is First Company to Launch Voice-Activated Digital Signage for Any Display

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Visix, Inc. has released version 1.32 of its AxisTV Signage Suite digital signage software with a new Voice Recognizer Widget that turns any screen into a hands-free interactive sign. AxisTV Signage Suite users can drag and drop the new Voice Recognizer Widget (VRW) onto any layout and then set custom parameters that instruct the sign […]

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Magewell Has a New Update for Its Ultra Stream Encoders

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Magewell has released a new upgrade for its Ultra Stream family of livestreaming encoder hardware. The update adds flexible new recording modes alongside expanded streaming protocol support and various minor improvements. In addition to streaming live to popular services or a custom server, Ultra Stream encoders can record video as files to a directly connected […]

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After the Pandemic: Online Communications in a Post-COVID-19 World

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THIS IS A PROMOTED POST FROM PTZOPTICS By Paul Richards Chief Streaming Officer, PTZOptics The world’s largest work-from-home experiment has pushed the online communication industry forward at a record pace over the first two quarters of 2020. During this time of great change, adaptation has been key for everyone from students to teachers to governors […]

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AVIXA Announces Award Winners; To Be Recognized at InfoComm 2020 Connected

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AVIXA has announced the 2020 recipients of its annual awards. Honorees will be recognized via virtual ceremony during InfoComm 2020 Connected on Wednesday, June 17, at 5 p.m. EDT. According to AVIXA, its awards recognize “outstanding AV professionals for their contributions to the industry.” Members of the industry nominate individuals for multiple categories. These are […]

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Samsung Introduces Terrace, Its First Outdoor 4K QLED TV and Accompanying Sound Bar

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Samsung Electronics announced the release Thursday of The Terrace — the company’s first outdoor 4K QLED TV (and accompanying sound bar). The Terrace is a Samsung Smart TV — and is released as a consumer model in the U.S. and Canada. (Samsung says rollouts in Germany, Australia and New Zealand are in the works for […]

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Williams AV Names Brad Kautzer as New President and CEO

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Williams AV announced the appointment of Brad Kautzer to the position of president and CEO. Kautzer is an executive with a passion for building teams, growing global businesses and driving high tech innovation. Kautzer’s skills and abilities developed during a series of executive-level roles as the senior leader of various global businesses at Honeywell. In […]

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Bose Professional Announces ES1 Ceiling Audio Solution

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Bose Professional announced the Bose ES1 Ceiling Audio Solution. It’s an in-ceiling UCC audio system designed to compete with ClearOne and Shure — and it is now certified for Microsoft Teams. In addition to a Sennheiser component, the ES1 system includes three Bose products: the ControlSpace EX-440C Dante-enabled conferencing signal processor, the EdgeMax EM180 in-ceiling […]

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The Problem With Video Projection and Natural Light in Houses of Worship

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It’s a given: This scenario will play out in almost any size house-of-worship project. I have lost track of the number of times (at least a hundred over the last decade) a HOW client has asked about the possibility of a large-screen projection installation in the middle of a beautiful, naturally lit sanctuary — in […]

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Tripleplay Announces TripleView Server as Part of Its Caveman 3.0 Software

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Tripleplay announced its TripleView Server monitoring functionality as part of the latest Caveman 3.0 software release. Designed for large clients with multisite rollouts, this feature is another simple innovation that allows Tripleplay clients to stay ahead of the competition. For clients that have installed the Tripleplay solution in multiple offices and locations around the globe, […]

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Planar to Expand LED Display Options With FX Series Line

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Planar announced an expansion Wednesday to the company’s portfolio of LED display solutions with the Planar FX Series’ introduction. Planar FX Series fine pixel pitch LED video wall displays bring image detail and resolution historically reserved for lower light private spaces (in indoor and outdoor applications). The Planar FX Series offers outdoor models available in […]

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ScreenBeam Classroom Commander Now Available for Chromebook and Windows

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ScreenBeam announced Wednesday that its Classroom Commander platform is now available for both Chromebook and Windows 1:1 classroom environments. The ScreenBeam Classroom Commander is designed for one-to-one or one-to-many classrooms by combining wireless display with student device orchestration to improve lesson flow and collaboration. Supporting up to 50 student Windows or Chromebook devices and a […]

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Quividi Publishes Global DOOH Indoor Traffic Index

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Quividi has published Pulse, its first Global DOOH Indoor Traffic Index, aggregating its customers’ real-time audience data — and data from their screens across the globe. In this first release, Quividi shares that DOOH indoor audiences are progressively back, with an increase of +26% since hitting a low point in week 17 (April 20-26). Quividi’s […]

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Verizon Media Joins DPAA Association

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The Digital Place-Based Advertising Association (DPAA) announced Wednesday that Verizon Media has joined the association. Verizon Media offers an omnichannel digital media platform to help advertisers and media owners plan, buy and scale digital media across screens. The company also offers the industry’s first full-stack digital-out-of-home (DOOH) solution through its demand-side and supply-side platforms. In […]

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Radial Engineering Releases BT-Pro V2 Bluetooth-Enabled Stereo Direct Box

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Radial Engineering dropped the new BT-Pro V2. It’s a Bluetooth-enabled stereo direct box that connects wirelessly to smartphones and tablets. It also provides a pair of balanced audio outputs to feed a PA system, studio interface or powered speakers. Applications include houses of worship, installed sound environments (gyms, dance studios), live sound environments, studios, DJ […]

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The Digital Signage Ecosystem and the IHS Markit Digital Signage Industry Market Tracker

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By Jeff Hastings BrightSign Our industry is more diverse than it’s ever been. The IHS Markit Digital Signage Industry Market Tracker presents separate data in eight vertical markets, and many of these verticals are themselves very diverse. “Retail” extends from corner shops to Harrods to large supermarket chains. Hospitality spans everything from fast food outlets […]

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URC Launches Total Control Integration With Lutron QSX HomeWorks Processors

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URC has launched a two-way IP module for integration of its Total Control system with Lutron’s new QSX HomeWorks processors. The module, which can be used to integrate with Lutron’s HQP7-1 and HQP7-2 processors, is available beginning May 19 to authorized URC installers via URC’s dealer portal. The integration of the Lutron HomeWorks QSX processer […]

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New Poly USB Headset Comes Equipped with Active Noise-Canceling Technology

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Poly (formerly Plantronics and Polycom) unveiled the latest addition Tuesday to the company’s Blackwire line. The Blackwire 8225 is a corded plug-and-play USB headset. It’s designed to reduce background noise and deliver uninterrupted communications so users can work from anywhere. Three settings of hybrid active noise-canceling (ANC) technology allow users to adjust, to fit their […]

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DSE to Host Webinar Series on How to Manage Digital Signage Networks During COVID-19 — Beginning June 2

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Digital Signage Expo (DSE) has announced a free webinar series covering specific business verticals and their efforts to manage digital signage networks during the time of COVID-19. The first installment — for higher education — is entitled “Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Ed Digital Signage Networks” and will be presented Tuesday, June 2, at 2 […]

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How to Do AV in an Airport: Moscow’s International Airport Is a Perfect LG Story

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An ambitious undertaking Among the largest and busiest of Russia’s airports, Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow serves tens of millions of passengers and sees hundreds of thousands of tons of cargo passing through each year. To entertain an influx of visitors, Sheremetyevo recently undertook an enormous modernization project that involved the demolition of the airport’s […]

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T1V to Host Webinar On the Impact of COVID-19 In the UCC Space

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On May 21, T1V will host a webinar featuring Dr. David B. Agus, CEO of the Ellison Institute of USC and contributor to CBS News, as the company addresses COVID-19 and the impact on unified communications and collaboration. While stay-at-home orders have been in place in most parts of the country since March, many questions […]

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CEDIA’s New White Paper Can Help You Understand and Prepare for Wi-Fi 6

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CEDIA has released a new white paper titled “Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax): High Efficiency Wi-Fi.” The white paper dives into the new Wi-Fi 6 standard that has been designed to address some of the most prevalent wireless networking issues and provide high-efficiency Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi 6 is the latest wireless networking standard — and it’s fundamentally different […]

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Venue Lighting Effects Offers New Products for Stage Lighting and Control

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Venue Lighting Effects has introduced the Revolver and Tetra Series for stage lighting and control. Designed for performing musicians, DJs, singers, performers, and small- to mid-sized venues, the new Tetra Series includes a full range of cool-running LED lights and versatile control. The new Venue Tetra Control offers lighting control with real-time access for running […]

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PS Audio Releases Stellar Strata Integrated Amplifier

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PS Audio announced Monday the introduction of its Stellar Strata Integrated Amplifier — a 200 watt-per-channel amplifier (into 4 ohms). The Strata integrated amplifier is balanced from input to output for sound quality and quiet operation. Its preamplifier stage features PS Audio’s analog Gain Cell (a control center that eliminates the sonic degradation that can […]

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NSC Announces Xantech TV Director App for Controlling ACM, VoIP Systems

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Nortek Security & Control LLC announced the Xantech TV Director App Monday. The app, made for controlling the Xantech Advanced Control Module (ACM) and Premium 4K Video over IP (VIP) system, requires little to no setup or configuration. It also offers a way to deliver intuitive source control without a dedicated control system’s added cost. […]

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Here’s the Lowdown on ZeeVee’s Product Offerings for Streaming AV-over-IP

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As streaming video explodes, ZeeVee is reminding the market of its AV-over-IP capabilities with streaming. The company’s streaming product offerings include the H.264 Media Module (quad encoder blade) for the HDbridge 3000 encoder, ZyPerMX2 and ZyPerMX4 H.264 encoder appliances, STBi3 Set Top Box and the ZyPerMX Player (EPG). H.264 Media Module for HDbridge 3000: The […]

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Crestron Home Adds Lutron Integration That Simplifies Lighting and Shading

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Crestron announced an addition Monday to its Crestron Home software; through an alliance with Lutron, Crestron Home will integrate with Lutron lighting and shading control. Specifically, it will work with RA2 Select, RadioRA 2, and HomeWorks with QS and QSX control systems. Focusing on ease of deployment, Crestron Home will automatically detect Lutron hardware on […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 985: You Are About to Make a Fortune Selling Audio, Again

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COVID-19 made us all keenly aware of the value of collaboration. And, collaboration without video is just like watching a silent movie. Not only is audio a heck of a lot more profitable than video but, the post-COVID-19 world is going to bring us a plethora of opportunities to sell  “personalized professional audio gear. Oh, […]

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