InFocus Is Getting Out of the Projector and Display Business (Updated)

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The industry’s first portable “projector” manufacturer, InFocus, is getting out of the display and projector businesses overall. The company apparently held an all-company meeting at 12:30 p.m. today to inform their teams that they were ceasing display operations. Telling their teams they were “looking at new strategies,” they started to layoff the majority of the […]

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What Happened to Proxima Is a Business School Case of How NOT to Merge Two Companies

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On the day that InFocus shocked the AV industry and announced they’d bought its largest competitor, I was actually there. It was Monday, March 6, 2,000 — I remember the details of the day very well but my old Franklin Planner helped me keep track of the date for the purpose of this article. Let me […]

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Bluewater and Felix Media Solutions Form Alliance

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Bluewater Technologies Group formed a strategic alliance with Felix Media Solutions, an Austin, Texas-based AV integration company. Under the terms of the agreement, Bluewater will offer meeting and event support, access to retail offerings, and creative and software services to Felix Media Solutions’ customers. Furthermore, Bluewater will assist on larger AV integration projects for Felix […]

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B-Tech Buys Mode-AL

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B-Tech AV Mounts has acquired Mode-AL Display Engineering. Founded in 2000, they are a manufacturer of multiple monitor mounting solutions for digital signage, broadcast, the collaborative environment, the retail sector and high-end AV. Typically catering for high-end bespoke products and solutions, these solutions have been installed in a variety of applications from monitor stacks and […]

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NV5 Acquires The Sextant Group

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NV5 Global announced today that it has acquired The Sextant Group. The Sextant Group has 11 locations and project offices throughout the US and is well-known for creating integrated technology solutions for a wide range of public and private sector clients. The Sextant Group’s 80 technology professionals have provided expertise on over 2,000 projects in 46 states. The acquisition was an all-cash transaction […]

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Plantronics and Polycom to Become One Company with New Name: Poly

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Plantronics today announced that the company will transform into a new company called Poly. In explaining the new name, their press release explained that Poly, which means “many,” leverages the legendary audio and video expertise of Plantronics and Polycom and its breadth of smart endpoints that connect across and between unified communications platforms to reduce […]

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It’s Official: The Panacast Camera System Is Now in the Jabra Headset Family

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GN Audio announced a conditional agreement to acquire Altia Systems Inc. (“Altia Systems”). Altia Systems, based in Cupertino, California (USA), is the developer of the Panacast multi-camera array technology. All necessary conditions have now been met and GN Audio has completed the acquisition of Altia Systems. This allows GN Audio to expand into plug & […]

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J&S Audio Visual (JSAV) Acquires Buffalo-Based BAV

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JSAV has completed the acquisition of Buffalo, NY-based BAV. The combination of these two long-standing integrated audio-visual companies enables both to reach further outside their established markets. With a shared commitment to their clients and the highest level of quality reflected in both company’s outstanding customer satisfaction ratings, together JSAV and BAV have a combined […]

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Level 3 acquires Audio Visual Resources (AVR)

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Level 3 Audio Visual, LLC, a full-service AV integration and education organization located in Mesa, Arizona announces today the acquisition of Audio Visual Resources, Inc. (AVR) located in Mineola, NY. The acquisition combines one of the nation’s top integration firms with the industry leader in system testing and verification and the only firm ever to […]

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Collaboration Board Market Sees Nearly 40 Percent Growth in 2018

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Interactive Flat Panel Displays (i.e., collaboration boards) continued to be a considerable success in 2018 in the education and corporate markets. By Q4, 83 percent of all interactive display sales were IFPDs, increasing from 73 percent last year, according to the latest research from Futuresource Consulting. 55 of the 67 countries that Futuresource track had […]

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GN Audio Acquires Altia Systems

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Today, GN Audio has signed an agreement to acquire Altia Systems Inc. (“Altia Systems”). Altia Systems, based in Cupertino, California (USA), is the maker of the PanaCast camera systems used in UCC applications. This market is expected to grow significantly from a currently low penetration rate fueled by easy to use (plug and play), integrated […]

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Bose Corporation Buys Cloud-Based Service ZiipRoom

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Today, Bose announced the acquisition of ZiipRoom, a developer of productivity and connectivity software for meeting rooms, conferences and devices. ZiipRoom will integrate into Bose Professional, the dedicated group within the company that focuses on the needs of professional audio designers, consultants and system integrators. The announcement was made by Akira Mochimaru, general manager for […]

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Biamp Acquires Cambridge Sound Management

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Biamp, a supplier of professional audio and video solutions based in Beaverton, Ore., today announced the acquisition of Cambridge Sound Management (CSM) from Gladstone Investment Corp. Headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts, CSM is a leader in the fast-growing sound masking market. CSM provides direct and in-plenum sound masking solutions and is a frequently installed sound masking […]

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Top AV and Collaboration Predictions for 2019

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2018 has been an interesting and eventful year in the AV and collaboration industries.  We’ve seen a number of mergers and acquisitions, rebranding of products, new players big and small entering the market and an avalanche of new products. So what does 2019 have in store for us? I don’t have a crystal ball, but […]

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DPA Microphones Sells to RCF

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The Riverside Company has signed a definitive agreement to sell DPA Microphones (DPA) to RCF Group (RCF). During Riverside’s investment, DPA’s sales and EBITDA nearly doubled while its product portfolio and distribution network grew significantly, according to DPA. “Together with the DPA team, we were able to achieve all of our goals for this investment,” […]

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SnapAV Re-Focuses on Distributor World By Buying Volutone

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SnapAV acquired Volutone this week. Volutone adds seven branch locations — six in California and one in Las Vegas (and also serving Hawaii). SnapAV entered the home-tech marketplace 12-years ago counting on an eCommerce platform to be the differentiator. It worked. SnapAV started out selling cables, connectors, furniture and video projection screens but eventually started […]

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STRATACACHE Announces Acquisition of Integration Company Sys-Teams

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STRATACACHE has announced the acquisition of Sys-Teams, a UK-based integration company. With this acquisition, led by STRATACACHE Capital Managing Partner Dirk Huelsermann, STRATACACHE is positioning itself as a global solution and service delivery company, adding the 35-person Sys-Team team of technicians, engineers and installers to the current 750 employees STRATACACHE already has. Sys-Teams has focused […]

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Multiple Financial Outlets Claim Plantronics Is for Sale

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According to CNBC, CBS MarketWatch, Reuters and Nasdaq’s news service, Plantronics — the maker of wireless headsets and the parent company of Polycom — is for sale. After reporting terrible earnings Tuesday, and the stock plunging 11 percent, it appears they are looking for a buyer. In the earnings announcement Tuesday, Plantronics said its revenue […]

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Barco Restructures, We Dissect the Announcement

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Barco announced today a restructuring plan to align the organization with changing market demands and growth opportunities while enhancing the company’s long-term profitability. This comprehensive plan addresses specific aspects of Barco’s organizational structure and effectiveness particularly in the areas of product management and commercial and service delivery processes. The plan also includes the re-investment of […]

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AVI-SPL Buys Interactive Solutions, Inc.

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AVI-SPL has just purchased Tennessee-based Interactive Solutions, Inc. (ISI) and its employees have officially joined AVI-SPL, effective Nov. 1, 2018. ISI is headquartered in Memphis, with another office in Nashville, and began serving customers in 1996. Over the years, the ISI team has focused on the customer experience and a cultural commitment to supporting client business needs throughout a […]

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Videxio and Pexip to Merge

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Two companies in the enterprise collaboration market, Videxio and Pexip, today announced their intention to merge. Videxio, founded in 2011, is a provider of cloud videoconferencing and collaboration with solutions that fit companies and organizations of all sizes, from start-ups to enterprises. Pexip, founded in 2012, provides a software-based meeting platform that is designed for […]

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Kingswood, Owner of AVAD, Buys WAVE Electronics and Will Enter ProAV Distribution Market Too

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Kingswood Capital Management (a private equity firm) announced today that it has acquired Houston, Tex.-based WAVE Electronics and will merge WAVE with its portfolio company, AVAD — you may recall that Kingswood purchased AVAD from Ingram Micro back in July 2016. Kingswood says that this will create the largest distributor of AV, security and home […]

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Parent Company of Magenta Research and tvONE Buys Media Server Company Green Hippo

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Spitfire Creative Technologies, the parent company of Magenta Research and tvONE, has purchased Green Hippo, a developer and manufacturer of media servers and digital display products with offices in the UK and the U.S. Spitfire also owns tvONE and Magenta Research, manufacturers of video processing and signal distribution products. “Green Hippo and tvONE each have […]

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NSCA Reports on Findings in New ‘Financial Analysis of the Industry’

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NSCA has just released an updated Financial Analysis of the Industry report for 2018, providing information that systems integrators can use to benchmark and compare expenses, profits, sales and other data against industry peers of similar size and business focus. The Financial Analysis of the Industry details the industry’s performance based on data collected from […]

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Good Competition, The CEDIA Conundrum and Julie

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Every business owner in every company hopes, especially when they invent or pioneer something unique, that their competition will be good. Bad competition tends to shred an industry and can lead to its eventual demise. For example, I have many friends that own AV integration firms — they love the good competition and loathe the […]

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Almo Will Dominate Digital Signage Content Creation with Acquisition of Insteo, Inc.

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Almo Professional AV announced it has acquired certain assets of Insteo, Inc., a specialized digital signage content and creative company that programs and designs content for digital signage, then provides tools to manage the day-to-day changes in the cloud. As part of the acquisition, the Almo content creation team is being led by Jim Nista,  […]

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DCC Tech Acquires Stampede – Mark Wilkins Retires a Rich Man

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Stampede today announced that it has been acquired by the technology division of DCC plc, a £14.3 billion revenue, London Stock Exchange listed (LSE) international sales, marketing and support services group that employs 11,000 people in four divisions operating in 17 countries. Who the heck is DCC? DCC is a leading international sales, marketing and support services group that operates through four divisions: […]

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Diversified Buys UK-Based Digitavia

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Diversified has announced the acquisition of UK-based Digitavia. Diversified Founder and CEO Fred D’Alessandro said, “In today’s global economy, overseas expansion is a necessary step in continuing our strategic plan and success. Having successfully partnered with the Digitavia team on multiple projects in the past, the decision to combine our companies and bring them into […]

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