The Rise of the Cloud and Networked Software and the Realities of Embedded Infrastructure

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“It’s all going to be in the cloud” — that’s what researchers seem to be saying to the whole AV/IT world. Let’s dive into the hardware vs. software debate, for things are not always what they seem. Indeed, technologies like digital signage storage/retrieval and security archives are already on or are migrating to some conglomeration […]

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DTEN ON 55″ Zoom Rooms for Touch Appliance Announced at Zoomtopia

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Functioning as a Zoom Rooms for Touch Appliance, the DTEN ON 55’’ is a dedicated 4K resolution touch Zoom-based Collaboration Board (think Google Jamboard, but for Zoom) that includes video conferencing, a mic-array, speakers, a camera and interactive whiteboarding as well as annotation. But, instead of buying the board outright, you an lease it or […]

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NSCA Partners with Solutions360 to Help Simplify AVaaS for Integrators

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GreatAmerica Financial Services Corporation and Solutions360 said today that they’ve partnered with NSCA in hopes of helping AV system integrators to ease into AVaaS (AV as a Service). Using Solutions360’s Q360 is designed to add monthly payments to AV quotes and proposals theoretically making it easier for their customers to choose a monthly payment option. […]

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Frequency AV Debuts AVaaS Model for End Users

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AV solutions and services provider Frequency Audio-Visual Services has announced its AV as a Service (or AVaaS) model. Designed to offer businesses, educational institutions and local governments flexible payment options for new audio visual systems, the AVaaS subscription model changes the way that technology procurement and ownership is approached. Frequency’s solution aims to provide equipment, […]

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AV Industry EOL: Planned Obsolescence (Part Two)

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See part one of Anthony’s Planned Obsolescence column here. Since planned obsolescence for pro AV gear harms sales, service contracts and product support, the future for the AV industry may be headed toward the “as a service” model borrowed from the software industry. Should there be standards for planned obsolescence? Even the IT industry, with […]

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AV Industry EOL: Planned Obsolescence (Part One)

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For all of the massive technology improvements and innovations within the AV industry, there is irony in the faster obsolescence of digital equipment compared to the analog age of AV, leaving customers vulnerable to unexpected end-of-life notifications of planned obsolescence at the discretion of the manufacturer and reducing the life-span of digital AV gear. In […]

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Welcome to Gary Kayye’s 2019 Krystal Ball – What Will Happen in AV in 2019

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I love writing this annual predictions article. If you’re a regular reader, you already know this but for those that don’t, my Kayye’s Krystal Ball piece is an annual article where I not only tell you what I think is going to happen in the AV market for the upcoming year, but I also go […]

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Scheduling, Software as a Service and the Day I Sat Through the Same Presentation Four Times

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I don’t know if “As a Service” has replaced “experience” or “convergence” in the AV buzzword bingo game, but it certainly has been a hot topic as of late, opening some interesting questions as to how the business models of traditionally hardware-centric AV companies fit into a software — and software as service — based […]

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AVI-SPL Launches Rapid Rooms to Accelerate Workplace Collaboration

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AVI-SPL today unveiled Rapid Rooms, a strategic system that optimizes meeting room deployment by intelligently recognizing organizational needs and matching them with the most suitable AV and UC technology, in ready-to-order bundles. With a first of its kind AV-as-a-service model for hardware, software, and managed service contract wrapped into one, fixed, monthly fee, AVI-SPL Rapid […]

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Barco Launches AVaaS Service Aimed at Education and Meeting Room Control Markets

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Barco has become the first manufacturer to launch a AVaaS (AV as a service) model for integrators that involves real hardware that the client never has to purchase. Here at ISE today, Barco announced the launch of what it’s calling, in the press announcement, a SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) offering — something I predicted back last fall. Powered by […]

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THE BIGGEST Trend in AV in 2018 Will Be… Kayye’s Krystal Ball Is Back!

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The year 2018 could turn out to be full of giant changes. The market is certainly poised for it as you have a number of technological advancements that have emerged simultaneously — each of them have a lot of potential. First, let’s review all the latest in emerging AV technology and then and I’ll tell […]

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Software Revolution

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I’ve written time and again about the rise of software as opposed to dedicated hardware. About AV as a Service (AVaaS). About how all of those black and grey boxes we’ve come to know and love will soon disappear, to be replaced by services running on virtual machines. It isn’t just a rule about audiovisual, […]

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As-a-What? The Trend From Ownership to Use

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By Jean Pierre Overbeek CEO, BIS Group Monday morning. The alarm rings, a bit too early for my liking. I probably shouldn’t have watched the last two series on Netflix yesterday evening after the traditional Sunday evening football matches on TV… after the morning ritual of having a shower, getting dressed, having breakfast and coffee, […]

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AV as a Service?

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If you have gone to any AV leadership event over the last several years, ranging from the Commercial Integrator Summit to InfoComm’s AVEC to NSCA’s Business and Leadership Conference, you know that developing a revenue stream based on service has been at the forefront of the conversation. Many integrators have started offering managed services to their […]

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InfoComm: Redefining AV as a Service

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By Nermina Miller Senior Technical Editor, InfoComm International As organizations continue to adapt to digital-economy parameters and become Internet-scalable, location-aware and agile, the need for collaboration across space and time increases the demand for centralized technology monitoring and management. Customers are trying to avoid the headache of owning a depreciated asset or the technical risk […]

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