3 Tips for Using Projection in Visualization Environments

October 6, 2021

I haven’t written a technical piece in a while, but I’ve been moderating AVIXA ‘s Control Room Power Hour series of webinars, and a subject that has come up a lot is the use of projection in data visualization environments. Projectors are still viable in these types of rooms. With the advent of laser projection, […]

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A Secret Productivity Killer Called “Double Join” Haunts Most of Our Meetings – And We Deserve Better

August 28, 2020

I’d never heard the term “double join” until a few months ago on a call with one of our board members, John Case, who is a great resource to talk with if you’re researching the world of video conferencing. John spent a long time at Microsoft building the Office 365 product family and now puts […]

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The Sensor/Data/Analytics Footprint

December 23, 2019

This is part four in a four-part series Christopher Gillespie has been writing about the relationship between end users and integrators, particularly with regards to corporations or educational institutions that have a large number of conference rooms. See part one, his introduction, here, part two on the AV bill of materials here and part three, […]

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Conference Space Stakeholders — Trying to Please Everyone

June 24, 2019

In my last article, I spoke of the need to design the spaces we deal with not by thinking about the tech stack, but instead from the perspective of an experience. But in order to do this, we need to understand WHOSE experience we are referring to. For the most part, when we design a […]

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Don’t Bring Me Gadgets… Bring Me Data!

May 29, 2019

By and large, our industry has four players… we have manufacturers, we have dealers/integrators and consultants (let’s be honest though, they are really two sides of a coin) and then we have the end user.Twenty years ago, a user would come to a consultant or a dealer and say… “I need a room built out!” […]

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Privacy and the Public Interest

April 10, 2019

One of my readers recently pointed out that universities are leading the charge when it comes to understanding the social impact of the technologies we build. I know this same reader was in the audience when I began to talk about how important privacy, security, and analytics will be as part of a “Future Workspace […]

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NEC Display Launches ALP Pro for AI Level Analytics of Digital Signage

March 26, 2019

NEC Display Solutions of America today announced the evolution of its business intelligence analytics platform for retailers that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to deliver real-time content and data measurement. The NEC Analytics Learning Platform (ALP) Pro optimizes message delivery with automated content creation and recommendations for targeted customers using AI-based analytics, enabling retailers to customize […]

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Dashboarding Your Success

October 15, 2018

This month at CCUMC, I will be discussing how Bates College began to turn around its service operations by using data, metrics, SLAs and dashboards. This is not an earth shattering new business tool, but it is something that I think many organizations still don’t use quite enough or don’t use it in the right […]

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Building Product: Avoiding the Data-Driven Trap

October 11, 2018

I spent part of the weekend with some friends who are in the early stages of a new startup. While we don’t always talk shop, it’s inevitable that someone will open up about their latest challenges. The conversation we had ended up being interesting enough that I wanted to cover the topic with my readers. […]

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There Are Still a Few Obstacles to Smooth, Beautiful OTT Viewing

August 7, 2017

By Andy Marken Marken Communications “Practice. Plenty of practice.” – Miss Spalding, “The High and the Mighty,” Warner Bros., 1954 If you want to punish your kid today, you don’t ground them, send them to their room, take away their Big Wheel or withhold their allowance. Nope, you cut them off from the Internet – […]

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Useful AVL Data for Meaningful Purchase Decisions

March 14, 2017

It is easier to make good purchasing decisions when armed with timely, relevant information. As such, manufacturers, rep firms and systems integrators alike put a lot of effort into promoting the features and benefits of their products and systems before the sale. What’s missing, though, is arming those same users with useful information so they can […]

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Data and How Best to Use it for Energy Efficiency

October 21, 2016

Now that many things in an Internet of Things (IoT) world have sensors that can track and control their energy consumption as well as influence the energy use and monitoring of other things, reams of data about these things has been produced, stored, and culled over. Having access to this much data allows the consumer […]

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Barco’s New Real-Time Analytics Platform for Retail Digital Signage Debuts

June 13, 2016

Barco just launched InfiniSense, a real-time data analytics platform that collects, manages and applies real-time data for any place-based advertising endpoint. The intelligent sensors of the InfiniSense platform scan the environment and audience in a display’s direct environment. The anonymized audience data is analyzed in real time by the InfiniSense cloud-based analytics software to provide […]

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Justify the Expense: Churches Need Metrics

May 21, 2015

The old sales trick of providing a list of desired features and benefits to overcome purchase barriers may still work with some church leaders, but the Internet has taught consumers a thing or two about what is offered and what they really want. To justify the expense, churches need metrics from real data. Rethinking Repairs Technology […]

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Solutioneering: Helping Churches Define AVL Budgets

March 30, 2015

How much should a church set aside for making audio, video and lighting (AVL) upgrades? As each church is unique and budgets are vastly different from church to church, the best way to answer that is to look at what drives their budget. Considering about 50 percent of a church’s annual finances are dedicated towards […]

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Personal Analytics: Not All Data Is Good Data

March 30, 2015

I have to admit that I’ve finally got involved in the start-up device craze and got hold of a device that measures and reports statistics related to my sleeping patterns. Congratulations to me — I now know that I sleep only 5-6 hours a night. Admittedly, I bought the device during our push to bring […]

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DisplaySearch Shares DS Display Market Data

March 4, 2010

According to DisplaySearch, since 2007, the DS market has installed one million monitors (26”+) for digital signage applications – with 52 percent of those being LCD and 48 percent plasma.  In 2009, the top five brands installed for DS applications were Samsung, Panasonic, NEC, LG and Philips (take out plasma, and it shifts to Samsung, […]

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