Calling All Entrepreneurs and Start-ups: Come Show Your Stuff at IC18

April 24, 2018

A few years back the InfoComm Trade show decided to nourish its own by opening the Innovation Showcase — it quickly became a star attraction in the InfoComm crown. What’s not to like? There are big prizes, creativity oozing out of every crack, Soon to be famous entrepreneurs (there are rumors Elon Musk considered showing, […]

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Is Your Daughter OK? Check Again.

September 14, 2017

Editor’s Note: The following is a difficult post to read. It is not about technology; it is about suicide. I am posting it here because it’s important and because my friend Richard asked me to. If telling his story, with the knowledge that it may help prevent a similar situation, gives him even the smallest […]

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2017: The Predictions You Didn’t Hear About

January 18, 2017

You know 4K video, AVB, laser projectors and most anything Ethernet-equipped will have a big year in 2017, but there are two technologies that people are only whispering about that you should pay attention to this year. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Augmented Reality (AR) will both pop up to the level of common conversations this year. I’m not suggesting either […]

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Acquisitions in AV: What Really Happens

April 15, 2016

My companies have been acquired twice and I have attempted numerous acquisitions. While I don’t have the experience of an investment banker like GE or SilverLake, I have been down many roads that few have the opportunity to travel, and it’s nothing like you think. Yes, there is almost always human impact because maximizing profits […]

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InfoComm Nurtures Entrepreneurs

April 11, 2016

The AV industry relies heavily on new technology, but until recently it was not a very good parent when it came to supporting its young innovators creating the next big trend. Last year’s InfoComm 2015 Show changed everything with the roll out of the Innovation Pavilion, an entire section of the show floor dedicated to young […]

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Three Upgrades to Be Green, Save Money and Have Happy Employees

October 21, 2015

Everyone likes a nice office to work in, and there are many factors such as employee retention and public persona that drive companies to upgrade their buildings, but budgets still are the deciding factor. Here is why you can’t afford not to make these three upgrades now. Energy Monitoring – This fact is crazy but true: Just by monitoring your building’s […]

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An Interview with Richard Blackwell About InfoComm’s Innovation Pavilion

June 30, 2015

InfoComm 2015 is now over, with most of our coverage finished up. One unique new feature at the show this year was the Innovation Pavilion, a space for start-up companies exhibiting for the first time at InfoComm (first time for the company, not necessarily the founders, some of whom were actually industry vets). The pavilion […]

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HoloLens will Revolutionize Building Automation

February 10, 2015

It is 2018 and the Intelligent Building has become the norm rather than the exception as it was back in 2015. Now there is a new set of challenges, and one of them is Data Overload from all the sensors we installed everywhere. Computers will do their best to filter the data and share it as needed, […]

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Three Facts You Should Know to Intelligently Automate your Building

January 30, 2015

Very few buildings even today are intelligently automated, and the few that do are the large showcase projects. Are you building new office space, or perhaps refreshing a couple floors at a time of your current space? If yes, take two minutes to let me share experiences of 30+ years in automation and I will […]

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Motion Sensors for Interior Lighting Control Beat Schedules Every Time

January 20, 2015

A customer with a large aquatic center asked us to look into a better way to manage lighting, and offer a solution for reducing damage from rambunctious children to the existing low voltage light switches. The building already had an existing high end Crestron Lighting Control System, but in this case it was not being […]

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The Internet of Things & Building Automation

January 12, 2015

Internet of Things (IoT) — refers to uniquely identifiable objects and their virtual representations in an Internet-like structure. The term Internet of Things was proposed by Kevin Ashton in 1999 though the concept has been discussed since at least 1991. In 1994, the Internet of Things was known as “control networks,” which Reza Raji discussed […]

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