VESA Develops Early Certification Program for USB Type-C Devices Using DisplayPort Alt Mode


The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) has announced the official launch of its early certification test program for products incorporating the new USB Type-C connector and the DisplayPort Alternate Mode (“Alt Mode”) standard. Using the DisplayPort Alt Mode standard, a USB Type-C connector and cable can deliver full DisplayPort audio/video performance (driving monitor resolutions of […]

Read more Adopts Standard AV Symbols for Design and Documentation Software


InfoComm International has announced that software provider has licensed a standardized set of architectural floor plan and reflected ceiling plan symbols for audio, video and control systems, with associated technologies such as environmental control and communication networks. The symbols are part of the American National Standard Institute-accredited J-STD-710, Audio, Video and Control Architectural Drawing […]

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VESA Publishes DisplayPort Standard Version 1.4, Now USB Type-C and Thunderbolt Compatible


The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) today announced it has published version 1.4 of the DisplayPort (DP) audio/video standard. The first major update to DisplayPort since version 1.3 was released in September 2014, DP 1.4 is also the first DP standard to take advantage of VESA’s Display Stream Compression (DSC) technology. DSC version 1.2 transport […]

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InfoComm Releases New Standard to Harmonize Cable Labeling Practices


InfoComm announced the publication of a new audiovisual standard, Cable Labeling for Audiovisual Systems (CLAS). The new standard defines requirements for labeling cables used in installed AV systems and provides guidance for the easy identification of all power and signal paths in a completed system. Proper cable labeling aids in the operation, support, maintenance and […]

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Who’s Guarding the Back Door of Your Network?


As I have written about on many occasions in this column, the Internet of Things (IoT) is rapidly becoming the norm allowing for greater facilities flexibility, accessibility, and sustainability. The Information Communications Technology (ICT) industry is leading the IoT charge by connecting everything from audiovisual devices, security systems, and other telcom networks into network enabled […]

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The Quality Undercurrent-InfoComm’s Digital Underground


The reviews of InfoComm 2015 have been varied.  As a manufacturer, the show was great for us as we accomplished our product education and relationship building goals. For others, some said they didn’t see the WOW factor, others were WOWed, and others still saw great products but felt “facted to death” because no real storytelling was built […]

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CEA, CEDIA, InfoComm Release Joint Architectural Drawing Symbols Standard


The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association’s (CEDIA) R10 Residential Systems committee and InfoComm International today announced the publication of ANSI Standard J-STD-710 Audio, Video and Control Architectural Drawing Symbols. This new standard defines a common set of blueprint icons that represents all facets of pre-wire and installation of electronic systems, […]

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Valens Announces Testing Services for Spec 2.0 HDBaseT Products


Valens, the developer of HDBaseT technology and a Recognized Testing Facility for the HDBaseT Alliance, has announced the availability of testing and certification services for new products incorporating Spec 2.0 of the HDBaseT Standard. The new testing and certification services conform to the Compliance Test Specification for Spec 2.0 of the HDBaseT standard (CTS 2.0) […]

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Gary Interviews AptoVision’s CEO, Kamran Ahmed, About Future of Video Over the Network


I have often written that what HDBaseT is doing now is merely a band-aid to the future of video signal routing and distribution. Why? Well, it’s not network-based. HDBaseT converts video, audio, network, control and power to a signal so that it can be carried over CATx cable over long distances. But, it’s not over […]

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Let’s Hope IEEE Votes NO on the HDBaseT Adoption


Last week, I received an embargoed press release that the HDBaseT Alliance has submitted its so-called standard to be adopted by IEEE, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. IEEE adoption is a big deal — not only is the IEEE the world’s largest association of technical professionals with more than 400,000 members in chapters […]

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InfoComm’s Audiovisual Systems Performance Verification Guide Now Ready


The Audiovisual Systems Performance Verification Guide is designed to serve as a companion to the ANSI/InfoComm International Standard 10:2013. It describes how to implement each verification item through theory and sample test sheets. It also includes information about functional-based testing and performance expectation review. It also explains how to use the Standard as an assessment […]

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WiSA and ALMA Partner for Wireless Audio Standard


The Wireless Speaker and Audio (WiSA) Association, an industry group dedicated to bringing wireless audio products to the home theater market, and the Association of Loudspeaker Manufacturing and Acoustics International (ALMA), a not-for-profit trade association of loudspeakers manufacturers, today announced the signing of membership agreements in each other’s organizations. ALMA International and the WiSA Association […]

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ANSI Approves InfoCommAV Systems Performance Verification Standard


InfoComm International’s latest standard, ANSI/INFOCOMM 10-2013, Audiovisual Systems Performance Verification, has been approved by ANSI, a private non-profit that administers and coordinates the U.S. voluntary standardization and conformity assessment systems. ANSI/INFOCOMM 10-2013, Audiovisual Systems Performance Verification provides a comprehensive, systematic and practical approach to verifying performance of AV systems. This standard will provide practitioners the […]

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15 Years Ago: Bluetooth? What’s Bluetooth?


It’s incredible that Gary’s first explanation of Bluetooth is 15 years old! What’s interesting to note is that this year’s CES has finally cemented “The Internet of Things,” which was one of the originally marketed purposes of Bluetooth but didn’t really catch on until recently. Early Bluetooth’s problems were due to a much shorter range […]

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A Digital Signage Standard?


The Digital Place-based Advertising Association (DPAA) is taking action to create an escalating standards scale of digital place-based platform capabilities to help creative agencies and marketers best realize the potential of our medium. “Content producers require an intuitive way to understand the features, formats and APIs available to them on digital place-based networks,” said Daniel […]

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InfoComm’s Performance Standards Program Seeks Liaisons to Other Associations


As InfoComm’s Performance Standards Program has started work on its sixth standard development project, there is recognition that this work involves interfaces with many other professional organizations. In an effort to formalize these interactions, the Performance Standards Planning Committee has authorized the formation of the Performance Standards Liaison Committee. Currently, 14 volunteers are covering the […]

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