Registration Opens for LAVNCH WEEK 8

September 11, 2023

Registration is officially open for LAVNCH WEEK 8, the ProAV industry’s flagship virtual event; the four-day event will be held October 23-26, 2023. Each of the four days will focus on a particular segment of the industry and will feature multiple panels discussing the latest technology and trends for that segment. Monday is UCC Day, […]

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AI and UCC

July 16, 2023

By Ken Kobayashi Sony AI is a trending topic that has been gaining traction and dominating mindshare in the news and the technology space. It is one of the most exciting, disruptive and controversial technologies in recent memory but with a bit of education and context, it is easy to see the extreme promise and […]

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What You’ll Experience in the 2023 InfoComm Trailblazers Zone

May 25, 2023

At the 2023 show in Orlando, InfoComm is set to debut the Trailblazers Zone where first-time exhibitors will demonstrate cutting-edge solutions from artificial intelligence (AI) to augmented reality (AR) and more. “The idea [is] to make it easy for new, first-time companies to be a part of InfoComm,” said  Rochelle Richardson, senior vice president of […]

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AI Month 2023 | AI and Meeting Rooms & Classrooms

March 23, 2023

Everyone likely already knows that AI can be used to handle repetitive tasks across an organization making everyone more efficient, but that’s just the boring part of AI. AI can, and will, help businesses and schools accelerate voice control, solve ambient noise problems, simplify meeting and class notifications, help integrate NLP (Natural Language Processing), speed-up […]

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rAVe February Temperature Check — Results: UCC Platforms and Features

February 28, 2023

The results are in for February’s Temperature Check surveys and this month we focused on UCC platforms. UCC has become such an integral part of our everyday lives and we wanted to hear from you about your favorite platforms and features. UCC enables communication and collaboration between team members no matter where they are located […]

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The Rise of BYOD

February 28, 2023

By Lauren Simmen, Director of Product Marketing, Crestron The term’s been everywhere lately: BYOD, the acronym meaning Bring Your Own Device. From the preponderance of smartphone business apps to the need for laptops and tablets to travel with their users (especially in hybrid work situations), the demand for BYOD solutions has never been greater. The […]

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Q-SYS to Support Spatial Audio for Microsoft Teams Rooms

January 31, 2023

Q-SYS now supports spatial audio capabilities for Microsoft Teams Rooms, including Signature Teams Rooms. For systems utilizing certified Q-SYS audio, video and control processing in Teams Rooms environments, users can now experience spatial audio allowing the audio of the remote participants to come from the direction of where the specific person talking is located on […]

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Webinar: UCC Gets Personal

December 13, 2022

By Sophie Gustafson Exertis Almo In a recent webinar, “UCC Gets Personal,” rAVe’s Gary Kayye and special guest, Dana Corey, discuss the ever-changing trends and future of unified communication and collaboration. With the effects of the pandemic producing permanent change for corporate and educational spaces, Kayye and Corey take a close look at the technological […]

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Seervision Suite Now Integrates with Shure Ceiling Array Microphones

September 27, 2022

Seervision has entered a technical collaboration with Shure to offer an integration of Seervision Suite and Shure’s ceiling array microphones. This collaboration enables users bundling Seervision’s AI-powered camera automation software with Shure’s microphones to create adaptive and autonomous videoconferences and events that enhance the hybrid meeting experience for both remote and in-person participants. “We are […]

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Why CEDIA Expo, a Home Tech Show, Added UCC to Its 2022 Event

September 6, 2022

I have been attending CEDIA Expo since 1991; I think it was the first-ever CEDIA show, in fact. It was in Dallas, Texas, and (if my memory serves me right) it was in the Dallas Market Center. It’s always been one of my favorite trade shows. It’s like the state fair of trade shows — […]

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Kinly Partners with Utelogy to Bolster Remote Management and Monitoring Capabilities

August 2, 2022

Kinly has entered into an agreement of a strategic partnership with workplace software specialist Utelogy. The partnership is designed to strengthen Kinly’s value proposition with the addition of agnostic, non-intrusive remote management software that pre-empts and solves issues, without impacting the end-user. Not only does the software provide automated remote diagnostics and room readiness capabilities, […]

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Konftel Launches Konftel Attach, a Series of Video Kits for In-Room PC-Based Systems

June 27, 2022

Konftel launched a series of video kits for in-room, PC-based systems called the Konftel Attach. They are designed for Microsoft Teams Rooms, Zoom Rooms and more open-based solutions. The portfolio has been specifically adapted for in-room systems such as from Lenovo and Dell. Konftel Attach bundles include conference cameras and speakerphones, accompanied by a long […]

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Vanco International Unveils the PulseAudio Collaboration Video Bar (PA-CVB1)

June 9, 2022

Vanco International today unveiled an all-in-one video collaboration product, the PulseAudio Collaboration Video Bar (PA-CVB1). The PA-CVB1 has a modern soundbar form factor, a built-in six-ray beamforming microphone and a 4K ePTZ camera embedded in its center. The PA-CVB1’s camera is equipped with smart framing, which automatically adjusts to frame participants; auto-tracking to automatically follow […]

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Logitech Is Now Nearly a $5.5 Billion US Company

May 12, 2022

Logitech International (SIX: LOGN) (Nasdaq: LOGI) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full Fiscal Year 2022, ended March 31, 2022. The highlights include: Sales were Logitech’s highest ever at $5.48 billion, up 4% in U.S. dollars and 4% in constant currency compared to the prior year. This growth is on top of last year’s […]

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Videoconferencing Is Terrible! So What Can We Do About It?

April 18, 2022

OK … put down the pitchforks. There’s a method here. I have had the unique experience of having a front-row seat regarding videoconferencing (VC) over the last 30 years. As I have watched it evolve, I have seen not just WHAT changed but, more importantly, WHY it changed. At the same time, I have also […]

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Webinar | The Future of Hybrid, HyFlex and Online Learning is All About AV

April 6, 2022

**Note: CTS RUs are not available for webinar or educational session recordings. UCC platforms like Microsoft Teams, Zoom and Google Meet have revolutionized classrooms and meetings. But what about meeting equity? To not consider designing HyFlex spaces, those who join future meetings and classes remotely will feel unequal. They may not participate and could, eventually, […]

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Yamaha UC Ships VSP-2 Speech Privacy System

March 23, 2022

Yamaha Unified Communications today announced its VSP-2 Speech Privacy System is in stock and available for immediate shipping to the United States and Canada. The VSP-CU2 control unit features user-selectable sound types and volume levels and it supports two, four or eight VSP-SP2 speakers. This sound masking system can be installed quickly into any space […]

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Welcome to Day One of LAVNCH WEEK 5: UCC Day!

March 2, 2022

It’s finally arrived, the week you’ve all been waiting for — LAVNCH WEEK 5! Tuesday was UCC Day; on this day we dive into any and all things UCC. We had product demos, panelists and great conversations centering on all things UCC, including the past, present and future of the market. Read on below to […]

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Learn How to Make Hybrid Meetings a Dream

February 15, 2022

How can remote participants achieve a virtual presence in the room for a more productive and pleasant experience? Find out in a free LAVNCH & LEARN on March 8 at 1 p.m EST. rAVe’s Gary Kayye and Jabra’s Javed Tufail will be joined by ScreenBeam’s Jay Taylor and Parker Dunbar to discuss how to make hybrid […]

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5 Things to Know About UCC Ahead of InfoComm 2021

October 5, 2021

With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing for much longer than anyone expected, it should come as no surprise that conferencing and collaboration is a major focus for AV professionals. According to one report, the unified communication and collaboration (UCC) market size is expected to grow from USD 67.4 billion in 2021 to USD 127.5 billion by […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1062: Why You Should Attend Next Week’s UCC Webinar with Almo and Sharp

September 30, 2021

The future of UCC is more than software and rooms; in fact, it’s well beyond rooms. So here’s a teaser of what you’re going to learn about in next week’s webinar — worth 1 AVIXA CTS RU, too! After watching, don’t forget to register at this link. See you there!  Podcast: Play in new […]

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LAVNCH WEEK 4.0: The UCC Day Roundup

May 25, 2021

I’ve written live coverage for a lot of AV industry events over the years. But when last year rolled around, rAVe’s new concept, LAVNCH, reinvigorated my excitement to document live happenings in the industry. In fact, rAVe Managing Editor Steph Beckett reminded me in her LAVNCH WEEK 4.0 preview article that the agency developed the […]

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CTOUCH For Teams Go Supports Multiple UCC Apps and Tools on One Touch Screen

April 23, 2021

CTOUCH just debuted CTOUCH For Teams Go, a platform that enables companies to support the use of multiple UCC applications and tools on a single touch screen. With the CTOUCH For Teams Go solution, you can launch Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Pexip or Google Meet directly from the CTOUCH touch screen’s whiteboarding interface. For teams using […]

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Frost & Sullivan’s Global Video Conferencing Report: Global UCC Devices to Be Up 6x by 2025, With Revenues of $7.8 Billion

March 30, 2021

As businesses and educational institutions prepare for the return to work, meeting rooms and classrooms will see heavy technology investments to support hybrid work and learning. Frost & Sullivan’s recent analysis, State of the Global Video Conferencing Devices Market, Forecast to 2025, finds that by 2025, the number of video conferencing devices, including room-based endpoints, […]

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Almo Spring E4v: How to UC & See Into the Future

March 10, 2021

Last year, AV/IT distributor Almo Professional A/V pulled together a top-rate virtual experience for resellers and tech managers. E4v is a digital version of Almo’s in-person E4: a regional, industry-education-focused show that typically features Almo vendors and their offerings. This week’s event, the spring E4v (“v” for “virtual”), marked Almo’s third full E4v Evolution, the […]

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Hybrid Is Tough

January 25, 2021

If you’ve been paying any attention to the conversations in professional AV right now, you’ve undoubtedly heard the word hybrid over and over again. There are countless products, articles and strategies for deploying technology that bridges our physical spaces to our virtual ones in ways that try to level the playing field and create equity […]

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5 Technology Opportunities for AV/IT — Trends from SYNNEX Top Tech Day

October 22, 2020

Did you catch SYNNEX’s latest LAVNCH event, Top Tech Day, this Wednesday? Yes or no, we tuned into all the live sessions to bring you this story on the technology opportunities, products and solutions of 2020, 2021 and beyond. Among Top Tech Day’s presenters, moderators and panelists included SYNNEX Vice President of Product Management Sandi […]

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Easier Install, Better Audio, Lower TCO: Yamaha’s ADECIA Is a Dream

September 23, 2020

THIS IS A PROMOTED POST  By Holger Stoltze Yamaha Unified Communications  Specifying audio for meeting rooms can be a huge challenge for AV teams; there are a lot of particulars with audio that often mandate the need for a specialist who can keep the system in good working order. Most AV integrators are attuned to […]

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LAVNCH EMEA Day 2: Hybrid Working Is Bursting With Opportunity

September 3, 2020

We at rAVe were as excited about day two of LAVNCH EMEA — UCC Collaborative Day — as any other LAVNCH event we’ve hosted thus far. It’s like Chris Mcintyre-Brown of Futuresource said Wednesday on ProAV Day and reiterated this morning: UC&C (unified communications and collaboration) technology is intertwined into every AV discussion today. How […]

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ClickShare Conference Is As If the Barco UCC Engineers Saw COVID-19 Coming

July 1, 2020

Like many of you, we’ve decided to keep THE rAVe Agency’s physical offices closed at least through the end of the summer, but I think it’s unlikely that we will actually gather our team together, physically, fall. In fact, nearly every business will face the significant hurdle of dealing with people who are creeped out […]

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UCC Day of LAVNCH WEEK 2.0: Revolution, ‘Next Normals’ and Marriage

June 22, 2020

Wow, what a way to kick off LAVNCH WEEK 2.0 — the weeklong event’s UCC Day included three fantastic education sessions and amazing partner content from AVer, Nureva and Bluescape. There wasn’t a minute we weren’t learning, growing or soaking in something new related to the unified communications & collaboration (UCC) vertical of AV technology. […]

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A Conversation with Charmaine Torruella Ahead of LAVNCH WEEK 2.0

June 19, 2020

Charmaine Torruella is the moderator for our upcoming panel on UCC (Unified Communications & Collaboration) Day of LAVNCH WEEK 2.0, a day of LAVNCH WEEK that we’re all really excited about, and not just because so many of us are working from home and constantly using Zoom/Teams/WebEx/BlueJeans/Google Meet (though video fatigue is now a thing) […]

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