Designer; General Knowledge; Installer
- Type: Recorded Webinar
- Topic: AV Industry
- Audience: All AV Professionals; Designers; Integrators
- Publication Date: June 2016
- Language: English
Designer; General Knowledge; Installer
A dizzying array of new technology platforms and devices has AV integrators on their toes. "These concepts — each complex in its own right — are enriching the traditional AV environment by facilitating a deeper connection between users and the technology," says one. Read what others make of the changing landscape.
"Competition is getting more diverse while at another level it’s consolidating," says the general manager of one West Coast AV integration firm. Changes in the business of AV have companies finding more ways to demonstrate their value. How does your experience compare?
With organizations embracing huddle spaces and other collaboration rooms, how do they make sure the systems they're installing don't open a door to hackers or malware? How do they know their conversations are private? Step one: Assume they aren't.
At the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show, a cadre of drones was called on to unveil Infiniti's latest crossover vehicle. The company that organized the "reveal" auditioned more than 30 drone operators for the job. You guess it: Live events are starting to catch drone fever.
If ensuring quality of service for networked AV systems were easy, everyone would be a pro. But it's not, largely because of all the variables involved. Which is why designing AV systems for so-called QoS is such an opportunity for integrators, helping to differentiate themselves in clients' eyes. Get some pointers from this special report.
A properly integrated electrical system could be the most important element of an AV design. How do you ensure an electrical system provides consistent power to the many devices in an AV design? We dig into the nitty-gritty of InfoComm's Audiovisual Systems Performance Verification standard to offer insight.
With the annual conference of the Consortium of College and University Media Centers (CCUMC) on the horizon, we asked participants from higher education how their jobs have evolved — or not. “We still have one faculty member who insists on using a VCR,” says one. Still, the convergence of AV and IT has meant big change and opportunity in higher ed. Read about it in this special report.
The pro AV industry has been providing post-install services for quite some time now. But how else is it being “servicized” in light of the Internet of Things (IoT) and other technology trends? How do AV service providers differentiate themselves? And what challenges do they face in that effort?
When it comes to video, you can’t just hang a screen on a wall and expect viewers to get the picture. The visual principles of AV design are about more than technology. Here are four things to consider when determining the perfect display environment.
While not as flashy as video or audio components, cabling is an important part of an AV system. Did you know there are 17 cable-related items you should check when verifying a system's performance? Let's start with these five.
In March 2015, InfoComm published "Modern Approaches to Control Systems Design," which was the product of a collaborative effort by different AV industry professionals. It sought to offer a framework for designing AV control systems in light of technical change and evolution. Hear Dave Silberstein, Director of Technical and Sales Education at Crestron Electronics, and Brad Grimes, Director of Editorial Services at InfoComm, discuss today's control systems with contributor and InfoComm Today host Tim Albright, Director of Operations at Innovad.
Have you ever wished you had more access to the CIO of the customers you work for? Or at least some of the IT execs who work with the CIO? What would you say about the value of AV to an enterprise technology strategy? How would you answer questions about network security and more? For the conversation to begin, AV pros need to get on the same page as CIOs. We talked to integrators to learn how they view this all-important relationship.
Designer; Installer; Live Events Professional; Technology Manager
Hear what happens when you get three CTS-I holders on the line. Join Marcus Gish, CTS-I, Lead Installer at VisionPoint; Travis Lisk, CTS-I, Vice President of Technical Operations at Advanced AV; and Bill Thomas, CTS-I, Director of International Education at InfoComm as they talk about what going digital has meant for integrators and what each is looking forward to at InfoComm 2015. Among other things, all three are teaching three-day prep classes at the show.
Several years ago, rapper Tupac Shakur took to the stage. The only thing was, he’d been deceased more than 15 years and the Tupac on stage was the product of cutting-edge projection technology. For many at the time, holographic projection looked like the next big thing in live-event production, but in the years since, it’s proven a challenge to pull off the stunning effect for modern, tech-savvy audiences. What’s holding us back?
It hasn’t always been for the better. As customers expect to be able to control enterprise AV systems using their personal tablets or smartphone devices, AV professionals need to make sure they manage expectations and navigate the possible hurdles to complete functionality.
Trends in consumer streaming applications bear watching by AV pros because they’re rippling out of homes and into offices, classrooms and stadiums. Consumer experiences often set workplace expectations, from accessing content on demand to viewing it on a device of choice.
In the third of a three-part series on unified communications and collaboration, AV professionals describe how many customers are already on the path to UCC. They just need someone to integrate their disparate systems in order to deliver on the promise of UCC and maximize the shared experience.
Almo Pro A/V’s 2015 E4 AV Tour kicks off soon. According to Sam Taylor, Almo Pro A/V’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, the company has totally overhauled its E4 curriculum to help AV integrators tackle the newest challenges. Taylor offered some insights into the state of the pro-AV market, digital signage, content creation and more. He even opened the kimono on what the company sees as the top AV technologies for the next five years.
When you design an AV system, the idea is to streamline the process and ensure the system delivers on the customer’s expectations. Does your AV design go through these phases?Designer
In the second of a three-part special report on the role of AV professionals in unified communications and collaboration, we look at the challenges to effective UCC solutions and how AV pros can help solve them. From interface design to the room environment, several factors help determine whether UCC users can communicate effectively.
Unified communications and collaboration (UCC) is all the rage, but what makes for a good UCC experience versus one in which no one communicates at all? Join Richard Morrison, Associate Director at Norman Disney & Young and Chair of InfoCommn’s UCC Task Force; Alex Bisset , Director of Sales Engineering at HB Communications; Anthony Jamberdino, Collaboration Product Sales Specialist at Cisco Systems; Josh Klempner, Vice President of Global Multimedia Services at Citigroup; and Nermina Miller, InfoComm Senior Technical Editor, as they discuss the role of the AV professional in UCC solutions.
Just because you've finished installing that new audio system doesn't mean you're finished. AV systems performance verification is a critical part of AV integration because it helps ensure that what you've built is what the customer wanted. Start with these five pointers, then explore further how to verify audio system performance.
The first in a three-part series about unified communications and collaboration and the role AV professionals play in delivering exceptional UCC solutions. In this part, AV integrators who work in UCC discuss the skills required to succeed in this field and how UCC providers in the AV industry identify customer requirements.
InfoComm International volunteers have produced a definitive guide to integrating AV into 21st-century learning spaces. The 158-page document is free to download and includes everything from descriptions of education technologies, to design considerations for learning spaces, to best practices in project planning, budgeting, and coordination. Learn more and download this valuable resource.
What do falling oil prices have to do with the state of the AV industry? It depends on who you ask. But at least one of the AV executives on the latest InfoComm Today Podcast has concerns. Join Chuck Espinoza, Operations Manager at National Capitol Contracting; Jeff Faber, President and CEO of Sharp’s Audio Visual; and Barry Goldin, President of Unified AV Systems, as they share their views on the current business climate, the hottest customer segments, and what “the cloud” has to do with AV.
How do you make sure no one can eavesdrop on your client's videoconference? How do you know hackers can't send their own content to a network of digital signs? With more AV systems on the network, it's important that AV professionals know how to protect them as if they were desktop computers or mission-critical servers. Read about the issues and the measures pros should take in this special report.
This InfoComm International whitepaper analyzes the impact that UCC is having on the AV industry and how AV professionals can play a significant role in UCC success. It outlines the business and end-user challenges of UCC solutions and how they can be overcome through the design and integration skills of AV pros.
AES67-2013, the audio protocol developed by the Audio Engineering Society, is now backed by the newly formed Media Networking Alliance. All involved have their work cut out for them as they try to forge interoperability among various developing digital audio networking technologies. But if anyone can do it, maybe the AES can.
Do you start your digital signage conversations with technology? Think about kicking things off with content. Experts say the best way to start is to learn what needs to be displayed and where, so you as an AV professional can recommend the best way to display it. Read the special report.
Churches and other houses of worship are now integral parts of sales strategies for pro-audio manufacturers, some of which have dedicated personnel on their sales staffs to this market. In an industry whose profit margins have been pressured by lower-cost digital-based products and global competition, the growing need for this technology in the HOW market is a welcome one. Dan Daley reports on this trend.
Get recognition for achieving a basic level of audiovisual technical knowledge with this test to earn the InfoComm-Recognized AV Technologist Certificate.
We know that estimating the cost of an AV project is hard and getting harder. What the industry needs is a comprehensive, secure, cloud-based tool that allows all types of AV professionals to research solutions and factor in the cost of labor. The new AV-iQ delivers that and more.
Join Chuck Espinoza, CTS®-D, CTS-I, Operations Manager for National Capitol Contracting; Mark Gottwig, CTS, President of Delta AV; Joe Legato, CTS-D, CTS-I, Vice President of Operations at USIS AudioVisual Systems; and Bill Thomas, CTS-I, Staff Instructor at InfoComm International® as they discuss what it's like to be an AV integrator in 2013.
First came Apple AirPlay, then Google Chromecast, then requests from AV users to employ such consumer devices in classrooms and conference settings. Pro-AV manufacturers have other ideas. Are they better or just different? Here’s the latest consumer vs. pro debate.
The European Union’s Ecodesign Directive, which aims to reduce the power consumption of a whole host of products — including AV electronics — is like the ENERGY STAR program in the United States. Only the Ecodesign Directive, unlike ENERGY STAR, is not voluntary; it’s law. The Professional Audio Manufacturers Alliance wanted to know how the regulations impacted the sale of AV gear in Europe. Does every AV product need to conform? Download PAMA’s whitepaper to find out.
Many live events and other AV professionals came into the industry through a side door. They went to a school to study graphics design, or TV production or some other specialty. There was a time these important AV technicians learned on the job, but today, is that enough to build a trained network of independent service providers?
It is perhaps the Holy Grail of industry standards: to be specified or expressly integrated into other industry standards, best practices or requests for proposals. Take, for example, the growing stable of ANSI-accredited, AV performance standards from InfoComm International®.
Use this list when entering BIM metadata.
A guide to using the BIM Parameter List.
Enter BIM metadata for audiovisual-related devices with this list.
Learn the guidelines for using the BIM parameters list with this guide.
Develop a strong understanding of what Building Information Modeling (BIM) is and learn what it means to the audiovisual professional both now and in the coming years with this guide.
Create Revit families with this Revit formatted file which follows the contents of the InfoComm Revit Parameter List spreadsheet.
Clarify the tasks on the coordination processes checklist for ANSI/INFOCOMM 2M-2010 with this handbook.
An examination of how AV technology standards are helping people with physical limitations to enjoy more interactive and safe experiences in everday life.
This standard provides a procedure to measure spatial coverage, and criteria for use in the design and commissioning of audio systems.
Learn how to implement each verification item with this free companion to the ANSI/INFOCOMM 10:2013 standard.
Use this presentation to educate architects and clients about the types, purpose and functionality of microphones.