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Big Video: Churches See the Light

The humble house of worship is often a trailblazer in the use of audiovisual technology. From projection-mapping to large-scale LED videowalls, many of today’s modern churches are focusing on what members see in order to underscore what they hear. “We’re moving toward an environment in which we no longer have to be limited to conventional formats,” says one AV integrator. Read the special report.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: AV Equipment; AV Industry; Best Practices; Display; Video
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  October 2014
  • Language: English

Digital Signage Best Practices: Matching Content to Solution

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.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Digital Signage
  • Audience: Designers; Integrators; Technology Managers
  • Publication Date:  October 2014
  • Language: English

Event Video is Living Large

As video technology grows more sophisticated and prices continue to drop, live events professionals have engaged in a race to create bigger and better video experiences. Says one, “Once one event producer sees very large projection or LED walls, they’ll want something as big or bigger for their next event.” Read more in this InfoComm special report.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Display; Live Events; Video
  • Audience: Event Planners; Live Events Professionals
  • Publication Date:  October 2014
  • Language: English

AV Companies Get Into the Experience Business

At the InfoComm AV Executive Conference, held Sept. 17-19, 2014, industry leaders were encouraged to think differently about their businesses. No AV company should be a commodity, participants were advised, and planning for the future means always communicating your relevance to customers. Read more.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: AV Industry; Best Practices; Business and Management
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  September 2014
  • Language: English

Studio Gear Takes the Stage

Everyone from rock bands to corporate presenters wants live events to sound their best. To that end, live events professionals are taking top-of-the-line gear from studios and putting it on stage. “The spoken word isn’t just getting a touch of EQ anymore,” says one pro. Read more in this InfoComm special report.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Audio; Live Events
  • Audience: Event Planners; Live Events Professionals
  • Publication Date:  September 2014
  • Language: English

AVEC Preview: 5 Tips to Tell Your Business Model as a Story

In preparation for the InfoComm AV Executive Conference, Sept. 17-19, 2014, in Scottsdale, Ariz., featured speaker Dr. Yves Pigneur offers advice on how AV companies can communicate their vision and build excitement.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: AV Industry; Business and Management
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  August 2014
  • Language: English

AVEC Preview: You're Paid to Think

In an exclusive excerpt from his book "Paid to Think: A Leader's Toolkit for Redefining Your Future," consultant, inventor, advisor and speaker David Goldsmith previews his talk at the InfoComm AV Executive Conference, Sept. 17-19, 2014.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Business and Management
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  August 2014
  • Language: English

Giving AV the Old College Try

The buzz around concepts such as distance learning and massive open online courses (MOOCs) make it seem as if media and higher education have suddenly and serendipitously collided, like some professorial version of chocolate and peanut butter.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: AV Industry; Education
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  August 2014
  • Language: English

Networked AV in Depth: IPv6

The advent of IPv6 addresses the rising global issue of IP address shortage. As the number of networked devices continues to grow, AV integrators might begin considering this option. Tim Kridel polls the industry about IPv6 adoption in his latest special report.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Networked AV Systems
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  August 2014
  • Language: English

Do Lasers Mean a New Age for Projection Technology?

Various combinations of true laser, LED-laser and laser-phosphor emerged to target various applications, aiming to drive down the costs associated with lamp technology while improving projector brightness and eco-friendliness. Monica Heck brings a special industry report.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Digital Signage; Video
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  July 2014
  • Language: English

TimesCenter Makes Its Own Kind of News

Event spaces that come with notable provenance, like Alcatraz, the former federal prison in San Francisco Bay, may find that their names are a feature subject to interpretation. But in the case of the TimesCenter, its distinction tends to attract exactly the kind of client it wants: corporate, upscale and occasionally whimsical. But they still expect a show, and they usually get one. Dan Daley reports.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: AV Industry; Design; Lighting; Live Events; Video
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  July 2014
  • Language: 

Is 4K Just a Pit Stop for 8K in Digital Signage?

With the recent arrival of 4K players, digital signage seems to be joining the rush toward bigger and better resolutions. However, there’s a feeling in the industry that it’s too soon to talk about 4K, never mind 8K for most commodity, real-world deployments. Monica Heck provides an in-depth look.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Digital Signage
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  May 2014
  • Language: English

The Nuts and Bolts of Using WebRTC in Pro AV

WebRTC is one of the hottest topics in pro AV, with plenty of hand-wringing about whether it will commoditize videoconferencing or grow the market by creating more endpoints that SIP and H.323 systems can connect to. Either way, it’s clear that there’s already enough customer interest that AV pros need to figure out how to support it. Tim Kridel reports.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: AV Equipment; Conferencing; Video
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  May 2014
  • Language: English

This Time, It’s Personal: Social Media Integrates Itself Into Event AV

Like peanut butter and chocolate before it, in retrospect it seems inevitable that social media and live-event AV technology would make for a cool mashup. Increasingly, we’re seeing pictures and video from Facebook, and images and comments from Twitter and Instagram leaping from users’ mobile devices onto 60-inch LCDs and 20-foot projection screens at corporate and other types of events. Dan Daley gives an in-depth look at this trend.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Digital Signage; Display; Live Events; Marketing and Sales; Networked AV Systems
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  May 2014
  • Language: 

Celebrating 75th Anniversary: An Interview With Heather Callaway, RCDD, LEED AP, CTS-D, Technology Consultant, Callaway Design Group

Heather's been in the industry for the past 17 years. She was beginning to receive extremely technical projects and felt that she needed more training, so she turned to InfoComm. At the last year's show, she passed her CTS-D exam.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: AV Industry
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  April 2014
  • Language: English

Celebrating 75th Anniversary: An Interview With Leonard Suskin, CTS-D, Audiovisual Design Consultant for Shen, Milson and Wilke

Leonard went from coordinating cable pulls by electricians to learning more and more about the technology, eventually moving away from the field side of things toward project management, then system design, and now finally into the consultant role.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: AV Industry
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  April 2014
  • Language: English

Church Doesn’t Sound the Way It Used To

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.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Audio; AV Equipment; AV Industry; Live Events
  • Audience: Integrators; Technology Managers
  • Publication Date:  April 2014
  • Language: English

Microsoft Lync: The Software Giant Looks for a Foothold in Pro AV

Lync enables PCs, tablets and smartphones to double as both deskphones and videoconferencing endpoints. As a result, many companies are using Lync as a way to eliminate the upfront and operational costs of deskphones and specialized endpoints. That savings could free up more money for the AV budget.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Audio; AV Industry; Conferencing; Education; Video
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  April 2014
  • Language: English

Veni, Vidi, Vici — Kids Conquer AV at the Science and Engineering Festival

InfoComm was privileged to sponsor and participate in the USA Science and Engineering Festival, held April 25-27 in Washington, D.C. Thousands of kids, parents and educators got to play with some of the latest audiovisual (AV) applications and learn more about careers and training in AV.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: AV Industry; Education
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  April 2014
  • Language: English

Celebrating 75th Anniversary: An Interview With Gordon Moore, CTS, InfoComm University™ Senior Faculty Member

Gordon Moore, CTS®, is Vice President at Lectrosonics. Selected as InfoComm International® Educator of the Year in 2000, Moore has been active as an instructor for InfoComm International since 1991. He is a Senior Faculty Member for the InfoComm University™. He will be teaching a course titled All About Audio at InfoComm 2014. He has abundant professional and teaching experience so we asked him to share some of it with you for our anniversary.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Audio
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  March 2014
  • Language: English

Cipriani — Good Sauce, Good Sound

While the a la carte model for AV has seemed to work well enough for event production, that’s not the way it works at the two signature Cipriani event locations in Manhattan, on East 42nd Street, directly across from Grand Central Station, and 55 Wall in the financial district. One of the reasons that Cipriani does as well as it does is because it’s offered as a fully equipped venue, with sound tailored to the rooms’ individual acoustical characteristics and lighting and video ready to be flipped on.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: AV Equipment; Live Events; Project Management
  • Audience: Live Events Professionals
  • Publication Date:  March 2014
  • Language: English

Digital Signage Best Practices: Incorporating Interactivity

Interactivity is about much more than just adding a touch-screen or an app to a traditional signage network. Delivering a truly interactive and successful signage experience requires planning, expertise and a deliberate thought process.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Digital Signage; Video
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  March 2014
  • Language: 

Integrated Broadcast-Broadband Systems: From WebTV to Hybrid TV

In the wake of instant gratification provided by social media journalism, apps, and streamed content, Hybrid TV seems like a natural next step in the ongoing symbiosis between broadcasting and broadband systems. Combining technologies simply makes sense when you factor in bandwidth expansion and the sheer practicality of reducing the number of devices you’ve been using simultaneously. Now you will be able to see a show and tweet about it from your TV. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: AV Equipment; AV Industry; Networked AV Systems
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  March 2014
  • Language: 

A Year in the Life of Met Interactive: Technologies Without Barriers

Metropolitan interactive, a digital, sustainable, marketing firm that employs designers, engineers, programmers, and construction personnel to create original solutions to technical challenges, has just celebrated a year of existence. We met with their CEO Jeffrey Mele to talk about professional development, integration, and innovation in the AV industry.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Digital Signage
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  February 2014
  • Language: English

Almo and InfoComm to Kick off 2014 E4 AV Tour, Provide CTS RUs for Free

A training-rich touring event organized by Almo Professional A/V in partnership with InfoComm International® is poised to kick off this year’s program on March 11 in Dallas. Now in its fifth year, the E4 AV Tour exposes AV integrators, consultants, and resellers to the latest technologies and provides high-quality certification courses for free.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: AV Equipment; AV Industry; Digital Signage
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  February 2014
  • Language: English

American Bar Association Adopts AV/IT Infrastructure Guidelines for Courts

The American Bar Association now lists the AV/IT Infrastructure Guidelines for Courts as one of its member resources. The document describes the design guidelines for architects, AV/IT specialists, judges, court administrators, and others concerned with courthouse and courtroom construction and renovation.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: AV Equipment; Design; Installation
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  February 2014
  • Language: English

HDMI 2.0: What's in It for Pro AV?

HDMI has a rep for being a consumer-oriented technology, right down to the perpetual lack of a locking connector. So what does the 2.0 version, which debuted in September 2013, have for pro AV?

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: AV Equipment; Digital Signage; Video
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  February 2014
  • Language: English

IATSE and InfoComm Sign New Two-Year Training Contract

The largest union representing workers in the entertainment industry, IATSE, and InfoComm will continue to provide live event training to IATSE members.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: AV Industry; Live Events
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  February 2014
  • Language: English

InfoComm Products Featured in Italian National Standards

Twelve InfoComm publications and standards have been included in an Italian collection of standards called UNI/PdR 4:2013, Audio-Video and Controls (AVC) integration services — Requirements for design, installation, configuration, calibration, programming and technical verification.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: AV Industry; Standards
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  February 2014
  • Language: English; Italian

Lights, Camera, Action on the Floor

As we entered the 21st century’s teens, audio and video recordings of panel discussions, interviews on stage, and other types of events transitioned to digital files. But, what’s radically different from the old days are the array of file format choices and the ways those recordings can now be delivered to attendees after the show.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Audio; Live Events; Video
  • Audience: All AV Professionals; Live Events Professionals
  • Publication Date:  February 2014
  • Language: English

PLASA Announces Publication of Two Rigging Safety Standards

Two of PLASA's standards related to theatrical rigging safety have been revised and approved by ANSI as American National Standards: ANSI E1.21 for temporary outdoor structures and ANSI E1.4 for manual counterweight rigging systems.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: AV Equipment; AV Industry; Best Practices; Digital Signage; Standards
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  February 2014
  • Language: English

Sports Venues Keep Large Events in the Ball Game

What’s behind the trend is the need for increasingly costly sports venues to generate more revenue for their owners and managers. Music concerts have been a regular component in strategies to keep major-league arenas and stadiums operating when their anchor sports leagues go dark for the season, but even venues that are part of colleges and universities are also catering to large-scale events, such as graduations, to help defray costs.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Live Events
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  January 2014
  • Language: English

Wireless Microphone Users Face Another Round of Spectrum Cuts

The use of wireless audio systems, including wireless microphones for artistic performers and onstage announcements, and intercom systems needed to keep complex live-event productions running smoothly, has been steadily increasing as business picks up in the wake of a lengthy recession. As per Strategic Meetings Management, a sector analysis by market researcher Aberdeen Group, analysts are estimating that total U.S. spending on corporate meetings and events is expected to rise by 20 percent over the next two years, Unfortunately, it’s doing so just as wireless spectrum -- the radio frequencies used for wireless communication -- is about to undergo yet another contraction that will further restrict the wireless playing field for professional users.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Audio; AV Equipment
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  January 2014
  • Language: English

5 Trends Changing Unified Communications

You could say that the coming out party for unified communications was years ago. Still, 2013 proved eventful for collaborative technologies. From cloud services to mobile conferencing, AV professionals discovered new ways to think about the humble online meeting.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Conferencing; Networked AV Systems; Video
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  November 2013
  • Language: English

An AV Design Tool for the Real World

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.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: AV Equipment; AV Industry; InfoComm Products and Services
  • Audience: All AV Professionals; Consultants; Dealers Distributors and Resellers; End Users; Integrators
  • Publication Date:  November 2013
  • Language: English

Behind the Scenes of the CMA Awards

Now that country music’s big night has gotten even bigger, the sky — and the RF channel count — is the limit. How did the crew for this month’s Country Music Association Awards turn a cavernous hockey rink in Nashville, Tenn., into a more intimate, TV viewer-friendly venue?

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Audio; Live Events
  • Audience: Live Events Professionals
  • Publication Date:  November 2013
  • Language: English

AES Throws New Audio Networking Standard Into the Ring

Chances are you’ve got a solid grasp on CobraNet. And maybe you’ve come around to Audio Video Bridging (aka, AVB) and understand that Dante wasn’t just a major Italian poet who wrote about hades. Congratulations. For all your diligence, the Audio Engineering Society has a new networking standard you should learn.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Audio; Live Events; Networked AV Systems
  • Audience: All AV Professionals; Live Events Professionals
  • Publication Date:  October 2013
  • Language: English

Boo! Haunted Houses are the Next Big AV Venue

Roll out the Halloween decorations and spooky stories! And if you’re brave enough, drop by one of this year’s increasingly sophisticated haunted houses, replete with high-end AV, intricate lighting and complex show control. In fact, you can probably visit the best of these venues long after the goblins hibernate because they’re big business.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Audio; Control Systems; Video
  • Audience: 
  • Publication Date:  October 2013
  • Language: English

Bring Us Your Huddled Masses — to Collaborate

What are these “huddle rooms” that people keep talking about? They’re not actually rooms, but rather spaces where workers can congregate and hold ad hoc meetings. More enterprises are tearing down office walls and phasing out conference rooms in favor of these huddle spaces — and they don’t work unless they include the right AV gear.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: AV Equipment; Conferencing; Video
  • Audience: All AV Professionals; Designers
  • Publication Date:  October 2013
  • Language: English

Everyone's a Broadcaster, Part 2: Streaming

Producing quality video content for online distribution is critical to getting a message out. Actually distributing that content takes a unique set of technology chops. Video streaming may seem like an IT application, but it’s really a networked AV system. Here’s how it works.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Networked AV Systems; Video
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  October 2013
  • Language: English

AirPlay, AirMedia, or Something Else? Parsing Wireless Presentation Systems

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.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: AV Equipment; Conferencing; Networked AV Systems
  • Audience: All AV Professionals; End Users; Integrators; IT Professionals; Technology Managers
  • Publication Date:  September 2013
  • Language: English

Everyone’s a Broadcaster, Part 1: Production

With the cost of broadcast-quality equipment dropping and the pervasiveness of broadband connections growing, it’s little wonder that everyone from houses of worship to universities and corporations are using streaming technology to get into the broadcast game. But there’s a big difference between doing it because you can and doing it well. Read how several churches are getting their messages out online. The first in a two-part report.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: AV Equipment; Best Practices; Networked AV Systems; Video
  • Audience: All AV Professionals; End Users; Live Events Professionals; Technology Managers
  • Publication Date:  September 2013
  • Language: English

Navigating Europe’s Ecodesign Directive

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.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: AV Equipment; Marketing and Sales; Sustainable AV
  • Audience: Consultants; Dealers Distributors and Resellers; Installers; Integrators; Manufacturers
  • Publication Date:  September 2013
  • Language: English

Wireless Sound Systems Find Their Niche

What do you think of when you think of portable PA systems? Hostage negotiators? (Apparently, you’re not alone.) Think again. Today’s wireless PA systems are feature-rich, versatile and ready for deployment at live events. Did we mention they sound good, too?

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Audio; Live Events
  • Audience: Live Events Professionals
  • Publication Date:  September 2013
  • Language: English

'Silent Sound' is Getting Louder

How strange would it be to walk into a ballroom, see everybody swaying to the music, and not hear a note? So-called “silent shows” are gaining interest from live-event planners, and not just in music venues. Corporate, retail and education event producers are clueing into the possibilities of turning a group experience into something more personal.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Audio
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  August 2013
  • Language: English

AV Freelancers Face Training Challenges

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?

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: AV Industry; Certification; Education; Installation; Live Events
  • Audience: Installers; Integrators; Live Events Professionals; Students
  • Publication Date:  July 2013
  • Language: English

Can 3D Get Respect on Stage?

Remember when 3D was all the rage? It isn’t so much anymore — unless you know where to look. There’s a segment of professional AV that’s come to embrace 3D technology and use it in real-world situations. What can you learn from their experience? Find out in this InfoComm International® special report.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Live Events; Video
  • Audience: All AV Professionals; Live Events Professionals
  • Publication Date:  July 2013
  • Language: English

AV Executive Conference: Stop Marketing and Start Building Sales

In the run-up to InfoComm's AV Executive Conference, Sept, 10-12, 2013, revenue growth expert Everett Hill explains why a viable value proposition is key to sales.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Business and Management
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  June 2013
  • Language: English

AV Executive Conference: Success Comes From Doing Things Differently

In preparation for the InfoComm AV Executive Conference, Sept. 10-12, 2013, growth strategist and thought leader on Relationship Economics David Nour explains, among other things, that doing business differently can lead to more success than just doing business better.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Business and Management
  • Audience: Executives and Business Managers
  • Publication Date:  June 2013
  • Language: English

AV Executive Conference: The Hidden Path to Predictable Success

Les McKeown, renowned speaker, author and advisor on accelerated business growth, previews what he will be discussing at the InfoComm AV Executive Conference, Sept. 10-12, 2013. Learn how to not only grow your business, but also scale it.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Business and Management
  • Audience: Executives and Business Managers
  • Publication Date:  June 2013
  • Language: English

AV Executive Conference: Work Your Network From the Inside Out

Nhat Pham, social media strategist, speaker and author, is gearing up to present at the InfoComm AV Executive Conference, Sept. 10-12, 2013. But first he shares some thoughts on which of your connections are most likely to lead to more business.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Business and Management
  • Audience: Executives and Business Managers
  • Publication Date:  June 2013
  • Language: English

Is 4K Hype or the Next Big Thing in Pro AV?

At the InfoComm 2013 show in June, 4K display was all the rage. But what could you realistically do with all those pixels? We survey AV professionals to find out how long, if ever, it will take the industry to embrace 4K.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Display; Video
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  June 2013
  • Language: English

AV Networking: Life Beyond CobraNet

Using IT networking to move AV content has gradually become accepted and advisable. Many have been doing it for years, but only now have their choices grown so varied. The old ways still work, but new kids on the block have a lot to offer, too.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: AV Industry; Networked AV Systems
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  May 2013
  • Language: English

Get Ready: BYOD or Bust

Within a few short years, half of all employers will formally welcome employees to use their personal mobile devices on the job. It will be up to technology specialists to make sure all those devices can get on a network, join a videoconference or just beam content to a presentation system.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: AV Equipment; Education; Networked AV Systems
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  May 2013
  • Language: English

InfoComm Teams With SMPTE, AES and ASA on Audio’s Holy Grail: Sound Standards for All Enclosed Spaces

If you’ve enjoyed cinema sound in a movie theater (or elsewhere), you’re familiar with B-chain audio — the speakers, amplifiers and processors that make up a sound system. Today, InfoComm is working with leading thinkers from the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, the Audio Engineering Society, and the Acoustical Society of America on standards and best practices that could improve audio well beyond the movie house.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Standards
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  May 2013
  • Language: English

The Case for Managed AV Services

As much as you think your AV firm can make more money and improve margins by offering managed services, no client will take you up on your offer if they don't have a need. Learn what the push for managed AV services is really all about. And hear from AV pros about what companies should consider as they embark down this potentially lucrative path.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Business and Management
  • Audience: All AV Professionals; Live Events Professionals
  • Publication Date:  May 2013
  • Language: English

The Changing World of Unified Communications

“Unified communications is the only technology that has been ‘launching’ for 16 years.” So say the authors of this special report on UC and the “consumerization” of video collaboration technology. If you’ve never heard the term “contextual connectivity,” you should at least know that it may impact your next VTC design. Here’s why.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Conferencing
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  May 2013
  • Language: English

Why More Live Events Pros Embrace AV Training

To many, live events and installed AV systems are like apples and oranges. So why would a rigger, for example, want to acquire the skills necessary to become a Certified Technology Specialist? It turns out there are many reasons, and today, more live events professionals are taking the time to broaden their knowledge base.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Education; Exam Prep; Live Events
  • Audience: Live Events Professionals
  • Publication Date:  May 2013
  • Language: English

10 Trends in Live Events 2013

From insurance issues to 4K displays, event safety to Google Docs, these are the trends that will influence the live events industry in the coming months and years. Will Elvis "appear" at future shows? Find out.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Live Events
  • Audience: Live Events Professionals
  • Publication Date:  April 2013
  • Language: English

Designing for High Contrast: How One University Uses InfoComm’s Projected Image Standard

Today, George Mason University has a tool at its disposal that will help its various departments — and others on campus — to define objectively its high-contrast requirements: the ANSI/INFOCOMM 3M-2011 Projected Image System Contrast Ratio standard.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Standards
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  March 2013
  • Language: English

Digital Signage Trends for 2013

Cheap technology, rich content, mobility and the cloud. These are some of the trends that experts say will shape the market for digital signage solutions this year.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Digital Signage
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  March 2013
  • Language: English

HIPAA and Acoustics: Maximizing Patient Privacy

According to InfoComm’s 2012 Global Market Definition and Strategy Study, the healthcare market is the fastest-growing in North America. How can you crack it? One way is to offer solutions that protect speech privacy and help facilities comply with federal regulations.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Audio
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  March 2013
  • Language: English

How'd Elton John Do That?

During a recent, special performance, every keystroke that rock legend Elton John made on his high-tech keyboard was streamed to similarly equipped keyboards around the world.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Live Events
  • Audience: Live Events Professionals
  • Publication Date:  March 2013
  • Language: English

Power Over Ethernet for Pro-AV Applications

One of the greatest benefits of AV-IT convergence is the prospect of running less wire. That’s where the prospect of running power to AV devices using network cabling comes into play. Think lower costs, easier installs and greater flexibility in positioning gear. But also keep in mind that not all Power over Ethernet is created equal.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Networked AV Systems
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  March 2013
  • Language: English

Progress in Live Event Safety

When tragedy strikes a concert, state fair or outdoor festival, it makes headlines and sends the industry into action. After a couple years’ worth of high-profile incidents, progress is being made toward codifying various live-event safety measures into standard business practices. Read what it means to be “Storm Ready.”

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Live Events
  • Audience: Live Events Professionals
  • Publication Date:  March 2013
  • Language: English

Stalking Videoconferencing Interoperability

At no time in the history of videoconferencing has the prospect of interoperability been this within reach.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Conferencing; Video
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  March 2013
  • Language: English

Sustainable AV and Live Events

AV pros are already familiar with hundreds of acronyms and alphanumeric designators, so what’s a few more? New sustainability standards and protocols introduced recently may prove especially significant to a portion of the industry that has attracted the attention of the green movement: events.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Live Events; Sustainable AV
  • Audience: Event Planners; Live Events Professionals
  • Publication Date:  March 2013
  • Language: English

The Remote-Controlled Front of House

Do you want to mix the sound for a concert or corporate event from the balcony, even though the FOH console is on the main level? How about from the box seats, house left? No problem, there’s an app for that

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Audio; Live Events
  • Audience: Live Events Professionals
  • Publication Date:  March 2013
  • Language: English

Creating Project Managers the Right Way

Many AV organizations identify their next generation of project managers by putting certain employees to the test and seeing how they respond. But is a trial by fire the best way to identify and develop the type of professionals you need to guide your company to better project outcomes and healthier customer relations? Probably not.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Project Management
  • Audience: All AV Professionals; Project Managers
  • Publication Date:  February 2013
  • Language: English

Client Surveys: Closing the Loop, Maintaining the Relationship

There is measurable value in using client surveys as a tool in the client relationship management toolkit. Find out how to approach the survey process.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Business and Management; Project Management
  • Audience: All AV Professionals; Project Managers
  • Publication Date:  December 2012
  • Language: English

Meeting AV Takes Cues From Theater, Broadcast, Science

Clients don't want pre-recession AV for their presentations. Pipes and drapes don't cut it anymore. Read what else today's meeting planners are looking for.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Audio; AV Equipment; Conferencing; Display; Live Events; Video
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  December 2012
  • Language: English

Lessons Learned: The Remedy for Repetitive Project Pain

Does your company hold so-called “post-mortem” meetings after a project is finished? Do they tend to focus on what went wrong and who was responsible? If so, you’re probably doing it wrong.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Project Management
  • Audience: Project Managers
  • Publication Date:  November 2012
  • Language: English

Project Closure: When is Done Really Done?

Please don’t catch yourself saying what our project management expert once heard uttered by someone at an AV company: “Did you want it ‘done’ or ‘done done’?”

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Project Management
  • Audience: Project Managers
  • Publication Date:  November 2012
  • Language: English

What You Need to Know About Smart Buildings

At the InfoComm 100 last month, experts offered plenty of food for thought to AV pros seeking to integrate smart buildings. From necessary skills to next-generation technology, we’ve summed up two days of insight in these important points. And answered the question, what does “big data” have to do with anything?

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Smart Building Technology (SBT)
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  November 2012
  • Language: English

Project Changes: Manage Them or Just Make Them?

Even the most well-defined, cookie-cutter project experiences change. The challenge is in how you manage changes to an AV design or installation and whether it’s part of a clearly stated process.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Project Management
  • Audience: Project Managers
  • Publication Date:  October 2012
  • Language: English

Staging the Presidential Debates

With just days to go before the election, go behind the scenes of the presidential debates to learn how live events professionals turn two guys talking on-stage into a pitch-perfect audio experience — both for the live audience and for millions of TV viewers.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Live Events
  • Audience: Live Events Professionals
  • Publication Date:  October 2012
  • Language: English

Diagnosing the Healthcare AV Market

Discusses the reasons healthcare is the fastest-growing market for AV systems in North America, according to InfoComm’s latest Market Definition and Strategy Study.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: AV Equipment; Healthcare
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  September 2012
  • Language: English

Distinguish Competence From Behavior to Maximize Performance

When managing people, competence and behavior are often indistinguishable — and that’s a problem. Many managers automatically link the two together.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Project Management
  • Audience: Project Managers
  • Publication Date:  September 2012
  • Language: English

How to Keep a Project on Course

Often, when inquiring after the status of a project, people ask one or two questions: “How much is done?” and/or, “Are we on schedule and on budget?” To which the replies are invariably: “Almost done, don’t worry” and/or, “On time and on budget.”

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Business and Management; Marketing and Sales; Project Management
  • Audience: Project Managers
  • Publication Date:  September 2012
  • Language: English

BIM Fuels Collaborative Innovation

Around 2005, as commodities and construction prices were skyrocketing, clients began clamoring for designs to be done more quickly. BIM would become the displacing and disruptive technology in the marketplace because it reduced both time to market and cost to owners.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Building Information Modeling (BIM); Smart Building Technology (SBT)
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  August 2012
  • Language: English

Inside the X Games — The Ultimate Live Event

Live events these days take many forms. Few live events, however, match the sheer sprawl and complexity of the X Games, an annual spectacle put on by sportscaster ESPN featuring action (a.k.a. extreme) sports, from skateboarding to BMX bike riding.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Live Events
  • Audience: Live Events Professionals
  • Publication Date:  August 2012
  • Language: English

Resource Management: Getting What You Need From Workers

Here’s a question all AV companies need to ask: How do we manage the people inside our organizations — those people working within our processes, supporting the projects and operations that are part of our well-defined strategy and visible portfolio of opportunities?

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Project Management
  • Audience: Consultants; Project Managers
  • Publication Date:  August 2012
  • Language: English

Will Youth Be Served in Pro AV?

Why should AV companies collect youth like it’s a precious metal? Let’s count the reasons:

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: AV Industry; Business and Management
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  August 2012
  • Language: English

Better Processes, Better (More Profitable) Projects

I view process as simply how we do things. If you watch people and how they do something, you can measure their effectiveness (quality) and efficiency (speed and waste).

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Best Practices; Project Management
  • Audience: Consultants; Project Managers
  • Publication Date:  July 2012
  • Language: English

Digital Signage Bandwagon: Room for the AV Pro?

The final link in the digital signage chain is usually some sort of visual display — and sometimes an audio system — and that’s the expertise of the professional AV systems integrator

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Digital Signage
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  July 2012
  • Language: English

Networked Audio for Live Events

Networked digital audio has become a goal for many live-event producers, with the Holy Grail being an analog-to-digital conversion that takes place at the stage box, with the audio signal staying digital until it hits an amplifier on the way to a speaker.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Audio; Live Events; Networked AV Systems
  • Audience: Live Events Professionals
  • Publication Date:  July 2012
  • Language: English

The Project Kick-off Meeting: Setting a Stage for Success

After submitting a well-structured scope of work, whether in response to a request for proposals or via direct sales, an AV firm often gets good news: Your company’s proposal has been accepted (follow the advice of earlier articles in this series to see your rate of acceptance grow).

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Project Management
  • Audience: Consultants; Project Managers
  • Publication Date:  July 2012
  • Language: English

Live Event Technology and the London Olympics

Want to get an idea of what clients and event planners will be asking for next fall? Look no further than the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Live Events
  • Audience: Live Events Professionals
  • Publication Date:  June 2012
  • Language: English

Remote AV Management: Good for Business?

AV systems have become essential tools in the daily operation of almost every kind of business or institution. In the early days, when AV systems consisted primarily of standalone projectors and screens, most users were able to figure out how to operate them without much expert assistance.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Business and Management; Networked AV Systems
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  June 2012
  • Language: English

Future-Proofing Classroom AV

The roots of the AV industry are firmly planted in the K-12 education market, dating back to the formation of the National Association of Visual Education Dealers (NAVED) in 1939.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Education
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  May 2012
  • Language: English

It Has to Sound Good, Too?

The relationship between Austin, Texas, and the South By Southwest (SXSW) mega-event that the city has hosted for the past 25 years is becoming one of basic physics.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Audio; Design; Live Events
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  May 2012
  • Language: English

The Myth of the Perfect Estimate

But if we’re looking to create an accurate estimate, we need to analyze its three characteristics: assumptions, methodology and presentation.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Project Management
  • Audience: Consultants; Project Managers
  • Publication Date:  May 2012
  • Language: English

Creating Common Sense, Communicating Assumptions and Risks

Working on hundreds of projects and training thousands of project managers, I’ve often wondered why so few people around me have common sense. Many times I’ve discovered their lack of common sense three-quarters of the way through a project, which is a little late.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Project Management
  • Audience: Consultants; Content Providers; Project Managers
  • Publication Date:  April 2012
  • Language: English

Using a Work Breakdown Structure

The project management practice of developing what’s called a “work breakdown structure” got its start in the U.S. Department of Defense. Today, companies of all stripes consider it an important method for separating a project into deliverables and getting a handle on the overall scope of work.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Project Management
  • Audience: Consultants; Content Providers; Project Managers
  • Publication Date:  April 2012
  • Language: English

Developing a Relationship-Centric, Innovative Culture

Innovation is about the pathway to an end result. The end result is about solving problems and solving problems is inevitably about the client.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Business and Management
  • Audience: Consultants; Content Providers; End Users; Facility Managers; Project Managers; Technology Managers
  • Publication Date:  March 2012
  • Language: English

Distance Learning for All

Look in any college student's room and it's a safe bet you won't find a Cisco E20 or a Polycom VVX 1500. Their absence is a major reason why it's challenging for schools to enable one-on-one and multiparty videoconferences between students and faculty.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Conferencing; Education
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  March 2012
  • Language: English

LED Turns the Corner for Live Events

Every lighting professional has a tale of his own epiphany about LED lighting. The concert touring business seems on-board with LED, for instance, but theatrical and corporate events appear to be lagging in their adoption. Still, the transition to LED for live events is accelerating.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Lighting; Live Events
  • Audience: Event Planners; Live Events Professionals
  • Publication Date:  March 2012
  • Language: English

Scope Statements: Establishing Boundaries and Responsibilities

A well-defined and communicated scope statement is one of the primary methods of managing a client’s often-changing expectations of what they will ultimately receive from a project.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Project Management
  • Audience: All AV Professionals; Project Managers
  • Publication Date:  March 2012
  • Language: English

State of the Live Events Industry 2012

Live events professionals descended on Washington, D.C., to chart a course for the year ahead. The inaugural InfoComm Live conference was created to spot trends, share best practices and gauge the state of the industry. What is that state?

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Live Events
  • Audience: Event Planners; Live Events Professionals
  • Publication Date:  March 2012
  • Language: English

The Dawn of Mobile Videoconferencing (Thanks, Apple)

AV professionals monitoring the iPad announcement need hear only three things about the new product: 4G, HD, and quad-core. Taken together, those iPad features describe an instantly viable, high-definition videoconferencing endpoint.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Conferencing; Video
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  March 2012
  • Language: English

What a Comprehensive Scope of Work Looks Like

If AV integration companies want to be more respected by clients in the marketplace, their contracts should be the starting point for creating credibility and professionalism.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Project Management
  • Audience: Project Managers
  • Publication Date:  March 2012
  • Language: English

AV Sales: Building Relationships and Managing Expectations

Many of the AV integration companies I’ve worked with have employed a range of sales strategies and styles. But overall, their approaches come down to this: short-term sale versus long-term relationship.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Marketing and Sales; Project Management
  • Audience: All AV Professionals; Project Managers
  • Publication Date:  February 2012
  • Language: English

Establishing Shared Values and Ethics

We’ve all heard how different generations of people (baby boomers, Gen X, Gen Y) work and live differently. This sometimes causes frustration for those of one generation who must interact with those of another generation whom they deem not to be acting “correctly.”

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Project Management
  • Audience: All AV Professionals; Project Managers
  • Publication Date:  February 2012
  • Language: English

Live Events Training Q&A: Andre LeJuene, InfoComm International

We asked Andre LeJeune, CTS®, how training for live events has evolved over the years and how the industry itself has changed.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Certification; InfoComm Products and Services; Live Events
  • Audience: Live Events Professionals
  • Publication Date:  February 2012
  • Language: English

The Importance of Energy Management in AV

Last year marked the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program's first decade of existence, a span bookended by two major economic slumps.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Project Management; Smart Building Technology (SBT); Standards; Sustainable AV
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  February 2012
  • Language: English

Why Live Sound Systems Proliferate

If the world seems like it’s gotten a lot louder, it’s because it has. Or at least there are a lot more sound systems out there making noise.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Audio; Live Events
  • Audience: Live Events Professionals
  • Publication Date:  February 2012
  • Language: English

Analog Rides Into the Sunset

If you haven't heard of the analog sunset, the good news is you're not alone. The bad news is, ignorance won't be bliss for AV professionals and clients alike.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Display
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  January 2012
  • Language: English

The Value of an Organization's Vision

What should the vision include? How does a young (or mature), growing company implement an effective vision?

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Marketing and Sales; Project Management
  • Audience: Executives and Business Managers; Project Managers
  • Publication Date:  January 2012
  • Language: English

Women in Project Management

Is the audio/video integration industry ready to fully acknowledge the value of women in the project management role and support their growth?

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Project Management
  • Audience: Project Managers
  • Publication Date:  January 2012
  • Language: English

Austin City Limits Live: A Connected New Venue

Texas is certainly a big place, but Austin, all things considered (like, it’s the state capital), is a relatively small town. That worked in favor of the folks who collaborated on the creation of ACL Live, the new home of the long-running PBS hit show Austin City Limits.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Live Events
  • Audience: Live Events Professionals
  • Publication Date:  December 2011
  • Language: English

Live Event Safety Standards: More Important Than Ever

On August 13, 2011, a stage collapsed during a powerful storm at the Indiana State Fair. Now, proponents say, getting the word out and training professionals to use the standards are critical to this dynamic industry.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Live Events; Standards
  • Audience: Live Events Professionals
  • Publication Date:  December 2011
  • Language: English

Why AV Standards Matter

In almost every market where they’re used, audiovisual systems have evolved from “nice-to-have” toys to business-critical systems — to the benefit of the entire AV industry.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Standards
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  December 2011
  • Language: English

10 Tips for Aligning Your AV Business With the Future

In September, at the InfoComm 100 conference, an annual gathering of industry leaders held by InfoComm International®, much of the focus was on how AV businesses must evolve in a world where AV and IT have converged.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Business and Management
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  November 2011
  • Language: English

How the California Courts Apply InfoComm Standards to Every Courthouse in the State

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®.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Government; Government Relations; InfoComm Products and Services; Standards
  • Audience: Designers; Facility Managers; Installers; Integrators; IT Professionals; Live Events Professionals; Project Managers; Technology Managers
  • Publication Date:  November 2011
  • Language: English

NFPA 72-2010 and Its Implications for the AV Industry

Building codes have existed for almost 4,000 years. To this day, building and safety codes dictate construction practices. But codes have only become high priority for AV professionals over the last 50 years, as AV equipment migrated from the movable rolling cart to permanent installation in public and private buildings.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Audio; AV Equipment; Standards; Video
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  November 2011
  • Language: English

STEP: The Unofficial, Semi-Definitive FAQ

You may have heard of it. It’s the Sustainable Technology Environments Program, better known as STEP®. Not ringing a bell? Or maybe you’ve heard of it, but you’re not sure exactly what it means (or what it has to do with you).

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Smart Building Technology (SBT); Sustainable AV
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  November 2011
  • Language: English

The International Green Construction Code and Its Impact on AV

You may not know it, despite all the press surrounding the green movement, but there will soon be another commercial building code that will impact what we do as AV and technology professionals.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Smart Building Technology (SBT); Sustainable AV
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  November 2011
  • Language: English

Five Keys to SBT Success

The rise of SBT presents both a daunting challenge and a compelling opportunity for AV professionals. What sets SBT apart from other trends is the cross-industry goodwill and collaboration that will drive SBT to the forefront of all construction projects in the near future.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Building Information Modeling (BIM); Smart Building Technology (SBT); Sustainable AV
  • Audience: Architects, Builders and Contractors; Designers; Installers; IT Professionals; Project Managers; Technology Managers
  • Publication Date:  October 2011
  • Language: English

Secure AV in Government: More Than Just AV

Working on projects for the government has always required a certain amount of discretion and attention to detail. And over time, the roles of the AV consultant and integrator have risen in profile as AV technologies have evolved into vital communications tools for government agencies.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Design; Government; Government Relations; Installation; Secure AV
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  October 2011
  • Language: English

Smart Building Technologies Basics

The AV industry often sits at the crux of revolutions in building design and technology. IT network convergence, green technology and integrated project delivery (IPD) are changing the way people design, inhabit and use a building. AV professionals are now turning their attention to smart building technologies (SBT), a growing force within the design and construction industries that, once again, requires a strong AV industry presence.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Smart Building Technology (SBT); Sustainable AV
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  September 2011
  • Language: English

Acoustics Snapshot

Like no other, the field of acoustics is rife with myth, misinformation and marketing tactics that belies the true science and legacy of the trade.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Audio
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  August 2011
  • Language: English

What’s Next for AV and Smart Buildings?

Last August, members of InfoComm International®’s Integrated Building Technologies Task Force attended the National Conference on Building Commissioning in Cincinnati, Ohio. Their goal: to explain to building facility managers how the AV industry could help them coordinate their low-voltage systems in order to make their buildings operate more efficiently.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Smart Building Technology (SBT); Standards
  • Audience: Architects, Builders and Contractors
  • Publication Date:  August 2011
  • Language: English

InfoComm Works to Protect the Meetings Industry

InfoComm International® has been working with a variety of coalitions to convince policymakers to tone down the dangerous rhetoric leading to the cancellation of meetings and events around the country; to embrace sensible guidelines for companies receiving taxpayer assistance; and to promote travel as an economic solution.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: AV Industry; Business and Management; Government; Government Relations
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  July 2011
  • Language: English

Projected Image Standard: What’s in it for You?

InfoComm International recently released its newest performance standard, ANSI/INFOCOMM 3M-2011 Projected Image System Contrast Ratio. The voluntary standard seeks to define acceptable minimum contrast ratios for projected images, relative to their application, for both installed systems and live events.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Display; Installation; Live Events; Standards
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  July 2011
  • Language: English

Reduce the Noise: InfoComm Education and Training for Live Events Professionals

In AV, most of us like to turn up the volume. But when you hear everything, sometimes you miss out on the part of the message that is just for you.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: InfoComm Products and Services; Live Events
  • Audience: Live Events Professionals
  • Publication Date:  July 2011
  • Language: English

Back-of-House Digital Signage

Despite the recent recession and continued challenges to the world economy, the digital signage sector has enjoyed stellar growth for the past several years.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Digital Signage
  • Audience: Architects, Builders and Contractors; Consultants; Content Providers
  • Publication Date:  December 2010
  • Language: English

Fiber Optics

Fiber-optic networks are showing up in AV installs at an increasing rate, driven by the need to transport a large amount of audio, video and data over a long distance.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: AV Equipment; Education; Government; Healthcare; Installation; Video
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  December 2010
  • Language: English

Audiovisual Technology Standards Support Accessibility

An examination of how AV technology standards are helping people with physical limitations to enjoy more interactive and safe experiences in everday life.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Audio; Design; Government; Healthcare; Standards
  • Audience: Architects, Builders and Contractors; Consultants; Designers; Integrators; Technology Managers
  • Publication Date:  November 2010
  • Language: English

Cloud AV

Cloud computing is a term that the AV industry is hearing more often these days, especially as cloud-based services are making appearances in both commercial and residential AV installs.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: AV Equipment; AV Industry; Networked AV Systems
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  November 2010
  • Language: English

2010 InfoComm 100 Presentations

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: AV Industry
  • Audience: All AV Professionals; Architects, Builders and Contractors; Designers; Integrators; Project Managers
  • Publication Date:  April 2010
  • Language: English

Five Steps to Smart Building Technology Success

There are many reasons why smart building technologies (SBT) are a growing trend in the design and construction industry — lower costs, higher efficiency and sustainability, to name a few.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Standards
  • Audience: Architects, Builders and Contractors
  • Publication Date:  December 2009
  • Language: English

A View on the Near Future of the AV Industry

This report from the attendees of InfoComm International®’s 2009 InfoComm 100 meeting discusses the industry’s current conditions and trends.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: AV Industry
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  June 2009
  • Language: English

Report on Labor Issues in the Audiovisual Industry

Report discusses the standard occupational classification (SOC) code and its application to the audiovisual field; the concept of "apprenticeship" and its affect on the audiovisual industry, including work that is covered by prevailing rate of wage statutes; and the connection between apprenticeship and licensure and the relationship between certification and licensure.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Government Relations
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date:  October 2005
  • Language: English

Acclaro Report: Business Trends After AV and IT Convergence

This report considers and analyzes business trends related to AV/IT convergence, and the impact of those trends on the future of the AV industry.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: AV Industry; Business and Management; Networked AV Systems
  • Audience: All AV Professionals; Executives and Business Managers; IT Professionals
  • Publication Date: 
  • Language: English

AV Goes to Jail

Video communication is increasingly common throughout legal systems worldwide. It spans facilities and applications, including video arraignment from jail, virtual visitation in prisons, and remote testimony in courtrooms and judges’ chambers.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Conferencing; Government; Government Relations; Secure AV; Video
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date: 
  • Language: English

EZip FAQs

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: AV Equipment; InfoComm Products and Services
  • Audience: Dealers Distributors and Resellers; Manufacturers
  • Publication Date: 
  • Language: English

IATSE Members: Answers on How to Deal With Technology Changes in Your Job

International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) and InfoComm International® have partnered to offer training to IA members to expand their AV knowledge base: Audiovisual Fundamentals for Stagehands, InfoComm Recognized AV Technologist Certificate Program designed for stagehands making the transition to audiovisual jobs; CTS Prep class designed to boost confidence before taking the Certified Technology Specialist™ (CTS®) exam.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: AV Equipment
  • Audience: All AV Professionals
  • Publication Date: 
  • Language: English

Research Firms

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: AV Industry; Marketing and Sales
  • Audience: Consultants; Executives and Business Managers; Integrators; Project Managers; Technology Managers
  • Publication Date: 
  • Language: English

The Time is Right to Stream Live Events

The writing is on the wall: Streaming must be a regular component of AV professionals’ technology arsenals, particularly if they work the live-events beat.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Live Events; Video
  • Audience: All AV Professionals; Project Managers; Students
  • Publication Date: 
  • Language: English

Trends in Legal AV

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: AV Industry; Design; Government; Standards; Video
  • Audience: All AV Professionals; Architects, Builders and Contractors; IT Professionals; Project Managers
  • Publication Date: 
  • Language: 

Wireless Mics and White Spaces: A Changed (and Changing) Landscape

It’s been more than three years since the United States threw the metaphorical switch that transitioned the country from analog to digital broadcasting. In the process, it created a controversy around what are called “white spaces” – the radio-frequency (RF) spectrum that acts as a buffer between TV channels, and forced AV pros out of a popular frequency range.

  • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
  • Topic: Audio; Live Events
  • Audience: All AV Professionals; Live Events Professionals
  • Publication Date: 
  • Language: English
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