Events

InfoComm Professional Development at ISE

FREE Professional Development at ISE

This year at ISE2015 only, InfoComm Members and Guest Members receive free entry to all InfoComm seminars at ISE, as well as member discounts for the Master Class with Bob Simpson, the CTS Study Session, and the Women of InfoComm Network Breakfast. Sign up for an InfoComm Guest Membership today to enjoy these member benefits at ISE!

Non-members must purchase vouchers to attend InfoComm seminars, and pay full price for charged events. Once purchased, vouchers can be redeemed for entry into any InfoComm seminar. You may purchase vouchers and register for paid events during the regular registration process for ISE. There is no pre-registration for regular InfoComm seminars, they are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Non-members can collect their vouchers outside room D204 in the Professional Development Zone when they arrive onsite at ISE.

Monday, 9 Feb.

10:00-17:30
Room D203
CTS Study Session

In this fast paced, highly interactive session you’ll explore:

  • The best strategies for analyzing and answering multiple choice test questions
  • How to focus your study time and areas to study
  • Which areas you need more study
  • Additional drills and tips in AV math
  • A review of networking basics

As a special bonus for this course only, registrants will receive access to the InfoComm CTS Prep Online course prior to attending the CTS Study Session. The self-paced CTS Prep Online course includes practice activities, videos, information, and study tips to help you prepare for the Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) exam. To obtain the best results it is strongly recommended that students complete CTS Prep Online prior to attending the CTS Study Session at ISE.

Take the next step to earning your CTS. Join us for this engaging day of guided test-taking practice, readiness assessment and review.

Presenter

Bill Thomas, CTS®-I, Staff Instructor, InfoComm International®

Bill Thomas has more than 20 years of experience in the industry, most recently as education programs director at InfoComm. Thomas has served as an Electronics Specialist at Colorado State University, where he installed, maintained, and repaired audiovisual systems and equipment in classrooms, conference rooms, labs and distance learning rooms, and as Director of Conference Operations for the Estes Park Conference Center. He served on the Board of Directors for InfoComm as chair of the Technology Managers Council and is an ASTD Master Trainer.

Tuesday, 10 Feb.

8:00-12:00
Room D403
Master Class With Robert Simpson: Displays of Today and Tomorrow

The session is divided into four sections. The first is a refresher tutorial on such topics as visual acuity, the photopic luminosity function, contrast sensitivity function, temporal modulation transfer function and chromaticity. These are then related to display performance. Particular emphasis is given to existing and forthcoming standards in respect of the contrast performance of both flat panel and projected images. A review of the implications of BT2020 and the introduction of high frame rates.

The second section is devoted to flat panel displays. Brief mention is made of many flat panel technologies that have fallen by the wayside, have not yet become well established, or are not mainstream (PDP, electroluminescent, electro-wetting, MEMS, FED, electrophoretic, OLED, etc.). The main emphasis is on LCDs and LED displays. Besides explaining how these displays work, it explains what terms like “in-Plane Switching LCD” and “Vertical Alignment LCD” actually mean and reviews the phenomenal progress in LCD and the current state of the art. Similarly it reviews the progress of LED and its move to becoming a high resolution display medium.

The third section is devoted to projection. This describes how the main electronic projection technologies (LCD, LCOS and DLP) work, and the range of products available from pico projectors to high power 4K. The hot topic at the moment is “laser,” so an evaluation of illumination technologies (xenon lamp, high pressure mercury lamp, LED, laser and laser phosphor) forms a significant part of this section. The principles and limitations of image blending and warping are described.

The final section applications develops some of the topics already presented, for example, the problems presented by the very high data rates required, and introduces some more specialist aspects of displays. Examples include the choice of display technology for control rooms; 3D and autostereoscopic displays, the integration of displays into different environments, giant screen projection and image sources.

Presenter

Robert Simpson, Founder and Director, Electrosonic

Robert Simpson graduated from Trinity College, Oxford, in 1961 with a degree in physics. After a brief period as technical manager of Recorded Sound Ltd, he co-founded Electrosonic Ltd in 1964, and Electrosonic Inc (USA) in 1972. He was chairman of Electrosonic Ltd for the period 1964-2004, and is now a director of and adviser to the international Electrosonic Group. He is a frequent writer and lecturer on audiovisual and lighting control topics, and is the author of Effective Audio Visual (Focal Press/Elsevier 1987, 1992, 1996); Videowalls (Focal Press, 1990) Videowalls — The Book of the Big Electronic Image (Focal Press, 1997); Lighting Control — Technology and Applications (Focal Press 2003); and Electrosonic — 50 Years on the Audio-Visual Front Line (Electrosonic, 2014). With respect to audiovisual and display engineering, he has worked on many corporate, control room, EXPO, museum, theme park and permanent exhibition projects. He is a life member of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (USA), a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, a Fellow of the British Kinematograph, Sound and Television Society (UK), and a member of the Society for Information Display (USA). In 2008 he was awarded the InfoComm Distinguished Achievement Award. In 2007-2009 he was Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the UK Displays & Lighting Knowledge Transfer Network.

 CTS: 4 CTS-D: 4 CTS-I: 4 Max: 4


10:00-11:00
Room D203
Understand Multi-Channel Projection — Challenges and Solutions

Seminar Level: Intermediate

As the demand for higher pixel count in entertainment and visitor attraction market, visualization suites and collaborative workspaces is growing, blending together the output from two or more projectors into one larger, seamless image can be a good solution. A typical installation could comprise from two to one channel making up one large display wall. In this intermediate (2+ years of experience) seminar, become familiar with the considerations that must be made to secure seamless overlap zones, uniformity in brightness, color and stability over time.

Presenter

David Aleksandersen, CEO, Smart Solutions AS

David Aleksandersen is the CEO of Smart Simulation AS, a company delivering visualization and simulation experiences based in Norway. He has worked in the global visualization industry the last 10 years, and has experience from sales, education and product marketing.

Before joining Smart Simulation AS he was Product Marketing Manager at Barco, responsible for the entire range of products in the Entertainment and Corporate division’s portfolio — sold into markets such as Corporate AV, Digital Cinema, Rental & Staging, Scientific Visualization, and Simulation & Training.

Prior to that, his key roles were Academy Manager and Regional Sales Manager at projectiondesign®.

Aleksandersen has strong experience in working across various industries.He has held senior board, business and product development roles to bring new and emerging products, technologies and services to market. Aleksandersen holds a Bachelor's degree in computer sciences and has been invited as panel moderator, presenter and trainer at a number of trade and industry shows.

 CTS: 1 CTS-D: 1 CTS-I: 1 Max: 1


10:00-11:00
Room D204
Needs Analysis of End-User Requirements — What are They Really Saying?

Seminar Level: Basic

The answers are always the same, “We just want it to be reliable, easy to use and cheap… Oh and we want you to improve the experience at the same time!” This basic seminar looks at processes and techniques to draw out the real deliverables from end users, make sure you’re talking to the actual stakeholders, manage expectations, and capture the vital aspects into realistic plans to satisfy customers.

Presenter

Bill Thomas, CTS®-I, Staff Instructor, InfoComm International

Bill Thomas, CTS®-I, is a Staff Instructor for InfoComm International®. Thomas has more than 20 years of experience in the industry, most recently as Education Programs Director at InfoComm. Thomas has served as an Electronics Specialist at Colorado State University, where he installed, maintained, and repaired audiovisual systems and equipment in classrooms, conference rooms, labs and distance learning rooms; and as Director of Conference Operations for the Estes Park Conference Center. He served on the Board of Directors for InfoComm as chair of the Technology Managers Council and is an ASTD Master Trainer.

 CTS: 1 CTS-D: 1 CTS-I: 1 Max: 1


11:30-12:30
Room D204
Cloud Computing and Big Data. What is it? How Does it Work? Why You Should Care

Seminar Level: Basic

In this basic seminar, learn to understand what Cloud Computing really is and how it works; what Big Data is and how it is built on top of Cloud Computing; what are Mobile First, Touch First, Consumer First; and how software is dramatically changing. What about privacy and security? How does all this affect you?

Presenter

David Snipp, CTO, Stardraw.com Ltd

Stardraw.com founder David Snipp is a software engineer by trade who has ridden the leading edge of the software technology wave for more than two decades. He has held positions at IT giants such as IBM and Microsoft where, as a Chief Architect, he led the team that developed printing for Windows. Having started his working life in the professional lighting industry, he returned to the UK after five years at Microsoft (Redmond, WA, USA) to buy the company that first employed him, later spinning-off Stardraw.com from its rapidly expanding software activities. Today, software products designed, developed and supported by Stardraw.com are utilised by more than 30,000 registered users in 82 countries.

 CTS: 1 CTS-D: 1 CTS-I: 1 Max: 1


11:30-12:30
Room D203
HDMI-Over-IP: Setting Up a Matrix and Video Walls

Seminar Level: Advanced

In this advanced (5+ years experience) seminar, gain developed insight into setting up a matrix and video walls. These products use the standard TCPIP protocol, so the signal can be run over a standard LAN. HDBaseT products use the same standard CAT-6 cable but their signal cannot be patched through a network. Every transmitter used on a LAN requires a bandwidth of 150 mega-bits per second for full motion HD video. On a gigabit network this means the maximum number of transmitters would be six. If the content you are transmitting is less bandwidth-intensive — for example a PowerPoint presentation — you could use more transmitters.

Presenter

Stuart Lockhart, CTS®-I, General Manager, Vision

Stuart Lockhart holds a diploma in Audio Engineering. With a background in staging, Lockhart moved to distribution as business manager. About 8 years ago, he oversaw training Maverick UK staff to CTS standard. More recently, Lockhart created 30-module online training on the Vision website as quick-start training for beginners.

 CTS: 1 CTS-D: 1 CTS-I: 1 Max: 1


13:00-14:00
Room D203
Assistive Listening Technology & AV Applications

Seminar Level: Basic

This basic seminar is intended to present what people with hearing loss experience in busy or noisy environments when trying to access the audio content of public services. This 45-minute introductory seminar is aimed at AV consultants, installers and facility managers.

At the end of the seminar, you will understand why assistive listening technology is necessary, why induction loops are the preferred choice, the types of systems available and their applications, and why all systems should be frequently tested.

Presenter

Jonathon Hoskin, Technical Sales Engineer, Ampetronic

Jonathon Hoskin is an experienced audio engineer with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Music, Technology & Innovation from De Montford University. He has worked with industry leading hearing loop manufacturers and designs, Ampetronic, for a number of years as both a system design consultant and technical sales engineer.

 CTS: 1 CTS-D: 1 CTS-I: 1 Max: 1


13:00-14:00
Room D204
Internet Video Streaming Fundamentals

Seminar Level: Basic

Learn the fundamentals of Internet streaming, including the basics of video compression, related IP encapsulation protocols, and techniques for maximizing viewer experience over networks with variable bandwidth, and to devices with varying capabilities and requirements. This basic session will explore the basics of IP video, source encoding, Internet streaming, streaming protocol comparisons such as RTMP, HLS and DASH. You will learn about adaptive bitrate streaming, what to look for in an online video management platform, and discover the benefits of live cloud transcoding.

Presenter

Peter Maag, Chief Marketing Officer, Haivision

Peter Maag has presented at a number of InfoComm University™ sessions, including most recently: InfoComm 2014 (Video in the Cloud); InfoComm 2013 (Multicast Video Replaces AV Routing Switches and Distribution Amps); ISE 2013 (Planning Your Multicast Enterprise Video Network); and InfoComm 2012 (Technology Innovations in OTT Multi-Platform Video Delivery). He has also presented at the NAB Show 2013 (Leveraging IP Video for the Global Enterprise); IBC 2012 (Live Streaming of the 2012 Olympic Games to Connected Devices); and the NAB Show 2011 (Mission Critical IT for Broadcast).

Maag brings Haivision more than 23 years of proven experience in international business development, sales, marketing and strategic partner development. Previously, he served as Vice President at Hyperchip (telecommunications sector) and at Discreet Logic (multimedia/broadcast sector), developing top-level strategic alliances and channel/OEM partnerships. He received his MBA from McGill University in Montreal (Canada) and his Bachelor of Engineering Science (Mechanical Engineering) degree from the University of Western Ontario in London (Canada).

 CTS: 1 CTS-D: 1 CTS-I: 1 Max: 1


14:30-15:30
Room D203
Solid State: The Illumination Future

Seminar Level: Basic

With numerous product introductions over the last year such as: “Next is Now”, solid state illumination has been the “Next Big Thing” in the projection industry. Learn the technical details of Solid State Illumination (LED, laser, hybrids) as well as the practical and financial impact is will have on the projection business in this basic seminar.

Presenter

David Aleksandersen, CEO, Smart Solutions AS

David Aleksandersen is the CEO of Smart Simulation AS, a company delivering visualization and simulation experiences based in Norway. He has worked in the global visualization industry the last 10 years, and has experience from sales, education and product marketing.

Before joining Smart Simulation AS he was Product Marketing Manager at Barco, responsible for the entire range of products in the Entertainment and Corporate division’s portfolio — sold into markets such as Corporate AV, Digital Cinema, Rental & Staging, Scientific Visualization, and Simulation & Training.

Prior to that, his key roles were Academy Manager and Regional Sales Manager at projectiondesign®.

Aleksandersen has strong experience in working across various industries.He has held senior board, business and product development roles to bring new and emerging products, technologies and services to market. Aleksandersen holds a Bachelor's degree in computer sciences and has been invited as panel moderator, presenter and trainer at a number of trade and industry shows.

 CTS: 1 CTS-D: 1 CTS-I: 1 Max: 1


14:30-15:30
Room D204
Streaming AV — A Wave of Opportunities

Seminar Level: Intermediate

Over the past decade, advancements in computer processing power and networking breakthroughs have made streaming high definition video over IP networks in real time a reality. Video and audio over IP technologies are at the core of today’s much-discussed AV/IT integration, and take many shapes and forms, from encoding and decoding appliances, through multi-user collaboration systems, enterprise video platforms and wireless devices. Such technologies are now widely used in key verticals, such as education, government, corporate and the commercial space.

In this intermediate (2+ years of experience) seminar, we will review some of these technologies and implementations and explore the various applications in which streaming AV is used today and can be used in the near future. We will note how these technologies can fit right into existing infrastructures and create new growth opportunities.

Presenter

Erez Dafnai, Product Manager, Kramer Electronics

Upon his release from active service for IDF military intelligence, Erez Dafnai began his career as a software engineer at IBM Global Services. After completing a Computer Sciences degree at Tel Aviv University, he continued work as a software engineer at Radvision followed by 3-year tenure as a product manager at Optibase. During that time, he gained expertise in Video Over IP technologies and in the design of large scale enterprise and professional products and solutions based on these technologies.

In 2012, he joined Kramer Electronics as the product manager for Video Over IP and digital signage solutions, and has been in charge of bringing to market an expanding line of products enhancing Kramer's offering in digital signage and other verticals.

 CTS: 1 CTS-D: 1 CTS-I: 1 Max: 1


14:30-16:30
Room D403
InfoComm Lab: Succeeding With EDID

Lab Level: Intermediate

How to make the most out of the benefits of EDID while avoiding the common EDID-related pitfalls in HDMI installations. The basics of EDID will be explained and explored, followed by a hands-on-lab showing how to design HDMI installation correctly, identify common installations mistakes and design to avoid them.

Presenter

Ohad Oman, Kramer Electronics

Upon completing an electrical engineering bachelor's degree at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Arts in New York, Ohad Oman started his career as a fiber optics systems design engineer at MRV Communications (Chatsworth, California). His next step moved him to Israel, as he assumed a position of a VLSI design engineer at Intel Israel where he worked on the Pentium M processor and the Intel Centrino chips.

After completing the Technion's (Haifa, Israel) MBA Hi-Tech Management program, Ohad assumed a customer product and program manager position at Amimon, leading WHDI wireless HDMI products with major consumer electronics and video companies.

In 2012, Ohad joined Kramer Electronics as a Product Manager, and since is managing the company's digital AV product line.

 CTS: 2 CTS-D: 2 CTS-I: 2 Max: 2


16:00-17:00
Room D203
How To Combat Design Errors and Low Bid Wins

Seminar Level: Intermediate

All too often a job becomes a "finish it and get out" exercise. How do you balance the pressures of the business and making profit with delivering a properly completed and working system for your clients? Join the discussion in this intermediate (2+ years of experience) seminar.

Presenter

Sarah Becher, CTS®-D, CTS®-I, Regional Director of Operations/Design Engineer, Visual Innovations Company, Inc.

Sarah Becher started working in radio/TV broadcast productions in 1982. Her experience spans roles as audio engineer, disc jockey, camera operator, public affairs host, newsbreak anchor, technical director and floor manager. She worked for 8 years in the hospitality/convention industry in AV management and system set up. In addition, she has served as lead installer, field service engineer, project manager, sales and system design. She has held the CTS®-I certification since 1998, and the CTS®-D certification since 2013. Becher has two grown children and enjoys spending time with her family and friends, fishing and hunting (crossbow), the theater, symphony and volunteering for InfoComm University™.

 CTS: 1 CTS-D: 1 CTS-I: 1 Max: 1


16:00-17:00
Room D204
Digital Audio Protocols — What are Your Options?

Seminar Level: Intermediate

Today's AV market has a variety of digital options available for transporting audio over category cabling. This intermediate (2+ years of experience) seminar will attempt to cover the various platforms and address each in terms of technical requirements, performance implications, interoperability and design considerations. What is the network load? Can I run my audio on the company data network? We will address both the advantages of digital transport and the disadvantages when compared to analog systems. There will be no endorsements or recommendations made, simply a straight forward comparison side-by side of the options available to the AV systems designer.

Presenter

Gordon Moore, CTS, Vice President of Sales, Lectrosonics, Inc

Gordon Moore is a Senior Faculty member for InfoComm University™ and Educator of the Year in 1999-2000. He has been an active member of the PETC committee (off and on) since 1993. He has been an instructor for InfoComm since 1991. His audio roots are buried deep in the analog world yet he is decidedly happy to never have to worry about carrying a kit of build-out resistors ever again. A graduate of the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (with a pristine and completely unused degree in biology), Moore is the Vice President of Sales for Lectrosonics and also serves as the Technical Director for Rio Rancho United Methodist Church.

 CTS: 1 CTS-D: 1 CTS-I: 1 Max:1

Wednesday, 11 Feb.

09:30-11:00
Room D203
Destination 2020: Future Trends in AV and Electronic Systems

Seminar Level: Intermediate

Considering the massive influence of information technology, consumer electronics, smartphones and the Internet, what will professional AV and electronic systems integration look like in 2020 and beyond? At what point will the majority of AV signals travel over air instead of wires? What challenges will 8K resolution present? How will smart buildings become smarter — and what role will AV systems play? Most importantly, what technology that we can’t imagine today will upend our world tomorrow?

The answers to these and other questions will shape the AV and electronic systems markets for years to come. In this intermediate (2+ years experience) seminar, hear from industry leaders, experts and pundits as they project five to 10 years into the future of AV and electronics to separate fads from game-changing features. Bring your own questions, experiences and informed prognostications as you and the esteemed panel seek to identify the Top 5 Future Trends to come out of ISE 2015.

Moderator

Brad Grimes, Director of Editorial Services, InfoComm International

Brad is director of editorial services for InfoComm International® and the former editor of Pro AV magazine. He has covered technology for more than 20 years, including stops at PC Magazine, PC World and other IT publications. He edited the McGraw-Hill Education books CTS Certified Technology Specialist Exam Guide: Second Edition and Networked AV Systems. He’s been an adjunct faculty member of InfoComm University and received his master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

Panelists

Julian Phillips, Executive Vice President, Whitlock, and Board Director, Global Presence Alliance;
Frank Sheehan, Director of Technology, Visual Acuity
Robert Simpson, Founder Director, Electrosonic Ltd
Florian Rotberg, Managing Director, Invidis Consulting

Frank Sheehan, Director of Technology, Visual Acuity

 CTS: 1.5 CTS-D: 1.5 CTS-I: 1.5 Max: 1.5


10:00-11:00
Room D204
4K and Streaming

Seminar Level: Advanced

Learn about the two hottest subjects in AV distribution today: how to distribute 4K video, and how distributing content via Ethernet streaming can help you leverage the network in appropriate applications. In this advanced (5+ years experience) seminar, you’ll learn system design considerations necessary to ensure reliable 4K switching that works every time. As the session moves onto streaming media, you’ll learn how to overcome distance limitations, benefit from lower cost of infrastructure, and embrace the “bring your own device” movement.

Presenter

Justin Kennington, Technology Manager, Crestron DigitalMedia

At Crestron, Justin Kennington manages and guides the entire digital video universe — DigitalMedia and Streaming Solutions. His background is in ultra-high performance electronic design. He has built high-performance physics instrumentation for the USA’s largest particle accelerator, and designed servers that drive Google data centers. His BSEE degree is from Rice University, and he is an IEEE member. When Kennington received the 2014 InfoComm Young AV Professionals Award, InfoComm Executive Director and CEO David Labuskes, CTS, RCDD, said that he “represents the future of the AV industry.”

 CTS: 1 CTS-D: 1 CTS-I: 1 Max: 1


10:00-11:00
Room D403
Design Documentation and Tendering

Seminar Level: Basic

Ever deliver a system to customers to have them suddenly say, “that’s not what I asked for?” Or, as a customer, did you ever walk into a new installation and say, “This isn’t what we need?” If so, it’s likely a lesson you’ll never forget and never want to repeat — but how do you methodically prevent upset expectations, misunderstandings and reduce expensive change orders while ensuring the AV system meets the purpose? InfoComm tackled just this issue with the Standard Guide for Audiovisual Design and Coordination Processes. Outlining a consistent set of the standard tasks, responsibilities and deliverables required for professional audiovisual systems design and construction, the standard allows AV firms and customers to literally be on the same page. Join us in this basic seminar for a step through of this helpful standard guide, and receive a copy of the guide to use in future projects.

Presenter

Bill Thomas, CTS®-I, Staff Instructor, InfoComm International®

Bill Thomas, CTS®-I, is a Staff Instructor for InfoComm International®. He has more than 20 years of experience in the industry, most recently as education programs director at InfoComm. Thomas has served as an Electronics Specialist at Colorado State University, where he installed, maintained and repaired audiovisual systems and equipment in classrooms, conference rooms, labs and distance learning rooms; and as Director of Conference Operations for the Estes Park Conference Center. He served on the Board of Directors for InfoComm as chair of the Technology Managers Council and is an ASTD Master Trainer.

 CTS: 1 CTS-D: 1 CTS-I: 1 Max: 1


11:30-12:30
Room D204
Facility Video Streaming Fundamentals

Seminar Level: Basic

Learn the fundamentals of video streaming within a facility from the basics of video compression and live encoding, networking, playout and control in this basic semainar. Understand component selection, compatibility and performance. Dive into MPEG, secure multicast, IP transport, multi-bitrate streaming, viewing experience optimization, and more as you prepare solutions for video distribution, advanced collaboration, and IPTV throughout facilities. Also, gain insights into extending video to other facilities and to Internet audiences.

Presenter

Peter Maag, Chief Marketing Officer, Haivision

Peter Maag has presented at a number of InfoComm University™ sessions, including most recently: InfoComm 2014 (Video in the Cloud); InfoComm 2013 (Multicast Video Replaces AV Routing Switches and Distribution Amps); ISE 2013 (Planning Your Multicast Enterprise Video Network); and InfoComm 2012 (Technology Innovations in OTT Multi-Platform Video Delivery). He has also presented at the NAB Show 2013 (Leveraging IP Video for the Global Enterprise); IBC 2012 (Live Streaming of the 2012 Olympic Games to Connected Devices); and the NAB Show 2011 (Mission Critical IT for Broadcast).

Maag brings Haivision more than 23 years of proven experience in international business development, sales, marketing and strategic partner development. Previously, he served as Vice President at Hyperchip (telecommunications sector) and at Discreet Logic (multimedia/broadcast sector) developed top-level strategic alliances and channel/OEM partnerships. He received his MBA from McGill University in Montreal (Canada) and his Bachelor of Engineering Science (Mechanical Engineering) degree from the University of Western Ontario in London (Canada).

 CTS: 1 CTS-D: 1 CTS-I: 1 Max: 1


11:30-13:30
Room D203
USB Deep Dive Technology Exploration for AV Design and Integration Professionals

Seminar Level: Advanced

Universal Serial Bus is a core technology for interactive, presentation and collaboration AV systems. Since 2008 we have used USB connectivity to charge mobile devices and to transfer files or extend connectivity. Now, three new standards have been released that will profoundly affect the deployment of USB-equipped devices. The USB Power Delivery Standard changes the nature of USB power by increasing the USB network’s capacity to 20 volts at 5 amps, delivering a stunning 100-watt power potential. The USB 3.1 data standard introduces us to SuperSpeed Plus (SS+) with its 10Gbit/s transfer rates and full backward compatibility with USB 3.0, 2.0 and 1.1 protocols. Finally the USB Type C connector will deliver native video, multi-channel audio, upstream power capability and full data-transfer compliance in a new, revolutionary symmetrical small-form factor. These standards will inspire new products, new applications and new challenges in AV integration. It is not enough to know audio and video technology. Today’s professional must master network technology, and now we add USB to the mix. A comprehensive understanding of USB design theory and integration practices has never been more important. USB is a core element of advanced system design from control, to power, to signal transport. This advanced (5+ years experience) seminar will prepare the participant with a deep dive exploration of USB 1.1, 2.0, 3.0, 3.1, Power Delivery and connection technology standards, applications and performance. Participants will leave with an understanding of USB that will be vital when integrating devices such as interactive flat panels, projectors and white boards (IWB), USB charging stations, integrating mobile devices with fixed AV assets and more.

Presenter

Joe Cornwall, CTS-D, ISF-C, Technology Evangelist, Legrand

Joe Cornwall has worked in the commercial AV industry for more than two decades. Considered one of the industry’s more dynamic presenters, he’s held management and technical positions with Sony, General Instrument and Motorola. Cornwall was a founding member of C-Big, the C-Band Industry Group and served on the Board of Directors for the U.S. Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association from 1999 thru 2003. Today Cornwall holds the position of Technology Evangelist for C2G (formerly Cable To Go), where he is responsible for technical communication, product training, support, outreach, and the growth of a full complement of AV and IT connectivity solutions.

 CTS: 2 CTS-D: 2 CTS-I: 2 Max: 2


13:00-14:00
Room D204
Network Administrators: Cracking the Code

Seminar Level: Intermediate

This intermediate (2+ years experience) seminar will cover various potential issues when dealing with residential and/or corporate networks. Every topic from this course is based on a real life example and it will have a theoretical and practical approach. This will teach you the terminology of the networking aspects and it will hopefully help you somewhere in the future when dealing yourself with a network (administrator) issue. This course contains practical advice based on first-hand experience.

The list of topics (not limited):

  • The importance of the broadcast domain
  • Improperly configured network for multicast traffic
  • Please get a copy of the logical network topology
  • Network latency
  • Apple Bonjour (mDNS) implementation
  • The network administrator doesn’t own the 2.4Ghz spectrum for his or her Wi-Fi network True Wi-Fi roaming

Presenter

Kevin Huysegoms, CTS, Chief Wire Shark, A-Knowledge

Kevin Huysegoms started his career at Crestron International as a Technical Support Engineer with a Bachelors Degree Electronics, specialization KNX automation. During his career at Crestron, he experienced the necessity for networking skills as the support cases more and more were about improperly configured networks for the AV equipment to work properly. He started with Cisco’s CCNA certification in evening school and since then dived into other aspects from networking like Wi-Fi and the usage of the packet analyzer tool Wireshark. He left Crestron in January 2012 as Advanced Technical Support Manager for the EMEA region to start his own company A-Knowledge with former colleague Niko Brasseur. The company delivers various services like professional residential networks, debugging of existing networks for AV equipment and technical management assisting AV integrators communicating to IT departments. He has been touring around Europe in 2014 to teach industry professionals InfoComm’s NAVS course.

 CTS: 1 CTS-D: 1 CTS-I: 1 Max: 1


14:30-15:30
Room D403
Designing AV for the Future

Seminar Level: Intermediate

Building-wide management technology is forcing the audiovisual industry to change its model at the core. The focus of AV is no longer about a single room design; the future of AV is about the global management of all systems under a single IP-based network so that all building-wide technology can be monitored, managed and controlled from a centralized command center. In order to stay relevant, AV teams will need to begin shifting their thinking at the planning and design phases. Physical connectivity such as cabling and communicating, for example, will need to be carefully considered so that all systems and protocols can be integrated into a centralized infrastructure. Building-wide management technology is providing AV integrators with many new benefits. In addition to operational and environmental efficiencies, e.g., shades, lights, auto on/off, and motion detectors, it is providing AV with opportunities to leverage additional revenue streams. AV has the capability to provide total environmental control by providing managed services, building management systems, SQL Rrports, and hardware such as lighting over CAT-5 and CAT-6 cabling. Join us in this intermediate (2+ years experience) to see why AV is no longer a spoke in the wheel and why it has the capability and resources to be the driving force that maintains the infrastructure supporting all disciplines within any organization.

Presenter

Todd Hutchins, CTS-D, ISF-C, TSA, Chief Technology Officer, USIS AudioVisual Systems

Todd Hutchins has more than 25 years of experience in the audiovisual systems integration field, offering a broad-based set of skills in technology, construction, facilities, design engineering and architecture. He has experience in all facets of integrated audiovisual systems technologies, including specific background in high-resolution displays, video walls, videoconferencing, camera systems, audioconferencing, specialized remote control systems, iPad integration, HDMI video, sound reinforcement and masking systems. His current primary focus is working with clients to develop unique and custom spaces that meet their short- and long-term goals, developing standards for enterprise clients that can be rolled out globally, as well as managing and delivering managed services offerings. He has been a senior manager for most of his career, managing and being responsible for entire offices, engineering, design, CAD, control system programming, and managed services globally. His career highlights include completing numerous global multi-city enterprise rollouts of corporate audiovisual systems for prestigious global 1000 clients.

 CTS: 1 CTS-D: 1 CTS-I: 1 Max: 1


14:30-15:30
Room D204
Project Closeout — The Last 10% Shouldn't Take 3 Months

Seminar Level: Intermediate

Getting a project closed out can be frustrating. Learn what you should do to manage your client's expectations. This intermediate (2+ years experience) seminar will provide recommendations for timing the tasks and benchmarks to assure the project progresses and provides the documentation you need to complete the close-out.

Presenter

Sarah Becher, CTS-D, CTS-I, Regional Director of Operations/Design Engineer, Visual Innovations Company, Inc.

 CTS: 1 CTS-D: 1 CTS-I: 1 Max: 1


14:30-16:00
Room D203
Deploying USB, HDMI and DisplayPort Bus Powered Solutions in AV System Design

Seminar Level: Intermediate

In today’s AV industry it’s common to design, install and maintain a system that relies on other devices, either further upstream or downstream in the system, for operating power. HDMI signal-sensing auto-switches, DisplayPort VGA adapter dongles and the embedded media converters in RapidRun Optical cables are just a few examples of common bus powered AV solutions. Sometimes these devices rely on the power supplied through the signal connection, such as the bus found on pin 18 of the HDMI connector. Sometimes there is an auxiliary USB connection that is used solely to source power from a convenient display, source device or stand-alone power source.

It has never been more important to have a clear understanding of the limitations of various common bus powered devices. Interactive video panels rely on USB connectivity. Auto-switching solutions rely on power delivered by the video source. Digital-to-analog converters (DACs), media converters and signal extenders embedded in cables and termination boxes often depend solely on the power supplied by the video or audio source. Do you know that your system will perform, or are you just hoping it will? This intermediate (2+ years experience) seminar will help you avoid the most common pitfalls of bus powered AV solutions and ensure that your system delivers quality, dependable performance.

Presenter

Joe Cornwall, CTS-D, ISF-C, Technology Evangelist, Legrand

Joe Cornwall has worked in the commercial AV industry for more than two decades. Considered one of the industry’s more dynamic presenters, he’s held management and technical positions with Sony, General Instrument and Motorola. Cornwall was a founding member of C-Big, the C-Band Industry Group and served on the Board of Directors for the U.S. Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association from 1999 thru 2003. Today Cornwall holds the position of Technology Evangelist for C2G (formerly Cable To Go), where he is responsible for technical communication, product training, support, outreach, and the growth of a full complement of AV and IT connectivity solutions.

 CTS: 1.5 CTS-D: 1.5 CTS-I: 1.5 Max: 1.5


16:00-17:00
Room D403
Building Large Scale, Low Cost Lecture Capture — The Norwegian Story

Seminar Level: Intermediate

What’s driving the rapid expansion of lecture capture in Norway? UNINETT. Since 2011 the network has been hosting a program with a singular goal — to digitize higher education in the country. This intermediate (2+ years experience) seminar will share the story of how a national infrastructure for lecture capture was built on the foundation of UNINETT’s world-class network that ultimately connects all public universities and colleges throughout the country. You’ll learn how working together across organizational boundaries dramatically reduces the cost of lecture capture while boosting results; and you’ll learn how the organization uses Mediasite to help member schools share lectures, support mobile devices and use videoconferencing.

Presenter

Thorleif Hallén, Manager Education Technologies, UNINETT

Thorleif Hallén works for the Norwegian research and education network, UNINETT, where he is in charge of education technologies. He has more than 15 years of experience with lecture capture, and worked at the Norwegian university of science and technology prior to joining UNINETT, where he was a part of the team that built their lecture capture initiative. His formal background is from electrical engineering and management, where he holds a masters degree.

 CTS: 1 CTS-D: 1 CTS-I: 1 Max: 1

Thursday, 12 Feb.

10:00-11:00
Room D204
Exploring HDBaseT

Seminar Level: Basic

In this lively seminar, you will explore HDBaseT, an innovative, emergent connectivity standard for distribution of uncompressed HD multimedia content. Examine how HDBaseT’s unique feature set impacts your system design, installation, troubleshooting and verification procedures. A representative will be on hand to answer your questions.

Presenter

Bill Thomas, CTS®-I, Staff Instructor, InfoComm International®

Bill Thomas, CTS®-I, is a Staff Instructor for InfoComm International®. He has more than 20 years of experience in the industry, most recently as education programs director at InfoComm. Thomas has served as an Electronics Specialist at Colorado State University, where he installed, maintained, and repaired audiovisual systems and equipment in classrooms, conference rooms, labs and distance learning rooms, and as Director of Conference Operations for the Estes Park Conference Center. He served on the Board of Directors for InfoComm as chair of the Technology Managers Council and is an ASTD Master Trainer.

 CTS: 1 CTS-D: 1 CTS-I: 1 Max: 1


10:00-11:00
Room D203
Five New Technologies That Will Change the Industry: An AV Perspective

Seminar Level: Basic

It took 30 years for electricity and 25 years for telephones to reach 10% market adoption. It took less than five years for network tablet devices to achieve the same 10% rate. It took an additional half century for telephones to reach 40% market penetration. Smartphones took less than 10 years to reach the same benchmark, if we time the first smartphone’s introduction all the way back to the 2002 shipment of the first fully functional BlackBerry. The first country to complete the transition to digital video broadcast was Netherlands, which switched off all analog services in December 2006. That was just 8 short years ago! Imagine what the AV industry will look like in 5 more years! In the course of this basic seminar we will work to answer the following questions: What is the future of analog connectivity? How will Internet and LAN technology affect AV system design over the next five years? What connections should we anticipate for future system expansion? How much resolution is enough to accommodate new and emerging content? How much bandwidth is enough? Working from a careful analysis of industry forecasts and cultural evolution, we will look at the numbers and the trends. There’s no crystal ball involved in this; no sleight of hand. We will explore technologies that exist right now and are currently being developed into products that will be put into a box to ship to you, to your clients, and to your industry over the coming months. The most valuable business asset is knowledge, and nothing is quite as powerful as knowledge of what’s to come!

Presenter

Joe Cornwall, CTS-D, ISF-C, Technology Evangelist, Legrand

Joe Cornwall has worked in the commercial AV industry for more than two decades. Considered one of the industry’s more dynamic presenters, he’s held management and technical positions with Sony, General Instrument and Motorola. Cornwall was a founding member of C-Big, the C-Band Industry Group and served on the Board of Directors for the U.S. Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association from 1999 thru 2003. Today Cornwall holds the position of Technology Evangelist for C2G (formerly Cable To Go), where he is responsible for technical communication, product training, support, outreach, and the growth of a full complement of AV and IT connectivity solutions.

 CTS: 1 CTS-D: 1 CTS-I: 1 Max: 1


11:30-12:30
Room D204
HDMI vs. Display Port — Format Wars!

Seminar Level: Intermediate

This intermediate (2+ years experience) seminar will compare HDMI and DisplayPort, the two leading digital video standards with copy protection. We will look at the advantages and disadvantages of each. Finally we will discuss the issues they present for systems integrators.

Presenter

Bill Schripsema, CTS, Senior Commercial Product Manager, Atlona

Bill Schripsema is a 40-year veteran of the audiovisual industry. During his sales career with General Electric, AmPro, Christie and Barco he honed his technical skills. Since leaving the projector manufacturers segment, he has worked for integrators and was the product manager for Liberty Wire. He is now Atlona's Senior Commercial Product Manager. He has been a CTS for 10 years and served on both the InfoComm Shootout and CTS committees. This is his second time presenting at ISE.

 CTS: 1 CTS-D: 1 CTS-I: 1 Max: 1


11:30-12:30
Room D203
Debunking HD Connectivity

Seminar Level: Intermediate

Digital video is a constantly evolving, moving target that remains a mystery to most. New specifications and emerging technologies seem to rewrite the rules on a daily basis. This course will demystify marketing terminology around resolutions (2K, 4K, UHD), HDMI versions (1.3/1.4/2.0), and other transport formats like DisplayPort and HDBaseT. Learn how resolutions, frame rates, color models, and color depth affect data rates, which influences system design and performance. Understand the impact of HDCP technology, including HDCP 2.2, on existing systems and future projects. You won’t want to miss this compelling intermediate (2+ years experience) seminar.

Presenter

Justin Kennington, Technology Manager, Crestron DigitalMedia

At Crestron, Justin Kennington manages and guides the entire digital video universe — DigitalMedia and Streaming Solutions. His background is in ultra-high performance electronic design. He has built high-performance physics instrumentation for the USA’s largest particle accelerator, and designed servers that drive Google data centers. His BSEE degree is from Rice University, and he is an IEEE member. When Kennington received the 2014 InfoComm Young AV Professionals Award, InfoComm Executive Director and CEO David Labuskes, CTS, RCDD, said that he “represents the future of the AV industry.”

 CTS: 1 CTS-D: 1 CTS-I: 1 Max: 1


13:00-14:00
Room D203
Microsoft Lync and the Quest for Broad UC&C Interoperability

Seminar Level: Intermediate

With the deployment of Microsoft Lync in many organizations, video conferencing rooms and systems are challenged with interoperability requirements that are not met by currently installed systems. This intermediate (2+ years experience) seminar covers important topics such as:

  • How do I integrate Microsoft Lync with my existing videoconferencing systems?
  • Insight into codecs and protocols that you must be aware of to integrate Lync with traditional video conferencing systems from Cisco, Polycom and others
  • Gateway and transcoding functionalities, benefits and function
  • Functionality and pitfalls when integrating AV and Lync

Presenter

Marius Nilsen, R&D, Pexip

Marius Nilsen is responsible for product and architecture at Pexip. He has more than a decade of experience with IP-based video and voice infrastructure, including videoconferencing and Microsoft Lync. With a technical background from Tandberg, Cisco and now Pexip, he is well aware of the challenges most users are facing. He has a burning interest in solving infrastructure challenges, whether it is on-premise or in the cloud.

 CTS: 1 CTS-D: 1 CTS-I: 1 Max: 1


13:00-14:00
Room D204
Instore Analytics — Improve the ROI of Your DS Solution and Enhance Customer Experience at the Same Time

Seminar Level: Intermediate

Digital signage investments are growing at a rapid pace, and new technologies are delivering fantastic opportunities to improve customer experiences and more revenue. But how do you determine if your investment in digital signage is achieving results? Is your content improving the customer experience? How do you measure the digital signage investment in terms of increased sales? Are there ways of leveraging your company’s investment in on-line marketing to improve that in your stores? What are the opportunities generally forgotten with digital signage deployments? What are fast and easy ways to improve your ROI in digital signage? Join the discussion in this intermediate (2+ years experience) seminar.

Presenter

Daniel Gasser, Partner, Relevance Analytics GmbH

Daniel Gasser is co-owner of Relevance Analytics GmbH, located in Bern Switzerland. He has been in international digital signage for more than 15 years and in retail analytics for more than 4 years. His marketing solution experience and technical understanding has given him opportunities to work at the heart of the customer experience across the digital signage space including analytics. In his different roles, he had the chance to work and develop solutions with retailers and brands like Orange, Sunrise, Coca Cola, Mettler Toledo, Cisco and many others.

Relevance Analytics offers comprehensive analytic software for retail stores, malls and smart cities to increase customer behavioural data and the in-store experience in a unique, holistic way. It includes all relevant sensors and data from a retailer´s environment into one analytical platform to get best results. The platform can be connected to digital signage systems to enhance intelligent in-store communication.

 CTS: 1 CTS-D: 1 CTS-I: 1 Max: 1


14:30-15:30
Room D204
Using Frame Grabbing Technology in Modern AV Solutions

Seminar Level: Intermediate

This session will provide an introduction into frame grabber and capture card technology, explain the differences between the different kinds of screen capture devices on the market, and will go in-depth into how to use that technology to bring in external video sources into a wide array of solutions. It will cover the most widespread videoconferencing and UCC systems such as Microsoft Lync and Cisco WebEx, providing the listener with all the information needed in order to integrate video capture solutions into those products. Simple and easy to integrate software solutions, such as Skype and Citrix GoToMeeting, will also be covered. Finally, real-time media ingest for software-based processing systems such as Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder and VideoLAN's VLC will also be covered. The listeners will learn how to integrate modern digital AV equipment with SDI, HDMI, and DVI as well as legacy VGA, RGB, and composite/S-Video interfaces into the modern AV ecosystem easily and effectively. Listeners will come out of this session with a clear vision of how to integrate practically any video source into their application through the use of frame grabbing technology, whether for the corporate, live production, education, security, or any other industry.

Presenter

Leroy Chiao, NASA Astronaut, VP, Epiphan Systems Inc.

Leroy Chiao is a NASA astronaut who has flown 4 missions in space and was commander of the International Space Station on a mission in 2004-2005. While aboard the ISS, he pioneered telehealth and telemedicine experiments that involved streaming images from an ultrasound back to earth. He is a great speaker and very involved in the Ppo AV and streaming space as he has been the VP of Aerospace and Medical at Epiphan for over 3 years.

 CTS: 1 CTS-D: 1 CTS-I: 1 Max: 1


14:30-15:30
Room D203
Collaboration in the BYOD Era

Seminar Level: Basic

BYOD connectivity to display systems remains a very hot topic, navigating the variety of available systems and more importantly the restrictions in what can be shared from which type of device is complex. Sharing a screen is not enough any longer. In this basic seminar you will understand the key issues around deployment, network security and presentation material sharing restrictions as well as the modern tools of conducting a meeting. Forget everything you know about wireless presentation. It is the time for a real Collaboration.

Presenter

Neta Lempert, VP Digital Business Development, Kramer Electronics

After studying Computer Electronics Engineering at Ben-Gurion University, Israel, Neta Lempert joined Orad Hi-Tec Systems as a hardware design engineer. During his 5 years with the company, he designed various products supporting virtual studios for broadcast applications, and was involved in large scale projects, such as the implementation of virtual studios and virtual image processing technologies for the broadcasting of the Sydney Olympic Games.

In 2003, Lempert joined Kramer Electronics and has since designed numerous products for digital video formats such as FireWire, SDI, HD-SDI, DVI and HDMI. In 2007, he was appointed product manager for this line of products. Lempert mastered the popular DVI and HDMI technologies and now also serves as a consultant to other companies in this and other technical areas.

In 2009 Lempert received his Executive MBA degree from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel. He routinely participates in many of Kramer’s educational seminars and trains customers around the world on his fields of expertise. In January 2012, Lempert was appointed VP Digital Business Development at Kramer Electronics.

 CTS: 1 CTS-D: 1 CTS-I: 1 Max: 1

Information and Registration

Cost: FREE to Members + Guest Members
Non-member cost: €40 per voucher/seminar

CTS Study Day: €99 member, and €150 non-member
Master Class: €150 member, €200 Nonmember

Questions? Please contact Ally Janssen, InfoComm International European Program Manager. 

For information please visit Integrated Systems Europe 2015