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InfoComm Professional Development at ISE

FREE Professional Development at ISE

If you have not attended InfoComm sessions at ISE, you are missing part of the full ISE experience. For the first time ever, you’re invited to take two InfoComm courses FOR FREE at ISE. Don’t miss your only chance to attend for free!

Explore the sessions below on technology trends, networking, commissioning and much more. New this year, you won’t want to miss a track specifically for technology managers.

Plus, CTS Study Session, an intensive one-day prep for the Certified Technology Specialist™ (CTS®) exam, debuts at ISE. Find out how to reserve your seat to take your CTS exam onsite.

Note: This is the only exception to the free vouchers. If you’d like to sign up, register through the ISE website, €99 for members, €150 for non-members.

How Do You Register?

You do not need to register for your two free InfoComm sessions. All ISE attendees will receive two vouchers with their badge. Simply, bring that voucher to the course you’d like to attend.

However, because seats are limited, courses will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. That means, if there is something you can’t imagine missing, come early!

Interested in More Than Two Courses?

If you would like to attend more than two courses, you can purchase additional vouchers through ISE online registration system then redeemed at the InfoComm desk by seminar room D204 in Hall 12. Fees below:

  • 1 additional voucher: €24 member, and €44 non-member
  • 3 additional vouchers: €49 member, and €89 non-member
  • 8 additional vouchers: price €99 member, €179 non-member

For more information about the education vouchers, please email Ally Janssen at ajanssen@infocomm.org.

Monday, 3 Feb.

11:00-18:30
CTS Study Session

Certified Technology Specialist (CTS®) is recognized worldwide as the leading AV professional certification. Earning your CTS is a true mark of distinction and an indicator of your professional abilities to your peers and clients.

Don't let your anxiety about test topics or unfamiliarity with the testing process hold you back from taking the CTS exam. InfoComm University™ has developed a new, one-day course designed to help you master multiple choice test-taking with timed, interactive drills using real CTS exam practice questions.

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

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

* Note: This is the only exception to the free vouchers. If you'd like to sign up, register through the ISE website, €99 for members, €150 for non-members. Registration is required for the CTS Study Session. *

Tuesday, 4 Feb.

10:00-11:00
Wohin entwickelt sich die Signalübertragung von Bildschirmsignalen: HDBaseT, DisplayPort, HD-SDI, oder IP-TV?

Wie unterscheiden sich die digitalen AV-Signale voneinander Was sind die Entwicklungen im Bereich digitaler Signale? Was sind die Besonderheiten von digitalen Infrastrukturen? Auf was muss man bei der Planung achten? Auf was müssen wir bei HDCP achten? Wie können wir digitale Signale konvertieren? Wie kann man digitale Signale übertragen? Auf was muss man bei der Installation achten?

Presenter

Claus Lohse, CTS, Vorstand, syscomtec Distribution AG

 CTS: 1 CTS-D: 1 CTS-I:1 Max:1


10:00-11:00
Beyond BYOD — How Can We Make It Happen?

Statistics show that the number of tablets and smartphones manufactured today now exceeds the number of laptops manufactured. This statement has a direct effect on today's business environment, where users bring their own device (BYOD) to the corporate room, leaving AV and IT professionals with the challenge of how to connect these devices to the corporate video equipment installed in the room.

We will review the global trends in the tablet segment vs. the laptop segment and review the challenges these delicate shifts of weight can impose on AV installations. We will explore various options for connecting mobile devices, not neglecting the traditional method of connecting through computers. Finally, we will define what should AV professionals consider before planning and designing a modern meeting or collaboration room.

Presenter

Neta Lempert, CTS, Vice President Digital Business Development, Kramer Electronics

 CTS: 1 CTS-D: 1 CTS-I:1 Max:1


11:30-12:30
Network Everything: Implement a Single Network for Audio, Video, Control, Signage, P.O.S. and Data 

With recent advancements in the IT industry, it is now possible to carry many channels of audio and video, along with point of sale, control, signage and ticketing information over a single network. These products can interact with each other, which is currently being done over standard layer 3 Ethernet using readily available switches from leading manufacturers such as Cisco and HP. This session will explain this process through the use of standard Ethernet and review of the types of products from each product category that work together today. A demonstration of a networked system with products from several manufacturers will show the methods currently used and control interoperability. This course will not go into details of switch settings but rather focus on the higher level of how the products can all coexist. Examples of real world projects in use today will be included.

Presenter

Rich Zwiebel ,Vice President Systems Strategy, QSC Audio

 CTS: 1 CTS-D: 1 CTS-I:1 Max:1


11:30-12:30
AV Systems Commissioning (Performance Verification) Best Practices

Who should be doing what to verify the functionality and performance of AV systems at handover to the client? This presentation explores best practices, tips and hints with perspectives from an installer, a designer and InfoComm's role. The presentation includes a procedural look at the roles of client, designer and installer covering what needs to be done both "on the day" and what should have been done beforehand. There will also be an introduction and status update to InfoComm's proposed new Standard 10 :2013 "Audiovisual Systems Performance Verification," which is currently in development.

Presenter

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

 CTS: 1 CTS-D: 1 CTS-I:1 Max:1


13:00-14:00
Technology Trends in High Resolution Displays

The display market is moving faster than ever and is yielding some completely new applications. This talk is based on attendance at events, like the Projection Summit, the Society for Information Display Symposium and on factory visits, and presents case studies and analysts' reports. It is a review of a number of topics, including:

  • Pixels per inch? Pixel pitch? 8:1 contrast or 1,000,000:1 contrast? How does one know what constitutes a high resolution display? Who needs high resolution displays and how are their needs being met?
  • What is the status of current flat panel display technologies: LCD, PDP, OLED? What has happened to emerging technologies like MEMS and Electro-Wetting? Will high resolution LED rival LCD and projection?
  • Comparison of projector illumination technologies. Are the claims of "lamp free" projector performance justified? Will laser illumination introduce a new era of high brightness projection?
  • The practical implications of displaying 4K images. When are they needed? How are they sourced? How are they delivered?
Presenter

Robert Simpson, Founder Director, Electrosonic

 CTS: 1 CTS-D: 1 CTS-I:1 Max:1


13:00-14:00
Digital Audio Principles and Implementation

This basic-level course explores the principles of digital audio and digital audio networking. It is an introduction to how digital audio is encoded and how audio is represented in digital formats. Discussion will include:

  • The benefits (and side effects) of using digital audio
  • The digital representation of analogue signals
  • Sampling rate
  • Nyquist Theorem
  • Bitdepth
  • The basics of Analogue to Digital and Digital to Analogue conversion
  • The concept and use of word clock

Manipulating Digital Audio

  • How digital audio can be manipulated and communicated
  • Digital signal processing
  • Distributed digital audio
  • Point-to-point digital audio connections (synchronous) vs. digital networks (asynchronous)
  • Jitter and latency
  • Digital audio standards and protocols

Networked Digital Audio Formats

  • Overview of available formats and their features and how to set up a simple digital audio network.
Presenter

Aidan Williams, CTO, Audinate

 CTS: 1 CTS-D: 1 CTS-I:1 Max:1


14:30-15:30
Digital Signage System Implementation — Where To Start and What's Important

This excerpt from InfoComm's Networked AV Systems course covers areas of interest to both end users who are considering implementing a digital signage system and distributors or integrators who may provide digital signage solutions. Topics will include overviews of the types and possible configurations of digital signage, content delivery methods and options, and considerations for making the right choices for a particular project. Also discussed will be important questions that should be answered before a project begins, to ensure the chosen solution meets the actual needs.

Presenter

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

 CTS: 1 CTS-D: 1 CTS-I:1 Max:1


14:30-16:30
Digital Video At Length

The importance of dependable digital video connectivity continues to grow exponentially as a plethora of consumer and commercial TMDS enabled devices change the nature of installed AV. With analog infrastructure all but gone, being able to deploy point-to-point connectivity solutions that support digital video content at critical middle distances is vital. Under 20 meters, AV connections are often best served in a native format. Beyond 100 meters, AVB or IP solutions may provide the better results, but in the critical range between 20 and 100 meters, copper structured wiring delivers the greatest efficiency and value. In this presentation participants will explore the characteristics and technology deployed in HD over UTP and HDBaseT connectivity solutions. This exploration will focus on operational theory, comparative performance metrics, and practical application of the technology to common AV installations.

Presenter

Joe Cornwall, CTS-D, ISF-C, Technology Evangelist, C2G Inc

 CTS: 1 CTS-D: 1 CTS-I:1 Max:1


16:00-17:00
I Will Survive IT 2015

How will the AV/IT systems integration world look in 2015? The commercial road ahead will not be straight. Technology shifts are now carving out the big curves ahead. You must alter your business course or find yourself stranded off-road.

This presentation will help you change your sales and the way you sell. This content will help you map out the new direction for your business.

Presenter

Bob Snyder, Editor, rAVe Europe

 CTS: 1 CTS-D: 1 CTS-I:1 Max:1

Wednesday, 5 Feb.

10:00-11:00
Are We REALLY OK With 4K?

As 4K is becoming less of a buzz word and more a familiar term, not only to AV professionals but also to the general population, it is becoming clear that we need to start preparing for the day when 4K installations are actually happening. What is meant by the term 4K and what does it take to have a fully functional, properly installed 4K system?

This presentation will review the 4K x 2K video signal that was fully defined by the HDMI1.4 standard. We will discuss who is already using 4K systems and how these systems are installed, who will start using such systems in the near future and what are the challenges lying ahead.

Presenter

Neta Lempert, CTS, Vice President Digital Business Development, Kramer Electronics

 CTS:1 CTS-D:1 CTS-I:1 Max:1


10:00-11:00
Networking Technology Essentials for AV Professionals

Pick up some knowledge which is needed by every AV professional working across the increasingly blurred boundaries of IT networking and AV, with content taken from InfoComm's Networking Technology course. Topics covered will include how data is encoded and transported, common hardware types and their applications, hardware and network addressing, network security, and some common troubleshooting tools and tips. This is real world knowledge for those just starting off with networking, and consolidation for those who are working with it but need some revision or reinforcement of the fundamentals.

Presenter

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

 CTS:1 CTS-D:1 CTS-I:1 Max:1


10:00-11:00
BYOT — Practical Approaches to Systems Operability in Collaborative Active Learning Environments

NEW! Special Track for Education Technology Managers

Operability challenges related to students using their own devices in learning environments and ways to overcome them. An examination and discussion of BYOT in classrooms and specific challenges with BYOT in active learning spaces. Active learning spaces include TEAL and Scale-Up classrooms which facilitate problem based and project based learning and allows for collaboration and content sharing between students and instructors. An objective analysis of the current hardware and software solutions on the market to meet the challenges associated with BYOT in collaborative learning environments.

Presenter

Peter Dugas, CTS-D, Senior Design Engineer & Principal

 CTS:1 CTS-D:1 CTS-I:1 Max:1


11:30-12:30
Ten Best Practices for Digital System Design

The "Digital Sunrise" presents challenges for the design and implementation of AV systems, such as integrating old analogue sources and displays; integrating new technology such as 3D video and 4K resolutions; varying infrastructure and connectivity such as HDBaseT, multimode and single mode fibre, Thunderbolt and streaming media; managing data such as CEC, EDID and HDCP; understanding how scalers affect switching speed and image quality; and addressing the often overlooked digital audio. Keep up with the rapidly changing digital landscape so you can provide the most reliable and consistent system performance, and the best support.

Presenter

Justin Kennington, Product Line Manager, Crestron's DigitalMedia™ Crestron

 CTS:1 CTS-D:1 CTS-I:1 Max:1


11:30-12:30
BIM is on Your Doorstep Now! What You Need to Do to Stay in the Game

This presentation will feature a look into Building Information Modeling — a 3D design, modeling and simulation technology that has changed the way architecture is practiced. Building Information Modeling, or BIM, is more than just a 3D representation of the physical (products) and functional characteristics of a structure; it is a shared knowledge resource. The "I" in BIM, involves everybody in the design process, including architects, interiors people, engineers, ECs, GCs, the facility owner, and vendors, such as audiovisual consultants and AV systems integrators.

BIM invites tight design discussions, and for AV professionals this presents a tremendous opportunity to get involved on the ground level of a project. This will be discussed, as well as other benefits of BIM to AV integration. BIM facilitates clash detection, including space and system-routing conflicts, clear cable pathways, and camera and projector sightlines that are visible within the 3D model. These factors, along with opportunities for AV manufacturers to get involved with BIM object creation will be covered in the presentation.

In the final portion of the presentation, a brief case study will be discussed pertaining to the construction of a BIM-designed project.

Presenter

Jon Melchin, Director, Architectural Business Development, FSR, Inc.

 CTS:1 CTS-D:1 CTS-I:1 Max:1


11:30-12:30
Designing Learning Spaces — AV Technology Essentials for Active Learning Environments

NEW! Special Track for Education Technology Managers

Without effective AV technology, active learning environments will struggle to provide students with the engaging and challenging academic experience that these recent pedagogical developments have been developed to facilitate. AV technologists, Learning Spaces Managers and University Pro Vice-Chancellors responsible for learning and teaching strategies need to have more awareness of what can be achieved from new learning spaces, and how distributed AV solutions are an integral part of the requirement.

Presenter

Duncan Peberdy, Learning Spaces Specialist, Dalen Ltd (Top-Tec)

 CTS:1 CTS-D:1 CTS-I:1 Max:1


13:00-14:00
IT Security Threats and Vulnerabilities in AV Systems

With the growing trend of AV systems converging on the network, there are growing concerns from the IT community on the impact that these systems will have on business continuity. This presentation will explore how hackers could use AV systems to launch attacks within an organisation, and what we as systems integrators can do to help mitigate that risk. Also covered will be how new HDBaseT systems using new network technologies such as Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol can pose a threat to an enterprise network. The terminology that corporate security teams use and the security standards that govern information technology will be presented.

Presenter

William Birchett, CTS-I, CEH, CCNA-Security, BIT, Director of Emerging Technologies, Data Projections Inc

 CTS:1 CTS-D:1 CTS-I:1 Max:1


13:00-14:00
Audio Networking And Control — What Do We Really Need?

The audio industry has had a plethora of networking and control standards and despite some great initiatives, still has no industry-wide means of getting all our equipment to work together. Perhaps the real problem is not one of agreeing standards, but the fact that we haven't properly worked out what we really need to do.

Digital audio has come a long way. We have the possibility of networking digital audio and video using AVB and the ability to have different audio networks together using AES67. Meanwhile, the OCA is hard at work establishing a means of audio equipment to talk to each other.

But does any of this actually help us? Will these technologies really make things easier for us to manage audio projects and events? What's missing?
Discover the real concerns and needs of audio professionals and what is required to make audio work better with video and other technologies.

Presenter

Roland Hemming, Consultant, RH Consulting

 CTS:1 CTS-D:1 CTS-I:1 Max:1


13:00-14:00
Centralised and Automatic Lecture Capture Environments

NEW! Special Track for Education Technology Managers

How can lecture capture strengthen a university community and bring together divergent groups? This presentation will map out Goethe University's centralised, automatic lecture capture approach. Case studies on how lecture capture initiative strengthens the three pillars of a university (students, teachers, staff), how their needs influence work, and how efforts unite departments for successful outcomes that will be delivered.

Presenter

Ullrich Grimm-Allio, Conference and Media Technician, Goethe University - Frankfurt

 CTS:1 CTS-D:1 CTS-I:1 Max:1


14:30-15:30
Key Trends Affecting Adoption and Deployment of Networked AV Systems

Audiovisual networking is a fast changing field with constant announcements of new standards and products. Standard IT networking is increasingly being used to distribute signals between pieces of audiovideo equipment, replacing point-to-point cabling systems and enabling sharing of network infrastructure.

Trends to be discussed include changing standards, cost reduction, distributed AV systems, networked management, sharing of network infrastructure with control and other traffic, and increasing network performance.

Presenter

Aidan Williams, CTO, Audinate

 CTS:1 CTS-D:1 CTS-I:1 Max:1

   

14:30-15:30
Designing a Smart Education Facility

NEW! Special Track for Education Technology Managers

In the past, all we needed was a blackboard and some chalks, but today's classrooms need so much more! When planning a modern educational facility, we should be looking into many aspects relating to the technology we are using, the installation, and of course, how to operate the system once it is installed.

Challenges facing today's professionals working in the education field will be identified and solutions to best solve them when designing a modern classroom will also be discussed.

Presenter

Yuval Inditzky, CTS, Product Manager, Control, PC and Mobile Applications, Kramer Electronics

 CTS:1 CTS-D:1 CTS-I:1 Max:1


14:30-15:30
Audiovisual Systems Performance Verification: Deliver what you promise

How many times have you been involved in projects where they never seem to finish, just peter out or eventually stop, leaving customer, contractor, consultant and end-user frustrated and disappointed? Wouldn't it be good if there was a way to ensure that what was agreed is what was actually delivered? Well, now there is – The new InfoComm Standard, AV Systems Performance Verification provides a framework for doing just this as well as more than 150 reference verification items to give you a good start with your reporting. This seminar will walk you through the Standard and help you learn how to apply it to your projects, improve client satisfaction, and reduce uncertainty (and costs) in the long run.

Presnter

Jason Brameld, Principal Consultant, Mark Johnson Consultants Ltd. and Paul Depperschmidt, CTS, Director, Global AV Integration Market Development, Cisco Systems

 CTS:1 CTS-D:1 CTS-I:1 Max:1


16:00-17:00
Welche Faktoren sind bei der Planung von Digital-Signage-Netzwerken zu berücksichtigen?

Wie beginnt man und bekommt die richtigen Leute an einen Tisch, Welche Fragen muss ich Ihnen stellen um ein tragfähiges Gesamtkonzept zu erarbeiten. Was unterscheidet Digital Signage Systeme von anderen AV-Systemen? Wieso muss ein DS-System nachhaltig konzeptioniert sein. Was für Services muss ich anbieten? Wie kann ich nach dem Roll-out Geld verdienen?

Presenter

Claus Lohse, CTS, Vorstand, syscomtec Distribution AG

 CTS:1 CTS-D:1 CTS-I:1 Max:1


16:00-17:00
Value Engineering AV Projects: What Do You Do When the AV Project Scope Exceeds The Budget?

The first step is value engineering, which is a process to reduce costs while maintaining scope, function and quality. The concept of value engineering should help inform systems design and integration strategies to the benefit of both users and suppliers. This presentation looks at the ideas behind the discipline of value engineering and how they can be applied to a changing AV market. This includes assessment of user requirement and the potential implications for intelligent design, implementation, service and project management.

Presenter

Peter Lloyd, Consultant Editor, AV Magazine

 CTS:1 CTS-D:1 CTS-I:1 Max:1

Thursday, 6 Feb.

10:00-11:00
Understanding USB for AV Applications

Universal Serial Bus (USB) is more than a way to connect your keyboard to your computer. USB is being used to control a multitude of devices such as video and image annotators, scanners, document cameras, interactive whiteboards and other devices. USB also transfers files and is common in sharing music, video and data. What are the limitations of USB? What are the speeds and how do you know whether your USB connection will work to the desired level? An in-depth treatment of USB as it is applied to an AV-centric project is long overdue. Don't let USB failures cost you time and money on your next project! Participants in this unique programme will leave with a full understanding of the genesis and evolution of the USB standard, which tools can be used to troubleshoot the USB network, and which challenges and pitfalls must be avoided when integrating this common data connection into an AV project. This is USB as you've never seen it before!

Presenter

Joe Cornwall, CTS-D, ISF-C, Technology Evangelist, C2G Inc

 CTS:1 CTS-D:1 CTS-I:1 Max:1


10:00-11:00
Challenges in 4K Colour Calibration

The arrival of 4K resolution, new colour spaces, new signal formats, and OLED display technology has created challenges in colour calibration. Learn how to incorporate these new factors into your adjustment and calibration procedures.

In this session attendees will explore:

  • Can the same calibration techniques used for 2K display, REC 709, be used with new color spaces, such as SONY xvYCC or ITU-R BT.2020? What new procedures are needed?
  • How does OLED technology change calibration?
  • What is the impact of HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort and HDBaseT?
  • Easy procedures for adjusting (no calibration) the display, or sink, for the colour space provided by the source device    
Presenter

Hartmut Berberich, ISF Instructor

 CTS:1 CTS-D:1 CTS-I:1 Max:1


11:30-12:30
The 5 Technologies That Will Define the Next 5 Years in AV

It is widely understood that analogue AV connectivity faces a limited future with rapidly declining applicability. Most industry experts agree that composite, component and VGA AV connections will be largely obsolete by 2017. With the digital future already reality, it is critical that system integrators, designers, owners, and operators understand the infrastructure and connectivity choices that are necessary to facilitate a smooth and seamless transition into the next generation of AV technology.  What technologies will prevail? Is there a real plan for the future? Explore the five technologies, both wired and wireless, that will have the greatest effect on design, integration and performance of the last 100 metres of digital AV infrastructure over the next five years. This is a crystal ball you'll really want to look into!

Presenter

Joe Cornwall, CTS-D, ISF-C, Technology Evangelist, C2G Inc

 CTS:1 CTS-D:1 CTS-I:1 Max:1


11:30-12:30

Projection systems are more than a screen and a projector. Discover all the elements of a projection system, what the PISCR standard is about and why contrast is important. There will be live measurements and calculations that show key elements of PISCR. Examples will show why and when optical projection screens can enhance image contrast significantly.

Presenter

Johnny Jensen, Senior Product Manager, dnp denmark

 CTS:1 CTS-D:1 CTS-I:1 Max:1


13:00-14:00
Project Management for AV

Whether you are involved in live events or installed AV, every job requires coordination and management, both internally and with external stakeholders. Successful projects are the result of good planning (including drawing on previous experience) and ongoing communication and coordination between all parties. This is Project Management. We will look at the basics, and some not so basics, of project management principles and practices as they apply to the AV industry. This seminar should be of interest to you if you are involved in delivering projects to your organisation's clients, or indeed if you are the client or an allied professional. 

Presenter

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

 CTS:1 CTS-D:1 CTS-I:1 Max:1


13:00-14:30
Deploying Large Scale AVB Networks

Audio Video Bridging makes it easy to build medium scale audio networks. Learn aspects of how to plan, deploy, and manage AVB audio and video networks. Learning objectives include: 

  • Understand the important points to consider when choosing AVB devices.
  • Estimate AVB network infrastructure scale and requirements.
  • Learn methods to manage deployed AVB networks.
Presenter

Jeff Koftinoff, Meyer Sound

 CTS:1 CTS-D:1 CTS-I:1 Max:1