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InfoComm Update Vol. 10, Number 19, 2010

InfoComm Best Practices Compliance Project
Recently I have been thinking and writing about the AV and IT industries as they both approach an integrated communications environment. The demand for our product and services is present, but we must transform our industry to one that is quality-focused and works from industry standards and best practices, or we will jeopardize our current and future business.

That future can be characterized as one of increased business opportunities that require us to adapt to new customer demands. InfoComm’s market research studies show a consistent growth in the size of the market and we are realizing more income from service than sales. InfoComm’s standards and best practices all focus on the service side of the business — how we design and install systems. Additionally, organizations are also deploying our technology worldwide and are using it as a primary communication tool — AV has gone mainstream. Finally, because organizations are relying more on our technology, they are demanding interoperability and consistency between sites. With IT companies entering our industry, they bring with them a shared expectation their customers have — that our systems are reliable and have an uptime record that mirrors IT. More


Extending the Power of Personal Connections — InfoComm 2011 Opening Keynote
Join InfoComm International®, Tuesday, June 14, 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m., for the InfoComm 2011 Opening Keynote. Rob Scott, Vice President and General Manager at HP Visual Collaboration, Office of Strategy and Technology, will speak to, and demonstrate how, new software-based technologies for videoconferencing are transforming total cost of ownership and opening up a new world of opportunity for businesses — erasing distance barriers, increasing workforce productivity and effectiveness while reducing their organization’s carbon footprint. More

Manufacturers’ Training Sessions at InfoComm 2011
Bring your questions and curiosity to product- and service-specific training courses from InfoComm exhibitors. In these popular 90-minute and two-hour sessions, you will learn directly from the manufacturers how to use their latest products and applications.

Spend only $25 on Manufacturers’ Training sessions and get a $25 voucher to spend at the InfoComm Show Store! The store is packed with useful items you can buy only at InfoComm, including AV-relevant books, market surveys, hats, shirts and much more. You can pick up your gift certificate after you attend the session.

Search sessions and register today!

Enter to Win a Guitar Signed by Members of Van Halen

Visit the InfoComm International Booth #3855 this June on the show floor in Orlando and discover how you could enter to win a guitar signed by members of Van Halen, including Eddie and Alex Van Halen, David Lee Roth, Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony. Visit the show site for complete contest details.

Who’s Who in AV Business
Hot off the press, the speaker lineup for the Super Tuesday Business Executive Symposium reads like a who’s who list in AV business management. Don’t miss your chance to hear firsthand experiences of what works and what doesn’t work from these experts. Hurry, secure your seat for this full day of practical tips that you can use to get your business ready for tomorrow.

Illuminate Your AV Perspective
At InfoComm 2011, the Institute for Professional Development (IPD) shines as the gold star in AV training, the core of the industry. New this year, IPD19: Lighting Design will help you turn your everyday projects into masterpieces with practical lighting tips. Learn principles of design including basic calculations, lighting plans and control systems.

Are You a Workshop Warrior?
At InfoComm 2011, you can dig deep into AV content with these four-hour workshops.

Keep Your Head in the Cloud
If your head is not in the cloud(s), it’s time to get there. In Orlando, you can enjoy the view from the cloud At the Center of IT All. You’ll ooh and ah at the panoramic view of the business possibilities with IS024: Using the Cloud to Improve AV Systems and IS036: Owning the Cloud.

Become a Test-Taking Whiz Before InfoComm 2011
For most of us, just the word test can be unnerving. That’s normal. To gain some confidence, all you need are a few test-taking tips. Check out the recorded certification prep webinars, including Successful Test Taking. Prepare now, then take your exam at InfoComm 2011, just steps away from the show floor. 

Hundreds of Renewal Units Under One Roof
Already have the esteemed CTS® credential? InfoComm 2011 is your gateway to hundreds of renewal units (RUs). Don’t miss this chance to earn all 30 of your RUs!

Learn the Latest on the InfoComm 2011 Blog
If you haven’t been reading the InfoComm 2011 Show Blog, you have been missingimportant updates on collaborative conferencing, standards, digital signage, audio and other offerings at the Show. Whether you need to know which classes are poised to sell out or catch up on partner group activities, visit the blog and subscribe today.


Allen Weidman to Lead InfoComm International Sustainability Efforts
InfoComm International® is pleased to announce the appointment of Allen Weidman to the new position of Sustainability Officer. Weidman brings more than 30 years of association experience to InfoComm, having worked with the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Consumer Product Safety Commission and a number of other federal and state regulatory agencies. He has developed, integrated and managed industry coalitions on federal and international environmental issues. He has most recently served as a Senior Account Executive for Kellen Company, an association management firm. More


In Memoriam: Industry Veteran Lon Brannies
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc., has announced that long-time employee and audio industry veteran Lon Brannies passed away on April 18 after a long illness. Lon spent 27 years with Yamaha and held two positions during his tenure. He was initially hired as a professional audio District Manager covering the southern region of the U.S. In 2001, he was named Yamaha Commercial Audio Salesperson of the Year for the Yamaha Pro Audio & Combo Division. More


InfoComm's Toronto Member Roundtable
Register now for the Toronto roundtable, Thursday, May 19, to hear Bill Sharer, CTS, Director of Global Sales at Verrex Corporation, discuss The Changing Workforce — Managing People Who Aren’t Like You, followed by a roundtable discussion and networking reception. CTS holders receive 1 RU. See the full agenda and register today.

Upcoming Webinars
InfoComm webinars are developed to help AV professionals and their employers maintain their competitive advantage through continuing education.

Join us for one of these upcoming, free webinars:

  • May 11: CEO Series — Team Building | Register
  • May 18: CEO Series — Strategies for Working With Technology Professionals | Register
  • May 25: Five Key Strategies to Reduce Shipping Expenses | Register
  • July 13: AV Week Webinar: Ways Your Company Can Celebrate AV Week | Register

All webinars are offered on Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. EDT. More


Projected Image Contrast Ratio Draft Standard
InfoComm’s latest draft standard, 3M-2011 Projected Image System Contrast Ratio, is open for public review and commenting until May 23, 2011, at 5 p.m. EDT. The standard provides metrics for measurement and defines minimum contrast ratios for rear and front projection audiovisual projected image systems.
Learn more about the Projected Image Standard during a free, pre-recorded webinar.