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InfoComm 2012 Wraps, Attendance Climbs 4%


Certain industry trade shows are about more than just numbers, though everyone is pleased that InfoComm 2012 was a success on that front, too. The best shows deliver more than buyers and sellers, more than the latest and greatest products and services. So here's a different kind of number for you: At InfoComm 2012, 145 AV pros passed the Certified Technology Specialist™ (CTS®) exam — a new record. Read how many passed the CTS-D and CTS-I exams.


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Remote AV Management: Good for Business?


By Mark Mayfield, Special to InfoComm International®

With so much AV gear riding on IP networks, it stands to reason that managing all that gear from afar would make a nice little service model for AV integrators. But is remote management of AV systems good for business? Is it easier to manage some AV systems than others? And are some integrators simply better positioned to offer remote management contracts? With AV and IT converged, it's time to find out.

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InfoComm Partners to Train, Employ Vets in Pro-AV


In conjunction with United Veterans Learning Centers, InfoComm International® educators will offer military veterans a specially designed six-week course in pro-AV employment opportunities and preparing for the Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) exam.

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ANSI Approves InfoComm AV Systems Energy Management Standard


In a matter of weeks, InfoComm’s latest standard, 4:2012 Audiovisual Systems Energy Management, was approved by the InfoComm Board of Directors, submitted to the American Nationals Standards Institute, and approved by ANSI. The new standard defines and prescribes processes and requirements for the ongoing power management of AV systems.

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Live Event Technology and the London Olympics


You won’t actually have to go to London this summer to feel the effects of the year’s biggest live event — they’ll be coming your way sooner or later. AV technology is always put to the test at this quadrennial sports spectacle and clients just eat it up. As one pro puts it, “No matter how incredible a live effect might be, someone sees it and, at some point, wants it for their event.”

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  InfoComm Board Nominations for 2013
The 2013 InfoComm International® Board of Directors and Leadership Development Committee (LDC) elections will occur this fall. Nominations from the general membership are now being accepted for the following positions: Secretary-Treasurer, Director-at-Large (two positions), and LDC member. Nominations will be accepted through July 20, 2012. Please email Duffy Wilbert the nominee's name, position for which he or she is being nominated, contact information including phone number and email address, and a one-to-two paragraph business biography. Get more information.

  Nelson Baumgratz, CTS-D, Named InfoComm Educator of the Year
Baumgratz has been an AV professional for more than 30 years and a member of InfoComm University™ faculty since 2008, teaching dozens of classes throughout Latin America and at InfoComm trade shows in the United States. He also serves as a faculty advisor at FAPCOM, a technology and communication school in São Paulo, Brazil, helping to develop a degree program based on InfoComm curricula. Read more.

  Everett Hall Honored With the Adele De Berri Pioneers of AV Award
Everett Hall, founder of Everett Hall Associates, was posthumously honored with the Adele De Berri Pioneers of AV Award at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for InfoComm 2012 in Las Vegas. The award is sponsored by Da-Lite and Sound & Communications.

  Homage to Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D.
At a special InfoComm 2012 reception, the AV industry paid tribute to retiring InfoComm Executive Director and CEO Randy Lemke. See the video chronicling his achievments at InfoComm Video Central.

  Growth Propels Commercial AV Industry
A new report by Acclaro Growth Partners is projecting that audiovisual products and services will become a $115 billion global industry by 2015. The 2012 Global AV Market Definition and Strategy Study, conducted on behalf of InfoComm, is the only worldwide research aimed at sizing the commercial audiovisual industry. Get more details.

  InfoComm Adopts New Sustainability Policy
Not only does the new policy spell out what InfoComm itself will do to operate sustainably, it demonstrates the association’s commitment to helping member companies do the same.

  Networked AV Systems: Cross the AV/IT Cultural Divide in September
Explore the impact of audiovisual applications on enterprise networks and how to balance customers’ AV needs with their IT reality. You’ll leave Networked AV Systems with the background you need to cross the AV/IT cultural divide and specify devices for enterprise networks. If you missed the debut of this course at InfoComm 2012 in Las Vegas, be sure to seize your next opportunity in Fairfax, Va., Sept. 10-12. Reserve your seat now or call 1.800.659.7469 to talk to your regional representative.

  Your CTS-D Prep Virtual Classroom Seat Could Be Gone Soon
Thinking about adding CTS-D to your competitive advantage but can't leave the office to study? Say goodbye to exam jitters from your desk and join us for the upcoming CTS-D Prep Virtual Classroom , July 10.  But hurry — seats for this class are limited. Call Amanda Eberle at +1.800.659.7469 or send an e-mail to register.

  From Install to Configuration:  Hands-On and Face-To-Face
Finish your installations on time and on budget — because you did it right the first time. But hurry, these courses, held in Fairfax, Va., are almost sold out. Call 1.800.659.7469 to talk to your regional representative.

INS212 Installation Technician | July 23-25
INS311 Lead Installation Technician | July 26-28

  Adaptive Innovation Webinar Series Continues July 19
Don’t miss the next installment of the popular business series, Adaptive Innovation™ — Adaptable Business Models for Changing Market Demands. Guest presenter Mike Levi, President of Digital Projection, will be joining series host David Nour to discuss how to indentify key market trends, test new market opportunities and move quickly from idea to commercialization. Save your spot .

  New York AV R&R
On July 25, InfoComm’s popular Business Roundtable series joins forces with NewBay Media’s Rental & Staging Roadshow at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City. The first-ever AV Roadshow & Roundtable will feature presenters Tom Stimson, CTS, and André LeJeune, CTS; a lively integrator/consultant panel discussion led by Duffy Wilbert, CTS; and exclusive Manufacturers’ Training.  Register now.

  Celebrate the AV Industry — Start Planning for AV Week
AV Week 2012 is October 14-22. AV Week offers a platform to share your love of AV with your local community. It’s a great way to maintain momentum after the InfoComm Show and use your AV expertise to positively impact the public. Holding AV Week activities is also a great marketing and recruitment opportunity. So start planning now for AV Week and don’t forget to share your ideas with us.

  InfoComm Roundtable Heads to Music City
Join InfoComm staff and sponsors August 16 in Nashville, Tenn., for a summer Roundtable featuring a presentation on project management by Brad Malone, PMP, President of Twin Star Consulting. Register today.


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