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The International Green Construction Code and Its Impact on AV


You may not know it, despite all the press surrounding the green movement, but there will soon be another commercial building code that will impact what we do as AV and technology professionals. And sustainability initiatives launched by InfoComm International® offer us an important vehicle for navigating this pending code.

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GovComm 2011 a Success! Prepare for GovComm 2012


The two-day event, held earlier this month in Washington, D.C., and produced by InfoComm International®, saw nearly 1,900 attendees mingle with 110 exhibitors. See the pictures. Watch the keynote address by Polycom Global Public Sector CTO Sean Lessman. And start thinking ahead to next year’s GovComm conference and exposition.

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One-Stop Shopping for Sustainable Technology Information


The STEP™ Foundation’s new website is officially open for business. Learn about the Sustainable Technology Environments Program and its founding organizations. Understand the three levels of STEP certification and download the STEP Rating System. And register your project for possible selection as one of the first in the industry to implement the STEP Rating System.


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InfoComm International Annual Business Meeting


Mark your calendars. InfoComm is holding its members-only annual business meeting on Thursday, December 8, 2011, at 2 p.m. EST. This is your chance to check in on the state of the association. Members will receive webinar login information via email. If you have questions, please contact


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Postcards From InfoComm: Live From Russia

Last week, Integrated Systems Russia lured AV integrators, manufacturers, distributors and others to Moscow for three days of exhibits and education. The show is organized by MIDEXPO Exhibition Company and Integrated Systems Events, a joint venture company of CEDIA® and InfoComm International®.

How was the show? Read the blog post.


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 Missing: An AV Professional in a Key Sustainability Role
When facility managers analyze data on efficiency and sustainability, they need a clear picture of how well a building’s total performance is meeting their business goals. But they do not have the total picture right now, only isolated data from key disconnected systems. To help them with this problem, someone from the AV industry, such as a control system programmer or designer, should be a part of the management and coordination process. Don’t worry: InfoComm's Integrated Building Technology (IBT) Task Force is on the case. Discover how the AV industry — and you — can be a part of this new frontier.

Test Your CTS IQ
Question: During the commissioning process for an AV system installation, how will the AV technician confirm that the video display system is working properly?

  1. Connect display devices to a test signal generator and calibrate at points along the path.
  2. Call the manufacturer’s representative, who will test connections with an oscilloscope.
  3. Connect all devices in relay directly to an Ohm meter to confirm calibration.
  4. Configure the system using an oscilloscope to confirm signal.

Find the answer in the new (free) CTS® practice exam. Download it now.

 Top Training for 2011 … So Far
Do you want to know what your competition has been up to for the past year? Check out the best-attended online courses of 2011 so far:

Hurry, there’s still time for you to take these courses this year.

How I Added ‘Cool-Looking Letters’ to My Name
"I decided to earn my CTS® because I wanted to progress my career and have an accredited and peer-recognized metric of my industry knowledge. Once I bought the CTS Exam Guide, I got my head in the game and solidified my goal to pass the CTS exam. The resources the study guide provided — general content, chapter tests, glossary, appendix, CD-ROM practice exams, etc. — gave a nice varied approach to digesting all the information. The content was concise, yet comprehensive. And as a sort of ‘Industry 101,’ I thought it covered a little bit of everything without getting overly technical. Now I have some cool-looking letters to add to my name."
 ~ Mark Ullrich, CTS, Sr. Technical Sales Engineer, Symetrix Inc.

 ISE + CTS Combo
Here’s another reason to book your trip to Integrated Systems Europe (ISE), the largest professional AV and systems integration tradeshow ever held in Europe: You can earn your CTS®, CTS®-D or CTS®-I just steps away from the show floor. ISE is coming soon to Amsterdam, so start studying now and reserve one of the limited exam seats.



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