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The Dawn of Mobile Videoconferencing (Thanks, Apple)


By Brad Grimes

Did you hear? There’s a new iPad on the market. It comes with fast, 4G connectivity, a high-definition screen and camera, and a super-charged processor. If that sounds like the specs of a mobile videoconferencing client that everyone and their mother may soon be carrying, you’re on to something.

How will it affect your AV business?

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STEP™ Project Takes Center Stage


You’ve heard a lot about the Sustainable Technology Environments Program (STEP). Now there are living STEP projects in the works. The Sextant Group recently announced its participation in an intelligent building design for the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems in Boston. Get the details, including a list of all the project participants.


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Scope Statements: Establishing Boundaries and Responsibilities


By Bradley A. Malone, PMP

Hey, misunderstandings happen. But AV companies should make every effort to avoid holding the bag when a client expects something from a project that nobody saw coming. Professionals call it “scope creep” and it can seriously cut into profitability. Clearly defined scope statements — created at the beginning of a project — can help avoid misunderstandings and keep all parties happy.

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GovComm to Join Forces With Government Video Expo


The two government-focused events will co-locate in 2012. The shows will be separate, but side-by-side, at the Washington, D.C., Convention Center, Nov. 28-29, 2012. Read the news. And now that the show is later in the fall, you have extra time to answer the Call for Presenters. The new deadline: April 16.


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Blog: Certification Sells

For many AV companies, a roster of CTS®-certified professionals is better than a lavish marketing budget — and they’re willing to invest the time and money to hire or train those CTS professionals. Does it make a difference? We asked some of them. Read what they had to say and weigh in with your opinions at the All Voices Blog.


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More News from InfoComm


 InfoComm India Set for 2013
After four years of road shows, InfoComm India will be a main event in 2013. InfoComm India 2013 will be held 17-19 September 2013 at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai. Read the news.

 InfoComm CEO Search Officially Underway
InfoComm’s Search Committee has retained Korn/Ferry International to conduct the search for a new Executive Director/CEO. The current leader of InfoComm, Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D., has announced his retirement, effective December 31, 2012. Read how to submit application materials.

 Standards Steering Committee Welcomes New Members
The Standards Steering Committee welcomes three new members (pictured, left to right): David Barnett, CTS-D, of The Sextant Group; Michael Bialas of Anadarko Petroleum; and Ratnesh Javeri, CTS-D, of Innovative Systems & Solutions Ltd.


As the committee begins a new term, InfoComm thanks three retiring committee members who have contributed to setting new AV industry standards and establishing visionary milestones. Thank you Donald Guzauckas, CTS, of HB Group; Matthew Kosel, CTS-D, CTS-I, of Spinitar; and Barry Goldin, CTS, of Audio Video Systems.
Inspired to make your own contributions to industry standards? Email to explore volunteer opportunities.

 What’s New for InfoComm 2012?
The best way to keep tabs on new pavilions, special exhibits, and more is by checking with the InfoComm 2012 Show Blog. Learn about the NextGen Commercial Technologies display. And get hip to InfoComm University®’s new video production classes. When June rolls around, the blog will be the place to learn what’s going on in the classrooms and on the show floor. Bookmark it today.

 CTS Prep to the Rescue
“I feel like taking the CTS Prep was exactly what I needed to gain more confidence in signing up for the exam. I know and understand how important having the CTS designation is, so studying for the exam has been a little stressful. Taking the CTS Prep course has eased my nerves.”
 ~ Heather R. Callaway, RCDD, LEED AP, OCI Associates Inc.

Class starts April 23.

 Ready for AV Design Bootcamp?
First, complete Design Level 1: Environment Virtual Classroom, April 23-May 25.

Exhale. Then, flex your design muscles again for six back-to-back days of hands-on training at InfoComm 2012, June 9-14, including Design Level 2: Infrastructure and Design Level 3: Applied Design.

 CTS-D and CTS-I Holders — You're Invited to a Special Club
The highest achievers in the industry, CTS-D and CTS-I holders, are invited to the first-ever CTS-D and CTS-I Symposium on Monday, June 11, at InfoComm 2012. The advanced-level program explores contrast ratio for projected images, innovative ideas for design and installation, networked readiness for AV systems, and more. To enroll, call +1.800.659.7469.

Want to earn your CTS, CTS-D or CTS-I while in Las Vegas? Reserve one of the limited exam seats.

 Scholarships: Now’s the Time to Apply
Scholarships are available to college students pursuing AV careers. The International Communications Industries Foundation (ICIF) is accepting applications through April 27, 2012 for the 2012/2013 school year. Download applications.

 Honor AV Pros Who’ve Made a Difference
InfoComm is accepting nominations for the Adele De Berri Pioneers of AV, Educator of the Year and Distinguished Achievement awards. The deadline for these nominations is April 20, 2012. Download forms at the InfoComm awards page.

 Get a Jump on the Data
In 2012, InfoComm International® will publish two important studies: the 2012 Global AV Market Definition and Strategy Study and the 2012 Compensation and Benefits Survey. InfoComm is taking pre-orders for these studies. Order now for delivery June 2012. Special discounts apply for the compensation study if ordered by May 15. And coming soon: InfoComm’s April Economic Snapshot Report. Learn more about all three studies at

 Hello Beantown!
InfoComm is coming to Boston this April for two events. On April 11, 2012, AV professionals working in or serving the education and training market are invited to the Power of AV for Education to hear about future trends in the classroom and case studies from Providence College, The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Southern California.

Then, on April 12, InfoComm will host a Business Roundtable for the broader industry throughout the Northeast. Professionals will hear Bill Sharer, MBA, CTS®, and President of Exxel Management & Marketing Corp., discuss generations in the workforce. They’ll also network with peers and speak directly with InfoComm representatives about the issues most impacting their business.

 Create Your Own Innovation Strategy
InfoComm is pleased to present InfoComm 100 keynote speaker David Nour in a series of exclusive Innovation Webinars and Innovation Executive Briefing articles. The best-selling author offers six 60-minute webinars throughout 2012, each focusing on a single topic and incorporating best practices and highly personalized paths for companies to follow and thrive. Sign up now at

 AV-iQ Invites You to its LinkedIn Group
Powered by InfoComm, AV-iQ (previously InfoComm iQ) is encouraging members to join its LinkedIn discussion group. The new AV-iQ group will focus on breaking pro-AV product news and views, case studies featuring audiovisual equipment, service provider resources and the latest updates to the AV-iQ web marketing program. Visit AV-iQ on LinkedIn to find out what's new with this exciting group.

 Live Streaming the Atlanta Roundtable
Can't make it to tomorrow's Atlanta Business Roundtable? InfoComm is offering live streaming of the guest presentation, Herding Cats: Coping with Out-of-Control Clients, by one of InfoComm's leading presenters, Peggy O'Keefe, Professor, New York University and Baruch College. Tune in from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time on March 22 and gain valuable knowledge that you can immediately implement at your office.



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