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February 6, 2013

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Integrated Systems Europe Closes Up — Way Up; the Online Path to CTS Glory; January 2013 Economic Snapshot; Hurray for the Big Green Apple; Share Your Vision of the Future of AV...; Upcoming Regional Roundtables; How One CTS Holder Wins More Bids; This Way to CTS-D Confidence; The AV Business Leadership Series; Scholarships for College Students; More

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Registration for InfoComm 2013, June 8-14 in Orlando, Fla., has officially opened. Get the lowdown on what's new and improved for this year's show and start planning your perfect InfoComm experience. The theme for 2013? Collaborate. Communicate. Connect. Register now using VIP Code MMBR1. And save a tree (and your inbox)! When you register early, you help avoid future mailings.


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How the IT Industry Views AV


A paper published last year by the leading IT trade association targets the AV market as a prime growth opportunity. Flattered? You should be. But be aware that this means exactly what the AV industry has assumed for years: that IT companies can use their networking expertise to win business in emerging AV applications. Read on.


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Lessons Learned From a Videowall Install


Today's videowalls can be works of art — even if they're installed somewhere as seemingly mundane as a hospital chapel. This week, in the InfoComm All Voices Blog, Planar Systems' Jennifer Davis marvels at just such a videowall installation and offers three lessons learned that other AV designers and integrators can apply to achieve similar results.


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Is Your AV Team Missing its Handoffs?


If you're a small AV company, it's probably no big thing to steer an AV project through its various stages. Chances are, you've got more than one person doing several jobs. But as your company grows, it can be harder to go from sales, to engineering and design, to installation, to service — unless everyone involved executes their handoffs. Our project management expert explains.


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 Integrated Systems Europe Closes Up — Way Up

The 2013 edition of Integrated Systems Europe, co-owned by InfoComm International® and CEDIA®, wrapped up last week in Amsterdam. ISE 2013 enjoyed a record number of attendees, foreshadowing great things for June's InfoComm 2013 Show in Orlando. Highlights included ISE's first Smart Buildings Conference, the MegaPixel Summit by Insight Media and a compelling keynote address from a cyber-illusionist. Yes, you read that right. Get all the highlights [PDF].

 The Online Path to CTS Glory

This just in from Amsterdam: The first three AV pros to take the CTS® exam onsite at ISE 2013 passed with flying colors. What do all three have in common? They all took CTS Prep Online, a new course from InfoComm University™ that's free to InfoComm members and available to everyone. In all, 27 professionals from six countries passed their CTS exams at ISE 2013. If you missed your chance, you'll be able to take the exam at InfoComm 2013 in Orlando. Stay tuned for onsite exam registration information.

 January 2013 Economic Snapshot

Get your copy of the free, just-released January 2013 InfoComm International Economic Snapshot Survey results. And if you need a quick primer, read one here.

 Hurray for the Big Green Apple

What does it matter that New York City has been recognized for its efforts to ease sustainable building? Find out in the All Voices Blog.

 Share Your Vision of the Future of AV...

...and win! The International Communications Industries Foundation (ICIF) and InfoComm International are seeking presentations from tomorrow's AV leaders on the impact of emerging AV and IT trends. If you or someone you know is between the ages of 18 and 26 and can craft a 15-minute presentation, you could win a trip to InfoComm 2013 to present your ideas — plus $500 to boot. The deadline is March 22. For more information and to upload your presentation, read the application.

 Upcoming Regional Roundtables

Be sure to check the full 2013 Regional Roundtable schedule for a roundtable near you. Bring your team and network with AV professionals in your area, share your opinions and get updates on InfoComm activities.

InfoComm will be visiting Charm City and Baltimore's Inner Harbor Feb. 21. Meet InfoComm's new CEO David Labuskes, CTS, RCDD, and hear a presentation on Maximizing Your Organization's Performance from Brad Malone, PMP, President and Principal Consultant of Twin Star Consulting. Save your seat.

San Antonio
Plan to attend the San Antonio Roundtable on March 8, on the River Walk. Get an association update from Duffy Wilbert, InfoComm Senior Vice President of Member Services. Save your seat.

 How One CTS Holder Wins More Bids

“Since getting my CTS-D, I've noticed how people in the industry pay attention and heed my recommendations. It's very timely too, since a large bid we just won had a requirement for at least one CTS-D employee.”

— Cyril Moraes, CTS-D, Applied Electronics Ltd.

 This Way to CTS-D Confidence

CTS-D Prep Virtual Classroom is a five-week course created for experienced designers preparing for the CTS-D exam. It helps you focus your exam study, practice your math and tackle the areas you need to bone up on before you take the CTS-D exam. Sign up online or call 1.800.659.7469 to save your seat. Class starts Feb. 25.

 The AV Business Leadership Series

This year-long series focuses on "The New Normal" — how strategic relationships and added value can take your firm to the next level. InfoComm's AV Business Leadership Series is a complete career-development package that includes six webinars, attendance at a networking lunch during InfoComm 2013 and attendance at the new AV Executive Conference. Get all these products together and save time and money. Contact your regional account manager to purchase the series.

 Scholarships for College Students

The International Communications Industries Foundation (ICIF) is accepting applications through March 29, 2013, for 2013/2014 scholarships. Get more information and apply.

 CTS Prep Heads to UCLA

CTS Prep is road-tripping to Los Angeles, March 18-20. Review design terminology, fine-tune your math skills and learn test-taking strategies. Then, when you go take the CTS exam, you'll arrive at the test site with confidence. Email Debbie Sausville at or call her at +1.703.277.2012 to find out more about the refundable pre-registration fee of $50.

 Benefits of Belonging: CTS Prep Online

InfoComm members can take the new CTS Prep Online for free. Get your entire staff on the road to CTS at no additional cost. Register now.

 Upcoming Webinars

  • Innovating Professional Development
    Feb. 13, 2013

  • Writing an Effective and Efficient Email
    Feb. 14, 2013

  • Take 1 Insurance: Live Events Case Study
    Feb. 27, 2013


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