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InfoComm Update

June 26, 2013

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InfoComm Today Podcasts From InfoComm 2013; Show Predictions Revisited; AV Systems Performance Verification Standard Review; AV Executive Conference; InfoComm Expands Functionality of AV-iQ and Partners With Starin; New Networking Course; New Install Courses; 190 Get CTS® Credentials; 5 Days Until New CTS Exams; Vancouver, Denver Roundtables; Benefits of Belonging; New Products From InfoComm 2013

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InfoComm International Fetes Award Winners


At a special reception this month, InfoComm International® recognized some of the industry's best and brightest. Dr. Joseph Kramer and Mike Tsinberg were named Adele De Berri Pioneers of AV; Rodrigo Ordóñez, CTS®-D, earned the Harald Thiel Volunteer of the Year Award; and Malissa Dillman, CTS-D, CTS®-I, was named InfoComm Educator of the Year. Also recognized were Aneeta Gupta and Penny Sitler as InfoComm Women in AV Award winners; Hong Cheng, CTS-D, CTS-I, and Ilya Khain as Young AV Award winners; and Middle Atlantic Products and Milestone AV Technologies with InfoComm's Sustainable AV Award. Congratulations to the deserving winners.


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Record Number of Attendees Connect at InfoComm 2013


If you missed this month's InfoComm 2013 in Orlando, Fla., you should be able to find plenty of peers who can fill you in. That's because InfoComm 2013 attracted more AV professionals than any InfoComm ever. And in a sign that industry certification continues to gain in importance, a record-number of people passed their Certified Technology Specialist™ exam at the show. Read all the news.


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Is 4K Hype or the Next Big Thing in Pro AV?


That was the question on many minds during InfoComm 2013. Ultra-high definition displays are on the way. In this special report, we asked members of the industry to evaluate their prospects. And in the InfoComm All Voices Blog, Planar's Jennifer Davis discusses why customers tell the company they're interested in moving to 4K.


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InfoComm and Latin Press to Launch New Brazilian AV Trade Show in 2014


InfoComm continues to put the "International" in the growing, global pro-AV industry. Earlier this month, the association announced it plans to launch TecnoMultimedia Brasil under the umbrella of TecnoMultimedia InfoComm, a partnership between InfoComm and Latin Press. The new show will co-locate with the ExpoSec security trade show, held at the Centro de Exposicoes Imigrantes in São Paulo in May 2014. Read all about it.


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Ten Lessons Learned as a 'Mentoree'


Many words have been written about why it's important to reach out and mentor new members of the AV industry. But it's equally important to be open and receptive to mentoring from others. If someone is going to give his or her time to guide you in your career, shouldn't you do your part? Here's what to keep in mind, courtesy of the newest member of the InfoComm All Voices Blog.


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More News from InfoComm

 Call for Nominations

The annual election for open positions on the 2014 InfoComm Board of Directors and Leadership Search Committee (formerly the Leadership Development Committee) will occur this fall. Nominations from the general membership are now being accepted for the following open positions:

  • One Secretary/Treasurer, serving a four-year ascending term as an officer

  • Two Directors at Large, serving two-year terms

  • One LSC member, serving a three-year term

The InfoComm Board of Directors is responsible for managing the affairs and strategy of the association. The group of eight directors and four officers meets via teleconference or in person six to eight times per year. The InfoComm Leadership Search Committee is responsible for the development of future leaders, volunteers, appointments, related events, and nomination of candidates for election to InfoComm positions. The group of 10 members meets via teleconference or in person six to eight times per year.

For all positions, nominations from the general membership will be reviewed by the Leadership Search Committee, which is responsible for nominating final candidates for election to InfoComm offices. Nominations will be accepted until July 15. Please email Duffy Wilbert with the nominee's name and contact information (including phone number and email address), position for which he/she is being nominated, and a one-paragraph business biography.

 Now Hear This: Voices of InfoComm 2013

The InfoComm Today Podcast was live in Orlando, Fla., for InfoComm 2013. What were people saying? First, hear Blackmagic Design, Christie and Crestron execs discuss the show and what their companies were exhibiting. Second, a slew of AV professionals stop by the podcast studio to describe the show floor. Finally, Rodrigo Ordóñez, CTS-D, Principal Consultant at K2 Audio and winner of InfoComm International's Volunteer of the Year Award, stops by to discuss what he's seen at the show this year, the classes he's taught, and what it's like to take InfoComm education on the road.

Bookmark the InfoComm Today Podcast page for regular updates.

 Five to Watch at InfoComm 2013

The great thing about InfoComm show prognostications is reading them again afterward to see if they came true. Go back and read Pete Putman's show preview to determine if what you saw in Orlando jibes with what he was predicting. Feel free to leave a comment of your own.

 AV Systems Performance Verification Standard Review Begins June 28

Public review and comment for InfoComm's latest draft standard, 10-2013 Audiovisual Systems Performance Verification, begins June 28. The public is encouraged to download the draft and provide comments by Aug. 12 at 5 p.m. EDT. The standard provides a framework and supporting processes for determining elements of an audiovisual system that need to be verified; the timing of that verification within the project delivery cycle; a process for determining verification metrics, and reporting procedures.

 AV Executive Conference: Register Early for the Best Value

The InfoComm AV Executive Conference, to be held Sept. 10-12 at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Fla., promises to be a unique experience for business leaders in the AV industry. Register before July 19 to get complimentary ground transportation between The Ritz-Carlton and the Jacksonville International Airport, a $150 value, as well as early bird registration prices, a $100 savings. Register now.

 InfoComm Expands Functionality of AV-iQ

InfoComm announced that its AV-iQ online product database features new functionality to improve usability for the whole AV value chain. New features include advanced product research criteria, a project list tool that allows the creation of project templates, the ability to feed AV-iQ data into existing systems and refinement of the cloud-based My-iQ solution, which allows customization of searches and more.

"Common categorization and a standardized data format benefits the industry because it reduces the cost of data distribution and entry, leads to the creation of more apps and improves data quality and app performance," said John Fuchs, Senior Vice President, InfoComm iQ. "The ability to standardize data puts the industry on a path to a more innovative future, and the new functionality of InfoComm iQ will improve industry data, make the data easier than ever to access and personalize, and reduce the costs associated with researching products and specifying projects."

 Starin Brands & Customers Grow With AV-iQ

The InfoComm-powered, web-based AV industry resource AV-iQ recently welcomed Starin as its first participating distributor. All brands provided by Starin will be listed within AV-iQ's master product directory. The alliance recognizes the significance that Starin has gained in its delivery of products to the integration community. Integrators and dealers that have their own dealer-specific versions of AV-iQ on their websites can now rely on them to include the latest, accurate product information for all Starin brands. Read more.

 InfoComm University Unveils New Networking Course

We have the know-how you need to keep your AV running smoothly on a network: Networking Technology Online. From network basics to troubleshooting, you'll find answers to the questions that have stumped you up to now. Plus, this course prepares you to dive deeper into AV networking with Networked AV Systems.

 New Install Courses Customized to Your Job

InfoComm University™ is refreshing the way it teaches AV installation. Be among the first to:

  • Go step-by-step to the point of turning on the power of an AV system in the new course System Fabrication, July 22-24 in Fairfax, Va.

  • Then learn everything that comes next in the new Setup and Verification, July 25-27 in Fairfax, Va.

Plus, get a sneak peek at new online install courses when you call your account manager, +1.703.273.7200. You can also register online.

 190 Professionals Added to the 'CTS Wall of Honor'

Congratulations to the newest CTS®, CTS-D and CTS-I holders who earned their credentials while at InfoComm 2013 in Orlando, including Bill Martin, CTS, from Australia (pictured), the first to pass the test at the show. Put your hands together for these professionals who completed an impressive career milestone and signed their names to the CTS Wall of Honor that was displayed at the show.

 5 Days Until New CTS Exams

Taking your CTS, CTS-D or CTS-I exam after July 1? Then, check out the updates to the exams. All three exams have new job tasks to reflect changes in the AV industry. Don't stress, though. Call +1.703.273.7200 for one-on-one guidance on how to prepare before your exam.

 Vancouver Roundtable

The InfoComm Roundtable Tour will be stopping in Vancouver on July 18. Hear from popular business motivational speaker Jim Feldman, CEO of Shift Happens!® Learn to manage and create change, and shift your thinking from linear problem solving to creative problem solving. The roundtable will also feature an association update from Duffy Wilbert, CTS, CAE, InfoComm's Senior Vice President of Member Services, and an open-floor discussion. Save your spot.

 Denver Roundtable

And don't miss the Roundtable Tour when it stops in Denver on Aug. 8. InfoComm Senior Staff Instructor Paul Streffon, MBA, CTS-D, CTS-I, Network+, will present Project Management Using InfoComm's Standards. Duffy Wilbert, CTS, CAE, InfoComm Senior Vice President of Member Services, will present What's New? What's Next? AV Industry and InfoComm Update. Save your spot.

 Benefits of Belonging: Free InfoComm Standards

Free standards were recently added to the many benefits available to InfoComm members. Standards help you access new markets and increase your competitive advantage. Browse InfoComm standards. Not a member yet? Join today.

 New Products From InfoComm 2013

What did exhibitors release at the big show earlier this month? Catch up on all the latest products at the exhibitor news room on the show site. Find releases here.


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