Forward to a colleague.  |  View as a web page.

InfoComm Update

September 18, 2013

More News

InfoComm Today Podcast: Tech Managers Speak Out; TIA 2013; Almo Pro A/V's Fall Tour; Run for the CTS Certification Committee; Install School; Design School; Collaborate: New York; Chicago Roundtable; Benefits of Belonging; Upcoming Webinars

Upcoming Webinars

Featured Events


Everyone's a Broadcaster, Part 1


With the cost of broadcast-quality equipment dropping and the pervasiveness of broadband connections growing, it's little wonder that everyone from houses of worship to universities and corporations are using streaming technology to get into the broadcast game. But there's a big difference between doing it because you can and doing it well. Read how several churches are getting their messages out online. The first in a two-part report.


Share this:   Facebook  Twitter  LinkedIn

  Everyone's a Broadcaster, Part 1

It's Not Too Late: Sell Digital Signage to Stadiums


Newsflash: Half the stadiums surveyed for a recent report do not have a digital signage network, and none of them has linked digital signage to the mobile devices that it seems every fan is checking throughout the game. One InfoComm All Voices blogger was baffled by this revelation, but then it dawned on him: Stadium digital signage really is a great untapped opportunity to bring AV and IT together for a truly exceptional experience.


Share this:   Facebook  Twitter  LinkedIn

  It's Not Too Late: Sell Digital Signage to Stadiums

'Silent Sound' Gets Louder


How strange would it be to walk into a ballroom, see everybody swaying to the music — and not hear a note? So-called "silent shows" are gaining interest from a variety of customers, and not just in music venues. Corporate, retail and education event producers are cluing into the possibilities of turning a group experience into something more personal. Read more.


Share this:   Facebook  Twitter  LinkedIn

  'Silent Sound' Gets Louder
Photo: Silent Events Inc.

Smart Building Conference Stops in London


Integrated Systems Events, which produces the annual Integrated Systems Europe trade show, announced that its Smart Building Conference will be held Oct. 15 in London. Early-bird registration is now open. A joint venture of InfoComm International® and CEDIA, the Smart Building Conference draws professionals from many backgrounds. "The ability of AV professionals to integrate the disparate technologies in a building into an efficient, manageable and scalable system is without parallel anywhere in the construction business," says Mike Blackman, Managing Director of Integrated Systems Events. Register now.


Share this:   Facebook  Twitter  LinkedIn

  Smart Building Conference Stops in London

Navigating Europe's Ecodesign Directive


The European Union's Ecodesign Directive, which aims to reduce the power consumption of a whole host of products — including AV electronics — is like the ENERGY STAR program in the United States. Only the Ecodesign Directive, unlike ENERGY STAR, is not voluntary; it's law. The Professional Audio Manufacturers Alliance (PAMA) wanted to know how the regulations impacted the sale of AV gear in Europe. Does every AV product need to conform? Download PAMA's whitepaper to find out for yourself.


Share this:   Facebook  Twitter  LinkedIn

  Navigating Europe's Ecodesign Directive

More News from InfoComm

 Stay in the Know

Give your inbox a break. We don't want to send you anything you don't want to read. Get the latest news about pro-AV programs and events the way you want it. Log in to to customize your email subscriptions and receive the information you care about most.

 Now Hear This: Tech Managers Speak Out

InfoComm Today Podcast

They're your customers, your colleagues and in many cases the ultimate judges of the AV systems you design, install and/or operate. And they've got a few words to say. Listen to the latest InfoComm Today Podcast to find out what technology managers think about AV integrators, which AV solutions they want the most, and what it's like managing AV technology in an IT world. Tune in now.

 What is the Future of the Network?

TIA 2013

Find out at TIA 2013, Oct. 7-10 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center outside Washington, D.C. The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents the information and communications technology (ICT) industry.

Paul Streffon, CTS®-D, CTS®-I, Senior Staff Instructor for InfoComm, will present the workshop "The Technology of Streaming Video in the Zettabyte Era" on Oct. 8. Allen Weidman, InfoComm's Chief Sustainability Officer and Executive Director of the STEP Foundation, will take part in the Sustainability and ICT track, also on Oct. 8.

This is the third annual TIA conference, a thought leadership, networking and educational event focused on the global network. Register now.

 Almo Pro A/V's Fall Tour Kicks Off in SoCal


Almo Professional A/V, in partnership with InfoComm International, has opened registration for the fall leg of its E4 AV training and networking tour, which commences at the Hyatt Regency in Irvine, Calif., on Oct. 18. E4 SoCal will feature an entirely new training curriculum, as well as an energetic array of dynamic speakers, including Midori Connolly of AVGirl Productions. In addition, for the first time in the tour's history, the keynote address and a new Tech Expert Brain Freeze lunchtime panel will be broadcast live on the web.

Tom Kehr, CTS-D, CTS-I, an InfoComm International Senior Instructor, will present sessions on "Assessing Network Readiness for AV Systems" and "Audio Gain Structure" both of which are worth InfoComm CTS Renewal Units (RUs). Check out the full schedule of courses.

E4 SoCal runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. PDT. It is an entirely free event, including parking, for Almo Pro A/V's reseller, integrator and consultant partners. To register, go to The E4 AV program can be accessed on demand during and after each event for instructor videos, copies of the course presentations and live Twitter updates.

 Run for the CTS Committee


This year, there are six open positions for the InfoComm Certification Committee, which is responsible for overseeing the development and administration of credible Certified Technology Specialist™ certifications and for ensuring the credentials meet high standards of ethical and professional practice for the audiovisual industry. How about you? If you're passionate about your CTS credentials, find out how to submit your application before the Oct. 1 deadline.

 You've Got the Power

Explore AV installation through new training that's based on your installation role. System Fabrication will teach you what to do before you turn on the power, such as make fiber-optic connections. In Setup and Verification, you'll learn how to adjust systems for optional performance, including projector setup, impedance testing, audio-system gain and equalization. Enroll now for one or both courses, Oct. 21-26 in Fairfax, Va.

 3 Things You'll Learn in AV Design Courses

AV Design Courses

Here's a sample of what you'll learn in InfoComm University™'s upcoming AV design courses, Oct. 7-15 in Fairfax, Va.:

  • How to communicate and collaborate with allied trades
  • How to understand the critical considerations and physics that affect AV design
  • How to conduct and develop a needs assessment

Discover your design potential.

 Solve Problems at Collaborate: New York

Broaden your knowledge of multimedia, videoconferencing, and unified communications as InfoComm and the IMCCA bring you the first Collaborate: New York, Oct. 16, at the Westin Times Square. Spend your afternoon learning how peers solved thorny problems, such as how one firm installed the largest LPD videowall in the world and managed to get it back on-line after Superstorm Sandy. Visit the Tech Zone, and stay for the cocktail reception. Register today.

 Don't Miss the Chicago Roundtable

Join InfoComm, in conjunction with the Stampede Big Book of AV Tour, at the Chicago Roundtable tomorrow, Sept. 19, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chicago — Arlington Heights. Visit the Big Book of AV Tour showcase and see new cutting-edge products. Immediately following, Matt Robbins, Senior Market Research Analyst, Member Services, InfoComm International, will talk about changes to the industry and the InfoComm programs being developed to address them. In addition, hear the presentation Shift Happens! Thriving on Change by Jim Feldman, CEO of Shift Happens! Be prepared to share your opinions and concerns during the open-floor portion of this event. Save your spot

 Benefits of Belonging: InfoComm Standards

Would you like to increase your competitive advantage and access new markets? Free to all members, InfoComm's standards can help you streamline processes, trim cost, maintain market access and boost the bottom line. InfoComm is an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Accredited Standards Developer (ASD). Learn more about the benefits of membership.

 Upcoming Webinars

  • Reading the Crowd, Working the Room: Winning Strategies for Formal Presentations
    Sept. 19, 2013

  • Build Your Skills: Microsoft PowerPoint — Getting Your Message Across Without Bullet Points and Just Graphics
    Oct. 7, 2013

  • Manufacturers' Training: Williams Sound — Keeping Pace With the Speed of Technology
    Oct. 17, 2013


Featured News

Alcorn McBride’s A/V Binloop Delivers Multimedia Content for Kent State University Exhibit

Alcorn McBride's A/V Binloop Delivers Multimedia Content for Kent State University Exhibit

Featured Events
InfoComm on Facebook InfoComm on GooglePlus InfoComm on Twitter InfoComm on LinkedIn InfoComm Community InfoComm Postcards Blog InfoComm AllVoices Blog

London Roundtable
Sept. 26
Hilton Green Park

AV Week 2013
Oct. 13-19