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InfoComm Update

October 2, 2013

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Vote for the InfoComm Board; InfoComm Today Podcast; AV Week; AV Expert and Bard; Networked AV Systems in London; Smart Building Conference; Almo Pro A/V's Fall Tour; Last Install School of 2013; Networking Technology Online; With CTS®, Clients Come First; AV/IT Infrastructure for Courts; InfoComm Around the World; GovComm 2013;Toronto Roundtable; Call for Presenters; Upcoming Webinars

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Everyone's a Broadcaster, Part 2


Producing quality video content for online distribution is critical to getting a message out. Actually distributing that content takes a unique set of technology chops. Video streaming may seem like an IT application, but it's really a networked AV system. Here's how it works. The second in a two-part report. If you missed it, here's part 1.


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Pro AV Forecast: Peaks and Valleys?


According to industry metrics, business is very, very good. But wait a minute — have we seen this scenario before? InfoComm International® partner Corelytics released a new AV Industry Index and its analysts strike a cautionary note. (But then again, the industry hasn't been exactly predicable lately.) Read all about it.


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Tech Managers Invade InfoComm 2013


He would have checked in earlier, but the Chairman of InfoComm's Technology Managers Council was a little busy getting UCLA classrooms in high-tech shape this past summer. But he was there in Orlando when a surge in tech managers helped boost InfoComm 2013 attendance to new highs. What did Greg Brown, CTS®-D, CTS®I, take away from the show? He gives his rundown in the All Voices Blog.


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Boo! Haunted Houses Are the Next Big AV Venue


Roll out the Halloween decorations and spooky stories! And if you're brave enough, drop by one of this year's increasingly sophisticated haunted houses, replete with high-end AV, intricate lighting and complex show control. In fact, you can probably visit the best of these venues long after the goblins hibernate because they're big business. Read more.


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3 Reasons Digital Signage is Growing


Imagine a world in which a new digital display fires up every 3.5 seconds. You're living in it. The fact that these displays practically install themselves has gone a long way toward making digital signage one of the fastest-growing markets in pro AV. Self-hanging signs may be an exaggeration, but these three reasons definitely are not.


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 Vote for the InfoComm Board

Remember to vote for the InfoComm International Board of Directors and Leadership Search Committee (formerly the Leadership Development Committee). Ballots have been sent via email and regular mail to the primary contacts at InfoComm members. If you don't receive yours soon, drop a note to The deadline to vote is Oct. 29.

 Now Hear This: AV's Generation Next

InfoComm Today Podcast

Workforce development is a hot topic. It's even part of the InfoComm Board of Directors' newest strategic plan. How does the AV industry attract and educate the next generation of enthusiastic, tech-savvy professionals? Listen to the latest InfoComm Today Podcast as top executives and next-gen stars discuss plans to fill the industry's ranks with the best and brightest. Join Jeremy Caldera, CTS-D, CTS-I of Zdi Inc.; Barry Goldin, CTS, of Unified AV Systems; and Sarah Joyce of Electrosonic as they share their thoughts on apprenticeship, scholarships, AV curricula and more. Tune in now.

 What Are Your Plans for AV Week?

Here's an idea: Call up your local high school and ask who's in charge of the school's STEM or technology education program. Ask that person if students would be interested in hearing about the professional AV industry and your company's role in it. Then show them the exciting, creative, decidedly high-tech experiences that AV professionals help create.

AV Week is Oct. 13-19. It's the audiovisual community's chance to celebrate, promote and share what they do with the world. Visit InfoComm's AV Week Toolkit online for ideas, logos, presentations and other resources you can use to trumpet your participation in the coolest industry on the planet.

 AV Expert and Bard

InfoComm Vice President of Standards Joe Bocchiaro, CTS-D, CTS-I, has a new "bozzword" that needs exploration. This time it's inspired him to verse. Can you write AV poetry like this? Give it a try in the Comments section and maybe we'll publish your composition in a future InfoComm Update.

 'Networked AV Systems' Offered in London

InfoComm University™'s popular Networked AV Systems course arrives in the U.K. this month. The three-day class will be held 29-31 Oct. at the Hilton London Green Park Hotel. Register today.

 Attend Smart Building Conference 2013

Also in London this month, Integrated Systems Events' Smart Building Conference comes to Dexter House on 15 Oct. The conference is a unique opportunity for systems integrators, custom installers, product distributors and other AV industry professionals to gain a competitive advantage by being at the forefront of the intelligent-building revolution. InfoComm Sustainability Officer Allen Weidman will host sessions on future smart building technologies and trends, including energy management systems. Register now.

 There's Still Time: Register for Almo Pro A/V's Fall Tour


Almo Professional A/V, in partnership with InfoComm International, kicks off the fall leg of its E4 AV training and networking tour at the Hyatt Regency in Irvine, Calif., on Oct. 18. E4 Southern California will feature a new training curriculum and dynamic speakers. Tom Kehr, CTS®-D, CTS®-I, an InfoComm 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 Southern California runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. PDT. It is free for Almo Pro A/V's reseller, integrator and consultant partners. To register, go to

 Last Install School of 2013

Visit InfoComm University™ in Fairfax, Va., to experience our all-new install school. These new courses are customized to your on-the-job work.

Sign up for one or both — they won't be offered again until 2014.

 Rock the Network, AV Style

Strike a chord with your IT department by learning the basics of the network. Discover how a basic understanding of networking will arm you with the know-how to troubleshoot systems and ask the right questions. Enroll in Networking Technology Online.

 With CTS, Clients Come First

Eric Abbott, CTS

"As an IATSE member, one of the things we have to do is show we are willing to stay relevant and current with the state of the industry. CTS® has allowed me and my local to make sure that the client comes first and that we are sending qualified union members to the jobsite." —Eric Abbott, CTS

Learn more about CTS certification today.

 Order in the Courts!

Created for architects and technology engineers, InfoComm's new AV/IT Infrastructure Guidelines for Courts, published in association with the American Institute of Architects, walks you through planning and designing AV/IT infrastructures for courthouses. Find out how to download your free copy from the InfoComm Store so you can share it with your colleagues.

Special thanks to the members of InfoComm's AV/IT Infrastructure Built Environment Task Force:

  • Jennifer Willard, CTS, Administrative Office of the Courts of California (Chair)
  • Jay Farbstein, Ph.D., FAIA, Jay Farbstein & Associates, Inc.
  • Martin Gruen, William and Mary School of Law
  • Fredric Lederer, William and Mary School of Law
  • Donald Palmer, Civilian Sector - Federal Government
  • David Samura, International Criminal Court
  • Bob Schwartz, FAIA, LEED BD+C, HOK, Inc.
  • Dickson Stewart, CTS-D, Electronic Interiors, Inc.

 InfoComm Around the World

AV professionals across the globe have been flocking to InfoComm shows to network, learn and get hands-on with new products. Among the highlights:

  • The first-ever InfoComm India (pictured), in September, drew huge crowds for three days. InfoComm University courses attracted more than 600 students. Thanks to platinum partners Barco, Delta Displays and Kramer Electronics.
  • TecnoMultimedia InfoComm Mexico 2013, in August, grew more than 50 percent from 2012. Watch this video (en español).
  • More than 4,800 professionals attended Integrate 2013, in association with InfoComm, also held in August in Sydney, Australia. InfoComm Executive Director and CEO David Labuskes, CTS, RCDD, gave the keynote address.

Where in the world will InfoComm be next? We know.

 GovComm 2013

The list of exhibitors for GovComm 2013, Dec. 4-5 in Washington, D.C., keeps growing. Once again, GovComm will be co-located with Government Video Expo, offering a one-stop-shopping experience for all your AV and IT requirements. Register today.

 Roundtable Tour Stops in Toronto

Join InfoComm, in conjunction with the Stampede Big Book of AV Tour, at the Toronto Roundtable on Nov. 14, 2013. Visit the Big Book of AV Tour showcase and see new cutting-edge products you can only see there. Immediately following, Duffy Wilbert, CTS, CAE, Senior Vice President of Member Services of InfoComm, will talk about changes to the industry and the programs InfoComm is developing to address them. In addition Brad Malone, PMP, President and Principal Consultant of Twin Star Consulting Company will present Maximizing Your Organization's Performance. Save your seat today.

 Call for Presenters

InfoComm is seeking experienced speakers for member roundtables and webinars. Share your knowledge on a variety of topics, including sales, project management, leadership, business development and much more. Complete your application today.

 Upcoming Webinars

  • AV Sales Training: Up-Front Agreements
    Oct. 15, 2013

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

  • Manufacturers' Training: Revolabs Executive Elite
    Oct. 24, 2013


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