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October 30, 2013

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Vergauwen Scholarship Winners; Protect Your Hearing Month; InfoComm Wins World Standards Day Competition; Haunted Houses; Toronto Roundtable; Free CTS Prep Online; Vote for Certification Committee; AV Symbols Standard Review; Mentors Wanted; CTS Meets Events; Philly Roundtable; Call for Presenters; Upcoming Webinars

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Podcast: State of the AV Installer


Tune into this special edition of the InfoComm Today Podcast to hear leading AV installers and integrators discuss how their jobs have changed since the Great Recession. Competition is fierce; clients are more demanding. Are the industry's technology solutions keeping pace with demand? All topics are on the table. Listen now.


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7 Months Later, This is Still So Sad


Last March, a flight-information display fell on a 10-year-old boy. It shouldn't have. Now the courts will try and determine whose fault is was, although really, it seems pretty clear what went wrong. InfoComm All Voices blogger Brad Grimes breaks down what is known about this tragic event. Don't let this happen to you.


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AV Pros: Save Us From Dumb Buildings!


What do robot baristas have to do with anything? How about virtual bosses? In case no one's noticed, technology keeps bounding ahead, and those who don't stay current may be left behind. In this case, InfoComm Sustainability Officer Allen Weidman muses on smart buildings and the role smart AV professionals should take in their design and integration.


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Wireless Sound Systems Find Their Niche


What do you think of when you think of portable PA systems? Hostage negotiators? (Apparently, you're not alone.) Think again. Today's wireless PA systems are feature-rich, versatile and ready for deployment at live events. Did we mention they sound good, too? They do.


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More News from InfoComm

 ICIF Recognizes Vergauwen Scholarship Winners

The International Communications Industries Foundation (ICIF) awarded the Michael Vergauwen Education Fund Scholarship to Dustin Stout, rental technician at Ford Audio-Video and a student of sound design at the University of Central Oklahoma, and Mitchell Walker, former electrical engineering intern at LED display manufacturer NanoLumens and a student of electrical engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Congratulations to both! Read the news.

 Last Call: National Protect Your Hearing Month

Besides the fact that we're wrapping up National Protect Your Hearing Month this week, there are two facts we all should know: Hearing loss doesn't just happen to "other people" (in fact it's on the rise among our youth) and it is 100-percent preventable. Get the facts in the InfoComm All Voices Blog courtesy of Listen Technologies' Cory Schaeffer.

 InfoComm Wins World Standards Day Competition

Congratulations to the InfoComm International® Standards team for winning first and third prize in The Society for Standards Professionals' World Standards Day Paper Competition. Take a peek at the award-winning papers: At Work and Play and Everything in Between: Standards Keep the Ball Rolling and Slopes, Skis and Standards—Having Fun Skiing Safely, Responsibly and Sustainably.

Explore how standards provide stability while encouraging innovation in a rapidly-changing world. And learn how to get your free copies of InfoComm's standards.

 Seems Appropriate: Haunted Houses Are the Next Big AV Venue

Time's running out to put up the Halloween decorations. 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.

 Almo Pro A/V Wraps Up 2013 Tour in New York

Almo Professional A/V, in partnership with InfoComm, will make one last stop on its 2013 E4 AV training and networking tour on Nov. 13 at the Meadowlands Expo Center. E4 Metro New York will feature a fresh training curriculum led by dynamic speakers and worth up to 11 InfoComm Renewal Units (RUs). InfoComm instructors Tom Kehr, CTS®-D, CTS®-I, and Paul Streffon CTS-D, CTS-I, will lead technical sessions that focus on assessing network readiness for AV systems and audio gain structure, respectively. Read the full schedule of courses.

Based on the success of October's E4 event in Irvine, Calif., the keynote address and new Tech Expert Brain Freeze lunchtime panel will be broadcast live on the web via USTREAM.

E4 Metro New York runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is free for Almo Pro A/V's reseller, integrator and consultant partners. To register, go to

 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 find 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.

 How to Enroll in CTS Prep Online — Free!

Imagine unlimited access to CTS Prep Online — for everyone in your company. InfoComm members now get this great benefit and more. Learn about the advantages of membership.

 CTS Holders Voting for Committee

If you are a CTS holder, you should have received an email ballot to vote for members of the Certification Committee. This year, CTS holders will elect six members. Didn't get the email ballot? Give us a call at +1.703.273.7200 to update your information before the reminder goes out next week.

 Remember: Review the AV Symbols Standard

Imagine one set of AV symbols for infrastructure drawings that will streamline communication among our industry, architects and other trades. Review the CEA/CEDIA J-STD-710 Audio, Video and Control Architectural Drawing Symbols Standard. Hurry, the public review ends on Nov. 11.

 Searching for Mentors

InfoComm is gearing up for the launch of a new AV Mentor Network. In preparation, we're seeking experienced and trusted AV professionals to build relationships and advise newcomers to the AV industry. Offer your guidance and instruction while assisting a mentee in his or her professional development. To get involved with the AV Mentor Network, please contact Marc Bialek at

 CTS Meets Events

Nathan Cox, CTS

"With InfoComm education and CTS certification, people working in stagecraft can address AV issues needed early in the production process to provide a good experience for themselves, fellow workers and ultimately the audience."

—Nathan Cox, CTS, Vice President of IATSE Local 675

Explore how your team can work toward its CTS designations. Call +1.703.273.7200 or go online.

 Maximize Your Organization's Performance

Attend the InfoComm Regional Roundtable in Philadelphia on Nov. 21. David McNutt, Senior Principal of The McNutt Group, will present Maximizing Your Organization's Performance. Then stick around to share your views in the roundtable discussion and network with peers at our reception. Register now.

 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

  • New Realities in Obtaining Funding for Your Business
    Oct. 31, 2013

  • Reduce Cost & Improve Process With the New AV-iQ
    Nov. 6, 2013

  • AV Sales Training: The Question Behind the Question
    Nov. 12, 2013

  • Standards Applications: Case Studies
    Nov. 13, 2013


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