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InfoComm Update

February 5, 2014

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Learn What's Ahead for InfoComm University; Join Us at the Technology Convergence Conference; AV-iQ Teams with USAV; 75 Reasons to Get Your CTS; Get on the Track to CTS-I; Keep Calm and Prep On; Pre-Order the New Networking Book; ANSI-Approved AV Systems Verification Standard Available for Download; PSNI Participates in Enhanced InfoComm AV-iQ Offering; Roundtables Coming to the Cities Near You

Upcoming Webinars

Featured Events


On the Eve of ISE


As you read this issue, Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) is underway and while the final numbers aren't in, they have broken all pre-registration records. Couldn't make it to Amsterdam? Catch up on all happenings in the Show Daily. This year's show has a new ISE daily tv news streaming feature. See an interview with David Labuskes, CTS, RCDD, Executive Director and CEO, InfoComm International, and come back for more from the show.


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New Digital Signage Course Brings You Real-World Examples


InfoComm University's™ new course, Digital Signage for Technology Managers Online, will help you make smart decisions about how to implement digital signage systems as powerful and affordable tools for your organization. Learn how to reach common ground with colleagues and examine success stories to apply to your next project.

Explore more about this course, including details on how you can earn five RUs.


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InfoComm International Teams With AMX Europe to Train 75 AV Networking Pros


InfoComm International is collaborating with AMX Europe to provide networked audiovisual systems training to AV professionals. At least 75 students will be able to take InfoComm's highly regarded Networked AV Systems class at a discounted rate in Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom, dramatically raising the number of trained professionals in the region.

The Networked AV Systems course is built around real-world applications that clients want today, and the way AV and IT technologies must be coordinated to create the best experience. The course follows the process of matching AV and networking technologies to customer needs for digital signage, conferencing, remote monitoring and management, and networked AV security. It goes through the planning for three fictional companies, each with its unique requirements. Learn more.


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AV / IT: Evolve or Die


"Ask yourself [...] if the car that you drive is the best one that you could own. No is probably the answer [...]. Does that mean that you made a bad decision buying it, or that you just analyzed the options and settled on your own compromise between features and cost?"

David Danto, IMCCA's Director of Emerging Technology, advises AV integrators to develop custom solutions only where necessary and to learn about IP networks, cloud services, unified communication systems, and smart buildings and become a trusted resource for their clients. Read more.


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David Danto

The Future of Digital Signage Is Touch and Here Is Why


"The future of digital signage will be touch," says Jennifer Davis of Planar Systems. She explains how creating interactive content has become easier and that displays can now keep up with the resolution demands thanks to the growth of QHD, ultra HD and 4K. Read more.


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Jennifer Davis

Sports Venues Keep Large Events in the Ball Game


Is Audio Video Lighting (AVL) the secret home field advantage? InfoComm International explores how Live Events are allowing a more diversified revenue stream for owners and operators of costly sporting venues. We'll look at event planners' impact on big picture video, sweet suites and more.


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More News from InfoComm

 Learn What's Ahead for InfoComm University

Explore what to expect from InfoComm University™ in 2014, including:

  • New install racks that allow the new courses to travel to you
  • News about mobile training
  • New audio courses and much more!

Browse the 2014 Education Catalog.

 Join Us at the Technology Convergence Conference

InfoComm is proud to be a partner of the Technology Convergence Conference (TCC). Held Feb. 18 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in California, the TCC is a peer-to-peer educational forum focusing on trends and case studies on building technology systems, particularly those that now reside on the network and are falling into AV and IT domain. Don't miss InfoComm Executive Director and CEO David Labuskes, CTS®, RCDD; Alain Durocher, Manager of Strategy, Planning and Development, University of Southern California; and Andrew Milne, Ph.D., CEO, Tidebreak, Inc., as they discuss the importance of defining and expecting exceptional audiovisual experiences.

InfoComm is pleased to offer a discounted registration using promo code InfoCommTCC2014. Learn more about the TCC and register today.

 AV-iQ Teams with USAV

The InfoComm International-powered, web-based AV industry resource AV-iQ and USAV are uniting to create a custom program that would link USAV's Preferred Manufacturer Partners (PMPs) with USAV AV Integrator Members. Each USAV AV Integrator member will sign up individually for AV-iQ and select USAV PMPs among their supplier selections. Learn more.

 75 Reasons to Get Your CTS

InfoComm International marks its 75th Anniversary in 2014. Be part of the celebration and help us spread the value of your certification program by sharing a reason professionals should earn their CTS. Submit your suggestions along with your name, title and organization. We will feature the top 75 reasons in upcoming publications. You may inspire someone to take the next step.

Lily Rea, CTS-I

 Get on the Track to CTS-I

"I recommend beginners or those taking the CTS®-I exam to enroll in these courses. I took away a lot of practical skills and knowledge of best practices."
— Lily Rea, CTS-I, Technical Manager, Events and Venues, External Relations, The George Washington University

Hurry, save your seat now for the upcoming install courses, March 3-8 in Fairfax, VA:

  • Installation 1: System Fabrication Audience: AV professionals who work on AV systems before their initial power-up including installation technicians and system integrators
  • Installation 2: Setup and Verification Audience: AV professionals who work on AV systems before their initial power-up including installation technicians, system integrators, and others who configure systems, perform testing, and verify compliance with standards and other documentation.

 Pre-Order the New Networking Book

Get ready for a resource that is going to be your new on-the-job networking reference. Networked AV Systems, exclusively from McGraw-Hill and InfoComm International, will show you how to reset invalid IP addresses, determine bandwidth requirements for streaming, decide what AV devices need to be on VLANs and so much more.

 ANSI-Approved AV Systems Verification Standard Available for Download

InfoComm's newest ANSI approved standard, ANSI/INFOCOMM 10:2013 AV Systems Performance Verification has been made available for download. The purpose of this standard is to reduce project risk, create a common language and set expectations.

"This standard is an opportunity to explore how you can improve your designs using a trusted source."
— Dan Doolen, Technology Manager, University of Illinois

ANSI/INFOCOMM 10:2013 is free for members and $60 for non-members.

 PSNI Participates in Enhanced InfoComm AV-iQ Offering

InfoComm is pleased that the PSNI network will be engaging in a custom AV-iQ program that will link PSNI's Preferred Vendor Partners (PVPs) with PSNI Integrator Members.

"PSNI and affiliates throughout North America have been strong proponents of an industry resource tool that would consolidate confidential product pricing, provide project cost estimating tools, and define labor data formulas all in one location," said Chris Miller, Executive Director, PSNI. "PSNI and individual affiliates are working with 19 Preferred Vendor Partners and InfoComm's AV-iQ to implement the program."

"With PVP filtering, PSNI affiliates will be able to filter search results to display PVPs that will encourage the selection of PVP products in system design," said John Fuchs, Senior Vice President, InfoComm iQ. "PSNI is a remarkable organization that understands the needs of integrators in today's competitive environment."

 Roundtables Coming to the Cities Near You

Hear the presentation "Shift Happens: If You Fail to Plan, You Plan to Fail" by James Feldman, a change management expert. Discuss changes occurring in the industry and the InfoComm programs developed to address them.

They're coming to the following cities:

 Upcoming Webinars

  • Mentoring — An Overview of Mentors
    Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014
    1 p.m. (New York), 6 p.m. (London)

    This webinar sets the stage for a multipart series on mentoring — what it is, how to be a mentor, and best practices that contribute to mutual benefit for the mentor and mentee. 


  • Project Kick-Off Meetings: Setting the Stage for Success
    Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014,
    1 p.m. (New York), 6 p.m. (London)

    Join us for part two in the webinar series that will help your AV integration organization set the stage for making the resulting implementation a success.


  • Business Lessons From a Race Car Driver
    Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014
    1 p.m. (New York), 6 p.m. (London)

    Frank Coker, CoreConnex CEO, steps through three key learnings from the race track that can inspire your company.


 Editor's Note

It's my pleasure to serve you as the new editor of this newsletter and other InfoComm communications. If you have an opinion you'd like to share or you'd like to contribute to the blogs and stories, please contact me. I'd love to hear from you.

Thank you!

Nermina Miller
Senior Writer/Editor
InfoComm International


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