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February 19, 2014

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Learn What’s Ahead for InfoComm University, New Online Course: Digital Signage for Technology Managers, Get Networked Now, ANSI-Approved AV Systems Verification Standard Available for Download, 75 Reasons to Get Your CTS, Get on the Track to CTS-I, Roundtables Coming to the Cities Near You

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Registration Is Open for InfoComm 2014!


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Choose Your Training at InfoComm 2014

From AV classics to some new surprises, here are just a few of the training options you'll see that InfoComm University™ will offer at InfoComm 2014:

  • More networked AV systems content than ever before
  • A strong Emerging Technology Track
  • A First Timer's Track that covers a range of topics, from specifications and setup, through integration and advanced display, to future technologies

Start planning your courses now.


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Almo and InfoComm to Kick off 2014 E4 AV Tour, Provide CTS RUs for Free


A training-rich touring event organized by Almo Professional A/V in partnership with InfoComm International® is poised to kick off this year's program on March 11 in Dallas. Now in its fifth year, the E4 AV Tour exposes AV integrators, consultants, and resellers to the latest technologies and provides high-quality certification courses for free. Learn more


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ISE Attracts 51,003 Visitors and Looks Forward to Largest-Ever Show in 2015


Attracting more than 50,000 registered attendees or 15% over last year's figure, Integrated Systems Europe has further cemented its reputation as the world's most popular event for professional AV and electronic systems integration. As many as 937 people were trained and 17 professionals earned their CTS®. Also, Jim Harwood, Focus 21, was recognized by David Labuskes, CTS, RCDD, Executive Director and CEO InfoComm International, for being the only member in Europe to achieve the highest level of Certified Audiovisual Solutions Provider™ status for 10 consecutive years.


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Photo by Sander Ruijg, courtesy of Installation.


A Year in the Life of Met interactive: Technologies Without Barriers


Metropolitan interactive, a digital marketing firm that creates original solutions to technical challenges, has just celebrated a year of existence. We met with their CEO Jeffrey Mele to talk about professional development, integration and innovation in the AV industry. Read more


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Google Plunges Into Videoconferencing and the Internet of Things


That company in the heart of Silicon Valley with the multi-colored logo has been extremely busy these days, hasn't it? Looking at activity in the last month Google has made three widely broadcast moves that can be interpreted as full company expansion. Let's take a look at what's happened and attempt to connect the dots to see where this giant of the IT world might be headed. Read more


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Did the Courts Just Slow 4K Acceptance?


A couple of weeks ago, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia struck down the FCC order for net neutrality. That gave the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) the ability to adjust the costs of their services based on the type of data being transmitted and received. But how might this ruling potentially affect the adoption of 4K displays? Read more


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InfoComm Hosting Second Audiovisual Executive Conference


InfoComm International will be hosting its second annual AV Executive Conference and Golf Tournament Sept. 17-19, 2014, at the Omni Montelucia Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, AZ.

Building on the success of last year’s event, more than 150 leading AV executives are expected to participate. Last year, nearly every attendee indicated that they would attend again and recommend the event to a colleague. Popular features are returning, including the interactive Homework Express, which allows attendees to work with peers to apply the lessons of the day, and the Digital Expert Bar, which provides one-on-one coaching on social media presence. Learn more


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American Bar Association Adopts AV / IT Infrastructure Guidelines for Courts


The American Bar Association has listed the AV/IT Infrastructure Guidelines for Courts as one of its member resources. The document describes the design guidelines for architects, AV/IT specialists, judges, court administrators, and others concerned with courthouse and courtroom construction and renovation. Read more


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InfoComm Products Featured in Italian National Standards


Many InfoComm publications and standards have been included in an Italian collection of standards called UNI/PdR 4:2013, Audio-Video and Controls (AVC) integration services - Requirements for design, installation, configuration, calibration, programming and technical verification.

The document was developed in collaboration with the System Integration Experience Community (SIEC), the Italian association that brings together the major players in the market, from manufacturers and distributors to system integrators and installers. The standards collection provides information on service requirements for the integration of audio, video and control systems. Learn 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.

 New Online Course: Digital Signage for Technology Managers

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.

 Get Networked Now

There's a new 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.

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

 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.

 Get on the Track to CTS-I

Hurry, save your seat now for the upcoming install courses 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. Register

Available on the following dates:

  • March 3-5, 2014
  • Nov. 3-5, 2014 

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. Register


Available on the following dates:

  • March 6-8, 2014
  • Nov. 6-8, 2014

 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

  • AV Standards Now! — Sign of Maturity of an Industry and a Competitive Tool for AV Companies
    Mon., Feb. 24, 2014
    1 p.m. (New York), 6 p.m. (London)

    Knowledge and application of AV standards are important for building trust with your customers and are great tools to stay ahead of the competition. This webinar discusses the importance of standards for the client, AV companies and professionals.


  • Mobile Tools to Support the Classroom
    Wed., March 5, 2014
    1 p.m. (New York), 6 p.m. (London)

    Scott Tiner, Assistant Director for Classroom Technology, Bates College, discusses how colleges can take advantage of tablets and mobile devices to support classrooms.


  • Mentoring — An Overview for Mentors — Session 2
    Wed., March 5, 2014
    1 p.m. (New York), 6 p.m. (London)

    This webinar focuses on the launch of the mentoring relationship. A continuation of InfoComm's 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.


  • The Future of Videoconferencing and Collaboration
    Thurs., March 6, 2014
    1 p.m. (New York), 6 p.m. (London)

    Videoconferencing technology has evolved dramatically over the years. This webinar explains how virtualization is affecting videoconferencing strategies, what pervasive video is bringing to the industry and how Microsoft Lync will change the way we think about videoconferencing.


 Editor's Note

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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