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November 12, 2014

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Be Exceptional; InfoComm Connections Registration; InfoComm Today Podcast on Global AV; Pre-Order the CTS-I Exam Guide; Weekly Reading: Pioneer of AV Edition; CTS-D Tips and Tools; Renewal Unit Provider Program; Networking Technology Online; Notice of Annual Meeting

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Wireless AV Cuts Loose


The notion that you could deliver an exceptional AV experience without pulling cables seemed fanciful just a short time ago. But wireless AV has been around in various forms for awhile now — from wireless microphones to RF-based control and transmission. In this InfoComm International® special report, get tips on using current wireless technologies and take a peek at wireless AV solutions to come.


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Crestron's George Feldstein: In His Words


"Genius survives," wrote 16th-century poet Edmund Spenser. "All else is claimed by death." Inventor, AV industry pioneer, Crestron founder and Adele de Berri Award-winner George Feldstein passed away Nov. 4. The industry will miss him. Donations can be made in his memory to the Feldstein Medical Foundation or Friends of Astronomy at Cornell University. Mr. Feldstein once shared with InfoComm stories about how he got into AV, the early days of Crestron and the ways he thought our industry had evolved. Here is George Feldstein, in his own words.


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An Audio Networking Standard Gets its Advocates


AES67-2013, the audio protocol developed by the Audio Engineering Society, is now backed by the newly formed Media Networking Alliance. All involved have their work cut out for them as they try to forge interoperability among various developing digital audio networking technologies. But if anyone can do it, maybe the AES can. Read more.


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InfoComm Standards: 10 Years in the Making


InfoComm is committed to standards development. As an American National Standards Institute-accredited standards developer, it relies on hard-working volunteers to help raise the bar on AV systems performance across the industry. As you might expect, 10-year-old initiatives change over time. Read how InfoComm's commitment to industry standards has evolved.


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More News From InfoComm

 Be Exceptional. Tell the World.

Do you have a compelling AV case study you'd like people to know about? InfoComm is looking for a few exceptional AV experiences to share with the AV industry and beyond.

Have you employed InfoComm standards? Did you design or integrate an AV system that exceeded your client's expectations? InfoComm would love to hear what you've been working on, and if we select your project, we'll write it up — you just have to tell us what made it great!

If you'd like InfoComm to profile your exceptional AV experience, send an email to Give us a few details, like what the project was, the AV solutions involved and where it was installed. We'll look over all the submissions and select a variety. But we can't choose yours unless you tell us about it. Email details to

 Make AV Connections Today

Registration opens soon for InfoComm Connections, March 4-5, 2015, at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, Calif. It is the first in a new series of regional conferences and trade shows where tech managers and in-house AV pros can get training and connect with manufacturers.

Enjoy education sessions from InfoComm University™, IMCCA and NewBay Media, focused on unified communications and collaboration, AV for higher education and more. InfoComm Connections will also feature manufacturing and the new InfoComm University CTS® Testing Drill, a one-day course to prepare for the CTS Exam. Bonus: The nearest testing center is just a few miles from the convention center. Learn more.

 InfoComm Today Podcast: The Global Reach of AV

Many in the AV industry equate InfoComm International with the annual InfoComm trade show. But InfoComm and the AV industry truly are international, engaging professionals across the globe in education, networking, member services and, of course, new technology. Pro AV continues to capture the imagination of people worldwide, and every market is unique and special. In this episode of the InfoComm Today Podcast, hear about the global reach of AV from people who've seen it firsthand.

 Pre-Order the CTS-I Exam Guide

You asked for it; now it's almost here. It's the CTS-I Exam Guide, from InfoComm International and McGraw-Hill Professional. The CTS-I Exam Guide is a complete study resource for people who excel at learning from books. Aspiring certified AV installers can fit this self-paced prep into their schedules anytime, anywhere.

Although InfoComm does not sell this book, you can pre-order a copy from online booksellers, such as Amazon. The book will be released early 2015. Stay tuned for information about the upcoming CTS-D Exam Guide later in 2015.

Learn more and pre-order your copy.

 Weekly Reading: Pioneer of AV Edition

Forbes magazine once wrote an excellent story about the late founder of Crestron Electronics, George Feldstein, and the company he created. For this latest edition of curated tech stories, we revisit the Forbes article and remember Mr. Feldstein fondly, through quotes like, "I don't plan on retiring. Even on the weekends I get separation anxiety." Plus other tech news.

 CTS-D Tips and Tools

InfoComm University offers many ways for AV professionals to learn their craft and further their careers through advanced certification. Here's a free, useful, all-in-one way to gauge your preparation for the Certified Technology Specialist™-Design (CTS-D) exam.

Navigate your browser over to the CTS-D Tips and Tools portal. Drawing from InfoComm's exclusive knowledge base, InfoComm University has pulled together an online module of review material, exam strategies and practice questions in one central location. Did we mention it's free? Explore today.

 Do Your Training Classes Need an Attendance Boost?

More than 9,500 Certified Technology Specialists (CTS) are seeking renewal units (RUs) in order to maintain their credentials. How many of those CTS holders should be attending your industry training? Here are some of the ways InfoComm's RU Provider Program can help grow both your training efforts and your business:

  • Reach a new audience. RU Providers are listed on InfoComm's website for CTS holders to browse.
  • Marketing support. You'll receive a marketing toolkit with customizable templates to help with your promotions.
  • More time to focus on your program. CTS holders will be able to add your courses to their transcript online, without any of your staff time to make it happen.

Plus, with your enrollment in the RU Provider Program, you will receive one-on-one support to help guide you with the process.

Brenda Brown

"The RU Provider Program is a good fit for SynAudCon. Many of the people who attend our training are CTS certified. Applying the RUs gained from our training to their CTS renewal is a great plus for them. We're delighted to participate and grateful that our training is listed among the RU Provider participants."
— Brenda Brown, Principal Owner, Synergetic Audio Concepts

Learn more and apply.

 The Must-Take Course for Everyone in AV

Confused or overwhelmed by what it takes to build your networking knowledge? InfoComm University can help. Take the first step and get tips for keeping your AV running smoothly on a network with Networking Technology Online.

From network basics to troubleshooting, you'll get answers to the questions that have stumped you before. Plus, Networking Technology Online prepares you for a deeper dive into AV networking — Networked AV Systems (in training course or book format).

"The general understanding I achieved from Networking Technology helps me track down the people that are experts on networks and speak to them in a manner that allows me to complete my job in a faster, more reliable manner."
— Michael Libby, CTS, Communications Analyst, UNUM IT

So learn more about Networking Technology Online and enroll today.

 Upcoming Webinars

  • Excellence in Technical Customer Service — Part 2
    Nov. 13

  • Manufacturers' Training: Williams Sound's New Technology
    Nov. 17

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    Dec. 3


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