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InfoComm Update

March 4, 2015

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Request for Information; InfoComm Connections; Almo E4 AV Tour; ICYMI; Phased Approach to AV Design; InfoComm Today Podcast; BICSI Credits for InfoComm Courses; Install School; Unauthorized Study Materials Alert; Advanced Education at InfoComm 2015; Join the InfoComm LinkedIn Group

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Now Hear This: AV/IT in Higher Education


In this episode of the InfoComm Today Podcast, we talk to technology managers in higher education, including two members of the InfoComm International® task force that produced the AV/IT Infrastructure Guidelines for Higher Education, to learn about the systems that colleges and universities are installing and the challenges they face. Join Greg Brown, CTS®-D, CTS-I, of UCLA; Sharon Kaiser of Duke University School of Medicine; and AVNation's Tim Albright, formerly of Lewis & Clark Community College.


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Streaming Media: Consumer Experiences, Workplace Expectations


Recent trends in streaming media bear watching by AV pros because they're rippling out of homes and into offices, classrooms and stadiums. Consumer experiences often set workplace expectations, from accessing content on demand to viewing it on a device of choice. Read this special report to learn how technology changes affect streaming systems design.


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UCC: Creating the Exceptional Experience


This week we wrap up our three-part series on unified communications and collaboration. In the final installment, AV professionals describe how many customers are already on the path to UCC. They just need someone to integrate their disparate systems in order to deliver on the promise of UCC and maximize the shared experience. Find out why (Availability + Usability) x Richness = Velocity of Collaboration.


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Collaboration Solutions: Choices, Choices


Collaboration technology is all the rage. The AV industry is seeing a steep incline of customers requesting it for their businesses and each year, it seems, another company at InfoComm presents its variation on how to make collaboration better. What is important is to understand the difference between the various options and propose the best option to the user. Survey some of the many solutions at the All Voices Blog.


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More News From InfoComm

 Request for Information

InfoComm is engaging the industry in a series of technical papers created to explain current trends, collect industry insight and best practices, and describe ways in which AV professionals can exploit technology for their and their clients' benefit. On the docket for 2015: 4K, wireless AV and digital signage. InfoComm intends to engage industry participants in the production of these technical papers. To that end, InfoComm issues this request for information.

 Walk Right In and Connect!

Do you work in the tech hub of Silicon Valley? Then there's nothing to stop you from dropping by InfoComm Connections, today and tomorrow at the San Jose Convention Center. On the agenda for Thursday, Andrew J. Milne , Ph.D., CEO of Tidebreak, will kick off the day with a 9 a.m. PST keynote about using technology to deliver exceptional experiences in the modern workplace. Also Thursday, IMCCA will host a roundtable discussion about unified communications and collaboration; NewBay Media and AV Technology magazine will offer back-to-back sessions on deploying wireless systems; and InfoComm University™ will present classes on higher education trends, taught by The Sextant Group CEO Mark Valenti, CTS, project management and AV performance verification.

And spend part of Thursday exploring the InfoComm Connections exhibit hall, where these companies will be showing their latest products. InfoComm Connections is a brand-new trade show for technology managers and in-house AV pros. If you're not in California this week, you can catch InfoComm Connections on the East Coast, Nov. 11-12, at New York's Javits Convention Center.

 New Tech Tour, New Trends

Sam Taylor

Almo Pro A/V's 2015 E4 AV Tour kicks off March 26 in the Chicago area, followed by a stop in Los Angeles on April 21. According to Sam Taylor, Almo Pro A/V's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, the company has totally overhauled its E4 curriculum to help AV integrators tackle the newest challenges. Taylor offered some insights into the state of the pro-AV market, digital signage, content creation and more. He even opened the kimono on what the company sees as the top AV technologies for the next five years. Read the complete interview.

 In Case You Missed It

Last week, InfoComm Update subscribers received a new member benefit: ICYMI: Free Resources Too Good Not to Share. This new monthly newsletter features a curated collection of InfoComm special reports, podcasts, white papers and other resources. You can only get these insights from InfoComm and ICYMI pulls them all together in one place — making them easy to share. Not sure if you got your copy of ICYMI? Visit our subscriptions page and subscribe to the InfoComm Update. We'll throw in ICYMI for free! View the newsletter.

 The Phased Approach to AV Design

When you design an AV system, the idea is to streamline the process and ensure the system delivers on the customer's expectations. An AV design is iterative, but not necessarily linear. Because of the dynamic nature of certain projects, components may need to be tweaked and systems modified on the fly. But if designers follow a well-planned process, such as the design phases detailed in the ANSI/INFOCOMM 2M-2010 standard, their rate of successful outcomes improves significantly. Read more.

 Guilt-Free Eavesdropping

Go ahead: Listen in. Take a few minutes to hear what's going on at InfoComm International and throughout the AV industry. The InfoComm Today Podcast requires little more than your attention, yet it delivers news, information and a better understanding of professional AV and the opportunities that come with it. What do your peers say about the state of AV integration? What does InfoComm leadership see in our future? And what exactly is an exceptional AV experience? Grab some headphones and choose from the many previously recorded podcasts. Your work will be there when you get back.

 BICSI Credits Available for Design, Certification Prep Courses

BICSI, the worldwide association for cabling design and installation professionals, now recognizes the following InfoComm University courses for continuing education credits (CECs):

  • AV Design 1: Environment Online — 15 CECs
  • AV Design 2: Infrastructure Online — 10 CECs
  • AV Design 3: Applied Design Online — 10 CECs
  • CTS Prep (classroom) — 20 CECs
  • CTS-D Prep (classroom) — 22 CECs
  • CTS-I Prep (classroom) — 22 CECs

Learn more about receiving CECs at

 Installation Innovation

Digital content and networked systems are on the top of the list when it comes to needed installation skills. With InfoComm University's installation courses, March 23-28 in Fairfax, Va., you'll have the opportunity to work with your peers through all-new content to master best practices in AV installation.

Travis Honeycutt, CTS

"System Fabrication and Setup and Verification have something for everyone in the AV industry, not just technicians. Now, I'm happy to be able to take clients behind the scenes and show them the detail that we put into our work and its value."
— Travis Honeycutt, CTS®, Technical Innovation

See course details and learn how to enroll. Not sure which course to take? Learn about the installation track at

 Unauthorized Study Materials Alert

Remember, InfoComm International is the only source for official InfoComm University education and CTS® certification practice exams. If you see these materials on a website other than, they could be fraudulent. InfoComm is currently working with legal counsel to remove such materials and protect its trademarks and copyrights.

 Advanced Courses at InfoComm 2015

Are you looking for training that challenges you? Training that helps you solve complex problems? InfoComm University will be offering exactly what you need at InfoComm 2015 in Orlando. Never before have so many advanced-level training options been available in one place. But be warned: These advanced courses are not for AV novices. Explore the possibilities.

 Join the InfoComm LinkedIn Group

The InfoComm LinkedIn Group is where AV professionals like you share insights, ask questions, talk about technology, find out what the association is up to, and much more. Join more than 15,600 of your closest friends and colleagues and reap the rewards of their collective wisdom.

 Upcoming Webinars

  • How to Conduct and Document a Needs Analysis
    March 4

  • Developing the Next Generation of Leadership — Creating Depth on the Bench
    March 11


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