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May 13, 2015

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InfoComm Awards; Drones; Opportunity Knocks; UCC at InfoComm 2015; the 10,000th CTS; Corporate AV Infographic; Workforce Development Podcast; Harnessing the Cloud for Pro AV; Ergonomics 101; Tech Tours; Installer Training; Future Trends; Score a Free Class at InfoComm 2015

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Three Exceptional Days for Integrators


InfoComm 2015 in Orlando, Fla., is only a month away. If you haven’t registered yet, do it today. If you’re having a hard time deciding among the many courses, events and networking opportunities at the show, we’ve got suggestions for all you AV integrators out there. Learn how to make the most of your time at InfoComm 2015. And if you’re a tech manager or live events pro, we’ve got you covered, too.


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Dear Prospective Client…


We know you’re busy working projects and getting ready for the big show in Orlando next month, but consider adding this to your to-do list. InfoComm International® Executive Director and CEO David Labuskes, CTS®, RCDD, writes the letter that every AV professional should send to prospective clients before InfoComm 2015 in June. Make a case, and then make a date to show people what the AV industry is all about.


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Audio Best Practices in Church


The production director at Dallas-based Park Cities Baptist Church shares his best practices for using assistive listening with our All Voices blogger. Want more? Check out the all-new education program for houses of worship at InfoComm 2015. Technologies for Worship magazine and the organization Church Technical Leaders present a series of sessions throughout the show. One worth considering: Why LEDs Make Rubber Duckies Evil. Learn more and register.


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Serious About Digital Signage


How do you make your digital signage stand out from the visual noise that’s everywhere these days? How do you create new and better synergies between display technologies and content? Get inspired by our special reports, and then follow that inspiration to the Digital Signage Solutions Summit at InfoComm 2015. This conference within a conference offers in-depth discussions, case studies, technology showcases and more. Don’t miss it.


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The Internet of Things and Pro AV


You read that right. The much-discussed Internet of Things is coming to InfoComm 2015 in Orlando. At the Opening Keynote, Tues., June 16, Nick Bilton (pictured), technology columnist and reporter for The New York Times and author of the book Hatching Twitter, will lead a panel of experts from Samsung, Crestron Electronics, Cisco Systems and Harman in a discussion of the Internet of Things. What are the security implications? The business opportunities? Read more.


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 Look Nice, Honor Your Colleagues

We’re rolling out the red carpet for AV industry all-stars, such as 2015 Adele De Berri Pioneer of AV Brian Critchley, Founder of Digital Projection; 2015 Educator of the Year Paul Zielie, CTS-D, of AMX; and 2015 Fred Dixon Service in Education Award-winner Alan Brawn, CTS, ISF-C, Principal of Brawn Consulting.

Join us for the InfoComm Awards Dinner, immediately following the InfoComm 2015 Opening Reception, Tuesday, June 16, at the Orange County Convention Center. It’s the place to see and be seen, mingle with friends, and honor outstanding industry pioneers, educators, volunteers and more. Help us honor Volunteer of the Year Ron Camden of Biamp Systems; CTS Holder of the Year Byron Tarry, CTS, LEED AP, of Sharp’s Audiovisual; and Young AV Professionals Award-winner Jeremy Caldera, CTS-D, CTS-I, of Zdi.

You’ll also meet Women in AV Award-winners Heather Callaway, CTS-D, of SiteReady Design, and Wendy Cox of Milestone AV Technologies. Read the news about all the InfoComm Award winners, then grab your colleagues and make a night of it. Single tickets are $125 for members and $150 for non-members. Full table sponsorships can be purchased for $1,250 (eight seats). Order now or contact us for more information.

 Putting Drones to Work in Pro AV

Drones make a nice addition to your radio-controlled collection. You can interact with them through voice and motion and even turn them into flying web servers. But have you considered that drones could be used as sensors or input devices for pro-AV applications? Read about the pro-AV applications of drones and integration-specific drone training at InfoComm 2015’s Unmanned Systems and Drones Pavilion. Yes, flying is included.

 Weekly Reading: Opportunity is Knocking

And it doesn’t always knock more than once. The question is, can you hear opportunity knocking? In this edition of Weekly Reading, we follow leads where they take us, from augmented reality to battery-powered buildings. What’s the opportunity for pro AV? That’s for you to figure out.

And if you have a knack for identifying the next big thing, visit the new Innovations Showcase at InfoComm 2015. These companies have never exhibited at InfoComm, but they offer solutions you might be able to use right away. They’re competing for $10,000 and your vote counts. See them all.

 All UCC, All the Time

Revisit our three-part special report on unified communications and collaboration (UCC) and pro AV. And download the white paper The Role of the AV Industry in Unified Communications and Collaboration. Then get serious about the latest in UCC at InfoComm 2015.

On the show floor, visit the Unified Communications and Collaboration Pavilion, where you’ll find the latest videoconferencing and telepresence systems, networked whiteboards, telework technologies and more. Meet UCC integrators and service providers and learn how UCC and videoconferencing-as-a-service can help customers operate more efficiently.

For a deep dive, take part in the UCC Solutions Summit, a multiday program presented by IMCCA, the non-profit industry association promoting communication and collaboration technology and applications. Join one or both the UCC Lunch and Learns, which will cover the state of the industry and collaboration tools. Flip through the UCC Solutions Summit program.

 Meet the 10,000th CTS Holder

Last month, InfoComm welcomed the 10,000th Certified Technology Specialist™ to the ranks of the AV industry: Larry Flad, CTS, of PSX Audiovisual Technologies in New Orleans. “I'm looking forward to the recognition that comes with the CTS credential, along with my 19 years in the industry,” Flad says. “I plan to take the CTS-D test in the next few months.”

Who’s next? InfoComm 2015 will feature three-day prep classes, starting Saturday, June 13, for CTS, CTS-D (Design) and CTS-I (Installation) certifications. After you’ve taken the prep class that’s right for you (or even if you don’t need a prep class) you can take the CTS exam of your choice right at the show. And when you pass the test, pose for a selfie and add your name to the CTS Wall of Fame .

On Friday morning of InfoComm 2015, join fellow CTS-certified professionals for a special CTS Holder Breakfast. Network with your peers, compare all-night-study stories and learn from longtime CTS holders what it means to be certified in the AV industry. Separate registration for the breakfast is required.

 Infographic: Corporate AV Should Be Exceptional

Businesses work and communicate more effectively — internally and with the public — when they use expertly designed and integrated audiovisual systems. An exceptional experience in corporate AV combines content (formatted and delivered so people can comprehend), space (perfect lighting, acoustic and environmental conditions) and technology (seamlessly integrated and flawlessly functioning). Check out the new infographic.

At InfoComm 2015, tech managers of all stripes — corporate to higher education — can enjoy sessions and events designed especially for them. Here’s how tech managers can plan their time in Orlando.

 Podcast: Tomorrow's AV Pros Today

Workforce development remains a challenge for the AV industry. How do we attract fresh talent and the next generation of tech-savvy professionals? Recently, InfoComm and the International Communications Industries Foundation (ICIF) started several programs to encourage and develop a new crop of AV integrators and designers. Hear AV pros discuss mentoring and the ICIF's new grant program for encouraging job training on the InfoComm Today Podcast.

Thinking about your own tomorrow in the AV industry? Stop by Booth #4091 during show floor hours for InfoComm’s second annual career fair. Meet employers from leading AV companies that are looking for qualified professionals. Network with colleagues and explore potential opportunities. You can have a complimentary head shot taken, get help perfecting your resume, and learn how to build your social media profile.

 Harnessing the Cloud for Pro AV

InfoComm University™’s new online course, Harnessing the Cloud for the AV Pro, explains the benefits of cloud technologies and how they can be used to support AV applications. Jody Thomas, CTS, of Emergent Communications Technology, introduces cloud terminology and concepts that cut across the AV industry.

If you like to learn face-to-face with your instructor, catch Thomas at InfoComm 2015, where he will teach a live version of his online class on Wed., June 17. Harnessing the Cloud for Content and Control is a how-to session, focused on innovative ways of integrating existing systems with the cloud. It’s one of many brand-new classes at InfoComm 2015. Learn more and register.

 Your AV Environment: Ergonomics 101

Even if your AV system sports an impressive amount of flash, a poorly considered design could ruin it. For example, if a display's too small or placed in an awkward position, it can detract from your message. Addressing such factors requires experience in a key component of AV design: ergonomics. Read this introduction to important aspects of AV ergonomics.

Keep in mind, AV designers can take any of InfoComm University’s in-depth, three-day design classes at InfoComm 2015 in Orlando, starting the Saturday before the show. Choose from AV Design Level 1: Environment, AV Design Level 2: Infrastructure and AV Design Level 3: Applied Design. Alternately, if all you need is a last-minute cram session before testing for your CTS-D credential at InfoComm 2015, sign up for CTS-D Prep, also starting the Saturday before the show in Orlando. You can find them all when you register and select “Multi-Day” from the menu of sessions and events.

 Your Inside Look at AV Installs

InfoComm 2015’s Tech Tours are the most fun you can have away from the show floor. These specially selected, behind-the-scenes expeditions give you a rare glimpse at some of the Orlando area’s coolest AV installations. And they sell out fast, so don’t delay. Among your choices:

  • The University of Central Florida (Wed., June 17) SOLD OUT

  • FamiLAB Maker Space (Wed., June 17)

  • The Amway Center (Thurs., June 18) SOLD OUT

  • Lights, Motors, Action Extreme Stunt Show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Thurs., June 18)

  • Finding Nemo — The Musical at Disney’s Animal Kingdom (Fri., June 19)

  • Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts (pictured, Fri., June 19)

Learn more and register.

 Installers! The Reviews Are In

It just came out, but already the CTS-I Exam Guide, from InfoComm and McGraw-Hill, is getting five-star reviews and it’s the number-one new release in its category on “This is a very useful reference book for digital audio and video, with illustrations and links to great instructional videos” said reviewer Pasquale Fantone of Solutions PFT. “Members of our team are delighted to have this book as a real-world job site reference.”

Buy the CTS-I Exam Guide for your bookshelf, then share your experience with fellow AV pros on Twitter, using the hashtag #CTSPrepper. And sign up for InfoComm University’s installation courses at InfoComm 2015. This is the first time in years that both courses have been offered at the show. Take advantage.

 Peer Into the Future at InfoComm 2015

The popular Future Trends session is back — all day Tuesday at InfoComm 2015. Reserve your seat before it’s sold out.

Just announced: Chad Hutson, President and Executive Producer of Leviathan, joins the all-star lineup of Future Trends presenters. He’ll change your definition of an exceptional experience, with jaw-dropping examples of how content and technology can be fused to create sensational effects. Hutson will show you how to come up with mind-blowing AV solutions for both live events and permanent installations. View session details and add Future Trends to your registration.

 How to Score a Free Class by Volunteering

Do you want a free pass to an InfoComm University seminar or workshop at InfoComm 2015? Volunteer to be a room host and you can attend the session of your choice for free. As a room host, you will:

  • Read a welcome script at the beginning of the session
  • Notify the InfoComm Education Office if there are any problems during the session
  • Help pass the microphone during audience Q&A
  • Read a conclusion script at the end of the session
  • Collect session evaluations and return them to the InfoComm Education Office

In return, you’ll get a free front-row seat at one of InfoComm University’s stellar seminars or workshops — plus, free CTS renewal units!

Sign up to host a session. You can volunteer to host any course with the session ID format IS##, IUX## or IUL##. You’ll be notified whether your session is available within five business days.

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  • Explore the Benefits of InfoComm’s APEx Program

  • Modern Approaches to Control Systems Design


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