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August 21, 2015

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Vergauwen Scholarship Winner; Bowled Over; Be Exceptional; Almo E4 Tour; Present at InfoComm 2016; Standard Review; CTS Accreditation; Recognized AV Technologist; Digital Signage for Managers; Request for Digital Signage Information; D.C. Roundtable Plus; Become a Volunteer; Membership by the Numbers

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AVI-SPL Reaches APEx


InfoComm International® is proud to announce that AVI-SPL is the latest company to be named an AV Provider of Excellence (APEx) under the association's new recognition program. "AVI-SPL has always enjoyed a tremendous relationship with InfoComm," says Jeff Davis, Chief Operating Officer at AVI-SPL. "We are proud to have achieved this level of distinction within the industry and appreciate InfoComm's recognition and support." AVI-SPL joins firms such as Advanced AV, AVI Systems, Ford Audio-Video, Unified AV Systems, Waveguide Consulting, Whitlock, Zdi and many others as APEx companies. Learn more about the program and get involved.


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The Latest in Higher Ed AV


With the annual conference of the Consortium of College and University Media Centers (CCUMC) on the horizon, we asked participants from higher education how their jobs have evolved — or not. "We still have one faculty member who insists on using a VCR," says one. Still, the convergence of AV and IT has meant big change and opportunity in higher ed. Read about it in this special report.


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Digital Signage in Airports


For many travelers, the airport experience means waiting in lines — often long lines. And did you know that more than one in three air travelers can't find a restaurant or store in the airport? But increasingly, airports have found that some carefully designed AV can take the edge off air travel and even drive profit. Read about it in the All Voices Blog.


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Encore! Designing for 4K


If you missed joining hundreds of your peers live online for last week's InfoComm webinar How to Design for 4K, you haven't missed a thing. That's what the record button is for! Join Jason Moulden, Technical Director at Crestron; Nathan Hicks, CTS®-D, Consultant for K2 Audio; and Erik Iversen, Image Processing Product Manager at Barco, as they detail the ins and outs of this tricky video standard. Watch now.


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MLB is a Streaming Juggernaut


Have you been trying to figure out how streaming video systems can contribute to your business? Did you know that the same professional sports organization that needed new rules to make players play faster is also something of an expert at streaming video? Get the scoop and more in this recent edition of Weekly Reading.


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More News From InfoComm

 Scholarship Winner Named

The International Communications Industries Foundation (ICIF) is pleased to announce that Dean Philip, a junior at the University of South Carolina, has been chosen as the 2015 Michael Vergauwen Scholarship Award winner. While attending college, Philip has worked for InfoComm member HP Electronics, of Baltimore, Md. "Dean has been given the responsibility of working with a crew that has completed several large AV and auditorium projects," said HP Electronics President Robert Hewitt. "He not only faced the challenge eagerly, but performed above all expectations."

Philip, who has taken part in AV training from Crestron and Renkus-Heinz, is studying to be an electrical engineer and looks forward to a career in AV. "I would love to be part of a company that does research and development of new products and can create something truly awe-inspiring," he said.

Philip will receive $5,000 from the ICIF to pursue his degree and join the AV industry. The memorial fund honors Michael Vergauwen's career achievements in the AV communications industry and his participation in and leadership of InfoComm International.

 Bowled Over: AV Injects New Life Into an Old Pastime

Bowling isn't what it used to be, but one company has a new vision. When it opened a location in New York's Times Square, Bowlmor AMF budgeted $1.3 million for audio, video and lighting. Event planners have taken notice and everyday bowlers have begun to benefit from a sound and light show that traditional nightclubs might envy. Read more.

 Be Exceptional. Tell the World.

Do you have a compelling AV case study you'd like people to know about? Did you design or integrate an AV system that exceeded your client's expectations? InfoComm is looking for a few exceptional AV experiences to share with the AV industry and beyond.

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

 Almo's E4 Tour Hits its Fall Stretch

Almo Professional A/V is taking its "Fully Charged" E4 AV Tour to Houston for the first time on Sept. 11 and to the New York metro area on Oct. 8. Based on E4 attendee feedback, the fall tour will include two new hands-on workshops, focused on digital signage content and distribution, and BYOD and collaboration.

Marcus Yarborough, CTS-I, of InfoComm International will lead the training sessions Successful Project Management for AV Design and Installation and What's That Noise? Both are worth 1 CTS renewal unit. In addition, Almo's popular demand HDBaseT Installer Expert Certification training will return this fall. Check out the complete training agenda.

Both events are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and entirely free, including parking, for Almo Pro A/V's reseller, integrator and consultant partners. Find out more and register.

 Present Your AV Passions at InfoComm 2016

InfoComm University™ is working on the program for InfoComm 2016 in Las Vegas, to be held June 4-10. That means now is the time for you to think about how you can give back to the industry. If your session is chosen, you'll get free session passes, access to the faculty lounge, plus other assistance and benefits.

So set aside just 10 minutes today. Think about your passions. What problems do you enjoy solving? What do your peers ask you for help with? After giving it some thought, submit your ideas to present. Just don't wait too long — the submission process closes Sept. 15.

Questions? Get the FAQs.

 Time's Running Out to Review the Latest Standard

The Standards Steering Committee has approved the draft standard, Direct View Display Image System Contrast Ratio. InfoComm has submitted the required paperwork to the American National Standards Institute to begin public review. Anyone with a material interest in the topic is invited to review the draft and provide comments. Public review and comment for the draft ends at midnight EDT on Aug. 31.

If you've never contributed to a standards review, you'll find instructions online. Join the review today.

 CTS Accredited by ANSI — Again

The American National Standards Institute's Personnel Certification Accreditation Committee approved InfoComm International reaccreditation under ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024:2012 for the following certifications:

  • Certified Technology Specialist™ (CTS)
  • Certified Technology Specialist—Design (CTS-D)
  • Certified Technology Specialist—Installation (CTS-I)

Today, more than 10,000 AV professionals (and growing) hold the only ANSI-accredited certification for working in AV. Take the free CTS practice exam to gauge your readiness.

 And if You're Not Yet Ready for CTS...

You still need a way to prove your knowledge and stand out from the crowd, especially when you're new to the AV industry. The InfoComm-Recognized AV Technologist program offers just that.

Mark Edwards

"I would definitely recommend it as a stepping-stone to CTS," explains Mark Edwards, CTS, Operations Director for RTS Communications. "The AV industry is incredibly broad and growing, and as such the Recognized AV Technologist is valuable as a flagstone both for CTS and the AV industry in general. It demonstrates in brief how many elements to the industry there actually are and is a good indication of how the AV industry is overlapping the IT industry."

Both the InfoComm-Recognized AV Technologist test and online prep course are free for members. Read the FAQs to learn more.

 Making Smart Digital Signage Decisions?

When you're charged with choosing and implementing digital signage for your organization, you might quickly become confused or stressed about the options. InfoComm University™ can help you keep your cool with Digital Signage for Technology Managers Online.

Amanda Braddy

"Digital Signage for Technology Managers Online had a lot of real-world information I'm going to try and implement, including a list of questions and information to gather from all of the appropriate stakeholders for each sign," said Amanda Braddy, CTS, Video Editor at PCCA.

Turn your digital signage into a powerful — and affordable — tool and earn 5 RUs. Start learning now.

 What Do You Know About Digital Signage?

InfoComm International is issuing a request for information in support of its technical white paper program. If you know digital signage — specifically how to design an effective signage network and create or distribute content — then share your knowledge with the AV/IT industry. Take as big or small a role as you'd like. Just fill out the RFI form and get involved today.

 InfoComm Roundtable Lands Near the Capital

Join us for an InfoComm Roundtable Plus by Washington's Dulles Airport, Sept. 17, to get an in-depth look at what makes for an exceptional AV experience. It's free for members and non-members. Come for just the roundtable or stay for a full day of networking, discussion and training. We will be co-locating with Stampede's Big Book of AV Tour. Register now.

 Get Involved With Volunteer Council Groups

Volunteers are at the heart of shaping and planning InfoComm and its programs. The time and knowledge contributed by volunteers ensure that the resources and events we provide advance and enrich the entire industry and everyone involved in it. As a volunteer, you'll connect with your peers through online and in-person discussions and help conduct research to explore challenges and solutions. Plus, you'll gain professional recognition for yourself and your company. Learn more about the different councils and apply today.

 Membership by the Numbers

Do you know how much you or your business could save through an InfoComm membership? With unlimited access to select training classes, free admission to trade shows around the world and more, the savings can add up quickly. Plus, when you maintain a well-trained workforce, you'll get even more back by investing in your employees.

Glimpse your savings now.

 Upcoming Webinars

  • Digital Video at Length
    Sept. 2

  • Integrating Mobile Devices With Fixed AV Systems — BYOD Signals and Connectivity
    Sept. 30


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