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September 16, 2015

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Fall Elections; InfoComm Connections; Digital Signage; Audio Branding; ICIF Grant Recipients; Almo E4 AV Tour; BYOD Webinar; APEX Spotlight; CTS Prep; AV Design and Install; Cloud AV; Roundtables; Benefits of Membership

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Beyond 4K


Beyond the 4K webinar, that is. Earlier this summer, InfoComm International® presented How to Design for 4K. It was so chock full of great information that we ran out of time for Q&A. But we've heard your questions and forwarded several to our panelists for offline consideration. Read their thoughts in the All Voices Blog.


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Podcast: Straight From India


InfoComm India 2015, held Sept. 1-3, set new records once again. In the afterglow of a successful show, and in a rapidly growing AV market, we caught up with Gaurab Majumdar, InfoComm Country Manager in India; Godfrey D'Sa, CTS®-I, Technical Director of Innovative Systems and Solutions in Mumbai; and T.S. Gopalakrishnan, CTS, Instructor for InfoComm International, and they told us what makes India such an exciting place to practice pro AV. Listen now.


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Multichannel Audio Goes Beyond 5.1


How do you give everyone in an event space the same experience, no matter where they are? "Object-based audio lets you deliver both direct and ambient sound that's fully immersive," says one expert. Highly directional, 3D sound stands to reset the bar for live events. Get the lowdown on new technologies in this InfoComm special report.


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The Disruptive Power of Ethernet


At what point will it make sense to distribute all AV signals over Ethernet rather than via traditional AV matrix switchers? With more and more network infrastructure supporting multi-Gigabit speeds (and the price of speedy networking gear falling), it may be sooner rather than later. Here's what one person thinks.


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Theismann Keynotes AV Executive Conference


Are you ready for some football? Legendary quarterback Joe Theismann will deliver the keynote address at InfoComm's AV Executive Conference, Nov. 18 - 20 at The Ritz-Carlton in Amelia Island, Fla. The conference will include hands-on workshops, information sessions, team building exercises and plenty of networking. Plus, it's the kick-off point for InfoComm's nine-month Master's Program, during which AV executives go in-depth to develop new growth strategies. Learn more and register.


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 InfoComm Fall 2015 Elections

Each year, a number of positions on the InfoComm Board of Directors and Leadership Search Committee become available for election by the membership. Voting is open to all member companies. All primary contacts (voting members) with a valid email address on file are sent electronic ballots, while primary contacts with invalid or missing email addresses are mailed paper ballots.

Now is the time to verify that your company or organization's contact information is correct by visiting and logging into your account. Once logged in, go under My Account and select Dashboard. Changing the primary contact requires written notification from the existing primary contact. In the event your company's primary contact is no longer affiliated with your company, please notify us.

Elections will be held from Sept. 29 to Oct. 27 (midnight EDT) 2015. If you are an eligible voting member, be sure to look out for the InfoComm election notification coming to your mailbox soon. To ensure that your election-specific broadcast email arrives safely in your inbox, please add as an approved sender.

 InfoComm Takes Manhattan

Coming in November is InfoComm Connections New York, Nov. 11 – 12 at the Javits Convention Center in New York City. This special, fall taste of the annual InfoComm show will be co-located with the National Association of Broadcasters' Content and Communications World. Your free registration gets you into special InfoComm Connections training sessions, select NAB sessions, and an exhibition floor with more than 350 vendors. InfoComm Connections is not only for AV professionals; it's also for technology managers, event professionals, and content creators. Register now.

 Menu Board Rules Are Good for Digital Signage

By requiring quick-service restaurants to disclose more information about the food they serve, the Food and Drug Administration may have done a huge favor to digital signage practitioners trying to sell signage solutions. Peerless-AV's Brian McClimans encourages AV pros to view the FDA's new rules "as an opportunity to meet your customer's needs and to improve engagement and profits." Read more.

 Audio Branding at Events

Sonic signatures — musical tones or jingles that are the hallmark of a brand — have become a marketing staple (ask computer chipmaker Intel). But they can be tricky to execute. That's not stopping companies from trying to inject audio brands into their events. Here's how.

 2015 ICIF Grant Recipients Announced

Stanton Helms, a 13-year veteran of the telecommunications industry, and Benjamin Faulkenberry, a student at York Technical College in South Carolina, are among the first to receive grants through the International Communications Industries Foundation (ICIF). The grant program is designed to mentor and engage talented individuals in the AV industry. Helms will earn experience thanks to grant sponsor Zdi Inc., while Faulkenberry's grant is sponsored by Unified AV Systems.

Meet all of this year's grant recipients and learn how your company can sponsor an aspiring AV professional.

 Almo E4 AV Tour Winds Down

After traveling around the country, Almo Professional A/V is completing its 2015 "Fully-Charged" E4 AV Tour in the New York Metro area on Oct.8. E4 New York Metro will include popular new hands-on E4 Experience workshops focused on digital signage content and distribution and BYOD and collaboration, which will run multiple times throughout the day.

InfoComm's Marcus Yarborough, CTS-I, will be leading the training sessions Successful Project Management for AV Design & Installation and What's that Noise?, each worth 1 CTS RU. Almo's high-demand HDBaseT Installer Expert Certification training will also be available during E4 New York Metro. Check out the complete training agenda.

E4 New York Metro will take place at the Teaneck Marriott in Teaneck, N.J. The event will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is entirely free, including parking, for Almo Pro A/V's reseller, integrator and consultant partners. Register today.

 Don't Miss Next Week's BYOD Webinar

Need help fathoming BYOD and how it fits in with what you do as an AV professional? Join 2014 InfoComm Educator of the Year Joseph Cornwall, CTS-D, Technology Evangelist for Legrand, for his webinar Integrating Mobile Devices With Fixed AV Systems — BYOD Signals and Connectivity. He'll guide you through the maze of technology decisions and give you the tools to differentiate, evaluate and select solutions based on your needs. CTS holders will also earn one renewal unit.

The webinar takes place Sept. 30 at 1 p.m. (New York), 6 p.m. (London). RSVP now.

 APEx Spotlight: Immedia Integrated Technologies

Based in beautiful Scottsdale, Ariz., Immedia Integrated Technologies does business in the commercial and residential markets. And its ImmediaEdu division focuses specifically on the K-12 market, offering its Connected Classroom Academy for training teachers and other users on education technology.

Immedia is one of 28 AV Providers of Excellence (APEx). InfoComm's APEx program recognizes integration companies and AV design consulting firms that set high standards for employee training and certification and meet their clients' needs by delivering exceptional solutions. Join Immedia, AVI-SPL, Barron Systems, Net-AV, Spinitar, Whitlock and more in showing your commitment to quality. Learn about the APEx program today.

 Make Your Studies Count With CTS Prep

Are you planning to take the CTS exam but need more practice? InfoComm University™ can help with CTS Prep, in Atlanta, Oct. 20-22, and Houston, Nov. 10-12. "I was really happy with the delivery, instructors and the content of the CTS Prep course," said Yvan Mireault, CTS-I, Multimedia Systems Technician for Academic Information and Communication Technologies at the University of Alberta. "I recently passed my CTS exam and believe CTS Prep was a key factor in my success."

Learn more about preparing for the CTS exam. And remember: You are not required to take prep courses to take the exam.

 AV Design and Install Courses in Fairfax

If you want to hone your AV design or installation skills through hands-on instruction, InfoComm University is offering live AV Design and Installation courses this October in Fairfax, Va. These courses are also perfect preparation for the CTS-D or CTS-I exams*.

Explore these options and register today: AV Design 1-3 run Oct. 5-13; Installation 1-2 are Oct. 26-31.

*Remember, you are not required to take courses or purchase prep materials to take any CTS exam.

 Reduce Costs, Improve Efficiency

Whether you're managing systems on premises or off, InfoComm University has practical tips to help. They may even save you some money. In Harnessing the Cloud for the AV Pro Online, you'll explore video bridging, control systems and more through videos and activities featuring real-world AV examples — in only two hours. Understand the value you can bring to your organization by tapping into cloud resources. Enroll today and earn two RUs.

 Free Education With Membership

Thinking about becoming an InfoComm-Recognized AV Technologist or preparing for the CTS exam? For the same price as CTS Prep Online, you could become a member and get the prep course, plus three more courses and the AV technologist test at no additional cost. You'll also be able to continue your professional development with additional education savings on all other InfoComm University courses.

Explore membership options and save.

 Upcoming Webinars

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

  • Manufacturers' Training — Kramer VIA: Wireless Collaboration & K-Touch Control for Huddle Spaces
    Oct. 1


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