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 infocomm.org 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Integrating Mobile Devices With Fixed AV Systems — BYOD Signals and Connectivity
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