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October 14, 2015

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Who’s Who at AVEC; Weekly Reading; Vertical Markets Research; Education AV Should Be Exceptional; 2015 ICIF Grant Recipient Spotlight; Three New APEx Companies; Embrace InfoComm Standards; CTS Means Business; Install Classes

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Scaring Up Some AV Business


This month, about 90 percent of U.S households with children plan to participate in some kind of Halloween activity, according to the Haunted House Association. Yes, the Haunted House Association. And it turns out the business of scaring people hinges more on AV and automation than ever before. Read about it, if you dare.


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What to Expect at Connections New York


It’s not ‘InfoComm East;’ it’s completely unique. InfoComm Connections New York, Nov. 11-12 at Manhattan’s Javits Convention Center, aims to bring a taste of the big June show to an audience that might not normally partake. Who will you meet there? What could you learn? Get a feel for the new show in this special preview.


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Because a Napkin Doesn’t Cut it Anymore


Ever heard the one about the AV design that was sketched on the back of a napkin? Just a joke, right? Right? InfoComm International® Director of Standards Ann Brigida joins the All Voices Blog and asks a group of experts when it’s okay for an AV project to lack proper documentation (and the back of a napkin doesn’t count as proper). Read more and share your experiences.


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What if the Next Big Thing Isn’t the Next BIGGER Thing?


North Coast Church in California (pictured) is the opposite of a megachurch. When it needed to get bigger, it actually created smaller venues. Read how one design firm is taking a new approach to scalability through technology. Bigger isn’t always better, as you’ll discover in the All Voices Blog.


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More News From InfoComm

 These AV Executives Are Attending AVEC

The AV Executive Conference, Nov. 18-20 in Amelia Island, Fla., is fast becoming the place to hatch new business strategies this fall. There is still time to add your name to the roster of industry leaders who will learn about ‘the experience economy’ and head back to their companies armed with the strategic tools for generating new business. Are you going to AVEC?

 Weekly Reading: Net Insecurity

Colleges and universities seem to be at the epicenter of AV/IT convergence. They realize the value of and embrace technology-enhanced ways of teaching and learning and serve an especially savvy and tech-literate clientele (students). They need robust networks, but securing a campus network — where openness is prized — isn’t easy. Oh, and apparently it isn’t easy to cybersecure our nation’s nuclear infrastructure, either. Get the scoop in the latest Weekly Reading.

 What’s Driving AV End-User Purchase Decisions?

In the corporate market, it’s BYOD; in government, it’s control rooms. InfoComm’s new Director of Market Research, James Chu, introduces himself to the industry and offers some highlights from the just-released 2015 Vertical Markets Studies. The seven studies seeks to shed light on the trends in different AV market segments while exploring the buying criteria of different end users. Read James’ blog.

 Education AV Should Be Exceptional

AV plays an increasingly important role in how colleges educate students and how students gain knowledge. The right combination of content, space and technology turns an educational experience into an exceptional experience. Find out more in this new infographic.

 2015 ICIF Grant Recipient Spotlight

Aaron Soh Jun Hao started his undergraduate education at the Institute of Technical Education in Singapore, studying computer and communications engineering. While working his way through school, Aaron discovered his passion for the live events side of the professional AV industry. After graduating from the Institute of Technical Education, he decided to explore his interests and further his education, getting accepted in the Audiovisual System Design Program at Nanyang Polytechnic. He is expected to graduate in March 2016.

Aaron will gain his experience thanks to grant sponsor Electronics & Engineering PTE, LTD .The International Communications Industries Foundation (ICIF) grant program is designed to mentor and engage talented individuals in the AV industry. Meet all of this year's grant recipients and learn how your company can sponsor an aspiring AV professional.

 Three New APEx Companies

Three more AV firms joined the AV Provider of Excellence (APEx) program, which recognizes AV integration and design firms that set high standards for employee training and certification and meet their clients' needs by delivering exceptional solutions. InfoComm welcomes and congratulates HB Communications, Shen Milsom & Wilke Ltd. Hong Kong and Technical Services Audio Visual (TSAV).

“I'm thankful to work with people who strive to improve and grow every day by their efforts and dedication to the highest standards across the board,” said Pete Dugas, President of TSAV. “We look forward to continuing to better serve our customers and strive for excellence in everything we do." Learn about the APEx program today.

 Embrace InfoComm Standards

Gil Gauthier, CTS-D

When 98 percent of AV professionals in an InfoComm International market research survey say they would recommend InfoComm standards to industry colleagues, it's pretty clear that standards matter. “It has been my experience that clients truly appreciate a calculated design, rather than a hunch or guess on behalf of the design team,” says Gil Gauthier, CTS®-D, of Advance Pro. “By using the standards established by InfoComm’s best practices, I can consistently and efficiently determine the best required electronics solution for my clients while maximizing their return on investment and preserving our company’s profitability.”

Check out all of InfoComm’s standards for youself.

 CTS Means Business

Eric Rauch, CTS

There are more than 10,000 CTS holders. How many of them work at your company? Having a staff with CTS credentials can not only lead to more bids and satisfied clients, but it also demonstrates your investment in professional development and commitment to excellence.

“CTS provides a foundation of knowledge and best practices for the AV industry that we view as critical to ensure successful integration of new employees into our company,” says Eric Rauch, CTS, Cofounder of Hit Play Technologies. “As a result, we are able to deliver a more consistent level of expertise and service to our customers.”

 Install Courses You Must Check Out

Don’t miss Installation 1: System Fabrication and Installation 2: Setup and Verification, Oct. 26-31 in Fairfax, Va. These classroom courses take you step-by-step through AV installation, giving you the knowledge and confidence you need before and after you power up a rack.

 Upcoming Webinars

  • Explore the Benefits of InfoComm’s APEx Program
    Oct. 15

  • USB in AV Applications
    Oct. 28


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