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October 28, 2015

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Digital Signage NYC; Weekly Reading on IoT; Smart Fruit; APEx Spotlight; CTS Prep; ICIF Grant Program; Standards Case Studies; Virginia Roundtable in Pictures

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Talking to End Users


In a recent industry column, InfoComm International® Executive Director and CEO David Labuskes, CTS®, RCDD, describes the audiovisual experiences that are all around us and how they’re the perfect icebreaker for talking to customers about the AV industry. Read more about getting into the minds of users.


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Podcast: AVEC Preview


The AV Executive Conference (AVEC) is just around the corner. It’s not too late to register and join industry leaders as they talk business strategy and customer experience. What should you expect at AVEC 2015, Nov. 18-20 in Amelia Island, Fla.? The InfoComm Today Podcast offers a sneak peak.


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How AV Supports Pedagogy


“Any conversation about technology for learning spaces needs to start with pedagogy,” says John Cook, CTS, Vice President of Technology at The Sextant Group. In other words, AV in higher education amplifies the learning experience without dictating it. Read what faculty and technologists at leading universities say about new ways of engaging today’s students in this exclusive InfoComm publication.


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Exceptional Experience: Canadian Museum for Human Rights


Normally, a museum the size of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) would have about 5,000 artifacts for the public to explore. The CMHR, which opened in Winnipeg in 2014, has about 300. But that hasn’t stopped the museum from engaging the public through immersive audiovisual experiences. Experience it for yourself.


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More News From InfoComm

 Digital Signage Focus: New York City

Digital signage and New York City. Like peas and carrots or peanut butter and jelly. From Times Square to Macy’s on 34th, the Big Apple offers a full-on digital experience. Read about the latest highlights in the All Voices Blog, then register for InfoComm Connections New York, Nov. 11-12, where you can enjoy digital signage workshops and rub elbows with industry insiders at the National Association of Broadcasters’ Content and Communications World show — co-located under the very same roof.

 Weekly Reading: Security is Key to IoT

Who’s going to secure the Internet of Things? At a time when device makers are rushing to get their things working online, there’s a concern that security isn’t getting the attention it needs. Get the scoop in the latest Weekly Reading, plus the latest on FCC spectrum auctions and six important trends in videoconferencing. (Spoiler alert: One trend is that videoconferencing works pretty well now.)

 Smart Fruit: The Internet of Things Goes Bananas

And now for something completely different. Planar Systems Vice President of Marketing and Product Strategy Jennifer Davis has advice about the Internet of Things: Don’t lose sight of other things. She writes, “It is important that we not take for granted the natural sensors in our world.” Share your thoughts.

 In the APEx Spotlight

Recently, Focus21 Visual Communications, an engineering company specializing in the integration and servicing of audiovisual and videoconferencing systems in the U.K., earned the distinction of being the first U.K.-based company to hold AV Provider of Excellence (APEx) status. APEx is a recognition program for AV integration and design firms that set high standards for employee training and certification and meet their clients' needs by delivering exceptional solutions.

For more than a decade, Focus21 has been part of the InfoComm International community, including through its commitment to the Certified Technology Specialist™ program. “We got onboard a long time ago, as one global company we did business with in our early days of trading had an AV professional who insisted on CTS as a pre-requisite for doing business,” says Jim Harwood, CTS®-D, Managing Director and Partner at Focus21. Harwood has been with the firm since the beginning, in 1998. He started the company with a partner, both coming from military aviation engineering backgrounds. Harwood says he might still be in aviation if he hadn’t discovered AV. Read more.

 Earn Your CTS

For more than 30 years, InfoComm has administered the CTS program, which is recognized worldwide as the leading credential in pro AV. Ready to earn your CTS? A little prep work before taking the exam could go a long way.

InfoComm University™ will be offering CTS Prep in Houston, Nov. 10-12 and Fairfax, Va., Nov. 16-18. The course explores the CTS exam format, offers test-taking strategies and delves into exam content areas, from creating, operating, and servicing AV solutions to conducting management activities. Be a #CTSprepper on Twitter and share your experiences pursuing CTS certification.

 2015 ICIF Grant Recipient Spotlight

Ho Kok Long, a student at Nanyang Polytechnic in Singapore, recalls his introduction to the AV industry at an early age through his church. His interest in the AV world led him to take courses in multimedia technology at the Institute of Technical Education. After his time at the institute, he enlisted in the national service for two years and was exposed to audio and lighting technologies. Now Ho Kok has returned to Nanyang Polytechnic to create interactive experiences for audiences.

Ho Kok enters the AV industry thanks, in part, to grant sponsor Electronics & Engineering PTE, LTD and the International Communications Industries Foundation (ICIF). The 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.

 Standards Case Studies Prove Success

Scott Woolley, CTS, in describing the ANSI/INFOCOMM 4:2012 Audiovisual Systems Energy Management standard, went through the process he used to calculate how much savings an energy management system would accrue over the course of a year. In his case study, he found that one room (out of 150 in that particular facility) would save $200 per year, which equates to $30,000 in savings per year. Read more standards case studies to learn how standards can save your organization time and money.

 Picture This: Virginia Roundtable

Did you miss last month’s InfoComm Roundtable Plus in Northern Virginia, co-located with Stampede’s Big Book of AV Tour? InfoComm holds Roundtable events all over the world so industry professionals can network, gain insight and deliver exceptional AV experiences. Check out the pictures from our Virginia gathering. See anyone you know?

 Upcoming Webinars

  • Wiring a Rack
    Nov. 4

  • The Challenges of Enabling Wireless Content Sharing
    Nov. 11


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