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?