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November 11, 2015

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Remembering Grant Stewart; Vertical Markets; Weekly Reading; Michael Vergauwen Scholarship; Contract Training; CTS to CTS-I; Benefits of Standards; Design School in Pictures; CTS Prep; Certification Committee Voting

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Networked AV in Depth: AV on the WLAN


"When more and more offices are going all wireless," says one AV professional, "I can't see how we as integrators are not going to be successful in deploying more of these wireless presentation systems on corporate LANs." Indeed, it's a real opportunity, but sometimes easier said than done. Read what experienced AV pros have to say about setting up wireless systems in the enterprise.


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White Paper: Wireless AV and Content Sharing


Even if you don't know the first thing about wireless systems, you can cut through the standards and spectrum challenges to deliver a solution that helps users collaborate. In this InfoComm International® white paper, you'll learn the basics of wireless technology, why it's not suitable for all AV applications, how today's popular wireless solutions work, and best practices for setting up a wireless network. Download it today.


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Documenting AV Projects is Good for Business


Have we all agreed that the back of a napkin does not suffice as AV project documentation? Assuming we have, what prevents AV professionals from providing complete documentation for all projects? If you've made any of these excuses, keep in mind that you could be missing a chance to grow your business. Weigh in on the matter.


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InfoComm to Name Award for Mackey Barron


The InfoComm International Awards Committee voted to rename its Distinguished Achievement Award for the late Mackey Barron, founder of HB Communications. The 2016 award will be presented at InfoComm 2016 in June. Nominations will be accepted starting Dec. 1. Read the news and a tribute to Barron from InfoComm Executive Director and CEO David Labuskes, CTS, RCDD.


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 In Memoriam: Grant Stewart

The AV industry will miss Grant Stewart of Stewart Filmscreen. He was an innovator, leader and valuable contributor to InfoComm International. Stewart was involved with InfoComm standards, including the task group that developed ANSI/INFOCOMM 3M-2011: Projected Image System Contrast Ratio. Learn more about his contributions to the industry. InfoComm's thoughts go out to the Stewart family and everyone at Stewart Filmscreen.

 Last Chance: Register for AVEC

InfoComm's AV Executive Conference is next week, Nov. 18-20, at the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island, Fla. Come learn from author and business strategist B. Joseph Pine as he explains our evolution to an "experience economy." And get a state of the industry from InfoComm Executive Director and CEO David Labuskes, CTS, RCDD. These AV executives will be there. You should be there, too. Register now.

 More About AV Buyers and Their Vertical Markets

The American Institute of Architects' latest Consensus Forecast indicates double-digit percentage growth in hospitality construction. What do AV customers in that market need from new technology solutions? Mobility, for one thing. Gain insight into the hospitality, retail and healthcare markets at the All Voices Blog.

 Weekly Reading: For the Love of Vinyl and More

What is the pro-AV equivalent of what's happening with vinyl records in the music industry? What's the old technology that's new again? The latest edition of Weekly Reading doesn't answer the question, but maybe you will. It does, however, run down the latest FCC ruling on Wi-Fi service at events, the shaky future of virtual reality, and Bond... James Bond. Get your read on.

 Tell a College Student

It's that time of year again. Applications for the Michael Vergauwen Scholarship are now being accepted. The scholarship is open to third- and fourth-year college students who are dependents of employees or employees of InfoComm member organizations. It will help cover the pursuit of a technical degree to be applied to an audiovisual career.

The International Communications Industries Foundation (ICIF) established the scholarship in honor of Michael Vergauwen, a special leader in the pro-AV community. ICIF now needs your help in finding the right scholarship recipient for 2016.

This year's winner was Dean Philip (pictured), a junior at the University of South Carolina. While attending college, Philip has worked for InfoComm member HP Electronics, of Baltimore, Md. "Dean has been given the responsibility of working with a crew that has completed several large AV and auditorium projects," says HP Electronics President Robert Hewitt. "He not only faced the challenge eagerly, but performed above all expectations."

Read Philip’s story and learn more about the Michael Vergauwen Scholarship.

 Contract Training Changes the Game

For Mona Kramer, Human Resources Director at J&S Audio Visual, teaming up with InfoComm International for staff training is a win-win. The family-owned business provides creative solutions, marketing, branding, show and event services, as well as design, integration and the full range of technical services. It has around 240 employees across 30 U.S. locations, plus another 150 employees internationally. "We are so spread out, but through our training agreement with InfoComm, our team members can do all their AV training online," Kramer says.

Read more and explore the possibilities.

 First CTS, Next CTS-I

Control systems programmer Hope Roth, CTS®, is a vocal supporter and champion of women in technology. Her work for Boston-based Riordan Brothers, a family-owned electronics design and installation company, puts her among a select group at the leading edge of AV technology. "I was going to start studying for the CTS-D and someone suggested that I qualified for the CTS-I," she says.

Read Hope's story and explore advanced certification.

 The Benefits of AV Standards

Canadian AV designer Jason Antinori, CTS-D, volunteered for InfoComm International as a subject matter expert back in 2011. The experience led him to become a vital international voice within InfoComm's standards group. "The presence of standards adds a level of professionalism to our work," Antinori says. "They provide end users with a benchmark, where they get what they expected and can test and verify that what's being installed and what they've purchased is exactly as described."

Read more and find how you can get involved with industry standards.

 Design School... In Pictures!

What does InfoComm University™ Design Boot Camp look like? It looks a lot like this. Last month, school was in session in Fairfax, Va., as aspiring designers participated in three successive AV design classes: Environment, Infrastructure and Applied Design.

Couldn't make it? Design classes are also available online. Get the scoop on all of InfoComm University's design courses and map your career path.

 Join Us for CTS Prep

Speaking of InfoComm University classes in Fairfax, Va. We'll be offering CTS Prep next week, Nov. 16-18. Get ready for the exam through in-person instruction and share tips with fellow AV pros.

"I was really happy with the delivery, instructors and the content of the CTS Prep course,” says Yvan Mireault, CTS-I, from the University of Alberta. “I recently passed my CTS exam and believe CTS Prep was a key factor in my success."

Register now.

 Last Chance: CTS Election Closes Nov. 13

CTS holders are in the process of electing three new members to the Certification Committee. Submit your vote by 5 p.m. EST on Nov. 13. Don't miss your chance to choose the people who will lead the future of the CTS program. Didn't get your ballot? Contact

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    Nov. 12

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    Nov. 18

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