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January 13, 2016

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ISE 2016 Preview; InfoComm Connections San Jose; InfoComm Awards; Cable Labeling Standard; CTS Prep Virtual Classroom; ISE Professional Development Consultations; ICIF Grant Program; Cloud AV Training

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3 Ways AV Pros Can Better Collaborate With IT


QSC wanted to know what IT buyers and professionals thought of AV integrators and how the two sides could build better, more productive relationships. Based on the company's research, Cory Schaeffer, QSC Director of Systems Solutions, offers these key insights.


Gearing Up for ISE and Raising the Bar on Quality


In the run-up to Integrated Systems Europe, Feb. 9-12, InfoComm International® Executive Director and CEO David Labuskes, CTS®, RCDD, describes meeting European AV pros and marveling at their commitment to certification and training. Would you have guessed that the Nordic AV market is a hotbed of CTS professionals? Read more.

  David Labuskes

Meet the 2016 Certification Committee


InfoComm recently announced election results for the 2016 InfoComm International Certification Steering Committee. The group of industry volunteers, which will be led this year by Jeremy Caldera, CTS-D, CTS-I, of Zdi Inc., oversees the development and administration of all Certified Technology Specialist™ certifications. Read the news.


Drone Education is Optional, But That's About to Change


When exciting new industries go mainstream, training is what separates the pros from everybody else. With the floodgates set to open on commercial drone use, it will be important for specialists to lead the market the same way computer specialists drove mass PC adoption in the 1990s. Share your thoughts in the All Voices Blog.

  Drone tablet

More News From InfoComm

 Podcast: ISE 2016 Preview

ISE 2015

What does InfoComm have planned for Integrated Systems Europe? Join Pam Taggart, CTS, InfoComm Senior Director of Development for Europe; Bill Thomas, CTS-I, Director of International Education; and Brad Grimes, Director of Communications, as they talk about their three-pronged program, the exhibits and sessions they're looking forward to, and how the super-sized ISE 2016 reflects an exciting market throughout Europe. Listen now.

 Register for InfoComm Connections San Jose


We're ba-ack! InfoComm Connections returns to San Jose, Calif., March 3-4, for a regional trade show connecting AV professionals and Silicon Valley companies and tech managers. In addition to exhibits of new and innovative technologies, attendees will enjoy an in-depth education program, with sessions such as The Future of Classroom Design, The Real Discussion About Networked AV, Creating the Experiential Environment, and Blending Desktop, Cloud and Room-Based UCC Systems. Learn more and register.

 Poll: How Would You React if You Won an InfoComm Award?

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We need your vote! Tell us how you’d react if you won a prestigious InfoComm Award. Would you be excited? Humbled? Embarrassed? Vote now and then nominate a deserving colleague for an award that could have them jumping for joy (or withdrawing into their shell). The deadline for nominations is March 31, so act today.

 For the Love of Cables

On the surface, a standard to define how cables should be labeled in audiovisual systems might not sound exciting, even to AV insiders. But when you assemble five of the most knowledgeable and enthusiastic AV experts, who between them have more than a century of experience and enough drive to power a cloud-computing data center, you can bet something good will come from it, such as InfoComm's soon-to-be-released Cable Labeling for Audiovisual Systems (CLAS) standard.

Three of these experts — John Bailey, CTS-D, CTS-I, Vice President of Technology at Whitlock; Peter Swanson, CTS, Head of Sales and Marketing at AMX Australia; and Jason Brameld, Technical Director of Torpedo Factory Group in the U.K. — talk about the process of developing this important standard. Read their story.

 It's Never Too Early to Register for CTS Prep Virtual Classroom

Todd Zimmerman
Todd Zimmermann, CTS

"I took CTS Prep Virtual Classroom because I wanted assistance in getting through the CTS material," says Todd Zimmermann, CTS, of Verrex Corp. "For me, I like listening to a lecture rather than just reading the material. Plus, it was nice to set aside the lunch time twice a week for the webinar and study time. I would recommend the class if you are looking for ways to help study for the CTS exam. It helped me prepare and made me more confident in taking the test."

There's no time like the present. Reserve your spot today to explore the CTS exam format, learn test-taking strategies, find out what to expect the day of the exam, and study at your own pace. Sign up now.

 ISE Attendees Can Get Free Professional Development Guidance

ISE Professional Development

InfoComm will be offering free professional development consultations to attendees of Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2016, Feb. 9-12, in Amsterdam. The consultations will be conducted by InfoComm’s Europe-based and other international staff, with the goal of helping individuals and companies identify courses of study for advancing their careers and businesses. "Workforce development has been identified by our European members as a critical need,” said Pam Taggart, CTS, Senior Director of Development in Europe.

The one-on-one consultations will run approximately 20 minutes each. Participants will receive a tailored plan of training opportunities not only from InfoComm, but also from other sources inside and outside the AV industry. Read the news and learn how to sign up.

 ICIF Grant Spotlight

Stanton Helms
Stanton Helms (left) with Zdi's Jeremy Caldera (right)

Stanton Helms started his telecommunications career 13 years ago. He is now back in school pursuing his passions and studying live and installed sound at Columbia College in Chicago. His studies, past jobs and volunteer experience have opened his eyes to career prospects in the growing AV industry. Already preparing for a successful career, Helms is a student member of InfoComm International, working toward his CTS and a participant in the International Communications Industries Foundation (ICIF) grant program, thanks to grant sponsor Zdi Inc.

The ICIF grant program is designed to mentor and engage talented individuals in the AV industry. Meet many of the recent grant recipients and learn how your company can sponsor an aspiring AV professional. Sponsor applications are due Feb. 15, so get involved today.

 Earn Four RUs for Just One Online Course

Cloud networking

Find out what people are talking about: Harnessing the Cloud for the AV Pro is worth four CTS renewal units RUs. The online class teaches the benefits and values of cloud technologies in supporting AV applications. "This course was an excellent overview of what to keep in mind when you gather knowledge on how a client intends to use a space," says Sean Muckle, CTS-D, of HB Communications. "I enjoyed the course and would recommend it to others who are seeking to gain general knowledge of the cloud." Learn more.

 Recorded Webinars

  • Deploying USB, HDMI and DisplayPort Bus-Powered Solutions in AV System Design

  • Manufacturers' Training: Successful Implementation of High-Performance DLP Projectors

  • Manufacturers' Training: The Smartphone and the Evolution of Assistive Listening Systems

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