Podcast: ISE 2016 Preview
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.
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
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?
We need your vote! Tell us how you’d react if you won a prestigious
Would you be excited? Humbled? Embarrassed?
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
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 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
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 (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
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."
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