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The Changing Business of AV Integration

The AV Professors Are Back

Wearables and Digital Signage

InfoComm 2016 to Showcase IoT

More News
In Memoriam; Connections; ISE Wrap-Up; InfoComm in Europe; Video Interviews From ISE; IATSE Reaches InfoComm Training Milestone; APEx Spotlight; Preview Our New AV Transport Class; Vergauwen Scholarship; InfoComm at UBTech

Upcoming Webinars

Featured Events

AV Integration The Changing Business of AV Integration
"Competition is getting more diverse while at another level it’s consolidating," says the general manager of one West Coast AV integration firm. Changes in the business of AV have companies finding more ways to demonstrate their value. How does your experience compare?
The AV Professors Are Back AV Profs
InfoComm fan favorites Chuck Espinoza, CTS®-D, CTS-I, and Marcus Yarborough, CTS-I, are back behind the mic for the InfoComm Today AV Professors Podcast. This time, they tackle the question, "When is a project really done?" and wrestle with HDMI and EDID. Plus, get the scoop on upcoming AV Design classes.
Wearables Wearables and Digital Signage
Mobile devices such as Apple’s iWatch take information from the world around us and deliver it at a human scale in the ultimate expression of personalization. How can we apply that dynamic to digital signage, which normally draws a much larger audience?
InfoComm 2016 to Showcase IoT; Register Now collaborate
The Internet of Things will make its presence felt at InfoComm 2016, June 4-10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center and Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino. Organizers expect nearly 1,000 exhibitors, occupying more than 500,000 net square feet of show space.

Ed Matthews In Memoriam

InfoComm International® mourns the passing of Ed Matthews, Chairman and Founder of Visix. Matthews was a longtime respected member of the AV industry and a generous contributor to InfoComm programs. He took part in committees that developed the original CTS-D and CTS-I curricula. A Navy veteran, Matthews started in engineering sales in 1967, according to a statement from Visix, then worked on systems for various Olympic games before founding Visix in 2006. "Ed Matthews helped make the professional AV industry what it is today through his dedication to certification and training," said David Labuskes, CTS, RCDD, InfoComm Executive Director and CEO. "Our thoughts are with his family and everyone at Visix. He will be missed."

San Jose InfoComm Connections is Next Week

Do you know the way to San Jose? Thought leaders in AV, IT, UCC and higher education certainly do. It’s not too late to plan a stop at InfoComm Connections, March 3-4, in the heart of Silicon Valley. We’ll be giving away trips to InfoComm 2016 at the same time you gain insight from the likes of Cisco, Harman, Oblong Industries and more. Visit the exhibit floor and earn CTS renewal units through InfoComm University™ training. And at the Collaborate conference, held during Connections, you can learn first-hand how companies like Google and LinkedIn use AV solutions to their advantage. Register now.

ISE ISE Wraps a Successful Show

Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) attracted an unprecedented number of participants to its first-ever four-day show in Amsterdam earlier this month. "Yet again I can say how proud we are to be associated with ISE and the unique position it holds today," said David Labuskes, CTS, RCDD, Executive Director and CEO of InfoComm. "Our InfoComm Conferences, MasterClasses and FlashTrack education sessions drew excellent delegate numbers and offered ISE attendees an opportunity to experience a little of what InfoComm International can offer." Read the news [PDF].

Europe InfoComm Announces Partnerships in Europe

InfoComm membership in Europe has grown 17 percent in the past year. To underscore its commitment to the dynamic European market and create programs that benefit the industry, InfoComm recently announced partnerships with four European companies. TD Maverick has agreed to award 40 InfoComm memberships to European AV companies; COMM-TEC will incorporate InfoComm training into its German-language academy offerings; LINDY will co-develop educational webinars to be delivered in four different languages; and Leteng AS in Norway will translate and incorporate InfoComm training for Norwegian AV professionals. "Partnerships like this allow the AV industry to increase the number of skilled professionals around the world," said Pam Taggart, CTS, InfoComm Senior Director of Development for Europe.

Dave Labuskes Video: Insights and News From ISE

Watch InfoComm Executive Director David Labuskes, CTS, RCDD, and Senior Director of Development for Europe Pam Taggart, CTS, talk about ISE, InfoComm’s role in the European market and more with DailyDOOH, recorded at the NEC stand during ISE. Then watch Dave discuss news that U.K.-based Stardraw.com Ltd. has licensed symbols from the J-STD-710 Audio, Video, and Control Architectural Drawing Symbols Standard for use in its design software.

Live Events

IATSE IATSE Reaches a Milestone in AV Training

The International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees (IATSE) said recently that 200 members have now completed online training through a joint program with InfoComm on their way to earning their InfoComm-Recognized AV Technologist Certificate. Through this unique program to introduce stage hands to AV technology and best practices, InfoComm and IATSE also offer a jointly designed, four-day class Audiovisual Fundamentals for Stagehands, as well as InfoComm’s CTS Prep course. "The kudos are for all. This has been a total team effort," said Ben Adams of IATSE’s Education Department. Learn more about this important partnership.

Luke Jordan AV Excellence: It’s a Family Thing

When InfoComm launched its Audiovisual Providers of Excellence (APEx) program in 2015, Fort Worth, Texas-based Electro Acoustics & Video Inc. (EAVI) was an early adopter. The family-run company has stood behind the CTS program for years. All of its technicians are required to get their CTS certification, and engineers and project leads are strongly encouraged to pursue CTS-I or CTS-D. Assistant Field Manager Luke Jordan, PMP, CTS-I (pictured) sees certification as a pathway to winning top-tier AV jobs in the Lone Star State. Read more.

Virtual Classroom Preview Our New AV Transport Class

Here’s more training designed to fit your lifestyle. InfoComm University has launched AV Transport Methods Virtual Classroom to help you understand the design factors and needs assessment questions required to choose among AV transport methods. Offered only once in 2016, May 2-26, this program is a unique opportunity to learn from a panel of guest instructors, including manufacturers. Sign up before April 8 and save $200.

Not sure if this course is for you? Preview it by attending a free webinar and earn 1 RU. It’s March 31 at 1 p.m. (New York).

Michael Vergauwen Last Call for Scholarship Nominations

Do you know an exceptional university student pursuing AV? You have the power to spark passion in the next generation of AV professionals. InfoComm’s International Communications Industries Foundation (ICIF) established a scholarship in honor of Michael Vergauwen (pictured), a special leader in our community. Now we need your help to find the right scholarship recipient. Don’t miss this opportunity to help young AV professionals get started in our industry. But hurry — the deadline to apply is Feb. 29. Nominate today.

UBTech InfoComm at UBTech

Join InfoComm at UBTech, the higher education conference to explore opportunities for innovative growth in IT, AV and student and institutional success. UBTech takes place June 6-8 at The Mirage in Las Vegas. InfoComm 2016 attendees pay only $395 (normal early bird registration is $450). Register now and use the code INFOCOMM16 at checkout.


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