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Live Event Safety Standards: More Important Than Ever


On August 13, 2011, a stage collapsed during a powerful storm at the Indiana State Fair. While an investigation is ongoing, industry groups have come out to voice their concern and emphasize that there are nationally recognized, accredited standards for live event safety. Now, proponents say, getting the word out and training professionals to use the standards are critical to this dynamic industry. “The current standards, if they are adhered to, are sufficient to provide safe live events,” says one expert. “But it's a moving target.”

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Sustainable AV and Live Events 


By Dan Daley 

Recently, the Convention Industry Council and the ASTM finished off a slew of brand-new standards that govern the planning and execution of sustainable meetings, including standards for AV and production. What’s more, the ISO is busy working on an international standard for sustainability in event management. Fortunately, the AV industry is well on its way to making sustainability a core part of what it offers clients. Today, education and awareness are the keys to success. 

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ISE 2012 to Host Inaugural Dynamic Events Conference


In the run-up to the London Olympics, Dynamic Events will be a new conference dedicated to the use of lighting, sound, video and staging technologies in large-scale entertainment and sporting environments. According to one organizer, “Many C-level people in business today grew up on rock-and-roll, and their desire to inject their brands with the energy and production values of concert touring has made the live-events market an increasingly fertile hunting ground.” Dynamic Events will be held one day prior to Integrated Systems Europe at the RAI Exhibition Centre in Amsterdam on 30 January 2012.

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InfoComm Welcomes IATSE


InfoComm International® is pleased to announce that IATSE, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada, has joined InfoComm International. The largest labor union in the entertainment industry, IATSE has 110,000 members who now will have access to InfoComm training to prepare for the InfoComm-Recognized AV Technology Certificate and Certified Technology Specialist™ certification. InfoComm is encouraged that IATSE is providing its members with the training to pursue these important professional designations. Interested in securing industry training for your company or organization? Contact Patrick Giambalvo for more information.

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 Tools to Make the Magic Happen on Cue
Looking for a how-to guide for putting pre-show planning into practice to reduce problems onsite? Enroll in EVS213 Staging and Events Management Virtual Classroom, February 7 to March 9, a brand-new virtual classroom for AV technicians with at least two years of experience. Webinars will be held twice a week. You’ll learn how to analyze infrastructure — including power, rigging and labor — and leave with a big-picture view of how the diverse parts of staging an event work together.

Register today.

Events Business Looking Up?
In the October 2011 InfoComm International Economic Snapshot Survey, 63 percent of rental and staging professionals said they were doing better than they were six months ago. That figure is higher than average and it’s a greater percentage than reported by systems integrators, AV dealers, consultants and programmers. Learn more about the health of the AV industry. Download the October Snapshot today.

 ISE + CTS Combo
Here’s another reason to book your trip to Integrated Systems Europe (ISE), the largest professional AV and systems integration tradeshow ever held in Europe: You can earn your CTS®, CTS®-D or CTS®-I just steps away from the show floor. ISE is coming soon to Amsterdam, so start studying now and reserve one of the limited exam seats.

 What CTS Means to Me
“Holding my CTS is a sign to our vendors that I understand AV and can speak their language. The CTS shows that I'm not some events guy who just has AV in his title. I actually know what I'm talking about.
~ Aaron West, CTS, Live Events AV Coordinator at The Lampo Group, Inc.



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