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From the Rental & Staging Council Chair; IATSE Members Get CTS® Prep; AV Heroes Program Gets Under Way; Weigh in on Live Events Standards; Project Management Tools for Your Events; In Memoriam — Neil Muncy; Future InfoComm Show Dates; Almo's E4 Tour Heads Into Fall; More

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Wireless Mics and White Spaces: A Changed (and Changing) Landscape


By Dan Daley, Special to InfoComm International®

It’s been more than three years since the U.S. flipped the switch on digital broadcasting, prompting smartphone makers and audio pros to scramble for valuable RF spectrum in the so-called white spaces left behind. What has been the impact of decisions by the FCC? While some things have changed, it seems live events professionals should be ready for more in the coming years.


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What Would You Do With a 21:9 Flat Panel?


This is what AV professionals do: They take new technology and make it work for their clients. Now that there is an LED TV on the market designed for CinemaScope-style movie-viewing, what might consultants and integrators do with it? Pitch your best ideas at the InfoComm All Voices Blog and win some InfoComm swag.


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Resource Management: Getting What You Need From Workers


By Bradley A. Malone, PMP

Some may say that the most important resource on an AV project is the equipment. Our project management expert begs to differ. But getting the most out of your human resources takes more than just hard work and long hours. There’s a difference between effort and value — and one of them will pay off more for your company in the long run.


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Will Youth Be Served in Pro AV?


By Brad Grimes

It’s a familiar refrain in the pro-AV industry: We need to attract more qualified young people to fill our ranks and propel our companies forward. On the flip side, young AV professionals need the same mentoring, training and growth opportunities that got the industry where it is today. Bringing generations together may pose challenges, but fresh talent (when you can find it) breeds success.

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From the Rental & Staging Council Chair
Midori Connolly reflects on her trip to last month’s Roadshow and Roundtable in New York City and gives a status report on what the Rental & Staging Council has planned to help support the live events industry.

"July was certainly busy, highlighted by the Rental & Staging Roadshow, which was held in an uber-cool area of Manhattan. The amount of energy and conversation was great. There was plenty of networking between vendors and clients/prospective clients, which we hope the Council can help facilitate more of going forward. And then there was the education. InfoComm University™’s Andre LeJeune, CTS, held a compelling session about shifting client relationship models for R&S companies. One of the council’s missions is to identify educational topics that help R&S companies grow, so we appreciate your feedback.

"The best part of the day in New York was after the Roadshow, when the Council got together for happy hour. We had about 20 people show up at the Flatiron Lounge. What a treat it was to attend an event where our favorite topics of conversation didn’t bring on stares or eye-rolling (the usual spousal response to a good AV conversation, right?). Based on the success of our first happy hour, we’ll arrange more informal gatherings for R&S Council members. We look forward to bringing together as many members as possible. And if you have any other suggestions, feedback or ideas, please reach out to me anytime."

 IATSE Members Get CTS Prep
As July wound down, more than 20 members of IATSE Locals 15 (Seattle), 16 (San Francisco), 118 (Vancouver), 471 (Ottawa), 600 (U.S. Cinematographers), 669 (Canada Cinematographers), 675 (Oregon) and 891 (Vancouver) took part in three days of CTS® prep training in Vancouver, B.C. The coursework was part of an agreement between IATSE and InfoComm to offer training to IATSE’s stagecraft, motion picture and television production, and trade show members. Future InfoComm training for IATSE members will be held Oct. 6-8 in Miami, Nov. 27-29 in Philadelphia, and Dec. 11-13 in Chicago.

“It is great to know that the members are taking advantage of this opportunity to acquire new skills and refine ones they already have,” said IATSE Director of Education and Training Patricia White.

 AV Heroes Program Gets Under Way
U.S. military veterans gathered last week for the start of a six-week course at InfoComm University™ in Fairfax, Va., designed to train them for careers in the AV industry with an eye toward CTS certification. The AV Heroes program, sponsored in part by Almo Pro A/V, König & Meyer, Shure, and Vaddio, is the result of a partnership between InfoComm and the United Veterans Learning Centers, in response to the U.S. Veterans Employment Initiative to put veterans back to work. Plans call for the AV Heroes program to be offered quarterly in 2013.

 Weigh in on Live Events Standards
Here’s your chance to comment on a pair of rigging standards coming out of PLASA’s ANSI-accredited Technical Standards Program (TSP). PLASA TSP has released two standards for public review:

  • BSR E1.21 – 201x, which covers the design, manufacture and use of all the portable structures used to support scenery, lighting and sound equipment
  • BSR E1.39 – 201x, which establishes minimum requirements for the selection and use of personal fall-arrest systems.

For each proposed standard, the review period ends Sept. 25. Here’s how you can submit your comments.

 Field-Tested Project Management Tools for Your Events
Need a how-to guide for putting pre-show planning into practice in order to reduce problems onsite? Enroll in the Staging and Events Management Virtual Classroom, Oct. 23-Nov. 23.

 In Memoriam — Neil Muncy
InfoComm mourns the passing of Neil Muncy, “a passionate contributor and proud participant in the evolution of everything audio,” as eulogized by John Harris, friend and founder of the Toronto-based Harris Institute. Muncy founded SSI Inc. in 1966 and pioneered the use of operational-amplifier technology in multichannel consoles and high-speed tape duplicating systems. Over the years, he was an instructor and guest lecturer at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., and the Music Recording Workshop in Washington, D.C. Muncy was active in the Acoustical Society of America, the Audio Engineering Society (AES), the Canadian Acoustical Association, and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. In 2007, he was given the AES Fellowship Award for outstanding contributions in the fields of noise susceptibility and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) in audio systems.

 Four (Not So Simple) Ways to Grow Your Business
If you’re hatching a business strategy for 2013, try this decades-old approach. Planar’s Jennifer Davis lays out the options for growth, from less risky to more risky, at the InfoComm All Voices Blog. Chime in with your favorite strategies.

 As If the Summer Touring Season Weren’t Enough
Think you can’t see the future? Think again. Few things are more predictable than an InfoComm Show in June. But now you can start blocking out specific dates for the next seven years. And if you have favorite hotels from prior InfoComm Show cities, well, you’re in luck. Here’s the full schedule.

 Almo’s E4 Tour Heads Into Fall
Almo Professional A/V and InfoComm International® have opened registration for the Fall 2012 E4 AV training and networking events, which will stop in Dallas on Sept.13 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas, and in New York on Oct. 3 at the Meadowlands Expo Center. Almo will offer a newly-updated set of 13 educational sessions, many of which are worth CTS renewal units (RUs).

The Fall E4 schedule is broken down into three separate educational tracks focused on emerging technology, technical knowledge and making money, to help attendees navigate their way through the day. Both events will run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and are entirely free to Almo Pro A/V’s reseller, integrator and consultant partners. To register, go to

Get a video overview of the Almo Pro A/V E4 AV Tour, and visit Almo on Facebook and Twitter for E4 contests and specials.

 All Your Project Management Insights in One Place
It’s like a crash course in project management without leaving your desk. Popular InfoComm University™ lecturer Brad Malone has crafted a series of in-depth articles covering everything from kick-off meetings to job estimates. Read them all here.

 5 Steps to Your Standing Ovation
Help shape the AV industry by submitting a proposal to present at InfoComm 2013. Not sure how to get your ideas of the ground? We’ve got five easy steps to follow. But hurry! The deadline for proposals is Sept. 16.


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