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InfoComm Live Events Update

September 17, 2014

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Rigging Standards for Public Review; Apple #Fail in Live Events; Breaking News From InfoComm India; AV Executive Conference Podcasts; Join the Certification Steering Committee; Thanks, Chuck!

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Now Hear This: The First APEx Company Speaks Out


In this InfoComm Today Podcast, hear from the first AV Provider of Excellence (APEx), Zdi Inc. of Normal, Illinois. APEx is a new designation from InfoComm International® that recognizes AV companies' dedication to world-class design, integration and customer service. A live events program is in the works. What does it take to reach the APEx? Listen now.


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Sustainability Toolkit for Live Events


Events are unique customer experiences. Increasingly, organizers are seeking to create events that showcase their brand and organizational values around corporate responsibility and sustainability — and they'll be looking to you for help. Check out InfoComm's new Live Events Sustainability Toolkit, an online resource of standards and best practices for producing green events.


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Studio Gear Takes the Stage


Everyone from rock bands to corporate presenters wants live events to sound their best. To that end, live events professionals are taking top-of-the-line gear from studios and putting it on stage. "The spoken word isn't just getting a touch of EQ anymore," says one pro. Read more in this InfoComm special report.


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[VIDEO!] That's an Exceptional Experience


Today's AV professionals are not in the equipment business — they're in the experience business, combining content, space and technology to craft an event, communicate a message and more. InfoComm is dedicated to promoting "exceptional experiences" through education, certification, industry standards and in-person events. What goes into creating an exceptional experience? Take a look.


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 Rigging Standards Available for Public Review

PLASA, the association for the event, entertainment and installation industries, has published draft standards for theater fire safety curtain systems and personal fall arrest systems on portable structures. Both are available free for public review online. The reviews run through Nov. 3.

BSR E1.22, Entertainment Technology — Fire Safety Curtain Systems, is a revision of the existing 2009 standard. It is being updated to better align with the requirements of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 80, a standard that "regulates the installation and maintenance of assemblies and devices used to protect openings in walls, floors and ceilings against the spread of fire and smoke." The draft standard describes the materials, design, fabrication, installation, operation, testing and maintenance of fire safety curtains and systems used for theater proscenium opening protection.

BSR E1.39, Entertainment Technology — Selection and Use of Personal Fall Arrest Systems on Portable Structures Used in the Entertainment Industry establishes minimum requirements for such systems in the entertainment industry. Other methods of fall protection, such as safety nets and guard rails, are not within the scope of this standard.

For more information, contact Karl G. Ruling, PLASA technical standards manager, at

 Weekly Reading: Apparent Apple #Fail in Live Events

As an AV pro, chances are you've had to stream an event or arrange for an event to be streamed. (Or you've just watched a live stream yourself.) It doesn't always go smoothly, does it? Imagine if half the planet were watching. Read about this and other carefully curated tech stories in the All Voices Blog.

 Breaking News From InfoComm India

Biamp Systems and InfoComm announced a joint effort to provide discounted training in India for professionals seeking to prepare for InfoComm's Certified Technology Specialist™ exam. Classes will be offered in 2015 in Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai and New Delhi.

InfoComm's CTS® designations are the only audiovisual certification programs accredited by the International Organization for Standardization's (ISO) United States representative, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Although no classes are required to take the CTS exam, many industry professionals find it helpful to have instructor interaction when preparing for the test. CTS Prep, sponsored by Biamp, will help meet the needs of Indian AV professionals, who don't get many local opportunities for in-person preparatory classes.

 Can't Make it to the AV Executive Conference?

Bookmark the InfoComm Today Podcast page. We'll be recording from the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia in Arizona, where the AV Executive Conference kicks off this week. Hear what your peers are saying about golf, sun and business insights.

 Want to Lead Your CTS Community?

Help shape the industry by running for a position on InfoComm's Certification Steering Committee. This year, CTS holders will elect three representatives to the committee. Make sure your contact information is up to date so you'll receive your ballot when it's time to vote. Learn more and apply.

 Thanks, Chuck!

Chuck Espinoza, CTS-D, CTS-I, chair of InfoComm's Certification Committee, recently donated a new projector to the association. If you were following the #avselfie hash tag during InfoComm 2014, you know Chuck was everywhere, from the booths to the CTS Wall of Fame (#CTSWall). For his efforts, a selfie he took with InfoComm CEO David Labuskes, CTS, RCDD, won Chuck an ASK Proxima projector from the folks at AV Nation. He, in turn, gave the projector to InfoComm in support of its ongoing education and certification efforts.

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