What Happened at InfoComm Live?
Last month’s InfoComm Live in San Diego was a winner. Thanks to everyone who attended, master of ceremonies Tom Stimson, title sponsor Digital Projection and all the other companies that made the conference a success. If you couldn’t make it this year, through the miracle of time-lapse video, you can get a behind-the-scenes look at what went into transforming the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa into the InfoComm Live 2015 venue (pictured). And check out photos from the event in InfoComm’s Flickr stream. Who do you recognize?
IATSE Stagehands Enjoy Free Training
|Nathan Cox, CTS
Are you an IATSE member? If so, check out InfoComm’s IATSE Education Program for free professional development and the opportunity to earn the InfoComm/IATSE Live Event Technician Certificate. With specially selected courses, including Audiovisual Fundamentals for Stagehands, this training is a must to learn about AV integration in stagecraft.
“With InfoComm education and CTS® certification, people working in stagecraft can address AV issues needed early in the production process to provide a good experience for themselves, fellow workers and ultimately the audience.”
— Nathan Cox, CTS, Vice President, IATSE Local 675
Learn more about the program.
The Latest on PLASA Standards
PLASA, the trade association representing companies that supply technologies and services to the event, entertainment and installation industries, announced the publication of two standards, approved by the American National Standards Institute.
ANSI E1.19-2015, Recommended Practice for the Use of Class A Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) Intended for Personnel Protection in the Entertainment Industry, offers guidance on how to select, install, use and maintain ground fault protection devices in the entertainment industry to protect persons and property from shock or fire. It is a revision of a 2009 standard.
ANSI E1.23-2010 (R2015), Entertainment Technology — Design and Execution of Theatrical Fog Effects, offers guidance on planning and carrying out fog effects so that recognized exposure levels are not exceeded; fire and egress hazards are not created; false alarms don't summon the fire department; and fog effects are executed as designed. It is a reaffirmation of a 2010 version.
Both are available for free to download, thanks to a sponsorship from ProSight Specialty Insurance.
Why Loyalty Matters to Manufacturers and What They Can Do to Earn It
For AV manufacturers, loyalty is precious. It needs to be earned and rewarded generously. Does your company do what it takes to build loyalty? Are you loyal to certain manufacturers and feel recognized for your steadfastness? One executive from a major AV manufacturer shares his thoughts: "Long-term loyalty is worth so much more than that single purchase order." Read more.
Submit Nominations for Awards in AV
Do you know someone who is an exceptional individual in the AV industry? Nominate him or her for an InfoComm International award. With eight different honors, you could nominate a peer or two for each one. New for 2015: the CTS Holder of the Year Award.
Applications are due April 15. Learn more.
Now See Here: How to Verify Video System Performance
Just because you've finished setting up that video system doesn't mean you're finished. AV systems performance verification is a critical part of AV, because it helps ensure that what you've built is what the client wanted. Start with these five pointers, then explore further how to verify video system performance.
The First CTS Holder to Come Out of ISE
Neil Whybrow, CTS
Neil Whybrow, CTS, of Feltech in the U.K., was the first person to pass the CTS exam at last month's Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) show in Amsterdam. "Adding one of the only industry-recognized qualifications to my name and to our business's credentials reassures potential customers and existing clients alike that not only do we have the relevant skill-set, but we are also striving for continuous improvement amongst our employees and we are maintaining our position at the forefront of the industry," Whybrow says.
If you're going to InfoComm 2015, you could earn your CTS at the show and sign your name on the #CTSWall. With onsite test prep options, you could study for the exam and take it right at the show — all before the show floor opens. Plus, taking the exam at InfoComm 2015 could be an advantage. Watch one of your peers explain why.
What's Going on in the Tech World?
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Find Your AV Mentor — or Become One
Whether you're just starting out in the industry or you're an experienced veteran, InfoComm International's AV Mentor Network can match you with someone you can learn from and develop a professional relationship with — free for InfoComm members. Find out more and apply today.
Membership by the Numbers
Do you know how much you or your business could save through an InfoComm membership? With unlimited access to select training classes, free admission to trade shows around the world and more, the savings can add up quickly. Plus, when you maintain a well-trained workforce, you'll get even more back by investing in your employees.
Glimpse your savings now.