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January 19, 2009
Multi-System Integration

  • ITC Holdings’ headquarters features a super-sized, ultra-high-resolution projection system for their Operations Control Room...and the technology only begins there. An article by Shonan Noronha, EdD.

  • Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, the world’s largest industrial auctioneer, has a Medford MN auction house featuring extensive AV, enabling hundreds of spectators, on-hand and online, to bid and buy with ease. An article by Jim Stokes.

  • Digital signage, a longstanding industry buzzword, continues to be a major growth area. But, for this nascent powerhouse of a segment, there is no such thing as a ‘typical’ installation. An article by R. David Read.

  • Shop drawings can be a nuisance for integra tors. But the question isn’t whether you can afford to do them—it’s whether you can afford not to. An article by Jerrold Stevens.
  • In his monthly “Sight Lines” column, Gary Kayye, CTS, makes the case that “the sky is not falling.” Even though we’re experiencing a down economy, according to Kayye, somebody still will gain.

  • Peter Mapp, FASA, FAES, author of the monthly “Sound Advice” column, presents a discussion about interpreting and averaging system frequency response data and measurements.

  • In his monthly “Down to Business” column, David McNutt offers his 2009 Survival Strategy, in which he urges readers to prepare for the inevitable opportunities the future will present.

  • First Presbyterian Church in Charlotte NC, a medium-size, traditional house of worship, allocated funds to upgrade the broadcast systems in the main sanctuary, while adding AV and control to the chapel. An article by Dawn Allcot.

  • David Lee Jr., PhD, author of the monthly “House of Worship: Business” column, gives readers a primer on how to be optimistic in 2009. According to Lee, in spite of current challenges, church business should do well.

  • Catherine Shanahan, president of Shanahan Sound & Electronics, offers an overview of women and the AV industry. She presents a summary of where we stand today.

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February 16, 2009
Government Facilities & Public Works

  • The Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) new 54,000-square-foot, $10 million transportation management center, DalTrans, is the operational base for TxDOT’s new traffic management system. An article by Dawn Allcot.

  • Innovation and creativity are fueling growth in digital signage, even in the midst of economic recession. Hardware manufacturers and software companies continue to innovate new technologies. An article by Shonan Noronha, EdD.

  • In his monthly “Sight Lines” column, Gary Kayye, CTS, outlines the growth markets for 2009. Singling out religion, government, education and other segments, Kayye argues that not all is doom and gloom.

  • In the inaugural edition of “Sign Age,” Shonan Noronha, EdD, asks whether you, as a digital signage solutions provider, are taking full advantage of all the revenue streams available within the segment.

  • In his monthly “Sound Advice” column, Peter Mapp, FASA, FAES, discusses achieving accurate measurements, arguing that such is essential for audio/acoustic consultants and sound system contractors.

  • In his monthly “Down to Business” column, David McNutt outlines an evolution theory that applies to our industry. He makes the case that business is fundamentally shifting, and everybody must now adapt.

  • Peckville Assembly of God Church in the small mountain town of Peckville PA, outside of Scranton, hosts high-profile musical acts to enhance its worship experience. A House of Worship: Technology article by Dawn Allcot.

  • In his monthly “House of Worship: Business” column, David Lee Jr., PhD, discusses how systems integrators can handle special religious events, such as conferences and conventions.

  • We conduct an exclusive interview with Keith Mortensen, Founder/CEO, and Bob Michaels, Vice President, Magenta Research, to get their insights on where Magenta has been, its current activities and what the future holds.

  • The AV industry encompasses a range of systems integrators, some carving out a niche and some drawing strength from expansive offerings. Southfield MI-based BlueWater Technologies fits into the second category. An article by Dan Ferrisi.

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March 23, 2009
Theme Parks & Attractions
12th Annual Worship Center AV Survey

  • The new Yankee Stadium, which comes with a $1.3 billion price tag, redefines the baseball experience. The luxury suites have grown from 19 to 56, and AV-equipped ancillary spaces abound. An article by Jim Stokes.

  • The newly opened Sant Ocean Hall occupies space in the Smithsonian’s long standing National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC. Advanced audio and video outfitting help visitors explore the ocean depths. An article by R. David Read.

  • Far from merely putting on an annual mega-tradeshow, InfoComm provides actionable insights year-round. This article by Randal A. Lemke, PhD, InfoComm’s Executive Director, analyzes industry statistics and discusses training.

  • In his monthly “Sight Lines” column, Gary Kayye, CTS, reflects on his time working for a major industry manufacturer. He recounts the “Marketing 101” lessons he learned, which revolve around building and maintaining relationships.

  • In her monthly “Sign Age” column, Shonan Noronha, EdD, argues that, through partnerships and alliances with manufacturers, service providers, etc., one can expand one’s DS offerings with minimal fixed-cost increase

  • In his monthly “Down to Business” column, David McNutt breaks down the Obama Administration’s economic stimulus package. He traces its circuitous legislative path and says some funds will funnel directly into our industry.

  • The conventional dichotomy of traditional worship vs. contemporary worship does not take the full spectrum into account. This is certainly the case with Colonial Hills Church. A “House of Worship: Technology” article by Dan Ferrisi

  • In his monthly “House of Worship: Business” department, David Lee Jr., PhD, addresses financial opportunities that still exist in our recessionary economy. Churches, he believes, still have funds to spend—provided the technology enhances communication.

  • We conduct an exclusive interview with Keith Mortensen, Founder/CEO, and Bob Michaels, Vice President, Magenta Research, to get their insights on where Magenta has been, its current activities and what the future holds.

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April 20, 2009
Worship Centers
NAB issue

  • Historic First Baptist Church (FBS) in the heart of Spartanburg SC has gone HD digital within a massive media upgrade of its AV, broadcast and lighting systems. An article by Jim Stokes.

  • Careful planning, communication and compromise were key to keeping Hayes-Barton UMC happy and meeting the church’s needs for extensive AV systems with complete connectivity. An article by Dawn Allcot.

  • InfoComm, the US’ largest commercial AV trade show, can be an overwhelming experience for smaller integration firms. Jason McGraw, CTS, Senior Vice President of Expositions with InfoComm International, gives tips to make the most of your experience.

  • Digital Signage Expo 2009 was vibrant with new products, innovative ideas, seminars and workshops, and business opportunities. A show review by Shonan Noronha, EdD.

  • In his monthly “Sight Lines” column, Gary Kayye, CTS, argues that the Obama Administration’s proposed budget offers lots of opportunities for systems integrators.

  • In his monthly “Sound Advice” column, Peter Mapp, FASA, FAES, addresses critical distance and direct sound field, two concepts he says are useful, but often misunderstood.

  • In her monthly “Sign Age” column, Shonan Noronha, EdD, breaks down HD signage systems, discussing content creation and management as well as signal distribution.

  • In his monthly “Down To Business” column, David McNutt gives his thoughts on the state of the economy, saying there is a glimmer of hope that the downward spiral might be slowing.

  • In his monthly “House of Worship: Business” column, David Lee Jr., PhD, presents the conclusion of his “Financial Opportunities” article, explaining strategies to work within our challenged economy.

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April 20, 2009
Worship Centers
NAB issue

  • Historic First Baptist Church (FBS) in the heart of Spartanburg SC has gone HD digital within a massive media upgrade of its AV, broadcast and lighting systems. An article by Jim Stokes.

  • Careful planning, communication and compromise were key to keeping Hayes-Barton UMC happy and meeting the church’s needs for extensive AV systems with complete connectivity. An article by Dawn Allcot.

  • InfoComm, the US’ largest commercial AV trade show, can be an overwhelming experience for smaller integration firms. Jason McGraw, CTS, Senior Vice President of Expositions with InfoComm International, gives tips to make the most of your experience.

  • Digital Signage Expo 2009 was vibrant with new products, innovative ideas, seminars and workshops, and business opportunities. A show review by Shonan Noronha, EdD.

  • In his monthly “Sight Lines” column, Gary Kayye, CTS, argues that the Obama Administration’s proposed budget offers lots of opportunities for systems integrators.

  • In his monthly “Sound Advice” column, Peter Mapp, FASA, FAES, addresses critical distance and direct sound field, two concepts he says are useful, but often misunderstood.

  • In her monthly “Sign Age” column, Shonan Noronha, EdD, breaks down HD signage systems, discussing content creation and management as well as signal distribution.

  • In his monthly “Down To Business” column, David McNutt gives his thoughts on the state of the economy, saying there is a glimmer of hope that the downward spiral might be slowing.

  • In his monthly “House of Worship: Business” column, David Lee Jr., PhD, presents the conclusion of his “Financial Opportunities” article, explaining strategies to work within our challenged economy.

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May 18, 2009
Schools & Colleges

  • With more than 1300 students and 100-plus faculty and staff, the Florida Coastal School of Law’s AV technology has become more sophisticated and integral to the learning environment. An article by Jim Stokes.

  • Coppin State University uses the words “Nurturing Potential, Transforming Lives” as its motto. But it could add the phrase “Through Technology” and create a complete description of its education experience. An article by Dawn Allcot.

  • An analysis of InfoComm International’s annual trade show and exposition. This year’s event in Orlando FL is expected to be its biggest East Coast show ever. A preview by Dan Ferrisi.

  • A challenge that often does not get enough attention, yet affects everyone from small companies to massive integration firms, is how to manage surplus gear. An article by Bob Buchanan, President of AVForSale.

  • A report from the field about how firms are employing telepresence, the latest buzzword in the collaborative conferencing space. An article by S. Ann Earon, PhD.

  • In his monthly “Sight Lines” column, Gary Kayye, CTS, asks why more AV manufacturers aren’t leveraging Bluetooth. He argues that there are many potential commercial AV applications.

  • In his monthly “Sound Advice” column, Peter Mapp, FASA, FAES, analyzes line source column loudspeakers. He asks whether they represent a new tool or a revamp of an old technology.

  • Managing the audio component of digital signage can be a complex and daunting task. In her monthly “Sign Age” column, Shonan Noronha, EdD, addresses the subject, arguing focused audio improves digital signage.

  • In his monthly “Down To Business” column, David McNutt discusses the InfoComm 100 event, which gathered more than 100 industry professionals in West Palm Beach FL to discuss strategy and business.

  • Beallwood Baptist Church, located in Columbus GA, is a microcosm of progress, illustrating the degree to which the worship experience is changing in our media-saturated society. A House of Worship: Technology story by Dan Ferrisi.

  • In his monthly “House of Worship: Business” column, David Lee Jr., PhD, makes the case that house of worship business is looking up, particularly as worship leaders look for ways to enhance communication with their congregants.

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