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Spring 2016, Volume 14 Number 1

  • In The Shadow Of IT
    Like lava pushing up from under a volcano, the accelerating development of voice/data, audio/video (AV), lighting, security, computing and related fields presage more eruptions of convergence in the AV/IT landscape.
    Shonan Noronha, EdD, Editor
  • How AV Is Becoming More Like IT
    According to InfoComm’s research reports, which queried end users and decision makers around the world, the process behind purchasing AV systems has become more “IT-like.” The CEO of InfoComm International explains what this means and how it will affect integrators’ bottom line.
    By David Labuskes, CTS, RCDD
  • Why Meta-Convergence Matters
    It’s not putting one and one together that moves technology forward by leaps and bounds; it’s by slamming two and two into one. Meta-convergence solutions are products that combine technologies that have already been converged. Our columnist delves into the benefits of meta-converged solutions, drawing inspiration from poignant examples.
    By John Rhodes
  • Monitoring From Inside The Hanging Lake Tunnels
    A bedrock upgrade and expansion to one of the most technologically advanced command and control centers in the transportation industry has been completed. This multiyear project modernized the control system and replaced the facility’s network infrastructure, which is located within the Hanging Lake Tunnels, a 4000-foot, two-bore tunnel through the mountainside in Glenwood Canyon.
    By Carlos Rogers, PE
  • Engineering A Spectacular Display For Westgate Las Vegas
    The new SuperBook at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino now features tech capable of displaying content across 400 square feet of LED tiles. To assure integrity of content from more than 100 sources, through distribution and delivery, audio, video and RF systems were major parts of the installation. Our columnist highlights the largest challenges and creative solutions involved.
    By Patrick Dunn
  • The Nature Of Huddle Rooms
    The AV industry has embraced the Huddle Room with open arms, but when will integrators have generally accepted standards on which to base our offerings? And what will the standards even be? We asked this question to integrators, end users and everyone in between. Their answers might surprise you.
    By David Danto

Past Issues

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Fall 2015, Volume 13 Number 2

Shonan Noronha, EdD, Editor

  • ITopia: Tech Enablers!
    The days of “Change Agents,” who helped businesses implement and acclimate to new technology, are gone. Today, intuitive user interfaces and control systems are expected to make technology accessible to all users of all levels of expertise. However, even these systems can lead to questions, concerns and business disruptions after they’re implemented. It’s up to technology professionals to play the role of tech enablers and anticipate these problems before they arise.
    By Shonan Noronha, EdD
  • InfoComm: Revisiting Managed Services
    As the need for collaboration technology in business increases, so does the demand for centralized technology management. Consequently, many businesses are looking for managed services from their service providers in an attempt to cut costs and counteract the complexity of modern AV systems. The Executive Director/CEO of InfoComm highlights some ways AV companies can stand out in the IoT era by offering these services.
    By David Labuskes, CTS, RCDD
  • Business: Addressing The Skills Gap
    AV products and services are projected to become a $114 billion global industry by 2016. This continued market growth presents opportunities for AV integrators. However, in order to fully capitalize on this potential, AV companies must make up ground in the IT skills gap. We offer some suggestions on how AV companies can bolster their IT aptitude through strategic partnerships with IT service providers.
    By Todd Thibodeaux
  • Technology: How Secure Is Your Integrated Videoconference Room?
    AV systems designed with multiple discrete components that ride on an IP network leave organizations vulnerable to malware attacks and security breaches. And with several high-profile internet security breaches in the news as of late, the writing is on the wall for the current model of integrated collaboration systems. We run down some of the security issues facing today’s videoconferencing systems and offer some suggestions for new, improved best practices.
    By David Danto
  • Corporate: Green AVL At Hoosier Energy’s HQ
    Sustainability and a minimal environmental impact were chief concerns for Hoosier Energy Rural Electric Cooperative Inc. when it broke ground on its new 83,000-square-foot HQ in Bloomington IN. AV features of the new space include four 4×4 videowalls, 20 office spaces with videoconferencing and BYOD compatibility throughout the facility. We take an in-depth look at this installation by Sensory Technologies and Wright Consulting Services.
    By Derek Paquin, CTS
  • Education: Uniformity Leads To Change
    The benefits of standardizing classroom technologies are well documented, but many schools are hesitant to do so, citing costs. However, the Univeristy of Scranton is not one of them, having prioritized standardization of its AV systems for years. We take you inside the university’s AV systems to illustrate the benefits of standardization.
    By Robert Kennedy, MS, & Duane Hammaker
  • Museum: Signs Of Innovation
    Columbus OH’s Center of Science and Industry recently integrated its 28-screen digital signage network with its ticketing database. We detail how the system was built, and how this approach keeps patrons up to date on the museum’s latest events.
    By Craig Miller & Brandon Codispoti
  • Viewpoint: Open Workspaces: What Are The Concerns?
    Open-plan workspaces continue to dominate office renovations and new construction, although the format is not without its issues. In this roundtable discussion, we asked designers, integrators and manufacturers for their opinions on the benefits and shortfalls of open-plan offices, and the impact of this format on architectural design, AV installations, collaboration, and efficiency.
    By Shonan Noronha, EdD

Spring 2015, Volume 13 Number 1

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  • ITOPIA: Stream On!
    Painting broad strokes over the relative ease of streaming, reduced bandwidth cost and widespread use of video, the audio video industry is an amalgamation of positive trends. With this optimistic landscape, the responsibility is now on system designers, integrators and decision-makers to take full advantage of the technology at hand.
    By Shonan Noronha, EdD
  • InfoComm: Hit The Road, Jack
    The phrase “Jack of all trades, master of none” finds no quarter in the modern IT/AV business model, where IT is the larger force. AV is becoming a niche specialty in IT systems, and that’s not a bad thing. After all, differentiation is the best defense against commoditization.
    By David Labuskes, CTS, RCDD
  • Hospitality: Montréal Landmark’s AVL Challenges
    PFT Solutions recently made several room renovations to the InterContinental Montréal hotel to improve AV and automation/control of the AVL and HVAC systems. We take a look at how these changes improved the guest experience during business meetings and social events.
    By Pasquale Fantone
  • Transit: Signage on An Airport’s VLAN
    Airports are hotspots for digital signage, providing constant streams of information and advertisements to a data-hungry crowd. We take an in-depth look at an advertising network deployed at Fort McMurray’s new terminal by PATTISON Outdoor Advertising, and how the airport uses digital signage to satisfy both passengers and advertisers.
    By David Cann
  • Government: Next-Gen Emergency Call Center
    New Orleans is no stranger to disaster, since Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. But the disaster left communication systems badly damaged, and in need of an upgrade. A high-tech E-911 emergency system by Interstate Electronic Systems is exactly what the Orleans Parish Communication District needed to maintain the highest standards of emergency communication and response coordination.
    By Lloyd Francioni, PSNA
  • Viewpoint: Box Solutions Good Or Bad?
    Out of the box solutions are flying off the shelves! But are they really better than custom solutions? We asked manufacturers, systems integrators, service providers and enterprise leaders to share their thoughts.
    By Carol Zelkin