Featured in the Current Issue:
Fall 2015, Volume 13 Number 2
- 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
- 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
Beginning in 2003, the staff of Sound & Communications developed IT/AV Report to address the emerging requirement for the industry integrator/contractor/consultant to be “in the know” about important IT topics and issues that are becoming increasingly vital to the Sound & Communications industry. IT/AV Report also reaches out to the IT professionals who are becoming increasingly involved in the AV world as more AV content and control runs through their infrastructure.
In 2006, InfoComm became an official partner and sponsor of IT/AV Report. InfoComm sees IT as an area of future growth for commercial AV applications. InfoComm contributes editorially to each edition of IT/AV Report and promotes it through its enewsletters and on the web, as well as assisting with distribution.
Interactive Digital Edition
IT/AV Report digital edition includes all the features of Sound & Communications digital edition.
In addition to reaching all of Sound & Communications’ readership, IT/AV Report reaches further with additional distribution throughout the year:
- The Building Industry Consulting Service International, Inc., began as an industry association to service the needs of telecommunications consultants. BICSI now services the needs of all professionals who work in the information transport systems industry. That is, all of those who are involved with communications and all associated infrastructure. IT/AV Report is distributed at all 2010 conferences.
Digital Signage Expo (www.digitalsignageexpo.net)
- This event that caters to the emerging digital signage market will be hosting its big exhibition this year in Las Vegas NV, February 12-15. It also holds other regional events during the year, all featuring IT/AV Report for its attendees.
InfoComm AV/IT Networking Courses
- Held in locations throughout the country, InfoComm has stressed the importance and taken the initiative to address this important area since it themed its 2005 trade show on IT/AV convergence.
Throughout the course of the year, IT/AV convergence events are announced for additional distribution of IT/AV Report.
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