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USAV Members Look At Future Trends
Leaders in the A/V industry met recently to discuss what is hot, what issues they are facing and how best solve their customer's worries.

When Seconds Count, Does Your Emergency Communications System Measure Up?
Emergency notification, or mass notification, has many options, but integrating your warning "systems" and networking them is the latest solution. Another is to use a hosted solution, in which you place much of your system off-site.

How to Properly Test, Troubleshoot HDBaseT Systems


Ideas You Can Use in Your Corporate Facility? 10-foot Touchscreen is New Look of NYC Payphones
NYFi named the winner of New York City’s Reinvent Payphones Design Challenge.

Creating a Scope of Work Refines the Plans for Your A/V Project
A Scope of Work defines the design criteria, functionality requirements, timeline and outcome of the system in a way that captures your needs and establishes project expectations. What makes an effective scope of work is the balance of three main project components: system functionality, budget and time.

VUE Audiotechnik Announces New al-8 Compact Line Array System
Shipping this fall, the al-8 joins the al-4 Subcompact Line Array System, making the al-8 the second in VUE’s al-Class. The al-8 features beryllium compression drivers, Kevlar/Neodynium transducers, onboard networking and full compatibility with VUEPoint beam-steering technology.

What You Need to Know to Create the Best A/V RFP - Learn What Makes a Good Request for Proposal
Expert tips on how to create the Best A/V RFP. A good Request for Proposal needs to have a clearly-defined scope. Understanding new technologies, the attention to detail that accounts for every circumstance needs to be tempered with the clarity that prevents it from becoming an overwhelming document.

HTML5 Helps Bring BYOD into the Fold
HTML5 is the latest version of HTML and it is a game changer. Once a technology supports HTML5, data and features can be exchanged with other HTML-supported devices easily and without much additional programming.

When to Take the Automation Step
Both building owners and tenants lack the incentive to automate their building because they lack the understanding of who directly benefits from the addition. Learn when to consider adding control and automation technology to your building.

Electronics Design Group Part of History with World Trade Center Tower 7
Electronics Design Group was called on to finish the A/V integration at World Trade Center Tower 7 a little more than two years ago. The objective of the project, says CTO and Co-managing Director Rick Oeters, was to provide simple Savant iPad user interfaces that allowed the customer’s sales team to present videos and graphic plates describing the unique and visionary features that the new WTC site will provide to their potential clients. The scope included the lobby, marketing center and conference room.

InfoComm Roundup — Five Audio Product Trends To Watch
Dan Daley takes us through the aisles of InfoComm and identifies the latest audio trends. These trends include touch screens, portable sound, wireless and more. Products that caught his eye includes those made by Alto Professional, Avid, DiGiCo, K-array, Martin Audio, Peavey, Presonus and Sennheiser.

One CTS’s Perspective: InfoComm 2013
Christopher Neto, CTS traveled the show floor on his first visit to see this years exhibitors. He saw quite the cross-section of products, snapped some photos and sent them to us. Whether it is an 84-inch touch screen from Planar or a Crestron room system that uses Microsoft Lync's unified communications capabilities, he pinpointed the vendors to keep an eye on. Vendors include Vaddio, Stewart Filmscreen, Planar, Listen Technologies, Mersive Solstice, Panasonic, Delta, Crestron, ClearOne and Barco.

Is 4K Ready for Your Prime Time?
The 4K format is starting to appear in areas where large screens are being used and in applications where the wow factor is important to an organization. 4K is defined as a generation of video technology beyond the 1920 x 1080 resolution of HDTV. The high-end signage has smoother edges, crisper images and improved bigger pictures. Current users include Iowa State University's Virtual Reality Applications Center and the Mirage Hotel and Casino Race and Sports Book, yet there are applications for nearly any organization.

The AV & IT Convergence Conversation Starter for Corporate Facilities
TechDecisions Media's Editor-in-Chief Cindy Davis talks to Mike Brandofino, executive vice president of Video and Unified Communications of AVI-SPL about the discussions A/V specialists and IT specialists should be having.

Avoiding Video Integration Pain Points
Cost, preparation and the lack of cooperation of your fellow employees are the most important areas where you will see pitfalls in your video integration efforts.




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