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Understanding Brightness in Outdoor Displays
An outdoor display's brightness is the one thing that truly sets it apart from an indoor display. Learn how to choose the right display that provides the appropriate brightness for your space.

Preparing Your Network for BYOD: Tips from Two IT Pros
Two IT pros share tips on how to prepare your organization’s network for BYOD as mobile device use continues to gain popularity in the workplace. To prevent your network speed from slowing down, IT should plans for density, manage mobile applications on the network and create a clear BYOD policy for employees.

How to Get Creative with a Small A/V Budget
Learn how Elizabethtown College manages to keep its A/V systems up-to-date while on a budget. The tech director shares his tips.

What You Need to Know to Make Decisions About Web Streaming Services and Devices
A step-by-step understanding of live Web streaming from a CTS. From IP, ISPs, CDNs, PoPs, VSTs and whether to go pro or DIY. Understanding how to measure the venue. Plus a look at some popular products.

The Democratization of Video — Getting Your Video Data Organized
As video use grows, managing that content becomes ever more difficult. You need to prepare for the snowballing amount of data that needs to classified, stored and made searchable. Fortunately, there are video content management systems from companies such as SonicFountry, LimeLight Networks, Kaltura and BrightCove that well help you. Learn more about them here.

13 AV and IT Pain Points from Your Corporate Peers
We decided we would ask end users, consultants, integrators, product managers and other industry experts we were interviewing for articles for TechDecisions to share some of the pain points they experience during the day. We've gotten a lot of interesting perspectives from people such as Casey Foulds from Texas Woman's University, a few execs from AVI-SPL and AT&T.

Managed Services for Videoconferencing: How Leveraging Outside AV and IT Experts Help Internal Corporate AV/IT Focus on the Conversation
AVI-SPL has two managing services products, Video Network Operations Center (VNOC) and the Symphony Management Platform, which is designed to work with clients and make sure their needs are met quickly or prevent problems that could appear.

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.

Understanding the Costs of Digital Signage
Pricing your digital signage plan properly means you have to have a grasp of the hardware, software, installation and labor costs. In addition, managing an on-going project and content creation strategy both have a cost. Budget accordingly.

13 dB-SPL Meter Mobile Apps
A collection of 13 mobile apps for reading sound pressure levels. Whether you have an Android or iOS device, there is an app for you.

Best Internet Radio Apps for iOS and Android
Whether you want to listen to radio on the go, or in your office, internet radio apps offer you the best options for getting the most out of internet radio on your smartphone or tablet mobile device. iOS and Android users alike can find internet radio apps that they can personalize to their own preferences. Pandora, SiriusXM, Stitcher and Last.fm are just a few of the great internet radio options offered by these apps.

11 Must Have Apps - IT Network Tools for Your iOS Apple and Android Device
The best apps for IT pros. With these mobile apps, you can interact with your network from any location using your Apple iOS or Android mobile device. This collection of apps presents 11 highly rated mobile tools that will accomplish a variety of network tasks. Also included are a few IT toolkits that can accommodate most tasks from connection speed tests to network monitoring. Other apps account for multiple specific network tools from Ping and DNS reports to mobile apps that mimic network and administration and control software.

Most Highly Rated Electronics Troubleshooting Apps for AV Techs
No more second guessing your math when troubleshooting a problematic piece of gear. Circuit Sidekick App for iPhone and iPad and the ElectroDroid Android App are highly recommended for AV technicians

InfoComm 2013 Sessions Set to Educate You on a Wide Variety of Specialties
InfoComm 2013 is set to expand you knowledge base with specialty tracks to arm you for the coming year of redesigns and upgrade. Tracks such as A/V Systems Technology, Networked A/V Systems, Business and Management, Technology Manager, Staging and Live Events and Standards will all be held at the show in Orlando in June

The Best and Most Popular IT Network Tools Apps
11 best IT network tools apps. Check out this collection of network tools like iPRTG, Fing, NetTools, Speedtest.net, MyRoutersPro For iPad, Ping & DNS, Server Admin Remote, IP Tools, IP Reference, and FCC Mobile Broadband Test for your Android or iOS device.




Our deep dive explains the inner workings of digital video distribution, explaining the often confusing aspects of what goes into the system.