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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.

Courtyard by Marriott’s Digital Signage Helps Guests Decide What to Do, Where to Go
Many of Marriott’s Courtyard hotels now have what they call a GoBoard, a digital signage solution design to sever guest with interactive content that will help provide them with up-to-date information on the hotel’s events. GoBoard also has wayfinding capability. QR codes are provided for those guests with mobile technology to take information with them.

Child Telepsychiatry — Bring the Science of the Mind to the Patient
Child telepsychiatry is solving one of the critical problems in medicine, the shortage of child psychiatrists. Children and their parents often have to travel for hours for a short visit that is critical to their health and happiness. Telemedicine is bringing the specialist to the child.

The Best Music Apps for Audiophiles: The Best iPhone, iPad and Android Apps
More recommended! Audiophiles are never satisfied with good enough sound quality for their music. And I agree. This collection of highly rated apps is being continually updated as audiophiles send in their favorites. Get the best sound from your Apple iOS or Andriod smartphone or tablet mobile device. For example, most people in the A/V industry and audiophiles know McIntosh Labs for outstanding products. They have also developed an app to give you control of your mobile music. Check out the others as well.

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 Music Apps for OS X Mac and Windows PC
Music apps for the Mac and PC. From a simple 10-band equalizer made for Spotify to a simple volume booster to full-on audiophile applications that tout bit-perfect audio output and promise to output your CDs, your HD audio (88.1 KHz, 176 KHz, and more), your DSD, and any other audio perfectly to your DAC. And how about that dithered bit depth reduction!

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 are just a few of the great internet radio options offered by these apps.

Best Audio Spectrum Analysis Apps for iOS and Android
13 apps specifically designed to convert real-time-audio content into spectrogram graphs for Android and Apple devices.

Amp Up Lighting Controls Now - Important Energy Deadline Looming for Commercial Buildings
States have a deadline of Oct. 18, 2013 to certify that they have updated the provisions of their commercial building codes regarding energy efficiency. The mandate comes from the U.S. Department of Energy which requires that states update their building energy codes to meet or exceed (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers) 90.1-2010 codes, which amp up lighting controls over the previous 2007 version.

Scala CEO Tom Nix on Digital Signage and the Customer Experience
Scala, CEO Tom Nix talks with TechDecisions about digital signage, the customer experience and putting together a digital signage communication strategy.

The AV and IT Conversion Conversation
AV on the IT network is commonplace in facilities. In some colleges and universities this conversion is old hat, in other organizations the departments are still in a turf battle over an inevitable union.

What You Need to Know for Lighting Meeting Rooms, Auditoriums and Lecture Halls
Experts say that when lighting large spaces you should take into account the people that will be standing in the area, rather than just lighting a space. Think of presentations rather than a lit corner. Learn more from experts at AMX, Lutron and Brightline.

The Most Popular Blackberry Z10 and Q10 Apps for Your IT Work and Music Life
TechDecisions is in search of the pro audio, video, lighting and IT technology apps for the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 that we have come to love on our iOS and Android mobile devices.

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