Trends & Advice

NAMM Gets Creative to Solve Acoustical Issues for the TEC Awards
By Dan Daley · March 24, 2014 • See how NAMM provided a quality sound experience for the TEC awards despite acoustical issues at the site's location. The chosen acoustical solution consisted of 200 custom GeerFab MultiZorber panels, each measuring approximately 4 x 9-1/2 feet and made of lightweight, acoustically absorbent substrate material wrapped in a black fabric. These were strategically mounted on rigging points throughout the venue to combat sound difficulties.

Acoustics Can No Longer Be an Afterthought
By Dan Daley · March 24, 2014 • Attention to acoustics solves problems with coherency. Simple solutions like a formal Noise Criteria assessment can prevent difficulties in communicating. These lessons and others are imparted by Steve Durr, an acoustical consultant.

14 Professional and Enterprise Grade Productivity and Utility Apps for the Office
By TD Staff · March 20, 2014 • Paper, paper everywhere and not a space to think. Consolidate your workplace with professional corporate apps that get rid of paper trails and streamline business as you know it. There are many different options for corporate apps. From Evernote products to business-wide software suites, which can be accessed with corresponding mobile apps, developers have made it easy for workplaces to access, share and manage content electronically. With corporate apps, developers have taken software consolidation to another level.

TechDecisions Guide to 20 Digital Signage Content Management Systems
By Lisa Nadile and Steve Sechrist · March 13, 2014 • There are a whole host of digital signage content management systems. Many are sold along with hardware, so are cloud-based software-only applications, still others are standalone local solutions. There is a DS CMS just write for you. This guide showcases the leading products in the field and explains what you should know before making your choice -- and your investment. Companies covers are AMX, BrightSign, Cisco, Dynasign, Fourwinds, LG EZsign, LG Electronics, NEC, NEC Vukunet, Planar, Rise Vision, Scala, Sony, Prodokol, Symon, Tightrope, Visix and X2O Media.

Stand Up and Be Heard
By Dan Daley · March 7, 2014 • Don Roth of AmpliVox Sound Systems shows us how to choose the right lectern for our needs.

8 Technologies That Comprise Unified Communications
By TD Staff · March 1, 2014 • Why it's important to be thorough when considering a unified communications solution for your company.

Digital Signage Expo 2014 Shows How Far Digital Signage’s Reach Has Grown
By Dan Daley · February 25, 2014 • Video, intelligent facial/gender recognition and outdoor displays are just some of the products showcased and the 2014 Digital Signage Expo.

Inside 4 Critical Elements of an MNEC Solution
By TechDecisions · February 21, 2014 • For any person involved in designing or procuring and effective mass notification emergency communication (MNEC) system, the following video tutorial is worth watching. Lencore, an audio, soundmasking and MNEC solutions manufacturer, taps into the fact that there remains a large learning curve when it comes to this all-too-critical category.

DSE Announces 2014 Apex Award Winners
By TD Staff · February 17, 2014 • Digital Signage Expo (DSE), the world’s largest and longest running International Conference and Tradeshow dedicated exclusively to digital signage, interactive technology and digital out-of-home networks (DOOH), has announced the independently judged winners of its Apex Awards for 2014 at its 5th Annual Awards Dinner, sponsored this year by the Digital Signage Federation and Peerless-AV.

Putting the Digital Signage Team Together
By Perry Goldstein · February 10, 2014 • Developing a team for digital signage needs to start before installation. Your team will include your integrator, your digital signage champion, your content manager and your IT department.

TechDecisions Guide to 28 Short-throw and Ultra-short-throw Projectors for Business
By Joe Paone · January 24, 2014 • The flexibility of projectors is growing rapidly. Wherever your space, there is a projector to fit. Short-throw and ultra-short-throw projectors are perfect options for small or short spaces. They also solve some time-honored negative aspects of projection buy solving instances of shadow and glare. In addition, see the specs for 24 short-throw and ultra-short-throw projectors. Get the details on projectors from Asus, BenQ, Casio, Dell, Epson, Dukane, Infocus, Mitsubishi, NEC, Optima, Ricoh, Sharp, Sony, ViewSonic

Preparing Your Network for BYOD: Tips from Two IT Pros
By Chrissy Winske · January 22, 2014 • 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.

6 Robust Speech Recognition Utility Apps
By TD Staff · January 16, 2014 • Speech recognition technology is one of the most promising aspects of today's mobile and consumer market. Siri, one of Apple's most interesting default applications, as well as other speech recognition and speech to text mobile application, are changing how we react to and interact with new technology. The benefits of hands free are numerous. From safer cell use in the car to more streamlined options for sending information, speech recognition is a valuable tool in today's heavily mobile environment. There are two main categories of speech recognition apps: speech to text and personal tasking apps.

TechDecisions Guide to 6 Game Changing, Affordable Multi-format Video Switchers
By Frederick J. Ampel · January 15, 2014 • This guide shows a selection of affordable multi-format video switchers with universal input capability and flexibility needed to handle just about every conceivable format, and also produce outputs to meet almost any display or projection device’s requirements, has become available for well under $10,000. In fact Roland's V40HD lists for $4,495. Each will help you make showing any presentation format possible and at a very low cost compared to even last year.

How to Get Creative with a Small A/V Budget
By Dan Daley · January 13, 2014 • Learn how Elizabethtown College manages to keep its A/V systems up-to-date while on a budget. The tech director shares his tips.

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