Trends & Advice

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.

Enterprise Strategies for SMB Backup and Data Recovery
By Jerrett Potts · January 13, 2014 • Selecting a data protection solution for your organization is actually simple in this scary, hacker-filled world. A basic understanding of how to manage your data can free your time up and organize your information as well.

Connectors — Overlooked Essentials for Building the Audiovisual System
By Ken Erdmann · January 10, 2014 • Connectors are critical pieces of any audiovisual system. Knowing the different pieces is important to your construction plan.

How Secure Is MDM Security?
By TD Staff · January 9, 2014 • With the proliferation of mobile devices used for business, there is a need for tighter security than MDM solutions can offer.

Designing Your Fire Emergency Plan — Reviewing the Plan 101
By TD Staff · January 7, 2014 • So you won the bid, the permit is pulled, but you’ve suffered a series of setbacks with plans review. No matter what you do, the Authority Having Jurisdiction keeps kicking the shop drawings back.The project may be delayed because the AHJ won’t approve your plans. Fire protection plans review can be one of the most challenging aspects of a project. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

What You Need to Know to Make Decisions About Web Streaming Services and Devices
By George Tucker, CTS · December 31, 2013 • 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.

2014 TechDecisions Guide to 28 Pico Projectors
By George Tucker · December 27, 2013 • 2014 product guide to 28 pico projectors. Under 1,000 lumens, but these ultra portable projectors go where you need them and can project a surprisingly large image. Pico projectors are super useful for smaller-sized environments, impromptu meetings and for traveling. There are a multitude of products out there so your choice really depends on your application.

How to Conduct a Mass Notification Risk Assessment in Corporate Facilities
By Lisa Nadile · December 23, 2013 • A step-by-step guide to what you need to know to conduct a mass notification risk assessment for your facility: From identifying top risks to understanding key stakeholders, designing the message and knowing the codes and standards.

The Democratization of Video — Getting Your Video Data Organized
By Leslie T. O'Neill · December 20, 2013 • 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.

The Pros and Cons of Meshing UC with BYOD
By Dan Newman · December 13, 2013 • Unified communications is increasingly gaining a foothold in commercial environments as is BYOD. It is important to set clear guidelines for employees who wish to use their own devices at work. Data access, security and other concerns should be addressed as part of your BYOD strategy.

Securing the Statue of Liberty
By Aaron Stern · December 12, 2013 • The Statue of Liberty has a new, IP-based digital security camera system, installed after Hurricane Sandy badly damaged the infrastructure of the historic landmark.

HP Compaq Elite 8300 All-In-One PC Review
By Jim Kumorek · December 4, 2013 • Not at all a stranger to the AIO market, HP has introduced its Compaq Elite 8300 AIO system.

GammaTech U12Ci Durabook Review - A Little Heft to Your Convertible
By Chris Eaves · December 2, 2013 • Designed for professionals working in unforgiving, on-location environments, GammaTech’s U12Ci Durabook provides a great deal of protection and versatility to mobile and tablet computing. Pretty and light, it is not.

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