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InfoComm Preview Part 3: audio and networking

Here’s a quick hit preview of some audio and networking highlights from my UK-based colleague Paddy Baker.

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InfoComm Preview Part 2: displays and lighting

Here’s a quick hit preview of some display and lighting highlights from my UK-based colleague Paddy Baker at Installation.

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InfoComm Preview Part 1: video signal management

Here’s a quick hit preview of some video signal management highlights from my UK-based colleague Paddy Baker at Installation.

 

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Podcast: Fiber Optic Association’s Jim Hayes

In this edition of the SVC Podcast, SVC Contributing Editor Bennett Liles talks with Jim Hayes of the Fiber Optic Association about the types of training offered by the FOA, the latest developments in fiber optics, optical LANs, and fiber to the home (FTTH). He expands on what types of fiber-related courses he would like to see made available at InfoComm and other trade shows. Listen to the podcast>>

Podcast: New in HDBaseT Products

In this edition of the SVC Podcast, SVC Contributing Editor Bennett Liles talks with Dana Zelitzki of Valens and the HDBaseT Alliance about what to expect from them at Infocomm 2014. She discusses HDBaseT version 2.0, HDBaseT Class B, Ethernet Fallback Mode and the new feature set including extension of USB 2.0. Zelitzki also discusses 5Play and HomePlay as they relate to the features of the protocol. Listen to the podcast>>

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AV/IT Training at InfoComm 2014

Check out InfoComm University’s Three-day Networking Courses

June 15-June 16, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Networking Technology

What it is: A core knowledge class is for all AV professionals. It teaches the basics of information technology and IP networking. Youâ??ll learn to troubleshoot the network that supports your AV system. Section tests help confirm understanding while interactive content and exercises increase learning retention. Labs allow you to explore networking concepts on your own computer to see how they work.

  • Learn the basics of networking from an AV perspective.
  • Review how to discuss AV network requirements with your IT stakeholders.
  • Compare and contrast the most common network-based AV transmission protocols.
  • Interpret IP addresses and subnets.
  • Identify network security threats and countermeasures.
  • Use common network diagnostic tools and perform basic network troubleshooting.

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Harman, AMX, and the Making of Market Math

Harman announced today that it will acquire Dallas-based AMX for $365 million. The news was unexpected– as unexpected as was the December 19, 2012 acquisition of Martin Lighting by Harman, the most recent instance of Harman buying a well-known technology company not–ostensibly– squarely in its core business. Is the industry has providing more fertile ground for M&A’s. Could the AV industry finally be consolidating?

Better to not read too much into one acquisition– and note that both companies involved in this one are of course under wraps as to what they can say publicly before it’s all approved by shareholders and other powers that be. But one can’t help musing about the significance of the biggest acquisition in our industry in a while. Read more>>

Digital Signage at InfoComm Display Summit

It wouldn’t be the InfoComm show if we didn’t get to enjoy the Projection Summit the two days before the show floor opens– but wait, this year it’s the Display Summit, as Chris Chinnock and colleagues at Insight Media have rebranded the event and its content in the wake of continuing inroads of non-projection technology into everything from boardrooms to classrooms not to mention Digital Signage. Read more>>

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Podcast: InfoComm Course: Managing Multiple AV Facilities with a Central Control System

In this edition of the SVC Podcast, SVC Contributing Editor Bennett Liles talks with Christopher Maione, founder and managing partner of Christopher Maione Associates, a leading AV business development and project management firm. He will be teaching an InfoComm course titled, “Managing Multiple AV Facilities With A Central Control System,” and he offers a preview of the subject applying his considerable experience in the field. Tips on AV system design, common design errors, and AV/IT integration and administration are explored. Listen to this podcast>>

Podcast: Projection Training at InfoComm

In this edition of the SVC Podcast, SVC Contributing Editor Bennett Liles talks with Erica Strickland, training manager for the Americas at Digital Projection. Strickland previews her InfoComm education sessions on Understanding and Designing Warp and Blend Applications and Solid State Illumination and Projection Technology 101. She also discusses color degradation in some projectors over time and periodic projector evaluation and calibration. Listen to the podcast>>

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