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We Built This City

When I read about what’s happening in Songdo, South Korea, Starship’s “We Built This City” ran through my head. But what’s happening there has less to do with rock and roll and more about grid intelligence, major grid intelligence. In a recent article in Business Standard, it reported on how the city is being examined for its use of telepresence networking technology and becoming possibly the first intelligent city and working prototype for other cities. Using Cisco‘s telepresence technology, the city plans to incorporate more than 20,000 telepresence units in not just its schools and governmental buildings, but its homes as well. It’s one of the first steps we’ve heard of in a real-world application of residential telepresence. For its part, Cisco will collect a servicing fee (on top of the development costs), securing an ongoing piece of the profit pie. Smart for the city and smart for Cisco.


BidMagic Project Calendar Connects with Smartphone Calendars

BidMagicCalendarGroupiphoneBidMagic is showing its updated Schedule and Dispatch Center at InfoComm this week. The Project Calendar integrates with smartphones via Outlook Exchange to allow project managers, installation crews, and service techs to access crucial timeline information in the field. Check it out at booth C4126 if you’re at the show.

We’re Blogging at InfoComm

SVC blogs live at InfoComm 2010

Not attending InfoComm this year? Or maybe you are and want an extra dollop of tradeshow news? Be sure to check out our BlogLive at InfoComm. We’ll be posting news from the show as well as giving you our take on happenings. You can also check out the latest product news announcements from the show at The Briefing Room.

Road to InfoComm Newsletters

Miss our Road to InfoComm enewsletters in your inbox? You can still catch up and get all the InfoComm preshow goodness by clicking on the links below:

May 19: EdTech Summit at InfoComm

May 25: Digital Signage and 3D Education Tracks

June 2: The Green Issue

A Rapper Among Us


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Meet Phillip Cordell, alter ego: HiPhi. By day, he’s an AV integrator at Multimedia Masters in Nashville, Tenn. By night, he’s a techno rapping phenom with his own record label, HiPhidelity, and a video producer in conjunction with the production company I Love Betty.

Rapping for almost 12 years (it’s in his blood, he tells me), Cordell is best known within the industry for his rap “A/V Professional,� which is approaching 9,000 views on YouTube. Standing in a warehouse full of Crestron, Extron, and Pesa boxes, he raps his day job and the wonders and frustrations of wielding the BNC crimper, waiting “a whole week� for the PC to boot, and catching up on his CTS.

“Signal ran through it/The man he can do it/Trying to hide wires as I grab the Panduit/If and only if and I cannot fish the wall/I’m sorry, I was on a ladder when I missed your call.�
In addition to listening in on our interview, you can visit To see his videos, visit his YouTube channel at or

AV Sustainability Taskforce

greenleaf_50At InfoComm 2010, a sustainability rating system for AV and electronic systems will be announced. It is the product of work done by the Green AV Task Force and the current AV Sustainability Task Force.

In 2009, the InfoComm board of directors authorized the creation of a Green AV Task Force. The mission of the group was to create a body of green AV knowledge and associated best practices. While a lot of good work was performed, the group was unable to meet its mandate because there was/is no generally accepted definition of what a green AV system is, and there is no clear way to measure or compare a green AV installation against a standard nongreen AV system.

As a result, the InfoComm board of directors has decided to de-emphasize the association’s pursuit of LEED innovation points for green AV and instead create its own AV sustainability rating system.