Widgets Magazine


For over ten years Sound and Communications has produced a magazine called the IT/AV Report. The basics of the periodical are stories about how the IT and AV worlds are converging. I hesitate to use that word because of the careless way in which it has been thrown around in our industry. However, converge is the best definition of what has gone on. A better one may be takeover, but that’s too pessimistic for me, so let’s stick with convergence.
For our, and InfoComm’s, latest installment of the InfoComm Today program, George Tucker hosted a discussion about how IT and AV are working together. We brought to the table Rodrigo Ordonez from K2 Audio, and from InfoComm International Brad Grimes, Melissa Taggart, and Rachal Bradshaw. It was a talk as much about the devices that are going on the network as it was about the technology of the network itself. We aren’t just talking control over the IT network, but audio and maybe eventually video.
It probably isn’t fair to say that the IT part of AV has been on the backburner for most; but it probably hasn’t been as forefront as it should be. Last week we talked about the Sequester and what it could mean for those servicing the Defense department of the US government. Becoming aware and an expert concerning how AV can live and thrive on an IT network could help you weather a financial rough spot in the future. In addition, it would allow you to navigate the waters of convergence for your clients as well. It may be a preemptive strike for them to take to the IT department and help educate the server jockies on how AV can help make their job a little easier.
Take a listen. I’m incredibly proud of the job they did.

About Author

Tim Albright is the founder of AVNation and is the driving force behind the AVNation network. He carries the InfoComm CTS, a B.S. from Greenville College and is pursuing an M.S. in Mass Communications from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. When not steering the AVNation ship, Tim has spent his career designing systems for churches both large and small, Fortune 500 companies, and education facilities.

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