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Everything Is Awesome

After two weeks as an integrator, I thought it would be a good time to give you an update and some observations. Coming from the world of education and technology managers, it wasn’t apparent what being an integrator would be like. At Lewis & Clark College we would do most of our own integration. We were the proverbial “box sale” for you sales people. However, it was pretty much the same every year. We had about 180 rooms we took care of doing projector refresh and Crestron/Extron updating.
After working in the non-education world it is obvious that I will not be board. Each day has brought new challenges and new adventures. This week I get to design a night club control system. A night club? Are you kidding? The closest thing that would count as a night club at a college is a banquet facility. In addition, I have been exposed to a number of products and use cases that would never have come across my college-bound desk.
Last week I was introduced to image mapping and edge blending on a scale that I have not done yet. We were tasked with projecting a large image on a gym floor. So, downward pointing projectors, the hardware necessary to make four projectors give us one image, and the intricacies of making all this work in a rather bright ambient light.
In addition I have met a number of our manufacturers’ reps. Coming up we will get a visit from a certain company from California. It will be the only time to see their product in person since they won’t be at InfoComm; so that will be interesting.
So far, this has been a great experience. Again, nothing wrong with working in education. I have a number of friends still there. For me, though, this has been a great move. I look forward to more weeks like the last two.
Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. Have a great week.

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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