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Moving On Up

If you are very lucky, you might get a chance to do something really great in your career. You might get to work with some wonderful people and produce something remarkable. Today is my day.
AVNation has always been a conglomeration of AV professionals. None of us are employed by AVNation on a full-time basis. It is AV professionals creating content that is informative, educational, and entertaining for AV professionals. I have been a technology manager for a college and a control systems programmer for an integrator. Starting today, I work for an independent control programming and design/consulting company.
The company is called Innovad, Innovations and Design, and they do some amazing things. They, we, are a design/consulting firm that also is an independent programming house. We program Crestron, AMX, DSPs, and others. The idea is similar to my friend Steve Greenblatt at Control Concepts. As a technology manager, you would approach Innovad about designing the interface and control for all your rooms. It doesn’t matter who is awarded the installation bid. You know that all of your control systems will be consistent because you have contracted that part separately from the install. You also don’t need to put language in the bid specs about what you expect the system to do, how you want it to look, or anything like that. You put in the bid that the winning bidder will work with your control systems contractor.
This is exciting on a number of different levels. A number of years ago I read a piece in SCN that talked about just this concept. Where the design/consultant was also the control systems programmer. It made complete sense to me. The consultant is the advocate for the end-user and owner. They have more conversations with the stake holders than an integrator in a bid situation will. They should understand better the intentions of the end-users and how they envision using the space. This allows them to create intuitive control systems that are easy to use. Let’s be honest, if a control system is difficult to use it doesn’t get used.
The other part is the margin it leaves for AVNation. The team at Innovad is excited about our work here and want it to continue. It is rare to find a company who not only values a project like this, but encourages it. I’m not naive enough to say this is the world’s most perfect job and situation; but for me it’s darn close.
So, wish me luck as I set out on another aspect of this great industry. Hopefully it will lend more insight and allow me to serve you, the audience, better.
Thank you 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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