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Samsung displays to feature integration with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. Looking at the future of integration.

How System on a Chip is being utilized at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Utah.

What manufacturers can do to assist and educate integrators about cybersecurity and keeping your network secure.

The importance of working as a team when troubleshooting and testing.

Smart light bulbs or smart light switches, which one is right for your client?

How mentors can foster the next generation of AV professionals.

When making backups for data, it doesn’t hurt to have a plan B. Or Z.

Looking at the battle zone that is voice controlled assistants. Who will come out on top?

A college in Texas upgrades 100 classrooms in just days. What goes into keeping classrooms up to date.

London broadcasts the first 4K eSports livestream over 5G. Is there a viable place for integrators in the eSports scene?

What it takes to get your team on board to start seriously looking at a recurring monthly revenue plan.

Sonos joins Portal.io for distribution through Portal Select. What this means for Portal in the future.

Hackers break into several college’s databases to hold their admissions files hostage. Ensuring that important documents in higher education are secure.

Looking at the future of transparent LEDs within digital signage installations.

When having everything backed up is not feasible, it is vital to find the most important part of your business data and protect it.

Kramer launches Kramer Academy, their online training platform. The pros and cons of training online vs. training on-site.

Google and roomba creator iRobot partner up for smart mapping technology. Concerns over privacy and personal data.

The value of seamlessly performing with your IT department, and what it means to speak IT.

Looking at the solutions for elderly consumers and how they can be improved.

Samsung shows off their largest Onyx LED cinema screen in Bejing’s Capital Cinema. Looking at potentially untapped verticals and expanding on established verticals.

Discussing upcoming trends for luxury brands in AV.

Continuing the ever-present conversation of intellectual properties and figuring out who owns the code.

What programmers should know if they are considering working on customized control solutions.

Ruckus parent company ARRIS is acquired by CommScope for $7.4 billion. What happens when a large company gets involved in the AV industry.

Looking at the future of digital signage using integration with analytic software.

Barco looks at energy efficient solutions for live events. How the demand for green AV has changed in the last few years.

The importance of maintaining a healthy system for effective digital signage.

Bart Kresa announces a training program specifically for projection mapping design. The other potential avenues for AV to devote to a class.

When programming customized control solutions, is there such a thing as too niche?

How the consumer video surveillance market is expanding, and where it could go.

How building a content creation plan can vastly improve your overall marketing strategy.

The importance of educating clients and employees to stay vigilant in the case of network security.

How 4K is quickly becoming the new standard for displays.

Looking at ROI options in the classroom. Deciding on what is good to have, and what is absolutely necessary.

Discussing compliance with building regulations. The benefit of being aware of your local building codes.

Understanding negative reinforcement and the potential impact it can make on your employees and business as a whole.

Discussing future tariffs with China and preparing your clients for the change.

Biamp showcases Crowd Mics at ISE 2019. How they could prove to be a useful tool for the classroom.

Discussing the process of finding new hires and cultivating employees in the AV industry.

Looking at 5G and its place within the AV market space.

Why it’s important to demonstrate smart home technology to everyone, from the end-user to the builder.

How AV over IP could help when it comes to upgrading AV in the classroom.

How custom solutions can provide an easier user experience for end-users.

Discussing 8K in the residential space. Does it have a leg to stand on?

Looking forward to the technology being showcased at DSE 2019.

Huawei showcases an 8K virtual reality demo at China’s World Internet Conference. When integrators should start getting into 8K.

Discussing 8K at CES 2019 and ISE 2019. The hurdles that come with creating content for 8K.

Over 50 cities in the U.S. are implementing smart technology into their infrastructure. How AV integrators can get involved.

Discussing fixed control appliances in higher education.

Vizio expected to pay damages for monitoring and selling consumer data. How this will affect the industry in the long run.

Are virtual trade shows the next big thing? Will they replace traditional trade shows?

California adds new legislation on security for devices manufactured. How this could affect the whole AV market.

Discussing the importance of Crestron adding HTML5 to Pyng OS 2.

Using microphones in lecture halls only help if you actually use them.

Discussing meeting room solutions. Is there a truly universal solution?

The importance of growing your business evenly and ensuring a solid structure.

Amazon allows smart cameras and doorbells to connect with Alexa. How integrators can stand out as Amazon moves into the AV space.

Panasonic develops a camera control app. What to consider when controlling cameras remotely.

Looking at the future of user interfaces. What’s the next big innovation?

Changing the shape of the commercial space through collaboration solutions.

Know what to do when something goes wrong.

Indigo Distribution announces an easy-install service for their Elan Control platforms. What distributors and manufacturers can do to help dealers on the job site.

The value in staying up to date with the latest in control configuration and APIs.

Looking at the kitchen as the next avenue for the AV industry.

How the client-integrator relationship has changed within the AV industry.

A new TopGolf is established in Nashville. Where else could integrators look to ply their trade?

The experience of a trade show, as much rewarding as it is exhausting.

LEDWorks and Minleon USA look to create cloud-based lighting. The hurdles that come with putting AV systems on the cloud.

The benefit of RESTful API’s from a manufacturer’s standpoint.

WAVE Electronics merges with AVAD. How growing nationally affects a business.

How social media has changed the scope of marketing in the past decade.

The factors that come into ownership of the code on IP security devices.

Energy efficiency isn’t just good for the environment, it is a great selling point for integrators.

Discussing the differences between working with Value Added Resellers and integrators directly.

AVIXA reports rapid growth in their local Women’s Council groups during Infocomm. How the AV industry has evolved in the past decade.

Preparing a recurring monthly revenue plan to support your business.

Dish helps integrators with cord cutters. How the “standard” outlet of media consumption is changing.

Is it worth outsourcing your IT department?

Uber deploys more than 800 huddle spaces for their offices. What it takes to take on large-scale jobs.

When it comes to protecting your network, the key is staying vigilant.

Predictions after CEDIA 2018 for the next year. What trends might arise in time for CEDIA 2019.

Biamp adds to their European sales team. What it takes to make a unified customer experience on a global scale.

How a programmer’s role has adapted as technology marches on.

5G networks are on the horizon. How integrators can prepare for the 5G disruption.

How one of the most integral parts of producing for houses of worship are the guys in the back.

Stampede asks for a global unified pricing strategy. The difficulty that comes with large scale pricing.

Using AV to reach the next generation of congregation.

Draper launches a trim solution for Barco’s UniSee video walls. The effects of companies collaborating.

The traits that make an exemplary control programmer.

The rise of enterprise-grade networks and how technology has required them.

It’s important for your marketing team to have the tools to get everything they need out of your data.

Knowing what it on your network and keeping your IoT devices safe from harm.

What integrators can do for their clients in the event of extreme weather conditions.

Conferences are not only a way to network with fellow colleagues, but further your own growth and education in the AV field.

Amazon launches a new service called Elemental. Is Amazon going to take over the AV market space?

Understanding the costs of labor. Managing the five concepts of labor costs.

OneVision creates a new RMR program for manufacturer reps. What it takes for reps to become informed of these programs.

Imperial College Business School tries out holographic lectures. What it takes in terms of power to make it happen.

Redefining mission critical AV. How mission critical AV differs from business to business.

Discussing the technology of connected classrooms. Is the classroom truly future proof?

Maintaining a good relationship with your IT team. Knowing when to ask questions and ask for help.

Examining the process of finding new clients. The importance of consistently generating work and gaining clients.

Looking at the limiting your control systems to one interface. What’s the benefit of streamlining?

Vin Bruno becomes the new CEO of Rayva. What it means for the industry regarding his return to the residential channel.

Discussing the future of SDVoE. What will the killer app that puts it ahead of the rest look like?

CEDIA acquires the Cinema Designer and rebrands it as the CEDIA Designer. How this design tool could be used within the CEDIA community.

CTI starts an audiovisual internship program. How manufacturers can generate interest in the field and foster new talent.

Discussing innovation in user interface design and designing for clients other than end-users.

Fibaro offers local certification training. How constantly educating can ensure you can keep up with the industry.

With the next generation of event producers comes a shift of focus on experiential design.

The trend of resimercial design is gaining traction fast. How integrators can prepare themselves.

How event production has evolved hand in hand with the AV industry.

Adobe releases a study about voice control value. How manufacturers are looking at voice control in the commercial space.

When designing user interfaces, how can you balance versatility and clean visuals?

Vanco has a new built-in wall speaker. Discussing the multi-room audio experience.

How preventing the acquired company’s culture from being shaken up can make the acquisition process smoother for everyone.

Questions to consider when looking for an AV technician. What does today’s AV technician need to know about the field?

How to approach your clients when it comes to selling them power protection.

Peerless-AV announces a new line of heavy-duty universal projector mounts. The pros and cons of using a universal device.

AVIXA uses data to improve the classroom experience. How using old data can make new solutions.

Why it is imperative to stay truthful when talking about project budgets, even when the truth isn’t the best of news.

MSE announces a new outdoor amplifier. How AV has expanded to include outdoor solutions.

Data like metrics and service-level agreements could be used to see where performance can be improved. The benefit of centralizing both the AV and IT department in one space.

Discussing the future of video over fiber. Is the highest quality uncompressed video necessary in every situation?

QSC lets dealers order and have their switches installed directly. How human error can cause interference when setting up networks.

Selling shades can be a lucrative business for residential dealers, but the market has a surprising depth to it.

Non Disclosure Agreements are an important part of working with clients, but how much time staying silent is too much time?

What factors to consider when choosing between a programmed or configurated control system.

Samsung puts themselves into the smart speaker race. What will make them stand out from the rest?

How event planners can improve when it comes to safety during live events.

Chicago unveils the largest digital projection system in the world, Art on theMART. What goes in to setting up a large-scale project.

Freelance workers can be helpful in a pinch for live events, but there are risks when it comes to liability.

Looking for the qualities in an exceptional AV professional. Does age always equal experience?

Programming was the standard way for control systems, but configuration has become a steady competitor. Which one is right for your business?

Sonos launched their IPO to healthy growth. How Sonos being publicly traded could mean for the AV market.

The importance of being prepared with your marketing and budgets, and how far to plan in advance.

Amazon announces their latest innovation for voice control, Echo Auto. How voice control systems has become so widespread in such a short time.

Control4 debuts their latest smart doorbell. What went into the concept of Intercom Anyhwere.

Learning what it takes to develop your very own local AVIXA’s Women’s Council.

Alexa and Cortana are able to contact each other. How the evolution of voice control could shake up the AV industry as a whole.

Even something as simple as phrasing a question differently can greatly benefit you when managing a project.

Discussing the challenges and advantages that come with adapting residential designs into the commercial workspace.

The AVIXA’s Women Council brings together women working in the AV field. Gina Sansivero discusses how she started a branch in New York.

Electrosonic is awarded as an AVIXA APEx qualifier. How AVIXA and those companies designated with APEx can benefit one another.

John Deere implements DRM into the software of their farming equipment. How DRM affects the AV and IT industry for the worse.

Crestron responds to a security vulnerability in its devices. How taking security threats seriously can give your customers relief.

When it comes to keeping your home network secure, you must be proactive in preventing any potential risks.

As video conferencing technology becomes more commonplace, it’s important to use your AV expertise to guide your customer to the best option.

Discussing how virtual reality can be used within the AV market space.

AVIXA’s research shows how the AV Market is flourishing. How effectively managing your projects can also cause your own business to flourish.

U.S. Senators are asking the FTC to look into how smart TVs are tracking their data. Keeping your client informed about where their data is going.

TIDE’s conference showed off Portals, a specialized huddle space. How art projects can influence ideas in the AV industry.

The importance of being on top of current control systems and programming technology.

Is the residential showroom floor as important today as it was ten years ago?

When renting or loaning out equipment, it’s important to have full documentation.

More than 18,000 end-users were reported being at Infocomm 2018. What this means for integrators at trade shows.

How security measures are being updated to learn from past accidents and prevent future occurrences.

Are modular PCs secure to use with digital displays? What separates slot-in PCs and built-in displays.

Discussing Harman’s annual Development Conference and what knowledge to gain from such an event.

Integrated Systems Europe moves from Amsterdam to Barcelona. The perspective gained by talking to integrators from around the world.

Thinking about commercial spaces from a residential mind, as the two market spaces start to overlap.

The importance of keeping up with your network and making sure it is secure.

Sonos files a $100 million IPO. How this will affect dealers with Sonos products.

From transparent overlays on projectors to smart boards and beyond, how the technology in classrooms has evolved in the past two decades.

Stampede is purchased by DCC Technology. The impact of growing into a global AV company.

Making time to review your employees and make sure they’re on the right growth track.

Understanding where liability falls in cyber security should an event arise.

Looking at AV as a service in the classroom. How necessary is it?

Almo Professional acquires the content creation team Insteo. What it means to have the power of an AV company and content creation team together when creating advertising like digital signage.

Vulnerabilities are found in Crestron’s screens that could be used to spy on clients. Protecting you and your company from security risks.

Approaching security in residential systems against harassment, and where it falls to the integrator to discuss potential threats with clients

AVIXA publishes new guidlines for AV Network security. How this can inform integrators to update their networks.

The importance of making clearly defined goals so that you and your client are on the same page during a project.

Axius has a smart home hub designed entirely for Wi-Fi. Is this device too good to be true?

Getting the most out of your meetings through prioritizing and efficient structuring.

Diversified acquires Digitavia and establishes an office in Dubai. The benefits and risks that come with expanding your business on a global scale.

Looking at the necessary tools as companies move into digital workspaces.

ISE announces it’s moving for Barcelona for 2021. What it means for end-users and integrators to have a larger convention space.

Utilizing email, pictures and video to manage your projects and confer efficiently with your clients.

Philips pairs up with Bowers & Wilkins for distribution in Europe. How this partnership can benefit both parties.

The hurdles involved with teaching a certification course.

Polycom becomes part of Plantronics as part of its acquisition. The potential influence of this purchase.

Google updates Home to allow for continued conversations. Where voice control could go in the future.

Scansource offers a bundled package with products from Cisco, Mezzanine and LG. The difficulties that comes with bundled packages.

AVIXA and IES come together to create a new lighting standard. The significance of effectively lighting a presentation.

Streamlining the process of completing a sale.

Barco joins up with Azione Unlimited for a series of high-end projectors. Where these products fit in the market space.

Amazon is implementing voice control in classrooms through Alexa. The benefits and drawbacks of a voice assistant for teachers.

Audinate makes Dante level 3 certification available online. The value of attending classes in person.

Microsoft awards Crestron as IoT Partner of the year. The impact of earning an award from a large company.

Growing your business in unexpected ways. How to gain a fresh outlook to expanding your company.

Sony has showcased their new immersive spatial audio system. Where this technology could find itself in the market space.

What is stopping companies from implementing control systems in their buildings.

Amazon wants to utilize the Fire Cube to unify control in the home. Are they able to compete in a market outside of their usual domain?

Samsung unveils their new Onyx theater screens. How this technology is changing the way movies are finished.

Liantronics holds an event at the World Cup. The exposure granted by exhibiting at such a large event.

Using social projects not just as a goodwill service, but also engaging with your customer base.

Are there too many end users at InfoComm? The importance of seeing live demonstrations at trade shows.

Understanding what is required for control systems on the scale of an entire building.

Iminate introduces IoT devices on a budget. How these products fit into the market space.

Companies with socially conscious goals within their infrastructure can stand out to consumers. The value of being a socially conscious corporation.

The new WPA 3 security is coming. When it’s time to upgrade the security in your business.