AV Awards Programs to Showcase Projects and Products

Architects, electronics systems integrators, design consultants and rental/staging companies are invited to submit projects for these Annual AV Awards programs

FAIRFAX, VA, January 13, 2004 - The International Communications Industries Association, Inc.® (ICIA®) and its partners, ARCHI -TECH Magazine and Rental & Staging Systems magazine, are pleased to solicit project entries in the second year of their Awards Programs for the Pro -AV Industry.


Rental & Staging Systems will also run a reader poll of outstanding products through its Jan/February and March 04 issues. Readers will be able to submit ballots through April 9, 2004 to vote for products in 13 different categories. Systems Contractor News has also entered the ring with the announcement of its fixed -install reader polled product awards.

Winning companies and products will be recognized at a special Awards Banquet immediately following the Annual InfoComm Opening Reception June 8, 2004 in Atlanta, Ga.

Entry procedures and forms are available through the magazine websites at www.architechmag.com and www.rentalandstaging.com. More detail about the programs is available below.

Second Annual ARCHI -TECH AV Awards 2004
DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: March 1, 2004

ARCHI -TECH magazine and ICIA invite your participation in the second annual ARCHI -TECH AV Awards 2004. The program honors outstanding examples of creative and effective design and integration of technology into construction projects. The awards will be given in Commercial and Non -Commercial categories. Volunteer judges from ARCHI -TECH, ICIA`s Independent Consultants in Audiovisual Technologies (ICAT) Council and Sound, Audiovisual and Video Integrators (SAVVI) Council will make the selections. Submissions may be made by integrators, independent consultants and architects, and project teams and winning entries will be honored at the InfoComm04 awards ceremony. Entry Packets may be downloaded at www.architechmag.com.

Second Annual 2004 Rental and Staging Systems Awards
DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: February 6, 2004

Rental & Staging Systems magazine, published by UEMedia, is sponsoring the 2004 Rental and Staging Systems Awards. A panel of judges drawn from UEMedia and the ICIA Rental and Staging Council will choose the award -winning entries for best staged events in 2003 within half a dozen categories. Readers of Rental & Staging Systems magazine will vote for best rental/staging product award, look for details online at ICIA`s web portal www.infocomm.org and on Rental & Staging Systems magazine`s website at www.rentalandstaging.com.

First Annual 2004 Systems Contractor News Installation Product Awards
DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: February 11, 2004

Systems Contractor News magazine, published by UEMedia, is sponsoring the 2004 Systems Contractor News Installation Awards. Readers of Systems Contractor News will vote for best installation products in the commercial installation market. Look for details online at ICIA`s web portal www.infocomm.org and the Systems Contractor News magazine website at www.systemscontractor.com.


About ARCHI -TECH Magazine
With a circulation of more than 30,000 professionals consisting of architects, technology consultants, lighting designers, AV designers, and systems integrators, ARCHI -TECH reaches an important group of building professionals who are critical in helping pave the way for electronic lifestyles of the future. DKNA Multi -Media, LLC., publishers of ARCHI -TECH and ARCHI -TECH Residential recently announced that they have been acquired by Stamats Buildings Media, Inc. (SBMI), publishers of Buildings magazine. SBMI is a subsidiary of Cedar Rapids, IA based Stamats Communications, Inc.

About Rental & Staging Systems and Systems Contractor News
Rental & Staging Systems magazine is an important resource for staging professionals who need to stay informed about the latest technology and business trends, and a valuable resource for producers, meeting planners, and corporate end -users of rental and staging services. Rental & Staging Systems magazine, its sister magazine Systems Contractor News, and parent company United Entertainment Media are the official publishers of the InfoComm Show Daily, the onsite magazine of ICIA's InfoComm conference and trade exposition.

About ICIA
The International Communications Industries Association, Inc.® (ICIA®) is the premier trade association for the professional audiovisual communications industry. ICIA is the founder of InfoComm, the conference and trade exposition for audiovisual communications professionals who come to learn about the latest technologies and available services as well as new and alternative applications. ICIA also co -founded with CEDIA and NSCA the Integrated Systems Events in Europe, China and Singapore. ICIA serves its worldwide membership as the pre -eminent provider of education, training and certification.

As a key industry event, InfoComm is the educational and interactive marketplace for manufacturers, distributors, dealers, systems integrators, rental and staging companies, independent representatives, independent design consultants, architects, facilities managers, engineers, presentations designers and end users, including AV and IT professionals, sales and marketing staff, meeting planners and purchasers. InfoComm attracts a broad spectrum of market sectors, including business, government, military, education, religion, health care, entertainment and conventions. More information is available at www.infocomm.org. Registration for InfoComm 04 will be available in early February, 2004.
CONTACT:
Taly Walsh, twalsh@infocomm.org; 800/659 -7469; 703/273 -7200; www.infocomm.org

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