ICIA Hosts Independent Programmers at InfoComm 04

Professionals Programmers of Multimedia Control Systems Critical to AV Communications

ATLANTA, June 10, 2004 - The International Communications Industries Association, Inc.® is pleased to announce that, for the first time, InfoComm 04 hosted a meeting of ICIA® member independent programmers - the professionals who program multimedia control systems.

Recognizing that independent programmers are a critical component of the communications industry and were not represented among ICIA's councils and committees, the association's Board of Governors (BOG) sponsored the meeting, held June 10. "Independent programmers are a valuable resource for systems integrators, manufacturers and others in the AV industry," said ICIA Executive Director Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D. "They enhance and improve AV products and can be instrumental in promoting future hardware and integration sales by ensuring that projects are delivered with the high -quality interfaces and programming needed for success."

Programmers possess a detailed understanding of the complex and diverse elements of audiovisual systems, which may include hundreds of audiovisual components integrated with lighting, access control, intrusion alarms, surveillance, HVAC, and even pool and spa systems, driveway heaters, fountains and fireplaces.

The purpose of the meeting at InfoComm was to identify the needs and interests of control systems programmers who are not employed by hardware vendors or integrators, with the goals of:

• Raising the stature of independent programmers in the AV industry
• Providing collective influence with hardware and software vendors
• Identifying best practices
• Sharing professional resources

The ad -hoc group, chaired by John Campanella, CTS -D, President of MDCI/Millennium Design Concepts, Inc., proposed to ICIA's BOG at its June 7 meeting that the group be formally designated an ICIA Member Council. The BOG unanimously voted to allow its Executive Committee to approve this proposal following the results of the June 10 independent programmers meeting.

The independent programmers in attendance at the meeting outlined a series of activities for their first year, including:

• Developing a public relations plan
• Creating a forum for collecting and sharing best practices
• Exploring subject areas that might lead to education and certification of Professional Independent Programmers
• Defining messages, methods and means for coordinating with equipment manufacturers.

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.

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