ICIA/InfoComm Announce 2005 Awards Programs

ARCHI-TECH Magazine, Rental & Staging Systems and Systems Contractor News Again Sponsor AV Industry Awards

FAIRFAX, Va., Dec. 8, 2004 - - The International Communications Industries Association, Inc.® (ICIA®) is again co -sponsoring the AV industry's top award programs - - the ARCHI -TECH Awards, the Rental & Staging Systems Awards and the Systems Contractor News Installation Product Awards - at InfoComm 05 during June 8 -10, 2005, in Las Vegas.

Winners of the awards will be revealed at the AV Communications Excellence Awards Banquet, a high -profile event at InfoComm where information communications and audiovisual professionals celebrate the success of leaders and pioneers in the industry. In addition to the co -sponsored awards, ICIA will also announce during the Banquet winners of its annual Distinguished Achievement Award, Educator of the Year Award, and Volunteer of the Year Award

2005 ARCHI -TECH AV Awards

ARCHI -TECH magazine, sponsor of the third annual 2005 ARCHI -TECH AV Awards competition, is soliciting submissions from teams of systems integrators, design consultants and architects for projects completed between Jan. 1, 2003, and March 1, 2005. The ARCHI -TECH AV Awards are designed to honor outstanding examples of the creative and effective integration of technology into otherwise traditional construction projects. The awards are divided in two budget categories: under $1 million and over $1 million. Each entry will be judged by a qualified panel of architects, AV consultants and systems integrators.

Last year, the Queen Mary 2 cruise ship sailed to victory as Best Overall Award winner. The design and integration featured a 500 -seat multipurpose auditorium and an integrated 150 -seat planetarium. Kudos went to designers Nautilus Entertainment Design, Inc. and The Design Team Ltd., and integrators HMS s.a., Paris and Sky -Skan Incorporated.

For examples of projects and an entry form, please visit www.architechmag.com/avawards.asp. All entries for the 2005 ARCHI -TECH AV Awards are due March 1, 2005.

2005 Rental & Staging Systems Awards

Rental & Staging Systems, sponsor of the 2005 Rental & Staging Systems Awards, is recognizing excellence in the design and production of AV in staged events including corporate/association (large and small) and entertainment events held between Jan. 1, 2004, and Dec. 31, 2004. Winners will be selected by an independent panel of judges including members of ICIA's Rental and Staging Council and the editorial staff of Rental & Staging Systems magazine. The Rental & Staging Systems Awards will also feature awards for the best new products for the rental and staging market, decided on the basis of a readers' poll conducted by the magazine.

Accolades in 2004 went to Duocom for staging the 14th World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf and Show Department, Inc. for Walgreens Manager's Meeting, each taking the prize for the 2004 Best Overall Staging for a Corporate or Association Event, Large Venue. Meanwhile, the 2004 Best Product Awards went to Eastern Acoustic Works' SLAM KF730 for the Best Loudspeaker, DiGiCo's D5 Live FM for the Best Audio/Mixing Product and many other noteworthy companies for their exciting products.

Entry deadline for the 2005 Rental & Staging Systems Awards (staged events) is Feb. 7, 2005. Information about the awards appeared in the November 2004 issue of Rental & Staging Systems magazine and is also available at www.rentalandstaging.com/awards.

2005 SCN Installation Product Awards

Systems Contractor News, sponsor of the 2005 Systems Contractor News Installation Product Awards, will acknowledge excellence in product design for the AV installation market. Categories include Best Audio/Loudspeaker, Best DSP Product, Best Video Projection Product, Best Control Product and more. A blue -ribbon panel of industry experts will determine the list of finalists, and readers of the magazine will decide the winners in a readers' poll.

Topping the winners' list from 2004 were BARCO's SLM Series for Best Video Projection Product, Da -Lite Screen Company's Integrated Screen Control for Best Projection Screen, Crestron Electronics' RoomView™ 4.0 for Best Software Product among many others.

Submission deadline for 2005 SCN Installation Product Awards is Feb. 8, 2005. For full details, go to www.systemscontractor.com/scnawards.shtml.

The 2005 AV Communications Excellence Awards Banquet at InfoComm

Premiering at InfoComm 2004 as a sold -out kick -off extravaganza event for the industry, the Awards Banquet will take place following the InfoComm opening reception at the Las Vegas Convention Center on June 7. Tickets will be sold through InfoComm 05 registration opening January 2005; tables may be sponsored through ICIA (exhibitsales@infocomm.org), CMP Information (agoldstein@cmpinformation.com) or ARCHI -TECH magazine (Deborah.napier@stamatsbusinessmedia.com).

About ARCHI -TECH Magazine

Subtitled, "Bridging the Gap Between Design and Technology," ARCHI -TECH is the premier business -to -business magazine for the design community devoted to systems integration and building technology. ARCHI -TECH's editorial purpose is to inform, educate and help establish a comfort level among architects with the latest developments in emerging technologies. With a circulation of more than 28,000 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.

ARCHI -TECH, formerly published by DKNA MultiMedia, was acquired by Stamats Buildings Media, Inc. (SBMI), publishers of Buildings magazine. SBMI is a subsidiary of Cedar Rapids, Iowa -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. Systems Contractor News is an online magazine dedicated to advancing the business of sound, video and electronic systems. Rental & Staging Systems magazine, its sister magazine Systems Contractor News, and parent company CMP Information are the official publishers of the InfoComm Show Daily, the onsite magazine of ICIA's InfoComm conference and trade exposition, and Live From InfoComm (www.livefrominfocomm.com).

About ICIA and InfoComm

The International Communications Industries Association, Inc.® (ICIA®) is the premier trade association for the professional audiovisual and information communications industry. ICIA is the founder of InfoComm, the international 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.

InfoComm 05 will be held in Las Vegas. The conference, featuring over 200 educational sessions, takes place June 4 -10, 2005. The InfoComm exhibition, showcasing the latest in information communications and audiovisual technologies and systems from over 700 manufacturers, is held June 8 -10. Registration for InfoComm 2005 opens in January 2005 at www.infocommshow.org. ICIA serves its worldwide membership as the pre -eminent provider of education, training and certification. For more information about ICIA, visit www.infocomm.org.

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