Planning AV for New Spaces: Be Part of the Beginning

Last summer, I was asked to join a dealer on a customer visit to talk about AV needs. The visit was at the client’s new corporate office, which was a newly renovated space. Upon arriving, I took a good look around and saw that it was a beautiful space. Carpet was already in, paint was on the walls and they were clearly down to just doing touch ups. Two weeks away from occupancy, they now wanted to discuss their AV needs and also to let us know that they had little budget left. I saw a huge conference room table with sixty gorgeous chairs, covered with plastic to protect it from the touch ups being done. I just had to ask about it: Me: “New table?” Client: “Yes, it’s new and selected just for this room. Isn’t it beautiful?” Me: “Yes, it is indeed beautiful. When did you order this table and how much did it cost you?” It had been ordered more than 18 months prior and the cost was six figures. The huge conference table was clearly the focal point of the new space, yet the AV systems that would make this table really shine were considered last. In the AV business, this is all too typical. Customers often think about carpet, paint, furniture and window coverings before they even consider AV in their space.

Control4 Offers A Starter Kit for Home Automation

Control4 announces a home automation Starter Kit that enables smart-home control in a single room with the ability to expand to a complete home system. The package enables homeowners to experience the benefits of automation for under $1,000. The Starter Kit includes the new Control4® HC-250 Controller, the brains of the system, plus a Control4® SR-250 remote, which can control all the devices in your entertainment system, plus movies and music, lighting, and more. The Control4® Starter Kit allows you to easily: *Get rid of all the remotes on your coffee table. With the Control4 SR-250 remote, you can control everything in your entertainment system: TV, DVD player, receiver - you name it. *Add lighting control - so that lights will dim when the movie begins or that the outdoor lights automatically go on when the sun goes down. *Enjoy multi-room audio - distribute music to the patio, the kitchen or both in one seamless, digital music experience. *Integrate temperature control - adjust the temperature from your couch through your TV or from the office using your mobile device. *View security video feeds - see who is at the door or arm/disarm the system through the touch of a button. *Incorporate the benefits of smart locks - secure your home with a touch of a button, even from your bed.  

Platinum Tools® Launches VDV MapMaster™ 2.0 Length Measurement Voice/Data/Video Tester

Now Shipping, the Updated VDV MapMaster Now Includes Cable Length Measurement, and Combines Continuity Testing, Mapping, and Tone Generator into a Single Unit

DOOH Mysteries: How Much Do Outdoor LED Billboards Really Cost?

Large format displays like LED billboards aren't as exotic -- or expensive -- as they once were. But they're still complicated to quote and hard to buy. For all that, though, these natural successors to the roadside billboard market can teach us all about project planning, budgeting, and making memorable content.

German Consumers Walk through Stores with Their Fingertips

Germany's largest consumer electronics retailer was eager for a new solution that would bring the power of the Internet into the store to enhance the shopping experience. But, the retailer's requirements for a new solution were stringent and the company's internal teams needed new ideas

Hitachi CP-AW2519N Short Throw Projector

The CP-AW2519N Interactive Projector has all the functionality of an interactive whiteboard built into it, eliminating the need for additional hardware.

X2O Media to Showcase its SharePoint(R) TV Solution at 2012 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference

X2O Platform Turns SharePoint Content Into Real-Time TV Channels

Women in CE Makes Inaugural Career Enhancement Forum a Hit With Powerhouse Presentations From Female CE Leaders

Women in Consumer Electronics (CE) today announced that "Power Your Career in Consumer Electronics," the organization's inaugural Career Enhancement Forum, was a success. The full-day program -- held June 26 at the Rubin Museum of Art -- was packed with informational sessions, workshops, and discu

GreenPeak GP510: the first dedicated ZigBee RF4CE chip for set-top box and gateway

GreenPeak Technologies launched its GP510 communication controller chip, supporting all communication between ZigBee RF4CE enabled devices and the set-top box or gateway. The GP510 is GreenPeak's answer to the increasing market demand for making the set-top box the ZigBee RF4CE hub for the home.

Sequoia Technology Group Awarded Sales Excellence Award from Telit Wireless Solutions

Sequoia Technology Group proudly accept the award of Sales Excellence from Telit Wireless Solutions.

InfoComm 2012 Report

Hot Products from InfoComm 2012

EBODE Electronics Introduces Their First IP Camera

After careful consultation with partners in the retail market, ebode is taking the next steps to introduce products that meet the wishes from the market. Since its establishment in 2009 ebode electronics has proven to be a serious player in this competitive market who isn't afraid to be innovative.

InfoComm Issues Call for Presenters for ISE 2013 Education Programme

The Future Trends Summit will take place on Monday, 28 January, while the InfoComm University sessions will be held on the ISE show days of 29-31 January. Both events are at the Amsterdam RAI, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Paragon UFSD 9.0 Embedded for Smart TV Guarantees Secure High-Speed Recording and Complete Data Safety on Removable External Storage Media of any Type

First technology available to OEMs with "safe removal" and "new standby" options allowing users, in just a few seconds, to secure data and utilize NTFS, HFS+ or exFAT file systems on Android, Linux and other open-source Smart TV devices

Christie's Mirage M and J Series 3-Chip DLP Projectors Expand Popular Product Lines For Visualization Solutions

The Mirage Series offers the broadest range of 3-chip DLP® 3D active stereo digital projectors ­single projector or in a multi-projector array- with advanced features that are specifically created for the demanding needs of the visualization market.

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Light sockets; Not just for lights anymore

Light sockets; Not just for lights anymore

Smart Bulbs are out there and they can do far more then just provide light. Speakers, projectors, wi-fi extenders and more. The standard light socket that is wired up and ready to go in nearly every home in North America is now providing an easy and affordable option for home owners and renters alike to enter into the world of the "Smart Home". Here is a look at some of the Smart Bulbs and Smart Lighting options out there, and this list is just the beginning. In this ongoing article we hope to continue to add to and grow this list, so stay tuned!