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The Thing About Things

You could argue that AV professionals were there at the dawn of the Internet of Things (IoT). To hear it told, the phrase used to describe a bunch of networked objects, devices, and sensors, was first coined around 1999. But it was about two years earlier, just as one example, that Crestron used Ethernet to connect control systems to AV equipment and enable a new level of systems management and insight. Think of all the projectors, displays, touchpanels, DSPs and other gear that came with LAN ports. What were they if not things that could connect over the Internet?

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The AV Industry Mourns Fred Shen

InfoComm International and the entire AV community mourn the loss of an AV industry great. Fred Shen, Founder and Chairman of Shen Milsom & Wilke, passed away suddenly on May 31. Our thoughts are with all of Fred’s family, friends and colleagues. Fred was a mentor and a real leader in our industry. He fostered […]

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Weekly Reading: More Cars, Plus IoT, VR, HDR and Higher Ed

When I look for analogies to better explain how AV technology has evolved (will evolve) in homes, businesses and more, I often look to the car industry. Not long ago, cars were as dumb as the average family room. But all that has changed (and not always for the better — think hackers and open, […]

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Weekly Reading: Another (Different) Microsoft Pro AV App, plus Awesome Drones and a CES Recap

Missing from this Weekly Reading is a noteworthy CNN.com story about cybersecurity and AV systems that ride enterprise networks. Corners of the industry were buzzing about the revelation — as they should be. Controversy or a teaching moment? Or both? Security experts will decide. But enterprise network security needs to be a core focus of AV in an IT […]

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Weekly Reading: Best of CES (From Someone Who Wasn’t There)

Happy New Year, readers. As many of you know, there was a gathering last week in Las Vegas of companies that make everything from alarm clocks that emit odors, to curved displays, to robot cars. What you probably don’t know is that last week, the entire InfoComm staff from around the world gathered in Fairfax, […]

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