Archive | October, 2013

7 Months Later, This is Still so Sad

There’s a picture, taken by a photographer named Joe Songer, that gives me chills every time I see it. In the picture, a young boy and what looks like his parents stand in front of a large flight-information display at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in Alabama. Days after the photo was taken, that very display would […]

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AV System Integrators Can Save Us from Dumb Buildings While Saving Themselves

Smart buildings aren’t the future; they’re already here, even if the audiovisual industry hasn’t recognized it. The industry seems hesitant to embrace smart buildings as the next evolution of their business model. That’s okay, not everyone needs to join the parade. But I submit that the AV industry’s future is now and some of you […]

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Say What? It’s National Protect Your Hearing Month!

Many of us assume that noise-induced hearing loss is just something that happens to all of us. Others assume it only happens to older people. What if I told you that noise-induced hearing loss is on the rise in school-aged children? And would it surprise you if I told you that this type of hearing […]

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Psst: What Are the ‘Other Guys’ Doing?

One of the things my father used to say is that the day you stop learning is the day you’re dead. Now, dear old dad was a colorful individual, to say the least, and much of what he said I either couldn’t or wouldn’t print, but that expression is one of his few gems. I consider […]

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Pro AV Forecast: Peaks and Valleys?

AV companies are at it again. You’re reporting growing sales, surging cash balances, and two-year-high gross margins. What’s not to love about these business conditions? “We are seeing a strong uptick in all the AV indicators,” reports Frank Coker, CEO of CoreConnex, which recently published a new InfoComm AV Industry Index, based on real-world business […]

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