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Control Concepts Welcomes New Audio DSP Expert

It is with great pride and enthusiasm that Control Concepts welcomes Mike Spadafora to our technical team.  As a control system programmer and audio DSP expert, Mike joins a veteran group of programmers and software developers serving a variety of control system platforms including Crestron, AMX, Extron, Utelogy, RTI, Control 4, and Elan. “I’ve known […]

How ISE Provides a Unique Perspective

Integrated Systems Europe (ISE), the world’s largest AV trade show, provides a great opportunity to gain perspective on the technologies and direction of the industry.  With a combination of commercial, residential, and digital signage solutions all occupying the same trade show space, ISE provides a unique opportunity to appreciate all of the ways that AV […]

Who Should Determine What Programming Language is Used?

One of the trending conversations in the AV industry involves the move from proprietary, manufacturer-specific programming platforms toward the adoption of modern, robust programming languages. Whether the move is spear-headed by manufacturers opening their hardware to support one or more software development languages or a result of clients seeking alternatives, the flexibility to select a […]

Creating Harmony By Understanding Personalities

No matter the company or situation, the relationship between sales and engineering is always strained.  Despite their need to work together the ability to find harmony is often a challenge.  Similarly, tensions also exist between other team roles or departments such as project management and programmers, or marketing and product development.  In each case, a […]

How Higher Hourly Rates Result in Lower Costs

When evaluating a service provider like a independent programming company, the question about hourly rates can many times serve as a qualifier. While comparing hourly rates would seem to be a natural way to narrow down the field, the decision may not be as straightforward as it seems. As clients are evaluating their options, it […]

Standardization through Custom Programming

One of the bigger issues currently trending in the AV industry is the sentiment that custom control system programming takes too long, costs too much to create, and is not easy to maintain. While there is some truth in this proclamation when looking at one-off programmed solutions, alternative approaches exist that offer very different results. […]

Navigating InfoComm 2019 – Strategies & Tips

The success of any goal or project is determined by the creation and execution of a well thought-out game plan.  The larger and more complex the task, the more important it is to break down the goal to clearly defined steps which in turn are broken into manageable pieces that can be done in a […]

How Everyone is Connected Through User Experience

User experience (UX) is quite the buzz word these days in the AV industry. User experience not only describes the seamless operation of an AV system addressing needs and pain points of users, it also captures the emotion a user feels when utilizing the space and interacting with technology. User experience is built upon a […]

Celebrating SCN’s The Nine

In an industry thirsty for new talent, the AV world also takes time to recognize the rising, influential people already in the industry and who are establishing their roots. Specifically Systems Contractor News (SCN) The Nine scouts out aspiring folks who are not just “in AV,”  but who are involved and making a lasting impact. “The […]