AV Industry Trends

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How to Make Hybrid Meetings Successful

As many companies begin to return to in-person work, technology will play a big part in the successful adjustment to new ways of meeting, collaborating, managing shared spaces, and hybrid meeting needs.  Returning to in-person work will not be a flip of a switch, it will be a gradual transition and in many cases will […]

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Decrypting AV Device Security for Control Programmers

With a growing focus on network security, manufacturers in the AV industry are doing their part to protect clients and avoid vulnerabilities by implementing authentication and secure connections in their products’ API (Application Program Interface aka communication protocol). In the past, AV integration with third party devices via RS-232 or an isolated Ethernet network could […]

Understanding Secure Device Communication in AV Control

Cybersecurity is a hot topic of conversation in the world at large and the AV industry is no exception.  As AV has become a specialized area of IT, it is critical that security best practices are implemented in integrated systems and devices. For many years, the AV industry has relied on RS-232 communications to integrate […]

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Silver Linings in a Pandemic

Are there really silver linings in a pandemic? While we adapt to the new normal of social distancing, working from home, and shelter in place, fears abound about health, safety, and finances as do frustrations about isolation, schedule disruptions, and uncertainty. It proves to be a very difficult time to be optimistic and have a […]

Are You Making the Most of Your Time?

Are you making the most of your time? How often do you find yourself struggling to keep up with demands, racing around to get things done, and longing for some time to catch your breath in order to focus on what you want or need to do? If you are like me, it describes the […]

The Impact of Holiday Cheer Throughout the Year

The holiday season invites positive thoughts of kindness, care, and consideration no matter your beliefs or background. It is a time for reflection and pause to appreciate those who are important in our lives. Starting with Thanksgiving and lasting until the new year, more than any other season attitudes are uplifted and moods are lightened […]

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 […]

The Benefit of Commitment to the AV Industry

Despite the innovative technology, impressive solutions, and memorable experiences, according to popular opinion is that the people and community are AV industry’s greatest assets. Most who find the AV industry stick with it for the long haul and build a successful career, making it even more interesting and impressive is that historically they happen upon […]

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. […]