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Are you ready to become a Full Stack AV Programmer?

In the software world and particularly within the realm of web development, there exists the controversial moniker called a Full Stack Developer.  It refers to a software developer who has a mastery of both frontend and backend skills allowing them to work solo on a project from start to finish.  The controversy stems from many […]

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 […]

Vanco International Invests In Control Concepts Control System Drivers

As is the case with many manufacturers who are dedicated to delivering ease of use, flexibility, and streamlined integration for their end users and dealers, Vanco International understands the value of an investment in control system drivers/modules for their clients’ most sought-after control platforms. Investing in Control System Drivers The availability of professionally developed control […]

Growth Happens with Intentional Learning

Crestron recently held their annual Masters event where programmers, designers, sales professionals came together to advance their knowledge of technology, hone their technical skills, and learn about the newest advancement that Crestron has to offer.  Upon completion of the event, I took some time to give thought to my experience and came to some meaningful […]

Control Concepts Welcomes Veteran Control System Programmer and Systems Engineer

It is with overwhelming excitement and pride that Control Concepts welcomes Victoria Grupp, the newest member of our technical team. With expertise in control system programming, audio DSP configuration, and systems engineering, Victoria joins a diverse group of software developers and control system experts committed to applying knowledge of mainstream programming languages and software development […]

AV Professionals Take on Business Travel

With the ever-changing landscape of live events, ISE changing course on their June in-person conference, and other events, such as the CCUMC conference, going virtual, I began to wonder what to expect for the rest of 2021. Part of my role here at Control Concepts is to stay abreast of industry trends and the needs […]

Implementing HTML5 for AV Control

For years the AV industry has had the comfort of relying on proprietary WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) tools supplied by control system manufacturers (Crestron, AMX, Extron, and others) to develop their user interface designs.  Regardless of whether they were ideal, these software applications were the go-to resource for developing a user interface […]

The Importance of Scope

Anyone who has spent time in the AV industry is familiar with being assigned jobs that have not been adequately explained.  Jokes about napkin drawings are plentiful, but sadly they are real.  One such example involved a client who drew out a system on a white board, took a picture of it and submitted as their programming […]

IT Factor 50: IT & Entrepreneurship

Today we have two people who chose the latter, both Presidents of their own respective companies. We are joined by Novmega CEO/President Alex Fortin and Control Concepts CEO/President (as well as host of our own A State of Control) Steve Greenblatt to discuss the world of IT and entrepreneurship. We get a look into how […]