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Feb 1, 2007 12:02 PM

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Expo Gets Into Mechanics of Digital Signage

Digital signage will be more than just a concept at the NSCA Expo this year—it will be a demonstration that will inform attendees on the inner workings of this much-discussed area of business growth. This year, NSCA has partnered with Washington-based Digital Signage Group (TDSG) to create an educational experience at the Digital Signage Showcase on the expo show floor.

“Our goal at this year’s expo is to provide systems integrators with a complete working knowledge of the products and services they’ll need to provide to participate fully in the digital signage market,” says TDSG executive vice president Jill Miller.

“The showcase will present several demonstrations of real-world digital signage applications,” adds Nancy Brooks Gregson, NSCA director of audience development and technology showcases. “Areas of opportunity like corporate communications, healthcare, and interactive way-finding, along with other small and medium-scale systems will be represented. Every component of the digital signage system setup will be visible to attendees in order to present a clear picture of how this technology operates.”

TDSG staff will be on hand to answer attendee questions and help them get the most out of the Digital Signage Showcase experience. NSCA will also offer seven classes in the showcase, with industry leaders like Brad Gleeson from Planar and Lyle Bunn from Alchemy conducting sessions.

NSCA Expo 2007 will be held in Orlando, Fla., on March 15-17. For details on registration, please visit

Industry Firsts in Expo Education

This year, NSCA Expo will make great strides in education and training. The learning agenda will jump from 350 hours of classroom instruction to more than 550 hours of learning opportunities, and the new and unique aspects of NSCA training are almost too numerous to count.

There are four new seminars focused on the hottest topics in the industry. The sessions are free, and include “Harnessing Convergence,” taught by John and Jeanne Stiernberg of Stiernberg Consulting; McGraw Hill Construction’s “How Technology is Dramatically Changing the Design and Construction Industry,” Church Production’s “Working in the World of Worship,” and a special NSCA SystemsPlus session on “Health Insurance That Pays You Back.”

This year will also see a significant increase in offerings for the NSCA University Certificate of Completion Program (CCP). The university’s six colleges have each been augmented with new classes.

Hands-on learning is a major focus at NSCA, and reflecting this objective is the return of the popular “Cable Termination Workshop,” led by Dennis Olson of Extron Electronics. Due to demand, NSCA has expanded this course from a four-hour course to an eight-hour course. Be sure to sign up for NSCA Expo courses now. After March 1, pricing will change to on-site registration rates. Visit for more information.

Education Foundation Events at Expo

Industry members will gather together to advance industry education at numerous NSCA Education Foundation fundraising events at the NSCA Expo. First is the 11th Annual Jason Perlman Memorial Golf Tournament on March 14 at the MetroWest Golf Club. Sponsors of this event include Middle Atlantic Products, AMX AutoPatch Group, Sound & Video Contractor, QSC Audio Products, Herman Procurement & Logistics, Shure, and Belden CDT Electronics Division.

On March 16 the industry’s favorite band, the Drunk Unkles, will play a concert sponsored by AMX, FSR, Christie Digital, Ace Communications, NEC, and Liberty Wire and Cable.

Several Expo Education Foundation fundraising events continue this year, including the “Bid for Education” Silent Auction, Atlas Sound’s NSCA Education Foundation Raffle, and the Putting Challenge sponsored by Bosch Communications Systems.

For details on these events or the NSCA Foundation, visit or contact Melissa Henderson at 800-446-6722 or

NSCA Calendar of Events

Feb. 9 – C-SI review begins for expo exam
March 13-14 – Pre-expo education, Orlando, Fla.
March 15-17 – NSCA Expo
March 14 – NSCA Education Foundation 11th Annual Jason Perlman Golf Tournament
March 16 – Drunk Unkles Concert

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