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Nov 1, 2006 12:00 PM

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INFOCOMM SEEKS ANSI/ISO ACCREDITATION

InfoComm International is applying for ANSI accreditation for its Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) certifications under ISO 17024. ANSI, a private, nonprofit organization, accredits other organizations to serve as third-party product, system, and personnel certifiers.

Randy J. Pagnan, CTS, president of InfoComm and owner of RP Visual Systems, says, “Our industry is growing in size and in the sophistication of our products and systems. This move to a world standard for our certification program is just one more example how InfoComm is serving its members and helping them be more competitive in the marketplace.”

ANSI accreditation will promote the unique qualifications and expertise InfoComm's certifications provide by ensuring the integrity of the certifications, enhancing consumer and public confidence in the certifications and the people who hold them, and facilitating recognition of the CTS program across geographical borders and industries. As the only certification program in the industry to be ANSI accredited, it will give CTS holder and their companies an edge up on competitors from other industries and ones in our industry that do not train and certify their personnel to these high national and international standards.

“InfoComm anticipates ANSI accreditation will offer significant opportunities for its 5,600 Certified Technology Specialists in the United States and around the world,” says Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D., executive director of InfoComm International. “ANSI accreditation will reinforce InfoComm's commitment to providing a quality certification program for the professional audiovisual industry.”

InfoComm will be making some administrative and programmatic changes in the upcoming months to ensure compliance with ANSI standards. One of the most significant changes is creating an independent committee designed solely to oversee certification programs, chaired by InfoComm's former President, Spencer Bullins, CTS, of AMX.

All CTS holders will be receiving a letter informing them of changes to the CTS program and assuring them that current CTS holders will maintain their certification under the new ANSI program.

FLORIDA HOSPITALS HONORED

In celebration of AV Week, Oct. 22-28, InfoComm International recognized Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando, Fla., and Miami Children's Hospital for their use of audiovisual technology in the treatment of patients.

The awards presentation took place during a videoconference between the hospitals in the Congenital Heart Institute's videoconference room. With the videoconference room, more than 20 medical professionals in multiple disciplines can discuss a patient's treatment options. Doctors at both locations are able to simultaneously review lab results and imaging during the videoconferences, which take place three times a week between the hospitals.

For information on other AV Week activities, visit www.avweek.org.



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