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Jul 6, 2011 11:16 AM

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InfoComm 2011, the annual conference and exhibition for professional audiovisual buyers and sellers worldwide, held June 15-17 in Orlando, Fla., was the second-largest commercial AV show ever held, with 33,001 AV professionals attending from more than 90 countries. It is the largest event InfoComm has ever held in Orlando.

“InfoComm continues to be the one tradeshow where most professional AV service providers make their important buying decisions for the year,” said Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D., Executive Director & CEO, InfoComm International. “The AV marketplace has enthusiastically embraced InfoComm as the place to make their purchasing choices, network with product and service providers, and enhance skills through our robust educational program.”

Registrations for InfoComm Academy educational courses totaled 6,000. Super Tuesday, a full-day of advanced instruction for AV pros, attracted 572 registrants in 2011. The Institute of Professional Development (IPD) attracted 473 registrants. More than 4,600 attended seminars and workshops.

Attendees come to InfoComm for the diversity of courses on topics ranging from acoustics to videoconferencing. Popular courses were Technology Trends and AV Apps. Other popular classes included CTS Prep, CTS-D Prep, and Elements of AV Design. With two-thirds of all of the education sessions being new, participants flocked to classes on sustainability, net-centric AV and conferencing.

This year, 88 AV professionals passed the Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) exam onsite, a new record. Twelve passed the CTS-D and four passed the CTS-I. The new CTS Exam Guide sold out in the Show store, but copies may be purchased in online bookstores worldwide.

There were 925 exhibitors participating at InfoComm this year. Exhibitors occupied more than 475,000 net square feet of exhibit and special events space.

InfoComm, CompTIA Form STEP Foundation to Promote Sustainability

InfoComm International, the leading professional audiovisual trade association, s announced the formation of the Sustainable Technology Environments Program Foundation with InfoComm International and CompTIA as its initial sustaining members. This 501(C)(3) foundation will promote sustainable practices by the associations’ members and their customers.

The STEP rating system will be a tool for owners and technology providers to plan for and implement sustainable practices in their technology projects. Successful projects will contribute to an organization’s sustainability goals and will be recognized by STEP.

The STEP Foundation will raise revenue through member dues, sponsorships, donations, education activities, certification fees, and project fees. A robust education and communications program will provide interested parties information about the STEP program and sustainability issues. The foundation will not serve as a lobbying organization.

Management of the STEP activities will be led by an Executive Director, Allen Weidman, who will retain his role as Sustainability Officer for InfoComm International, and InfoComm will serve as the Secretariat to the Board to provide basic business functions and other operations necessary to support the policy directions of the Foundation Board.

"The development of STEP and the formation of the STEP Foundation is a reflection on InfoComm’s commitment to making the electronic systems within the built-environment sustainable," said Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D., Executive Director and CEO, InfoComm International. "We are pleased that CompTIA is able to join us in promoting concepts that are both good for business and good for the environment."

“InfoComm already has made great strides on the universal and AV specific components of the STEP rating system, and now CompTIA will begin the task of developing IT aspects of the framework, such as data centers and the cloud, the role of managed IT and print services, cabling and product end-of-life issues,” said Todd Thibodeaux, President and CEO, CompTIA. “Technology plays a key role in helping our society go ‘green’ and we’re delighted to partner with InfoComm to help businesses across multiple technology areas build sustainable best practices.”

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