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Sep 1, 2006 12:00 PM

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Building Industry Consulting Service International (BICSI) and InfoComm International are pleased to offer their first joint definitive reference guide, AV Design Reference Manual. BICSI serves nearly 25,000 building industry consultants, cabling contractors, manufacturers, systems integrators, electrical contractors, users, and other information transport system professionals in 90 countries across the globe.

For years, professionals in the structured cabling and AV industries have lived parallel professional lives, separated only by the boardroom walls. Each industry has its own set of best practices and distinct ways of getting the job done. Each industry is firmly rooted in professional excellence and comprehensive continuing education, yet those walls and ceilings continue to divide us.

Rather than focusing on what separates the AV and structured cabling industries, the leadership teams at BICSI and InfoComm International have decided the time has come to share our expertise and strength for the continued benefit of both professions. Just as cables and wiring pass through the walls and ceiling, so will our pipeline of knowledge.

The guide explains and illustrates key principles of AV design and includes chapters on signals, transmission, infrastructure, and networking, as well as acoustics, lighting, interior design, and audio and video components.

This reference tool is ideal for AV industry professionals, architects, contractors, facility managers, and anyone who manages people responsible for AV. The book can be purchased as a printed manual, as a CD, or as a combined package of manual and CD. The manual costs $179 for members or $358 for non-members. The manual and CD are $279 for members and $538 for non-members. Shipping charges will be applied after purchase. Please allow seven to 10 business days for delivery. Note that EduBucks may not be used for this manual.

To purchase your copy, please contact an InfoComm customer service representative at

The joint authorship of this definitive reference guide is merely the first step in the free flow of industry information and education. Members of each association can now participate in many of the other associations' curriculum programs at member pricing. Continuing Education Credits or Renewal Units can be earned for BICSI's RCDD program and InfoComm's CTS program by completing classes offered by the other association. The organizations will also offer select training programs at each other's tradeshows. Please visit or for more information.

As the largest pro AV trade association, InfoComm has long welcomed collaboration with other groups to harness best practices and uphold intra-industry quality. Whether it involves working with architects, design-build experts, or integrators to create the AV Best Practices Guide, or working with BICSI to ensure that there is a comprehensive approach to cabling and wiring on both sides of the conference room wall, InfoComm is committed to harnessing synergies that will increase the public's satisfaction with the end result.

InfoComm is making great strides toward addressing the need for quality control in the AV industry. Certification, education, and collaboration with other organizations committed to quality are the keys to a successful and healthy industry.

For more information about InfoComm International, visit

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