InfoComm 08: Where the Pros Are
For the first time, InfoComm and NSCA Expo will be housed under one roof?a boon to busy integration firms, especially when travel is more challenging and expensive than it's been in recent years.
Polycom (booths N6019 and N7607) is taking the occasion of InfoComm 08 to expand its conferencing solutions. The company's new Telepresence Experience (TPX) will be on display, including the new Polycom TPX 306HD for high-definition conferencing. The company also plans enhancements for its RMX 2000 real-time media conferencing platform, including support for Lost Packet Recovery (LPR) technology that can improve the quality of IP-based video calls in the event of packet loss and network congestion.
And Symetrix (booth C3885) will launch an new integrator-focused Automix Matrix 780, a twelve-channel automixer with eight sub-mixes and comprehensive digital signal processing, according to the company. Symetrix says it's designed to enhance audio in courtrooms, government chambers, corporate boardrooms, and houses of worship. The company will also roll out the Symetrix ARC-2i Integrator Series Adaptive Remote Control Wall Panel, RC-4/RC-4e Remote Volume Plus Selection Wall Panel, and MS-1/MS-1e Sense Microphone Wall Panel, each built to extend remote control capabilities of its Symetrix, SymNet and AirTools system DSP.EDUCATION
By rough estimates, InfoComm 08 will include nearly 50 new education sessions. That doesn't include the roughly 80 NSCA University sessions that Info-Comm traditionalists can access under the combined InfoComm-NSCA umbrella (including one by PRO AV columnist Thom Mullins on impulse response measurements, June 20 at 8 a.m.).
From the InfoComm Academy and NSCA University, check out some of these new sessions:
Green AV, led by Joe Bocchiaro, CTS-D, CTS-I. The session will be held on each day of the trade show, examining the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program and how integrators can help clients achieve LEED certification.
Commissioning and Maintaining AV Systems for the Technology Manager, led by Mario Maltese, CTS-D, CTS-I and James Maltese, CTS-D, CTS-I. This advanced session will run twice on June 18 and detail the steps required for comprehensive commissioning, including what's required for maintaining and actually improving a system once you flip the switch.
Intellectual Property Rights for the AV Professional, led by Howard Nunes, CTS. Offered on the first two days of the show, the interactive session will explore a growing area of concern: How does an AV professional protect his IP, whether it's custom programming or other AV design, while still working in a collaborative project group?
How to Compete with Box Sales, led by Gary Kayye, CTS. This new NSCA University class on June 20 hones in on what makes AV integrators different from all the other channels end-users may use for their AV gear. It's also a nice complement to the June 19 session, The Collision of Pro and Consumer AV Systems, as discussion on differentiation and added-value in pro AV.
Discovering and Documenting AV Project Requirements, led by Tim Cape, CTS-D. It's not a new NSCA University class, but this June 19 session by PRO AV contributor and Editorial Advisory Board member Cape, delivers the goods on benchmarking, needs analysis, and best practices.OTHER CONFERENCES
Finally, if you're lucky enough to be in Las Vegas the entire week of InfoComm, you can pop in on several conferences and summits that round out an already chock-full trip (registration fees may apply):
Digital Signage Technology Summit, June 16 and 17, at the Las Vegas Hilton. The new conference, put on by the Strategy Institute (www.strategyinstitute.com) promises to be very end-user-driven, which is great for integrators trying to understand the needs of a new market. Hear from executives at Procter & Gamble, the Mayo Clinic, and the Naval Sea Systems Command, and explore applications of signage technology.
Projection Summit 2008, June 16 and 17, at the Las Vegas Hilton. The long-running conference by Insight Media (www.insightmedia.info) gets small—as in pico projector small. Check out pico- and pocket-sized projectors in a light-controlled setting to see if they're really ready for prime time.
EduComm 2008, June 18 to 20, at the Las Vegas Hilton. From smart classrooms to distance learning, the fifth annual EduComm has technology-centric sessions for representatives of 300 colleges and other educational institutions. If nothing else, peek your head in Wednesday, June 18, to hear New York Times technology columnist David Pogue talk trends and gadgets. Good stuff.