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Almo E4 AV Tour Special, Part 1

Mar 16, 2011 5:02 PM, with Bennett Liles

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Fantastic. And it looks like there are going to be a lot of speakers for a wide choice of events that you can get in on. Who else is going to be speaking at the event?
Melody: Well one new course that we’re offering on this part of the tour is with AMX and its Emerging trends In Configurable Control Systems and this is going to be from Justin Kennedy, a product manager who’s been with AMX for 14 years. So we’re really excited about having that class and in addition to that I think Sam has actually got an announcement that he’d like to share with the audience about our relationship with AMX. [Timestamp: 6]

Right, I’ve seen some things about that. Sam let’s hear it.
Sam: Well at Almo Pro AV we’re proud to announce that AMX has selected us as their first distributor for their full line of programmable controllers and this allows us to offer to our integrators and our integrators to offer to their customers a complete solution. Where you will already have the displays, audio signal transmission, and distribution, now we have the full line of AMX programmable controllers to control the environment and this makes us unique in the industry and further enhances our value at a position in the pro AV industry. [Timestamp: 6:33]

And of course no small part of that is the fact that AMX has such a wide range of hardware that can be applied to just about any kind of control situation. So it sounds like a very good partnership.
Sam: Yeah it is. We started off with their digital signage products and some of their signal transmission and distribution products and now they’ve given us access…so we’ve done well with the products and they’ve given us access to their full line. So you’re right they do have solutions from very complex solutions that require programming down to solutions where it’s more prepackaged and less programming involved. [Timestamp: 7:08]

And a big part of the success of any control system manufacturer is the support segment which is especially critical in multi-room environments like on a higher ed campus. The quality of support can make all the difference in the success of the products.
Sam: You’re exactly right. It certainly does. Its one thing to put it in and make it work but you also have to be able to support it after it’s installed. [Timestamp: 7:29]

I know you’ve done some of these tours before so how has the response been at some of the previous events?
Melody: Well we’ve had five events. They started in 2009 in New York City and since then we’ve had over 2,000 attendees and we have issued over 1,000 CTS renewal units so I think that we can definitely classify that as success. We’ve also had over 20,000 views of our online videos from the events so as we were talking about earlier a lot of people can’t travel and can’t be in New York or San Francisco. But we offer an opportunity for them to download the presentations and see the videos and really trying and make sure that all of our resellers across the country and other constituents have access to all this content that we’re bring together in one place. [Timestamp: 8:17]

Well it sure sounds like it’s going to be the place to be and that’s at San Francisco on April 6 and that’s when it all happens. The big challenge, I think, is going to be what to do first and it may be a good idea to go on the website in advance and look over what’s going to be offered and come up with a game plan of what you’re interested in…and like planning for InfoComm—getting an idea of what you’re going to do and in what order and to take the best advantage of it.
Melody: Yeah, absolutely. We do offer a pretty robust schedule of classes based on everyone’s interests. We’ve added a new course on basic audio and quantifying background noise. We’ve had several requests from past tours for audio courses and that’s a big focus for us here at Almo Pro AV. And then a really popular course that we’ve done at all the tours has been AV and IT convergence and this is really going to be a class teaching people how to work with the IT manager, learning the lingo and the ins and outs of working with those IT departments on AV projects. So there are a lot of different topics to choose from based on your application and your interests. [Timestamp: 9:22]

And in Part 2 we’re going to be going into more details of the E4 event with Allan and Jonathan Brawn&mdashprinciples at Brawn Consulting who will be speaking at E4 and from Kramer Electronics Max Kopsho, InfoComm’s educator of the year, will also be joining us so plenty in store for Part 2. Sam Taylor and Melody Craigmyle from Almo Professional AV thanks for being with us for Part 1.

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