Monthly Archives: January 2018

Episode 65: A Great Time Talking with the Executives of ISE 2018



Join host Katye McGregor Bennett and Corey Moss as they welcome:

Mike Blackman – Managing Director at Integrated Systems Events
Dave Labuskes – Chief Executive Officer at AVIXA
Dave Pedigo – Vice President, Emerging Technologies at CEDIA

On ‘The AV Life’ you know we always like to have a great informative, as well as fun discussion with the guests. And this show truly delivered on both levels.

Mike Blackman starts off talking about the following –

ISE by the numbers
Some of what’s to look forward to at ISE 2018:
TIDE
Smart Building and Opening Keynote
XR Summit
Audio Forum
Education and certification (AVIXA and CEDIA)
Opening Reception and networking
Parties and events
World Masters of Projection Mapping

Dave Labuskes is next as he talks about –

The introduction of AVIXA to ISE and his thoughts about the industry
AVIXA presence:
The booth and what you’ll find there (including the coffee bar)
Growth of the industry
The party
AVIXA staff and membership
TIDE
Conferences on Tuesday
Tuesday classes (and ISE Superpass)
Flashtrack sessions
Partnering with the AV Users Group

Dave Pedigo, last but of course not least talks about –

Education at the show:
The different types of classes
Some of the educators
Other topics of discussion – blockchain, IoT
Growing the industry
Best Practices
Healthcare technology
Reception

An overall excellent discussion of ISE 2018 by the executives – and some humor on this show? How about more than some? Yes, the executives, as they will point out, like to have a good time to go along with the trade show. And of course, the beers.

Sit back, plug in, and experience this very special episode as we live…

The AV Life.


Episode 64: Getting Together to Talk on the Road to AV Utopia – ISE 2018 (Part 2)



Make sure you listen to Part 1!

Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Katye McGregor Bennett, Alan Brawn, Jonathan Brawn, Michelle Loret and guest Crew member Paul Zielie as they welcome their guests:

Brady Bruce – Chief Marketing Office at InFocus
Joseph Chordas – Vice President, North American Sales and Marketing at ZeeVee
David Schweer – Director Product Marketing at Prysm
Greg Mattson – Control Product Manager at QSC

We begin the conversation talking beers, and each of the Crew and guests tell what they’ve brought to this one – beginning with The AV Life craft beermeisters the Brawns of course. The exhibitor discussion begins with Brady Bruce talking about the just announced Jupiter PixelNet 2.0 distributed display wall system (update to the award-winning Jupiter PixelNet solution), as well as talking about major announcements concerning projectors, Mondopad and ConX Cloud. Joe Chordas talks about ZeeVee, a manufacturer that has gained prominence in the industry in AV over IP, hiring on a new marketing executive, along with the company celebrating their 10th year bringing their AVoIP solution. Joe also talks about being one of the founding members of the SDVoE Alliance, and looking forward to discussing the Alliance it at ISE. Michelle talks about ZeeVee, and Alan talks about expanding communication paths and the experience, along with getting on board with AVoIP. Joe joins in too, Jonathan and Brady cap off this discussion. 

Greg Mattson talks about QSC Q-SYS Core DSPs and control, the sub-segment of the company which he is responsible for, along with discussing adopting more IT standards and adapting, as is continuous conversation in the industry. Michelle then challenges Greg with a question, which then turns into a very good and insightful conversation about real-time OS, dedicated hardware, networks, and more with Paul, Greg, Michelle and Brady. Listen in to this one. 

David Schweer then discusses visual collaboration at Prysm, their software platform and moving away from proprietary hardware along with supporting other’s interactive display hardware. He also talks about IT being driven by end users, bring your own device and not being a “closed shop.”

There’s ISE discussion brought by the guests of course – Brady talks about what to look for with Canvas, MondoPad and Catalyst (and some major projector discussion too), followed by Joe Chordas discussing new ZeeVee AV distribution products, along wth solutions for medical, David Schweer talks about solutions as well as sessions that Prysm will be participating in (two that he is doing – one about “the meeting”), and Greg talks about booth tours and presentations, he will be doing those on control offerings – followed by a final tech conversation about Python, Lua and JavaScript. and a closing thought from Alan Brawn. 

And beer talk? Of course, we’re headed for Amsterdam!

We hope you enjoy this AV/IT journey to the industry’s biggest show of the year – sit back, plug in, and get on board while we live…

The AV Life.


Episode 64: Getting Together to Talk on the Road to AV Utopia – ISE 2018 (Part 1)



Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Katye McGregor Bennett and new member Michelle Loret as they welcome their guests:

Richard Ventura – Vice President of Strategy at NEC Display Solutions
Michael Vanderheeren – Product Line Manager ClickShare at Barco
Peter Herr –  Associate Director, Global Marketing, Systems Group at Shure
Tim Stone – VP Global Revenue Marketing at Polycom
Adrian Doughty – National Sales Manager at Nureva
Bob Sharp – VP Global Business Development at Utelogy

Corey, Katye and brand new Crew member Michelle Loret are joined on this pre-ISE 2018 show by well known AV industry companies providing products and solutions in various categories – projectors, displays and digital signage, wireless presentation, high end wireless microphone systems, enterprise voice and collaboration, visual collaboration and advanced audio conferencing, and a software-defined platform to control, manage and analyze the enterprise.

Each of the geusts talk about their companies, along with products and solutions, some brand new, that they’re bringing to ISE. Bob Sharp talks about the Utelogy software-defined control platform, which has increased in visibility in the industry being a true software solution, this along with a conversation of playing more on “IT’s terms.” Peter Herr is next talking about the new P300 IntelliMix Audio Conferencing Processor and Microflex Advanced ceiling and table array microphones. He then talks about Axient Digital, which drew major reviews at InfoComm 2017. Rich Ventura talks about some of NEC Display’s solutions (including a discussion of Raspberry Pi which was brought to InfoComm 2017), C-Series commercial grade displays with an attractive price point, along with the RB Laser Cinema projector. The Crew also congratulate Rich on being re-elected as the Chairman of the Digital Signage Federation which he also talks about.

Michael Vanderheeren gives a small preview of the UniSee video wall product, and then talks all about ClickShare which is coming to ISE in a celebration of its 5th year on the market as a leading wireless presentation product. Michael also gives a preview of an excellent special promotion that Barco will be holding at the stand. Adrian Doughty talks about the Nureva visual collaboration solution, Span software and HDL300 audio conferencing system as the company looks to advance creative collaboration and digital transformation for the enterprise. Tim Stone talks about what Polycom is offering in terms of “human to human collaboration” and the user experience with their products and solutions, including Trio and Pano, as well as their ecosystem play.

Next the guests get a little deeper into the ISE 2018 discussion, what they will be doing there, along with excellent conversations, perspectives and insights from each of them. Of course as always there’s some of the beer talk, and this discussion about a scooter…

Relax, plug in, and hop aboard as we head down the road to ISE 2018 while we live…

The AV Life.


Episode 63: The Leadership Series (# 2): Leaders in the Digital Signage World



Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Katye McGregor Bennett, Jonathan Brawn, Justin Rexing and Lauren Larson as they welcome their guests:

Richard Ventura – Vice President of Strategy at NEC Display Solutions of America, Inc. and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Digital Signage Federation (DSF)
Alan Brawn – Principal at Brawn Consulting
Andrea Varrone – Show Director – Digital Signage Expo
Stephanie Gutnik – Vice President, Business Development at Broadsign

All begin the show talking about the Digital Signage Federation (DSF), for which Rich is the Chairman, and Alan announces recent additions to the Board, including one person who is on this show. Alan expounds on the DSF as former chairman as well as being a long time educator, and later Rich has a special announcement where Alan’s long time involvement is concerned. Stephanie talks about the DSF and her involvement now within the organization.

Andrea then talks about the Women of Digital Signage group, Katye, Alan and Stephanie also add to the discussion. Stephanie begins discussion about what’s happening at Broadsign, talking about a focus on sales tools and additions to their tech stack for 2018. She also talks about where the AV industry is going concerning digital signage, and Lauren adds to the discussion being from the commercial AV side. Rich then talks about the DSF, the digital signage industry, NEC and also follows up on AV, digital signage and display perspective. There’s some “connected” discussion here too.

Rich starts the trade show talk with ISE 2018 and the technologies there, as well as how he’ll be getting around the show. In the midway there’s the beer talk, and we also find out who our designated podcaster is. We also talk about a hall of fame induction – you do have to hear this discussion. Rich also makes that special announcement here.

We turn to Andrea who discusses this award as well as industry support, and then DSE 2018, as she briefly discusses the show and what will be taking place there – and more to come on The AV Life prior to the show. Stick around as Alan closes up with some important commentary on digital signage including content, analytics, IoT, the DSE, DSF and the Digital Signage Experts Group.

Sit back, plug in and enjoy this show with leaders in the digital signage industry as we live…

The AV Life.


Episode 62: Recapping CES 2018 with Some of the Experts (Part 2)



Join host Katye McGregor Bennett, Corey Moss and Jonathan Brawn as they welcome their guests:

Gordon Van Zuiden – Founder at cyberManor, Inc.
John Sciacca – Partner, Custom Theater & Audio, Contributing Technical Editor for Sound and Communications, and Technical Reviewer/Blogger for Residential Systems
Robert Keeler – Vice President of Residential Sales at Stewart Filmscreen
David Susilo – Technical Writer at WiFiHiFi Canada, Audio Video Calibrator and Sr. Executive Consultant at Update TV & Stereo
Mike Maniscalco – Co-founder, Ihiji

Robert Keeler begins part two by talking about displays and screens and how impressed he was with some of what he had seen there. He discusses the opportunity in terms of being there for networking, solidifying relationships and more. Katye also asks him for his thoughts about the large screen experience in 2018. Rob also has a little WiFi trouble on this show, you just need to hear it.

David Susilo brings perspective on the show as an audio video expert, talking about how this is a different CES for him this year. He focuses discussion on 8K, as well as Samsung’s ‘The Wall’ 146″ TV. He also talks about the power outage at the show with a unique perspective. Then he talks about programming a macro for Alexa – another one you have to hear.

Jonathan Brawn then joins as a guest to pick up discussion about Samsung at CES talking about interconnection, SmartThings, the Family Hub intelligent refrigerator – along with ‘The Wall’ and 8K, AI-based upscaling.

We hope you enjoy this CES 2018 overview show with some of the experts, and join us as we live…

The AV Life.


Episode 62: Recapping CES 2018 with Some of the Experts (Part 1)



Join host Katye McGregor Bennett, Corey Moss and Jonathan Brawn as they welcome their guests:

Gordon Van Zuiden – Founder at cyberManor, Inc.
John Sciacca – Partner, Custom Theater & Audio, Contributing Technical Editor for Sound and Communications, and Technical Reviewer/Blogger for Residential Systems
Robert Keeler – Vice President of Residential Sales at Stewart Filmscreen
David Susilo – Technical Writer at WiFiHiFi Canada, Audio Video Calibrator and Sr. Executive Consultant at Update TV & Stereo
Mike Maniscalco – Co-founder, Ihiji

Gordon starts off talking about going to CES vs. other trade shows in the industry, and understanding what’s going on outside of audio & video entertainment and lighting control for the home. His focus is on intelligence in the kitchen and bath space, and he expands on that here including some of the brands and technologies he saw at the show.

John picks up discussing the voice control market, along with how Google messaging almost “took over” the show to get their name bigger in the game now. He also talks about his work with voice control and some of the expectations in the market. John also talks about the CES blackout.

Mike talks about how CES brings together many people from many different industries, and how the geek in him drives him to be at the show. He also gives his perspective on the kitchen and how it’s now a centerpoint of the home. Mike discusses artificial intelligence, machine learning and contextual awareness as well.

Corey finishes here talking about the Kodak KashMiner, their own bitcoin miner, something that generated a lot of discussion at, and outside of the show. He also talks about Onething Cloud along with blockchain technology that was introduced at CES. Onething Cloud won Most Popular Product at the show.

Sit back, plug in and enjoy part one!


Episode 61: Meet Some of the Great AVIXA Women, Hear About Groups, Events, and How You Can Get Involved Too



Join the Crew Corey Moss, Katye McGregor Bennett and Megan Powers as they are joined by women of the AV industry who are AVIXA Women:

Cory Schaeffer (So Cal), Brandy Alvarado (So Cal), Jennifer Davis (Atlanta), Christy Ricketts (Dallas), Mary Cook (Atlanta), Gina Sansivero (NY), Alexis LaBrois (DC), Christa Bender (PA), Lauren Larson (Dallas/Houston), Dayna Baumann (NY), Amanda Boyer – Sr Director of Member Services at AVIXA (and Council Staff Liaison). 

Hear about how Brandy and Cory started the Women of InfoComm Southern California group in early 2016, and Amanda talks about AVIXA, the AVIXA Women’s Council and her role, as well as interacting and coordinating with regional groups.

You’ll hear from each of the participants about the groups that they head up in their regions, events from 2017, meetings and events upcoming in 2018 and more.

Enjoy this very special show and live The AV Life!


Episode 60: Kicking Off the New Year with Video, Collaboration, Podcasting and More



Join the Crew Corey Moss, Katye McGregor Bennett and new member Jared Huet as they kick off the new year and welcome their guests:

Derek Pando – Product Marketer and International Growth at Zoom
Tammy Jackson – Vice President Marketing & Communications at Sonic Foundry (on call-in)

After a brief 2017 shows interlude (and some of the usual banter – including re-announcing the Holiday Show prize winners), Corey, after talking about some industry news, begins discussion with Tammy about Sonic Foundry Mediasite – the platform and trends including active classroom/active learning in higher ed, conversations with people at Sonic Foundry – one recently about Wainhouse Research and adoption of video streaming in the healthcare industry, and higher ed lecture capture and video management use case. Tammy also adds her view in terms of trends in video for 2018.

Corey, a Zoom videoconference user and podcaster for several years now, then begins discussion with Derek talking about Zoom, the leading videoconferencing platform, and also talks about CEO Eric Yuan and his customer happiness approach. Derek talks about a partnership and Zoom’s accelerated growth including opening new global offices. Jared, whose company Curago Technologies in Dublin, Ireland is a Zoom reseller and integrator, then talks to Derek about Zoom user growth as well as Zoom Rooms and the great benefit of the ease of use. He also talks about Zoom Rooms, iPads, and Zoom comparison to using Skype for Business. Corey then discusses Zoom partnerships with Derek, and Jared talks about some features as well as integrator recurring revenue.

Katye then gives her thoughts about Zoom as a user along with being Corey’s podcast partner since Jan. 2016 using Zoom as the platform. Derek wrote a blog about Zoom and podcasting and Corey and Katye discuss this with him. He talks about some of the podcast shows that use Zoom as well as finding out about some of the equipment that they use.

There’s videoconferencing and collaboration trends discussion here too. Sit back, plug in and enjoy the first episode of 2018!