Monthly Archives: February 2019

Episode 125: Welcome to the Mind Shift IV – IoT, Transformation and Cybersecurity

Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Tim Van Woeart and Spence Graham as they welcome their guests:

Mitchell Klein – Executive Director at Z-Wave Alliance
Joe Way – Director of Multimedia Services at California Baptist University
Mike Shinn – AV Industry Consultant

In this next Welcome to the Mind Shift episode of The AV Life, all discuss the topics – continuously mounting conversation in this ever-growing connected world. You’ll hear IoT, transformation and security discussion from Mitch, who is an Internet of Things (IOT) and Smart Home technology and practice expert, Joe and Tim who work in higher education, Spence who is a digital signage professional and also worked for West Virginia University, and Mike who brings the commercial business perspective. There is data conversation to go with this as well.

In this podcast, the following recent articles and blogs are discussed (passages referenced here):

IoT For All How IoT Drives Enterprise Transformation

– The total number of IoT devices in use around the world has reached 7 billion. This number is forecast to reach around 18 billion by 2022, as most IT decision makers plan to increase their IoT spending, with an average spending increase totaling nearly 18 percent, according to a 451 Research survey report.

ZDNet Why IoT devices pose a bigger cybersecurity risk than most realize

– Unsecured IoT devices provide an easy gateway for criminals looking to get inside a network.

Joe discusses a cybersecurity law signed in California:
Starting on January 1st, 2020, any manufacturer of a device that connects “directly or indirectly” to the internet must equip it with “reasonable” security features, designed to prevent unauthorized access, modification, or information disclosure. If it can be accessed outside a local area network with a password, it needs to either come with a unique password for each device, or force users to set their own password the first time they connect. That means no more generic default credentials for a hacker to guess.

Targeted privacy discussion here too.

Next, Corey talks about tweets about IoT, transfomation, privacy and cybersecurity from a chat #MWC19 #MegaChat that occurred on Tuesday, and all discuss these as well.

Avast blog What risks do IoT security issues pose to businesses? (referring to sabotage and botnets)

– A hacked IoT device will allow the attacker to access its functions. While a coffee-maker might not allow an attacker to do anything more dangerous than brewing a latte, a hacked heating system or machinery can create far more disruption to a business.
– Cybercriminals can bring together huge numbers of infected devices into networks called botnets. These botnets can be used for a variety of things, but they are best known for their use in DDoS attacks.

Finally, as usual it’s time for…

The Firing Range!

VentureBeat Arm unveils security certification testing for IoT devices

– Arm has teamed up with independent test laboratories to certify security for internet of things (IoT) devices, which have proven vulnerable to botnet attacks.

All get together in The Firing Range to give thoughts, opinions and more to this story — a very good first step? Much further to go? Listen in.

Sit back, plug in and welcome again to the mind shift as we live…

The AV Life.

Episode 124: The Firing Range – It’s the GOAT, and Alarming Too (Part 2)

Make sure you listen to Part 1!

Re-join the Crew Corey Moss, Maura Quinn, Tim Van Woeart and Jennifer Gertz and their guests:

Kaleo Lee – Sales Manager – Southwest at BrightSign LLC
Renee Benson – Account Manager – Vertical Sales – Education – NEC Display Solutions
Gabe Moronta – Technical AV Project Manager at Zoom
Harry Meade – Design Engineer
Michael Shinn – AV Industry Consultant

Here we go – it’s time for…

The Firing Range!

Each of the people on the podcast discuss the following article:

Ars Technica: Users alarmed by undisclosed microphone in Nest Security System

Google Nest – what could possibly be the problem?

Umm, well – Google’s Nest smart home brand is in hot water this week after news surfaced (via Daring Fireball) that its home security system, Nest Secure, shipped with an undisclosed microphone. Google activated the microphone earlier this month for Google Assistant functionality, but that meant the device sat in users’ homes for up to a year as an unknown potential listening device.


Unknown potential listening device? Problem? Umm, yeah??

And the data? Oh, if Kym were only here…

Everyone weighed in on whether this is actually a problem, or maybe not so much? Listen in as all gave their thoughts, opinions and judgments – and you can get involved too. This podcast isn’t quite interactive yet, but hey go nuts with it.

And speaking of going nuts, toward the end Gabe and Kaleo may have gone over the line with goats.

Seriously, we just can’t make this stuff up.

Sit back, plug in, don’t be too alarmed – and join us as we live…

The AV Life.

Episode 124: Getting to the Point – Grumps, GIFs and Goals (Part 1)

Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Maura Quinn, Tim Van Woeart and Jennifer Gertz as they welcome their guests:

Kaleo Lee – Sales Manager – Southwest at BrightSign LLC

Renee Benson – Account Manager – Vertical Sales – Education – NEC Display Solutions

Gabe Moronta – Technical AV Project Manager at Zoom

Harry Meade – Design Engineer

Michael Shinn – AV Industry Consultant

We would like to first introduce our new Crew member Jennifer Gertz! Jennifer is an IT person, however she has decided AV is so great that she can’t wait to talk to all of the outstanding AV people that join us on the show!

After some good old (usual) banter – to begin, as the AV industry knows, there’s really only one AV Grump in town — that being @AVGrump Harry Meade. It seems there is a half-mocking outlier in the industry trying to steal his act – and all we have to say to him is…


After Harry (and the rest of the people) put him down, we decided to give a nod to this @AVGrumpy guy anyway and make the first topic a tweet of his:

“We like most of our industry colleagues are fed up with “ we know it all “ attitude; the let’s sell the client what we think he needs.Wake up,smell the coffee & give people what they want, not what makes your pockets bigger”

Each of the guests discuss this, and Tim does too as he is a Senior Project Supervisor at Rutgers University – yes the end user. Excellent discussion here (that would make any grump proud).

Next topic: The AV insiders have become a true GIF generation over the past couple of years – what does this mean for the industry? Will this influence young people to join?

Corey, Maura and Jennifer begin to frame this one, and then all join in with their perspectives. Maura pointed something out concerning overdoing it, and one of the guests may have gotten a bit up in arms about it. Who? Think about it. And then you have Tweetstorms…

Final topic: In your chosen field/position – what do you consider the most exciting part to be? The not so much?

More great discussion and perspectives here, and there’s a “p” word also mentioned – we get to the point of that too.

Enjoy this Part 1, and stay tuned for Part 2 (The Firing Range).

Episode 123: Time to Enter The Firing Range – and you thought the burger was Impossible… (Part 2)

Make sure you listen to Part 1!

Join the Crew and their guests, as it’s time to enter in a whole new way (thanks to Kym) into:

The Firing Range!

The subject: 6 International Delicacies You’ll Find at L.A.’s Disgusting Food Museum

The Crew and the guests break into teams headed up by Corey and Kym to talk about these disgusting delicacies, however Kym has thrown a bit of a twist into this one, unlike the regular Firing Range contests. Each team member must decide on which item they would likely eat, and which they would only give to their worst enemy to try.

Who wins? Actually it was supposed to be what wins as that was really the point here, however the last to go chooses a selection totally off this menu as their food item of choice – and one of the guests truly goes ballistic about it. Yep, Kym knew she’d be starting something that ultimately would lead to this…

Dumpster fire.

There’s NonComm talk here too, and why not – it is the show about anything and everything with people flying in from everywhere. ISE and InfoComm eat your heart out.

At least all’s well that ended well (or something like that).

Sit back, plug in, play along and enjoy the full-effect dumpster fire as this episode progressed while we live…

The AV Life.

Episode 123: Talking Women in AV/Tier PM ‘Creating a Community’ and NonCommEMEA (Part 1)

Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Kym Frank, Maura Quinn and Tim Van Woeart as they welcome their guests:

Spence Graham – Business Development Manager at Real Digital Media and Chairman of the Digital Signage Federation
Jennifer Willard – President at J Technology Solutions, Inc.
John Greene – Vice President of Sales and Marketing at New Era Technology
Art Danner – System Sales Specialist at AVI Systems
Gabe Moronta – Technical AV Product Manager – PSO at Zoom Video Communications

After the usual Crew and guest banter, the show begins with an outstanding conversation driven by Maura and Jennifer about ‘WAVEcast: The WAVE Career Pledge’ – the AV Nation podcast hosted by Jennifer where Maura was her guest. The synopsis:

TierPM and Women in AV come together to announce a new initiative to assist women in finding a career path in the AV industry.

The guests and Crew get involved in the conversation begun by Maura and Jennifer, especially John and Kym – she is the President at Geopath, and looks to find out how she can possibly become a part of this initiative as well. John mentions one of his employees who had participated in a panel with two CIO’s, and how she had the true practical knowledge, as well as the experience to be involved. Corey talks about knowing her, and the drive she has to succeed in such a scenario. Spence also talks about the Women of Digital Signage, and the Geri Wolff Scholarship in the digital signage industry which recognizes a woman in the technical field. Marika Aquino, Managing Partner of Tier PM and a well-known AV and IT professional, is also mentioned here for her industry involvement. Jennifer points to the professional resources brought through Tier PM in this initiative, and how women’s groups and scholarships in the industry carry so much importance.

Essentially, the message here about the way being paved for women to take a true stake in AV and adjacent tech markets, through many of these efforts.

And then…

Next, a whole different subject – that being ISE… and NonCommEMEA. There’s some ISE talk, and then Art, who is the founder of NonComm (last year’s landslide event around InfoComm time), talks about the big show coming in March. Art’s co-founder Harry Meade was invited to be on, however according to Art, Harry flew to the trade show site to check on things (and meet with Giancarlo their European intern – who replaced that guy who almost singlehandedly brought down NonComm last year). Corey talks with Art and Gabe about a NonComm podcast last year that was co-hosted by Michelle Loret – one that Art was a little bit late for (and Gabe had to worry about being found participating). And – if you’re familiar with the Tweetstorm that recently took place in the industry, one actually began on this podcast – and Art talks about big plans for one at NonCommEMEA.

Do AVIXA and CEDIA know that their major industry show in February is just the preview for the really big show in March? Is there a website? Do we know what kinds of food selections will be available? Which is the premium suite to be had? Is there quality swag? Will we ever make our way back to civilization?

And who exactly is that AV industry celebrity calling in to this show?

The answers to these questions, and more are addressed here… in Part 1.

The AV Life Special – Michelle Loret checks in from Amsterdam with some Vibe and News

Michelle Loret joins Corey Moss and Tim Van Woeart from Amsterdam on this special episode to talk about the vibe in the city for ISE (taking place the 5th through the 8th), and at Pllek where Utelogy held their Machete Club event – and announced some big news.

Here is the news:

Utelogy Corporation Continues Transformation with Appointment of Kevin Morrison as CEO

An excellent conversation with Michelle, as she also has tech discussion with Tim (Senior Project Supervisor at Rutgers University) from the higher ed end user side. Corey talks with Michelle about this being her second year covering ISE for Convergent AV, and what she’s planning and looking forward to.

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

The AV Life.