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Episode 88: 9 – Creativity, Content, Videowalls… VIRTULARIUM



Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Michelle Loret, Alan Brawn, Jonathan Brawn, Steve Picanza and JoAnn Arcenal as they welcome their guest:

Jon 9 – CEO at Holonyne and Techno-Shaman at VIRTULARIUM

On June 21, Jon 9 and his team opened the doors to the public for the first time to experience the future of digital art and entertainment – the VIRTULARIUM VIDEOWALL Gallery.

On this extended episode, in the first half you’ll hear Jon and the Crew talk about the VIDEOWALL Gallery, WALLSITE,* “Gabriel 2..0..2..5” videowall movie, along with creative, digital content and the growth of the videowall market.

In the second half, after a brand new segment brought by Steve Picanza (JoAnn gets in on this too), and the return of the Tier PM ‘Hot Jobs’ (AV and IT), Jon takes over the host seat and asks each of the Crew members a (surprise) technology question – starting with a futuristic one for Jonathan. Jon brings visual harmonics discussion in his conversation with Alan, and talks technology and branding with Steve. Corey gets a different kind of question, where he talks about Jon as the Techno-Shaman of the industry.

At the end of the show, Alan, Jonathan (well, he tries) and JoAnn team up to bring ‘The Final Word.’

Sit back, plug in, and listen to the creative videowall technology mastermind behind VIRTULARIUM as we live…

The AV Life.

* WALLSITE – post-digital experiential media delivery system – a 9th generation videowall platform that includes integration of new technologies emerging in the digital space including AI, VR/AR/MR, Deep Learning, Big Data, IoT and more. WALLSITE is available as a service offering through HOLONYNE.


Episode 87: InfoComm 2018 the Vibe, the Viewpoints, Top Picks, and Awards – the Wrap



Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Michelle Loret, Kaleo Lee and Alan Brawn as they welcome their guests:

Cory Schaffer – Director, Systems Solutions Global Enterprise Accounts at QSC
JoAnn Arcenal – Director of Marketing at McCann Systems
Leonard Suskin – Senior System Designer at SPECTRA Audio Design Group

After the introductions, the first subject is introduced – the vibe at InfoComm. Along with the vibe discussion come some very interesting perspectives on the show from the guests and the Crew, including the end user discussion in terms of their attendance at the show. Michelle, who comes from the structured cabling world has some very good adds to this discussion from that viewpoint. Cory, from the manufacturer’s viewpoint, talks about the “less is more” in a very interesting perspective. And a really big shoutout to the women in the industry. There’s talk of the AVIXA Women’s Council Breakfast, and influencers who were leading it. Alan talks about his recap of the show – a very good InfoComm products and solutions outcome discussion. Leonard and Corey add to this too. There’s very good discussion of community here as well.

Next is the “Top Picks” discussion where first Corey discusses his Transformative Top Picks at the show (focused on the First Ten). The guests each talk about their top 3 picks at the show – very good picks for each, and Corey has a discussion based on JoAnn’s top pick, something that he encountered last year (a startup company’s product) which he placed in his Top Picks at the show. The Crew get a pick too. Corey also talks about time he spent with QSC’s founders.

Finally, as InfoComm time is big for awards, the Crew give awards to the guests on the show. Michelle gives Cory (and Brandy Alvarado) a special award, Kaleo presents one to JoAnn that will certainly be appreciated by many across the world, and Corey gives a special one to Leonard – stay tuned for that one. Alan wraps it up with ‘The Final Word.’ 

And – stick around till the end to hear from brand new Crew member Ethan Lee, he’s a host-in-training for when Corey’s ready to retire…

Sit back, plug in, we hope you’ve enjoyed InfoComm 2018 time on the show and just remember two things:

#AVisLife

and make sure you live…

The AV Life.


Episode 85: Return from Hot Vegas: The Evening InfoComm 2018 Exhibitor Show (Part 2)



Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Katye McGregor Bennett, Michelle Loret, Kaleo Lee and Alan Brawn as they welcome their guests:

(In order of appearance – Part 2)

Garth Leach – Director of Marketing at ZeeVee, inc.
Brad Price – Senior Product Manager at Audinate
Loren Shaw – Vice President, Marketing at InFocus Corp.

InfoComm 2018 in Las Vegas – what can we say (no, really)? Another big show, true innovation, outstanding events, and the first time for AVIXA. The exhibitors – we have seven of the many on the evening show (we had four on Part 1 of the evening show, along with eight on the daytime Episode 84).

And we continue… 

Garth Leach starts this one off talking about what ZeeVee did at the show along with what took place at the SDVoE booth as ZeeVee is a part of the Alliance. Kaleo talks about what members of the SDVoE Alliance are doing and what it means for the work that he’s doing at AVCO. Garth also talks about Audinate and what’s taking place with SDVoE and the company, and Brad adds some discussion here too.

Brad continues talking about what Audinate did at InfoComm, Dante, audio networking and working with the SDVoE group. He also talks about showing the Dante Domain Manager, network management software that enables user authentication, role-based security and audit capabilities for Dante networks, while allowing seamless expansion of Dante systems over any network infrastructure. He also adds discussion about their AVIO adapters. Michelle then “sets Brad up” here with a security discussion.

Loren finishes the show discussing “the InFocus of today” as he points to Jupiter, the company acquired by InFocus in late 2015, and talks about the new Jupiter PixelNet 2.0. Then, the discussion in what he refers to as “the traditional collaboration side of the house” turns to InFocus’ new wireless presentation system SimpleShare, and finally the company’s main product line – Mondopad. Loren and Corey have an in-depth discussion about the new products in the line.

All of the guests, including those remaining from Part 1 reveal what they “brought to the table” – Alan talks about an excellent conversation he had with AVIXA COO Heidi Voorhees, and the show closes with the remaining guests answering the question ‘how do you live the AV life?’

Sit back, plug in, and we hope you’ve enjoyed all of the pre- and post-InfoComm 2018 exhibitor shows (with your favorite beverage) while we live…

The AV Life.


Episode 85: Return from Hot Vegas: The Evening InfoComm 2018 Exhibitor Show (Part 1)



Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Katye McGregor Bennett, Michelle Loret, Kaleo Lee and Alan Brawn as they welcome their guests:

(In order of appearance – Part 1)

Chris Fitzsimmons – Product Manager at Biamp Systems 
Lisa Kirtly – President and Co-Founder at Total Channel 
Lauren Simmen – Manager, Marketing at AMETEK Electronic Systems Protection (SurgeX and ESP)
Aurangzeb Kahn – President & CEO at Altia Systems, Inc.

InfoComm 2018 in Las Vegas – what can we say (really)? Another big show, true innovation, outstanding events, and the first time for AVIXA. The exhibitors – we have seven of the many on the evening show (we had eight on the daytime Episode 84).

Chris begins talking about a big award win at the show (literally), as well as discussing new products shown at ISE and InfoComm for Tesira. Brand new for Biamp (shown at InfoComm) is SageView, and Chris details this software for tech and IT managers – along with a brand new product he’s working on. He also talks about Rashid Skaf, his first InfoComm as CEO at Biamp. Alan and Michelle add discussion here.

Next, Lisa talks about starting in the business on the broadcast and integration side, and then moving into manufacturing growing into what Total Channel is today – hardware and software-based digital signage. She details what Total Channel does in terms of product and support, including new features that they introduced at InfoComm (“signage on steroids” as she says). She also details their video wall processor line, showcased at InfoComm this year with a new 4K video wall processor, along with a new IP layer. Alan adds key discussion on digital signage here. 

Chris and Lisa, before they have to go, answer the question about how they live the AV life. Lauren continues with talking about SurgeX large format UPS’s and new products brought to InfoComm. She also talks about a developers area at the booth, allowing them to bring more useful products to the integrators. Alan also adds here, talking about how SurgeX addresses power issues. Michelle adds to the discussion as well. Aurangzeb is next, talking about Altia Systems, the manufacturer of Panacast, and new technology they had built and showcased at InfoComm, to go along with the great level of interest they received at the show. All on the show are impressed as well, and Michelle had a bit of FOMO – you’ll hear about it…

Lauren and Aurangzeb answer that question in Part 2. 

Sit back, plug in and enjoy this Part 1 of the show. 


Episode 73: The Digital Signage Expo Post Show – A Unanimous Game Changer



Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Alan Brawn, Jonathan Brawn and Michelle Loret as they welcome their guests:

Ann Holland – Vice President, Marketing at Brightsign
Tom Mann – EVP, VP of Sales & Operations at 22 Miles
Ken Hosac – VP of IoT Strategy & Business Development at Cradlepoint
Remi Del Mar – Sr. Product Manager – Visual Display Solutions at Epson America

It’s a new season on ‘The AV Life’ (wait till you hear what season it is)! The Digital Signage Expo was an incredible show, and Corey, Alan and Jonathan are back to talk about it with their guests who exhibited there. The show begins with Jonathan talking about DSE, as well as a special moment for Alan who received a very special inaugural award (named after him).

The conversation begins with Remi as she talks about what Epson America did at the show, and how they brought game changing to the table with projection and creating engaging experiences. Alan picks up on the projection conversation here too. Remi also mentions working with Brightsign.

Ann is next also talking about creating experiences in digital signage, and Brightsign as a leader in digital signage media players and CMS. Jonathan and Alan add to the discussion here as well. Tom Mann talks about 22 Miles software wayfinding solution as well as their AR technology. Alan also talks about 22 Miles wayfinding and Michelle refers to a LinkedIn article that Tom wrote (she also reveals something about Corey’s “experience” at DSE). Ken talks about Cradlepoint and what’s considered different from the standard digital signage technology discussion – talking about their products, digital signage, the network and security. Yes, a game changing discussion to go with the rest.

Finally, Michelle and the Crew talk with Ann about the Women of Digital Signage and their very first (sold out) breakfast at the DSE, a conversation you don’t want to miss. And there’s one final question where you’ll hear some great answers from the guests.

Sit back, plug in and get ready for an excellent post-DSE 2018 conversation as we live…

The AV Life.


Episode 71: The Digital Signage Federation: History, Insights, Education and the Forward Movement of the Digital Signage Industry



Join host Corey Moss, Alan Brawn and Michelle Loret as they welcome their guests:

– Brian Gorg: Executive Director at Digital Signage Federation, CEO – Collie Gorg Group Association Management
– Spencer Graham: Vice Chairman at Digital Signage Federation, Business Development Manager at Real Digital Media  
– Wayne Rasor: 2018 At-Large Director at Digital Signage Federation, Director of Digital & Exterior Technology at FASTSIGNS International, Inc. 

On this episode of The AV Life, the Crew talks with their three Board of Directors guests – Brian Gorg who is the Digital Signage Federation’s Executive Director, Spencer Graham who is the Vice Chairman of the DSF and Wayne Rasor, a newer member of the Board.     

Alan Brawn starts it off talking about the DSF and the digital signage industry, where he also points to what the DSF has meant to the industry. Alan brings a digital signage industry historical perspective to this where he equates it to something that needed a real focus to form and function, this in terms of the formation and growth of the organization. Alan was Chairman of the DSF (Rich Ventura, Vice President of Strategy at NEC Display Solutions is is the current Chairman) and he talks about the Federation and the great focus to industry education. 

Spence then talks about being the Vice Chairman of the DSF and his perspective of the digital signage industry over the years. He points out the difference between federation vs. association, along with how this applies to the industry and the Board’s ongoing development. He talks about meeting Alan and his career which began in higher education, where he also talks about the importance of education in the digital signage industry, along with his involvement with the education committee of the DSF.  

Brian talks about the DSF and what it encompasses as a professional society. He gives his perspective on the industry, and discusses honing in on three things: professional development, certifications and standards. He also talks about the international view of thought leaders in the DSF. Alan then expands on this conversation as he discusses the diversity of the digital signage industry. 

Wayne talks about what it has meant to him to be on the DSF Board along with seeing the industry from a very different perspective. He also focuses discussion on educating, and how the DSF is supporting industry education. 

Michelle, being a Pro AV professional, talks about pro AV and asks the guests how more companies can be better informed and educated on how they can bring digital signage, content creation and more to the customers. Wayne, Spence and Alan provide input here.

Discussion of the Digital Signage Expo follows, with more excellent information and insights provided by Alan and the guests (and some of that beverage discussion that Alan and the Crew are known for). Michelle adds in here too.

Sit back, plug in and enjoy the show!


Episode 68: The Return from ISE 2018, the Experiences, and Stories to Tell (Part 2)



Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Alan Brawn, Justin Rexing and Lauren Larson as they welcome their guests:

Richard Ventura – Vice President of Strategy at NEC Display Solutions
Brady Bruce – Chief Marketing Officer at InFocus
Joan Vandermate – Head of Marketing, Business Collaboration Unit at Logitech
Kordon Vaughn – Sr. Director of Product Marketing at Control4

After an electric, record breaking ISE 2018 show, the Crew is back along with guests who have returned from exhibiting at the show in Amsterdam. Alan and Justin have joined Corey and Lauren who were on the Part 1 show to talk with the guests about what their companies did at ISE along with their experiences at the show.

Joan Vandermate begins by talking with the Crew about the new SmartDock Flex.

Kordon Vaughn talks about a few product and news items: Triad One Streaming Amplifier, Pakedge Wireless Router with BakPak Lite and the recent acquisition of Ihiji.

Brady Bruce talks about Jupiter PixelNet 2.0 along with the new range of laser projectors. There’s also very interesting projection and screens discussion here as well brought by Alan.

Rich Ventura begins by talking about NEC’s partnerships and relationships which is always a major discussion for him. NEC brought a range of new technologies including RB Laser to the show and Rich discusses that (along with an award given to NEC). There’s also discussion of what NEC is doing with Raspberry Pi, a must listen.

The show wraps (as in Part 1) with the guests and Crew members talking about what’s upcoming for them and their companies in terms of trade shows and events (including ‘The AV Life’ coming to the DSE).

Sit back, plug in, and we hope you’ve enjoyed all of our coverage of ISE 2018 as we all live…

The AV Life.


Episode 66: Living on the Edge of AV and Exponential Experience



Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Alan Brawn, Justin Rexing and guest member Christina Engh as they welcome their guests:

Kyle Davis – Global Marketing at Harman Professional
Adrian Doughty – National Sales Manager at Nureva 

While ISE 2018 is taking place at the RAI in Amsterdam (Crew members Katye McGregor Bennett, Michelle Loret and Jared Huet are there), Corey, Alan, Justin and Christina are back in the U.S. talking with their guests about some of what is taking place at the show, and much more. 

Toward the beginning, you’ll hear part of an interview Michelle conducted with Shure (focused on their Microflex Complete Wireless system), and later on in the show you’ll hear Corey talk with Katye about some of what she observed at ISE, including discussion about AVIXA’s presence there. 

Kyle begins the guest discussion by talking about Harman (and Samsung), products, and the excitement of where the company is going in 2018. Adrian talks about new products Nureva brought to the show including the brand new Dual HDL300.* Alan then begins with discussion about “2018 as the year for audio visual,” and Justin joins in with perspective of educating the end user.  Corey, Justin, Alan and the guests continue to extend this conversation, talking about industry companies, technologies, integration, the customer –  also talking about the experience. Christina known by many as a drones expert (who has worked with Stampede) brings perspective concerning experience as it alludes to being better educated, which led to education discussion with Alan and Justin who are educators in the industry. 

All then talk about those in PR and marketing (Alan begins by talking about Katye and her role in the industry), and Kyle of course gets deep into the discussion as a global marketer in AV. Corey talks about working with global PR and marketing people in AV as well. There’s also discussion of ways of getting industry information and social media.

Excellent closing comments on this show about AV, education, information and the experience (with of course a closing note from Alan Brawn) so make sure you keep listening for those. 

Sit back, plug in and experience the AV 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 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.