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Episode 140: Get to Know More About Collaboration, Technology, and the Higher Ed Classroom with X2O Media



This episode is sponsored by and co-designed with: X2O Media

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

Mansour Brek – President at X2O Media

Rob Brinklow – Sales Manager at X2O Media

Tim, Senior Project Supervisor at Rutgers University, joins Corey in this informative discussion about X2O Media and collaboration on the higher education level.

Mansour begins talking about the history of X2O Media – from broadcast beginnings, to focus on working with retail and enterprise markets. He talks about what STRATACACHE has meant for the company, along with Rob’s role. Rob talks about engaging with digital technology and collaborating, Mansour follows up that discussion as well. Tim adds to the discussion in terms of technology and collaboration on Rutgers’ campus.

Mansour talks about a new generation of workers and having a communications scheme – for X2O Media, unified visual communications which he explains. Rob talks about distance learning and similar experiences, adding engagement and motivation to the conversation for either employees or students. Mansour picks up on this too.

Mansour details a project with Harvard University from about 5 years ago, talking about building a virtual classroom, keeping interaction with student and teacher fully natural. It had a large video wall, each student had their own camera, and it employed directional audio. He also details the high cost for the room, and how today those costs have lowered significantly through software and cloud technology. Attendees at InfoComm can see this type of collaboration atmosphere in action, being in the room and remote.

Tim talks with Mansour about the technology as it involves the higher education collaboration classroom, himself being responsible for many rooms across the Rutgers campus.

Corey talks about higher ed, as he worked with colleges and universities in commercial integration sales, and points to similarities that corporate enterprise has to higher education. Rob follows this up with the collaboration piece, and how it has similarities and resonates as well. They also touch on telepresence systems, and how over the years installations have become significantly less, with users achieving even more today through current offerings, as X2O Media provides.

Conversation turns to data visualization and aggregation, as well as engagement as Mansour and Rob discuss this, and Tim also brings perspective from the large university campus side.

Both talk about enterprise and education parallels, and Mansour talks about how major corporations have education campuses as well where X2O Media becomes a larger conversation. “Green” is also brought up in this conversation by Mansour.

Social media becomes the final discussion here in terms of how X2O Media handles this in terms of collaboration and communications strategy, along with engagement. Tim also discusses this from the university side.

There’s discussion at the end about InfoComm 2019, and what to expect when visiting with X2O Media at 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 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 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!