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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 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 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.


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 53: Digital Signage, NYDSW and Some Coffee with the Controversy



Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Alan Brawn, Jonathan Brawn, Justin Rexing and Megan Powers as the welcome their guests:

Rich 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)

Stephanie Gutnik – Director of Business Development at BroadSign

Bryan Meszaros – CEO at OpenEye Global (on a call-in)

This episode is dedicated to one of the great weeks of the year in the digital signage industry – New York Digital Signage Week (NYDSW). Rich and Stephanie join the Crew to talk about the week and what to look forward to, along with other digital signage related discussion.

Sit back, plug in, enjoy a discussion with two well-known executives in the digital signage industry and live…

The AV Life.