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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 127: Women in AV and Tech Unite! (Reissued)



Sponsored by Tier PM, with an intro by host Maura Quinn.

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

Alex Crabb – Senior Vice President at Caster Communications
Michelle Loret – Senior Account Executive at Utelogy
Danielle Karr – Architect and Designer Program Manager at Control4
Renee Benson – Account Manager – Vertical Sales – Education – NEC Display Solutions of America
Laura Shubel – PR Account Executive at Caster Communications

Corey begins the show by talking with Maura about an interview he did with her on the ‘AV People Talk’ podcast for International Women’s Day, and after the discussion he turns the host seat over to her for the first half of the show as she talks with the guests, as well as Jennifer about women in AV, tech and business. You’ll hear conversation about negotiating, role playing, professional development, mentoring and more. There’s also discussion of the TierPM partnership with Women in AV, and their combined career initiative.

After this discussion, Corey talks with the guests about how they got into the industry, along with their career up to now. And then someone drops mention of AV as a Service…

Finally the guests give advice, including in terms of their own roles, about getting into as well as succeeding in the industry.

Maura then gives her closing thoughts for the show.

Sit back, plug in and listen to these incredible women in the AV and tech industry as we live…

The AV Life.


Episode 106: Rayva Home Theaters – an Entirely New Approach to Home Entertainment Design and Engineering



This episode is sponsored by: Rayva Home Theaters

Join the Crew host Katye McGregor Bennett and Corey Moss as they welcome their guests:

Vincent Bruno – Chief Executive Officer at Rayva Home Theaters

George Walter – President at Rayva Home Theaters

Listen to this in-depth conversation with Vin (who became Rayva’s CEO in August), and George about Rayva’s unique approach to home theater design and specification, technologies, and how they work with AV integrators. 

George talks about Rayva’s beginnings, the business plan, vision, and how every opportunity from the start became a “project” – though George talks about home theater as a product, not a project, along with selling the experience.  

Katye asks about the home theater environment and market segments, George also adds who some of the drivers are. Vin also talks about streaming content, and the difference that a Rayva home theater system makes. Katye also mentions the gaming experience – George talks about the immersive, and the huge opportunities in this category. Vin talks about how the Rayva Theater is properly acoustically developed, perfect for the immersive experience necessary for a gaming environment. 

George and Vin talk about the Rayva Configurator and Build Book – maximizing design along with profits for the integrator, while delivering the best experience for the client. They also talk about utilizing developed CEDIA expert best practices to properly pre-engineer the room. They also discuss industry manufacturers, and how the customer can choose from these companies’ products and solutions for their home theater technology bundle. There’s a way for the client to take a VR “virtual walkthrough” of their overall theater room. George then discusses how this makes it simple for the dealer/integrator to install the system. 

Katye has George and Vin talk about Rayva’s founder Theo Kalomirakis, and his well-known theater design background. George and Vin also talk about Rayva’s support. Katye talks about a home designer, who discussed the home theater as an “escape room” for her and the family to retreat to. 

Katye finally asks about how Rayva will be expanding across the U.S., and what else is next. 

Sit back, plug in and listen to this discussion about experiencing the Rayva difference. 


Episode 94: The Road to CEDIA Expo 2018 – A Focus on Trade Show, Experiences and Partnerships



Join the Crew host Katye McGregor Bennett and Corey Moss as they welcome their guests:

Tim Sinnaeve – Managing Director at Barco Residential
Robert Keeler – Vice President of Sales at Stewart Filmscreen
Nader Dajani – Head of Business Development at JStar LLC (Josh.ai)
Bryce Nordstrand – Chief Sales Officer at Access Networks
Matt Montgomery – President at Tym Smart Homes and Home Theaters
Allen Tremble – CEO at Acoustic Evolution

Katye and Corey begin The AV Life coverage of CEDIA Expo 2018 with six guests – manufacturers and integrators – who talk about their companies, the show, “the experience” and partnerships.

Each of the manufacturers discuss what they’ll be doing at the show, how they focus on the experience, the importance of partnerships and education – perspectives that fully round out this episode. Each of the integrators follow suit in terms of the experience for the end user, along with relationships which include education. Each will also talk about what they’re looking out for at the show.

Terrific insights on this episode brought by all of the guests, including one that focuses on the integrator — or should we say the former integrator…?

And a new Crew member has been recruited. Katye refers to it as trapped. Find out who it is.

Sit back, plug in, and join us on this first ride on the road to CEDIA Expo 2018 as we live…

The AV Life.


Episode 92: Shared_Studios – Extraordinary AV and Human Experiences Around the World



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

Amar Bakshi – Creator, Founder and Creative Director of Shared_Studios

Jake Levin – COO at Shared_Studios

Stefano Chinosi – Director of Strategic Innovation at Andover Public Schools (Greater Boston area) and Shared_Studios Portal_Curator

Lewis Lee – Milwaukee_Portal and Chicago_Portal Curator at Shared_Studios

 
Join the Crew for this very special discussion with Amar (who is in Washington, DC) and his team: Jake – who is calling in from Iraq, Stefano (Steve) – who is calling in from the road in Connecticut, and Lewis – who is calling in from a Portal location at Lalapalooza in Chicago. Hear their stories, what Shared_Studios means to them, as well as how the Portals experience has changed and enhanced their lives.

After the Hot Jobs, Amanda (who is in Oregon) talks about Biamp Systems’ work with Shared_Studios (Biamp Devio is the Portal audio solution), as well as her relationship with them and just what it means for her. Their relationship is also highlighted in this story: 

Biamp Systems Devio is the Chosen Audio Solution for Shared_Studios Portals Around the World – Both Create a One-of-a-Kind Collaboration Experience at TIDE 2018

Listen to the Crew – Corey in Virginia, Michelle in Texas and Kaleo in Hawaii – and their thoughts as well.

Portals exist around the world:

Cuba
Jordan
Germany
Honduras
India
Iraq
Iran
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Mexico
Myanmar
Palestine
Rwanda
South Korea
Spain
United Kingdom
United States

Portals are run by diverse Portal_Curators. Together, they form a trusted, global community of people who program dialogues, classes and events, lead local outreach and provide live language interpretation. 

Here is the Shared_Studios Team – Management, Portal_Curators, Advisors, Artists in Residence and Portal_Ambassadors: https://www.sharedstudios.com/team/

Sit back, plug in, find out all about Shared_Studios and the incredible things they do as we live…

The AV Life.


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 74: Time, Technology and Data – Factoring the Future of AV (Part 2)



Make sure you listen to Part One!

This episode is sponsored by Holonyne

Join the Crew Corey Moss, Katye McGregor Bennett, Michelle Loret, (new member) Brittney Lanni, and guest host Jon 9 – CEO at Holonyne Corporation and Executive Director of VIRTULARIUM as they welcome their guests:

Rich Ventura – Vice President of Strategy at NEC Display Solutions
Randy Pagnan  – President at rp Visual Solutions (on call-in)
Brandy Alvarado – Marketing and Business Development Manager at rp Visual Solutions
Cynthia Austwick – Account Manager at Green Hippo Media Technologies, Inc.

Jon picks up the conversation with Randy and Brandy and talks about something that rp Visual Solutions displayed at the Digital Signage Expo (DSE) which Jon created the content for, and Brandy details and highlights it. Randy talks about platform and growing up in an age of information, this to go with processing data, the control room space, video walls and current enhanced data visualization capabilities. Rich also talks about the statement of content being king, referring here to data being the new currency – driving sales, delivering ROI and more, along with looking “beyond the screen.” Randy talks further about data and visualization, and Jon also puts a new spin on the content statement. Rich further expands on the data discussion here, to go along with privacy.

Jon then refers to “the attention economy” and how technology is evolving faster than society and culture has evolved to deal with it. Brittney expands on this, also talking about data, tools, visualization, time – and customer experience. Rich talks about Kroeger grocery stores (who were nominated for an APEX award at the DSE) compared to other grocery chains in terms of how they use sensors, data, content and more to drive the experience.

Finally, Jon gives a list of six emerging technologies, and asks each person to comment if these technologies are playing a role in their work and personal life. Listen to these excellent responses, which also follow along with the show’s theme.

Sit back, plug in and we hope you enjoy this look at time, technology, data – factoring the future of AV as we live…

The AV Life.


Episode 74: Time, Technology and Data – Factoring the Future of AV (Part 1)



This episode is sponsored by Holonyne

Join the Crew Corey Moss, Katye McGregor Bennett, Michelle Loret, (new member) Brittney Lanni, and guest host Jon 9 – CEO at Holonyne Corporation and Executive Director of VIRTULARIUM as they welcome their guests:

Rich Ventura – Vice President of Strategy at NEC Display Solutions
Randy Pagnan  – President at rp Visual Solutions (on call-in)
Brandy Alvarado – Marketing and Business Development Manager at rp Visual Solutions
Cynthia Austwick – Account Manager at Green Hippo Media Technologies, Inc.

It’s the return of Jon 9 (who first appeared in VIRTULARIUM – ‘The AV Life’ Episode 39), and in a big way as he guest hosts this show which he also co-produced. After the usual show opener Jon takes the host seat, introduces the guests and begins by posing three statements to the guests (and the Crew) concerning time.

Rich talks about looking at what we’re trying to accomplish while delivering value, going “beyond the screen” and focusing on change over time. Brandy talks about marketing perspective and how time is crucial in terms of grabbing attention with the message and marketing strategy. Cynthia gives her thoughts on the subject talking about how the creative process is shifting in terms of time and expectations. Jon asks Randy about manufacturing physical things (as opposed to digital), and Randy talks about the cost actually being time, where the client many times “wants it now” and how that adds certain pressures.

Katye talks about demands on time and expectations, and how focus and communications can be affected, also relating to social media. Brittney talks about production/content creation time, to go along with human processing time concerning communications – and Jon also asks Brittney about her work being affected by social media technologies. Corey talks about being in two worlds of AV – the sales world (in the past) as well as the media world, time and some of the challenges that have gone with them. Then Michelle gives her take on time in relation to expectation and “perfection.”

Jon then brings up the topic of technology platform and the approach, along with the rate of technological change, how it relates to time. Rich talks about big data analytics, retail, DOOH, as well top technologies that retailers will be utilizing. He discusses time and optimization – and also talks about what to look forward to in terms of technology, personalization and engagement by 2020 (no matter the market). Jon asks Cynthia to talk about Green Hippo’s new generation of Hippotizer media server technology and how it relates to being more of a platform in a box. Cynthia also talks about interpreting data. Jon then asks Cynthia to talk about working with 3D models and virtual mapping on to them, she also talks about real-time content manipulation.

Sit back, plug in and enjoy Part One.


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!