Bharti and Reliance Jio sign deal to expand Data Network

Bharti and Reliance Jio sign deal to expand Data Network

Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio Infocomm have announced that they have signed an Indefeasible Right to Use (IRU) Agreement, under which Bharti will provide Reliance Jio data capacity on its i2i submarine cable as well as direct access and ultra-fast connectivity to major hubs across Asia-Pacific.

Reliance Jio will utilize a dedicated fibre pair on Bharti Airtel’s i2i submarine cable that connects India and Singapore. It will connect Reliance Jio directly to the world’s major business hubs and ISPs, thereby helping the operator to meet the bandwidth demand and provide ultra-fast data experience to its customers.

This alliance with Bharti Airtel will let Reliance Jio’s continued efforts to rapidly grow and expand both its international and domestic network and infrastructure by building an ecosystem with multiple carriers and service providers.

This partnership will continue to build on the strategic framework and consider other mutual areas of cooperation and development to leverage their respective assets towards offering their customers……See More

InfoComm 2013 highlights Educational Programming

InfoComm 2013 highlights Educational Programming

InfoComm 2013 will feature Innovative Conference and Educational Programming at the annual show taking place in Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida. InfoComm’s audiovisual show will feature a revised InfoComm Opening Reception, Tech Zone Pavilions and InfoComm University sessions.

David Labuskes, Executive Director and CEO, InfoComm said, “In the evolving audiovisual (AV) industry, new possibilities for creative interaction and innovation are constant. All year long, InfoComm strives to keep abreast of those evolutions and offer a nurturing environment for ideas, growth and innovation.  This makes our annual show the place for the entire industry to collaborate, communicate and connect.”

InfoComm 2013 will feature expanded programming from InfoComm University highlighting few topics such as Women in Technology Symposium; Digital Image Content in Live Event Production; Integrating AV Services in an IT Dominated World; Business Leadership Workshop. The show will also include four new digital signage sessions…..See More

InfoComm schedules Future Dates

InfoComm schedules Future Dates

InfoComm has announced its future rotation plans for its annual InfoComm exposition and conference.

 

InfoComm 2013 will be held at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Centre’s West Building, from June 12 to 14. InfoComm 2014 will be held at Las Vegas Convention Center’s North and Central Halls, from June 18 to 20. The show will rotate between the two cities in the same halls in mid-June thereafter through 2019. InfoComm has signed lease agreements with both facilities.

 

“InfoComm exhibitors and attendees have been well accommodated in both Orlando and Las Vegas, and we are pleased to continue our rotation between these great convention cities. Our show has experienced phenomenal growth over the past several years based in large part to the well-run convention centres, large hotel selection and premium entertainment options offered by both of these destinations,” said Jason McGraw, CTS, CAE, Senior Vice-President, Expositions, InfoComm International.

InfoComm University announces Education Programme

InfoComm University announces Education Programme

The InfoComm University, in association with InfoComm International, has announced education programme at Integrate. Held over three days and broken into four segments, the programme includes InfoComm Super Tuesday: Net-Centric AV,Government Industry Conference, The Future of Business Communications Conference and a keynote presentation.

A range of speakers from technical heads of some of the industry’s leading manufacturers, integration and systems experts to end users will cover a wide scope of topics ranging from making audio work well in business applications, updates to the Australian Wireless Audio Group Wireless Spectrum, systems connectivity between HDBaseT, Fibre, Coax or Cat6 and best AV practice.

The keynote will be presented by Scott Wills, CTS-D, CTS-I, Director of International Education and Member Services, who will present the latest facts and lessons learned about the Asia-Pacific region from the newly released 2012 InfoComm Global Market Definition and Strategy Study (MDSS).

“InfoComm International is the leading nonprofit association serving the professional AV communications industry worldwide. Its InfoComm University programme offers New Zealand and Australian professionals a unique opportunity to get hands-on education from leading experts and brings them up to speed on the latest in technology, trends and development, all under a single roof at Integrate,” said Scott Wills, CTS-D, CTS-I, Director of International Education and Member Services, InfoComm International.

ViewSonic adds “Touch” to its Commercial Displays

ViewSonic adds

At InfoComm 2012, ViewSonic has announced a new family of large format, touch-enabled commercial displays, in addition to previewing the latest in cutting-edge signage offerings, including a slim ePoster digital signboard and transparent display technologies.

Gene Ornstead, Director, DTV and Business Development, ViewSonic, said, “This is an exciting time for the digital signage industry. It is not enough anymore for businesses to simply have a display on the wall. They must have well-executed solutions that engage with customers and draw them into their retail environments. Our new interactive large format displays are redefining the possibilities of signage, in a variety of sizes, configurations, and price points, to meet every advertising need.”

InfoComm appoints UK Task Force

InfoComm appoints UK Task Force

The future development of the UK audiovisual industry will be at the top of the agenda for InfoComm’s new UK Task Force. Appointed for a year’s term by the InfoComm International Board of Directors, the UK Task Force will develop, investigate, formally research and address issues affecting the UK audiovisual industry.

 

Greg Jeffreys, President, InfoComm International, said, “The formation of the UK Task Force is a sign that the UK has got to a certain point, maturity and critical mass and we have appointed some key figures to manage and drive that growth locally.”

 

The UK Task Force comprises a diverse mix of industry professionals, including integrators, distributors, manufacturers, end-users and consultants. Chairing the UK Task Force is Frank Sheehan, Director of Technology at independent media and technology consultancy, Visual Acuity.

 

The UK Task Force participants will deliver a webinar on 23rd May highlighting the task force mission, initiatives to promote involvement in a UK survey, and to answer any questions that arise.

 

“I am delighted to be chairing the UK Task Force which specifically will look at how InfoComm defines its membership and how we can add value locally, in addition to the services already offered by InfoComm International which are designed to excite and benefit the industry as well as to widen its appeal to younger and new audiences,” said Sheehan.

InfoComm’s largest Roundtable held

InfoComm’s largest Roundtable held

InfoComm has announced that its latest UK Roundtable was the largest ever held in London. In all, some 40 invited guests attended the event, held at the Manton Studio, Tate Britain on Thursday 26 April.

 

Attendees came from all links in the AV buying chain, and included systems integrators, product distributors, manufacturers, live-events professionals, content creators and end-customers. The event followed a successful Cardiff Roundtable held at the Hilton Cardiff on Thursday, 19 April.

The panel addressed a number of issues, including key technology and business trends and whether the whole notion of ‘AV’ was still relevant to today’s (and tomorrow’s) market. The discussion was moderated by Dan Goldstein, Director of Marketing & Communications at Integrated Systems Europe, co-owned by InfoComm and CEDIA. After the discussion, visitors divided into four tables with one consultant joining each of the tables to debate the issues further and come up with conclusions.

 

Andy Bonehill, CTS-D, Technical Director, Systems Integrator, PAI Group said, “I attended both Cardiff and London roundtable events. I’d like to say what worthwhile and stimulating events regional InfoComm events are and to encourage other members to attend in future as they give a unique insight into industry developments and an unrivalled opportunity to discuss relevant topics with one’s peers!! Certainly I came away from both events with pages of thought provoking notes.”

InfoComm to promote STEP ratings system @ISE 2012

InfoComm to promote STEP ratings system @ISE 2012

InfoComm International is to present the STEP (Sustainable Technology Environments Program) initiative for the encouragement of green technology projects for the first time in Europe at ISE 2012. To promote the STEP rating system, the STEP Foundation was launched at InfoComm 11 in Orlando, FL, with InfoComm and CompTIA as its founding associations.

InfoComm’s Sustainability Officer, Allen Weidman, who also serves as the Executive Director of the STEP Foundation, will be on-hand throughout the show to advise manufacturers, distributors, integrators, consultants and  end-customers as to what role they can play in the advancement of the STEP initiative, and in the design of pilot projects that implement the STEP rating system.

Weidman comments, “Building owners who are serious about having structures that operate in a sustainable manner after the occupation phase should investigate having new properties developed in accordance with STEP. At ISE 2012, we hope to talk to as many different stakeholders as possible, introducing them to the STEP rating system and discussing the possibility of them getting involved with pilot projects. Effective pilot programs are essential to taking the STEP rating system from concept to reality.”

“We know that there are huge numbers of European integrators, consultants and resellers that want to know more about how they can make a contribution to increasing the sustainability of their systems. Integrated Systems  Europe is the perfect place to engage those companies in conversation so that  not only do they become fully involved in STEP, they also learn how they can  use that involvement as a sales tool to gain a competitive advantage in the  market for integration products and services. STEP is not just good for the environment – it’s good for business, too,” Weidman concludes.

Executive Director & CEO – InfoComm International announces Retirement

Executive Director & CEO - InfoComm International announces Retirement 

Randal (Randy) A. Lemke, Ph.D., the Executive Director and CEO of InfoComm International has announced his planned retirement at the end of 2012, capping off 16 years of service to the commercial audiovisual association. 

 

“It has been an honor to serve the needs of such an exciting and innovative industry these past years and it’s with mixed feelings that I leave the wonderful team of professionals and close friends I have made here at InfoComm,” Dr. Lemke said.

 

Dr. Lemke holds board positions, and has been the chairman of, Integrated Systems Events, LLC, and InfoComm Asia PTE, Ltd. He is the founding and current Chairman of the STEP Foundation, a jointly supported foundation composed with other industry associations to bring sustainability to the process of planning, designing, integrating and operating technology systems and reduce long-term environmental impact from technology deployment. He has also served as chief executive of ICIF, InfoComm’s charitable foundation. 

 

Jim Ford, Chairman – Leadership Development Committee & Past President – Board said, “We are proud of Randy’s extraordinary service to InfoComm International. During an economy when many associations are struggling to survive, InfoComm International has enjoyed tremendous growth under Randy’s leadership, quadrupling revenue and expanding our tradeshow presence to 10 shows worldwide.”

 
 

Tony Warner, Board President-Elect. Warner said, “Our search will focus on a visionary leader who will maintain the strength and culture of the Association, while furthering our international presence and continuing to raise the profile of our industry. We will retain an executive search firm by the end of the first quarter of 2012 to conduct an extensive search, and we are confident we will be able to identify the best candidates to meet these requirements. At a later time an announcement will be made calling for any potential candidates to submit their materials to the search firm.”

InfoComm highlights standards in ISE education programme

InfoComm International is throwing the spotlight on the ever-increasing role played by standards in audiovisual system design as part of its Future Trends Summit and its all-new program of sessions for the Education Zone at Integrated Systems Europe 2012. ISE will take place from 31 January to 2 February 2012, featuring 750 exhibitors at the RAI Centre in Amsterdam.

Joe Bocchiaro III, VP, InfoComm’s Standards & Industry Innovations Program said, “Performance standards are new to the AV industry, and their implementation implies a strategy for every firm. This requires attention from both the technical and business perspectives, so in both the Future Trends session and the class I’m leading the following day, the intention will be to explore how our profession can be elevated by standards adoption.”

Greg Jeffreys, President, InfoComm said, “The creation of globally recognised standards is one of the most significant of InfoComm’s achievements in the past few years. They have elevated the status of our industry in the eyes of architectural and other construction industry communities, and have the potential to greatly enhance not just the performance of the typical audiovisual system but the usability of the installation as a whole. We have only just started out on our journey to establishing a set of standards that truly defines everything an AV practitioner does in their daily lives, and ISE gives us a great opportunity to engage with the industry as we seek feedback on future standards development. Without valuable input from our members and the customers they serve, none of our standards would exist today.”