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GETTING TO THE HUB OF THINGS

Over a year ago I wrote about Microsoft Surface Hub (Installation magazine, October 2015), and how – delayed shipments aside – the industry expected big things from it. Revolutionary; Game-changer; Next big thing; Fundamental step change: just some of the acclamatory comments made to me about the Hub by those with a stake in its success. Now, more

DISPLAYING SIGNS OF CONVERGENCE

During the opening panel discussion at this year’s Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) trade show in Amsterdam, moderator and Wired UK’s editor-in-chief David Rowan talked about how AV and IT are colliding as a result of today’s rapid technological advancements (in particular sensor technology). “You’re in a very exciting moment of two worlds colliding,” he intoned. “The sensor connected

PULLING IT OUT OF THE HAT

Live events are hot for AV. An increasing number of live performers and broadcasters are looking to AV magic to give their shows that something special, and some of the most innovative – and not necessarily expensive – solutions are giving more permanent installations a run for their money. But installers of fixed projects aren’t resting

CROSSING THE CHASM: ACHIEVING MAINSTREAM SUCCESS IN AN INCREASINGLY IT-CENTRIC WORLD

Historically institutions have considered AV to be a bespoke add-on, tending to utilise it on a limited project-by-project basis. But with recent spikes in demand for both collaborative solutions and more impactful staff/customer communications, pro AV is suddenly big news and the integrator sector is booming. Many of today’s AV solutions include video conferencing or

HITTING THE IT MAINSTREAM

Whilst most institutions have historically viewed AV as a bespoke add-on, utilising it on a limited project-by-project basis, things are beginning to change. Demand for collaborative communication solutions has pushed AV to the top of procurement lists and the sector is booming. At the same time, AV is under pressure from its bigger IT cousin,

DECOMPRESSING DISTRIBUTION

I recently hosted an Installation magazine webinar on the future of AV distribution. Presented by video distribution specialists ZeeVee, the webinar explored how – thanks to 10Gb Ethernet – it’s now possible to send uncompressed 4K video over IP, why AV over IT could be set to replace proprietary AV distribution solutions such as HDBaseT as

4K OWN GOAL?

With the Euros set to kick off at the Stade de France on June 10th, Ultra HD TV and projector manufacturers would be forgiven for anticipating a boost in revenue. However, whilst interest in the flagship sports event is likely to contribute to a spike in UHD viewing device sales in both the consumer and

THE FAST PACE OF CHANGE

During the opening panel discussion of this year’s ISE, IT in AV: Interconnecting for Smart Solutions, discussion moderator and Wired UK’s editor-in-chief David Rowan discussed how AV and IT are colliding in today’s breakneck speeds of technological advancement, and how sensors in particular are bringing the AV and tech worlds together. “If you think AV is

AV SURFS THE RETAIL TECH WAVE

Bigger Boat Chief of Police Rob Lane donned his journo hat to pen a feature on the tech revolution currently sweeping through retail for AV magazine’s AV in Retail Special, bundled with the mag’s Dec/Jan 2015/16 edition. This is an abridged extract; you can read and download a PDF of the full version (including interviews with Unicol and Peerless-AV) here or

PROVIDERS OF AV EXCELLENCE

Bigger Boat Chief of Police Rob Lane donned his journo hat to interview James Shanks, International Managing Director AVI-SPL Limited, for AV magazine’s AV in Corporate supplement, bundled with the mag’s Oct/Nov 2015 edition. This is an abridged extract; you can read the full version here. AVI-SPL designs, builds, integrates, and supports audio-visual and video solution