NSCA at InfoComm 2011Where do you go for ideas to improve your company's productivity and learn about new business opportunities? 5/19/2011 6:56 AM Eastern
NSCA at InfoComm 2011
May 19, 2011 10:56 AM
NSCA at InfoComm 2011 Where do you go for ideas to improve your company's productivity and learn about new business opportunities? Stop by the NSCA Zone, booth #543, at InfoComm 2011 to find ideas to save money, review legislation affecting your business, and discover research on up-and-coming industry trends. New this year are quick, free sessions including:
Prevailing Wage for Systems Integrators
Prevailing wage on federally and state-funded jobs can be costly and could be the reason you lost that last job. Many states require you to pay prevailing wage, which can be 10 percent to 40 percent more than normal wages, on these job sites. NSCA can help you understand the wage rates in your state and county, as well as show you how to correctly classify your employees through different SOC codes directly related to the industry.
What Companies Need to Know About Healthcare Reform
There is still a lot of confusion about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) healthcare reform law. Come learn about the latest updates, how to know if you'll be grandfathered in, and the difference between fully insured and self-funded programs. Plus, find options for maintaining your health insurance offerings without breaking the bank and learn how executive medical reimbursement can save you money on medical insurance.
Industry Trends to Watch
Construction trends, economic forecasts, emerging vertical markets—they’re all vital to the future of your business, but who has time to follow and analyze them all? NSCA will present a short summary of the hottest trends in our industry, highlights from the latest research, and economic insights you can turn into profits. Topics may be driven by the audience’s interest each day, but could include Mass Notification & Emergency Communications (MNEC), AV/IT convergence, education market analysis, and more.
While technical skills are essential, our members have realized during this turbulent economy that it's equally important to understand and apply good business tactics and strategies.
NSCA University courses at InfoComm 2011 are designed to improve your business performance, increase profits, and help technical people enhance their business skills. Designed specifically for industry professionals—technicians, installers, managers, owners, consultants, sales reps, designers, and architects—this year’s lineup includes many new sessions, such as:
- Managing Multiple Projects
- The 4-Hour MBA: Mastering the Essentials of Business Management
- Identifying Hidden Costs the Client Won't
- How to Sell Recurring Revenue Panel Discussion
- Managing Your Customers for Future Revenue
- Transforming Your Business to be IT Relevant
- Social Media for Pro AV Dealers
- Improving Staff Productivity
NSCA members can redeem their NSCA Education Credits to save up to 50 percent more on the already affordable NSCA member pricing. Call NSCA at (800) 446-6722 for a credit balance. There’s still time to sign up for NSCA’s industry-specific business classes at InfoComm 2011. Visit www.nscaatinfocomm.org to browse full course descriptions and register today.
Your peers offer unmatched experience and potential partnerships. Renew and forge relationships with other NSCA members in your field during these social events at the show, which are designed to help you build connections with other professionals in the industry.
Annual Member Meeting & Industry Forum
8 to 9 a.m.
Orange County Convention Center, Room W307A
NSCA members are invited to get an early start on the first day of the show at NSCA’s Annual Member Meeting to approve the slate for the NSCA Board of Directors. The event is free, but space is limited registration is required. Call (800) 446-6722 to sign up.
Mass Notification & Emergency Communications (MNEC) Summit
1 to 3 p.m.
Orange County Convention Center, W307A
The 2011 MNEC Summit is designed for manufacturers, consultants, integrators and other industry stakeholders who are involved in paging, fire alarm, life safety, audio evacuation, and the various codes and standards that support these systems. This is a free must-attend opportunity for industry professionals serving the commercial audio and life-safety markets, or looking to grow into these areas. Space is limited, so register today! Visit www.mnec.org to learn more.
Women in NSCA Reception
3 to 4 p.m.
Meet other professional women in the industry during a special reception. Take advantage of this exclusive opportunity to chat with other women in the industry and share tips, ideas, and success stories. Network with those new to the industry as well as veterans to find out what works for them.
NSCA at InfoComm 2011
May 19, 2011 10:56 AM
Member Appreciation Reception
3 to 5 p.m.
NSCA members: Visit the NSCA booth anytime on Wednesday, June 15, during show hours or Thursday, June 16, before 3 p.m. for an NSCA t-shirt and your ticket to the Member Appreciation Reception. Enjoy drinks and the company of your fellow industry professionals as NSCA recognizes 20 of the industry’s up-and-coming Movers & Shakers, the Lifetime Achievement Award winner, and more during this casual networking opportunity.
Industry Charity Concert featuring the Drunk Unkles
9 to 11 p.m.
B.B. King’s Blues Club
Join your peers for blues and booze as industry band the Drunk Unkles rock the house once again. Enjoy some great music, grab a drink, and mingle with your friends in the industry. Proceeds from the event support the NSCA Education Foundation. Stop by the NSCA Zone, booth #543, for your free pass.
Policy to Drive Mass Notification & Emergency Communications Systems
The latest Market Intelligence Briefing (MIB) report, Mass Notification & Emergency Communications Systems Market, from the National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA) identifies the advantages and obstacles that systems integrators and technical/design consultants face as they enter this emerging market. It also shows that policy, regulations, and standards will demand compliance and provide further opportunities for systems integrators to expand their offerings and forge strategic partnerships.
Although life safety and fire alarm integrators have had a stronghold on this market for some time, traditional AV integrators are becoming more engaged and partnering with these firms due to recent changes to the standards for speech intelligibility required by the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code. The 2010 update, commonly referred to as NFPA 72, placed a greater emphasis on the intelligibility of voice messages and visual notification as domestic terrorism fuels the need for heightened public security measures. NSCA’s report shows that the majority of integrators (74 percent) and consultants (67 percent) surveyed have been involved in this market in the last three years, although revenue from it accounted for just 14 percent of the total.
While the revenue may not be a major factor yet, policy is driving the demand for this market. The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 mandates that all educational facilities be capable of immediately notifying all personnel in the case of an emergency. The U.S. Department of Education and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) also regulate initiatives related to Mass Notification & Emergency Communications (MNEC) systems.
The MNEC market goes beyond the one- and two-way emergency communications systems that currently dominate the industry’s applications. MNEC requires integrators and technical/design consultants to interface with a diverse group of professionals, including architects, electricians, engineers, IT consultants, and security managers. Survey respondents noted that the greatest obstacles to this market are the Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs), who are either uninformed or not up-to-date on standards that should be included in specifications.
Growth of this emerging market is fueled by demand for increased emergency notification and life safety applications in public venues. Accordingly, a strong majority (86 percent) of respondents who are currently involved in the market expect demand to increase during the next three years.
NSCA’s quarterly MIBs provide NSCA members with current data on key industry issues complete with statistical results, interpretation, implications, market knowledge, and implementation goals. NSCA members can obtain a free copy of the full report at www.nsca.org/mib.