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Q&A with Guy Noerr, MagicWig Productions 

Brad Grimes

Guy Noerr is president and co-owner of MagicWig Productions, an AV company specializing in meetings, events, and video production. MagicWig also makes its own documentaries, a side business that help drive its thinking on sustainability....

Digital Signage Goes Service-Based 

Brad Grimes

If last month's Digital Signage Expo in Las Vegas is any indication, 2009 may be the year of managed services in this exploding AV category. Sifting through the show's major pre-announcements, it was clear Software as a Service (SaaS)?by which client and integrator need not worry about enterprise software licenses, servers, setup, and management?is becoming a popular way to roll out signage systems quickly and cost-effectively....

Introducing LEED 09 

Brad Grimes

Next month, with the economy almost certainly still gripped by recession and AV professionals doing their best to differentiate and promote their services, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) will release the newest version of its benchmark Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system....

Inside the National Audiovisual Conservation Center 

Linda Seid Frembes

Deep in a bunker built into a mountainside in Culpepper, Va., sits what could be described as an AV enthusiast's ultimate destination. Housed in a former Federal Reserve building, the Library of Congress' new National Audiovisual Conservation Center (NAVCC) contains an inventory of more than 6 million pieces of historical AV, including 1.2 million moving images, 3 million sound recordings, and 1.5 million related manuscripts; some dating to the late 1800s....

CES '09: Where the Green Year Began 

Pete Putman, CTS, ISF

gadgets and technology demonstrations. But capital investment into new technologies has dwindled as manufacturers try rebates and aggressive price-cutting to stimulate sales. Despite the doom and gloom, demonstrations of energy efficiency were seen in countless booths, ranging from new LCD and plasma TV designs to low-power projections systems....

Sustainable Products: Shades of Green 

Dan Tynan

Want to save the world one AV install at a time? As more electronics manufacturers realize the benefits of going green, there are an increasing number of products that can help you do just that....

Hurray for Dollywood 

David Essex

When the folks at Dollywood, the theme park of singer Dolly Parton, got the idea to convert a 100-seat theater from 70mm film to digital?and add 3D to boot?it seemed fairly logical. Such outsized ambition isn't surprising when it's associated with a star known for dreaming big....

The Green AV Movement Builds 

Linda Seid Frembes

Green is good. New efforts to reduce, reuse, and recycle in stores, homes, and offices have many of us feeling like we're saving the polar ice caps one reusable shopping bag at a time. But greening the AV industry is progressing slower and with more difficulty than some would like to see....

D.A.S. Appoints Sales and Tech Support Role 

PRO AV Editors

D.A.S. Audio announced that Carlos A. Henao has been appointed to new positions in sales and technical support. The addition of Henao gives D.A.S. Audio's U.S. headquarters another qualified professional to assist customers with operating the company's products while helping prospective customers make product selections for their applications....

Calypso Expands Sales and Marketing 

PRO AV Editors

In response to an increased demand for classroom technology, Calypso Control has hired Greg Wright as vice president of sales and marketing to help it put technology integration and control into more schools nationwide, according to company officials....

Seminars Verified for CTS Renewal 

PRO AV Editors

The Stimson Group of Dallas announced that two of its seminars were reviewed by InfoComm International's CTS Renewal Committee and approved as a source of renewal units (RUs) for CTS certification holders....

Trinity Launches New Government Video Solution 

PRO AV Editors

Trinity Video Communications showcases its new family of TeleReach video solutions for the federal government. The solutions are designed to deliver a high-quality AV experience regardless of system classification, room dimensions, or videoconferencing bandwidth, and can be customized to fit any application....

Leon Customizes In-Wall Speakers 

PRO AV Editors

Leon Speakers, a manufacturer of custom-built loudspeakers for flat-panel displays, launched the Vault In-Wall Series, in-wall loudspeakers designed as either mains or as timbre-matched rear channels to complement the Leon Horizon or Profile series loudspeakers....

Mitsubishi Rolls Out Projectors 

PRO AV Editors

Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America's Presentation Product Division released two installation-purpose DLP projectors, plus a new classroom projector....

Westinghouse Shows New Software at Signage Expo 

PRO AV Editors

Westinghouse Digital Electronics introduced the new neonSource, neonNow, and neonPlayer digital signage products. Created for the hospitality, education, food service, retail, and point-of-sale industries, the neonSource and neonNow software solutions give businesses the ability to create professional digital signs and ads....

HaiVision and Video Furnace Merge 

PRO AV Editors

HaiVision, a provider of H.264 encoders and codec systems, and Video Furnace, a provider of IP video delivery software solutions, signed a definitive agreement to merge and become HaiVision Network Video. Together, they will offer an end-to-end HD H.264 IPTV platform for education, corporate, medical, and military video-over-IP distribution systems....

Whiteboard Market Withstanding Global Recession 

PRO AV Editors

UK-based Futuresource Consulting reported close to 600,000 interactive whiteboards were sold worldwide last year, generating nearly $1 billion of revenue....

The State of Green AV 

Midori Connolly

What is green AV? To avoid oversimplifying the concept,let's view green AV as a collection of ideas, perhaps even as a movement composed of organizations, companies, and individuals. The players in the movement share the common goal of discovering how best to use technology with minimal environmental impact....

Green Is as Green Does 

Brad Grimes

When the editors of Pro AV decided to devote much of this issue to green, sustainable AV products and practices, it didn't take long to realize we had a problem on our hands. If we were going to encourage our readers to get behind a growing movement to create sustainable businesses and resource-efficient AV designs, we had to be as green as possible....

Green AV: Every Little Thing Helps 

Brian E. Huff, CTS-D

We're at a critical tipping point in global environmental affairs. Many decisions made today may have a far-reaching and irrevocable impact on future generations as they try to maintain a reasonable standard of living in a world that is running out of resources....

Medialon Appoints North American Sales Director 

PRO AV Editors

Medialon, a designer of IT-based audiovisual control solutions for simple to mission-critical applications, recently announced that industry veteran David Geoghegan joined the company as director of North American sales....

Wohler Builds on R&D, Hires Sales Manager 

PRO AV Editors

Wohler Technologies recently appointed Jeff McNall to manager of national sales and market development. In his new position, McNall will act as liaison between the company's engineering and sales teams and work along with its customers to develop specific solutions to their needs....

Powersoft Moves U.S. Headquarters 

PRO AV Editors

Powersoft Advanced Technologies, a manufacturer of digital power amplifiers for the professional audio market, completed its U.S. expansion by relocating its New Jersey headquarters to Farmingdale, N.Y....

DT Research Offers Emergency Signage 

PRO AV Editors

At Digital Signage Expo, DT Research announced the availability of WebDT Content Manager 3.0 with WebDT SimulCAST software. SimulCAST allows the real-time broadcast of emergency messages to digital signs and networked computers....

JBL Offers a Life Line with New Loudspeaker 

PRO AV Editors

JBL Professional introduced the Control 25AV-LS loudspeaker for applications where the music playback loudspeaker system also serves as the life safety system. The new loudspeaker is UL listed under UL1480/UUMW as a Fire Protective Signaling Speaker....

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