All Aboard

Generally, facility owners would like to incorporate the latest available technology into their venues and systems. It's left to the consultant or contractor
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All Aboard

Jun 1, 2003 12:00 PM, Mark Johnson

Generally, facility owners would like to incorporate the latest available technology into their venues and systems. It's left to the consultant or contractor to figure out how to integrate the myriad disciplines (video, communication, audio, computer control, and so on) so they all play nicely together. I'm not telling you anything new, right?

As technology steams ahead like a train, at full speed and at times seemingly out of control, it's becoming increasingly difficult to know what products are available or even how best to utilize them. Contracting is not like it used to be. Systems now are extremely sophisticated and complex. Computers are used to align video equipment and calculate loudspeaker coverage angles. Processors control, switch, and route video and audio programs and adjust lighting levels, all with precise repeatability. Technology integration sums it up best now. Incorporating all of the technology into an installation requires a higher level of skill and knowledge than ever before. That's why access to information and continuing education is paramount to the success of today's systems integrators.

Sound & Video Contractor's challenge is to be your conductor on this fast-moving train — to supply you with insight and information and give you some of the tools you'll need to be more effective and efficient on your job. We'll tell you what's coming up around the bend by providing focuses and evaluations on some of the products available today and tomorrow.

In this issue, we focus on educational facilities and how technology is being incorporated to reinforce the traditional tools used for teaching. Pete Putman gives you a look into new LCD display technology.

In spite of economic turmoil, the industry remains dynamic. While immediate sales in many markets have been impacted by recent events, people and businesses are jockeying for position primarily by looking closer at budgets and making more carefully considered purchasing and long-term decisions. People are on the move, as witnessed by the recent changes in editorial personnel here. I'm excited to be a part of this team. George Petersen extended kudos to the S&VC staff a few months ago, but it bears repeating. Mark Smith, Jennifer Moline, and Tami Needham have all worked hard to create a sense of stability in the magazine while at the same time improving systems, methodologies, as well as the look and feel of the magazine. It is because of them that you are reading this issue. They do a great job, and they do it with spirit, dedication, and a great sense of humor.

Although my initial training was in film and video production, I took an offer to turn my hobby, sound, into my vocation and have spent most of the past 25 years working in some aspect of sound. My experiences have ranged from live and broadcast mixing to system design and production management to customer support, sales, and marketing for a pro-audio manufacturer. It's my challenge to apply the information and experience I've gained over time and work together with the S&VC team to provide the technology integration industry with a resource that is practical as well as valuable.

There are exciting times ahead with much to learn and experience. Let's ride this train together. All aboard!

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