Readin’, Writin’, and Array Calculations
Mar 1, 2005 12:00 PM,
By Mark Johnson
This is the education issue, but what does that really mean? Generally speaking, education can mean many things to today’s system integrator. Is it the education market and the need for quality AV technology in K-12 schools and university classrooms? Or is it education and training for systems integration professionals and end users in the latest technology applications, which is another matter entirely? In this issue, we’ll look at both ends of the spectrum and provide an overview of some of the meanings of education as it relates to systems integration.
“Infrastructure” and “backbone” are words that we hear and see quite a bit lately, primarily when referring to the hardware used to tie the systems together. But what about the people? Are your consultants and technicians up to speed? Can they provide accurate information about the technologies they represent? Are your customers trained to most efficiently and effectively use the equipment that you sold them? People represent an important part of the infrastructure in any system. If equipment is improperly applied, installed, or operated, then the efficiency and effectiveness of the entire system can be compromised. Help ensure that your systems have a strong backbone by taking advantage of the many training opportunities offered industry wide.
Speaking of education, this is also the NSCA issue. The National Systems Contractors Association organizes a yearly Expo that provides a forum for networking (of the human kind), new technologies, and a full schedule of seminars, workshops, and classes to keep us in the know. This year, there are four technology pavilions: Security/Life Safety, Digital Signage, Network Integration, and Live Sound. Be sure to check them out. Also, be sure to cast your vote for the most innovative industry products at the Innovations in Technology pavilion. This Expo marks the 25th anniversary of the NSCA; be a part of this important industry event.