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December 17, 2007
Large Commercial Buildings and Offices


• World-renowned automotive manufacturer BMW recently opened an impressive new conference center at its Munich, Germany headquarters. The center is equipped with state-of-the-art technology. An article by R. David Read.
• Aetna, a leading nationwide provider of a wide range of insurance and employee benefit products, has completed an AV install at its Middletown CT data center campus. An article by Jim Stokes.
• A quarter-million-dollar audiovisual, teleconferencing and control systems installation in the new General Robert G. Moorhead International Auditorium at Kiwanis International's Indianapolis IN headquarters aids the organization. An article by Dawn Allcot.
• Gary Kayye, CTS, presents his annual Krystal Ball feature, in which he makes predictions for the new year and analyzes his previous year's predictions, to see how well he did.
• Lonny Bowers, president of WideBand Solutions, discusses high definition audio conferencing, arguing that 'HD Voice' marks a new direction of audio conferencing.
• A mystery writer takes the reins of Gary Kayye's column, Sight Lines, to deliver an AV rant. The column presents comments from an industry insider about trade shows, manufacturers and more.
• In his monthly Down to Business column, David McNutt presents the answers to five questions that, in his opinion, tell us a lot about our industry.
• Presbyterian Church of the Master (Mission Viejo CA) constructed a new 780-person sanctuary that many believe strikes the perfect balance between elegant beauty and technical functionality. An article by Dan Ferrisi.
• In his monthly House of Worship: Business column, David Lee Jr., PhD, presents the third part in his series about childcare facilities in worship centers, arguing that protecting the children is essential.


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November 26, 2007
Stadiums and Arenas


• Disparate performers give the new sound system at San Angelo Coliseum a workout on a regular basis. The facility is a true multi-purpose venue, with unique technical needs. An article by Dawn Allcot.
• The Dover Area School District's high school stadium sound system was in dire need of replacement. The district acted effectively, hiring an integrator that delivered a system exceeding all expectations. An article by Cathleen Lerew.
• Sports facilities opportunities represent encouraging news for systems integrators. An article by Kevin McDonald, senior director, Business Development, for Peerless Industries, Inc.
• Vern Freedlander, vice president of production for X2O Media, argues that content is the missing element in digital signage network design.
• Digital signage can be used to enhance the stadium experience, whether on massive outdoor displays, in luxury suites or in public areas such as concessions. An article by Ron Snaidauf, vice president, Commercial Products, LG Electronics.
• Jon Melchin, CSI, the architectural development manager for FSR, discusses environmental directives and what they mean to the US construction market.
• R. David Read presents the conclusion of the Industry Pioneer profile of James B. Lansing. This is our 17th installment of the series.
• In his monthly "Sight Lines" column, Gary Kayye, CTS, argues that projector specs have become almost meaningless as a means by which to sell products.
• In his monthly "Sound Advice" column, David E. Marsh, FASA, addresses the issue of hearing damage caused by extended exposure to loud sound. He urges care, stressing the importance of saving our ears.
• David McNutt, in his monthly "Down to Business" column, probes deeper into the recent collapse of the Harman buyout deal. He seeks lessons from that situation.
• When a church that must remain debt-free erects a new sanctuary and outfits it with $1 million worth of audio, video and acoustics technology, everything must be planned meticulously from the start. An article by Dan Ferrisi.
• In his monthly "House of Worship: Business" column, David Lee Jr., PhD, continues his discussion about protecting children in the house of worship environment.
• Catherine Shanahan, president of Massachusetts-based Shanahan Sound & Electronics, argues in an "Integrator's POV" column that the AV industry might be a future woman's world.
• Ever see an expert systems integrator riding by in a Mardi Gras float that he, himself, equipped with state-of-the-art audio? Read all about it in an "In Focus" article by Dan Ferrisi.
• In his "AV Café" column, Joseph Bocchiaro III, PhD, CTS-D, CTS-I, discusses pro bono work in the audiovisual industry.


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October 22, 2007
Hotels and Restaurants
LDI issue


• The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, in Biloxi MS, bounced back from utter wreckage at the hands of Hurricane Katrina. The new facility boasts extensive AV implementation. An article by Coukie Boocheck.
• Sports Radio 810 Zone, in Kansas City MO, is teeming with high definition plasma and LCD screens, and also ratchets up the interactivity at each table. An article by Jim Stokes.
• Four distinctive restaurants, each featuring its own blend of tempting creations and exciting AV, populate the Westin Chicago North Shore Hotel in Wheeling IL. An article by Shonan Noronha.
• Life's a Beach Grill and Sports Bar, Highland Village TX, sits on the leading frontier of creative environment. It features a Caribbean-themed atmosphere, complemented by HD video and quality audio. An article by Brian Beck.
• In his monthly Sight Lines column, Gary Kayye, CTS, takes at look at "AV 2011," and how things might change. He argues that, in the future, it will take a visionary to sell systems.
• David E. Marsh, FASA, addresses the recent consolidation of the InfoComm and NSCA trade events. He calls the organizations logical bedfellows, but stresses that they will remain separate.
• David McNutt also covers the InfoComm/NSCA trade show consolidation. He offers his thanks to the associations, and makes the point that our still-evolutionary industry needs but one main trade show.
• At Yorba Linda Friends Church, Yorba Linda CA, a growing congregation required larger quarters. A dozen years in the making, the sanctuary proved to be worth the wait. A House of Worship: Technology article by Dan Ferrisi.
• David Lee Jr., PhD, in his House of Worship: Business column, discusses protection of children in the worship environment. He argues that AV might play a central protective role.
• Sensory Technologies, which boasts unique insight and dedication to service, offers thorough expertise in both the AV and IT elements of the industry. An article by Dan Ferrisi.
• Stephen C. Paulov, PhD, a 40-year veteran of the communications industry, discusses the retail industry, arguing that it is a prime candidate for systems integrators.


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September 24, 2007
Entertainment Venues
AES issue


• When Colonial Williamsburg created an outdoor dramatic presentation dubbed Revolutionary City, there was a pressing need to amplify the voices of the cast, who would be reenacting history to large audiences. An article by Shonan Noronha.
• In order to experience the seriousness of fire emergencies, the Portland Fire Department offers a simulated fire engine ride-along in which visitors see, hear and even feel what firefighters experience. An article by Jim Stokes.
• A wide range of challenges were overcome by Security On-Line Systems during the installation of audio, video, and security and fire alarm systems at Philadelphia's Triumph Brewery. An article by Dawn Allcot.
• Five leaders of TEA, the trade association dedicated to "the experience industry," comment on the role of AV and how its widening range of applications is affecting their segment. Edited by Judith Rubin.
• In his monthly "Sight Lines," Gary Kayye, CTS, underscores the importance of selling intangibles, asking if we are truly ready (and willing) to sell services and software.
• In this month's "Sound Advice," David E. Marsh, FASA, discusses noise ordinances. They vary greatly in the way they are written, the criteria, the measurement methods and in how they are enforced.
• In this month's "Down to Business," David McNutt argues that setting and communicating common goals is one key to minimizing tension between sales and marketing departments.
• Not your typical suburban house of worship, NorthRidge Church (Plymouth MI) has transformed from its original Baptist roots into a dynamic, non-denominational, AV-enhanced church. A "House of Worship: Technology" article by Michelle McCulloch.
• In this month's "House of Worship: Business," David Lee Jr., PhD, concludes his four-part series on Assisting the Hearing Impaired, continuing his argument that we need to improve the quality of technologies for people with hearing loss.
• Thursby Pierce pens an "Integrator's POV," in which he delivers "confessions" of a former roadie, making the point that yesterday's theater people make today's museum exhibits exciting, interactive and experiential.


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August 20, 2007
Corporate Facilities
CEDIA issue


• IAC/InterActiveCorp chairman/CEO Barry Diller lays claim to the world's largest high-resolution, edge-blended videowall, right inside IAC's global headquarters in the Chelsea District of NYC. An article by Jim Stokes.
• Afognak Native Corp. recently completed construction of its Alutiiq Center in Anchorage, a world-class, five-story corporate headquarters replete with modern AV/IT technology throughout. An article by Shonan Noronha.
• Robert C. Chanaud, PhD, presents a comprehensive discussion of sound masking, with a particular focus on advanced functions offered by various industry manufacturers.
• Contributing Editor R. David Read reviews the InfoComm Expo, held in June in Anaheim CA. He covers everything from show statistics and emerging trends to show floor gossip and major happenings.
• In his monthly Sight Lines column, Gary Kayye, CTS, discusses the recent US Supreme Court decision that overturned a 96-year ban on minimum pricing alliances between manufacturers and dealers (or distributors).
• In his monthly Sound Advice column, David E. Marsh, FASA, discusses coverage variations in distributed loudspeaker systems, asking the question, "How smooth is smooth enough?"
• In his monthly Down to Business column, David McNutt begins with the premise that very little happens in business that someone doesn't make happen. From there, he urges people to take action and get things done daily.
• First Baptist Church (FBC) of Winston Salem NC decided to upgrade its main sanctuary, which had not been renovated since the 1970s. At the end of the job, the results speak for themselves. A House of Worship: Technology edition by Robert Delaney, RCDD, CTS.
• In this month's House of Worship: Business, David Lee Jr., PhD, continues his multi-part analysis of assisting the hearing impaired, this time presenting a discussion of audio loop systems.


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July 22, 2007
Retail Environments
2007 Commercial Systems Integration Survey Report


• The M&M'S World store in New York City, one of only three stores of its kind devoted to the 66-year-old candy treat, uses high-tech audiovisual equipment and a control system to create an interactive experience. An article by Dawn Allcot.
• The HBO Store is the cable television network's first venture into retailing its product. And despite the store's modest one-story digs, there's a lot of carefully orchestrated multimedia inside. An article by Jim Stokes.
•The 2007 Digital Signage Expo opened its doors to approximately 2000 attendees and 110 exhibitors at Chicago's Navy Pier Exposition Hall in May. Contributing Editor R. David Read has the report.
• Steve Woolley, president of Media Technology Systems, Inc. (MTSI), presents a LAN-based AV presentation primer, delivering a proposal that implements common TCP/IP protocols.
• In the wake of the tragedy at Virginia Tech University, Gary Kayye, CTS, author of the monthly Sight Lines, discusses the audiovisual role in security, arguing that the market isn't just for "the other guys."
• In his monthly Sound Advice column, David E. Marsh, FASA, tackles the topic of critical distance. The concept is defined, and the author provides examples of how to experience it.
• In his Down to Business column, David McNutt considers volatility in the business world. He examines industry trends, and discusses ways in which volatility can be reduced and stability achieved.
• In his Sight Lines column, Gary Kayye, CTS, presents his Kayye's Krystal Ball Mid-Year Review, updating predictions made in December 2006.
• In this month's House of Worship: Technology story, we profile Rolling Hills Christian Church, in El Dorado Hills CA. An expert AV brain trust came together and delivered a technically stunning facility. An article by Dan Ferrisi.
• In this month's House of Worship: Business, David Lee Jr., PhD, continues his analysis of assisting the hearing impaired in a worship environment. This time, he proposes some concrete solutions that might mitigate the problem.


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June 18, 2007
Theaters and Auditoriums
InfoComm issue


• Converting the 19th century Portland Armory into a modern, multifaceted performance facility required strong community support, and the dedicated efforts of a virtual army of audio, video, acoustical, architectural and theater arts professionals. An article by Shonan Noronha.
• The unique ventilation system in Quebec City's newly renovated Palais Montcalm has been called "comfortable and quiet." This just as easily could be used to describe the overall ambiance in the 979-seat concert hall contained within. An article by Dawn Allcot.
• Messiah College's Brubaker Auditorium puts a new spin on the term "multi-purpose facility"-a 90-degree spin, to be exact. This enables it to host sports, concerts and church services. An article by Dawn Allcot.
• Jon Melchin, CSI, architectural development manager for FSR, discusses the new face of convergence, arguing that AV technologies affect architecture and design.
• The 2007 InfoComm New Product Spotlight contains detailed product information on over 120 new products launched at InfoComm 2007.
• Neal Weinstock, editor of Sound & Communications' IT/AV Report, founder and president of Weinstock Media Analysis, presents a show review of NAB 2007, focusing, in particular, on why the annual event has lots of potential for systems integrators.
• Continuing our series documenting Industry Pioneers, R. David Read presents the conclusion of his two-part piece on E. Norman Rauland, American industrialist. The first part appeared in April 2007.
• In his Sight Lines column, Gary Kayye, CTS, presents his Kayye's Krystal Ball Mid-Year Review, updating predictions made in December 2006.
• In his Down to Business column, David McNutt takes a lighter look at business and the economy, highlighting some "business-speak" phrases that obfuscate reality.
• In his House of Worship: Business column, David Lee Jr., PhD, discusses the growing importance of catering to hearing-impaired people in a house of worship setting.
• For Christ Church at Grove Farm, dramatic growth in the congregation necessitated proactive steps. Given that high-quality AV is central to modern worship, church leaders knew a new sanctuary had to feature the latest and greatest technology. A House of Worship: Technology article by Dan Ferrisi.
• For several years, AV/IT convergence has been anticipated by our industry. Now that it is here, it is time to explore the opportunities it presents to companies that can speak IT. An Integrator's POV by InfoComm executive director Randy Lemke.
• In his Architectural Perspectives column, Tony Warner, CTS-D, addresses adapting to your audience. He argues that social skills play an important role in all aspects of business.
In his AV Café column, Joseph Bocchiaro III, PhD, CTS-D, CTS-I, reflects on the career and contributions of Lou Nanni.


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May 21, 2007
Schools and Colleges


• AV is an integral part of education at the Wolf Law School at the University of Colorado in Boulder CO. Capabilities include everything from basic presentation systems to videoconferencing and digital recording. An article by Jim Stokes.
• At Atlantic Technical Center's 30-acre campus, intelligent classrooms are employed to teach technology, enabling instructors to deliver the best possible experience. An article by Jim Colquhoun, CTS-I, ISF, of Audio Visual Innovations.
• In his House of Worship: Business column, David Lee Jr., PhD, presents a view of the global landscape, arguing that media use is a worldwide phenomenon in the worship space.
• In this month's House of Worship: Technology story, Dan Ferrisi profiles the International House of Prayer in Kansas City MO, which uses a wide range of technology to spread 'the message.'


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April 16, 2007
Worship Centers
NAB Issue


• When Temple B'nai Jeshurun in Short Hills NJ decided to replace its antiquated and underperforming audio system, the synagogue deployed a multi-purpose solution that would meet the diverse needs of its congregation. An article by Shonan Noronha.
• As Stanwich Congregational Church in Greenwich CT worked on blueprints to construct a new building with more space, it also planned for extensive AV capability right from the start. An article by Shonan Noronha.
• Even by today's standards, River Hills Christian Church, in Loveland OH, sits on the cutting edge of technology and design. An article by Dawn Allcot.
• Human perception mechanisms can aid intelligibility and quality of audio, or can compromise it. Karen and Wes Alderson discuss the role of the ear-brain system in perceived audio quality.
• E. Norman Rauland, American industrialist, is the subject of the 16th installment of Sound & Communications' series documenting Industry Pioneers, written by R. David Read.Profiled in this month's In Focus, Videré Conferencing, Inc., an innovative systems integrator, distinguishes itself with its focus on high-definition and its choice to seek out the most quality-conscious conferencing customers. An article by Dan Ferrisi.
• In his House of Worship: Business column, David Lee Jr., PhD, discusses globalization, presenting opportunities in foreign lands. The well-traveled author urges readers to think about the future.
• In this month's House of Worship: Technology feature, author Dan Ferrisi presents St. Joseph the Workman Cathedral. After a couple of not-entirely-successful installs, the church hooked up with an expert integrator.
• This month's In Focus presents Biglerville PA-based systems integrator A/V Solutions, LLC, which blends expertise with mom-and-pop customer care. An article by Dan Ferrisi.
• In this month's AV Café, Joseph Bocchiaro III, PhD, CTS-D, CTS-I, discusses defining quality in AV systems, asking the age-old question: How good is good enough?


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March 12, 2007
Theme Parks and Attractions
NSCA Issue


• AV-equipped FunCity, in Burlington IA, is constantly making changes to keep its attractions fresh. From a water park to a go-kart track to 24 lanes of bowling, the facility lives up to its name. An article by R. David Read.
• French Lick Resort Casino in French Lick IN, a prominent Midwest destination with a colorful history and a colorful name, has been restored and expanded. An article by Jim Stokes.
• Salt Lake City's Salt Palace has undergone a multi-million-dollar, 175,000-square-foot expansion, giving the old phrase "fit for a king" a completely new meaning. An article by Dawn Allcot.
• In his House of Worship: Business column, David Lee Jr., PhD, discusses the role of systems integrators in the 21st century, arguing that client needs have changed over the years.
• In this month's House of Worship: Technology, Grace Evangelical Free Church is profiled. The church concluded that, in today's MTV-generation worship environment, quality AV equipment is crucial. An article by Dan Ferrisi.
• Profiled in this month's In Focus, Videré Conferencing, Inc., an innovative systems integrator, distinguishes itself with its focus on high-definition and its choice to seek out the most quality-conscious conferencing customers. An article by Dan Ferrisi.
• In his Architectural Perspectives, Tony Warner, CTS-D, tries to help readers understand what architects want. He comments that marketing is one thing, but the design is crucial.
• In this month's Integrator's POV, Chuck Wilson, executive director of NSCA, makes the case that the house of worship market is more advanced than many think.
• In this month's AV Café column, Joseph Bocchiaro III, PhD, CTS-D, CTS-I, discusses audiovisual street "cred," in the form of certification. He argues that certification is both personally and professionally rewarding.


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February 19, 2007
Government Facilities and Public Works

• Defense contractor Lockheed Martin's Center for Innovation, a.k.a. The Lighthouse, blends flexibility and security with high-quality technology. An article by Dan Daley.
• AV plays a significant role in the new Nashville District Courthouse. Whereas electronic media once was considered inappropriate, it's now widely recognized as a viable method of documenting courtroom proceedings. An article by Jim Stokes.
• R. David Read, a long-time member of AES and ASA, presents a wide-ranging discussion of speech intelligibility. Among the topics he covers are codes and types of measurements.
• In his monthly House of Worship: Business column, David Lee Jr., PhD, discusses the challenges and opportunities associated with using high definition to address communication needs.
• At Cherry Hills Community Church, Highlands Ranch CO, the latest construction project involved, in part, creating a chapel that looks like it's 100 years old but will last for 100 more years, and which features present-day AV excellence. An article by Dan Ferrisi.
• This month, we present Part 2 of our continuing series, AV: The Next Generation. This time, we profile David Bateman and Rob Badenoch. An article by Dan Ferrisi.


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January 22, 2007
Multi-System Integration

• The AV facility that supports the Nurse Anesthesia Graduate Program at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Richmond VA, was updated recently. Jim Stokes covers the story.
• Vonage's new, AV-equipped building is in Holmdel NJ. Contractors gutted the entire space to design a facility tailor-made for the company's unique needs and its more than 1500 employees. An article by Dawn Allcot.
• Mario J. Maltese, CTS-D, CTS-I, has written a book, AV 9000: Defining Quality in Engineered Audio Visual Systems. Based upon that book, he explores the value of defining quality in audiovisual systems.
• In the premiere edition of "House of Worship: Business," David Lee Jr., PhD, presents a broad view of the House of Worship market, trying to paint "The Big Picture" for systems integrators.
• In the premiere edition of "House of Worship: Technology," Dan Ferrisi takes a closer look at Temple Emanu-El, which recently experienced a major facelift, including an audio upgrade.
• This month, "In Focus" shines its spotlight on the next generation of AV professionals. This time, Anthony Paoletti and Phi Kim Ho are featured, in an effort to glean useful tips from their strong success. An article by Dan Ferrisi.


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