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We now return to your regularly scheduled AV programming. Not that kind of AV programming, we mean the show where we gather up the latest news coming out of the commercial side of the AV industry and discuss it among some amazing people in it. Such as FSR’s Director of Global Sales Chaz Porter, Market Development Manager for Starin & now Mr. 10K on Twitter Chris Neto, and AV Account Manager & Marketing Specialist for Audio Visual Associations Jenn Steinhardt.
You know we’ve been talking a whole lot of InfoComm talk from our coverage during the show to the two-parter series on AVWeek just because we had so much to talk about. But now the dust has settled, and AVIXA has come forward with some numbers in a recent press release. Total registrations were at just a hair above 14,000 and 7,335 were in verified attendance along with 254 exhibitors on the show floor. It seems like the first set of steps for the industry to get back to in-person events, so how does our panel consisting of those who at the very least covered the show have to say? We dicuss the importance and impact of shows like InfoComm, what it means for our industry to get together and what might be in store for events in the future like Integrated Systems Europe early next year.
Host of our own show A State of Control and Owner of Control Concepts Steve Greenblatt writes for AV Network talking about how software alternative can address the issues surrounding supply chains. The supply chain shortage has greatly effected all manners of business, not just AV, but a potential way to circumvent that in the meantime would be to bring out the programmers and rely on software to upgrade already existing hardware solutions. Is there viability to this plan, or are we stuck with a lot of single-use AV boxes? Looking at ways for integrators to work through this current shortage situation.
The allusions to London with Tim and Chris Neto are because they were involved with broadcasting the annual AV Awards ceremony. It was a night to celebrate the AV industry and those companies and individuals within it. But other than getting dressed up to the nines and sipping champagne, what’s the value in these kinds of events? We look at the benefits of award ceremonies not just for those who are recognized for their achievements, but those outside looking into the AV industry and seeing the innovations possible within the space.
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- AVNation streamed the 2021 AV Awards ceremony, Tim and Chris’s antics during the show can be found here.
- Steve held a similar discussion on the same subject of software during a hardware shortage during A State of Control episode 86.