AVWeek 550: Take Over The World

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Different Horses For Different Courses

Well, the Bradford revolution seems to be upon us. Whether your host is Tim or someone else via hostile takeover, we are committed to giving you the latest news coming out the of commercial side of the AV industry and discussing it with some experts in the space. Joining us this week is Vice President of Sales & Operations for Nationwide AV Brock McGinnis, Principal of Integrated Systems at Kirkegaard Bren Walker and Advisist himself Bradford Benn.

March 8th is International Women’s Day, and Snap One is planning their first ever Women in Technology Summit for that day. It is featuring two sessions in a virtual event to encourage women to pursue leadership careers in the technology industry. It has been said by one Bradford and other that the AV industry is a “bunch of old white dudes”. However, there are a multitude of amazing women within the industry, many of which has shown up on this very show. How do we as a industry highlight and celebrate those women in a meaningful way and bring diversity to the forefront for AV?

Audix has introduced their new ceiling microphones, the M45 Shortgun. As the name implies, it is a miniaturized shotgun condenser microphone for the ceiling. It can cover up to 150 square feet of area with sound, making it useful for corporate or educational spaces. But as an industry that likes to have our microphones right in our faces, what is the benefit of these ceiling mics and other AV equipment that should be seen but not heard? Looking at the state of ceiling mics and visible AV in general.

AVI-SPL is finalizing their acquisition of Sonics AVI Ltd, an AV integration firm in Ireland. This purchase will boost their capabilities in the European area. It seems like more and more AV companies are looking to expand themselves into a global capacity, yet the AV industry in general remains fairly invisible. How can we step into the spotlight and take over the world? Looking at the global scale of AV and what it would take to rival the other technology verticals.

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