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We’re pretty sure this isn’t some mirror universe version of Tim. It could just be that it’s been a minute since a regular episode of AVWeek considering how much we had to talk about InfoComm 2023 at the show. But regardless of what version of the world we inhabit, we are here to look at the latest news and stories around the commercial side of the AV industry. Joining us this week is User Experience Engineering Manager for Root Integrated Systems Kate Adkins, Senior Product Marketing Manager for Q-SYS Mike Brandes and Partner at Bravo Media David Title.

Despite saying that we’re back from talking about InfoComm, now we have the numbers to discuss the show in a past-tense rather than present. According to AVIXA, the show garnered 29,325 verified attendees from 115 countries. 37% of those attendees were first-timer to the show. Compared to last year’s 19,681 number in Vegas, we’re confident that trade shows are growing as good as ever. But what does those first-time numbers mean for our industry? Looking at the show that was and what it means for AV.

A failure in a form factor transceiver brought down a railway system in the Netherlands. The node outage caused 750 trains to be cancelled and required 15 hours of work to get things back and running. We’ve heard before that systems breaking down is not a matter of “if”, but “when.” How then can integrators prepare for situations like these, especially in places where control systems are vital to safety and function?

Finally, Microsoft is planning to release a consumer version of Windows 365. With this shift, they are looking to move Windows 11 to the cloud and allow users to access their computers across different devices through these cloud services. What could possibly go wrong? We look at the use of the cloud as it stands as well as a discussion on service models in software.

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