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By John Laughlin, CEO & President

When I look ahead and plan strategies, I take time to evaluate what has been accomplished. As I assess the feat of Conference Technologies, Inc.® marking its 25th year in business, and the exponential growth we have achieved in the last year, it is with gratitude that I share the values that continue to shape our success.

What does it take to hire and manage an AV technician?

"It's harder than it looks," says Jimmy LoMonaco, VP of Human Resources for Conference Technologies, Inc. "Running an AV services department can be intense. You need to provide daily support, system upkeep and user training. It's a time consuming job."

LoMonaco is in charge of Conference Technologies in-house services program, where the company places contract employees to manage or support the AV at clients' facilities. Depending on the needs of the client, the program can take any of a number of forms.

Background noise is crucial to any sound system. Research shows that intelligibility is a function of the ratio of speech to background noise, with background noise defined as the sound level from air conditioning, fluorescent lights, equipment cooling fans, and perhaps traffic, voices and other noises originating outside the room. It also includes the sounds of people within a room, whether they’re speaking among themselves, rustling papers, walking in and out, and so on.

If you're evaluating an AV integrator for your next project, consider a visit to one of their job sites.

When you get there, ask them to show you an equipment rack and be sure to look at the back of the rack. If they're a good contractor, they will follow these industry best practices:

General practices

  • Rear rack rails should be provided so that racks can be moved easily for access
  • Equipment mounting depth (front/rear) should be spaced for accessibility and service

Equipment location

The acoustical properties of a room make a tremendous difference to the performance of its sound system as well as the comfort of its occupants. That's every bit as true for a conference room or classroom as an auditorium, house of worship or performing arts center.

For that reason, it's very helpful to use a sound contractor or AV integrator who is fluent in acoustical as well as electronic system design.

That being said, there are two distinct disciplines, and they are most often applied by different professionals.

Renowned lighting designer Rob Sinclair was recently part of the design team for the Queen Extravaganza Tour. Sinclair, based out of the United Kingdom, is known for his work in concert lighting and wanted this particular show to reflect the theatrical and rock 'n roll "mood" that Queen's music creates.

To achieve such effects, Sinclair told Live Design Online, he and his team used "big, strong blocks of single colors" for their palette, which is something that they had been wanting to do for quite some time.

Constructions and alterations to public spaces such as government, commercial and public assembly facilities begun after March 15, 2012, must comply with the 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design. In particular, any space in which audible communication is integral to its use must provide assistive listening systems. A minimum of two hearing-aid compatible receivers is required, with the number required increasing relative to the size of the assembly area.

A new projector from Conference Technologies partner Christie is aimed at emerging markets and community theaters. The Solaria One projector can deliver an 8,000-lumen image that is compliant with Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI) standards or a 9,000-lumen image for alternative content. The Solaria One+ model projects 9,000 lumens in the DCI color space and 10,000 lumens for alternative content.

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