TOP
STORIES
 1 of 5
Academy Awards to be Drenched in Dolby Atmos Sound
Over half of the Oscar-nominated films for best sound editing were mixed in Dolby Atmos, including American Sniper, The Hobbit and Unbroken.
 2 of 5
Porsche Drivers Get Even More Attention Thanks to Digital Billboard
Australian billboard equipped with vehicle recognition technology caters its message directly to approaching Porsche drivers on the highway.
 3 of 5
Purdue Football Fans Get a Clearer View of the Action, Rain or…
Ross-Ade Stadium at Purdue University upgrades its outdoor display screens around the stadium and in the VIP area with SunBriteTV.
 4 of 5
DSE 2015 Apex Award Finalists Announced
DSE announces 32 Apex Award finalists from a field of nearly 80 entries all vying for a shot at this esteemed digital signage recognition.
 5 of 5
Flashback Friday: U. of Oregon Upgrades Football Center, Makes the Playoffs
With stunning AV systems installed by CompView Audio Visual, this school's new athletic center is unlike any other.
Inside InfoComm’s New Training Facility
Applied Visual Communication designs and provides integration for InfoComm’s new training facility.

Article


InfoComm's new training facility, Fairfax, Va.
November 29, 2012 | by Tom LeBlanc

Don’t complain to Tom Peters, president of Applied Visual Communications (AVC), about demanding, high-pressure integration clients. The Herndon, Va.-based firm recently completed an overhaul of InfoComm International’s training facility.

The new facility, which began hosting training in October 2012, provides the audio, video and automation backdrop as the industry’s leading trainers impart best practices for audio, video and automation.

No pressure there!

It was “a little intimidating,” says Robert Capozello, the A/V systems engineer who led the project for AVC.

As an integrator, “your client shouldn’t have to be an expert; we’re the experts,” Peters points out. “In this case, these are the people who are teaching it, [creating] a whole different mindset. [It’s] sort of like trying to sell tires to a tire dealer.”

Challenges Abound

It’s safe to say InfoComm’s process of selecting an integrator is unique. The Fairfax, Va.-based trade organization had gotten to know its neighbor AVC over the years. Peters, a former InfoComm Board member, had served as president in 2005.

AVC’s staff of 41 employees “runs at 90 percent CTS,” according to Peters. “We’re committed to best practices and standards,” he says. “Every technician or sales employee must have at least basic CTS. We’re very active and involved with InfoComm and training and certification.”


InfoComm’s new training facility includes a lot of equipment donated by manufacturers. Click the image to view the entire equipment list.

Capozello, an InfoComm Certified Technology Specialist-Design (CTS-D) himself, seems to have enjoyed the rather unique challenge.

Photos: Inside InfoComm’s New Training Facility

Pitching the design for the design-build project, he jokes, was “kind of like presenting a doctoral thesis.”

InfoComm trainers had a lot of specific requests, Peters says. A big part of the design process was “trying to balance everybody’s requirements, dreams and absolutely ‘gotta haves.’”

The process was interesting from a design perspective, Capozello says, simply because InfoComm was more involved and offered far more input “than any other job I’ve worked on,” he says, emphasizing that the input was welcomed.

“It was better because we got input from actual end users,” Capozello says. “Typically, you get feedback from those handling the money, not the people who will be using the room. So the end user input helped.”

In some ways, it sounds like InfoComm proved to be a dream integration client. Once the tidal wave of initial input was complete and the design had been agreed upon, “there wasn’t a lot of second-guessing,” Peters says. “Consensus building was an interesting process. It was good. It’s a sanity check, a mental challenge, having to justify it to another expert.”

View the 8 photos attached to this entry
             
View photos
About the author

Tom LeBlanc - Editor-in-Chief, CI,
Tom has been covering electronics integration since 2003. Prior to being named editor-in-chief of CI, he was senior writer and managing editor of CE Pro. Before that, he wrote for the sports department of the Boston Herald. Migrating to magazines, he was a staff editor for a golf publication and an outdoor sports publication. Follow him on Twitter @leblanctom.
View all posts by Tom LeBlanc
Social Bookmark or Share This
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Digg
  • Del.icio.us
  • Yahoo! Bookmarks
  • Google Bookmarks
  • StumbleUpon
  • Technorati
  • Reddit
  • Windows Live
  • LinkedIn
  • Evernote
  • E-mail


  • Latest
  • Blogs
  • Photos
  • Resources



Recent comments

You are correct! The distinction is that this is the 37th consecutive year that films using Dolby audio technologies…

Posted by Chelsea Cafiero on 2015 01 22 · commented on
'Academy Awards to be Drenched in Dolby Atmos Sound'.

    “Dolby Atmos debuted in June 2012 in the Oscar-winning animated film Brave.”

Posted by Ken DeLoria on 2015 01 22 · commented on
'Academy Awards to be Drenched in Dolby Atmos Sound'.

This is great for Cambridge. Though LogiSon has had this ability for a number of years with their networked…

Posted by Frank on 2015 01 21 · commented on
'Cambridge Sound Management Enables Sound Masking Across Multiple Locations'.

I know LEED is big in some areas of the country, but it never has taken off here in the Washington, DC area,…

Posted by Jerry Stuckle on 2015 01 20 · commented on
'Green Globes Certification vs. LEED: What You Need to Know'.