Contemporary Research Shares the Biggest AV Trends and Predictions for 2018
- AV over IP has big buzz in the industry. IPTV is where video distribution is headed, but it will take time. Just as the digital conversion has taken years, the transition to IPTV will as well. Contemporary Research offers complete RF, IP and simultaneous RF and IP video distribution solutions with control.
- The convergence of the AV and IT departments is a big change. As IT professionals start to integrate into AV technology, it is improving. However, AV integration is not always seamless. Creating products that are integrator friendly and perform well is challenging. “We recently released 8VSB for our Modulators and we also launched CR Toolbox for all of our customers,” Christy says. “It is a free app that customers can download to manage their firmware for CR products.”
- The integration of new experiential events is extremely exciting. Christy recently attended the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall. The show was outstanding, thanks to the 4K projections they added this year. As the industry pushes the boundaries on how AV is incorporated into everyday life, increased Audio and Video experiences will help grow the industry in new directions.
- A very hot topic in AV this year is equality in the workplace for women. The AV industry has traditionally consisted of a large percentage of men. Encouraging more women to enter the industry and provide training and more jobs will be key for the industry to grow. The AVIXA Women’s Council and is growing leaps and bounds, with a variety of local chapters that just got started over the past year.
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