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Digital Signage Boosts ROI at St. Louis University
Media Services at St Louis University has learned to justify technology purchases

TechDecisions Guide to 20 Digital Signage Content Management Systems
There are a whole host of digital signage content management systems. Many are sold along with hardware, so are cloud-based software-only applications, still others are standalone local solutions. There is a DS CMS just write for you. This guide showcases the leading products in the field and explains what you should know before making your choice -- and your investment. Companies covers are AMX, BrightSign, Cisco, Dynasign, Fourwinds, LG EZsign, LG Electronics, NEC, NEC Vukunet, Planar, Rise Vision, Scala, Sony, Prodokol, Symon, Tightrope, Visix and X2O Media.

TechDecisions Guide to 6 Game Changing, Affordable Multi-format Video Switchers
This guide shows a selection of affordable multi-format video switchers with universal input capability and flexibility needed to handle just about every conceivable format, and also produce outputs to meet almost any display or projection device’s requirements, has become available for well under $10,000. In fact Roland's V40HD lists for $4,495. Each will help you make showing any presentation format possible and at a very low cost compared to even last year.

Unified Communications Products Continue to Gain Popularity
Unified Communications is gaining momentum as users look to it to streamline the way people work together. Relying on IP technologies, the versatility of UC means everyone can, from one platform, shape the way communication happens, be it phone, chat, email, or videoconference.

Managed Services for Videoconferencing: How Leveraging Outside AV and IT Experts Help Internal Higher Ed AV/IT Focus on the Conversation
AVI-SPL has two managing services products, Video Network Operations Center (VNOC) and the Symphony Management Platform, which is designed to work with clients and make sure their needs are met quickly or prevent problems that could appear.

TechDecisions Guide to 16 Projection Screens for Higher Ed Campuses
Choosing the best projection screen should be a simple process, but you have to get the best one for your setup. Fred Ampel discussed the points you need to take into consideration and suggests some options.

What You Need to Know to Create the Best A/V RFP - Learn What Makes a Good Request for Proposal
Expert tips on how to create the Best A/V RFP. A good Request for Proposal needs to have a clearly-defined scope. Understanding new technologies, the attention to detail that accounts for every circumstance needs to be tempered with the clarity that prevents it from becoming an overwhelming document.

Is 4K Ready for Your Prime Time?
The 4K format is starting to appear in areas where large screens are being used and in applications where the wow factor is important to an organization. 4K is defined as a generation of video technology beyond the 1920 x 1080 resolution of HDTV. The high-end signage has smoother edges, crisper images and improved bigger pictures. Current users include Iowa State University's Virtual Reality Applications Center and the Mirage Hotel and Casino Race and Sports Book, yet there are applications for nearly any organization.

6 Pro Calculators for Wiring and Electrical Readings for Android and iOS
Electrical calculation apps are essential for an electrical engineer on the go. From voltage drop references to aluminum to copper conversion calculations (and many more), these apps are a convenient, efficient utility and must have addition for your mobile device. Check out apps from developers like Navaile, Cyberprodigy LLC, Comoving Magnets and Southwire Company for Android and iOS.

5 Fully Functional Mobile Projector Remotes for Android and iOS
These remote apps are multi-functional applications that do more than just change the slides and brighten the display. From lens focusing to content management, many mobile projector remotes have evolved from convenient utilities to essential work tools in projector-ready spaces. Check out mobile projector controllers from developers like Barco, IIX Inc., Seiko Epson Corporation, NEC Display Solutions, Ltd.,

Amp Up Lighting Controls Now - Important Energy Deadline Looming for Commercial Buildings
States have a deadline of Oct. 18, 2013 to certify that they have updated the provisions of their commercial building codes regarding energy efficiency. The mandate comes from the U.S. Department of Energy which requires that states update their building energy codes to meet or exceed (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers) 90.1-2010 codes, which amp up lighting controls over the previous 2007 version.

The Science (and a little Art) of Loudspeaker Placement
Frederick J. Ampel discusses what's out there for loudspeaker systems and how best to place them for your application. He breaks down what distributed and directional systems are and helps you pick the right one.

10 Tips for Succeeding in Unified Communications Deployment
Dan Newman discusses the top ten tips for adding unified communications to your technology arsenal. By combining voice, video, instant messaging and more to one network-based platform, resources are freed up for both the user and IT.

WebRTC enables quick and easy Web browser-to-Web browser Videoconferencing
WebRTC is a videoconferencing standard for use with supporting Web browsers. Freely available, the standard will make waves In the industry; however, many vendors see this technology as an enhancement to their own products. Google and Mozilla are supporting this standard as a way to gain market share, while Microsoft is developing its own version of this technology.

TechDecisions Guide to 65 Small On-wall or Surface-mount Loudspeakers
Surface-mount or on-wall loudspeakers are often useful where others fail. Learn more about these overlooked gems. In the round-up check out products from Community Pro, JBL, QSC, ElectroVoice and many others.




Colleges should consider updating their fire safety procedures to keep their students and campuses safe.