AV Staff Members Attend International Roundtable

Friday, June 15, 2012

AV Services' Andy Borts, Instructional Media Technician & Broadcast Events Manager, and Nicole Jodikinos, Assistant Operations & Purchasing Manager, attended the InfoComm International Roundtable in Pittsburgh, Pa on Wednesday, May 23
InfoComm International is the leading nonprofit association serving the professional AV communications industry worldwide. The roundtable took place at the Omni William Penn Hotel in Downtown Pittsburgh.  The focus was the future of the AV industry, along with discussions of issues that impacted colleges, universities, and businesses on a day-to-day basis.

"It was a neat experience to learn just how much the AV industry continues to change, sometimes in the blink of an eye," said Borts.  "We do a lot of reading and online research about technology changes and standards.  However, it was excellent to see some of these changes in person, and talk with colleagues in the field who are seeking similar solutions."

Specific topics covered included, but were not limited to, manufacturing training sessions regarding digital projection and audio, LED technology, Audio Video Bridging (AVB) and maximizing an organizations performance through operation strategies.
Borts and Jodikinos also networked with representatives from other higher education institutions that operate not far from Westminster, each of whom expressed interest in getting Westminster, Grove City, Thiel, Geneva and YSU together to tour and discuss recent projects, classroom set-ups, and how we all are preparing for the digital future.

Borts believed that the information gained through this roundtable can benefit Westminster.

"The most useful information was understanding that the digital transition is here and it is impacting almost everything.  We may already have the network infrastructure in place at Westminster to implement Audio Video Bridging (AVB) and have the network drive all content," said Borts.  "While AVB isn't standard, digital audio and video is.  Within the next few years, we are going to have to meet those standards and explore how this concept can integrate with Westminster's classrooms and technology areas."

For more information on the Infocomm Roundtable, please contact Andy Borts at (724) 946-7178 or avstaff@westminster.edu.

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