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How to Purchase A Rack: Best Practices for Buying, Installing and Utilizing a Rack System
When making the right decision while purchasing a rack, or series of racks, it is important to make sure the product you are purchasing is ideal for your installation. Different types of rack formats apply to specific applications and since racks are an essential piece of hardware for almost every AV or IT installation, choosing the most effective rack format is paramount for a successful installation. Below, Tim Troast, Director of Physical Infrastructure Products at Middle Atlantic, discusses best practices when choosing, installing and utilizing rack formats in different types of infrastructures.

Digital Signage and Mobile Wayfinding — 4 Solutions for Health Care Facilities
Digital signage is always evolving and so is wayfinding technology. One of these developments is mobile wayfinding — where mobile integration lets visitors take digital signage with them. Smartphone or tablet, iPhone or Andriod these platforms take digital signage to the next level of communication. We profile four companies that offer mobile wayfinding for digital signage: Four Winds Interactive, 22MILES, Jibestream Interactive Media, and Here2There Software. Check out the videos of how these work.

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.

Stand Up and Be Heard
Don Roth of AmpliVox Sound Systems shows us how to choose the right lectern for our needs.

Video Encapsulates Role of an Emergency Manager
The NY, NJ, CT, PA Regional Catastrophic Planning Team explain the emergency manager's role and job functions in this graphic video.

Digital Signage Expo 2014 Shows How Far Digital Signage’s Reach Has Grown
Video, intelligent facial/gender recognition and outdoor displays are just some of the products showcased and the 2014 Digital Signage Expo.

Inside 4 Critical Elements of an MNEC Solution
For any person involved in designing or procuring and effective mass notification emergency communication (MNEC) system, the following video tutorial is worth watching. Lencore, an audio, soundmasking and MNEC solutions manufacturer, taps into the fact that there remains a large learning curve when it comes to this all-too-critical category.

DSE Announces 2014 Apex Award Winners
Digital Signage Expo (DSE), the world’s largest and longest running International Conference and Tradeshow dedicated exclusively to digital signage, interactive technology and digital out-of-home networks (DOOH), has announced the independently judged winners of its Apex Awards for 2014 at its 5th Annual Awards Dinner, sponsored this year by the Digital Signage Federation and Peerless-AV.

Putting the Digital Signage Team Together
Developing a team for digital signage needs to start before installation. Your team will include your integrator, your digital signage champion, your content manager and your IT department.

TechDecisions Guide to 28 Short-throw and Ultra-short-throw Projectors
The flexibility of projectors is growing rapidly. Wherever your space, there is a projector to fit. Short-throw and ultra-short-throw projectors are perfect options for small or short spaces. They also solve some time-honored negative aspects of projection buy solving instances of shadow and glare. In addition, see the specs for 24 short-throw and ultra-short-throw projectors. Get the details on projectors from Asus, BenQ, Casio, Dell, Epson, Dukane, Infocus, Mitsubishi, NEC, Optima, Ricoh, Sharp, Sony, ViewSonic

6 Robust Speech Recognition Utility Apps
Speech recognition technology is one of the most promising aspects of today's mobile and consumer market. Siri, one of Apple's most interesting default applications, as well as other speech recognition and speech to text mobile application, are changing how we react to and interact with new technology. The benefits of hands free are numerous. From safer cell use in the car to more streamlined options for sending information, speech recognition is a valuable tool in today's heavily mobile environment. There are two main categories of speech recognition apps: speech to text and personal tasking apps.

Enterprise Strategies for SMB Backup and Data Recovery
Selecting a data protection solution for your organization is actually simple in this scary, hacker-filled world. A basic understanding of how to manage your data can free your time up and organize your information as well.

Connectors — Overlooked Essentials for Building the Audiovisual System
Connectors are critical pieces of any audiovisual system. Knowing the different pieces is important to your construction plan.

How Secure Is MDM Security?
With the proliferation of mobile devices used for business, there is a need for tighter security than MDM solutions can offer.

Designing Your Fire Emergency Plan — Reviewing the Plan 101
So you won the bid, the permit is pulled, but you’ve suffered a series of setbacks with plans review. No matter what you do, the Authority Having Jurisdiction keeps kicking the shop drawings back.The project may be delayed because the AHJ won’t approve your plans. Fire protection plans review can be one of the most challenging aspects of a project. But it doesn’t have to be that way.