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Understanding RF Antennas: Best Practices for Setting up Your Wireless Mic System
Wireless microphones are a popular technology because they provide freedom of movement, without the danger of anyone getting tangled in or tripping over cables. Radio Frequency (RF) microphones are favored because, for the most part, they are easy to set up and are typically reliable---except when they are not. George Tucker, CTS provides some basic troubleshooting tips.

Inside InfoComm’s Solutions Summits for Tech Managers
At InfoComm 2014 in Las Vegas the deep-dive primers are designed to help tech managers make better decisions when it comes to procuring digital signage or unified communications and collaboration (UCC) solutions for their organizations.

Making Phone Calls Using Tablets And Other Mobile Devices And Apps
Today's "smartphones" do more than make phone calls. Similarly, just about any tablet or mini-tablet, including an iPod Touch, not to mention any notebook or desktop computer, can also act as a telephone. But, even the term telephone does not truly encompass what these devices can do. Learn how to cut fees and use your mobile device for your telecom needs.

Using 4K Video with Digital Signage
Step aside, High-definition TV -- there's a new, better-looking technology in town, "4K Video,” and digital signage is one of the first places it is being put to use.

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.

How to Buy an Outdoor Flat Panel Display
Touch screens aside, other advances in technologies have made flat panels designed for outdoor use much more practical and affordable. Until recently, most vendors were still using CCFL (cold cathode fluorescent lamp) instead of LEDs (light-emitting diodes) as the backlights in their weatherproof LCD digital signs. Here are five tips to finding the right outdoor display.

Understanding Brightness in Outdoor Displays
An outdoor display's brightness is the one thing that truly sets it apart from an indoor display. Learn how to choose the right display that provides the appropriate brightness for your space.

Outdoor Enclosures Offer Protection and Enhanced Aesthetics for Digital Signage
When you want to install a flat panel display or digital TV outside, you have two options. You can either splurge on a weatherproof unit designed for outside use or you can pair an indoor model with an outdoor enclosure. To determine which is right for you, you have to answer two questions: How much do you want to spend? What do you want your outdoor display to look like?

Racks 101: The Backbone of AV and IT Infrastructure
Racks, enclosures, housings, whatever you call them they are the essential infrastructure component for any installation. They spend their lives behind doors labeled authorized personnel only and danger high voltage. Or, they remain anonymous behind an unmarked steel door in a dark corner of the basement. They stand side by side, often row after endless row, holding together the electronic components that make our systems function. Without them, there would be no way to organize hardware, coordinate cabling, structure the signal flow of systems or perform a myriad of other often forgotten, but critical tasks. Racks also provide security, cooling, safety and increase serviceability.

5 Comprehensive Sensor Diagnostic Apps for Android and iOS
As mobile devices become more robust, designers are implementing more internal sensors, both digital and kinetic, to increase the functionality of apps and offer more options for OS developers to integrate into their products. Kinetic sensors like gyroscopes, accelerators, GPS and altitude are essential to apps that track the movement of your device. And, digital sensors like touch sensitivity, audio and mic levels, screen density and pixel counts, define how your device appears and functions.

14 Professional and Enterprise Grade Productivity and Utility Apps for the Office
Paper, paper everywhere and not a space to think. Consolidate your workplace with professional corporate apps that get rid of paper trails and streamline business as you know it. There are many different options for corporate apps. From Evernote products to business-wide software suites, which can be accessed with corresponding mobile apps, developers have made it easy for workplaces to access, share and manage content electronically. With corporate apps, developers have taken software consolidation to another level.

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.