Control rooms have been putting cutting edge AV technologies to the test for many years – from UHD resolution video to IP infrastructures – and Installation has long been at the forefront of reporting on this complex segment of our industry. What has perhaps made things more interesting of late is that we’re in a period of sustained challenges, including Covid, recessionary pressures and, of course, persistent supply chain problems.
Our three control-focussed features in this issue look at control in general, the latest iteration of HDBaseT, and KVM. It’s a deep dive, and Installation is backing up this important subject with a control ‘takeover month’ throughout July, both on our website and in a new dedicated weekly mailer. You’ll be reading this column from July 14 when the issue drops, so there’s still time to get involved with the second half of the takeover month. Email me at [email protected] for more info.
Elsewhere this issue, we report from InfoComm 2023, which reaffirmed the strength and resilience of the AV industry, also rounding up all of the Best of Show award winners, both in this mag and online. Don’t forget that all of our features can be read off-page, if you prefer; just click the links or use the bitly URL at the bottom of the last page of each article.
We also take a look at AV’s influence on stadiums, beginning on page 46. With football grounds such as Aston Villa’s Villa park hosting huge gigs from the likes of Foo Fighters (see 2024 tour details… yes, I’m a Villa fan!), and an increased requirement for huge LED displays and in-house broadcasting, AV’s connection with the world’s stadia has never been more pronounced.
Away from our main features, we’ve got interviews and thought leaders from John Mould, commercial development manager for ST Engineering Antycip; 22Miles chief revenue officer Tomer Mann; Robin Hughes, co-founder of Secure Logiq; Engage Works’ founder and group CEO, Steve Blyth; and Fastsigns Birmingham managing director, Tom Gilpin.
Add our regulars into the mix, and you’ve got one hell of a read ahead! Enjoy.