Posted in From the Editor on June 1, 2015 11:16 am EDT

Ideas Converge at InfoComm 2015

It's an exciting time to be an architect as building design merges with AVL technology and Internet control.

InfoComm 2015 is in Orlando, Fla., June 13-19, 2015. Expo: June 17-19.









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By Carol Badaracco Padgett

The May/June 2015 issue of Church Designer Magazine may be the most important one of the year. The reason is that it’s going to InfoComm 2015 in Orlando, Fla., on June 17-19. The other is that it’s packed with church architectural design and performance space technology information—our “AVL Upgrade and Worship Space Design Issue."

When you’re at InfoComm, keep your eyes open for examples of the Internet of Things (IoT) in action. Stop in and see Church Designer staff, too. You'll find us and our founding company’s flagship, Church Production Magazine, in booth #114.

It’s an exciting time to be an architect, when building automation, community-gathering technologies like digital signage and video walls, and performance AVL are all converging in your designs. And now, there’s the Internet of Things (IoT), described by Craig Janssen, managing director of Idibri in the Dallas area. I found his ideas in Church Designer Magazine's May/June Think Tank column (visit link) so fascinating and so relevant to why I’m heading to InfoComm on behalf of Church Designer Magazine, that I wanted to inquire more on the subject.

Church Designer: Do you believe (or are you already seeing in your experience) that the Internet of Things will change the way that architects and AVL designers work together? How so?

Janssen: Yes. The promise of everything being connected to everything (IoT) is threefold: Firstly, the efficiency of systems that is afforded by integration. Secondly, the capacity to leverage both centralized and distributed control of these systems. Thirdly, the capacity to make better decisions on a wide range of bundling use issues based on the collection of data. All three issues require overall project goal setting, planning and coordination that [are] considerably earlier in the design stream than historically performed.

Knowledgeable design players (AVL, BMS, IT, life safety, security, etc.) will be or are at the table at the front of the project rather than late in the development in order to realize the technology ROI. Architects for several years have been rapidly increasing their technology knowledge base to take advantage of this shift.

Church Designer: Do you know of any resources for architects, engineers, consultants, AVL designers, integrators and others who may want to learn more about how to gain the needed "network skillset" to keep pace with changing technology?

Janssen: Training on these technologies is readily available, but perhaps the most important discovery is to learn to think and operate differently in a connected world. Gary Hall of Cisco (also secretary treasurer of InfoComm) has some wonderful video presentations on the subject.

When you’re on the show floor and in education sessions and tours at InfoComm, keep your eyes open for examples of IoT in action. Then share them with our staff and me. You’ll find us and our founding company’s flagship publication, Church Production Magazine, in booth #114.





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