Author Archive

  • We are one week out from one of the most important events related to the Audio/Video, Unified Communications, and all things Collaborative industry – InfoComm 2019 in Orlando. There is plenty of information out there about the event, and every vendor (including my own company) has probably bombarded readers with “Come to our booth!” messaging. I’ve seen some great publications about how to approach the show in general. This guide is for those of us who want to seek out the broader trends, look for ...Read More »

  • There’s been quite a shakeup in the wireless collaboration world – it’s a wakeup call, and the AV community should take notice. On May 2nd, Security Week published an article by Edward Kovacs. The article, Many Vulnerabilities Found in Wireless Presentation Devices, describes how researchers at Tenable have discovered 15 security vulnerabilities across eight wireless collaboration systems, including flaws that can be exploited to remotely inject commands and even install software on those units. This is some very serious stuff and given that, ...Read More »

  • It’s national stress awareness month, so I thought I’d share one of the techniques I use at work to reduce stress for my readers.  We’re a company that focuses on making your meetings something you can actually enjoy, and my own design team will talk about “Destressing” opportunities in our own UI.  However, there are plenty of platitudes about the stressful life of an entrepreneur, and most are true, – but everyone in the modern workplace, not just entrepreneurs, find stress creeping into their day.  As a founder, I have to balance my amazing family, 2-3 ...Read More »

  • I want to talk to anyone who is building, deploying, managing, or deciding on what products to buy in the Internet of Things era. Yes, this includes those of you in the AV space (read on). Our Generation 3 platform just passed its third-party penetration testing cycle with flying colors. We’re sharing those results with our customers in finance, pharma, energy, and tech and they are happy. A third-party pen test is a long and arduous process but crucial to instilling consumer trust and confidence in your product. One customer commented to me recently “I wish other ...Read More »

  • One of my readers recently pointed out that universities are leading the charge when it comes to understanding the social impact of the technologies we build. I know this same reader was in the audience when I began to talk about how important privacy, security, and analytics will be as part of a “Future Workspace Panel.” No doubt, she had a smile on her face when I mentioned how technologists, particularly those who are working to improve our interactions in the workplace through AV, should start thinking about privacy and its importance. Her response might ...Read More »

  • I’m back from ISE Amsterdam and straight to the Blake Street R&D studio at Mersive. I’ve returned from the world’s largest AV show. For my readers that aren’t as familiar with “AV” – it stands for Audio Visual. The world of AV rarely evokes images of cutting-edge technology – it’s more likely to bring forward images of the old “AV cart” that made its way through the halls of our schools – covered in cables and outdated projectors. At best, it reminds us of our home theatre, stereo system, or at-best, home automation. This ...Read More »

  • We’ve reached a pretty exciting place as a technology community – technology is being used to make the workplace better in ways that would have been viewed as frivolous or ineffectual just ten years ago. Consultants are combining best practices about human-centered design with their wiring diagrams and system drawing. Visual aesthetic is now given importance alongside the traditional AV calling cards of interoperability, reliability, and usability. If you had suggested to a GE space planner in 1995 that they should take a close look at adding soft furniture, open areas, and adjustable mood ...Read More »

  • Startups require three important ingredients – a great idea, the willpower to see the idea from concept to execution, and of course, funds. In my experience willpower and funding are the rarest ingredients and lack of one or both is the root-cause behind startup failure. The good news is that there are many funding options when it comes to creating a company, and I’ve often been asked for funding advice from colleagues who are thinking about undertaking the startup journey like we did here at Mersive. One piece of advice I’d give is ...Read More »

  • I was fortunate enough to cross paths with the senior editor of a well-respected technology magazine while I was over in London last week.  It was a far-ranging discussion, but, on the flight back, I continued to think about the question he’d put to me regarding software that enables collaboration when we are together and how it relates to existing video teleconferencing systems. You see – there has been relatively little technology developed that supports us when we are together with our colleagues, but a huge history of technologies that focus on when we ...Read More »

  • Well, we may have come full circle. A company founded out of Artificial Intelligence and Computer Vision that found a home in the world of AV – is now launching what can be viewed as an Analytics and AI engine. Kepler launched recently – after more than a year of design and development – and our user community will be able to monitor, manage, and understand their Solstice-enabled rooms like never before. Kepler will allow users to capture usage statistics in real-time in fine-grained detail that goes way beyond the red-light/green-light AV status ...Read More »