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InfoComm session to address sound system performance standard

Dave Robinson 13 April 2010
InfoComm session to address sound system performance standard

UK: Three educational seminars will be followed by a Regional Roundtable at the event, which is to be held in Central London on 23 April, reports David Davies. The first InfoComm International Academy Day to be held in the UK will take place at London’s Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, which is sponsoring the day alongside UK AV distributor RGB Communications.

While two of the seminars will examine projected display performance and 3D stereoscopic imaging, respectively, the remaining session – the first of the day – on the Audio Coverage Uniformity Performance Standard is most likely to pique the interest of PSN-e readers. InfoComm International’s Terry Friesenborg will discuss the ANSI/INFOCOMM 1M-2009 standard, procedures for measuring spatial coverage, and criteria for the design and commissioning of audio systems.

Scott Wills, director of international education at InfoComm International, tells PSN-e: "One of the fundamental goals of sound system performance is the delivery of consistent coverage within the listening area. Now the pro-audio industry has a standard by which to measure the uniformity of our sound systems. The ANSI/InfoComm 1M-2009 is a performance standard: it is a measurement tool for the pro-audio industry, allowing us to quantify the uniformity of audio throughout the intended listening area. Complex and expensive test equipment are not a requirement for using the ACU standard. The ACU is intended for specific venues, like conference rooms, training rooms, classrooms, auditoria and museum exhibits. It specifically excludes venues such as large arenas and any outdoor locations."

The educational seminars are all approved to provide InfoComm certification renewal units. The ensuing Roundtable will give attendees the chance to network with their peers, find out the latest InfoComm news, and suggest ways in which InfoComm can help their businesses and the wider industry.

The Academy Day sessions are open to all, with registration costing £60 per person, excluding VAT. InfoComm members pay just £40 and can use EduBucks to gain a 50% discount off this. The Roundtable component is free to attend, but is open only to InfoComm members and invited guests.

In the wake of the London event, InfoComm will stage three further Roundtables, calling at Manchester (Macdonald Hotel, 26 April), Edinburgh (University Library, 27 April) and Dublin (Red Cow Hotel, 29 April), with more to take place later in the year. These events will also be free to members and invited guests.

"The Academy Day is a first for InfoComm here in the UK," Chris Lavelle (pictured), InfoComm regional manager, UK & Ireland, tells PSN-e. " We are very excited about our new method of delivering education and networking, delivering interesting content by quality presenters. We feel this is excellent value for money for a day of education where one can meet new people and gain renewal units for those that hold a CTS accreditation."

The focus for the April Roundtables will be on data from the organisation’s ‘Market Definition & Strategy Study’ – billed as the first-ever survey of the global AV industry – and another InfoComm-commissioned report, ‘Building Automation – Opportunities and Challenges for the Audiovisual Industry’.

Those wishing to attend an InfoComm Event in their area should contact Christopher Lavelle (clavelle@infocomm.org) or Sarah Carless (ukireland@infocomm.org) with a request to reserve a place.

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