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Friday, August 12, 2005

ICIA® Introduces Audiovisual Best Practices

Via Hometoys:

FAIRFAX, VA, AUGUST 8, 2005 — Long awaited by architects, engineers, facility owners and audiovisual (AV) professionals, Audiovisual Best Practices: The Design and Integration Process for the AV and Construction Industries is a complete resource book that explains “everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask” about the AV systems installation process. Audiovisual Best Practices is published by the International Communications Industries Association, Inc.® (ICIA®).

Questions about how to select the right AV system to meet the needs of a business or facility are becoming urgent, as AV technologies become more powerful and the demand for AV capabilities grows. Audiovisual Best Practices presents an overview of the AV industry, guides readers through AV projects with start-to-finish process descriptions, and concludes with an assessment of the future of the industry. No existing book or guide offers this comprehensive scope and attention to essential details.

The key to successful AV systems implementation depends on integrating AV into planning at the very start of a project. “AV professionals are increasingly concerned with the bigger picture in systems integration. They and their collaborators from other disciplines need to know, from the outset, how the entire building construction or renovation will affect the AV system,” said Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D., ICIA Executive Director. “Successful AV installation and integration requires a strong relationship among the members of a building team, who must know as much as possible about AV projects and how they are accomplished.”

Topics covered in depth in Audiovisual Best Practices include: understanding the design and construction process; electing and contracting the project team; the program phase; the design phase; the construction phase; and system commissioning and training. Appendices provide helpful sample contract forms, e.g., a software license agreement, and checklists, e.g., standard project forms and templates of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Also supplied are questions to ask during the program and construction phases of AV projects, as well as a sample user guide, sample technical manual and an AV glossary.

Audiovisual Best Practices: The Design and Integration Process for the AV and Construction Industries can be ordered for $64.50. Bulk order and ICIA member discounts are available. To learn more, see

About ICIA
ICIA is the international trade association of the professional audiovisual and information communications industries. Established in 1939, ICIA`s 3,500 members include manufacturers, systems integrators, dealers and distributors, independent consultants, programmers, rental and staging companies, end-users and multimedia professionals from more than 70 countries. ICIA is the leading resource for AV market intelligence and news. Its training and education programs, along with its Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) and Certified Audiovisual Solutions Provider (CAVSP) credentials, set a standard of excellence for AV professionals. ICIA is the founder of InfoComm, the largest annual conference and exhibition for AV buyers and sellers worldwide. ICIA also co-sponsors the Integrated Systems Asia, Integrated Systems China and Integrated Systems Europe industry expositions. Additional information is available at


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