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Achieving Recognition (and Maybe a Trophy?)

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Even as the year gets off to a busy start with bigger and better-budgeted staged events and a new crop of products for display, audio, and all manner of event technology, were a bit enamored still of 04. How could we not be? Were busy sorting through the best the industry put forth in 2004: the best staged events and best new products.

The Rental & Staging Systems Awards, being conducted by Rental & Staging Systems magazine and the International Communications Industries Association, Inc., are in full and glorious swing. Well soon be judging the entries and preparing trophies for the AV Communications Excellence Awards Banquet, which will be presented at InfoComm 2005 in Las Vegas, June 810.

The Rental & Staging Systems Product Awards competition needs your vote now. Readers are encouraged to vote online at for their choices for best new products for the rental/staging market introduced in 2004.

Products were nominated by a panel of judges consisting of the staff of Rental & Staging Systems magazine and members of the ICIA Rental and Staging Council, with input from dozens of top staging industry professionals.

Log on now and cast your vote. The nominated products, by category, are:
Best Loudspeaker Product for the Staging Market
Best Audio Control/Mixing Product
Best Video Projection Product
Best Plasma or LCD Display Product
Best LED Product
Best Truss or Rigging Product
Best Lighting Product, Automated/Moving Luminaire
Best Lighting Product, Non-automated/moving Luminaire
Best Lighting Product/Lighting Control
Best Software Product: (Rental, Management, or Design)
Best Video Signal Processing or Distribution Product
Best Video/Broadcast or Video/Streaming Product
Best Product for the Rental market (smaller room; no hanging/rigging required)
Best Projection Screen Product
Best Digital Signage Product
Best General AV Product (road cases, wireless, intercom, test equipment, etc.)


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2010 Rental & Staging Product Awards Winners

As the official partner of InfoComm in the administration, selection, and awarding of the InfoComm/ Rental & Staging New Product Awards, we always have a difficult task of sorting out the good from the great new products for the staging market.

Sizing Up the Industry. By David Keene

First things first: If you have not done so, log on to and vote for the best new products for the rental and staging market introduced in 2005. Details about the nominated products can be found on the voting site at (see the list of the nominated products on page 16-17 of this issue). Voting has been extended, but only until May 4, so vote now. And when you register for InfoComm be sure to sign up for the AV Awards Banquet, to take place Tuesday evening, June 6. The third annual InfoComm AV Awards Banquet, honoring the best AV products, people, and projects in the industry, kicks off the InfoComm Show (and wraps up Super Tuesday). Awards will be presented by Systems Contractor News, Rental & Staging Systems, ARCHI-TECH Magazine, and InfoComm International. (Reserve a table by calling InfoComm customer service at 703.273.7200 or 800.659.7469). This year the Awards ceremony will start a bit earlier (5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.), will be a mor

Lock and Load

Were heading into the heart of the staging and AV tradeshow season. NSCA, NAB, and InfoComm loom large on the radar, and there are so many activities, workshops, show floor exhibits, awards programs, and more in the works, its hard to know where to start planning.

Back to the Future

As Halloween wanes, and we head to the LDI show in Orlando, it’s time to ask the question that haunts all forward-thinking staging professionals: Is the lighting arena the place where all the dramatic industry changes are occurring? Is lighting evolving at the kind of rapid pace that video did in the ‘90s? And, just as we began to absorb the news that LD’s were taking control of the LED wall joy-sticks backstage, what’s all this about LED-based luminaries?

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Always Room at the Top - 2013 Rental & Staging Product Awards Winners

The 2013 Rental & Staging Systems/InfoComm Product Awards were announced and presented at the InfoComm show in Las Vegas on June 12th, recognizing the most innovative products released last year. The past year has been a very healthy one for the staging market, and the Rental & Staging New Product Award competition reflects that health, as the crop of entries represented the scope and variety of innovative tools used by professionals daily in this industry.

IBIA on Face Detection and Recognition

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