On Higher Ed Tech: SDVoE Alliance

Justin Kennington, President of SDVoE Alliance
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AVT Question: Please share insight and best practices for designing the higher ed classroom for today and the future.

Thought Leader: Justin Kennington, President of SDVoE Alliance

The pandemic forced a shift to remote learning for most higher education institutions. As a result, higher education facilities have invested significantly in new technology to support hybrid and flexible learning. Technology managers have shifted their thinking away from traditional technology operations to create a more standardized and interoperable learning environment to support faculty, staff, and students. For universities to stay on the cutting edge of technology, they need to integrate adaptable technology to support an agile mindset as needs and use cases are constantly changing. 

Higher education facilities need an interoperable solution with a standardized interface." —Justin Kennington, President of SDVoE Alliance

Higher education facilities demand flexibility in a standardized solution. Over the last year, many educational institutions have been affected by rising technology costs and a lack of availability. As a result, they have been forced to move away from a standardized approach. In many cases, the budget can be a driving factor. Regardless, higher education facilities need an interoperable solution with a standardized interface. A standardized interface increases user satisfaction and reduces training costs. For example, if a higher education facility selects a particular vendor this year, but the cost increases and requires them to choose a different vendor next year, technology needs to accommodate these driving factors. With SDVoE technology, the solutions that are purchased today are going to work with the technology that is purchased tomorrow. Together, the SDVoE Alliance and its members have provided an interoperable approach that promotes standardization among higher education facilities. 

Additionally, higher education facilities need available solutions. Traditionally, installations are completed during the summer. As a result, higher education facilities need technology to arrive on time to accommodate strict installation timelines. The SDVoE Alliance is powered by the BlueRiver ASIC from Semtech, a Steering Member of the SDVoE Alliance. Today, more than 85 percent of SDVoE members can ship products within two weeks, enabling SDVoE Alliance member companies to meet customer delivery demands amid ongoing supply chain disruptions.

Cindy Davis
Brand and content director of AV Technology

Cindy Davis is the brand and content director of AV Technology. Davis enjoys exploring the ethos of experiential spaces as well as diving deep into the complex topics that shape the AV/IT industry. In 2012, the TechDecisions brand of content sites she developed for EH Publishing was named one of “10 Great Business Media Websites” by B2B Media Business magazine. For more than 20 years, Davis has developed and delivered multiplatform content for AV/IT B2B and consumer electronics B2C publications, associations, and companies. From 2000 to 2008, Davis was the publisher and editor-in-chief of Electronic House. From 2009 to present, as the principal of CustomMedia.Co, Davis developed content plans and delivered content for associations such as IEEE Standards Association and AVIXA, content marketing for Future Plc, and numerous AV/IT companies. Davis was a critical member of the AVT editorial team when the title won the “Best Media Brand” laurel in the 2018 SIIA Jesse H. Neal Awards. A lifelong New Englander, Davis makes time for coastal hikes with her husband, Gary, and their Vizsla rescue, Dixie, sailing on one of Gloucester’s great schooners, and sampling local IPAs.