New AIA class: "5 Audio-visual technologies that will define the next 5 years"

It's a digital world. Walk into most stores, homes, or workplaces and you'll see digital flat screens, shared content, multi-media platforms, and digital signage. These new technologies are changing the way we communicate, collaborate, and work:

  • Phones, tablets, and televisions all deliver interactive HD touchscreen capability.

  • Technologies for home and work are no longer differentiated.

  • The demand for connections will continue to increase.

  • Enterprise IT networks are struggling to keep up with bandwidth demands.

What's coming next? And for audio-visual systems in particular, how will you make decisions about the best application for your environment? How will you connect AV with wireless networks, and ensure seamless communications?

To answer these questions, Integrated Building Systems is now offering a new AIA-approved continuing education course on "5 Audio-visual technologies that will define the next 5 years." The hour-long session provides 1 CEC/LU for AIA members.

Photographed above are architects at MKSK in Columbus, Ohio, learning about AV implications for design in a recent presentation of this course by speaker Joe Cornwall, with LeGrand.

What does the course address? Here's the AIA course description:

Analog audio-visual connectivity faces a short future. Most industry experts agree that composite, component, and VGA AV connections will be largely irrelevant and obsolete by 2017. With a digital future rapidly approaching, it is critical that system integrators, designers, owners, and operators understand the infrastructure and connectivity choices that are necessary to facilitate a smooth and seamless transition into the next generation of AV technology. This course will explore the 5 technologies, wired and wireless, that will deliver the greatest effect on digital video infrastructure over the next 5 years.

To schedule this course at your firm or to attend a session at IBS, email Tina Parsley at

Be sure to check out other AIA courses offered by IBS, including "Why LEED Buildings Kill Cell Signals" and "Speech Privacy and Sound Masking in Modern Architecture."

Learn more about our current AIA courses.