Architects & Contractors
Alpha Video recognizes the importance of building strong business partnerships with the design/build community. This webpage provides resources about the audio, video and digital signage industries for architectural and general contracting companies.
To strengthen our relationships with the architectural companies, Alpha Video is a AIA Continuing Education provider. We offer one LU courses as on-site lunch-and-learns. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
InfoComm International is a nonprofit association serving the professional AV communications industry worldwide. www.infocomm.org
National Association of Broadcaster (NAB) is the premier trade association for the nation’s radio and television broadcasters. www.nab.org
National Association of Systems Contractors (NSCA) is a not-for-profit association representing the commercial electronic systems industry and an advocate for the low-voltage industry. www.nsca.org
BICSI is a professional association supporting the information technology systems (ITS) industry. www.bicsi.org
CEIDA is a global trade associations of companies involved in the electronic systems who primarily specialize in residential automation. www.ceida.org
Digital Signage Federation promotes the world-wide digital signage industry. www.digitalsignagefederation.org
AudioVisual Service Provider (AVSP) Recognition from InfoComm
When looking at the qualifications of the potential AV partner, individual certification and company commitment to continuous training make a difference. Those organizations with InfoComm Certified Technical Staff (CTS) have committed to ongoing education to stay abreast of new developments in the field and to the best practices of the industry. Based on the expertise of our CTS technicians and engineers, Alpha Video is an Emerald Level AVSP. For additional information about the CTS program and AVSP recognition, visit www.ctsforav.org
Mass Notification & Emergency Communications
One of the hottest AV topics for architects is the proper design and implementation of mass notification and emergency communication systems that comply with the latest government codes and standards. NSCA has set-up a website to provide information on this topic. To learn more about how NFPA101, NFPA72 or UL2572 might affect your design work, visit www.mnec.org.
“Green AV” and InfoComm’s Sustaining Technology Environments Program (STEP)
In 2009, the InfoComm Board of Directors created a Green AV Task Force. The task force discovered that there is no clear way to use the LEED certification system to measure a “green AV” installation or to quantify the energy savings from installing a HD conferencing system that reduces the need to travel. As a result, InfoComm, in cooperation with other low-voltage contracting associations, is developing the Sustainable Technology Environments Program (STEP). This program will complement LEED, which focuses on the shell and core of a building, by adding a rating system for the electronic systems that work within that shell and core. Additional information about STEP can be found at http://www.infocomm.org/cps/rde/xchg/infocomm/hs.xsl/10902.htm