Flexibility and Future Readiness Feature Prominently in InfoComm Design and Integration Sessions

When the only constant is change, AV designers and integrators respond in kind with new concepts for collaborative and sustainable spaces. Whether you need tips on camera tracking and placement, a better approach to inclusive design, or behind-the-scenes insight from a massive, three million square foot retail and entertainment complex, InfoComm 2021  has something in store just for you.

Designing Flexible Collaboration Spaces
Tuesday, October 26, from 4:00 to 4:45 p.m.

As workers begin to repopulate office environments in phases, hybrid meetings will rise to forefront and the trend towards simpler, more user-friendly meeting spaces will be juxtaposed with heightened health and safety protocols for in-person participants. Moderator Pete Coman , Chief Technology Officer, PTS, will explore how to strike the right balance between capability and ease of use with Julia Cooper, Senior Design Engineer for T. Rowe Price and Todd Bailey, Managing Partner and VP of Technology Services for The Walker Group.

Design Considerations for Automatic Camera Tracking for Classrooms and Meetings
Wednesday, October 27 from 3:00 to 3:30 p.m.

Rony Sebok, Vice President for 1 Beyond, Inc. will help designers specify the most appropriate camera tracking solutions for a room, from how microphone selection can impact camera tracking and to how the location of displays will impact camera placement. Room diagrams of typical huddle space, small-to-medium room and large room solutions will be shown and discussed.

How to Design for High Performance and Sustainable AV Environments
Wednesday, October 27, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

A building’s power, light, data and AV infrastructure can contribute to energy savings and the occupants' comfort, health, and productivity. The most successful implementations occur when these needs are addressed early in the design and construction process. Patrick Cuddy, Director of Channel Sales for Legrand AV, and Julia Farber, Sr. Strategic Manager, Circular Economy Standards for Eastman, will guide attendees in customizing your own checklist when designing and specifying a building that is intended to be operated in a sustainable manner. 

Case Study: Redesigning the Virtual Healthcare Workspace During a Pandemic
Thursday, October 28, from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Overnight, the Collaborative Media department and the myriad of teleconferencing, streaming, hosting and remote work tools it provides became critical to the ongoing operation of the Mass General Brigham healthcare system. Bo Toof, Senior Video Producer and Streaming Specialist for Mass General Brigham, shares two cases that feature different success criteria and different catastrophic failure criteria: first, a high visibility live-streamed Harvard Medical Grands Rounds presentation and interview with NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci. Second, an internationally streamed live surgery with concurrent procedures between Brigham & Women's, John Hopkins, Hospital Clínic de Barcelona, Sao Paulo Hospital and UC Irvine Medical Center.

Getting Real About Inclusive Design
Thursday, October 28, from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Inclusive design adds value. Even better, there are no prerequisites for employing inclusive design! In this session Bren Walker, Partner & Principal of Integrated Systems for Kirkegaard, will explore key principles of inclusive design, the relationship between diversity and inclusive design, how inclusive design relates to universal design and accessibility, and the ROI of inclusive design. You will leave with the ability to consider inclusive design as a part of your design approach, engage in programming for your projects with an expanded set of questions, and create new milestones for reviewing the project design approach from contract to commissioning.

How Strategy Defines Workplace Content Design and Implementation
Thursday, October 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Emily Conrad, Co-Founder and President of Tessellate Studio, and Rachel Casanova, Senior Managing Director at Cushman & Wakefield, are collaborators defining a holistic workplace experience, with a shared goal of creating office spaces people want to go to every day. Delve into how they bridge the digital communications and physical manifestation of workplace innovation by integrating the design disciplines – content, visual, physical, and interactive. 

Case Study: The Value of Master Planning AV Systems in Large Venues
Thursday, October 28, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

American Dream in East Rutherford, NJ is a true retail and entertainment destination: a 3 million-square-foot development by Triple 5 composed of 55% entertainment venues and 45% retail. Among the 90+ systems in this project are a complete array of AV systems, including background music, event sound systems, digital signage, advertising, wayfinding, television distribution, sound masking, and broadcasting. Opened in phases during 2019 and 2020, American Dream was developed to address the challenges of an entertainment and retail destination in a period of rapid changes in technology and brick-and-mortar retailing. 

Moderator Charles Buscarino , President of The Clarient Group, will interview the project team Mitchell Mittler, Vice President of Sales, Design and Technology for Diversified Media Group, Jesse Schmidt, Audio Visual Engineering Operations Manager for American Dream, and Dean Roberts, Systems Integration Manager for Diversified. This discussion will explore how these systems are integrated into the entire IT infrastructure and how they allow the development’s property team to utilize these systems to manage operating and capital costs, generate revenue and produce a superior end-user experience. 

To see the full list of design and integration sessions visit the InfoComm 2021 website


Annette Sandler

Annette Sandler has worked in live events for over 10 years delivering creative, connected experiences. As the Director of Content Development for AVIXA, Annette curates in-person and digital content that shines a spotlight on the power of AV technology and integrated experiences. If you have a story to tell about AV technology, you can reach Annette at [email protected].