Big book of AV tour soars into North America with drones

| by Bradley Cooper
Big book of AV tour soars into North America with drones

Stampede, an AV distributor, is soaring into the U.S. with its Big Book of AV Tour. The tour, which features the latest in AV solutions —  including drone videos —   started Thursday in Chicago and will continue through Sept. 22 in Washington D.C., according to a press release.

"The Chicago stop will showcase all of the amazing new technologies and product categories that are now available to ProAV dealers," Kevin Kelly , Stampede president and COO said in the release. "Dozens of leading manufacturers will be on hand exhibiting their new product offerings in literally every major category that matters to today' s ProAV dealer. Additionally, our series of informational presentations will demonstrate how to build maximum sales from new and established product categories alike."

Multiple major players in the AV industry including NEC Display Solutions, Peerless AV, Philips, Planar Systems, Premier Mounts, Revolabs, Ricoh, Samsung and Sharp will showcase their solutions at the conference. NEC will host an informational session on its Solid State Light Source projectors. The SSL projectors are designed with either LED or laser diodes to produce light that maintains its brightness over a longer period of time, according to the AV Tour.

Stampede will enter every attendee into a drawing to win one of two drones designed by DJI and will also give each attendee a $500 Stampede credit and a $50 American Express gift card.

Rob Luther of Drone Video Systems gives two talks at each event: one giving an overview of the drone industry and one examining drone video systems.

Luther's first talk examines the unmanned aerial systems industry as a whole and how it will create "70,000 jobs overnight," according to the event's website. It will also be worth $4.8 billion by 2021. Luther also addresses safety and privacy concerns within the drone industry.

The Federal Aviation Administration, for example, recently released its amended regulations on the operations of "small unmanned aircraft systems." Operators of drones need to acquire a part 107 airman certificate, and he or she must not do any actions that would endanger the safety of the National Airspace System, according to the regulation.

Luther's second talk focuses on how AV businesses can take advantage of the video opportunities of UAS for their AV technologies. Other companies are already using Drone HD videos in their digital signage. AccuWeather, an interactive digital signage company, demonstrated last year how drones could be used to bring live stream video to a touchscreen digital sign.

John Riehl, executive vice president, of VideoBank, presented at the Chicago event about how enterprise video management can aid law enforcement. Larry Drum, senior account manager, Distribution Premier Mounts presented on ""Premier Mounts, Menu Boards Made Simple."

The Big Book of AV Tour will stop at:

  • The Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel in Washington D.C. on Sept. 22;
  • The Sheraton Westport Chalet in St. Louis, Missouri, on Oct. 13;
  • The Hilton Toronto Airport in Toronto on Oct. 18;
  • The Le Meridien Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Oct. 20;
  • And the Marriot Los Angeles Airport in Los Angeles on Dec. 8.

All conferences take place from 10 am to 2 pm. You can register here.

Image via iStock.

Topics: Display Technology, Hardware, Menu Boards, Trends / Statistics

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