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Thank you, Moon
Thank you, Moon

Over the past few weeks, the entire world has been celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the 1st humans to step foot on the moon. The Apollo 11 Mission rocketed its way into the history books on July 16, 1969 - & on July 20th, 1969, Neil Armstrong took those first brave steps as he famously remarked “The Eagle has landed. That’s one small step for man – one giant leap for mankind.” Those words have echoed throughout the universe ever since, as proof that the USA was indeed the proud champion over the Russians, of the uber-competitive space race! Even with the rudimentary technology that NASA had back in the 1960’s, they managed to do what most thought was impossible. Talk about long-distance video conferencing…Houston’s Mission Control was no huddle space! Can you imagine what that preeminent AV room would have looked like if they’d had today’s technology? They certainly would have taken advantage of Cloud-based conferencing like Cicso Webex, Blue Jeans, Starleaf, or Zoom. And - how different those view screens would have appeared it they’d had any one of today’s large display offerings, from companies like Planar, Philips, Biamp, LG, NEC, Samsung, to name a few. Truly an Audio-Visual Integrator’s ultimate dream project! In addition to the obvious technological tools that were used to communicate & view their missions, NASA’s space program had to engineer many different types of devices in order to make that moon-shot & its other voyages possible - & to help make astronauts & their spacecrafts perform as comfortably & practically as they could. Thanks to the race to the moon, many of the conveniences that we enjoy & take for granted in our modern lives, are a direct result of NASA’s technological innovations*. Here’s a sampling… Wireless Headsets: Developed so that Astronauts could be handsfree, without having to worry about entanglement with wires. Camera Phones: Onethird of all cameras today contain the technology originally developed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which was tasked with creating cameras small enough to fit into a spacecraft. Computer Mouse: Invented by a NASA researcher, resulting from their efforts to devise the best way manipulate data on a computer screen PCs: Conceived for use at NASA, the technology for Portable Computers was later introduced into the commercial market for the benefit of all mankind. Athletic Shoes: A former NASA engineer first pitched the idea for the technology behind what we now know as Nike Airs, for use in astronauts’ space boots. Memory Foam: Formulated by NASA to make pilots’ seats more comfortable. Foil Blankets: The thin metallic sheets we see today used to envelope runners after a marathon, (& used in other extreme Earthly temperature situations), evolved from lightweight insulation material used to protect both people & spacecrafts while in space. Home Insulation: Was originally devised by NASA to help protect against the extreme temperatures of space travel. FreezeDried Food: Necessary for space travel so as not to weighdown the cargo hold with “regular” food, this process allows the food to retain 98% of its nutrients, while weighing only 20% of its original mass. Baby Formula: Now contains a nutritional enrichment ingredient, produced as a direct result of the NASAsponsored research used to explore the nutrients needed for long space travel. Artificial Limbs: NASA’s innovations for use with extravehicular activities are currently being adapted to create more functionally dynamic artificial limbs for humans. ScratchResistant Lenses: The diamondhard coatings developed for aerospace systems is the same technique now used to protect our spectacles. …and so many more… *Much of this information was culled from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Captus Systems salutes the men & women of the Space Program – from yesteryear through today! It is because of the herculean efforts of the countless teams of scientists, engineers, researchers, mathematicians, technicians, explorers, & astronauts - that not only did we make it to the moon – but we as private citizens also benefit from the fruits of their labors. As is stated by Leland Melvin, Engineer & Retired NASA Astronaut, “It’s all about team work & crossing boundaries - & communicating in ways like we’ve never done before.” Here’s to the next big adventure…to infinity & beyond! Captus Systems - always on the cutting-edge of Modern AV Technology!


Spotlight : Gerald Abualy, CEO & Managing Director of Captus Systems
Spotlight : Gerald Abualy, CEO & Managing Director of Captus Systems

Gerald Abualy is the CEO and Managing Director of Captus Systems, a leading Commercial Audio-Visual Design and Integration firm located in New York, USA. 1. Describe your journey in the AV industry? How did it start? In the 1990’s I was working for the third largest enterprise software company in the world. We had offices all over North America, and in more than 50 countries. One day, I was in the middle of a presentation to more than 40 people in the Conference Center and an additional 50+ folks on the “audio-bridge”. Nothing was working. My PowerPoint presentation was upside down and backwards on the rear-projection screen, and the integrated audio conferencing was not working either; so the “AV Guy” was called. He pointed the gooseneck podium microphone to the desk phone and put it on speaker. He then crawled through a hidden door into the rear-screen room and “fixed” my presentation. That’s when it clicked! If this world-renowned, leading software company can’t make their own collaboration technology work, then who can? Nine months later I resigned; much to my wife’s dismay. Hence, began my Audio-Visual Career. Throughout, my focus has been to help enterprise, corporate, and higher end clients meet the expectations of the people in their organizations. We started with organizations based in the NYC metro area, which ultimately brought us to many clients across North America and then eventually, to Europe and Asia. It’s been an unbelievable journey! 2. What do you think are the challenges that are facing a new person who wants to join the industry? Keeping-up with the latest products and technology is always tough, especially for people who are new to the industry. It can be overwhelming. That being said, at Captus Systems, our job is to exceed expectations. If we can understand what’s in our clients’ minds – then exceed it – we’ve done our job. The technology will come to those who want to learn. It’s the understanding of what our clients want and need that takes focus. 3. What are the positives of working in this industry? No two projects are exactly the same. There’s always a challenge that needs our attention. But most importantly, working on a team is truly a positive. It’s the most rewarding part of the industry! Everything we do takes a team. At Captus Systems, we are fortunate to have assembled a very strong team, built with passion, knowledge and integrity. Technology without people who care is a recipe for disaster (Think “2001 Space Odyssey” or “Terminator”). [RELATED] : If you have missed any of my previous interviews, please click here. 4. What in your opinion would you change in the industry? What are the negatives that are prevalent? We’re not here to change the industry…. that’s like trying to change the weather. We are a Professional Service Organization, so we don’t actually manufacture anything. We Design. We Engineer. We Install. We Commission. We Support. We Consult. We Offer Solutions. We leave the industry problems to others. But with all that being said, what the industry does need is more woman in AV and technology in general. 5. Describe your ideal client? What do you wish clients to know before hiring you? See also Spotlight : Dave DiGirolamo, CTS-D, Director of Audio Video Systems, Building Infrastructure Group Our ideal client generally has used technology, and has had a less-than-favorable experience. They have a clear understanding of a problem but don’t know the solution. They know that it can be better (probably MUCH better). They need someone to show them how. What our clients should know before hiring us is how PASSIONATE we are about solving problems. It’s what we do! 6. If you were going to start over, what would you do differently? Absolutely nothing! I’m the type of person who always looks forward. That attitude has served me well throughout my life and career. We work hard to impart that philosophy on the Captus Systems Team. The AV industry is innately moving forward, so my forward-looking predisposition fits right in with our business model. 7. Describe a typical work day for you. What are your daily disciplines? I devote a significant part of my day to cultivating new and maintaining old relationships and friendships: Keeping in touch with clients…What do they need? How did we do? How can we improve? Meeting with or speaking to industry leaders on all sides of the equation: vendors, partners, engineers, architects and manufacturers. I think of it as building trust. Trust is hard to build – it takes time. But when you have it you don’t want to lose it. I have found that investing in Trust-building activities pays the highest dividends for years to come. Also, since as an industry we rely on the people who make up the Captus team to deliver solutions, finding and developing people so that they can reach their full potential is a large part of my day. Other parts of my day include the focus/mantra for me and our team: Deliver Well! (I also make lists and read a lot.) 8. Describe the apps and gear that you use daily which makes you more productive? My software background has always been in the forefront of my mind. But until recently, I found that the types of systems I wanted cost much more than what we could afford. Luckily, the internet is there to help! We’ve invested heavily in Cloud-based technology systems which allow for our team members to always be connected – fostering better (and less expensive) communication. Also, these systems allow us to communicate with our clients, partners, and vendors in the most efficient way possible. Every day, we make improvements and add new features to our processes. The team hears me say this all the time: “If we sell and deliver technology to make our clients’ lives more efficient, then we should be using technology to provide the same for the Captus Team”. 9. How do you stay relevant in this industry? Whether or not we’re relevant is not up to us – it’s up to our clients and partners. We have our best practices -which include training, industry publications, keeping-up with the latest technology, blogs, and social media platforms. Most importantly – we lead with our expert engineering team; that’s key. If our practices are working, then we’re relevant. If not, we change them. To know more about him or his business, please connect with him on Linkedin. Also please drop your questions in the comments below and I will make sure that he sees them.


Our Captus Systems’ Team:  Meet Felipe Linares
Our Captus Systems’ Team: Meet Felipe Linares

Captus Systems is happy to introduce our Team Member – Felipe Linares. Felipe is a gifted Systems Integrator/AV Technician, & we are thrilled to have him as an integral part of our organization! CAPTUS: Why did you decide to join the Captus Systems Team? FELIPE: I had the privilege of working with one of the founders of Captus Systems at a previous job, where he quickly became one of my mentors in the Audio-Visual field. I decided to work at Captus due to this close working relationship CAPTUS: What is it about Captus in particular, that appeals to you? FELIPE: I know there to be several other responsible, capable, and committed people working here. I see Captus as not only a great place to work, but also as a company that is always finding high-quality solutions for its clients. CAPTUS: What sparked your interest in the AV Industry to begin with? FELIPE: I have always had an interest in technology. In my home country of Colombia, I made learning and technology a priority - even when it meant working full-time to support myself during the day - and studying at night, when I took computer engineering courses. Since then, I have always wanted to work with technology. CAPTUS: Can you share with us an interesting story about an AV project that you’ve done? FELIPE: At a previous job, I had to be on-site for a client. I hadn’t received any prior personal details beforehand from my boss about the client or the location - so when I arrived at the house, I was quite surprised to see that the person who opened the door was recording artist, Shaggy. He was a really nice and relaxed guy, gave me a tour of his home, and we conversed like old friends. It ended up being both a great experience and a successful job. As a result of our collaboration, our company won the “Platinum Disc for Best Sound” award for the song "Mister Bombastic." Working and helping to build this company* was the true start of my experience in the Audio-Visual field. *Together, a good friend and I built this company, which specialized in recording studios and post-production As a result of our efforts, I had the distinct pleasure to work with recording studios, and with artists such as Anton Fig, Billy Amendola, Matty Amendola, Red Iron, Cut and Run, and others. CAPTUS: Name at least two interests outside of your work in the AV Industry that the folks reading this might find interesting about you… FELIPE: I am a passionate soccer fan and player. I played semi-pro on a Division 3 Team in Italy, and still play competitively several times a week. I also love animals. In my youth, I worked for about three years for a pet grooming business at an Italian "toelettatura," where I worked cleaning and grooming dogs and cats - mostly for competitive shows. Captus Systems’ Team Members all have something special to contribute to our organization - & that’s certainly the case with Felipe! We thank him both for his talent as an integrator, & for his infectious positive attitude. Thank you, Felipe!


The Intersection of AV Tech & Fine Art
The Intersection of AV Tech & Fine Art

Audio-Visual Installation isn’t just for conferences anymore. Artist Kerry Crocker has always wished that more art was interactive - or at the very least – more immersive & experiential. Well, it looks like Kerry’s getting her wish! More & more artsy venues are choosing to opt-out of the usual “hang-the-pictures-on-the-wall” exhibits, by electing to display artwork in fresh & illuminated ways. And on the tech side – AV Integrators are busting-out of the usual presentation products envelope, proving that projector use is not limited to the constraints of business collaboration solutions. And that’s where Audio-Visual technology & the arts combine to make a new kind of gallery & museum-going experience…the completely immersive kind! “The difference between a classical exhibition and an immersive one is that an immersive exhibition is firstly asking (for) your feelings, your senses, or inspiration - and afterward, you have an intellectual vision,” explains Augustin de Cointet de Fillain, Director of Art & Music Immersive Experience (AMIX). “It’s a balance between what you’re seeing, what you are hearing, and what you are feeling.” Here are just a few examples of the dazzling coupling between fine art & technology: Van Gogh, Starry Night – Paris, France: Culturespaces - a leader in immersive digital exhibitions - is presenting some of Van Gogh’s masterpieces – with a tech twist! The “Atelier des Lumieres” exhibit space is an abandoned iron foundry which is currently outfitted with a state-of-the-art audio-visual installation that places patrons smack in the middle of some of Van Gogh’s most celebrated pieces. Artistic Director, Gianfanco Iannuzzi, is using 140 Barco laser video projectors to create this fully enveloping show, along with 35 new Modulo Kinetic media servers from Modulo Pi. Imagine actually stepping into Van Gogh’s Starry Night landscape…how thrilling! In addition to the visual delights of this multi-sensory display, sound plays an important role as well: Music gently drifts down from 50 speakers, creating a “sensorial, musical, & aesthetic experience” for everyone who attends the exhibit. “L’Atelier des Lumières is a great example of the way the entertainment industry now regards technology as fundamental to creating a true ‘wow experience,’ and telling a story that every audience member can engage with and feel part of,” says Leander Werbrouck, segment lead for ProAV at Barco. (barco.com & modulo-pi.com) https://www.theguardian.com/travel/gallery/2019/mar/04/immersive-vincent-van-gogh-show-opens-paris-digital-art (The Starry Night exhibition will be on view at the Atelier des Lumieres in Paris, France, until December 31, 2019) Art on theMart – Chicago, Illinois: Talk about pushing projector use outside of its usual realm! In the spirit of Chicago's great legacy of public art and culture, Art on theMART is the longest-running and largest digital art projection in the world. The exhibit uses 34 projectors expertly placed by Obscura Digital, beaming directly onto the river-facing façade of Chicago’s theMART building. This brilliant presentation features art by renowned contemporary artists, revealing works based on this year’s theme – “Year of Chicago Theater.” (obscuradigital.com) https://www.artonthemart.com/ (Art on theMART can be viewed nightly throughout the rest of the year, from 7:15 pm – 9:15 pm.) Bart Kreska’s Sviatovid Sculpture – Traveling Exhibit : No video conferencing here! This playful & richly-hued 3D AV sculpture made its debut at the 2019 ISE in Amsterdam. Not only was it a mesmerizing showpiece, but it also showcased the newest in video mapping projection capabilities onto 3D objects. The introduction of this sculpture set a new benchmark in Audio-Visual art-making. Sviatovid was illuminated using 4 Panasonic PT-RQ32 4K, 30,000 lm laser projectors, & as you can see from the photo above - Kreska’s sculpture was truly a vision to behold - & has since traveled to the CSK in Poland & InfoComm in Florida. (Check the link below for information on where it will go next.) Standing at approximately 15’ high - & strategically placed at the entrance of the 2019 ISE conference center – what a bright, bold, & powerful statement it made! (panasonic.com) https://sviatovid.com/ Whether for an art exhibit or for a more typical use of projectors – or any other type of AV equipment that your enterprise may need - Captus Systems is poised to fulfill your AV dreams. We pride ourselves on exceptional multi-layered service – from initial contact, to design, to installation, to follow-through. Give us a call or shoot us an e-mail if your organization is ready to take the first step towards a radiant Audio-Visual solution - & we’ll be happy to create your next AV masterpiece! (212-400-1616 or [email protected]) Thank you!


July 2019 AV Show Lists
July 2019 AV Show Lists

As always, Captus Systems is dedicated to disseminating the most current AV News & Information to our readers. To that end - please enjoy our updated list of the remaining upcoming 2019 Audio-Visual Conferences & Trade Shows that are scheduled through the second half of the year. See for yourself - the newest, most advanced, ear & eye-popping AV technology of 2019! Pro Audio-Visual Expo: Jakarta, INDONESIA July 18 – 20 https://www.tsnn.com/events/pro-audio-visual-expo-2019 CEDIA Expo 2019: Denver, CO September 10 – 14 https://avindustrycalendar.com/event/cedia-expo-2019/ NYNJ Technology & Business Summit: Long Island, NY October 1; Newark, NJ–October 3 https://avindustrycalendar.com/event/technology-business-summit-ny-nj-new-jersey-2019/ L.A. Tech Summit: Costa Mesa, CA October 9 http://losangelessummit.org/ AES Convention: New York, NY October 16 – 19 http://www.aes.org/events/147/ HTSA Fall Conference: Dallas, TX October 22 – 24 https://www.htsa.com/events AVIXA AVEC: New Orleans, LA November 5 – 7 https://www.avexecutiveconference.com/ ET TECH X Hyderabad, INDIA December 5 – 7 https://avindustrycalendar.com/event/et-tech-x/ We hope that you’ll be able to get to an AV Trade Show/Conference so you can see for yourself, the amazing products that are out there today in the Audio-Visual Universe. Check-out the goods, kick the tires, & take your favorites for a spin. Then, give us a call at Captus Systems & we’ll help to outfit your enterprise with the most modern technology the industry has to offer! You can contact us at 212-400-1616, or shoot us an e-mail at [email protected] Thank you!


Made in the USA
Made in the USA

Made in the USA! It’s that time of year again, when we wish a BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY to America, & celebrate with barbecues, beach parties, all matter of red-white-&-blue décor, & of course – FIREWORKS! Independence Day is upon us – a time when we all feel especially patriotic. Captus Systems is proud to partner with companies that manufacture their products right here in the USA - & in the spirit of patriotism – we’d like to share some of them with you… Crestron - Leading manufacturer of advanced control and audio-visual switching systems. “I have great belief in American enterprise. When the economy went south, we brought everything in-house and paid more for it, rather than lay people off. People don’t realize the importance of the continuity of labor. Hiring at home also allows Crestron to develop the kind of long-term, committed help it needs to keep expanding.” - George Feldstein, CEO of Crestron crestron.com Vaddio – Brings sophisticated PTZ (Pan, Tilt, Zoom) Camera technology within everyone’s reach. “You get to control the destiny of your company and your products, because you are very involved in the technology platforms your developers are working on. You control future product development – what features and benefits the products will have. But the most important advantage to manufacturing in the US is controlling your manufacturing methods to get good quality products.” – Rob Sheeley, CEO of Vaddio vaddio.com Peerless-AV – Manufacturer of AV products, & also provides AV integration peripherals. “By manufacturing our solutions in the US, we are one of the most responsive and adaptive leaders in the industry. We currently manufacture over 90% of our SKUs out of our Aurora, IL, facility. This local capability allows us to work with our customers to provide truly custom solutions and offer them the opportunity to see the process of their solutions as they are being developed.” – John Potts, President of Peerless AV peerlessav.com ZeeVee – Enables integrators to rapidly deploy AV over IP & coaxial solutions of immense scale. “Production flexibility is restricted and dictated by (the) contract with an overseas supplier, as you effectively buy time in a production facility. Local manufacturing, however, provides us with the flexibility to substitute product almost on the fly if demand for a particular product increases or decreases.” – Bob Michaels, President of ZeeVee zeevee.com SurgeX – Power protection, conditioning, & power management solutions. “Our customers rely on our products to protect their customers’ systems from damaging power anomalies. With our manufacturing facility right here in North Carolina, we’re better equipped to manage quality control on each device that goes out the door to our dealers.” – Lauren Simmen, Marketing Manager for AMETEK ESP. surgex.com A few more companies to add to the list of “Made in the U.S.A.” manufacturers are: FSR, Leon Speakers, Just Add Power, James Loudspeaker, Aurora Multimedia, AudioControl, et al. There are of course, many more manufacturers within the Audio-Visual Industry that produce at least a portion of their wares in America – but far too many to mention in just one blog. As we observe this July 4th holiday, we also celebrate these organizations & their collective conscious decision to keep their production right here at home! Captus Systems is a leader in the Commercial Audio-Visual Integration field, with offices right here in the U.S.A. We use I.T. to EMPOWER PEOPLE, helping to create AV & collaboration experiences that are modern, seamless, & captivating. Looking to upgrade your AV space? Contact us & we’ll be happy to make yours extraordinary! In the meantime - enjoy your July 4th holiday!!! Thank you.


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