• Wednesday , 23 January 2019

AV News Awards ​Nominations 2019 have now closed

Nominations for the 2019 AV News Awards Programme have now closed!

We received an overwhelming number of entries this year from across the industry, Thank you for everyone that submitted an entry, we look forward to revealing the finalists!

Gold Sponsors

Acquire Digital

With over 20 years in the industry, Acquire Digital have been designing and developing software specifically for the management of multimedia content on digital signage, touch screens and interactive kiosks.

Through the continued development of advanced, innovative technology and the creation of our bespoke solutions, Acquire has successfully established themselves as one of the industry’s leading providers and a key player within the digital revolution, with over 21,000 installations worldwide. With a passion for creating immersive and highly engaging experiences that truly connect consumers with brands. Recent projects include the roll out of their Wayfinder solution across the USA, Interactive units across many UK train companies and an 86’ 3D LED Sign on the Las Vegas Strip.

With solutions in Wayfinding, QSR and Smart Cities projects rolling out on a regular basis. Get in touch with the sales team to book a Demo or Trial.

www.acquiredigital.com

 

CDEC

Toni Barnett, Managing Director at CDEC Ltd: “CDEC have been involved in one way or another with AV News awards, for over 5 years now and it’s something we genuinely look forward to each year. The event also gives a little rest bight from the hustle and bustle of the exhibition floor at ISE so we’re very thankful for that. This year we are sponsoring the Outstanding Achievement in AV category, and I would like to wish all those shortlisted the best of luck.”

CDEC are an AV Integrator working with the education, corporate, retail and government sectors. covering a broad range of verticals nationwide and globally, adopting a partnership approach with both clients and manufacturers to ensure that each and every installation is tailored to the individual needs of each project.

www.cdec.co.uk

 

Exertis

Audio Visual. Sound and Sight. The two primary senses through which we all interact with the world around us. Exertis recognises this fact and that’s why we strive every day to provide a unique end-to-end proposition to both our vendor and reseller partners. The era of the ‘Box Shifting Distributor’ is gone and the age of the Value Add Distributor has well and truly dawned. Exertis forging the path of the true Value Add Distributor, with our support and ancillary services now being of at least equal importance as our traditional logistical capabilities. As part of the DCC Group, Exertis has the reach, infrastructure, stability and expertise to ensure that product is put into the hands of those that demand it with a practised ease that belies the effort and commitment that underpins it. Our product teams are recognised as the best in the industry by both partners and competitors alike, and our stock management and vendor finance processes are well-oiled machines that deliver a service unmatched in all of distribution.

www.exertis.co.uk

 

NEC Display Solutions

Through innovative technology development, NEC Display Solutions offers the industry’s broadest range of LCD and LED Displays, Projection, Video wall and Direct view LED solutions. NEC products are engineered to an exceptionally high standard for uncompromising reliability and longevity backed by a robust no-fuss warranty and comprehensive technical support.  With an established and extensive solutions partner network, there is no display solution that cannot be achieved using NEC technology.   Delivering total end to end solutions, NEC is the brand of choice for the most demanding application requirements in the fields of Transport, Digital-out-of-Home, Retail, Education, Medical, Leisure & Entertainment, Industrial and Control environments. NEC is committed to minimising its environmental impact by incorporating genuine ECO features on all its products to maximise productivity and reduce power consumption without compromise to performance.

 

Peerless-AV

Driving Technology Through Innovation

For over 75 years, passion and innovation continue to drive Peerless-AV forward. We proudly design and manufacture the highest quality products, ranging from outdoor displays to complete kiosk solutions, digital signage mounts to wireless systems. Whether a full-scale global deployment or custom project, Peerless-AV develops meaningful relationships and delivers world-class service. In partnership with Peerless-AV, you are trusting an award-winning team of experts who will support your business every step of the way. For more information.

www.peerless-av.com

 

Promethean

As a longstanding sponsor and supporter of the AV News Awards, we’re excited that nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 event. Over the years, Promethean has been fortunate enough to be recognised in a series of coveted categories, the most recent being AV Market Development Initiative of the Year for our 2017 Promethean Grant.

The success of the Promethean Grant is exemplified by the fact it returned for a second year in 2018, with the winners recently announced and preparing for the installation of their ActivPanels over the summer. We’ve also rolled the initiative out internationally, with the Promethean Grant being launched in the US, Australia and New Zealand.

Looking ahead to this year’s AV News Awards, we encourage everyone in the industry to take part – if you feel someone you work with deserves recognition then spend just the few minutes it takes to complete the nomination form.

www.prometheanworld.com

 

PSCo

PSCo is a unique resource for the AV channel. With its Assessment Centre holding the latest Narrow Pixel Pitch (NPP) LED technologies, including 1mm, 2mm, 3mm and 4mm pixel pitch LED products from leading brands Absen, Samsung and Leyard, visitors to the centre can make side-by-side comparisons before they buy or rent. They can also see Epson’s leading range of Laser Projectors. With both distribution and rental service, PSCo is trade only, so all equipment, vehicles and technicians are unbranded to work as a silent extension of the customers team. With the PSCo Price Promise, any like for like quotation will be matched. PSCo’s expertise extends to new technologies including LED and Laser Projection, working closely with leading manufacturers to find the right solution. PSCo holds extensive product stock and support its partners with preferential payment terms, bespoke and off-the-shelf mounting solutions and full technical services.

www.psco.co.uk

 

ViewSonic Europe

ViewSonic Europe is a leading manufacturer of AV display products and solutions. Having recently celebrated its 31st anniversary, the company continues to expand its operations in the UK – providing professional and consumer monitors, projectors, and interactive touch panels to customers all over the country.

With new installations at Newbury and Crookham Golf Course, Hartridge Ltd in Buckingham and the Fnatic BUNKR and Black Prince pub in London – users from all walks of life are benefitting from its state-of-the-art AV solutions.

Recent months have seen the launch of new projector models – including the PX home cinema series designed to provide high-performance 4K resolution at an affordable price, and the award-winning ultra-portable M1 projector.

ViewSonic’s people are equally as important as its products; Posen Wang, Head of UK & Ireland is proud to announce Tony White has taken up his position as AV Director – paving the way for continued success in 2019.

www.viewsonic.com/uk

Award categories

PERSONAL AWARDS

AV Technologist of the Year

The AV Technologist of the Year recognises an outstanding achievement by an individual in advancing AV technology.  The Award is open to nominations for individuals responsible for the development of a new technology, solution or application, and which is either currently available on the market or which will be demonstrated as a working prototype.

AV Sales Professional of the Year

The AV Sales Professional of the Year recognises the contribution that the individuals who lead or make up the sales teams of resellers, integrators, distributors or manufacturers make to advancement of the AV industry. The winner of the Award must demonstrate success in AV sales over a period of at least two years, a professional approach and innovation in sales technique.

AV Support Professional of the Year

The AV Support Professional of the Year Award recognises the importance of the support and service functions in the running of a professional business, and is open to representatives of resellers, integrators, distributors and manufacturers. The winner must be able to demonstrate a commitment to the support role, and to provide evidence of positive customer interaction.

AV Marketing Professional of the Year

Communication of the benefits and applications of a continuing stream of new products, solutions and services have seen the marketing function increase in influence. The AV Marketing Professional of the Year Award recognises excellence in marketing and marketing communications. The winner must be able to demonstrate effectiveness, creativity and success.

Outstanding Achievement in AV

The Outstanding Achievement in AV Award recognises the product of a lifetime contribution to the development of the AV industry. The winner will hold, or will have held, a senior position within the industry for not less than five years, and will be a well-known figure at the manufacturer, distributor or reseller level.

PROJECT AWARDS

AV Project of the Year (Education)

Education applications have seen a succession of technology paradigm shifts that have changed teaching and learning fundamentally. These transitions are still in progress with the move to collaborative and personalised learning. The Education Project of the Year rewards innovation, sustainability, efficiency and effectiveness and will be awarded to the reseller or integrator responsible for deploying the nominated learning solution.

AV Project of the Year (Commercial)

Whether through improving decision making and operational efficiency with collaborative technologies or developing customer communication with digital signage, AV technologies are fast becoming mission critical.  The commercial Project of the Year rewards innovation, sustainability and effectiveness and will be awarded to the reseller or integrator responsible for deploying the nominated commercial solution.

PRODUCT AND SOLUTION AWARDS

AV Display Innovation of the Year

The AV Display Innovation of the Year Award marks the development of new or improved display technologies that will have a significant effect on the AV industry going forwards, providing the basis for new products, solutions or applications. The Award can be made to companies recognised as currently active within the AV sector or those involved in the development of enabling technologies on which future AV solutions might be based. Innovations introduced during 2017 or previewed in at least prototype form at ISE 2018 will be considered.

Digital Signage Innovation of the Year

As one of the hottest sectors in AV, the Digital Signage sector has seen continuous innovation in displays, interactivity, media players, audience monitoring and analysis. This category is open to developers, manufacturers and systems integrators involved in developing digital signage for clients in institutional and commercial markets including retail, transportation, stadia and other entertainment venues, museums and galleries.

Collaboration Innovation of the Year

The importance of collaboration in education and the workspace is acknowledged in this Award, which is open to manufacturers, software developers and others active in meeting room systems, video and audio solutions, networking and workspace facilities (including technology, design, environment and sustainability). Innovations must have been introduced to the market or demonstrated as a prototype in the year to ISE.

Presentation Innovation of the Year

State-of-the-art presentations are almost unrecognisable to the generation suffering ‘Death by PowerPoint’, with new solutions available in both the display and management of presentation materials. This category is open to developers, manufacturers and systems integrators involved in developing innovative presentation solutions and techniques. Innovations must have been introduced to the market or demonstrated as a prototype in the year to ISE.

INDUSTRY AWARDS

AV Market Development Initiative of the Year

The AV Market Development Initiative of the Year category acknowledges success with end-user programmes that contribute to the development of new business opportunities for the AV industry. Examples of qualifying entries might include end-user marketing or education campaigns; end-user events; customer promotions; new technology applications and deployments and other market development initiatives by AV resellers and systems integrators.

AV Reseller / Integrator of the Year

The AV Reseller / Integrator of the Year Award recognises excellence in the transaction of AV business – skilled specialists delivering the right product or solution for their customers’ needs, with purchase decisions based on appropriate advice, installed with a high degree of competence and supported with due consideration. The winner of this Award will be required to demonstrate effectiveness at each stage of the process, with evidence provided in the form of projects completed within the last 12 months

AV News’ Editor’s Choice

This is a new category to represent all round excellence, in each of the previous categories – innovation, product design, manufacturing, sales, marketing and support. It is awarded entirely at the AV News Editors’ discretion

 

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