Integrators like shiny objects. It’s only natural that NSCA members who work in AV, security, and life safety get excited about the latest and greatest technology. It’s also why emerging technologies, such as virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), have been fixtures in the integration industry dialogue for years.
As exciting as the concept of VR may be, conversations are typically big on enthusiasm and small on practical business applications. The role of NSCA’s Emerging Technologies Committee is to marry the integration industry’s passion for new technologies with beneficial business strategies.
Episode 1 of our Emerging Technologies Committee’s Beer & Bull video podcast zeros in on VR. Innovative Lighting’s Harry Aller and Mechdyne’s Chris Scharver not only geek out on VR with host Mike Abernathy – but they also offer thoughtful insight on business applications.
Watch Episode 1 of the Beer & Bull Video Podcast
Discussion topics include:
- VR as a sales tool
- VR as a training tool
- How VR benefits integrators and manufacturers
- VR use cases
- How to get started and build partnerships to pursue VR
You can also download the episode, courtesy of AVNation, here.
Find all NSCA Beer & Bull video podcasts here.
What is NSCA’s Emerging Technologies Committee?
NSCA has tapped top innovation and technology specialists within its membership to provide guidance to the NSCA board of directors and members. The committee offers insight – through video podcasts and other platforms – on emerging trends to ensure that NSCA members aren’t blindsided by adjacent industries, advanced technology, or innovation that obsoletes or devalues our solutions and service offerings.
The forward-thinking industry professionals on the committee analyze enabling and disruptive technologies to help build awareness within the NSCA community.
Additional goals of the Emerging Technologies Committee:
- Provide a futurist view of the most impactful technologies
- Add clarity to what our industry’s future scope could look like
- Allow NSCA members to explore new business opportunities based upon emerging trends that influence businesses
What is Beer & Bull?
The concept of “Beer & Bull” is simple – getting together with like-minded individuals to talk about a passion topic while perhaps enjoying a beverage. NSCA introduced its Beer & Bull concept at our annual Business & Leadership Conference (BLC) several years ago. This was a lively discussion about business topics, usually situated toward the end of the three-day event – when attendees were particularly thirsty.
It was a great annual session that spurred memorable dialog. We’re constantly evolving our BLC content and haven’t had a “Beer & Bull” session for the last few years. We still love the concept, however, and decided to bring it back in the form of a video podcast. Instead of enjoying our beers together at BLC, our host, panelists, and attendees are encouraged to tip a glass of their own during the discussions. (Yes, we might discuss our beverage choices a little bit.)
Thanks to Our Friends at AVNation
We are grateful to our friends at AVNation for lending their established podcast platform to NSCA to host Beer & Bull discussions. Find all NSCA Beer & Bull episodes, as well as AVNation’s full library of integration business podcasts, here. Subscribe and follow AVNation on iTunes.