2020 CATEGORIES

The AV Awards will further additions, updates and improvements to it's categories in an effort to ensure we provide a platform for recognising and rewarding the whole AV Industry.

TECHNOLOGY

Audio Technology of the Year

Audio technology involved in installations across all sectors except production.

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Collaboration Technology of the Year

Video conferencing, telepresence, audio conferencing, web conferencing, or any other software environment, or ecosystem that delivers eco-system collaboration rather than communication functionality. Interactive touch screens should enter Communication Technology of the year if they are supporting collaboration environments.

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Communication Technology of the Year

Any audio, video or lighting hardware technology that supports connectivity, communication and collaboration. This category focuses on basic communication functionality and includes all infrastructure devices, interactive screens and cameras, such as PTZ.

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Control and Management Technology of the Year

All audio, visual and lighting technologies fulfilling the role of management and control in a pro AV environment, including apps and software. Commercial control systems include keypads, control panels (audio, video, lighting), touch panel controls, remote controls used in both AV applications and applied integrated systems for energy control, building management and lighting control. This also includes integrated physical access control such as keypads, serial controllers, IP-enabled controllers, edge-based, extenders. Standalone software includes all software that is not integrated or packaged with other products for AV asset management, design, show control, collaboration, content creation, scheduling, content management and room management for many solutions such as digital signage, collaboration, cinema, live events, command and control.

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Digital Signage Technology of the Year

Digital signage technology solutions including media players, servers, software and managed services to display content in out-of-home (OOH), public environments, and by multiple individuals simultaneously to convey information, advertising, or other forms of messaging. Displays should enter Visual Technology or Communication Technology of the year.

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Event Technology of the Year

All audio, video and lighting technology involved in events, production, rental and staging.

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Processing and Distribution Technology of the Year

All technologies fulfilling the role of processing and distribution in a pro AV environment. Includes processors, signal routing and switching to include signal switchers, transmitters and matrix switchers (routers) that transmit and replicate control information and IP-based AV signals outside specialist applications (such as broadcast).

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Support Technology of the Year

All support technology including brackets, mounts, cages, visualisation, simulation, tools, accessories, monitoring, power and design tools

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Visual Technology of the Year

All display technology Including projectors, LFD, LED, mixed reality.

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PROJECT

Education Project of the Year

Installations using AV and experiential technology in all kinds of learning environments such as higher, primary, secondary, further education and auditoriums covering applications such as lecture capture and distance learning.

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Corporate Project of the Year

Installations using AV and experiential technology in finance, legal, telecoms, IT, property, real estate, chemical / petroleum - excludes corporate lobbies, this should be entered into retail project.

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Leisure and Hospitality Project of the Year

Installations using AV and experiential technology in cruise ships, sports and leisure facilities, bars, restaurants, nightclubs, hotels and resorts, travel agents, tour operators, casinos and F&B - excludes large stadiums which should enter venue project of the year. However, if you have installed into hospitality areas this would be included here.

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Retail Project of the Year

Installations using AV and experiential technology in digital signage, digital out of home, retail, showrooms and corporate lobbies.

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Broadcast and Media Project of the Year

Installations using AV and experiential technology in televised events, corporate broadcast, studio based broadcast productions

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Events and Entertainment Project of the Year

Temporary installations using AV and experiential technology in live events, corporate events, entertainment shows, awards ceremonies, experiential events, opening and closing ceremonies, sponsored events, exhibits, sales conferences, product launches, exhibition events, music events, outdoor events and festivals, etc.

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Public Sector Project of the Year

Installations using AV and experiential technology in government, military, law enforcement, emergency services, health, medical, transport, energy and utilities and command and control rooms.

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BUSINESS

Design Consultancy of the Year

Organisations that provide consultancy to the AV industry independently and free of bias.  They should not be sellers of AV. Typically they will provide design services and construction documents and, if required, assist in identifying qualified integrators and other AV service providers to implement projects, supervise the construction phase and provide initialisation and commissioning services.

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End-User Business of the Year

Open to all end user businesses who can demonstrate innovative provision, management and/or usage of AV technology within their day-to-day business operations.

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Manufacturer of the Year

Any organisation involved in the research, design and production of AV technology.

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SME Business of the Year

Company must not have a turnover of more than €10 million or have more than 50 employees. This category is open to smaller businesses and starts ups (within three years) across the supply chain, plus all businesses outside of the supply chain that help move the AV industry forward.

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Distributor of the Year

Distributors of AV technology across all markets and regions which provide equipment and support to the dealer channel on behalf of the AV manufacturers they represent. In most cases distributors provide all the services and support elements that are available directly from the manufacturers, including inventory to accommodate immediate needs, warranty processing, service support, project and design assistance as well as demonstration equipment, sales training and sales assistance.

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Integrator of the Year

Integrators that serve customers either locally or internationally across all regions, and are committed to the complete project; from design, construction and installation, from delivery to training, and from commissioning to service and maintenance. 

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Production, Rental and Staging Business of the Year

Organisations that provide the AV solutions customers need, whether they have a special message to deliver to an intimate group or a ‘Big Bang’ to thousands. They can provide assistance in the initial planning stages, concept and theme development, staging requirements, AV equipment requirements, pre-production planning, production, procurement, contract management, site analysis and selection, scripting and logistics, and virtually anything else customers may need to ensure their message hits the mark.

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About the submission

Title of Award submission:
If your entry is successful, this title will be used to promote your entry.

Executive summary:
Be clear and concise. Without waffle, jargon and marketing-speak, please summarise:
(a) what your organisation does
(b) who its customers are
(c) your future strategy
(d) why you should win
This statement has a limit of 800 words.

Evidence of innovation:
What’s new, exciting and innovative about your organisation?
What have you helped your customers achieve?
This question has a limit of 500 words.

Impact of the organisation
As well as your customers, what do your employees think of your organisation? Are you a great place to work?
Please provide summary evidence of:

Training programmes:
This question has a limit of 200 words.

Apprenticeship schemes:
This question has a limit of 200 words.

Diversity:
This question has a limit of 200 words.

Equality:
This question has a limit of 200 words.

Workplace culture:
This question has a limit of 200 words.

Other organisation highlights:
This question has a limit of 200 words.

Green credentials
Please provide summary evidence of your green credentials. Please consider:

Recycling:
What steps are you taking to ensure your products are fully recyclable?
Do you use already recycled materials in your products?
This question has a limit of 250 words.

Environmental impact:
Do you analyse the environmental impact of your products from production, transport, usage and disposal?
Do you still incorporate any of these chemicals into your products: Mercury into displays, Arsenic into display glass, Brominated flame retardants, PVC, Beryllium? If so, what are your plans to remove them from future products?
This question has a limit of 250 words.

Your suppliers:
Do you consider the travel distances of components from your suppliers?
Do you conduct supplier audits to ensure your suppliers are taking environmental (as well ethical) measures to reduce CO2 emissions?
This question has a limit of 250 words.

Accreditation:
Do you have products that are Energy Star compliant? If not, do you plan to go for this accolade in the future?
Have you achieved the ISO 14001 environmental certification? If you have it, what changes did that bring about to your company? If you don’t, do you plan to go for this in the future?
Do you have EPEAT certification for any of your products? If no, do you plan to go for this in the future?
This question has a limit of 250 words.

Additional green credentials:
Do you wish to highlight any further green credentials that your company, products and/or technologies have embedded?
This question has a limit of 250 words.

Supporting files and statements

Testimonials:
Please provide testimonial evidence of:
(a) customer successes
(b) innovation
There is no word limit for this information, so please provide multiple, in depth statements to strengthen your application.

Supporting materials:
Uploading supporting material is optional and at your own discretion. As a minimum, we recommend uploading images and, if appropriate, financial figures to strengthen your submitted statements. Judges are not required to score supporting material but can use supporting material as evidence to support a claim. For this reason please ensure all important statements are included in the main body of your awards submission - do not rely on the supporting materials section alone to evidence your entry. Please upload all materials as a zipped file.

Video link:
If a picture’s worth a thousand words, think what a video can do! This is not mandatory but we strongly recommend providing a video link to show the judges a visual of your entry.

Company logo:
This should be supplied in colour as a vector eps file. We recommend a dpi of at least 300. If your entry is successful, we will use this logo to promote you as a finalist on our website.

100-word award summary:
Should your entry be shortlisted, this summary will be published in the AV Awards Event Guide and shared in our marketing activity. Please ensure it is written in the third person.
For example: ‘Company X’s award shows innovation and resourcefulness…’
Rather than ‘Our award shows innovation and resourcefulness.’
You will not have an opportunity to review or amend the summary, so please ensure it is correct and accurate before you submit it.

PEOPLE

AV Professional of the Year

Who is eligible for this award?

Individuals working in the AV/IT, events or production industry, whether for an end-user organisation, a vendor or works on a freelance basis. Nominations should recognise an individual who has made a significant contribution and/or shown impressive leadership in the management of an in-house contract or vendor service-driven team.

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End-User Team of the Year

This category recognises in-house AV / IT / production and events service teams. They would typically look after the technology procurement, service selection, delivery, implementation and maintenance/management internally of a project or event.

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Rising Star of the Year

This category is open to individuals under the age of 30 working in all sectors of the supply chain, including end-users, freelancers and contractors. The aim of this award is to recognise a young or emerging professional who has made a standout contribution to the technical, operational, or commercial performance of their team or company.

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Channel Team of the Year

For any team working within channel businesses (manufacturers, distributions, integrators, resellers, consultants, production and rental companies) including sales, R&D, delivery, service teams, marketing etc.

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