18.05.20

Greg Jeffreys to lead AVIXA’s standards committee

Greg Jeffreys InfoComm

AVIXA has elected Visual Displays founder and experienced displays consultant, Greg Jeffreys, as new chair for its Standards Steering Committee, which advises the main board on issues relating to industry standards.

The Committee will provide recommendations for standards development within the context of AVIXA’s strategic plan, and approve completed standards before they are sent for American National Standards Institute (ANSI) ratification and subsequent publication.

As one of the committee’s founder members, Jeffreys had written the previously published projection best practice paper, in conjunction with international consultants, experts and dnp’s R&D team in Denmark. As a result, the PISCR (Projected Image System Contrast Ratio) standard was amongst the first task groups out of the blocks. He then assumed InfoComm leadership roles in preparation for becoming president in 2012, while continuing to lead the DISCAS (image size) standard group and undertaking other standards writing activities.

Greg reports: “When our first standards were published, we innocently assumed a grateful AV world would beat a path to our door and adopt them enthusiastically. The reality sadly did not match the expectation. At this point the InfoComm/AVIXA leadership stepped in. After producing articles, seminars and creating CTS courses I’m pleased to say the tide has turned and we’re now in a mature phase whereby impactful developments will affect the entire AV ecosystem.”

The refreshed 2020 Standards Committee had been due to meet at AVIXA’s Virginia HQ, but as a result of COVID-19, is now planning a sequence of Zoom-based working sessions, beginning in June, where strategy and bigger picture discussions will be developed.

The pandemic has also prompted Greg to write and develop webinars based on AVIXA and related building and environmental standards. The programme kicks off with a series of five webinars for university technology managers in the LTSMG (Learning and Teaching Space Management Group - https://ltsmg.co.uk/). Subjects range from space design to space auditing – all with the common thread of using relevant standards. They will take place each morning from 18 May and webinars for the wider AV community start from 25 May (https://visualdisplaysltd.com/resources/webinars).

Explaining his rationale, Greg says that as a result of social distancing requirements, introduced as a result of the pandemic, his presentations have undergone a fundamental reassessment of what the built environment will need to offer occupants. This implies that user wellbeing and smart buildings will be prioritised in future projects. Existing building, environmental and wellbeing standards have performance metrics that can link to AVIXA’s AV standards.  

Greg concludes: “I believe this can signal positive outcomes for future users of AV. I also believe that the AV industry will play a leading role with these changes. I’m proud to see the AVIXA leadership step up to the plate in these critical times. My ambition is for my work within the standards movement to play a positive role in developing the status of our AV profession.”