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Doug Schwartz

Western US Client Services Executive, FiberPlex Technologies, LLC - A consummate business professional, Doug Schwartz has been involved in the design, creation, sales and marketing of products and systems within the consumer and professional audio, video/visual, film and music industries for over 30 years.
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Security. What They Don't Want You to Know.

Every enterprise should have a safe and secure environment for its employees, customers and people in general. There are plenty of technologies to assist in securing just about anything today, but what nobody is telling you is that there’s a fly in the ointment!

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Wavelength Division Multiplexing – It’s Not Rocket Science…

As with anything that is not familiar to us, it is human nature to think that something mystical, or difficult to understand must be involved in the creation of that which is not familiar and already understood.

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A Simple History of Fiber Optic Technology

Let me take you on a journey back in time. Copper cable, of which we are all extremely familiar and comfortable with and which we originally experimented with in the 1750’s, really came on the scene back in the 1820’s with the invention of the electromagnet and the telegraph system. And from that day on, everything that utilized an electrical or electronic signal used copper to carry it to and fro. By the way, copper has been in use at least 10,000 years, but more than 96% of all copper ever mined and smelted has been extracted since 1900, and more than half was extracted in only the last 24 years.

However, as the population continued to grow and with the advent of a device called the telephone in 1876, so did our demand for copper cabling. That need, and as it grew, helped generate some of the greatest technological breakthroughs so that copper could do more and more for us. From analog (continually variable) signals to digital (on or off, 1 or 0) signals used today. I won’t bore you with all the details, but have you ever thought about how that last phone call you made wound up being received by the one person it was intended for, when tens of millions of other people were doing the same thing at exactly the same time?

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Navigating the confusing landscape of HDMI versions

HDMI, Oh My…

I’m sure, back in 2002, when Hitachi, Matsushita Electric (now Panasonic), Philips, Silicon Image, Sony, Thomson (now Technicolor), RCA and Toshiba came together to create HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface), they had no idea of the confusion and frustration the format would pose to consumers and professional integrators alike. With so many different HDMI versions, the landscape has gotten quite confusing.

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Lead with Light! ... why is Pro AV lagging with fiber?

A very interesting thing happened to me on my way to everywhere.
After meeting with countless consultants and integrators all over the country, one particular repetitive statement began to reverberate in my head: “We don’t get much call for fiber, but we use it when we have to.” This was a shocking statement to me at first, especially considering it was coming from the technical leaders of the AV industry. But then I realized that this is just human nature clouding the progressive thought process. For all the greatness of mankind, one of the natural responses to change is “fear of the unknown” and this, I realized, is what drives that statement.

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Protecting the Nations in Oil and Gas Resources with Fiber Optics

Being the type of person that is always looking to learn about the world and everything in it, I recently had the opportunity to spend a few days in Houston, Texas, at the Oil & Gas Cyber Security Conference. Boy, was it an eye opening experience!

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