Protocol is a quarterly publication featuring columns and articles of interest to professionals in the entertainment technology industry on business and technical topics, current standards issues, certification developments, and trade shows. Since its inception in 1994, Protocol has grown to become the leading source of information for businesses in the field of entertainment technology.
Between its covers you will find a variety of articles on topics ranging from:
- Business - marketing, insurance, information technologies, accounting, legal issues, and money-saving techniques specific to operating a business in the entertainment technology industry
- Technology - articles encompassing new technologies and the proper use of existing technologies
- Industry Developments - track the progress being made in Technical Standards, Certification, and Technical Education
- News - watch Protocol for information on upcoming trade shows and events, awards, and membership benefits
This edition’s highlights include:
• ProSight Specialty Insurance investigates how a fleet of 50 intelligent drones flying in tight formation over a theme park creates new technical opportunities—and challenges! What does one do to control the risk?
• Dan Culhane shares how fire curtains have evolved and the new codes reflect this evolution in technology; through fire modeling, some of the assumptions we had in the past have been proven wrong and the new codes will reflect this change.
• Jerry Gorrell explains what a court of law can consider evidence of “the industry standard for duty of care.”
• Transporting lithium-ion batteries impacts anyone working in film/video to tours—learn about considerations and precautions to being safe on the road from Harry Box.
• Guy Holt outlines the tricks and benefits of paralleling portable generators.
• Dan Bonitsky of Source-Ventures LLC explains methods of forecasting sales revenue and goal setting strategies.
• Mike Wood’s “Out of the Wood” column revisits “Color Rendering one more time. Could TM-30-15 be it?” He presents a thought-provoking piece on this critically important and generally misunderstood concept—another must-read!
• This issue’s “Shadow, Light, and Truth” column by Richard Cadena addresses “Simple Math Tricks” to help understanding the real world versus the paper world in comparing calculations to measurements.
• “Standards Watch” reminds us all to “Read the Manufacturer’s Directions!”
• Todd Spencer writes this issue’s ETCP News column describing the work of the ETCP Council in directing this successful and beneficial certification program for our industry.
• David Schraffenberger addresses credit card fees in his “BizQuestions” column.
• Bill Groener’s “Soft Sell” column offers insightful thoughts about improving your sales skills with “Prioritize for Success!”
• Read the descriptions of the PLASA Members’ Choice Product Award nominees at LDI (categories: expendable, gadget, and equipment) submitted by the early Protocol deadline—and plan to vote while attending LDI.
• Check out all the PLASA seminars offered at LDI—both those informative sessions provided by PLASA’s Technical Standards as well as sessions that supply ETCP renewal credits—all are included on the list. Get the most out of your LDI experience—plus, the Technical Standards sessions are free to PLASA members with the PLASA sticker on their badge!
• Learn about the progress of the Technical Standards Program from Karl Ruling
• Production Equipment Rental Group News by Harry Box covers the summer launch of Rental Guard to aid in the prevention of fraud and theft.
• Catch the news about Behind the Scenes to learn about BTS initiatives in both NA and the UK—including the Lightpower Neal Preston "In the Eye of the Rock 'n' Roll Hurricane" presented by LDI and A.C.T Lighting at LDI—a benefit for BTS!
• Read the updates in NA and EU Directions columns from your regional chairs
• See the new PLASA Members
And much more!
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