The ABCs of Pro AV: A Complete List of Audio Visual Acronyms and Their Meanings

A list of the most well-known audio visual acronyms relevant to the pro AV industry today — because, goodness knows, we could use a reference!

The pro AV industry is full of technical jargon that, admittedly, makes it a little hard for outsiders to comprehend the very scope of what services are offered within it. That’s why we’ve created this easy reference guide to the most well-known audio visual acronyms.

AudioVisual Tech Protocols

AVoIP – short for “AV over IP,” or the transfer of audio visual data over an client’s IP network.

SDVoE – “software-defined video over ethernet;” this refers to an AVoIP protocol that utilizes off-the-shelf ethernet switches.

HDMI – “High-Definition Multimedia Interface;” an uncompressed digital connector providing an interface between 8-channel digital audio and HDTV standards.

HDBaseT – “high-definition video, audio, power, home networking, Ethernet, USB, & control over category cable.”

AVB – “Audio Video Bridging”

LED – “light-emitting diode;” a material that emits light when electricity passes through it.

OLED – “organic light-emitting diode;” a polymer or other organic substance used as a semiconductor in an LED

AV Industry Associations & Events

AVIXA – “Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association,” producer of InfoComm trade shows around the world, co-owner of Integrated Systems Europe and the international trade association representing the audiovisual industry.

NSCA – “National Systems Contractors Association;” not-for-profit association representing the commercial electronic systems industry and founder of such programs as IGNITEPivot to Profit, etc. Its annual Business & Leadership Conference gathers integration professionals for strategic presentations and networking.

SIA – “Security Industry Association” is a trade organization for security professionals.

USAV Group – “United States AV”

PSA – “Physical Security Association”

BICSI – “Building Industry Consulting Service International” tackles information technology and communication systems education.

CompTIA – “Computing Technology Industry Association;” association of over 8,000 companies providing IT certifications.

CTA – “Consumer Tech Association;” producers of CES (Consumer Electronics Show)

DSE – “Digital Signage Expo;” world’s largest trade show dedicated to showcasing digital display and interactive technology solutions.

DSF – “digital signage federation;” not-for-profit trade group representing the digital signage industry and founders of the DSE.

ESPA – “Electronics Systems Professional Alliance”

CEDIA – Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association

PSNI – “Professional Systems Network International;” alliance of integrators, manufacturers, and distributors around the world and dedicated to creating industry standards.

BLC – “Business and Leadership Conference;” provides integration firm leaders with business insight, camaraderie, and innovation to help them improve sales and leadership skills.

ISE – “Integrated Systems Europe;” the largest pro AV trade show in the world. Moving from Amsterdam to Barcelona in 2021 to accommodate growth

Audio Visual Acronyms for Business Practices

SaaS – “software as a service;”

RFP – “request for proposals;”

ROI – “return on investments;”

RMR – “recurring monthly revenue;” the thing many integrators are struggling to maintain.

Miscellaneous Audio Visual Acronyms

CTS, CTS-D, CTS-I – “Certified Technology Specialist;” AVIXA’s pro AV certification program (D for design; I for installation)

AV – “Audio-Visual;” if you’re reading this list, you surely must know this one above all other audio visual acronyms.

VAR – “Value-Added Reseller”

AIA – “American Institute of Architects”

ADA – “Americans with Disabilities Act”

APEX – “Audiovisual Provider of Excellence;” AVIXA program that honors member companies that achieve certain levels of employee certification and training

AR – “augmented reality;” formerly thought of as a gimmick, we’re seeing its use in more creative display projects each year.

VR – “virtual reality”

AI – “artificial intelligence;” hotly-debated whether or not this belongs in the AV industry.

BYOD – “bring your own device;” a trend in corporate meeting spaces where customers are demanding the capability to join a meeting using only the tech they bring to it, such as a smartphone or laptop.

CCTV – “Closed-caption television”

FCC – “Federal Communication Commission”

PSIM – “Physical Security Information Management”

BIM – “Building Information Modeling”

MOAR – “Market Opportunity Analysis Report;” AVIXA reports focused on AV opportunities in particular vertical markets.

IOTA – “industry Outlook and Trends Analysis;” a series of pro AV reports by AVIXA that look at particular regions and the global AV market


Don’t see some audio visual acronyms which should have been on this list? Let us know by putting them in the comments below!

Written by: CI Staff
Commercial Integrator

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