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David Danto

David Danto has nearly 35 years of experience in media and unified communications technologies for various firms in the corporate, broadcasting & academic worlds. He is a respected engineer, consultant, designer, author and industry analyst.


David Danto has nearly 35 years of experience providing problem solving leadership and innovation in media and unified communications technologies for various firms in the corporate, broadcasting and academic worlds.  This includes:

 

 

  • The building and managing of the world’s largest commercial Cisco TelePresence ecosystem  (other than within Cisco) for JP Morgan Chase.
  • The design, implementation and operation of global video and audio conferencing facilities, television and audio/visual facilities and digital signage solutions for Lehman Brothers.
  • The design of television and radio facilities for Bloomberg, including the development of their revolutionary multi-screen TV format and the design and construction of studios for The Charlie Rose Show.
  • The development of the Television and Media Services department for NYU, including the design and implementation of America's first urban, self contained, multi-building university cable TV system using microwave links to cross public rights of way.
  • The design and management of multimedia and/or TV broadcast facilities for many organizations, including AT&T, Financial News Network, MTV, NBC, Rutgers University, and many others.  He has also acted as Engineer in Charge for countless commercial and industrial television productions.

David's efforts have been recognized by the premiere industry organizations in media technology.  In early 2007 he was elected (and still serves) as the Director of Emerging Technologies for the non-profit Interactive Multimedia & Collaborative Communications Alliance (www.imcca.org.)  Additionally, InfoComm International has appointed him as Adjunct Faculty for their educational efforts every year since 2007 and has recently added him to their prestigious “InfoComm 100” key industry thought leaders.  He has served as a National Association of Broadcasters conference “Pick-Hits” judge for Broadcast Engineering since 2001.  In 2010 and 2012 the CEA - the industry authority on consumer electronics – appointed him to be a judge for the Consumer Electronics Show Innovations Design and Engineering Awards.  Enterprise Connect appointed him to be a judge for their Innovations Showcase in 2012.

 

 

David is a frequent contributor to industry publications and presenter at industry events.  He is also the author of the popular “View From The Road” series of blogs.  In addition, David has served on many manufacturer council and advisory boards for firms including Polycom, Plantronics, AVI-SPL & BlueJeansNet.

 

David is now working with Dimension Data, a global ICT services and solutions provider, to focus on Broadcast, Multimedia and Collaboration Technology Architecture consulting services in the US.  

 

David Danto's Background

David Danto's Experience

Principal Consultant - AV / Collaboration / Multimedia / Telepresence / Video at Dimension Data

October 2011 - Present

At Dimension Data I focus on collaboration technology architecture, working both directly as a consultant with customers and to support the sales and strategy teams. I partner with our clients to help analyze their communications infrastructure and processes, identify areas where they can make improvements and guide them through those steps to greater success.

Director Emerging Technologies at IMCCA

January 2007

Interactive Multimedia and Collaborative Communications Alliance www.IMCCA.org IMCCA is a non-profit industry association resolved to strengthen and grow the overall collaborative conferencing and unified communications industry by providing impartial information and education about people-to-people, environmentally friendly communication and collaboration technology and applications. As the Director of Emerging Technology David vets new companies and technologies for inclusion into the group. He also represents the IMCCA at industry conferences and seminars, ensuring that IMCCA members not present can stay on top of industry news and events. In addition, he manages the IMCCA’s web presence including designing and managing the IMCCA website and moderating the various industry discussion forums on LinkedIn and other sites.

VP, Director of Video & Telepresence Engineering at JPMorgan Chase

June 2008 - October 2011

Responsible for the implementation and management the world’s largest commercial Cisco TelePresence (CTS) ecosystem. Developed and deployed a fully interoperable unified communications environment, allowing direct-dial video connections between endpoints at desktop PCs, video conference rooms, executive desktop appliances and Cisco TelePresence rooms. Designed and implemented an HD “Desktop Telepresence” system relied-upon by the firm’s senior management and operating committee. Coordinated the vendor selection and management process. Managed the Global Multimedia and Support Services Implementation team in the Global Services Organization. · Grew a four system proof of concept TelePresence deployment to just under 200 systems in two years, contributing to a nearly 50% reduction in travel expenses during that period. · Developed the required technologies and processes to allow visual collaboration across multiple, disparate systems and products. Enabled firm leadership to leverage Business to Business TelePresence from their offices. · Designed systems and processes that facilitated live streaming global “town hall” meetings to thousands of individual employee desktops by leveraging existing investments in TelePresence and other multimedia technologies, greatly reducing the logistical costs such events carried in the past.

VP, Director Global Multimedia Engineering at Lehman Brothers

June 2002 - May 2008

Hired shortly after Morgan Stanley’s sale of the new 745 7th Avenue building to Lehman Brothers. In-charge of the design, implementation and operations of television, videoconferencing and audio/visual facilities worldwide, and the coordination of the growth of these activities into new media technologies (telepresence, streaming audio and video, UC and other systems.) Coordinate global multimedia infrastructure. Oversee all local and international teleconferencing via satellite, public switched network and direct IP connection. Coordinate outsourced service providers. Maintain external kinetic signage in Times Square location (the largest HD videowall in the world - wraparound sign on 745 7th avenue.)

Director Broadcast Engineering & Operations at Bloomberg LP

November 1991 - August 2000

Worked on a contractual / consulting basis until joining the Bloomberg staff in 1995. Developed the systems required to produce the revolutionary Bloomberg multi-screen television format. Designed and built more than 15 interformat television production studios within corporate office environments on a global basis. Coordinated the worldwide operations of television and radio technical personnel. Supervised the design and worldwide installation of more than 100 automated radio workstations, allowing on-air talent to produce and digitally encode their segments at their desktop. Designed production studios for and coordinated the move of the "Charlie Rose" show from WNET-NY to new studios at Bloomberg's offices. Coordinated the purchase and integration of new equipment and technologies. Negotiated and executed program distribution and backhaul contracts utilizing satellite and terrestrial backbones.

Director Television and Media Services at New York University

May 1991 - November 1995

Managed all audio, video and audio-visual operations, centralizing and modernizing procedures and equipment. Created and implemented NYU's first centralized media services department utilizing remote automated equipment authorization, and an equipment and service reservation database. Designed and built America's first self contained, multi-building university cable television system using microwave links to cross public rights of way. Introduced Distance Learning and Teleconferencing systems utilizing both traditional satellite technology and dial-up systems. Developed NYU-TV - a student operated campus TV station that provided original programming to the NYU campus, and distributed programming nationally to other universities. Coordinated in-house live TV coverage of annual commencement ceremonies in Washington Square Park. Ensured ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliance in all new classroom and presentation room multimedia installations.

Director of Engineering at FNN - Financial News Network

July 1987 - May 1991

Designed and supervised construction of FNN's multi-format television and radio production center within New York's Rockefeller Center. Facilities included two live television production stages, four on-line interformat edit rooms, a television graphics suite, a state of the art newsroom and network radio production and transmission studios. Supervised technical design and production of "This Morning's Business", a 1/2 hour television program syndicated to CBS O&O television stations. Filled-in for production team in multiple roles on live programs when editorial and production staff were otherwise unavailable. Hired and supervised the NY technical staff.

Technician at American Telephone & Telegraph Company

September 1978 - September 1981

General support technician & Assistant Manager of the film and video duplication facility in the AT&T Corporate Television Center at 195 Broadway in NYC. Hired as needed as vacation relief at the end of a successful internship at this facility.

David Danto's Education

City University of New York-Brooklyn College

1979 – 1983

BA


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