October 2011 - Advanced AV

Driving technology to all wireless anywhere, anytime?

Where’s Wireless

As we venture through our daily lives at work, in our communities and at home, the mobile device has become an appendage to our humanity. Each day, more and more people are using their phones and tablets for an ever expanding array of productivity and entertainment applications.

Technical details of the various current and proposed future wireless standards are best handled by experts such as Matthew Gast. In 802.11 Wireless Networks: The Definitive Guide (O’Reilly Media), now in its second edition, Gast covers every detail of WAN and WEP and all in between. Where we dare to venture is to the specific usage of wireless in the Integrated Audio Visual Systems’ world. How can Media Managers and IT Directors cut costs and provide better support to their internal clients by implementing wireless in control, video and audio distribution and projected displays all around unified communications.

Sitting in a local hospital’s radiology center recently, I was taken aback by the patients of all different ages, races, and genders who were waiting for their name to be called. Every person had their phone out, in hand with head down, doing something or other with that device. The usual busy stack of magazines lay idle on a table collecting dust. Less than two years ago I recall sitting in the lobby of a cardiologist’s office. The age range was a bit older but there was still age, gender and race diversity. Very few were using smartphones during their wait. In that short period of time; less than 2 years, the explosion of wireless technologies has made the use of these devices commonplace. E-mail, web-searching, shopping, texting, tweeting, taking pictures, voice activated memos, banking, buying a […]

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Charming Retrofit – Advanced AV Breathes Life Back Into Historic Theater

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Congratulations to Advanced AV President Mike Boettcher For Being Selected as Smart 100 CEO

Advanced AV CEO Mike Boettcher has been selected as a Top 100 CEO. Read the article here. 

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Will classroom displays disappear into tablets and smartphones?

Battle lines not only have been drawn but the battle has escalated to an all-out war. I’m referring to the competition over “tablets” with Apple’s iPad 2 pushing other players to release bigger, faster, full-featured products just to stay in this new game.

There is no doubt that smartphones and tablets are making a statement in the replacement market for laptops and even notebooks as the world’s thirst for smaller, faster and “funner” continues.

As with so many technologies such as flat panel displays/televisions, format changes, MP3 players, and social networking, the consumer is the driving force that dictates when the commercial applications take hold and gain wide acceptance. This trending however has occurred much faster with the integration of tablets into several key commercial markets including education.

Apple has always been a major influencer in the K-12 education market and as a partner and collaborative vendor has gained and continues to retain wide acceptance in the classrooms of schools as well as the creative curriculum departments such as multi-media, journalism, and even athletics. However, the appeal and heavy push has come from the savvy students and their 21st century, younger generation parents. This generation of students is coming to class with higher educational expectations of using their devices as an adjunct to library research, for access to instructional materials, for collaborative work, for networking in their field, and for personal productivity.

Sam Gliksman on March 15, 2011 in a blog entitled, “Can Your iPad Replace Your SmartBoard?” reviews and envisions a “lower cost” solution to an “interactive whiteboard.” (I find it so interesting how well Smart Technologies has branded their product into a technology reference. It does not matter who manufactures an interactive white board it is always […]

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