August 2014 - Advanced AV

How Net Neutrality Affects Video Conferencing

Net neutrality is a concept that is relatively new, but could still have a huge impact on traditional business models across a wide array of industries. The basic idea of net neutrality gives every Internet user the same access to Internet bandwidth. If net neutrality is done away with, organizations may have to pay a fee to Internet service providers so that their sites load at a speed that is acceptable for visitors. Many in the AV industry are wondering how net neutrality specifically affects video conferencing:

Possible Net Neutrality Impacts On Video Conferencing

Although net neutrality is still in place for the most part, this past May the FCC started taking comments about net neutrality from Internet users. If the FCC decides to revoke net neutrality, it could cause some significant changes to the way that video conferencing is used, both privately and commercially.

One of the considerations to make when thinking about how net neutrality affects video conferencing is what the impact would be on private users of this kind of technology. Video conferencing tools may become unavailable to many users who have limited financial means, but still want to be able to communicate with people they care about
The number of startups and innovation in the video conferencing industry could take a negative hit. Since the abolishment of net neutrality could make it hard for companies to afford to pay for bandwidth to support video conferencing for all users, it is very possible that small companies and startups may be dissuaded from even entering the field of video conferencing in the first place
Business costs for video conferencing may be higher. Companies that have to expend more resources for video conferencing may see lowered GP numbers, since more […]

By |August 26th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments

Google Enters Commercial Video Conferencing: What You Should Know

Google has made a move to strengthen its already formidable standing in the world of business productivity tools by expanding its Hangout video conferencing feature. In a blog post from July 30, Google Vice President of Product Development Clay Bavor announced that Hangouts will now be open to users without a Google+ account. Hangouts is also going to be added to the existing suite of Google Apps for business, meaning Google is now covering Hangouts with around the clock support and a 99.9% guaranteed uptime. The fact that it offers commercial video conferencing means that other players in the video conferencing market must take notice and work on methods of staying competitive.

Google’s Move To Secure More Commercial Business

Google Apps is already one of the most well-known suites of productivity tools for businesses. Companies can use the Google Calendar to set appointments, Google Drive to share documents, and Google Talk to communicate with colleagues. Until this point, Google’s Hangout video conference feature was considered more of a casual tool that could be used by friends on Google+ to stay in touch with each other. Google’s recent announcement will force people to change the way that they think about Hangouts.

In addition to the news that Google offers commercial video conferencing through Hangouts, the company also announced that it would be improving its Chromebox, a hardware tool that can be used to hold meetings on almost any kind of device. Google has promised that they will soon roll out the ability to connect two displays to a single Chromebox as well as Chromebox support for calendar integration, which makes hosting meetings at home much easier.

What Google’s Announcement Means For The Industry

These recent reports that Google offers commercial video […]

By |August 12th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments

Why Great Digital Signage Starts With Great Content

Digital signage is a field that has taken off in recent years, thanks in part to the advancement of display technology and the increasing need for facilities to be able to deliver information to people in a timely fashion. According to some industry experts, there will be 22 million digital signs by 2015. However, in order for signage to be as effective as possible, there must be something for the sign to display and an audience interested in the sign’s content. There are a few digital signage content best practices that all users of digital signage should keep in mind whether they are looking to set up new signage or change their existing signage.

The Kind Of Content Available On Digital Signage

Digital signage can fulfill a wide variety of informational needs depending on the kind of facility the sign is in and the audience that the sign is targeted towards. Some of the more common types of information displayed on digital signage include:

Maps: maps that are placed on digital signage are very important to allow visitors to a facility to find the rooms and locations that they are looking for. The advantage of digital signage is that these maps can be interactive depending on where the viewer is looking to go, which means visitors can choose what kind of maps they are specifically looking for
News updates: getting news updates such as departmental closures or information about traffic or weather is very useful for people looking to stay current on the latest stories that will impact their lives
Company messages: some of the other helpful kinds of digital signage content include announcements, video messages, and other communications that a company or organization wants to convey to customers or […]

By |August 6th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments

AV Network Announces Industry Game Changers

Below is a new article from AVNetwork that announces 9 of the great minds that are changing the AV Industry. Click here to see the original article. 
The New Work: The Nine Who Are Changing the AV Industry
By Kirsten Nelson On August 04, 2014
You know that person who is always just having a little bit too much fun to really be running a successful business? They never really gave up playing a musical instrument, or maybe they surf every morning before showing up to the office. They probably make a habit of cycling 100 miles at sunrise, race dirt bikes on the weekends, or indulge in some random act of sailing, golfing, mountain biking, hiking, or just walking the streets with an eye open toward the art and sound all around us.

 

 The Nine (l-r): (top row) Kelly Perkins, Kari Rae Seekins, Chance Turner; (center row) Morteza Ghazi-Tehrani, Anne Guthrie, Alex Mayo; (bottom row) Greg Rushton, Tory Holmwood, Elizabeth Kelson.

How on earth does that person, with all their “hobbies,” ever get any work done?

I’ll tell you how. Successful, innovative, visionary people do not have hobbies. They just live, every single day, with the utmost gusto. Nothing is saved for later, everything is an opportunity to inform, change, move. Right now.

The audio and video technology industry and its various application segments were built by people who not only took their work home with them, they made work have real purpose in their lives. The cast of founding characters includes the small-town radio and PA operator who insisted that “moving pictures” could be shown outdoors in his hometown after he came home from the war. The powerful, fashionable politician who decided that she could build AV hardware in America, […]

By |August 4th, 2014|News|0 Comments
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