September 2014 - Advanced AV

4 Ways to Pair Digital Signage with Data Visualization

Traditional signs are static entities.  For instance, an advertising sign, such as a billboard, provides information, but that information is fixed, limited, and non-interactive.  Digital signage, on the other hand, employs LCD, LED, and projection technology to create signs that are flexible, updatable, and potentially interactive.  Today, digital signage is utilized in traffic systems, public places, corporate buildings, storefronts, in advertising, and virtually every situation and place that traditional signs have been used.  Increasingly, data visualization, the process of using visual images – charts, graphs, and video – to represent data is being paired with digital signage.  4 Ways digital signage can be paired with data visualization include:

1) College Campuses:  The college campus is an ideal venue for pairing digital signage with data visualization.  Indeed, the possibilities for pairing digital signage with visual data are as limitless as the imaginations of today’s college students.  For example, imagine a world in which the digital signs on campus include student photography, video, and other student-generated content.  Imagine, then, an environment where student reports, research, and creative products become part of the visual landscape, all broadcast by digital signs sprinkled throughout a campus.  It would be an environment where the products of our inner minds and imaginations are projected onto the walls of the public sphere, available to all.  How might this spark creativity, curiosity, collaboration?   On a more down to earth level, digital signage of college events, schedules and maps, could include helpful presentations, graphics and videos as part of an overall digital display which is eye-catching, interactive, and updatable.

2) Workplace:  Companies are pairing digital signage with visual data to provide feedback to their workers.  For example, FedEx employees can view real-time screens that include up-to-date charts […]

By |September 30th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments

5 Reasons You Should Proactively Maintain Your Audio Visual Equipment

Audio visual equipment is some of the most important and expensive hardware that today’s businesses work with. To make sure that this equipment stays in good condition, it is imperative that companies are proactive about taking care of it. Here are the five best reasons you should proactively maintain your audio visual equipment.

1. It Costs Less

In many cases, preventative maintenance will save you a tremendous amount of time and money down the road. A costly hardware malfunction that could have been stopped by a simple preventative measure will leave you wondering why you didn’t decide to have closer inspections of your audio visual equipment.

2. It Improves Your Public Perception

Imagine this nightmare scenario: you have assembled a committee of decision makers from a huge prospect in your company conference room. The vibes are great, and you think you have a good chance at winning their business. As you get ready to fire up your projector to start your presentation to close the deal, nothing happens. It turns out that your projector is broken, and you will need to quickly come up with a solution to save face, before the prospect decides to leave and give their business to someone that is more prepared. Putting your best foot forward to clients is one of the most important reasons you should proactively maintain your audio visual equipment.

3. It Can Help Educate Employees (Creating Self Sufficiency)

Someone that is left in charge of inspecting audiovisual equipment is sure to learn much more about this kind of equipment than they initially knew. Want some of your team members to get more familiar with your AV equipment? Let them observe while a routine inspection or maintenance procedure is taking place. They are sure to […]

By |September 23rd, 2014|Blog|2 Comments

5 Reasons To Consider Subscription Based Video Conferencing and Unified Communications Solutions

When it comes to business communications, delivery methods are almost as important as communication methods themselves. If a company does not have a reliable way to access the type of communications they need to use on a daily basis, it will be exceedingly difficult to communicate with clients and colleagues efficiently. Subscription based video conferencing and unified communications solutions are two highly desirable options because of several critical benefits that they provide for users:

1. You Only Pay For What You Need

By their nature, subscription based video conferencing tools allow users to only pay for the services and user capacity that they require. There is no need to invest in more resources than your business needs, since you will have a choice about what kind of plan you want and these options will be well-defined when you are making this decision.

2. No Stress Over Repairs

If something goes wrong with your video conferencing or unified communications plan, there is no need for you to worry about having to repair any hardware or troubleshoot your software. This task is left to the company that you are depending on for your subscription: the most reliable providers will be able to fix these issues in a prompt manner.

3. More Scalability

Are you looking to increase the amount of users or bandwidth that your video conferencing or unified communications platform can support? With an on-premise model, it can be very difficult to make these kinds of upgrades. You will probably have to buy new hardware and change up the cable infrastructure of your facility. With a subscription-based model, you simply call up your provider and let them know that you would like to upgrade your subscription plan. Often the change can go […]

By |September 17th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments

4 Benefits of Remote AV Monitoring For Higher Education

Higher education is a field that reaps great benefits from the continued development of remote audiovisual systems. There are several key ways that remote AV systems help people involved in all areas of higher education better accomplish their goals.

1. Allowing Students To Archive Lectures

Many remote learning systems have the ability to let people archive lectures and then save them for another day so that they can refer back to them when they want to reinforce the lessons that their instructors are teaching. Some remote AV tools allow for real-time discussion and note taking of lectures, which is very valuable for those interested in making sure that the information they need to learn sinks in.

2.  Improving Cross-Disciplinary Lessons

When professors from two different but related fields want to teach a class or give a lecture that shares elements of both disciplines, it can be a challenge for them to understand how to merge their lesson plans in a cohesive way that allows students to learn effectively. Thanks to remote video monitoring, professors can check in on the lectures of their colleagues and then determine how they are doing at incorporating important ideas from other disciplines. They can use records of these lectures to compare notes with each other and make the necessary changes to their lectures so that in the future they will do a better job of addressing concepts that may be out of their area of expertise.

3. Helping Parents Understand Their Investment

In many cases, parents pay for, or at least help their children deal with, the rising costs of college tuition. Remote AV monitoring to allow parents to watch all or part of a class in session can help them understand why the investment in […]

By |September 9th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments

Socializing The Use Of Video Communication In Your Company

All kinds of companies are beginning to capitalize on the great convenience that video technology provides for them. Video tools can enhance communication and help your team members stay in touch more effectively with each other. For best results, it is important to take steps towards socializing the use of video in your company so that it can enhance communication and improve collaboration between employees. Here are five ways to make video a more social tool at your company.

1. Integrate It With Other Communications

Unified communications is rapidly becoming one of the most important ideas in the modern enterprise. InformationWeek’s 2014 Unified Communications Survey results showed that 77% of respondents already had a UC system or planned to deploy one in the next two years. Socializing the use of video in your company by unifying it with other kinds of communications is an important step towards making it more acceptable for communications.

2. Hold Mandatory Video Communications Sessions

No matter how effective your video communication systems are, there will always be a few holdouts that are reluctant to adopt video as a social tool. Socializing the use of video in your company by requiring your users to use video for some type of communication can make people aware of all the great benefits of video communication, even if they were reluctant to adopt it at first. Your mandatory video communication sessions do not have to be anything extremely serious: you could use them to check in with your remote team members or to hold informal meetings across the entire organization.

3. Don’t Force Users To Make A Drastic Operational Switch

While it is important that you ween the reluctant ones onto video communications, it is equally important that you do […]

By |September 3rd, 2014|Blog|0 Comments
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