January 2016 - Advanced AV

Health Care and Education Pushing Global Videoconferencing Market Growth

The videoconferencing market is booming; technology allows us to do more than ever before, and businesses are connecting with consumers all over the globe. The industry is already valued at $3.69 billion and continues to rise. In fact, experts forecast videoconferencing will grow 8.5 percent by 2023, reaching $7.85 billion in value. What’s driving this growth?

Industries everywhere are implementing videoconferencing technology. Not only does it offer a global solution for international companies, it’s also cost-effective. Companies can expand their reach, whether to customers or employees, worldwide, without the prohibitive costs. The health and education sectors have seen significant changes, and these two industries are major driving forces in the implementation of videoconferencing.

Remote Visits and Treatment Reshaping the Health Care Industry

Health care companies use videoconferencing technology in a variety of ways. Cloud-based collaboration solutions, videoconferencing, and the looming Internet of Things have fueled the expansion of health care services worldwide. Now, health care workers can practice anywhere in the world and still keep in touch with home base. A doctor working with patients in Africa can easily collaborate on treatment plans with his supervisors back in the United States.

Furthermore, many hospitals have begun implementing remote patient monitoring and tele-consultation technology. Patients can visit with a doctor without ever leaving the house. Follow-ups after a treatment are easier than ever because doctors can check in with patients remotely. This important and impressive step forward in health care is possible only because of videoconferencing technology.

Videoconferencing Offers New Educational Opportunities

The education industry relies on videoconferencing technology just as heavily. Online learning has become much more commonplace in our society, and videoconferencing is playing a massive role. People are obtaining an education in locations where it was previously difficult […]

By |January 29th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

A Look Back at the Top Digital Security Concerns of 2015

Well, we’re already a month into 2016, a year that promises to bring exciting advancements and changes in audio visual technology and collaboration systems. Unfortunately, one thing that never seems to change is cyber security and the very real possibility of a breach. Digital threats continue to soar worldwide and security concerns remain the top priority of most IT departments.

Though executives across the globe continue tightening security as technology evolves, there are some clear takeaways from last year that may change the way we think about this technology. Security concerns aren’t new to 2016, but the way we prioritize them has changed. Let’s take a look back at what we can expect in the future.

Primary Security Concerns Continue to Rise

IT professionals across the U.S., U.K., Hong Kong and Singapore are making security even more of a priority this year than it was in 2015, with three out of four executives calling it “critical.” Here are the top three IT security priorities for 2015, priorities that will still be top of mind as we move into 2016:

The first priority is protection from and detection of Advanced Persistent Threats (or APTs).
Next are next generation firewalls, though there is a disconnect between executives and IT staffers on this priority. Many executives feel they have done everything possible when it comes to firewalls; IT staff feel there is often more security that could be put into place.
And thirdly, mobile device management is a priority on the rise in most companies. Again, this is a situation where the actual threats may not have grown, but the awareness of potential threats has increased greatly.

As technology has evolved—bringing the cloud and outsourced security systems to businesses—the threats have become a bigger concern. […]

By |January 26th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Digital Signage Meets the Internet of Things

The marriage of the Internet and personal devices like phones and tablets has forever changed how businesses run, and digital signage has evolved right along with them. There is now nothing you can do on a smartphone you can’t do on a digital sign. At first thought to be a casualty of the second screen phenomenon, the digital signage industry has instead evolved into a growth industry and is embracing the technological advances the cloud has now made available.

The Union of IoT and the Growth of Devices 

Fueled in part by the Internet and in part by the ease with which they allow networking, our reliance on personal devices seems to only be growing stronger, especially as the Internet of Things evolves.

The Internet of Things, or IoT, enables physical objects to speak to one another, and it has the potential to change every area of communication by making it more personalized and up to date, and digital signage is no exception. The IoT allows information sharing to be customized to whatever the handler chooses, and it can adjust based on the preferences of the customer viewing it.

Cisco calls it The Internet of Everything (IoE) and estimates this technology will explode from 13 billion connections to 50 billion in the next ten years. This increase in connection will make more real-time data available for consumers to analyze and interact with. Digital signs have the potential to be the most powerful customer-facing tool for retailers to leverage because it offers real-time customization and maximizes profits.

How Organizations Can Leverage Digital Signage

Digital signs—from tablets and kiosks to airport schedules—are driven by powerful visual communications software platform. They leverage data coming from multiple sources and deliver customized consumer experiences.

And people notice […]

By |January 7th, 2016|Blog|1 Comment
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