February 2016 - Advanced AV

The Legal System: How Videoconferencing Is Bringing the Gavel Down

Communication is essential to the legal industry. For decades, law firms have relied on phones, fax, and email to do business—but is there a better way? Effective collaboration is critical to any industry, but a miscommunication or oversight in this field can lead to particularly dire consequences. Meeting face to face, however, is not always economically or physically possible. Even simply scheduling an in-person meeting can be remarkably difficult.

Videoconferences are an attractive solution to this issue. These platforms allow clients, counselors, expert witnesses, and other legal specialists to meet virtually, saving time and other important resources. With a comprehensive videoconferencing solution, teams can share documents or take notes. This keeps everyone up-to-date regarding changes in a case as soon as they happen.

Put Videoconferencing to Work in Your Firm

This technology can make a significant impact in your law firm. You may imagine speaking with clients or scheduling a quick consultation for an upcoming case, but there are many other perks to videoconferencing. For example: 

You can conduct training sessions across several different practices, connecting participants in real time and allowing them to share ideas and content. This is an ideal way to guide junior colleagues or teams as a whole. This can also help ensure everyone is up to speed on a firm’s or court’s guidelines and industry requirements. Simply launch a training session or similar program, and allow individuals to complete the requirement at their discretion. Furthermore, while a legal team is going through training, personnel can seamlessly communicate with senior members and their peers for advice—through an internal chat function or a quick video call. Alternatively, teachers can host video training sessions across virtual classrooms. Approved guests can join these lectures just as they would […]

By |February 26th, 2016|Blog|1 Comment

Public, Private, or Hybrid Cloud: What You Need to Know

The adoption of cloud technology has the potential to support operational and organizational efficiencies, with a recent study identifying three key benefits:

Cost savings were identified by 42 percent of respondents.
Getting things done more efficiently (40 percent).
Better allocation of IT resources (38 percent).

But over and above these benefits, the research was also able to establish that the organizations that were actively employing the cloud were seeing much higher revenue growth rates. These amounted to a significant 46 percent increase for on-premises cloud and 51 percent when off-premises cloud technology was used.

Sounds great, right? But when you are considering a move to the cloud, how do you determine which cloud option is right for your business? Many of today’s enterprises need a videoconferencing solution, for example, that can accommodate an increasingly mobile workforce, using an increasingly diverse scope of mobile devices, yet remain private and secure.

Businesses that require constant collaboration or exclusively communicate over the phone or in meeting rooms can still get by with a small onsite data storage system, or “private cloud,” providing they have the IT people in place to run it properly.

Public clouds are just what the name implies: Public (and usually free). A service provider (think Dropbox) makes resources, such as applications and storage, available to the general public over the Internet.

Companies are interested in hybridization, though, because it’s highly flexible. They can keep sensitive information in their private cloud, while placing more routine, peripheral activities in the public cloud, thereby freeing up even more space in their onsite data storage systems. Hybrid cloud simply means two clouds that share a connection, a community cloud and a private cloud, two public clouds, or any other mixture of cloud technology that brings two […]

By |February 18th, 2016|Blog|3 Comments

Stay Secure in the Cloud by Working WITH Your Managed Services Provider

If you’re working with a public cloud service or a managed services provider (MSP), you’ve likely given up some measure of security control. When you work with an MSP, you’re essentially relinquishing physical management to a third party. The economic benefits of an MSP are an obvious plus, but can you enjoy them without sacrificing security? The short answer is yes—if you maintain an open dialogue with your MSP about data security.

Assess Your MSP’s Security Measures

When searching for a reliable MSP, you’re entitled to a frank discussion about the prospective company’s security policies and practices. Identify your personal expectations regarding threat defense, access permissions, and data partitioning—and be prepared to carefully discuss these issues. Do the MSP’s policies closely align with your own? If you agree on a basic security philosophy, take care of some additional security measures, including:

Encryption protocol. If you’re in an industry like finance or healthcare, you may already be required to encrypt your data. Even if you’re not in a business that deals with sensitive client information or private records, you still need encryption measures. Decide whether you’re going to retain control of your own encryption or if you’re going to delegate it to your MSP.

Compliance monitoring. Before you give up control to a managed services provider, you need full disclosure about where your data could end up. If they’re not fully compliant with your industry’s rules, you may need to look elsewhere.

Privacy and logs. Can you gain access to your MSP’s logs? If not, you’ll be in a tough spot when you’re hit by an industry audit. You’re ultimately in charge of complying with industry regulations—not your third party provider. Take proactive steps to ensure you won’t be stuck between […]

By |February 12th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

How Apps and Digital Signage Are Changing the Event Industry

Here’s a stunning statistic: As of today, 22 percent of the world’s population owns a smartphone. When you think about how many people populate this planet, you realize that’s a whole lot of people. One of the biggest industries to come out of the smartphone explosion is, of course, application creation. Apps are designed to make all of our lives more efficient, and nowhere do you appreciate that function more than when you are at a huge event. An event app allows attendees to customize their experience, everything from profile registration to scheduling to event management creating a completely unique experience for each attendee—all of which lives conveniently on your mobile device.

Similarly, digital signage can attract people to an event and give them an interactive experience. See how these important pieces of technology are shaping the way we tackle event management.

Employ Technology to Encourage an Interactive Experience

Event apps help create an experience where users can seamlessly interact with their environments. Attendees become an integral part of the experience through polls and surveys, and, at a particularly large event, they can navigate quickly and easily from place to place and venue to venue using maps, accessing transportation information, and viewing (and sharing) personal recommendations. Event managers can encourage this interactive smartphone usage, but using the app to collect important attendee information, things like photos, sign-ups, and payments. Event apps help keep event sponsors happy as well, allowing them to connect with people who stopped by, or showed interest in their booths or exhibit.

Digitalizing media also encourages event goers to connect to their experiences. In a recent survey, sixty-three percent of those surveyed said digital signage captured their attention over outdated paper banners and posters. It’s obvious […]

By |February 5th, 2016|Blog|1 Comment

How Audiovisual Technology Helps Keep Sick Kids Engaged

When the Ryan Seacrest Foundation opened its eighth studio, located in Boston’s Children Hospital, those of us here at Advanced AV couldn’t have been prouder, as we’ve been there since the beginning. If you’re not familiar with the work the Seacrest Foundation does, the RSF is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for seriously ill and injured children, through programs that use multimedia and interactive platforms to enlighten, entertain and educate. These innovative hospital studios also afford opportunities for aspiring young broadcasters to get some experience behind the microphone. Children learn how to interview others as well as to edit audio and video, and popular artists frequently visit the studio, including Selena Gomez, Meghan Trainor, and Nick Jonas, in hopes of inspiring the patients as they recover. In fact, the kids can also “network,” so those in LA can talk to kids in Boston of Philly or Cleveland and help share their joys and struggles. They even compare scars. And no one gets left out—even children who are bed bound have the ability to join in and be a participant with other kids and celebrities.

For many patients, focusing on the creation of music and video offers a welcome reprieve from the rigors of treatment.

Meredith Seacrest is chief operating officer and executive director of the Ryan Seacrest Foundation. “Parents tell us how their kids go to the studio and they don’t want to leave. In some cases, patients haven’t left their room in days, but want to come down when we bring a celebrity like Taylor Swift to the studio.”

As mentioned above, Advanced AV has been a proud partner in making these young patients’ hospital stays a little brighter since the get-go. […]

By |February 3rd, 2016|Blog|1 Comment
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