August 2016 - Advanced AV

Advanced AV, LLC Welcomes Jason Stoltzfus as Central PA Account Executive

For Immediate Release
August 31, 2016

West Chester, PA – August 31, 2016 – Advanced AV, LLC welcomes Jason Stoltzfus as Central PA Account Executive. Jason brings with him over 15 years of technical and account management experience. In his new role, he will be responsible for growing the business in the Central Pennsylvania area, while continuing to provide excellent service to existing customers. Jason previously worked as a Systems Specialist for an AV integrator. He is a graduate of Messiah College.

“We have created this new role to meet the demands of our ever-growing presence in Central Pennsylvania,” said John Greene, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Advanced AV, LLC. “Jason will be an excellent addition to our team and we look forward to his success!”

About Advanced AV, LLC
Advanced AV, LLC has evolved with the advancement of technology into a specialized integrator of professional audiovisual systems for business, education, government, and worship facilities. Serving the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S., Advanced AV has long proven track record of transforming clients’ technology objectives into reality. Advanced AV, LLC also offers Advanced Advantage, a fully customizable service solution. The range of offerings include; fully managed service operations with on-site staffing, remote monitoring via our state of the art Video Network Operations Center (VNOC), as well as maintenance and repairs. Today Advanced AV engineered systems and staffing can be found in boardrooms, conference centers, classrooms, auditoriums, and many other venues that have benefited from the company’s sound, video, and networking expertise.

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Press contact:
Marina Gregory
Marketing Director, Advanced AV, LLC
610.431.6157
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By |August 31st, 2016|Blog, News|0 Comments

Another Year, Another Opportunity to Volunteer

Often, we take for granted the most basic necessities—reliable shelter, refuge from a storm, or an education, for example. Volunteering can provide us with some perspective and help others along the way, and you’d be hard-pressed to find someone more familiar with this type of hands-on work than AAV Sales Engineer Darren Brown.

In March, we profiled Darren’s 2015 trip to poverty-stricken Belize. There, along with his group from Victory Church in Audubon, PA and in partnership with Oasis Ministries, he took part in building the foundation of a home for a local family and also worked on the construction of a preschool for the village children.

Fast-forward to today, and Darren has just recently returned from his second trip to Belize—this time, accompanied by his 13-year-old son, Elijah.

For the first three days of the journey, the group ran a vacation Bible school for almost 100 children from the surrounding villages (see photo 1). Some members of the team also worked on a building that will soon serve as an office for the ministry’s church, and others painted a house for a local family.

Photo 1: VBS

When they heard that rapidly approaching Tropical Storm Earl (see photo 2) could potentially turn into a hurricane sweeping through the country, though, plans changed—and they replaced painting with storm proofing some recently constructed school buildings.

Photo 2: Before the Storm

When Hurricane Earl hit around 4 am on Thursday morning, Darren’s compound lost power and water but otherwise suffered minimal damage. Others in the vicinity, though, were not as lucky. The team visited a few homes that had water damage, many because dirt floors had eroded into streams, ruining their food. Numerous roads were impassible because bridges were underwater. Also, some local banana […]

By |August 31st, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Presenter-Tracking Cameras: Take Your Video Conferences Up a Notch

Businesses across many industries have already to connect with workers, partners, clients, and experts all over the globe in a format that is nearly as good as face-to-face interaction—and costs less in the long run.

While the most basic video conferencing systems use webcams for collaboration, some of the most advanced video conferencing systems use pan-tilt-zoom cameras, which focus on the room as a whole and provide some degree of flexibility regarding to the images displayed. You can view one side of the table or the other or a head-on view with a pan-tilt-zoom camera. You can even hone in on a presenter—but only if someone is controlling the camera.

But as technology has evolved, experts have found a way to enhance video collaboration through presenter-tracking cameras. As their name implies, these cameras “follow” the presenter’s movements across a room. The presenter-tracking cameras bring a new level of connection and realism to a full-room video conference; permitting the ability for those on the far side to view facial expressions more clearly, and making the connection between towns or across miles that much more tangible.

Presenter-Tracking Cameras: The Next Generation of Video Collaboration

Rudimentary AV systems rely on webcam technology to guide video collaboration. Unfortunately, webcams aren’t meant for full-room collaboration. Webcams are best used as a personal device and follow an “arm’s length” rule—if you get any further than arm’s length from the camera, the image will suffer, as will the entire video conferencing experience. At arm’s length, you can display facial expressions, gestures, and other nuances that make video collaboration preferable to phone or email, whether you’re using it for business or to connect with the grandchildren. Put a webcam in front of a large room of people, […]

By |August 23rd, 2016|News|3 Comments

Improved Classrooms: The Benefits of Redesigned Learning Spaces

Trends are powerful—we anticipate them, we monitor them, and we use them to make proactive decisions. This is especially true for tech trends in higher education, as they influence teaching and learning experiences on college and university campuses across the globe.

Earlier this year, the New Media Consortium (NMC), in conjunction with the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative, released its 13th annual trend appraisal, titled NMC Horizon Report: 2016 Higher Education Edition. The report looks ahead over the next five years and identifies the trends and technological developments that will drive educational change. One of those mid-term impact trends—that is, one we can expect to see within the next three to five years—is redesigning learning spaces.

In today’s digital landscape, reenergizing how and where students learn is crucial for educational institutions that want to stay ahead of the game. Redesigning learning spaces, then, is a logical first step, and a hot trend to watch. What’s more, teachers must learn how to adapt to these new spaces—particularly open learning spaces, which are becoming more and more popular in higher education development.

A New Kind of Learning Environment

Unlike the more authoritarian classrooms of the past, open learning typically refers to “a style of teaching involving flexibility of space, student choice of activity, richness of learning materials, integration of curriculum areas, and more individual or small-group rather than large-group instruction.”

Designers take many factors into consideration when creating an open college or university learning environment, and today’s technology plays a major role in those decisions. A case study of a school from the Bendigo Education Plan (BEP) in Australia revealed a need for greater teacher adaptability in response to the flexibility of an open learning environment.

Here’s what’s coming down the pike for students, and […]

By |August 17th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

The Remote Workforce is a Reality: How Leaders Can Inspire and Motivate Their Remote Teams

Virtual workplaces are more common now than ever—thanks, in large part, to a surge in collaborative technologies and the coming of age of a generation born into an increasingly digital marketplace. Both employers and employees are drawn to these types of arrangements for different reasons.

Remote team members often enjoy more flexibility in their schedules and can actually be more efficient when tasked with managing their own time. In turn, companies can hire candidates based on skill sets and not proximities, widening the talent pool and leading to higher productivity. To get the most out of a remote workforce, though, leaders must be able to inspire, motivate, and hold accountable their remote team members. Let’s talk about how to do that.

The Rise of the Remote Workforce

Remote teams are not the future—they are the present. In fact, a Gallup poll from last year found that a substantial 37 percent of U.S. workers have telecommuted, with the average worker logging in remotely at least two days per month. Many work entirely from home-based offices and check-in with colleagues daily. Regardless of how often team members telecommute, it’s vitally important that they receive support and engagement from management.

Time out—I know what you might be thinking: Why the emphasis on leadership strategies strictly for remote teams? Don’t the same principles of teamwork and accountability apply to the entire workforce, whether they’re eight feet or 800 miles away? My answer is that yes, of course they do. However, managing a remote workforce brings about a slew of unique challenges—and there’s a lot more to it than simply not being able to take your department out for coffee to show appreciation for a job well done.

Let’s explore some strategies leaders can use […]

By |August 10th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments
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