May 2017 - Advanced AV

AV in the Classroom Discussion: Projectors or Smartboards?

Students at schools and universities across the country expect the latest technology to be integrated into the education process. The use of AV technology such as projectors, smartboards, and interactive whiteboards have the ability to transform the learning experience for both students and educators completely. Projectors and smartboards are both viable AV options for schools, but which one is more effective? Whether you choose to use projectors or smartboards, using a systems integrator will streamline the process.

System integrators, who specialize in bringing components into a whole and ensuring the subsystems work together, can help make the daunting process of choosing and implementing AV technology easier. Integrators look at the specific needs of individual schools and universities and choose the best technology to meet those needs. Let’s explore the similarities and differences between projectors and smartboards, and how using a system integrator can simplify choosing the correct AV technology.
Projectors vs. Smartboards?
Projectors and smartboards are both useful AV technologies with effective educational applications. Currently, projectors are being utilized in school settings across the country, and for good reason. Projectors are reasonably priced and have the capability to provide an image as large as 12.5 ft. The large images provided by projections offer benefits in larger spaces—lecture halls, student unions. Smartboards can’t compete with projectors when it comes to the size of images the technologies display.

Both projectors and smartboards have ultra-high-definition (UHD) capabilities. UHD resolution offers almost four times the pixels as regular HD, so the resolution shouldn’t be a determining factor when choosing between a projector or a smartboard. When it comes to shadows though, smartboards have a tremendous advantage over projectors. The angle and the lighting used by projectors make shadows inevitable. In a classroom […]

By |May 25th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Standardizing AV Technology for Multiple Locations Offer Business Benefits

The importance of our world’s dependence on technology cannot be overstated. In today’s constantly evolving marketplace, the technology we rely on is an essential part of maintaining day-to-day operations, remaining competitive, communicating with our stakeholders, training employees, and protecting the bottom line. And, for companies with multiple places, utilizing different technology in various locations can create levels of complexity.

This is particularly the case for the businesses that rely on the tech that runs their AV systems. The right AV systems can shape outsiders’ perception of your business and the ability to conduct audioconferencing and videoconferencing with other worldwide locations can be a vital part of your company’s infrastructure. For those firms with several locations, managing the complexities of AV technology across multiple offices can present challenges. Let’s look closely at the reasons your company should have a standardized AV system.
Benefits of a Standardized AV System
Standardizing your AV system provides your workers with a seamless transition from one office to another. The standardization of technology ensures employees don’t have to use additional company time to learn new processes or tasks regarding different AV systems. This standardization provides an organizational structure that improves communication and daily operations.

Eliminating transitional complications for teams isn’t the only benefit. The elimination of multiple AV systems allows your IT team to focus on one AV technology, creating a more knowledgeable IT staff. The often-frustrating task of troubleshooting technical difficulties becomes less stressful and easier if your company has a standardized AV system. IT teams can troubleshoot problems from any location using the same methods and protocol if all your business locations utilize the same AV system.
Standardized AV System Monitoring
Monitoring a standardized AV system from a central hub strengthens the infrastructure of your […]

By |May 23rd, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Managed Services—Time to Make the Change

Comprehensive AV systems have become a necessity for many businesses in today’s marketplace. Sometimes, the management of these AV systems is overwhelming and complicated. Company’s in-house IT departments often lack the expertise to handle all parts included in an AV system. However, choosing a managed service provider (MSP) ensures a company’s AV system is run efficiently and effectively. Let’s explore all the benefits an MSP can offer your business.
MSPs Save Money
MSPs provide businesses with many benefits traditional IT teams don’t. While your IT professionals can provide a degree of AV system supervision, MSPs offer 24/7 monitoring and services from a remote location or in-house.  This added layer of protection can help prevent cyberattacks and save your company money in the long run. An average data breach costs a company around $4 million dollars, but with MSP monitoring, companies can hopefully avoid that expenditure.
Fast Maintenance and Service
MSPs also provide troubleshooting expertise and expedited help with repairs. AV systems are complicated, and with the level of intertwined pieces of technology, minor issues are bound to happen. An MSP can simplify or eliminate complications by troubleshooting problems from remote locations to get a system back up and running. Coinciding with the high level of monitoring MSPs provide, identifying current and potential problems within an AV system is simplified. Having an on-site MSP expedites the troubleshooting and repair processes further. An on-site MSP provides companies with experts on location that are backed up by remote help desks.

Managed service providers can monitor, troubleshoot, and repair AV systems, but the list of benefits MSPs provides businesses doesn’t end there. The 24/7 monitoring of on-site and remote MSPs allows for predictive upgrades. AV systems are often interconnected, and if one piece of […]

By |May 18th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Beyond Displays: Latest Trends in Digital Signage

Digital signage continues to grow in popularity as a powerful communications channel for companies and organizations. Digital Signage Expo 2017, the world’s largest international trade show and educational conference dedicated to digital displays, interactive technology, and digital communications networks, recently showcased the latest trends in Las Vegas. Among the innovations featured were the use of touchscreen technology, video walls, digital fabric graphics, and high-resolution content displays. As the technology surrounding digital signage continues to advance, traditional displays are proving to be less impactful and, increasingly, fail to capture the attention of customers. Let’s take a closer look at the latest trends in digital signage.
Basic Displays Don’t Work
Basic digital signage displays are becoming less effective at grabbing and holding your customers’ attention. More often than not, people who visit retail stores already have a mobile device in their hand and are so focused on their device that they overlook simple digital signage displays. In response to this challenge, many retailers are employing beacon technology that can push content or coupons to mobile devices which can drive the viewer’s attention from his phone to the digital signage display.

Digital signage is also showing a shift towards video walls. While traditional displays are limited in the content they can convey, video walls have the ability to share a more detailed advertisement or story about a brand or product. You can attribute the rising popularity of video walls to increasingly thinner and lighter bezels.
Digital Signage for All
Many believe digital signage is only for big business or corporations—it’s not. All signage is transitioning to digital signage. Billboards, restaurant menus, and highway signs are all beginning to move from traditional signage to digital signage. Digital signage has more appeal than traditional signage […]

By |May 11th, 2017|Blog|4 Comments
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