The cost of ownership can be significant for any organization. Capital allocation and strategic resource use are only two significant elements that are impacted by the decision to invest and purchase key implementations. Traditionally, using cash to purchase and obtain outright ownership was the only option. However, now options such as acquiring assets through an “as-a-service” model are becoming more prevalent. This is especially true in a sector that has never been more important in any line of business; technology.
Preventative maintenance is critical to protecting any investment. To protect your health you visit the doctor, take vitamins, exercise. To protect your car you change the oil, rotate the tires, have it inspected. To protect your house you paint it, clean the gutters, pressure wash. These fairly simple routines help to ensure that you won’t have an expensive repair or replacement to make down the road. The AV equipment that your state agency uses is no different.
Digital media streaming has taken over for the long forgotten VCR, quickly fading DVD player, and in many homes cable television. While the magic of a Roku, Amazon Fire Stick, and Apple TV can put a world of entertainment at your fingertips; digital media streaming has much more potential for your business’ AV assets. However, just as residential solutions are ineffective for commercial applications, the above mentioned devices won’t cut it for your boardroom and workspace needs. This is where Crestron’s NVX Series of digital media streaming platforms come in.
Government agencies on the local, state, and federal level are just as dependent on technology as businesses and other organizations. Having the ability to work effectively, efficiently, and securely has never been more important in both the public and private sectors. It is for this very reason why AV integration has become a necessity for operational efficacy in terms of collaboration and communication. However, the complexity of commercial AV implementation has its fair share of challenges.
Have you ever packed your car for a trip? Meticulously choosing the space and orientation for each item, ensuring that everything fits and nothing gets damaged becomes a real-life game of Tetris. However, it rarely fails; with everything perfectly in its place you close the trunk only to realize you forgot your suitcase. So much time and effort were spent organizing, but you forgot the most important item, now what? Building or remodeling a new facility can be the same way. The plans are drawn up, contractors are hired, ground is broken, but what about the AV needs of the space? Is this going to be the crammed in suitcase, now full of wrinkled clothes?
Topics: AV Design
We’ve all heard those commercials from car dealers. They tout leases on brand new cars that give you a payment less than your cable bill each month. It almost sounds too good to be true, but it’s not. If you were in the market for a new car but didn’t want to blow your hard earned savings on a high sticker price, or commit to a burdensome note each month, this can be an ideal option. Wouldn’t it be great if businesses had the same opportunity when it came to technology?
Finding the right and best technology for your business can be challenging. What can be an even bigger obstacle is finding the right professionals to design, install, and service it. This is especially true when it comes to commercial AV and automation projects. But with a little research, this process can be an easy and smooth one, that makes your organization more productive in the end. Here are few things to look for in AV consultant.
Hotels, motels, inns, and bed and breakfasts all do best when their rooms and suites are in use. Your organization essentially works the same way when it comes to your conference rooms and work spaces. Lodging establishments used to (and some still do) have the convenient vacancy (or no vacancy) sign out front. On a long road trip and need a place to stay for the night? Find a hotel with the vacancy sign lit up. If all of the rooms are occupied, there is a handy little switch, that when flipped illuminates two simple letters, “n-o”. There is either space, or there isn’t. Unfortunately, when it comes to scheduling time in your business’ conference rooms and work spaces, it’s not quite as simple as this. But there are tools to make room scheduling and meeting planning a breeze.
Not long ago when you would pack for a trip you would need to bring along a variety of different devices, each with a different function. This also meant you would need to pack a number of different chargers, batteries, cables, and other accessories that would quickly monopolize the space in your luggage. Today however, what once required a suitcase now fits in your pocket, or at the very least a backpack. Phones, tablets and laptops have replaced the Walkman, portable DVD player, books, magazines and any other gadget you would use to pass the time while traveling. No more wrestling with random elements that don’t work together and honestly become cumbersome while offering little reward. Boardroom automation technology has followed a similar pattern.
With the constant innovation of technology, face-to-face meetings are quickly becoming less economical, and less common. In fact, a study by CMS Wire shows that 95% of those surveyed plan to use other business communication tools in lieu of traditional, in-person meetings. This means that platforms like video conferencing are becoming more important. But are your conference rooms and meeting spaces prepared for effective communication?