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?
Keeping up with the fast pace of technology can be a challenge; not only from an implementation and execution perspective, but especially from a financial standpoint. At the same time technology is an expense that can’t go ignored. However for small to medium sized business, and even larger organizations, having the resources and capital to invest in a state-of-the-art platform can be challenging. At least it used to be.
“As-a-service” is a model that is changing the ways that businesses operate. This idea that traditionally expensive commercial platforms can be offered on a service based level is creating opportunities for organizations of every shape and size. The role that technology plays in daily operations and communication is not getting any smaller; it is in this sector that “as-a-service” has generated the most potential. Cloud based applications have catapulted SaaS (software-as-a-service) into becoming a business norm, and this same approach can be applied to audio/video integration.
Things at the office work a little differently than they do at home. Everything from how you dress, to your schedule, to your technology. Of course a major office building is going to require more in terms of networking, power, and scalability than your home, but some technological elements of your business aren’t always treated that way. This is especially common when it comes to the types of displays you install in conference rooms, work spaces, and offices.