Today, more than ever before, users expect their spaces to be both extremely functional and highly interactive. Whether in public spaces, boardrooms, or classrooms, a key component to effectively creating functionality and interactivity lies within the creative design and skilled integration of audio visual (AV) technology. From lobby-based video walls to enterprise-wide digital signage systems, from academic and corporate huddle rooms with the latest in wireless collaboration technology to boardrooms with 4K quality video-conferencing, AV technology has become as important to the user experience as network connectivity and furniture selection.
The month of June always makes professionals in our industry giddy with excitement. For three days in the middle of the month, technology manufacturers converge in Orlando or Las Vegas (this year it was Orlando) to present their latest and greatest products to system integrators, staging professionals, and end users.
In our last newsletter, we featured an article titled “Can You Hear Me” where we focused on the importance of microphone selection and placement. This issue, we are turning that idea upside down to discuss the importance and value of Speech Privacy and Sound Masking Systems.
In the commercial audio visual integration industry, our primary role is to learn about your business objectives and translate them into integrated technology solutions that facilitate communication. In its most base form, we are providing equipment that works together to produce light and air. It sounds simple enough. However, an AV designer makes very calculated choices on your behalf about every individual system component to ensure that you meet those objectives by using a communication and presentation solution that does what it needs to do AND is also reliable, durable and easy to use.
On April 14th, the New Castle County Police Department dedicated the J. William Bell Fusion Center. The Fusion uses technology to support emergency personnel and protect the citizens of New Castle County. The focal point of the center is a 24 foot wide by 7 foot high video wall designed and installed by IMS Technology Services.
Distance Learning has become a “must” for educational institutions and corporations. 2013 statistics, compiled by certifyme.net, reveal that Distance Learning is now estimated to be a $56.2 billion dollar industry that is expected to double in size over the next few years. Presently, 4.6 million college students are taking at least one course online and it is predicted that by 2019, half of all college courses will be taught online
ETS was constructing a new headquarters facility on their Princeton, New Jersey campus and needed to incorporate standardized communication and collaboration technology in many of the conference rooms, public areas and multi-purpose spaces throughout the facility.
During the renovation of their downtown Philadelphia headquarters, IMS became an integral member of the design and integration team, providing custom solutions for every technology standpoint, from large and small conference rooms to multiple training and video conferencing rooms to a 40−seat executive boardroom with full environmental controls.
As organizations continue to embrace technologies that enable remote collaboration such GoToMeeting, Adobe Connect, and WebEx, the environments in which they are being utilized are changing dramatically. As long as the screen displaying the content is sized appropriately, the room size does not impact the effectiveness of content sharing. However, what is impacted as room size increases is the quality and intelligibility of conference audio. The most important aspect of collaboration is the ability of all parties to hear one another clearly. As room size increases, the ability of traditional desk phones or conference phones to support quality collaboration decreases.