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What Can An Audio Visual Supplier Do For A Company?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1591820137554{margin-bottom: 15px !important;}"]Audio visual suppliers are AV experts, combining audio and video technologies to produce total AV solutions for businesses, schools and government facilities. An AV supplier may only provide equipment solutions, or they may provide equipment, integration services and post-installation support as part of larger package. Audio video suppliers that offer integration with their equipment are referred to as integrators, and for most AV solutions, an integrator’s expertise and resources are vital for the project’s success.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1591820116335{margin-bottom: 15px !important;}"]

What equipment can audio visual suppliers provide?

An audio visual supplier can provide solutions for nearly any space, from compact huddle rooms to sprawling auditoriums that can seat hundreds. At the heart of every AV solution, though, is the equipment, and some of the most important audio and video technologies include:[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

AV conferencing and collaboration systems

Most AV equipment is designed to solve communication issues, so video conferencing systems are a popular option for organizations. Audio and video conferencing solutions consist of several components, including digital displays, cameras, microphones, speakers, a codec and enough cabling to connect it all together. In the last few years, AV manufacturers have introduced all-in-one conferencing solutions designed to optimize space and performance. Some of these solutions include the Poly Studio X and the Crestron Flex, both of which are compatible with popular conferencing software like Zoom. The Studio X and Flex combine a camera, codec and microphone array to reduce system complexity and allow for easier collaboration. Both are designed for huddle rooms and conference rooms. If solutions are needed for larger spaces, an audio visual supplier can position and install displays, cameras, speakers and microphones as needed.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Interactive displays

Interactive displays are part of many conferencing displays and are a powerful piece of collaboration equipment. With an interactive display, professional teams can get hands-on, literally, with any presentation, including those that contain media like images or video. Current generation displays like the Clevertouch are built with advanced features like multipoint touch sensing and InGlass technology for better handwriting recognition. Further, these displays come with operating systems designed for ease of use, as they model Android interfaces. Some interactive displays can also be slotted with a PC loaded with Windows Professional, for companies that prefer the Windows environment. Interactive displays are emerging as must-have equipment for the classroom, as they engage students with audio, visual and tactile feedback. It’s a multisensory approach that also gives teachers more control over their lessons.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Digital signage

Digital signage and billboards are an emerging branding, marketing and communication option for companies. They come in nearly every size imaginable, from displays that look like standard televisions to billboards that can be seen from miles away. Digital displays and billboards offer value to any organization, including schools and government facilities. They are particularly effective, though, for marketing, which means they are a good fit for most companies. According to an Intel study, people spend 400 percent more time viewing a digital sign than they do a static one. This gives companies a longer window of opportunity to sell products or services, or to enhance brand impact. An audio video supplier can provide a complete digital signage system for their clients, which includes a network of displays, media players and the software to tie them both together. The displays do the attention grabbing, but the layouts and media are stored on the media player, which acts like a small computer for the display. Media players also allow for advanced output features, like multi-screen support and compatibility with a variety of content formats. Digital signage software is what allows users to quickly and powerfully manage a network of displays. Through the software, users can create and organize layouts, program schedules, power up and restart displays, and send messages directly to any display on the network. Displays can also be grouped together for mass management, which makes it simple to push over updates and monitor performance.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Projection systems

LCD projectors remain a standard display option for schools and businesses, and audio visual suppliers can provide the latest in projection equipment. Modern LCD projectors, like the EPSON BrightLink, also provide interactivity, which makes them useful for lesson planning and delivery. While projection systems can’t quite match the image quality of a modern digital display, they can output oversized images – up to a 120-inch diagonal for some models. Quality projection equipment can also produce full HD video, so while they may not be as vivid or high contrast as LED displays, they can still generate compelling imagery.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Control systems

Audio video suppliers tie AV equipment and solutions together using AV control systems. AV controls range in complexity from simple wall switches to vivid, programmable touch screens. Touch screens are becoming a standard option, as they can be built into furniture like podiums and desks. AV control systems can be installed almost anywhere, so users have immediate access to them, wherever they are. This approach is especially effective in applications where multiple people must collaborate on a decision. For example, in a council chamber, AV control equipment can be installed at every councilmember’s desk, so users can vote and request to speak with a single button.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1591820109112{margin-bottom: 15px !important;}"]

An audio visual supplier can integrate systems and solutions

Experienced audio visual suppliers can also provide integration services for their clients. With an AV supplier and integrator, companies and schools have a dedicated technology partner for their AV needs. Here’s what an integrator can do for their clients:[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Determine project needs and challenges

Every client has their own needs and every facility has its own challenges. An AV supplier, then, must be able to develop custom AV solutions for their clients. To do this, an audio visual supplier will consult with the client to get a better idea of their organizational needs. The AV integrator will also survey the client’s facilities to verify that they have the proper infrastructure in place to support the solution.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Design the solution

Once the integrator has all the information they need to push forward on the project, they will select the AV equipment best suited for the project. During this phase, the integrator will diagram the system to visualize where the equipment will go and how it will be interconnected.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Install and configure the equipment

When the system is designed and ready for implementation, the integrator will get its installation team on the job. During installation, the equipment is placed, cables are pulled and run, and the technology is configured so that it runs to specification.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Train users on the system

Proper training ensures the system is adopted and utilized. An experienced AV integrator will have training materials designed for users of all skill levels. This training is hands-on, so users can get familiar with handling the equipment before it is integrated into their workflow.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Provide long term support

AV integrators offer maintenance agreements and AVaaS (AV-as-a-Service) arrangements for their clients, both of which protect the equipment long term. This includes remote and onsite technical support, as well as preventative maintenance, additional training and help with warranties.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]An audio and video supplier can supply companies, schools and government facilities with modern AV solutions designed to solve communication issues and improve collaboration.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

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