When home and business owners imagine the future, AV control systems often play a major part. This technology can make tasks large and small much easier and much more efficient to execute, which may leave people with the impression that this technology is almost science fiction. But in fact, businesses and individuals have integrated advanced admin interfaces into their operations for years, and the technology continues to improve. Now, it can be used to link together various audio and video components, which can be helpful in a variety of initiatives.
What can AV control systems do?
In short, they can consolidate administration of various audio and video elements into a single interface. What are some of the things a user can manipulate from this interface? Some of them include:
- Switching lights on or off, or altering their output levels.
- Locking or unlocking doors.
- Turning on or off various devices, such as projectors, displays, cameras or microphones.
- Switching camera feeds or monitoring various feeds, which is ideal for security.
- Monitoring system performance, thermal levels, and power consumption.
- Uploading content to various devices, including displays.
- Changing the temperature in a room.
- Playing music from a selected output device.
- Readying a room for meeting or conferencing. For example, with the press of a button, a user can slide panels out of the way to uncover speakers or displays.
In a commercial setting, it can take a lot of effort to manage all these tasks, but with AV control systems, someone with brief training can expertly administrate everything.
Another strong point in this technology’s favor is that it offers remote administration capabilities, which are a must for companies engaged in enterprise applications. For example, from a single interface, the company’s security expert can monitor device status across the entire network, and if any device is under attack, they will know where the attack is coming from. A system administrator can keep tabs on servers and storage devices across the network, paying attention to thermal output and performance levels, which can help forecast impending hardware failure. A facility or stage manager overseeing a theatre can, in seconds, set dozens of lights to a preset value, making it easy to organize rehearsals or performances.
AV control systems usually make use of a touch interface for quick navigation and item selection, and an integrator can customize an interface for company personnel, ensuring that it is intuitive and only includes the desired features. And though there are many products to choose from in this market, how effective the system is depends on the quality of the programming and support. And that takes a reputable and experienced integrator to handle.
Any company or organization that wants to streamline its audio and video processes and monitor its network devices better should consider this technology a top priority.