Suppose that your company is getting ready to build a major facility. What if you were given an AV/IT budget that was in watts rather than dollars?
Vendors have been churning out energy-efficient digital signage
, and other AV gear for years, so today, going green no longer means making do with a limited product selection. In fact, some energy-efficient technology can provide a better user experience. For example, displays backlit with LEDs can look noticeably richer than those that use CCFL backlights, which reach about 70 percent of RGB gamut versus 100 percent with LEDs.
There’s also a growing selection of standards and initiatives that link AV with energy efficiency. In June 2012, InfoComm published a standard
— Audiovisual Systems Energy Management
— designed to make it easier for enterprise technology managers, AV integrators and other people to get the right amount of usage data and other metrics from AV systems. For example, some people might want just a dashboard-style snapshot, while others will need a deep dive.
Companies sometimes allow their AV systems to connect to their building management systems, such as those for HVAC and lighting. In the past, that integration was done mainly for convenience: hit a button on the AV control panel to start a presentation, and the shades would automatically drop, and the HVAC blower would automatically throttle down to minimize noise.
Since 1998, Tim Kridel has covered the tech and telecom industries for a variety of publications and websites, including AV Technology, Carrier Ethernet News, Digital Innovation Gazette, Pro AV, and InAVate. His coverage includes Carrier Ethernet, mobile apps, speech recognition, digital signage, FTTx, videoconferencing, Wi-Fi, and cellular. He can be reached at email@example.com.