Did you know manufacturers are anxious to work with integrators to market their products to end users?
When the core of your business is audio and visual, remember an inherent handicap: not everyone can hear or see perfectly. According to the most recent statistics, approximately 15 percent of American adults (37.5 million) aged 18 and over report hearing difficulties. Meanwhile, it’s estimated that 1.3 million people in the U.S. are legally blind.
Over the last number of years, there’s been an increased focus on customer or user experience (UX)—both outward facing and internally—in the effort to make employees’ experiences within their own organizations richer, with the goal of boosting productivity, retention, and innovation.
When technology is everywhere, is it actually nowhere? Experts discuss how to create a memorable AV experience by engaging multiple senses, and how to use that technology to create “escape pods” where users can disengage from the stress of their daily lives.
Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) broke its attendance records yet again this year, with more than 80,000 attendees compared with slightly more than 73,000 in 2017. As it continues to grow, both in size and influence, it’s clear that its importance to American integrators, distributors, and manufacturers will only keep expanding.
When the term “big data” began surfacing, the role of the chief data officer started moving into the limelight. At first, the focus was mainly on security: how do we protect our information systems so that we don’t become the next Target? While the chief data officer isn’t necessarily concerned with how an organization can capitalize on its data, they fulfill the role of making sure that data is actually fit for interpretation.
Ask Jeff Von Horn, sales and engineering manager, and Joe Jackson, market manager of AVI-SPL’s Control Room Group what's the biggest AV game-changer for command and control rooms in 2018, and they both agree.
With AV on the network, audiovisual systems integration firms are under increased pressure to demonstrate that the technology they install doesn’t expose their clients to risk. The AV integrator’s “client” is an IT professional, who is oftentimes well versed in all things security. So how do AV firms speak the language of security?
Enterprises everywhere are pouring resources into gathering and analyzing data to gain a competitive advantage. Luckily for AV professionals, the equipment they purvey is among the very best at generating these insights. How are integrators helping customers harvest and utilize this rich information, and what’s in it for them?
At the beginning of December, news broke that Highlander Partners had acquired Biamp Systems, and that the former had appointed industry veteran Rashid Skaf to the role of CEO. A couple weeks later, it was announced that Biamp’s vice president of global sales had decided to postpone his retirement to stay onboard at the company. SCN caught up with Camden to learn what lured him back, and what we can expect out of the company in its new form.
Smart speakers are enjoying maximum visibility as devices for the home, playing music via the cloud, dialing up recipes, and turning devices on and off. Pro AV is hot on the tail of this trend, with smart speakers’ potential for everything from huddle rooms to hotel suites emerging quickly.
Hospitality clients are trying to differentiate their brands in the marketplace by setting the mood with AV technology. As facilities move to IP backbones and the cost of video displays continues to fall, making a powerful impression on guests is now easier than ever before.
SCN’s 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees bring diverse experiences and backgrounds–from a military leader turned teacher to a musician turned projection mapping hobbyist. What do they have in common? Their dedication and desire to push the audiovisual industry forward. We hope that these stories spark a passion within all of us to do more and help move our industry forward into the next iteration of whatever it is we want to become.
Just launched this week, AV Junction is an online marketplace for AV talent where freelancers and integration firms can connect with one another to complete work. We caught up with founder and CEO Paul Weatherhead to learn more about this novel platform.
Number-two systems integrator Diversified has had quite the eventful 2017, due in no small part to the acquisitions of MCW in October and Compview (number 15 on SCN’s 2016 Top 50 list) in June. What was the impetus behind those moves?
As companies dig deep into data to enhance their performance, there’s a simple solution they may be missing. Implementing a smart way of managing workplace utilization is one of the easiest and most profound steps a company can take to boost its productivity—and reduce a lot of frustration in the process.