e|spaces is a thriving company that provides meeting rooms along with co-working or private and collaborative office spaces tailored to a work-from-home and scaled-down corporate work paradigm in Tennessee (with five Nashville-area locations as well as facilities in Knoxville and Chattanooga) and in Orlando, FL. Beyond mere space and furniture, e|spaces provides entrepreneurs, small businesses, and corporate teams a sophisticated technological infrastructure including Wi-Fi, IT support, flat-screen monitors, and conference and collaboration hardware.
Nashville-based workspace technology specialists Cabling Innovations, which performed the majority of e|spaces installations, has introduced solutions from Key Digital—a leading innovator in AV-over-IP solutions—into e|spaces huddle rooms, podcast production suites and conference rooms.
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“Key Digital offers a lot of great products that make our job a lot easier,” said Cabling Innovations AV manager Jameson Christian. Along with Key Digital encoders/decoders, HDMI and USB-over-CAT extenders and video processors, e|spaces facilities ubiquitously utilize Key Digital’s KD-BYOD4K Wireless Presentation Gateway to cost-effectively facilitate collaboration through a Bring Your Own Device motif that allows meeting participants to easily share up to four simultaneous content streams from laptops, tablets, and phones running on Windows, Mac OSX, Chrome OS, iOS, Android OS or supporting Chromecast.
“The BYOD has been such a blessing for a lot of different reasons," Christian added. "It’s user-friendly. There are no devices on the table that you have to connect with, and the video quality is uncanny. That it’s nearly less than half the price of a less capable competitive device helps sell our customers on them.” Christian also points out that, as the BYOD serves as a network host, the customer’s internal network is securely out of reach of meeting participants, yet they can still access the internet through the gateway.
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After Christian and his team installed KD-BYOD4Ks in their first e|spaces installation, he said, “I kept getting calls back from the owner saying, ‘This thing is awesome.’ For the latest e|spaces project we needed 20 more of them; the owner wants them all over his facilities.”
Christian says that there’s little need for tech support with the KD-BYOD4K. With Chromecast and iOS devices, native support means just a swipe mirrors a device to a flat screen or projected display with no software download at all. “Since we’ve installed them, they’ve had nothing but success. Not all TVs work with all different devices, but with the BYOD, anybody can literally walk in with any type of device they want to connect.”
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Cabling Innovations has also installed a Key Digital-enabled video wall for e|spaces, incorporating nine 55-inch bezel-less LG televisions. With Key Digital’s Compass Control Pro software on an iPad, Christian shared, e|spaces can control the video wall and more, straight from the tablet. He also gives high marks to Key Digital’s support team—“Every time we reach out to Key Digital for support, they’ve always got our back.”
Key Digital signal extenders also play an important role in Cabling Innovations’ installations for e|spaces, reducing cabling costs and facilitating longer cable runs than possible with native signal cables. “Key Digital,” said Christian, “has saved me a lot of headache, a lot of manpower, and a lot of valuable time with their products.
“The system is so easy to use once it’s implemented. I get excited to know that the client’s happy with the product that they bought and that they don’t have buyer’s remorse on anything.”