The audio-visual (AV) industry evolves at rapid pace. Yesterday’s bleeding-edge technology is tomorrow’s mainstream. Keeping up can be a challenge, especially for companies and organizations that don’t operate in the AV world. However, it’s important to stay up to date on the latest trends if you company wants to maximize the value of its technology.
If you’re considering upgrading your company’s AV systems, here are four commercial AV trends you need to pay attention to.
1. The convergence of AV and IT
The line between corporate AV and IT is increasingly blurred. In the past, these two specialties may have had their own departments within an organization, but that’s rarely the case today. That’s because an “AV system” no longer means a simple overhead projector, but rather complex systems with software and hardware that lives within a company’s network and infrastructure.
That’s why it’s critical for IT staff to understand the value of AV systems and the critical roles they play for the company. IT staff should be open to collaboration with AV integrators so that they can effectively incorporate new technology into their networks.
2. The increased use of video walls
Previously beyond the budgets of small- to mid-sized companies, video walls are increasingly affordable and common in the corporate world. Multi-paneled video displays can be incorporated for just a few thousand dollars and offer an impressive alternative to single-screen televisions or projector screens. The list of possible uses for video walls is practically endless: advertising, product displays, gaming, and collaborative projects, just to name a few.
If your company is considering leveraging virtual reality, consider its application. What will the system be used for? Engineering, design, marketing, or a variety of applications?
These are important questions because not all virtual reality systems provide the same functionality or performance. Systems used for evaluating larger products like automobiles require a larger motion capture area. On the other hand, if the main function of the system is to evaluate industrial design content, an HMD with a high pixel density may be a better choice.
4. AV’s influence on architecture
It wasn’t very long ago that the design of conference or huddle rooms focused primarily on aesthetics, with perhaps a cursory acknowledgment of ergonomics. Even today, it’s easy for companies to get carried away with the design of a room without paying proper attention to the room’s AV system and how it will be used.
Waiting until the last minute to coordinate AV system installation can lead to unnecessary problems and service issues. Rather than placing too much emphasis on design, focus on the purpose of the room and coordinate with your AV integrator early so that you can work to mitigate potential problems together. Outside the room, your facilities team should prepare to coordinate building systems like HVAC and lighting with AV integrators to ensure proper functionality.
Keeping up with the latest audiovisual trends is hard. An experienced commercial AV integration company can help you leverage the latest technology and design the right system for your organization.
At IGI, we pride ourselves on operating at the bleeding edge of AV technology. Our team provides individualized and customized solutions for organizations across the country, eliminating all the guesswork for your AV systems. We boast 20 years’ experience managing all levels of AV integration projects.
Contact us to learn more about how your company can realize the value of a professionally customized AV solution.