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How to Get the Most out of Your AV Budget

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It’s easy to think that something is better just because it’s more expensive. And if you are comparing, say, a Kia to a Lamborghini, that might be true. But in a lot of cases, it isn’t. In fact, the cheap seats at the ballpark usually have the best view.

When it comes to audiovisual solutions, expensive doesn’t always mean better either. As you are designing new AV systems, understanding what you should spend your money on—and where you can cut corners—can ensure you get the functionality you need without exceeding your budget.

3 Places You Can Find AV Savings

  1. Don’t pay for unnecessary features and functionality. The latest, greatest, shiniest new AV trend isn’t always the right or best solution. You might be paying for features you don’t need and won’t use. You can save money by choosing a less flashy tool that does just what you need. And a qualified AV engineer can help you tell the difference. “Our engineering staff will select equipment based upon the needs of the application,” said Brent Stanphill, Senior Enterprise Account Manager at Level 3. “If there are options, we will give professional recommendations that could save costs while still accomplishing your goals.”
  2. Take a phased approach. Instead of trying to get all the new AV technology and tools you need in one fell swoop, consider implementing them in phases. By making the most essential purchases first, you spread out costs and get the chance to see how your tools are working and what gaps remain.
  3. Forget the fancy furniture. AV furniture has come a long way since the days of pressed wood and veneers. There is no need to spend extra money on designer furniture to hold your AV hardware. In most cases, regular AV furniture will do the trick and leave you with money left over for purchases that will directly improve the user experience.

3 Places to Spend Big on AV

  1. A good plan and solid design. It’s impossible to choose the right tools and technologies if you don’t know what you need those tools and technologies to do. Spending the time and money to assess your technology needs is imperative to choosing tools that can successfully meet them. A qualified AV integrator can not only help you identify those needs, but also help ensure that your physical spaces are designed to optimize technology use. “Level 3 Engineering will design a room based upon the needs of the client and their budget,” said Stanphill. “The key to a successful deployment is capturing all the technology requirements based on the business’s work flow and making solutions easy to use, reliable, and affordable.”
  2. Quality audio. “Never skimp on audio,” said Jeff Bethke, Level 3’s Director of Engineering. “It’s the main thing people complain about, and when it’s bad, meetings can be worthless.” Good audio, on the other hand, will facilitate efficient and effective communication even for remote participants. It helps keep meetings efficient, worthwhile, and productive.
  3. Commercial-grade components. Consumer-grade AV equipment is certainly cheaper than the consumer-grade equivalent, but it simply can’t meet the needs of corporate AV implementations. Commercial-grade AV is great for your home theater, but chances are you wouldn’t offer to host a board meeting there. Your corporate conference rooms need a more robust, reliable, and durable AV solution.

How to Get Started

To get inspiration for your small meeting room AV upgrade or implementation, download our Huddle Room Catalog today. Then contact one of our AV integrators or engineers to start making a plan that will put your money in the right place.

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Top 5 Ways to Trick Out Your Boardroom

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Top 5 Ways to Trick Out Your Boardroom

 

1. The Collaborator

You like to get people involved? We get it. Let us find you the right collaboration engine for you to share one, two, four, or even more sources on a single or multiple displays for your boardroom.

  • A little extra something: We can even give you the ability to moderate what sources are allowed on screen, choose your favorite collaborator to feature full screen, and mute the guy from HR that just seems to be sharing cat videos on his iPad.

2. The Minimalist

So you want simplicity and just want things to work? Why not let the control system work in the background? Install an occupancy sensor and tie it to the control system. This will allow the system to turn things on when walk in and automatically shut things down when you are gone.

  • A little extra something: Don’t know where the presenter will be sitting in the boardroom? Easy, install multiple input locations around the boardroom table and the system can automatically switch to wherever you plug in.

3. The Demonstrator

Do you feel at peace with a pen and a whiteboard during meetings? Why not install an annotation engine into your board room and draw to your hearts content. You can even save what you have annotated and distribute to your meeting participants. Annotation can be engaged or shutoff at the click of a button on the control system.

  • A little extra something: For the stand-up desk employees, you can install touch right into the main display at the front of the room and let them go to town. That’s right, even that 98 inch display you have been eyeing has a touch enabled counterpart to it. For the “I’m fine right where I am” employees, how about a touch monitor on the board table? Anything you draw shows up on any assigned screen in the room.

4. The Audiophile

Forget the 150 inch LED video wall at the front of the room, your heart is connected directly to your ears. How about high quality line array speakers at the front of the space for program audio? In fact, lets throw in a low profile ceiling mounted sub-woofer as well. Fully adjustable and controllable via the control system. Do you want to share your PowerPoint or just watch Gladiator today?

    • A little extra something: Doing conferencing in your board room? How about auto-mixing low profile microphones mounted in the table? They can even be programmed to light green when they are on and red when they are muted. Perhaps you would install a snake skin wallpaper before EVER letting ANYONE drill into your table? Ceiling microphones it is then. We can even make them drop from the ceiling when conferencing is engaged. It’s cool. Trust us.

5. The Long-Distance Relationship

Need to have a conversation with someone but text just doesn’t seem appropriate? How about installing a video conferencing system into your boardroom? Skype for business, Webex, GoToMeeting, traditional Polycom/Cisco conferencing is all at your fingertips. Not to mention without the need for thirteen remote controls. Just grab the touch panel and engage with a single or even multiple other users at the same time.

  • A little extra something: Why not save the best for last? Install automated camera tracking and control. When you talk, the control system finds you and frames you as the presenter. When Fred talks on the other end of the room, the system switches to a wide shot of the board table until the 2nd camera finds Fred. When it does, boom, Fred is front and center. It’s like a magic trick, but with less wands, and more 1’s and 0’s.

Next Steps

Would you like to have your cake and eat it too? No problem, let us combine all of your favorite control features and functions and create something truly amazing for your space.

Level 3 AV is now a North American Reseller of Montage

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Level 3 AV is now a North American Reseller of Montage

DisplayNote Technologies today announced that Level 3 Audiovisual have just been appointed a reseller in Ben for Montage, the company’s new wireless presentation system.

“Montage is all about making meeting spaces as productive and effective as possible”, said Paul Brown, CEO of DisplayNote Technologies. “It’s about allowing meeting attendees, whether they’re across the room or across the world, to simultaneously stream what’s on their device to the main meeting room screen, and communicate at the same time via video and voice. Together with Level 3 Audiovisual we believe we can give organisations a solution that really maximises productivity in the meeting room.

“Level 3 Audiovisual is excited about our partnership with DisplayNote Technologies, and their new Montage solution. We are always striving to design and integrate innovative and effective solutions for our customers. We were thrilled to see that Montage truly is a two-way collaborative and interactive solution. DisplayNote recognized a need, and really hit the mark with Montage. By giving the users the ability to control, share content and annotate whether they are presenting from a large multi-touch display, a tablet in a conference room, or attending remotely on their laptop or Smartphone is a real “win-win” for Level 3 Audiovisual, and more importantly, our customers.”

To address the growing need of making meeting and huddle spaces more collaborative, productive and inclusive, DisplayNote Technologies & Level 3 Audiovisual will work together to create awareness around Montage’s unique feature set and to provide the solution to enterprise and higher education customers in North America.

Montage allows multiple attendees, whether they’re in the room or remote, to simultaneously stream what’s on their device to the main meeting room screen.

Once on the main display, attendee screens can be reordered and rearranged so teams can easily view, compare and analyse information from multiple sources.

Montage lets remote attendees communicate at the same time as sharing content using their device’s webcam and microphone.

Other features include 2-way annotation, file-sharing and remote PC control.

DisplayNote Technologies build products that reshape collaboration and make it easier to share information and ideas. Currently there are solutions for collaborative white-boarding, real-time document editing, team messaging and wireless presentation. The company work with and partner with some of the world’s largest display manufacturers and have channel partners across the world.

Founded in 1996 Level 3 Audiovisual is a full-service audio-visual provider, specializing in the design, sale, service and installation of professional audio-visual and video-conferencing systems. In addition to providing high-level technology solutions corporate boardrooms, training facilities and command-and-control centers, the company design, engineer and integrate solutions in Healthcare and Education.

 

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