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Level 3 Audiovisual Named 2021 Top 50 Systems Integrator by SCN Level 3 Audiovisual Named 2021 Top 50 Systems Integrator by SCN

We are honored to announce that Level 3 Audiovisual is listed among SCN’s top 50 systems integrators for the 8th consecutive year.  This year Level 3 Audiovisual is ranked #37 and we are incredibly thankful for our clients and partners that helped us achieve this recognition. 

Each year Systems Contractor News (SCN) releases a list of the top integration firms and serves as an important indicator of the state of the commercial audiovisual industry.  This year marks the 2nd year that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted this list due to an “incredibly unusual and unexpected” business climate. 

4 Considerations for Successful Digital Signage Design and Deployment 4 Considerations for Successful Digital Signage Design and Deployment

Behind the Scenes, Digital Signage Has Many Components to Manage

Digital signage is an increasingly popular solution for a wide range of applications. For example, in restaurants, dynamic menus are displayed on digital signage, and pricing and availability can be changed quickly, especially useful in a moving supply environment. In offices, company announcements, promotions, social media posts, charitable drives, and important events can be put on digital signage to highlight information that may get crushed in the daily barrage of company emails and messaging. In building lobbies, digital signage can tell a story and build company brand images, and interactive versions can assist people in locating their destination in a building or campus. 

Digital signage design may be as simple as one display and one solution and person to manage the content in Tempe, AZ. But for large organizations, the complexity of deployment requires a strategy and management process. Read on below for four critical considerations in digital signage design and deployment for your enterprise or organization.

Video Conferencing Systems: Native Vs. BYOD (And Why You Need Both) Video Conferencing Systems: Native Vs. BYOD (And Why You Need Both)

Learn how Crestron Flex bridges the video conferencing gap in the hybrid workplace

Employees want their employers to invest more in hybrid workplace technology. That’s the key takeaway from a recent study by Barco ClickShare, which surveyed 1,750 employees worldwide to get their thoughts on returning to the office in a post-pandemic environment.

Video conferencing technology tops the list of priority investments. On average, 77% of respondents said they use video conferencing systems at least once a week, with 28% using them every day. That isn’t surprising, considering the hybrid workplace model depends on robust video conferencing to facilitate communications and collaboration between globally dispersed workforces.

As employees return to the office, large and small organizations in Phoenix, AZ, and across the globe are scrambling to figure out the best way to provide video conferencing in the office. Two systems have emerged: native conferencing and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) solutions.

A third option is rising to bridge the gap between native conferencing and BYOD to bring the ultimate video conferencing experience to meeting spaces. Crestron Flex is an all-in-one conferencing room system that combines the simplicity of native conferencing with the flexibility of BYOD modes.

Keep reading to learn more about native video conferencing, BYOD solutions, and why you can (and should) have both in your hybrid workplace

Get 100% Support for a Set Price With AV Managed Services Get 100% Support for a Set Price With AV Managed Services

You handle the meetings, and we’ll handle everything else

Over the past several months, we’ve talked a lot about one of the largest trends overtaking the commercial AV industry: a decisive shift from owning conference room equipment to using audio-visual systems as a service. AV as a service makes sense — these days, technology systems depreciate so rapidly that owning them is no longer worth the investment.

But to truly understand the value of purchasing conference room systems on a subscription-based model, you must know what you’re getting as part of the managed services contract. It’s not just hardware on a payment — it’s 100%, fully covered, end-to-end support. Under a managed services agreement, all ownership costs and responsibilities rest in the provider’s hands, not yours.

What you get is pure service for a fixed price. So, what does that look like in your Scottsdale, AZ, or global conference room managed by Level 3? Keep reading to find out.

5 Challenges Your Company Faces for Enterprise AV Deployment 5 Challenges Your Company Faces for Enterprise AV Deployment

How an AV Managed Services Partner Can Help

You might say that AV technology deployment has always been a few steps behind IT deployment. The reasons for this are varied, but some of it stems from the technology itself. Information technology hardware and software shifted from purely proprietary technology islands to more standardized, interoperable platforms earlier than audio-visual technology. In that process, standards and management systems grew up around IT to help manage scaled, rapid deployment of these systems.

For better or (mostly) worse, AV technology did not benefit from the same technology standardization until much later. AV equipment and systems, for the most part, have not benefitted from management standards and technology like SNMP, which helps monitor and manage large numbers of connected devices. As a result, large-scale AV deployments have always been more difficult to manage and support. While that’s changing, many other challenges have contributed to the difficulties in AV deployment, whether it’s in a Phoenix corporate campus or around the world. Let’s examine these in more detail below and explore how managed deployment services can help.

Planning a Medical Sim Lab Build: What You Need to Know Planning a Medical Sim Lab Build: What You Need to Know

Learn the who, what, where, when, why, and how of sim lab builds

Using simulation for medicine and healthcare education is at the forefront of healthcare technology applications in universities and training hospitals across the United States. Medical simulation labs are sophisticated educational tools that help prepare our future doctors and nurses for a safe and confident entrance to the world of medical care.   

Planning and building a new healthcare simulation lab (or remodeling an existing one) is a complex process with several moving parts. Your facility’s goals and objectives, space limitations, equipment needs, and more must be addressed early to ensure the final product meets your expectations and can fulfill your program goals.

Below, we outline key considerations to keep in mind during the planning stages of a medical simulation lab for your facility in New York, City, NY, or worldwide.

Moving to Subscription Services for Commercial AV: Lunacy or Logic? Moving to Subscription Services for Commercial AV: Lunacy or Logic?

Yes, Corporate America, AV as a Service Makes Sense

We seem to be in the age of everything as a service or subscription. Food delivery from Hello Fresh? Check. Razor blades from Harry’s and Gillette? Check. All the music you can listen to from Spotify and Apple Music? Check. More video than you can ever watch in your lifetime on Netflix? Check.

We all might be jaded and think, this is no big deal; you could see this coming. It may well be because all these services are completely mainstream with hundreds of millions or billions of users. To some extent, if you understood well the underlying technologies that enabled these transformations, you might have seen it coming. But while we all can now happily stream 50 million tracks of music from our favorite service, it’s important to understand that this model was a wrenching revolution for the music industry, all the way from the creator artists to the dominant music labels. The same has happened with SaaS (software as a service) and other sectors.

As a leading commercial AV  operating nationally out of Tempe, AZ, Level3 Audiovisual is in a unique position to tell you about what’s coming next – AV as a service or subscription. You may have already seen it coming. Perhaps you’re investigating it or even employing some parts of this model. Why? Because once you analyze it carefully, like other subscription models, this one makes compelling sense for many companies. And it's going to be a revolution, too. Keep reading below as we make a case for commercial AV as a subscription. No, we’ll stop short of an acronym for this one!

Successful Meetings Start with Crestron Conference Room Scheduling Successful Meetings Start with Crestron Conference Room Scheduling

Scheduling meetings is a common pain point for organizations of all sizes

Booking a free meeting space is one of the most common pain points workplace leaders face in the office. Often, disorganized scheduling systems lead to double-bookings that slow the flow of operations and result in lost productivity. And not only do double-bookings result in office inefficiencies but simply securing meeting space is hugely time-wasting for organizations. One research study suggests that workers spend up to 60 minutes per week searching for available conference rooms

Meeting room systems are incredibly costly for your organization to set up and maintain. One solution for optimizing room efficiency is conference room scheduling that gives employees complete access to when and where meeting rooms are available 24/7. Crestron’s room scheduling solutions help your organization – whether in Tempe, AZ, or across the globe – manage the flow of people and ideas. Keep reading to learn how.

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