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3 Innovative Ways to Use Digital Signage Displays  3 Innovative Ways to Use Digital Signage Displays

Digital Signage Is More than Just a Marketing Medium

Digital signage is a popular solution for imparting information that informs and engages various audiences and constituencies. Two broad technology advances are adding additional intelligence to digital signage solutions to make them even more effective, engaging, and important. One is cloud-connected management, and the other is artificial intelligence (AI).

You might already be thinking, aren’t those two areas the underpinnings of almost every smart device today? Of course, you’re right. But it wasn’t so many years ago that many digital signage systems were based on a local player attached to a display screen via USB. Today, cloud-based content management and monitoring make it much easier to keep a large network of digital displays of all sizes running fresh content and enabling more sophisticated communication campaigns. In addition, AI enables more intelligent and customized approaches to digital signage display solutions. Let’s take a look at three innovative applications for digital signage.

The Qualiverse - Determining Display Size The Qualiverse - Determining Display Size

How big should your display be? This is a seemingly simple question, but answering it gets difficult, quickly. We used to base the answer simply on task level and furthest viewer in the room. Then we based the answer on how large text would be on the screen. Most recently, we base it on how large the “elements” we need to perceive are relative to the screen size. I think all these different methods have their benefits and shortcomings. However, in the end, it comes down to the users’ needs. Let’s explore these different methods and perhaps come up with a new take to best meet our needs.

How Unified Communication as a Service Accelerates Hybrid Work Models How Unified Communication as a Service Accelerates Hybrid Work Models

Access, Control, and Usability Are Keys to Success

Will the hybrid work model be just a passing fad? As pandemics fade into memory, will companies demand that workers get back into physical offices in the name of productivity and fostering interpersonal relationships? We can’t predict the future, but the reality is that hybrid work was already a growing trend thanks to technological advancements.

Twenty years ago, knowledge workers could telecommute (a now quaint-sounding term) with voice and internet access. The experience was less than perfect, as the integration of offsite staff into onsite meetings and activities was not quite there with the existing technology. The advent of unified communication and collaboration (UCC) solutions provided powerful and scalable tools for workers to have a common platform that worked not only in the office but anywhere with a solid internet connection.

These solutions, embodied by such platforms as Cisco/WebEx, Microsoft, Zoom, RingCentral, Google, and others, provide a rich set of tools for knowledge work, unifying voice, video, messaging, collaboration, presence, and meeting tools into easy-to-use software. Further, these solutions have all moved into cloud-hosted SaaS (Software as a Service) models, making them easier to administer, manage, and scale.

How does this unified communication as a service model impact hybrid work? Read on below for more

3 Trends in Management of Modern Smart Conference Room Technology 3 Trends in Management of Modern Smart Conference Room Technology

Software and the Cloud Have Changed the Game

Recently we posted about how the user experience is driving the modernization of AV systems and services. In the modern, connected world, everyone is a user and consumer of AV technology. The pandemic of the past two years created Zoom experts out of grandparents that had never video-conferenced in their lives. With the seismic shift to hybrid work models, the ability to see and talk to someone on a computer or device is merely baseline functionality.

So, users in the workplace - home workplaces too – have high expectations for AV systems. They need to be easy to use, allow them to multitask, hold large and inclusive meetings, and have sophisticated tools that integrate easily to share information and freely collaborate. As we noted – and you already know – this is a software-driven world. The smartphone showed the world how you build a smart device with an almost-ready-for-prime time feature set and proceed to make it far more powerful and usable with three years of software updates. Tesla applies that model to automobiles, in an industry not previously known for any upgrades that didn’t involve buying a new vehicle. One of the last industries to catch on is AV, and that presents new challenges.

Modern smart conference room technology is more dependent on software than hardware for the new features and services that today’s workforce expects and demands. And software is a different model when it comes to management. Keep reading below for an outline of three trends that are changing the game in AV services management.

Level 3 Audiovisual raises money in support of World Down Syndrome Day Level 3 Audiovisual raises money in support of World Down Syndrome Day

With Level 3’s philanthropy mission to help children and families, we focus our efforts on activities that will make a lasting impact. This quarter we have partnered with GiGi’s playhouse, an organization with a mission to change the way the world views Down Syndrome and send a global message of acceptance for all.

World Down syndrome Day is celebrated on March 21st to honor Down Syndrome people who have 3 of their 21st chromosome. We joined the celebration by raising donations to Gigi’s playhouse and asking our employees and community to wear crazy socks, highlighting our differences as individuals.

New Use Cases for Healthcare Simulation, Part 3: Wet Labs New Use Cases for Healthcare Simulation, Part 3: Wet Labs

Wet Lab Simulation Provides Invaluable Training for Future Health Professionals

As shown in previous posts, simulation is an increasingly popular tool for training healthcare professionals. Across the U.S. and worldwide, teaching hospitals, medical schools, and nursing schools are employing realistic simulation labs to hone training for future doctors, nurses, and physician assistants. And we've delved into new areas where simulation can help other professionals when faced with life or death decisions, such as police training and EMS professionals.

This post will add another area where simulation offers unique advantages in training medical professionals – cadaver or "wet" labs. Simulation environments for wet labs also present some unique challenges, but the benefits are invaluable for training. Keep reading to learn more about how the Level 3 SimStation simulation suite adapts to cadaver lab training requirements. 

3 Best Practices for Using Digital Signage in the Hybrid Workplace 3 Best Practices for Using Digital Signage in the Hybrid Workplace

Digital Signage Offers a Highly Visible Communication Channel for Hybrid Work Models

Digital signage has been around for some time with many successful applications, from restaurants to shopping centers to building lobbies and transportation hubs. The advantages of digital display technologies are numerous and well-understood, but companies are taking a closer look at this solution for a new area  that is not so well-understood – hybrid workplaces.

How the User Experience is Driving Modernization of AV Services How the User Experience is Driving Modernization of AV Services

Consumer Technology and Software Has Changed User Expectations

Come with us, for a bit, for a walk back in time to the 1980s. That decade saw the dawn of the personal computing era. Until the advent of the personal computer (PC), computing power lay in data centers in mainframes and minicomputers. There were no such things as “apps,” but there were complex applications to run financial and operational aspects of companies.

Most importantly, however, before PCs (we mean all of them here of any operating system), the IT department controlled all that computing power. In those days, IT was called by many other names (sometimes not flattering ones), but generally, professional workers had little control over what IT did, and they might wait years to be able to take advantage of that computing power to make their job easier.

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