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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.

How to Design Equitable Conference Rooms for the Hybrid Workplace How to Design Equitable Conference Rooms for the Hybrid Workplace

How can we reconfigure conference rooms to create a balanced experience for in-person and remote participants?

Once, in the not-too-distant past, office workers all had the same meeting experiences. Participants gathered in a conference room to discuss performance data, collaborate on upcoming projects, and brainstorm new ideas together. Then the coronavirus pandemic triggered a massive paradigm shift in how and where we work, ushering in a new era of remote workforces and digital workspaces. In the post-pandemic workplace, hybrid meetings with in-person and remote participants are the new norm, and now meeting experiences aren’t the same for everyone. 

Now, the goal of modern conference room design isn’t equality, where employees have the same meeting experiences, but equity, where employees have fair meeting experiences. Simply put: how can we make the hybrid meeting experience good for everyone?

Keep reading to learn three considerations for redesigning your conference rooms in Scottsdale, AZ, or worldwide to be more equitable for all participants.

How Managed Services Help IT Departments Modernize Workplaces How Managed Services Help IT Departments Modernize Workplaces

Managed Services Helps IT Integrate AV Infrastructure with Critical Business Systems

Once upon a time, there was an IT department and an AV department, and never the twain met. We jest; that’s not completely true. But they were typically separate departments, and the AV systems of the past had few dependencies on the technology stack managed by the IT department.

Over the past two decades, video conferencing started changing the paradigm. At first, video conferencing systems were expensive, proprietary solutions that depended on specific protocols needed to run inside company networks. Then, these systems started converging on standardized digital formats and protocols and becoming integrated into unified communication systems. As a result, the dependencies on IT-managed technology grew, but video conferencing was still about connecting one group of people in a meeting room to another one across a campus or the country.

What came next? Even if you know nothing about videoconferencing (but we know you do), you’ve heard of Zoom. To be fair, Zoom was long preceded by video meeting platforms like GoToMeeting, Skype, various Google products, and many others. These are or were cloud-based video conferencing platforms that democratized collaboration to anyone with a laptop or mobile device. Now that these applications ran on IT-managed devices and the network, AV was quite integrated and more deeply dependent on IT than in the past.

What does this all mean? IT has its hands full these days. Virtually everyone has their own videoconference facility on their laptop. With the pandemic going on for almost two years, nearly everyone uses videoconferencing. But those physical conference rooms, huddle rooms, and boardrooms in offices aren't disappearing. And contrary to some popular commentary, the world will not work from home forever. However, the future of work has been impacted by the explosion of this technology, and it will require businesses of all sizes to reimagine, modernize, and manage their AV technology. Let's explore further below how AV managed services can assist IT departments in Phoenix, AZ and elsewhere navigate this brave new world.

Crestron Flex: A Unified Communications Solution for Every Space Crestron Flex: A Unified Communications Solution for Every Space

Flex helps your organization create a consistently excellent experience in every space

Unified communications (UC) solutions make digital transformation possible in the workplace. At its core, UC requires cloud-hosted software that supports voice-over-IP telephony, audio and video conferencing, and messaging. More robust platforms like Microsoft Teams also support collaboration and information sharing tools like digital whiteboarding, file sharing, and co-authoring and editing. 

Cloud-based UC platforms make it possible for hybrid workforces to work anywhere, on any device they feel most comfortable using. And when digital communication and collaboration tools are integrated with office hardware, UC solutions create user-friendly, standardized meeting room experiences across all meeting spaces in an organization. 

Crestron Flex’s open UC system brings together video conferencing, content sharing, scheduling, management, and support into one platform scalable for any-sized space. While Flex solutions come in several forms, they all deliver a consistently excellent user experience, regardless of the type of space in which they’re deployed. 

So what do UC solutions look like implemented across an organization in Scottsdale, AZ, or globally? Keep reading to find out. 

Higher Education Solutions: How to Plan a Hybrid Classroom Higher Education Solutions: How to Plan a Hybrid Classroom

Learn more about the practical solutions you need to support in-person and remote learning

The “hybrid workplace” is getting a lot of public attention these days, but it’s not the only industry undergoing a massive paradigm shift in the post-pandemic landscape. The future of colleges and universities is heading in the same direction as the workplace.

The hybrid classroom is one that supports a mix of in-person and remote students. A hybrid model has multiple benefits for students and teachers alike:

  • It allows classrooms to diversify and support a more geographically dispersed community
  • It helps keep students and staff safe and healthy as coronavirus infections persist
  • It offers flexibility to students juggling work, school, and caretaking responsibilities

For all their benefits, hybrid classrooms come with immense challenges to find equitable solutions that support all students, no matter where they’re located. Below, we offer some guidance for key areas of consideration when planning hybrid classrooms in Phoenix, AZ, and other U.S. higher education facilities.

The Role of IT in Managing a Healthcare Simulation Lab The Role of IT in Managing a Healthcare Simulation Lab

Learn more about a sim lab’s unique IT requirements and how to manage them

Healthcare simulation labs are a high-tech educational tool found in a growing number of universities and hospitals in Phoenix, AZ, and across the U.S. At Level 3 Audiovisual, we’re the only healthcare simulation provider who delivers a turnkey solution with AV, SIMStation simulation software, and management and support services for custom-built labs, including IT and managed services.

Level 3 simulation systems are housed on purpose-built computers. Our team deploys specific web browsers, software, and hardware solutions to run SIMStation programs. Because our computers are purpose-built, they should be managed separately from other devices and systems on a university or hospital network.

If your organization is considering a simulation installation, it’s critical that the IT department is involved in all meetings and discussions from the beginning of the project. Your IT supervisors will be responsible for deciding the best solution for managing a new sim lab. Let’s explore the options below.

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