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 Audiovisual? Keep reading to find out.
As AV Infrastructure Becomes Mission-Critical, It Should Be Implemented Accordingly
Some years ago, AV systems tended to be separate projects and departments within organizations. While important, they were not tied to the computing and communication systems organizations used to run their business. The convergence of all information on digital technology has changed that. Today, collaboration platforms like Zoom and Microsoft Teams integrate communication, collaboration, and productivity to serve workers in offices and remote locations. This level of integration is forcing organizations to rethink AV infrastructure as an integral part of their technology strategy.
24/7 MONITORING AND MANAGEMENT HELP PREVENT SYSTEM DOWNTIME AND COSTLY SERVICE VISITS
Imagine you’re chatting with a friend on Zoom video, and the call cuts out. That’s a shame, but there’s no real harm done — you can reschedule the video call or finish your conversation over text message. Now imagine you’re giving an important presentation in the boardroom with business partners from across the U.S. participating remotely...and the connection cuts out. The consequences are far more high-stakes in this situation.
CONSIDER IT THE NOISE CANCELATION HEADPHONES FOR YOUR OFFICES
Do you remember the movie “Wall Street?” The first one, of course, from 1987. You might recall the noisy bullpen scene with the frenzy of stockbrokers cold calling for clients. Who wants to work in that noisy environment?
As it turns out – this pandemic notwithstanding – many people work in relatively noisy if not quite as frenzied environments. Open office concepts have surged in popularity since the 1980s debut of Wall Street. And while today’s open offices feature many workers at computers and not working the phones, voice calls still happen, people still talk in walkways and at desks, and ambient noise is a factor in open office distraction.
DELIVER BETTER EXPERIENCES WITH UPDATED GOVERNMENT AV TECHNOLOGY
The old adage “Close enough for government work” is a cheeky way to justify results that almost hit the mark. But when it comes to audiovisual technology solutions, many government agencies don’t come close to having the capabilities they need. That can end up costing governments—and citizens—a lot of money. For example, the Government Accountability Office recently reported that the federal government’s 10 legacy technology systems most in need of modernization cost taxpayers $337 million a year to operate and maintain, while newer systems are must less expensive to manage. The catch is, updating outdated AV is also an expensive proposition, and government agencies and organizations may struggle to find the necessary funding in their year-to-year-budgeting cycle. However, strategic updates to government AV can improve processes and create better experiences for citizens, making government organizations and entities more effective in the long run. Keep reading for insights into the best ways to update your government AV technology.
Cast your mind back to middle school science (if you can!) and you’ll probably remember learning about ecosystems—a group of interconnected organisms or elements all cooperating in the same environment, like a rain forest or a coral reef. But ecosystems aren’t only found in the natural world. Interacting technologies—such as an integrated AV solution—can also form intricate systems that rely on additional interconnectivity. More broadly speaking, the systems can also connect with AV manufacturers, integrators, and end users, and missing any one of the elements threatens the health of your system. Keep reading for examples of outstanding AV systems integrated by Level 3 Audiovisual.
“HOW MUCH TRAINING DO I NEED TO OPERATE THE AV SYSTEM?”
This is the first question I asked myself when starting at a healthcare simulation center. From working with patient simulator’s and skill trainers to programming vital signs and scenario’s, healthcare simulation can have a big learning curve for those just starting out in this field. The area I felt needed the majority of focus was navigating AV systems in healthcare simulation.