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The ABCs of A-V FAQs
The ABCs of A-V FAQs

The ABCs of A-V FAQs Every industry has its own version of FAQs - & the Audio-Visual biz is no exception. Whether your organization is considering building a new – or upgrading a dated - Conference Room, Huddle Space, or Auditorium AV System – we’re sure you’ve got questions…& Captus Systems has answers! FAQs to Consider When Planning Your Next AV Collaboration Space Project What is Audio-Visual Integration? Audio Visual Integration is the combining & incorporating of the following: Engineering & design (understanding of functionality), equipment & components (hardware), project management & installation (professional services), & software & processes - to deliver solutions which meet the specific requirements (& expectations) of the client. It’s a catch-all phrase that’s commonly understood to mean that when the integration is done well, the people using the system don’t even think about the technology. What is a Huddle Room or Space? A Huddle Room or Huddle Space is a small meeting area, typically seating 3-6 people. These spaces don’t always have technology but when they do, it’s typically a display with teleconferencing & collaboration tools. Huddle Spaces are essentially places (which may or may not have a table) for individuals to drop-in ad-hoc, & meet. Generally, the quantity of Huddle Spaces an organization has depends on the organization’s size or needs. It may have several Huddle Rooms in addition to a large, conventional Conference Room. These areas are used to present & share information, either from a desktop computer, hand-held device, or laptop – with the capability of putting it up on a screen if there’s tech in the room. Today there are generally more Huddle Spaces in organizations than large, traditional conference rooms. What is BYOD? BYOD – “Bring Your Own Device” – is a practice that has been around for years, which allows employees to bring & use their own hand-held devices - such as laptops, smartphones, iPads, etc. - for work collaboration purposes. Even though these individuals may be together in the same room, they’re all collaborating from their individual apparatus. What is BYOM? The new phrase, BYOM – “Bring Your Own Meeting,” is a natural extension of BYOD, as it allows people to use the conferencing platform with which they are most comfortable, from their own device (i.e. Zoom, Cisco Webex, MS Teams, StarLeaf, etc.). Their device is then connected to the room resources (microphones, speakers, video display, cameras, etc.), allowing for the professional collaboration quality that the room system has to offer. This is a game changer! What is a Virtual Meeting Room (VMR)? A VMR is a location built from software, where people meet. A VMR is sometimes initiated from an actual conference room - but doesn’t necessarily have to be. The benefits of the VMR are many, including bringing people together from various geographical locations so that collaboration can happen in real-time, regardless of the limitations of a physical space. It is essentially another term for a web-based video call. (VMRs are also known as “Virtual Meeting Spaces.”) Will Captus Systems work within my budget? YES! The design & engineering teams at Captus Systems are expert at finding the right solutions matched to our client’s requirements. We know the best & most cost-effective ways to meet our clients’ expectations on functionality & budget. We’re in a very special place in the history of AV & Technology, which allows us to deliver almost any solution to meet the needs of our clients with ANY budget. And at Captus Systems, we ALWAYS help our clients to find the right answer within their means. How is Captus Systems different from other AV Integration Firms? Our Team. Our Process. Our Clients. Our Approach. Our Promise. We are through-&-through an AV Company: Design, Engineering, Installation, Programming, & On-Going Support. But things are changing, because much of the equipment that Captus Systems specifies in our designs looks very similar to that found in the IT closet. “It looks like a camera, but it has embedded AI. It looks and operates like a microphone, but it’s connected to the network and gets it power and connectivity via PoE.” Captus Systems approaches Audio-Visual projects like the IT projects they are - & that requires a unique skill-set, which is what Captus Systems has. And that expertise allows us to approach everything we do from an IT Core. For more detailed information about what makes Captus Systems’ different, please click here: https://www.captussystems.com/blog/building-bridges%E2%80%A6the-captus-systems-way How far in advance of my project should your services be booked? This of course, is loaded question – & a hard one to answer without more information…but we’ll try: We love to be brought in “early,” to help to ensure that the necessary requirements are included. However, we know that “early” is relative & not always possible. So the best first step is to call us. You will find that a conversation with one of our consultants, engineers, or project managers will provide you with the information you’ll need to make informed decisions. That being said though, we are also called-upon to fix something that is not working well or is broken. So if it’s a service-call you need, then we’re available right away. We will NEVER leave a person or an organization in need. How long does an Audio-Visual project take from concept to completion? Wow! This question - like the one above - is another tough one to answer without more information: There are many factors that go into delivering a successful AV project: Design, budget, planning, coordination, & communication. But it all starts with putting together the right team. Is the project new construction or is it retro-fit? Is there an architect and/or GC involved? Has the floor plan been finalized? Have the standards been developed? Zoom or WebEx or MS Teams or a Hybrid? Discovery is critical, & Captus Systems knows the right questions to ask so success can be achieved. We are very well-versed in all types of AV & Communications systems…& we have the experience & the team that’s worked with many of the major architectural & general contractor firms, to deliver on-time, & on-budget. We ALWAYS meet the expectations of all concerned. But again - generally speaking, the specification development can take a few days to a few weeks, depending on the size of the project, & input from others on the project team. Also, once the specification is finalized & Captus Systems is given the go-ahead, we can deliver within a few weeks to a few months, depending on the lead times of equipment - & the schedules of the other trades on the project. What’s important to remember is that the Audio-Visual Projects of today are different from those from even just a few years ago. Successfully designed & delivered Audio-Visual projects require an AV partner that can interface with the Architectural & Design Teams, Facilities & IT, & can deliver with challenging construction schedules. Captus Systems does that each & EVERY time! Bottom Line: Captus Systems enables our clients to EASILY operate & support the technology we design & build. Yeah. We’ve Got This!


Stumping for Captus Systems…
Stumping for Captus Systems…

Artist – Joe Everson With 2020 Presidential Campaigning in full swing, this year’s Presidents’ Day has extra-special meaning. And just like the gentlemen pictured above - Captus Systems is a proven leader…in the AV Industry, that is! We are extremely proud of the differentiators that make-up the very cornerstone of our mission & commitment to our customers. What makes us different? Our Team. Our Process. Our Clients. Our Approach. Our Promise. We are through & through an AV Company – offering Design, Engineering, Installation, Programming & On-Going Support. Our talented Team consists of leading experts in AV design, engineering, & installation - with vast knowledge of the most up-to-date Audio-Visual technology…& we have 125+ years of combined experience to back us up! In addition to our expertise, our staff of Project Managers, Field Technicians, Field Engineers, Systems Engineers, System Designers, Operations Managers, & Client Success Specialists, hold certifications in all sectors of the AV industry. With our ability to incorporate the most modern AV Tools into our designs from top brands like Crestron, Barco, Planar, Samsung, LG, Biamp, Extron, & many others - we are DEDICATED to giving our clients only the very best that the Audio-Visual Industry has to offer. Although our main geographical project concentration is in the NY Metropolitan/Tri-State area, we are more than happy & equipped to accommodate clients’ needs outside of these locales, & have done so with our partners in the Washington, DC Metro Area, Pennsylvania, Chicago, Florida, California, & Europe. Captus Systems delivers cost-effective Audio-Visual and IT solutions for the world’s leading companies and organizations in the Healthcare, Media, Government, Non-Profit, Technology, Corporate, Higher Education, Entertainment, Financial, and Legal sectors. We believe-in & deliver the tools that puts Ease Of Use at the top of the list, so our clients can focus on what REALLY MATTERS. Captus Systems consistently exceeds expectations by using technology-proven best practices and processes, so we can deliver AV 2.0 to ALL of our customers. The Bottom Line: Exceptional AUDIO quality, crystal-clear VIDEO, PEOPLE-FRIENDLY solutions, unparalleled PROJECT MANAGEMENT, & extraordinary CUSTOMER SERVICE throughout your AV Project experience…that’s Captus Systems & this will always be our “platform”! Yeah. We’ve Got This!


2020 Tech Trends - Condensed
2020 Tech Trends - Condensed

The 2020s are truly shaping-up to be the decade of infinite possibilities in Audio-Visual Technology. In January, we posted an in-depth article about some of the top 2020 AV Tech Trends as predicted by experts whom we interviewed from various industry sectors. These authorities included Architects, General Contractors, AV Integrators, End-Users, & Manufacturers. Together, these trends will affect the processes & technology of the Audio-Visual industry, & impact the design & build of conference rooms, huddle spaces, classrooms, auditoriums, concert & sports venues, & video displays. We at Captus Systems thought the results important enough to bear repeating, so we created a simple infographic for quick reference: Captus Systems values & backs the opinions of these industry leaders, & we thank them again for contributing to our research… Larry Taormina, Associate Director, Gardiner & Theobald Inc. John Radocy, Senior Systems Engineer, Captus Systems Michael Diodato, Principal, Cerami Consultants in Acoustics, AV, IT & Security Mark V. Proto, M.S. , M.B.A., Associate Director of Endpoint, AV & Telecommunications, Adelphi University Will Salas, Partner & Director of AudioVisual, GroupM Lieven Bertier, Segment Marketing Director, Barco Toby Daschbach of Metro Tech Reps Julie Wolfe, Account Executive Sales, ScanSource Jason Tirado, President, Lightware Inc. Together, We’ve Got This!


Superbowl & SUPER Screens
Superbowl & SUPER Screens

Super Bowl 54 has come & gone…how did your team do? Hope you didn’t over-do with chicken wings & chili! This annual behemoth event conjures-up things very specific to the match-up, including outrageous commercials, a half-time show, & of course - VERY IMPRESSIVE video screens! As we are all quite aware, video monitor technology has had meteoric improvement since the early days of Superbowl #1 in 1967 in Los Angeles - & continues to improve with each passing year. From the big, bulky “furniture-esque” cathode-ray-tubed sets of the 60s & 70s - to today’s slender, modern, wall-mounted LCD & LED screens - we have become truly spoiled in our viewing habits…both at home & at the office. According to Planar - one of the AV Industry’s leading Video display manufacturers - “Direct view LED video wall technology is becoming increasingly popular, due to its ability to deliver seamless images, scalability to any size or shape, and excellent optimal characteristics that make video wall content look great from any angle.” Modern video technology has not only made it possible for us to feel like we’re sitting right there at the stadium for the big game - but at the office, it has also brought us closer to our colleagues & clients, no matter where they are in the world. The meeting rooms of today - whether they be large conference rooms or smaller huddle spaces - have become standard fare for most corporate enterprises…especially those who are building new collaboration solutions. Captus Systems makes it our main mission to stay on top of the latest video technology so we can pass-along the best there is to offer to our clients. According to InfoComm - the Audio-Visual industry’s largest annual technology conference – “When we look back at the 2019 AV market in general and InfoComm 2019 in particular, it could be that we’ll all walk away saying, ‘That was the year of LED.’” And speaking of the best in video screen tech, here are just a few of the recommendations of note from industry experts, as was reported by our friends at Commercial Integrator: Barco Barco offers a complete range of LED display technology for television studios, control rooms, boardrooms, professional AV installations, & other venues. Barco's wide portfolio includes their X & XT Series of LED displays and tiles, as well as LED processing technology, called Infinipix™ LG Business Solutions Curved LED The fine-pitch direct-view indoor curved LAPE series, uses a specially-designed flexible LED display module that supports true concave and convex curvature for virtually limitless design flexibility. The fine-pitch LAPE series employs proprietary Dynamic Contrast Algorithm technology for a wide range of color and deep contrast. NEC Display UN Series Near Bezel-less 55-inch Panels A near bezel-less 55-inch that now features enhanced factor color calibration for easy setup and color uniformity. The UN552S and UN552VS feature just 0.44mm inactive area surrounding an anti-glare, high-haze IPS panel designed for seamless multi-screen configurations, ideal for digital signage uses in retail, corporate, and broadcast environments. Planar TVF Complete LED Video Walls TVF Complete is a line of video wall solutions designed for multiple environments and applications. It is optimized for Full HD and 4K resolutions, coming in 109-inch, 137-inch, 164-inch, and 219-inch sizes. Each model includes LED display cabinets, video controller, cables, wall mounts, trim and spare modules for easier maintenance. Samsung 8K Display The Samsung 8K display features artificial intelligence that will take a standard signal and utilize machine learning to upscale any signal to 8K. It features quantum processor 8K, quantum HDR24X, and direct full array 16X – concentrated zones of precision-controlled LEDs for ultra-deep blacks and pure whites. Yeah. We’ve Got This!


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