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On Women’s Many Roles
On Women’s Many Roles

On Women’s Many Roles "Every woman's success should be an inspiration to another. We're strongest when we cheer each other on." - Serena Williams March is “Women’s History Month,” so we pause to celebrate the women who have played important roles in our lives. Throughout history, women have been the caregivers in society, & those responsibilities are no less important than those of women who report to jobs outside of the home. And now - during these topsy-turvy times, there is even more pressure being put on the ladies in our lives, who are being tasked to go beyond the usual care-giving routines of everyday life. Because schools are closed and both husbands & wives are working from home, life is looking very different these days. Whether working remotely or not, the challenges for women at this particular moment in time have grown. Having to possibly balance jobs, coupled with caring for children & helping them with home-schooling - on top of still having to accomplish the day-to-day tasks of the household. Altogether, the addition of these new tasks pile-on new layers of responsibilities to daily routines - & most likely, also add stress. Even though we cannot physically connect with others who are going through similar challenges, it is of vital importance to our well-being, mental health, physical health that we stay in-touch with as many people as we can, who are going through the same circumstances. We as humans need social interactions & connections, so we are fortunate that during these modern times, technology is here for us to help engage with others. Now is the time when we really need to reach-out & have dialogues with as many people as we can, to give one-another support & help to keep each-other positive. Social Media is playing a very important role in keeping women - & all of us - connected with one-another as a society. As will our tech devices like smartphones, laptops, & tablets. We are all IN THIS TOGETHER, & we need to reach-out to one-another to be reminded of that! Captus Systems would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the incredible, strong, resilient women in our lives, in society, in tech, & in general. THANK YOU!!! You’re all doing an amazing job! HANG IN THERE – with your loving support & strength - we WILL get through this! Yeah. Together, We’ve Got This!


We’re In This Together
We’re In This Together

We’re In This Together Because of the fluid nature of the Covid-19 Global Pandemic situation, we at Captus Systems feel it important to update you on the status of our operations, & what we are doing in response to the outbreak. Captus Systems remains fully operational in all aspects, including design, engineering, technical support - & where we are still able - installations (under special circumstances). We are all taking extra precautionary measures & doing our very best to keep our Captus Systems’ Team, Partners, Suppliers, Clients & the wider community - as safe & healthy as possible. The official rules for on-site work are unique to the different cities, states countries, & even sometimes, by buildings. Where we have the opportunity & have determined that it is safe for our employees, contractors, partners and clients, we may be able to continue with some AV site work. If you do have a project in-mind, now would be the perfect time to engage Captus Systems. We can assist your organization to be ready when we all return to the state of business as usual. Keeping that in mind, when the Captus Team does visit a project site during this unprecedented time, we are requiring each of our Team Members - included but not are not limited to employees, partners, & contractors - to follow the published CDC guidelines and local & state rules as well. At a minimum, these include being extra-cautious & using common-sense, & being aware that our actions & the actions of the people around us have consequences. Since this is an ever-evolving situation, please click on the CDC website link below for updates: CDC WEBSITE LINK When scheduled to be at a Client’s Site, ALL Captus Systems Team Members, Partners, Subs, & Suppliers are required to fill-out a “Covid-19 Exposure” form & return it to our Operations Manager. We will make sure not to allow ANY of our personnel to enter a premises if they are not able to answer “NO” to ALL of the questions on the form. FYI – below are the guidelines that our Team, Partners, Subs, & Suppliers are required to follow, in order to stay on the job & keep everyone HEALTHY & SAFE: - Wash your hands often with soap & water. The water does not actually have to be hot for this method to be effective, but you must use plenty of soap – for at least 20 seconds – as the soap is what breaks-down the viability of the virus itself - When soap & water are not available, use hand sanitizer - If you need to sneeze or cough, please do so into your elbow if you don’t have a tissue readily available - Dispose of tissues, napkins, wipes properly - Do not shake hands with other personnel on the site, & remember to stick to the “Stay Six-Feet-Apart” rule around anyone with whom you come in contact - If you are sick at all – STAY HOME & keep us posted of your progress - If you test positively for Coronavirus, please take whatever measures your physician deems necessary - & keep us posted on your progress Remember - we are in this TOGETHER - & we thank everyone with whom we work for their support during this situation. Captus Systems will continue to monitor all incoming news & advice from the CDC related to the health of our Employees, Partners, Subs, Suppliers, Clients, & the Wider Community. And of course, we will be here for you when we all come out on the other side! We wish you all continued good health…please stay SAFE! Yeah. TOGETHER, We’ve Got This!!!


Distant Socializing:  The Importance of Staying Connected
Distant Socializing: The Importance of Staying Connected

As humans, our social bonds are so important to our overall well-being. Even during the time of the earliest homo sapiens, our social groups helped to form us individually & as communities. 50,000 years ago there were 50 people in our tribe - which multiplied to 200,000 in kingdoms - to the billions with whom we now share experiences via technology. It is of the utmost importance as a society, for us to build & maintain our social connections - even at times when it appears to be more difficult. So let’s flip things around: While complying with the need for “Social Distancing,” let’s also consider how to best do “Distant Socializing.” And in these modern times, it’s easier than ever before! Today’s collaboration technology helps us to reach-out beyond the physical limitations of geography. With it, we can stay connected to one-another - whether it be via Social Media, Video Conferencing, Texting, E-mailing, or Teleconferencing. With today’s advanced tech tools, we can share experiences like watching movies, listening to music, streaming TV shows, or gaming - even if we’re not in the same room or venue. At Captus Systems, we enable our clients to stay connected through our expert knowledge of advanced collaboration technologies. We may not be the ones making the movies or TV shows - but our work supports those who do. We may not be the ones healing cancer patients - but our work supports those who do. We may not actually build, own, or manage corporate real estate - but our work supports the ones who do…& so on. Connecting people is what Captus Systems is all about, & society’s social & professional connections are at the very foundation of our humanity. Even though our “normal” is a bit different now than what it was just a few short weeks ago, our priorities & the need to reach-out to one-another have not changed - even in times of “Social Distancing.” So let’s do the best “Distant Socializing” we can! Captus Systems will help you maintain your focus on keeping those vital connections, & are happy to help in any way that we can. Yeah. Together, We’ve Got This!


The Luck of the Irish - and A-V
The Luck of the Irish - and A-V

The Luck of the Irish - and A-V “I find the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” Thomas Jefferson St. Patrick’s Day 2020 is upon us, & people of all backgrounds & cultures are once again proud to proclaim themselves “Irish for a day.” Along with all the green revelry associated with this holiday, it also brings LUCK to mind. Although the expression “The Luck of the Irish” was originally not meant as a flattering one when it was first uttered back in the latter half of the 19th century, it means only good things in modern times. In Gaelic, the phrase “Go n-eirí an t-ádh leat” is one of the many ways of wishing someone ‘good luck’ - with its literal meaning being, ‘That luck may rise with you!’ And speaking of luck - it seems that a good measure of it has been following the Audio-Visual industry for the past couple of years, as the increasing demand for tech solutions among both commercial & residential users has consistently trended upward. And Captus Systems is here to help spread “Audio-Visual Luck” to you & your organization! Over the past decade, that which has defined the “meeting experience” has changed dramatically in order to fit today’s competitive business model - along with its economical, ecological, & technological requirements. And in today’s uncertain times, collaboration is taking-on a whole new form. Gone are the large gatherings of yesteryear when one presenter took the helm while all participants sat attentively within the same space. The modern meeting consists of many participants – all contributing in some way or another – coming together from many different locations. BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) & BYOM (Bring Your Own Meeting) have become the new buzzwords for collaboration, & video conferencing & telecommuting are fast becoming the standard protocols of today. Whether it’s for large, traditional boardrooms or smaller huddle spaces, Captus Systems is proud to offer the very best in AV Tools to its customers from leading manufacturers in the AV sector. Companies like LG & Planar – offer cutting-edge display screen technology that helps to facilitate the very best in collaboration productivity. From video displays, to control hardware, to interconnects, interfaces, & infrastructure – the tools of the trade from the AV industry make ANYTHING possible for today’s meeting spaces! For example, ceiling mics are highly desirable apparatus for any modern collaboration space, & they’ve come a long way, baby! Shure & ClearOne are among the top manufacturers who offer cutting-edge audio devices. And - with Cloud-based platforms like Starleaf, Cisco Webex, & Zoom - the need for meeting participants to fly thousands of miles to “be in the room” is no longer necessary. With more & more organizations making use of tele-collaborating, carbon footprints are being slashed, & that has great ecological benefits. The term “face-to-face” has truly taken-on a whole new meaning...Close Encounters of a Brand-New Kind! Even though there’s not the usual parade-like fanfare taking place this year because of the current public health crisis, it’s still St. Patrick’s Day - & we hope you’re able to enjoy yourselves, no matter how you choose to celebrate! So…“Sláinte!” (Cheers) to you on St. Patrick’s Day 2020 - & beyond! May the road always rise-up to meet you, & may the wind ever be at your back. Yeah. We’ve Got This!


Huddle Spaces…Perfect for This Moment in Time
Huddle Spaces…Perfect for This Moment in Time

Huddle Spaces…Perfect for This Moment in Time "New technology is not about adding more; it's about needing less." - Quote from Crestron Electronics With everything that’s happening in these uncertain times, organizations & businesses alike are looking for the best solutions to keep their people healthy & safe. The term “social distancing” has come to the forefront, but it doesn’t just refer to "socializing" - it refers to the safe distances we need to keep between each other in general, during the newly categorized Coronavirus “Global Pandemic.” For the purpose of keeping their people as safe & healthy as possible, many companies are choosing to ask them to work remotely - hoping that the less staff members working together in the same space, the better it will be for everyone. For this reason, large corporate meetings held within the same physical space - like boardrooms or expansive conference rooms - are being put on hold for now. With that said though, some collaboration does need to still need to happen in order for businesses to continue to do what they need, to disseminate information that’s vital to their missions. That begs the question - if folks are not able to currently meet in the usual ways, what alternatives exist to get presentations & important information out to the people who need to see & hear it? Two words - “Huddle Spaces.” Also known as Huddle Rooms - they are (as defined by Cisco) “Small, casual spaces equipped with collaboration technology, where a limited number of people can meet, (usually up to six), on a scheduled or ad-hoc basis.” These smaller, specialized spaces can fully accommodate the collaboration technology necessary to “meet” with employees working from home, so organizations can move forward with important presentations. If key personnel do still need to report to work at their brick-and-mortar offices, Huddle Spaces allow them to have much smaller gatherings when necessary, while providing them the opportunity to direct collaborations from headquarters to remote team members. Additionally, Huddle Rooms have a number of other advantages - like lower facilities, electronics, & equipment costs - which combined, lead to an overall smaller carbon footprint for any organization. These economized meeting spaces are perfect for modern office floor plans, which are tending more & more towards flexible work areas that can be reconfigured instead of the traditional stationary office/cubicle models of the recent past. The use of Huddle Spaces optimizes real estate, making work-area flow much more functional. As for the technology necessary to make for Huddle Spaces functional, there exist many AV Tech manufacturers who are able to accommodate the growing need for employees to work remotely. One of them is Logitech, whose AV Tools help to video-enable today’s changing work requirements by providing excellent collaboration & productivity solutions. Customers & employees alike are depending heavily on communication platforms in order to stay connected & keep business moving forward! Also important to the success of the current work environment are Cloud-platform applications. Zoom, StarLeaf, Cisco Webex, Microsoft Teams, BlueJeans, & many others, are all fine solutions for getting-on with the business of business. The current commercial Audio-Visual customer is specifically looking for the following: • The ability to Share Content Wirelessly • Ease-of-use for making calls or joining meetings - without the hassle of having to schedule an organization’s large meeting space • A solution that can be deployed at a smaller scale, which is easy to install & manage • The ability to set-up meetings at a moment’s notice • Lower collaboration costs In general, the deployment of Huddle Spaces & associated collaboration technology is creating a whole new category of opportunities for organizations & AV integrators alike. According to a “State of Enterprise Meeting Rooms” report by Wainhouse Research, the desire for Huddle Rooms is opening-up the potential for the creation of 30 – 50M new Huddle Spaces over the next few years. The ratio of Huddle Room development is now 25:1 – as opposed to the need for larger “traditional” conference rooms, which is now 800:1. And that is quite a telling statistic! If your organization is looking to create a collaboration space befitting today's specialized demands, Captus Systems is the perfect fit for the task. We have the expertise to design, engineer, build, & install meeting spaces of any size. Yeah. We’ve Got This!


Captus Case Studies
Captus Case Studies

Captus Case Studies “Engineering is the closest thing to magic that exists in the world.” - Elon Musk From nationally recognized leading Healthcare Facilities - to Global Entertainment Brands - to World-Class Financial Institutions - to Institutes of Higher Learning - & many, many others…Captus Systems is proud to be involved in a variety of interesting Audio-Visual projects. From initial concept, to design, to engineering, to building, installation, & service… we do it ALL - & we do it BRILLIANTLY! Below you’ll find 3 examples of how our Captus Team created innovative, viable solutions for the following clients: World-Renowned Leading Cancer Center Hundreds of rooms are deployed over many buildings & campuses in the NY Tri-State Area. When a new standard is developed for the AV technology, it means that the support teams have to add new knowledge to the support process, & inevitably, they’ll have to retrain users on new systems. The Captus Systems Solution Captus Systems designed & set-up a working demonstration system, using an owner-provided Cisco WebEx Teams system and display. Additionally, we worked with both the architect & the content consultant, to deliver a 24’ x 8’ video wall behind a “Luminoso” Welcome Wall in the lobby of this brand-new, State of the Art, World-Renowned Cancer Facility. Captus’ cutting-edge thinking provided exactly what this client was looking-for – a simplified & people-friendly AV system & process for all. International NY-Based Non-Profit Media Company This leading media company was challenged with providing optimal video conference experiences using PC-based systems. These challenges kept the organization from moving forward with requested room upgrades. The Captus Systems Solution By working with the organization’s Senior IT Management, Captus Systems developed a standard that was first presented as a fully working demonstration system, & then deployed throughout. This system included a single Dante-enabled tabletop microphone, tabletop controller with GUI, two speakers, new 4K display, & wireless presentation tool that supports 60fps. The result…everyone was happy - (including the Grouch). Global Maker and Distributor of Branded Spirits The Marketing Department of this spirits enterprise required a display in the reception area that was big enough for staff members to see as they walked by the screen. They wanted passers-by to be able to view their Social Media “LIVE FEEDS” from all of their platforms…Twitter, FaceBook, etc. The Captus Systems Solution Captus Systems designed a custom powder-coated, free-standing frame base for a 5’ x 13’ Video Wall - with the final overall size being 13’ wide x 8’ tall. The feature that truly made the difference was a little-known aspect of the video wall itself: The ability to bring sources up to the display without the limit of a screen bezel. This feature saved over $50K of added cost, over a more traditional approach. Captus’ signature “thinking outside of the box” approach empowered us to create an end-result that went beyond this client’s expectations. Bottom Line: There is no AV challenge too big (or too small) for our Team of experts. If you’ve got a technical dilemma, Captus Systems will solve it for you - while at the same time creating the most innovative & contemporary Audio-Visual Integration possible. We make sure that all of our clients’ AV Tech stands-out far above the rest! Exceptional AUDIO quality, crystal-clear VIDEO, PEOPLE-FRIENDLY outcomes, unparalleled PROJECT MANAGEMENT, & extraordinary CUSTOMER SERVICE…that’s our mission, & our promise. Yeah. We’ve got this!


2020 Conferences & Trade Shows for the AV/Tech Industry
2020 Conferences & Trade Shows for the AV/Tech Industry

Captus Systems is dedicated to disseminating the most current AV News & Information available. To that end - please enjoy the list below, of all 2020 Audio-Visual Conferences & Trade Shows. See for yourself - the newest, most advanced, ear & eye-popping AV Technology & Tools of the new decade! These are truly exciting times for the Audio-Visual Industry - & technology, in general! We hope you’ll be able to get to at least one these awe-inspiring events so you can see for yourself, the amazing products that are out there today in the Audio-Visual Universe! And when it’s time for you to move forward with your new AV Project, Captus Systems & will help to outfit your enterprise with the most modern technology the industry has to offer! Yeah. We’ve Got You Covered! TECHNOLOGY & BUSINESS SUMMIT Vancouver, CN: March 12 @ 7:30 am – 3:30 pm Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel https://cedia.net/events/event-detail-page/2020/01/23/default-calendar/seattle-tech-summit Los Angeles, CA: March 31 @ 7:30 am – 3:30 pm Warner Center Marriott https://cedia.net/events/event-detail-page/2020/03/31/default-calendar/woodland-hills-tech-summit Irvine, CA: April 2 @ 7:30 am – 3:30 pm Irvine Marriott https://cedia.net/events/event-detail-page/2020/04/02/default-calendar/irvine-tech-summit Irving, TX: April 14 @ 7:30 am – 3:30 pm Sheraton DFW Airport Hotel https://web.cvent.com/event/c627d5bd-e2a1-4503-89b7-cceea18a518a/summary?rp=00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000 Houston, TX: April 14 @ 7:30 am – 3:30 pm Hilton Houston Post Oak https://cedia.net/events/event-detail-page/2020/04/16/default-calendar/houston-tech-summit Toronto, CN: May 14 @ 7:30 am – 3:30 pm Toronto Airport Marriott Hotel https://cedia.net/events/event-detail-page/2020/01/23/default-calendar/seattle-tech-summit ASSOCIATION FOR QUALITY IN AV – CQD Mesa, AZ: April 8 – 10 955 E. Javelina Avenue, Mesa, AZ September 9 – 11 November 11 - 13 www.AQAV.org Garden City, NY: March 10 - 12 1225 Franklin Avenue, Garden City, NY May 12 – 14 October 20 – 22 www.AQAV.org ASSOCIATION FOR QUALITY IN AV – CQT Mesa, AZ: May 20 - 22 955 E. Javelina Avenue, Mesa, AZ July 8 – 10 October 14 - 16 December 15 - 17 www.AQAV.org Garden City, NY: April 14 - 16 1225 Franklin Avenue, Garden City, NY November 17 - 19 www.AQAV.org PROSOURCE SUMMIT 2020 (Members Only) Las Vegas, NV: March 8 - 11 The Venetian www.prosourceevents.com San Antonio, TX: May 18 – 22 LaCantera Resort & Spa www.prosourceevents.com West, TBD: July 26 - 31 TBD www.prosourceevents.com East, TBD: August 18 - 20 TBD www.prosourceevents.com WEST 2020 San Diego, CA: March 2 - 3 San Diego Convention Center https://www.westconference.org/West20/Public/enter.aspx CHANNEL PARTNERS CONFERENCE & EXPO Las Vegas, NV: March 9 - 12 The Venetian & Sands Expo https://tmt.knect365.com/channel-partners-conference-expo/ DATA CENTER WORLD San Antonio, TX: March 16 - 19 Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center https://www.alltechconferences.com/event/data-center-world/ NFMT 2020 Baltimore, MD: March 17 - 19 San Diego Convention Center https://www.nfmt.com/baltimore/SearchResults/Audio-Visual--3?showid=183nfmt ENTERPRISE CONNECT Orlando, FL: March 30 – April 2 Gaylord Palms https://www.enterpriseconnect.com/orlando DIGITAL SIGNAGE EXPO 2020 Las Vegas, NV: March 31 – April 3 Las Vegas Convention Center https://www.eventseye.com/fairs/f-digital-signage-expo-(dse)-23591-1.html NAB SHOW 2020 Las Vegas, NV: April 18 - 22 Las Vegas Convention Center https://nabshow.com/2020/ AUDIO-VIDEO-LIGHTING EXPO 2020 Stockholm, SW: May 5 - 7 Stockholm International Fairs https://www.eventseye.com/fairs/f-audio-video-lighting-llb-expo-16928-1.html IoT WORLD 2020 San Jose, CA: June 6 - 9 San Jose Convention Center https://tmt.knect365.com/iot-world DISPLAY WEEK 2020 San Francisco, CA: June 9 - 11 Moscone Convention Center https://www.eventseye.com/fairs/f-display-week-sid-4684-1.html UB TECH CONFERENCE Las Vegas, NV: June 15 - 17 MGM Grand https://www.ubtechconference.com/ INFOCOMM 2020 Las Vegas, NV: June 17 - 19 Las Vegas Convention Center www.prosourceevents.com 4 FRONT Denver, CO: June 23 - 25 Gaylord Rockies Resort https://iseexpo.com/ AV/IT SUMMIT New York, NY: August 6 National Geographic Encounter https://www.avitsummit.com/2020/362057 ISE EXPO 2020 Denver, CO: August 18 - 20 Colorado Convention Center https://iseexpo.com/ ROCKY MOUNTAIN AUDIO VIDEO EXPO Denver, CO: October 28 - 29 Crowne Plaza Dia http://www.avxpo.biz/


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