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Shedding Light on Projection Surface Technology
Shedding Light on Projection Surface Technology

Ambient light is the amount of unwanted light in a room that can negatively affect projection on a screen. In other words - it’s a real nuisance when it comes to optimal viewing of your Audio-Visual presentations. Ambient light can come from various sources - including windows, surface lamps, or overhead lighting - & for that reason, you need a screen with “Ambient Light Rejection” (ALR) technology built right-in. With room design ever-changing in AV Integration, there’s a real requirement for ALR - & Captus Systems offers the very best & most modern solutions. Surfaces like the Parallax lineup of products from LeGrand’s Da-Lite, allow you to see more contrast & brighter images in environments where in the past - achieving the clarity & sharpness of those images was difficult in settings where ambient light was present. If you could control ambient light, standard projection technology would provide excellent performance in detail & uniformity. For example…in many projection environments, a traditional white projection screen - like Da-Lite’s Da-Mat - has been used as the standard projection surface. More specifically, the High Contrast Da-Mat offers deeper image reproductions of black, improving the perception of contrast. This option works best in environments with high-output projection & completely controlled ambient light. However, if ambient light cannot be controlled - as is often the case - images on screens lose contrast & fine detail. Ambient light reduces black values in projection, & decreases the ratio between black & white overall. The Parallax lineup of ALR-based screen surfaces have micro layers that absorb light, along with a special layer which physically blocks light. Da-Lite’s Parallax products offer true optical-based solutions for ALR, & with it, contrast & detail are preserved even in bright conditions. Captus Systems is proud to offer Da-Lite’s Parallax Screen Products, including Parallax Pure, & their newest ALR solution - the contrast-based Parallax Stratos 1.0. Parallax Stratos’ specs are as follows: - 1.0 Gain Surface - 80% Ambient Light Reduction capable - Excellent clarity for images up to 16’ in height - 30-degree 1/2-angle for both horizontal & vertical viewing - 60-degree viewing cone - I4K-compliant for both laser projection & traditional lamp-based projection - Available in both Fixed-frame & Electric Screens - Can be gently cleaned with water, & is mildew resistant The Parallax Stratos benefits listed above would certainly allow for expansion of your portfolio for ALR, into larger-scale environments, such as… - Corporate Conference Rooms - Higher Education Settings - Auditoriums - Entertainment Venues - Houses of Worship - Corporate Lobbies Rhen Taylor - Product Manager for Da-Lite, is thrilled to introduce this ground-breaking technology for the Parallax Stratos 1.0 as their newest premier lineup of ALR screens. It is truly cutting-edge surface innovation to be proud of! So - put your Ambient Light concerns aside, & let Captus Systems introduce you & your organization to the newest Parallax ALR-based screens from LeGrand’s Da-Lite. We’ll be happy to shed a light on these surface solutions for you - along with any other product(s) you may require for your next Audio-Visual/Collaboration project. Yeah. We’ve got this!


Adopting a “Gen Z” State-of-Mind…for the Workplace
Adopting a “Gen Z” State-of-Mind…for the Workplace

By 2020, Gen Z-ers (those born between 1995 - 2015) will account for one-third of the U.S. population - & over the next 10 years, these “digital savants” will be taking-over corporate America. As observed by Michael Dimock in a 2018 Pew Research Center report, “Technology, in particular the rapid evolution of how people communicate and interact, is a generation-shaping consideration.” Gen Z’s intimate knowledge of all-things tech will most likely translate into major utilization of most organizations’ smart infrastructures. So, what does this mean for the (not-so-distant) future of the workplace? Here are just a few examples of what we can expect: Greater Usage of Collaborative Environments Videoconferencing solutions are the perfect fit for today’s organizations. The ability to instantly connect & begin a remote meeting with your people - no matter where they are in the world - is hugely beneficial. Because of the increase in popularity in remote collaboration, industry insiders predict that by the year 2022, over 3.5 million units of teleconferencing hardware will ship to users. Platforms like Zoom Rooms, Skype for Business, Go To Meeting, Cisco Webex, BlueJeans, StarLeaf, & others, are all good choices when it comes to collaboration software. Some extra benefits of videoconferencing include…saving the cost of travel - & more importantly - cutting-down on the carbon emissions created by transportation vehicles. The Importance of User Experience (UX) At Captus Systems, UX has always been at the top of the list when designing AV systems for our customers. Ease-of-use for any AV solution has to be the main consideration. When talking specifically about Gen Z-ers, they’ve all grown-up with immediate tech responsiveness at the touch of a screen as the norm. For that reason, all AV systems must be incredibly simple & intuitive to use. This is why solutions like the one Captus Systems helped deliver to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center - using a collaboration between Cisco Webex & Lightware technology – have to be the norm in order to keep clients happy. Increased Flexibility in the Physical Layout of the Office Stationary work stations are becoming a thing of the past - & flexible workspaces more & more prevalent. And in the AV sector, smaller “Huddle Rooms” are becoming increasingly popular as alternatives to traditional massive conference rooms. Greg Clark, CTS, principal consultant with the Sextant Group, sees flexibility in the workplace as an important trend. “Flexibility is key. Companies want to move away from spaces that have finite and specific roles,” he explained. “They want spaces that can do more than one thing; that can be several things.” Jeff Joseph, Global AV Lead of Indeed, agrees & adds, “(Flexible workspaces) call for open communication. Workplace strategy & AV working in harmony will help to ensure that stakeholders are following the same vision.” Attention-Grabbing Displays With the current job market being as thriving & competitive as it is, organizations are amping-up the way they try to attract the best talent out there. To that end, many corporate campuses are choosing to use display technology to show-off their goods & services, in bold, unique, & eye-catching ways. Strategically-placed slender flat-panel LED & LCD screens from brands like Planar, LG, & Samsung are making quite an impression on potential employees - Gen Z-ers, & others alike. Bottom line - Captus Systems will design, engineer, & build the most on-trend Audio-Visual system for your organization. We are always on top of the latest technology, & will create a solution unique to your specific needs. No matter what “Gen” category you fall under – we’ll make your Audio-Visual technology truly outstanding! Yeah. We’ve got this!


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