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The Fundamentals of Good AV Room Design

Architects and designers of AV spaces focus on the aesthetics and optimization of room usage and space. At Captus Systems, we focus on the principles of AV project optimization, with the technical aspects of our clients’ needs in the forefront. Below are some fundamental best practices that we at Captus Systems always adhere to, in order to ensure the success of our clients’ AV projects: The Placement of Screens – Big & Small A positive AV experience is driven by the visuals of the room – and that includes the placement and size of the screen(s). When a screen is too small or too high on a wall, its effectiveness is lost because screens are obviously the focal point of any AV-enabled room. Products from company’s like Planar LED Displays can be set-up in either single-screen or video wall applications, which can then be used in conjunction with Peerless-AV or Chief mounts - and tools such as Chief PAC 525-AV boxes - to create world-class, impressive visual displays. When video screen placement is done correctly, the audience can’t help but be immersed in the experience. This is true for large or small rooms. More specifically - for a large room display, products like RP Visual’s Custom Mounts can be utilized. These types of mounts make it easy to move screens into their proper position, which ultimately makes the viewing experience a more comfortable one for the audience. Modern Tools Optimize the AV Experience Cloud-based video conferencing is a huge component of today’s AV business, so designing rooms that are able to connect easily to Cloud-based applications is essential to the modern meeting space. For optimum functionality, it’s best to use the most updated technology - like Cisco Webex - to deliver video conferencing between users across the globe. Products from Polycom, Starleaf, Cisco, and Zoom also offer great flexibility - and when the right tools from these manufacturers are chosen, it makes for the very best AV results. Audio is of Vital Importance Because Cloud-based video conferencing is integral to today’s AV industry, it is imperative to not only get the video part of the equation right - but the audio quality has to be outstanding as well. The audio component cannot be overlooked, so it is of vital importance that the right DSP technology is in place for the best possible sound outcome. Sound technology from BiAmp, QSC, or Clearone are all equally good choices when planning for optimum audio solutions for AV-enabled conference rooms. When the very best audio tools are used, they are sure to deliver crisp and crystal-clear audio in concert with vibrant and vivid visuals – and that makes for a winning combination every time! We at Captus Systems know that all of these points may seem obvious to industry insiders, but sadly, that’s not always the case. We take great pride in making sure that the AV solutions we design for our clients consistently hit on all of these fundamental best practices – which are essential to making every Captus Systems project a great success. For more information about Captus Systems, or for inquiries about how we can help with your next AV project - please fill-out the form to the right, and we’ll get back to you asap. Thank you.


Critical Collaboration Trends

Today’s modern workplace has changed dramatically from the days of 9-5, when button-down shirts and ties were the norm, and your manager’s office was just steps away from your desk. Today’s workplace is more casual and flexible, and the work/life balance is an important part of the equation. These days, the workforce is made up of mix of freelancers, contract workers, stay-at-home parents, and full-time staff – many of whom are working remotely. Millennials are willing to forego the traditional security and benefits of a full-time job for more freelance opportunities, allowing for complete control over their schedules. According to Forbes Magazine, (from January 26, 2016), freelancers will make up 50% of the workforce by the year 2020. As a result of the changing workforce dynamic, companies have no choice but to collaborate on a higher, more innovative and intuitive level, in order to compete in the global economy. Collaboration Technology is making that possible. Innovative business collaboration techniques can vastly improve your company’s productivity, as was recently sited by the global management and consultant company – McKinsey. They worked with a multinational software company, whose challenge was to collaborate effectively with team members in different time zones and continents. A key finding in this particular case was that the group had too few tools to competently engage in this type of knowledge-sharing. This problem was resolved after implementing innovative business collaboration tools and processes, which allowed the company to eliminate up to 30 percent of wasted time. Technology companies are continuing to develop cutting-edge Collaboration Tools to meet the demanding needs of today’s business environment. Cisco’s WebEx Teams (formerly Cisco Spark) can make working remotely more intuitive with easy-to-use collaboration tools. It unifies voice, video, data, and mobile - allowing people to work from virtually anywhere. Meetings can be conducted with teammates, partners, vendors, and customers - in various locations via video conferencing, real time messaging, and file-sharing. Companies may require cross-functional collaboration where disparate groups need to come together in order to react to real-time information, requiring a command/control center environment. To that end, system integration technology can be designed, which may include conference rooms linked to a primary LED display or video wall, featuring Planar screens and Peerless-AV or RP Visuals’ custom mounts. This type of technology promotes integration, collaboration, and streamlined communication between departments and groups. Cloud video conferencing is one of the fastest-growing areas in collaboration and unified communication, and comes in several configurations. Meeting-room video conferencing, AV enabled rooms, desktop conferencing, and mobile connectivity are primary examples. Hallmarks of a well-engineered audio video conference room – such as no visible wires, perfect camera angles, and flawless audio – are key, so that all of the meeting participants appear to have a seat at the same table. With these elements correctly in place, every person on the call can be heard with crystal clarity. To further the ease of operation - calls can even be scheduled to connect based on a calendar invitation. Whether implementing a standard video codec, (using cisco, Polycom, LifeSize), or a PC-based solution, (using Skype for Business “S4B” – soon to be Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Vidyo), or just calling-in to an audio bridge – every user experience should be the same. Global manufacturer, StarLeaf, provides an affordable, easy-to-use, and reliable video and voice communication system. Its messaging, video conferencing, and video calling services allow organizations to communicate and collaborate easily, seamlessly, and with zero interoperability issues. StarLeaf’s business collaboration products enable people to message, meet, and call anyone on any device - at any time. For example, their Group Telepresence 3351 – Enterprise Room System, is specifically designed to facilitate rich, immersive, and engaging meetings in larger conference rooms and auditoriums. Designed for professional AV integration, this system supports multiple screens, microphones, and cameras, so that your attendees can experience every single detail - just as if they were literally in the room. There are an infinite number of options available. Fill-out a request now, for a free quote to determine your Collaboration Technology needs. Bring your business into the dynamic new world of connectivity!


Audio, Lighting, HD Video, and AV Control Systems Design

Audio, Lighting, HD Video, and AV Control Systems Design A common characteristic of the modern economy is disruption. Disruption is defined as “the taking of an established industry with its inherent advantages, and breaking-down barriers for the masses.” While we’ve all seen the effects of this when we hail a ride from Uber or make a purchase from Amazon, it is also very true in the way which technology has been made available for all organizations. Small, Medium, Large, and Enterprise organizations now have many of the same tools available for them to both compete with, and grow their businesses. Many of these commercial tools - like their consumer counterparts - invite collaboration, promote ease of use, and typically use audio and video systems to increase their adoption. Networking companies like Cisco use WebEx Team and compete with Zoom and StarLeaf for the best of breed cloud performance. Audio Visual equipment from industries leaders like BiAmp and Shure have turned the corner to integrate Audio and the Network, using standards like DANTE (Digital Audio Network Through Ethernet), in order to provide for the next generation of connected devices. This new age of technology exponentially expands the performance and reduces cost for those experts on both audio and networking. While complexity seemingly may grow when you scale-up your solutions, audio and visual systems no longer need to be difficult to manage. Ease of use is now the primary objective and requirement. Creating Scalable Solutions Let’s say you’re a small startup that’s looking to grow and improve your office in preparation for client visits: One of the first things you’ll need is a meeting or conference room where you can present your latest projects to your investors and clients. Doing so often requires a very capable LCD projector from a reputable company like Christie Digital. However, the products they offer can vary in both price and use, which is why it is so important to create scalable solutions. As you add more AV devices to your business - be they audio interfaces in a studio, touchscreens for classrooms, or even a building-wide PA system - Captus Systems can help you design and build the perfect solution for your needs. What’s even more important than simply using the system, is the ability to CONTROL IT. That’s where companies like Extron come-in handy with their audio and visual control interfaces, switches, and other user-friendly systems. Enterprise Presentation Rooms Our specialties are in both conference and presentation rooms. Not only can we help you design a smart and comfortable room in which to hold your meetings, but we can also provide you with the correct AV control systems and technologies in order to make it practical as well. We know the importance of making that good first impression to your clients, because you don’t get many opportunities to do so in the world of business. We work together with industry leaders such as Planar Systems, Extron, and QSC in order to deliver high-quality digital AV control system solutions. From all-in-one tabletop solutions such as the Crestron Mercury, to systems like the Crestron NVX that can manage and distribute digital AV and control signals across your entire office - we’ve got scalable solutions to meet your exact needs no, matter how large or small your operation is. We specialize in offering high-end solutions for architects and designers, facility managers, general contractors, and also IT and media services managers. We serve several different types of industries, including those in the corporate, legal, financial, healthcare-related, and educational fields. With all that said - whether you’re in need of a service to help you to renovate existing lecture halls at your college or university, to create a brand-new AV control system to assist patients in your healthcare facility, or you’d like to design a luxury conference room to impress your clients - we’ve got the perfect solution for you!


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