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October 2019 AV Show List
October 2019 AV Show List

Captus Systems is dedicated to disseminating the most current AV News & Information to our readers. To that end - please enjoy our updated list of upcoming Audio-Visual Conferences & Trade Shows… DX Summit Chicago, IL November 4, 2019 https://www.dxsummit.com/ Technology & Business Summit East Hyattsville, MD November 5, 2019 https://avindustrycalendar.com/event/technology-business-summit-mid-atlantic-2019/ AVEC 2019 New Orleans, LA November 5 – 7, 2019 https://www.avexecutiveconference.com/ ET TECH X Telegana, INDIA December 5 – 7, 2019 https://avindustrycalendar.com/event/et-tech-x/ HTSN Mesa, AZ May 11 – 13, 2020 https://avindustrycalendar.com/event/home-technology-specialists-nationwide-htsn-summit/ We hope you’ll be able to attend at least one of the AV Trade Shows/Conferences listed above, so you can see for yourself the amazing products that are out there today in the Audio-Visual Universe! Check-out the goods, kick the tires, & take your favorites for a spin. Choose your top picks & Captus Systems will help to outfit your enterprise with the most modern technology the industry has to offer! Yeah. We’ve got this!


I Spy With My Little Eyes…Digital Signage EVERYWHERE!
I Spy With My Little Eyes…Digital Signage EVERYWHERE!

The next time you’re in a city, or mall, or airport, or entertainment venue, or corporate building’s lobby – take a look around. Notice anything? More likely than not, you’ll find yourself in the company of bright, colorful, & oft-time behemoth digital signage. Video screens have become today’s “billboards” of choice for all sorts of businesses - & are truly omnipresent in our everyday lives. Movie Theater Display Signage Manufacturers like Samsung, LG, Leyard & Planar, & BrightSign are all benefitting from the substantial uptick in requests for digital displays. For the most part, the quality & size of screens have been the foremost consideration for the industry, but now - the actual quality of the customer experience is also of substantial importance. (Samsung.com – LG.com – LeyardPlanar.com – BrightSign.biz) Examples of Lobby Video Walls Consider the experience of standing in the middle of New York’s Times Square, where one is barraged by countless large screens touting everything from makeup to marriage proposals* to musicals. This is the ultimate digital signage confluence, & Times Square would certainly not be “Times Square” without this awe-inspiring spectacle. One Times Square – the uber-famous building from where the “Ball” has dropped every New Year’s Eve since 1904 - is one of the most photographed addresses in the world. This year, #1 Times Square got a facelift in the form of a 350-foot-tall LED panel from Samsung’s Prismview, replacing the six giant screens that previously occupied that space. Not to be outdone by its neighbor, the Marriott Marquis on Broadway also hosts one of the largest HD digital billboards in the world. Composed of Mitsubishi’s Diamond Vision display technology, it stands eight stories high & wraps-around the entire city block! And on the other side of the globe - LG Electronics created two of the largest OLED displays in the world, both residing at South Korea’s Incheon International Airport. #1 Times Square BEFORE #1 Times Square AFTER For the sports fans out there - digital signage has proven itself to absolutely transform one’s experience at any sports venue. According to Digital Signage Today – sports arenas are in fierce competition for an audience with…THE COUCH. “The progression of in-home entertainment technology has put a dent in the ticket sales for live sports events,” so the venues themselves have to assure fans that they can WOW them outside of the comfort of their man caves & family rooms. An example of an arena stepping-up to the plate is the American Airlines Arena in Miami – home of the MIAMI HEAT Basketball Team. In addition to the large video display at the entrance of the building, they transformed an adjacent unused outdoor plaza with the installation of five custom-built cylindrical LED displays, & a stage with a digital display mounted behind it. This new space has changed previously abandoned real estate into a huge revenue-generator for the American Airlines Arena & the HEAT. Another example of sports-venue-specific signage is the large-scale media sculpture that was created for the outdoor media park for the Super Bowl Host Committee. Super Bowl Media Park The use of digital projection as an “attention-grabbing” medium is also becoming more & more popular all over the world. Mostly used for creative ventures, this new “art form” is wowing audiences everywhere it pops-up. Examples of the use of large-scale projection have been seen from Bavaria, Germany - to Paris, France - to Sydney, Australia…& many other places in-between. Video Projection on Buildings in Bavaria, Paris, & Sydney As technology advances, LCD & LED manufacturers will continue to make great strides in large format digital screen displays. Already, they have come a long way – from reducing the bezels on screens creating completely seamless modular displays, to developing LED screens that can be viewed at a closer range, to enormous advances in picture quality itself. One manufacturer that’s leading the way in this technology is Samsung, with the introduction of their large-scale LED luxury display called “The Wall.” Says Jonghee Han – President of Samsung Electronics’ Visual Display Business - “Our Micro LED technology is at the forefront of the next screen revolution with intelligent, customizable displays that excel in every performance category.” Samsung’s “The Wall” No matter what size your video screen display needs to be, Captus Systems will help you to achieve your very best in presentation & exhibition technology. We are leaders in AV design & integration, & whether you need LCD or LED solutions - we have the expertise to help your organization emblazon its message for the world to see! Yeah. We’ve got this! *To broadcast an individual personal message on one of the Times Square screens, contact the following: BigSignMessage.com


Climate Change & the AV Industry
Climate Change & the AV Industry

The 2019 United Nations’ Climate Action Summit was held at the UN Headquarters in New York City on September 23. The purpose of this summit was to advance climate action for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The very popular sixteen-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg made an impassioned appearance at the summit, pleading for help from the “adults in the room.” (https://www.un.org/en/climatechange/) The Audio-Visual industry is doing its part in the fight against climate change. The very heart of our business is in the promoting of connecting people around the globe with video conferencing, so they won’t have to physically travel far & wide for business meetings. Less travel means less fuel consumed & spewed into the atmosphere - which ultimately means a reduction in dangerous greenhouse gas levels. Speaking to all the world leaders in attendance, Ms. Thunberg said, ”This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be standing here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean…Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction…How dare you!" Strong words, indeed. You can see Greta’s full speech here: https://youtu.be/TMrtLsQbaok Architects, general contractors, & AV integrators alike, are all in a unique position to do their part in helping this cause. A new & greener construction mindset includes all of the infrastructure that goes into a new build - & the Audio-Visual industry is right in the middle of the equation. Captus Systems is proud & poised to be on the frontline of helping to build a brighter, greener future. Besides the obvious benefits of creating healthier & more eco-efficient work environments, ROI is also a positive outcome for organizations choosing a greener path, as creating LEED spaces reduces the cost of energy consumption overall. (LEED = Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) For example, using products from Crestron’s line of Shading Solutions helps greatly in reducing the bottom line. Captus Systems just installed shade control for clients right in the heart of Manhattan. Shading works directly to lower utility bills in that the automated system functions in conjunction with sunlight to optimize light filtration – which helps with the natural cooling & heating of a space. (crestron.com) Lighting control also works hand-in-hand with many Audio-Visual spaces, as lights are automatically programmed to turn on & off with the usage of the room. Furthermore, the use of smaller racks (which store the audio-visual technology), allows for utilizing smaller spaces, which ultimately cuts-down on heating, cooling, lighting, etc., which in turn helps to save energy. Another manufacturer in the AV sector that’s genuinely vested in the Green Movement is Extron. This is made evident by its commitment of ample resources put towards the design of products that are energy-saving. Extron offers Energy Star-qualified power amplifiers & power supplies, along with extremely efficient CrossPoint Ultra matrix switchers – which draw only 52 watts under a full load. Additionally, their MPX Series of multi-format media presentation switchers use only a fraction of the power of traditional switches. (extron.com) Major developments in AV technology have vastly improved occupational health & safety, & are helping organizations around the globe to attain their green initiatives. Because so many companies are including AV spaces in their construction projects, this is a substantial step towards accomplishing environmentally-meaningful goals. If your organization is planning on going Greener with its next Audio-Visual project, Captus Systems can certainly support those efforts! We’ll help your organization achieve its Green goals, while creating the perfect AV/collaboration solution for your needs. Yeah. We’ve got this! To see Part 1 in our series about The AV Industry & the Environment, please click on the following link: https://www.captussystems.com/blog/the-green-new-deal


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