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A Belated Celebration of  Women's History Month - AV Style!
A Belated Celebration of Women's History Month - AV Style!

"Strong women don't have ATTITUDES...they have STANDARDS." - Shreya Sharma March was "Women's History Month" & female influencers across a variety of sectors were being recognized for their invaluable contributions. Captus Systems would like to take a break from the Global Pandemic for a few moments & take this opportunity to give shout-outs to some of the women leaders of the Audio-Visual Industry. WOMEN IN AV According to a 2019 Commercial Integrator survey of 465 AV Industry professionals, only 9.9% of those surveyed said they were women - so getting more females interested in entering the AV field is an important & timely challenge. Christy Ricketts, of Contemporary Research, says that it’s vital to market this male-dominated industry to women by stressing that “It’s really about being helpful to others, & being a positive influence to help everyone be the best person they can be.” With that in mind, women in the Commercial Audio-Visual Industry continue to push for equality & are using the momentum of 2020’s “Women’s History Month” to help make a difference. Captus Systems is proud to introduce you to some of our industry’s FEMALE leaders & pioneers: Adele De Berri was an early AV trailblazer. After inventing the “Silver Screen” (projection screen), she started the Da-Lite Company in 1909. Not only is it still a flourishing business today, but under De Berri’s leadership, she guided Da-Lite successfully through the Great Depression & 2 World Wars. IN 1954, Edith Clark was not only the 1st woman to graduate with an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from MIT, but she is also known for inventing the Graphical Calculator. This tool allowed for the solving of complex equations involving electrical current, voltage, & impedance in power transmission lines. Anne-Marie Bruneau created the foundation for much of the analysis & measurement techniques used in acoustical design. Most notable of Bruneau’s achievements is her research in Electrodynamic Loudspeaker design. In 1980, Radia Perlman invented the Spanning Tree Algorithm, which is still used for routing IP today. Her Protocol Design allows for Ethernet to make optimal use of Bandwidth. Perlman has more than 100 patents to her name, which makes her a true trailblazer in the Audio-Visual community. Elizabeth Cohen is the 1st female President of the Audio Engineering Society. Also having served as an Acoustical Engineer with a Ph.D. in acoustics from Stanford University, she made many important contributions to architectural acoustics & pitch perception. Nancy Knowlton is the CEO of Global Sales at Nureva, Inc. – a collaboration technology solutions company which is represented in 20 countries. As is stated by Knowlton, “We’re driven by a singular focus: To develop simple, creative solutions to the problems that stand in the way of teams working effectively…” Well said, Nancy! Emma Bigg is the AV Designer & Strategist at Octavius RE, Ltd. After a long tenure with UK AV company SSE, Bigg decided to go out on her own to advise clients on AV System Design, AV Procurement, & Maintenance Strategy, Commercial Relationships, & Project Delivery. This woman is making a big splash in AV across the pond & is doing her part to encourage young women along the way. Sarah Joyce is AVIXA’s Chief Global Officer. Coming from a rich background in AV Integration, Joyce is responsible for all of AVIXA’s operations & services outside of North America. One of her main objectives is helping to get women CTS certified, which is an accreditation important to many markets around the globe – one which, according to Joyce, is a “differentiator for women in their careers.” Women supporting women to reach their AV career goals is something that Sarah Joyce is passionate about. Kirti Shetti – Director of Operations at Kramer Electronics in India, Shettie the very first women to be CTS-AVIXA certified in her country. She has worked in the AV industry for nearly 15 years, holding technical, sales, & management roles. Says Shetti of the important role that this certification plays, “…AV is as much relevant as the knowledge of IT. AVIXA certifications give you a lot of in-depth understanding of many areas of AV.” Kirti Shetti admits that she has always been a big believer in keeping updated on the latest technologies, processes, & industry standards - & those beliefs have certainly helped Shetti to get to where she is today! Jayne Dimmich - Senior Director of Polycom, is a vocal advocate for empowering women with AV Roles. She states that “The lack of women is not the consequence of discrimination. It is the result of a huge lack of awareness from women in respect to our industry.” Dimmich feels it of the utmost importance to be attracting more women to the AV sector by deploying successful women in the field, out to high schools, colleges, trade schools, etc., so they can debunk current preconceptions that AV is a “man’s world” only - & encourage young ladies to take more paths towards STEM-based careers. Carys Green is a highly experienced AV Professional, passionate about drawing more females into the AV Industry. Recently named the Director of “Women in AV (WAVE)” in the UK, Green states “I’m excited about the future of WAVE UK - & with the new leadership in place, I am enthusiastic about the progress we will be able to make in advancing women in the AV industry…” You go, girl!!! And last – but not least…Kudos to Cisco! In Fortune’s 2020 list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For,” not only does Cisco rank #4 in that category - but it also is noted by Fortune as being one of the Best Workplaces for Women. Thank you, Cisco…we wish there were more out there like you! There are more than 30 local groups around the world that meet each quarter, to help build a Community of Women in the AV Industry - no matter your geographic location. Click the link below to find the group closest to you. GROUPS So - whether it be your Mother, Sister, Grandmother, Aunt, Girlfriend – or a professional or cultural female influencer who has positively affected your life - take some extra time to thank them for their inspiration. We know they will appreciate it! Yeah. Women Really Do Get This!


2020 AV Industry Events Calendar: Revised Schedule for all Trade Shows & Conferences
2020 AV Industry Events Calendar: Revised Schedule for all Trade Shows & Conferences

At Captus Systems, we know how valuable your time is. For that reason, we feel it our responsibility to keep you updated on the changes for the 2020 AV Industry Events Calendar. Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, many of the Conferences & Trade Shows on which we previously reported have been canceled or postponed. Because this is such a fluid situation, we will continue to update this information on our website - so please be sure to check back from time-to-time. We truly hope that you & yours are staying healthy & safe! Please see the revised schedule, below: TECHNOLOGY & BUSINESS SUMMIT Irvine, CA: POSTPONED – NO NEW DATE as of 3/25/20 https://cedia.net/events/event-detail-page/2020/04/02/default-calendar/irvine-tech-summit Irving, TX: CLOSED https://web.cvent.com/event/c627d5bd-e2a1-4503-89b7-cceea18a518a/summary?rp=00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000 Houston, TX: POSTPONED – NO NEW DATE as of 3/25/20 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: May 12 - 14 1225 Franklin Avenue, Garden City, NY 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) 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 ENTERPRISE CONNECT San Francisco: August 3 - 6 Moscone Center https://www.enterpriseconnect.com/sanfrancisco 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: CANCELED – LOOK FOR INFO ON FUTURE NY SHOW 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: POSTPONED TO 8/10 – 8/13 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 CANCELED https://www.ubtechconference.com/ INFOCOMM 2020 CANCELED, but “VIRTUAL INFOCOMM 2020” details to be released asap – CHECK WEBSITE Orlando, FL: June 12 – 18, 2021 Orange County Convention Center https://www.infocommshow.org/?utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=info20&utm_content=brand&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIuMLI9Ii26AIVjrbICh0WZAWbEAAYASAAEgLbe_D_BwE 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 Denver Int’l Airport http://www.avxpo.biz/


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/


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!


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