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Stumping for Captus Systems…
Stumping for Captus Systems…

Artist – Joe Everson With 2020 Presidential Campaigning in full swing, this year’s Presidents’ Day has extra-special meaning. And just like the gentlemen pictured above - Captus Systems is a proven leader…in the AV Industry, that is! We are extremely proud of the differentiators that make-up the very cornerstone of our mission & commitment to our customers. What makes us different? Our Team. Our Process. Our Clients. Our Approach. Our Promise. We are through & through an AV Company – offering Design, Engineering, Installation, Programming & On-Going Support. Our talented Team consists of leading experts in AV design, engineering, & installation - with vast knowledge of the most up-to-date Audio-Visual technology…& we have 125+ years of combined experience to back us up! In addition to our expertise, our staff of Project Managers, Field Technicians, Field Engineers, Systems Engineers, System Designers, Operations Managers, & Client Success Specialists, hold certifications in all sectors of the AV industry. With our ability to incorporate the most modern AV Tools into our designs from top brands like Crestron, Barco, Planar, Samsung, LG, Biamp, Extron, & many others - we are DEDICATED to giving our clients only the very best that the Audio-Visual Industry has to offer. Although our main geographical project concentration is in the NY Metropolitan/Tri-State area, we are more than happy & equipped to accommodate clients’ needs outside of these locales, & have done so with our partners in the Washington, DC Metro Area, Pennsylvania, Chicago, Florida, California, & Europe. Captus Systems delivers cost-effective Audio-Visual and IT solutions for the world’s leading companies and organizations in the Healthcare, Media, Government, Non-Profit, Technology, Corporate, Higher Education, Entertainment, Financial, and Legal sectors. We believe-in & deliver the tools that puts Ease Of Use at the top of the list, so our clients can focus on what REALLY MATTERS. Captus Systems consistently exceeds expectations by using technology-proven best practices and processes, so we can deliver AV 2.0 to ALL of our customers. The Bottom Line: Exceptional AUDIO quality, crystal-clear VIDEO, PEOPLE-FRIENDLY solutions, unparalleled PROJECT MANAGEMENT, & extraordinary CUSTOMER SERVICE throughout your AV Project experience…that’s Captus Systems & this will always be our “platform”! Yeah. We’ve Got This!


2020 Tech Trends - Condensed
2020 Tech Trends - Condensed

The 2020s are truly shaping-up to be the decade of infinite possibilities in Audio-Visual Technology. In January, we posted an in-depth article about some of the top 2020 AV Tech Trends as predicted by experts whom we interviewed from various industry sectors. These authorities included Architects, General Contractors, AV Integrators, End-Users, & Manufacturers. Together, these trends will affect the processes & technology of the Audio-Visual industry, & impact the design & build of conference rooms, huddle spaces, classrooms, auditoriums, concert & sports venues, & video displays. We at Captus Systems thought the results important enough to bear repeating, so we created a simple infographic for quick reference: Captus Systems values & backs the opinions of these industry leaders, & we thank them again for contributing to our research… Larry Taormina, Associate Director, Gardiner & Theobald Inc. John Radocy, Senior Systems Engineer, Captus Systems Michael Diodato, Principal, Cerami Consultants in Acoustics, AV, IT & Security Mark V. Proto, M.S. , M.B.A., Associate Director of Endpoint, AV & Telecommunications, Adelphi University Will Salas, Partner & Director of AudioVisual, GroupM Lieven Bertier, Segment Marketing Director, Barco Toby Daschbach of Metro Tech Reps Julie Wolfe, Account Executive Sales, ScanSource Jason Tirado, President, Lightware Inc. Together, We’ve Got This!


Superbowl & SUPER Screens
Superbowl & SUPER Screens

Super Bowl 54 has come & gone…how did your team do? Hope you didn’t over-do with chicken wings & chili! This annual behemoth event conjures-up things very specific to the match-up, including outrageous commercials, a half-time show, & of course - VERY IMPRESSIVE video screens! As we are all quite aware, video monitor technology has had meteoric improvement since the early days of Superbowl #1 in 1967 in Los Angeles - & continues to improve with each passing year. From the big, bulky “furniture-esque” cathode-ray-tubed sets of the 60s & 70s - to today’s slender, modern, wall-mounted LCD & LED screens - we have become truly spoiled in our viewing habits…both at home & at the office. According to Planar - one of the AV Industry’s leading Video display manufacturers - “Direct view LED video wall technology is becoming increasingly popular, due to its ability to deliver seamless images, scalability to any size or shape, and excellent optimal characteristics that make video wall content look great from any angle.” Modern video technology has not only made it possible for us to feel like we’re sitting right there at the stadium for the big game - but at the office, it has also brought us closer to our colleagues & clients, no matter where they are in the world. The meeting rooms of today - whether they be large conference rooms or smaller huddle spaces - have become standard fare for most corporate enterprises…especially those who are building new collaboration solutions. Captus Systems makes it our main mission to stay on top of the latest video technology so we can pass-along the best there is to offer to our clients. According to InfoComm - the Audio-Visual industry’s largest annual technology conference – “When we look back at the 2019 AV market in general and InfoComm 2019 in particular, it could be that we’ll all walk away saying, ‘That was the year of LED.’” And speaking of the best in video screen tech, here are just a few of the recommendations of note from industry experts, as was reported by our friends at Commercial Integrator: Barco Barco offers a complete range of LED display technology for television studios, control rooms, boardrooms, professional AV installations, & other venues. Barco's wide portfolio includes their X & XT Series of LED displays and tiles, as well as LED processing technology, called Infinipix™ LG Business Solutions Curved LED The fine-pitch direct-view indoor curved LAPE series, uses a specially-designed flexible LED display module that supports true concave and convex curvature for virtually limitless design flexibility. The fine-pitch LAPE series employs proprietary Dynamic Contrast Algorithm technology for a wide range of color and deep contrast. NEC Display UN Series Near Bezel-less 55-inch Panels A near bezel-less 55-inch that now features enhanced factor color calibration for easy setup and color uniformity. The UN552S and UN552VS feature just 0.44mm inactive area surrounding an anti-glare, high-haze IPS panel designed for seamless multi-screen configurations, ideal for digital signage uses in retail, corporate, and broadcast environments. Planar TVF Complete LED Video Walls TVF Complete is a line of video wall solutions designed for multiple environments and applications. It is optimized for Full HD and 4K resolutions, coming in 109-inch, 137-inch, 164-inch, and 219-inch sizes. Each model includes LED display cabinets, video controller, cables, wall mounts, trim and spare modules for easier maintenance. Samsung 8K Display The Samsung 8K display features artificial intelligence that will take a standard signal and utilize machine learning to upscale any signal to 8K. It features quantum processor 8K, quantum HDR24X, and direct full array 16X – concentrated zones of precision-controlled LEDs for ultra-deep blacks and pure whites. Yeah. We’ve Got This!


Building Bridges…The Captus Systems Way
Building Bridges…The Captus Systems Way

Every commercial organization can tout positive distinctions that set them apart from the pack. At Captus Systems, we’re proud of the differentials that make-up the very cornerstone of our mission & promise to our customers. We build connections which bridge our clients with their people through collaboration, using brilliant time & cost-saving Audio-Visual Solutions – with a particular concentration on Meeting/Conference Rooms, Huddle Spaces, & Video Walls. Our talented Team consists of leading experts in AV design, engineering, & installation – with vast knowledge of the most up-to-date Audio-Visual technology. With our ability to incorporate AV tools into our designs from top brands like LG, Samsung, Planar, Biamp, Shure, Crestron, Cisco - & so many others – we are dedicated to giving our clients only the very best that the AV industry has to offer. When considering making plans for your next AV Project, please keep the following in mind: Captus Systems – committed to building the bridges that make your collaboration projects seamless. Connecting you with your people - whether they’re across the hall, cross-town, cross-country, or across the ocean. Yeah. We’ve got this!


Trend Talk:  A New Decade in AV Tech
Trend Talk: A New Decade in AV Tech

As we take first steps into a brand-new decade, we begin to consider upcoming trends in the processes & technology of the Audio-Visual industry, & how they will impact the design & build of conference rooms, huddle spaces, classrooms, & video displays. With that in mind, we surveyed experts in their respective fields to ask what they predict might be important AV (trends) for 2020 & beyond. Gathering information from movers & shakers from across various sectors - Architects, General Contractors, AV Integrators, End-Users, & Manufacturers…this is what they had to say: SIMPLE SOLUTIONS Larry Taormina, Associate Director, Gardiner & Theobald Inc. “I have worked with most recently in both the Media and Law Office build-outs this past year, and it has come to my attention that in both industries, the client is looking for simple solutions that make it easy for the End-User to understand and implement. They both went from a Cisco-based solution to Zoom equipment, where the AV and technical capabilities are extremely whittled down, and provide the aesthetic appearance of a more sophisticated system.” WIRELESS COLLABORATION John Radocy, Senior Systems Engineer, Captus Systems “Two words - Wireless Collaboration. Examples of a great devices that do everything & connect to the Client’s device via Blutooth, are the Presenter Hubs from Williams AV: The Presenter Hub VP S1, The Audio Presenter Hub VP S2, & The Audio Presenter HUB Bundle VP SY2.” IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PEOPLE Michael Diodato, Principal, Cerami - Consultants in Acoustics, AV, IT & Security “I have been in this industry since 1991, but I am not a “tech” person at heart. I am a “people” person. The technology is unimportant without the people that design it - and especially the people that support us. Every month vendors visit our office to tell us about the latest and greatest widget. When the presentation is done, I ask them about the support. If they can’t support our team and our clients, it really doesn’t matter if it is the coolest technology ever. Bottom Line: It’s all about simplicity combined with end-user experience-focused design.” TECH & THE CLASSROOM Mark V. Proto, M.S. , M.B.A., Associate Director of Endpoint, AV & Telecommunications, Adelphi University “The traditional classroom evolution to full collaboration, integration, and creativity by utilizing technology to leverage and enhance our students’ experiences…some of the trends we are experiencing now with full integration are: The increased use of collaboration tools, shared spaces, distance learning, video collaboration, shared content, and recording capabilities. We’re also designing more classrooms with flexible furniture to be able to break-off into small groups. Virtual Reality in education has enhanced the development in STEM. The influence of technology is encouraging critical thinking, creativity and innovation. Future trends include the Internet of things: Full automation through integration over the network utilizing a unified communication platform that enables data gathering and energy efficiency, as we progress into the new decade. This is the wave of the future.” AT THE HEART Will Salas, Partner & Director of Audio-Visual, GroupM “In 2020, streaming lining video conferencing technology and simplifying users’ interaction with it within a commercial space will be center spotlight in the coming months. Video conferencing will be the heart of AV design as telephony once was. The telephone will be left behind like the Kodak Carousel.” BYOD TO THE BYOM Lieven Bertier, Segment Marketing Director, Barco “Moving into a new decade, IT departments are faced with real challenges in formulating their digital workplace strategies. They need solutions to boost collaboration and meeting efficiency that will be versatile, connected and secure - open to any user, both in-room and remote. Since users want to use their own devices, their own tools, and preferred video conferencing systems (our research shows people on average use 6 different conferencing platforms on their laptops, tablets and phones) - the key to address these challenges lies in BYOM, Bring Your Own Meeting. BYOM will transform the workplace and revolutionize employee engagement.” SIMPLICITY Toby Daschbach of Metro Tech Reps “Simplicity is still the number one thing general users need to make their use of technology not get in the way of their actual jobs! So, technology that allows users to interact with the technology without complications is most important! As an example, the Atlona Omega Soft Codec solutions allow hands-free, zero UI operation delivering seamless sharing of the room’s camera and microphone, between room pc's and all users’ laptops. All the user has to do is simply plug-in the laptop's USB-C cable!” Julie Wolfe, Account Executive - Sales, ScanSource “Simplicity will be key in 2020. Companies want reliable technology that works easily and seamlessly, allowing for increased collaboration wherever their users may be. We’re seeing a trend toward streamlined processes to effortlessly collaborate, as well as simple-to-use huddle spaces, taking advantage of cloud technology in a cost-effective manner. With more cloud conferencing and the increase of collaboration equipment on the network, security and 5G will also be key in 2020.” HIGHER RESOLUTIONS Jason Tirado, President, Lightware Inc. “The consumer display industry keeps pushing forward with higher and higher resolutions. We are about to see consumer 8K displays on ready availability. Most content still hasn’t made it to true 4K yet, so I believe that the mismatch between what displays are capable of and what content is available for them, will grow wider and wider. HDMI2.0 adoption is still growing quickly. We see an acceleration of this trend continuing throughout the coming year. Network audio/video standards continue to be more widely adopted. Dante and SDVOE are the ones to watch going forward.” At Captus Systems, we truly value & back the opinions of these authorities, & always do everything we can to support these trends. Welcome to the 2020s – the decade of infinite possibilities in Audio-Visual Technology! Yeah. We’ve Got This!


Free AV Project Checklists Available!
Free AV Project Checklists Available!

Get a real handle on the items you’ll need to consider when planning your next Audio-Visual Collaboration Project. Whether it be for a large Conference Room, Huddle Spaces, an Auditorium - or Global Connectivity with your offices across the hall, cross-town, cross-country, or across the ocean - we’ve got you covered! Download our General & Detailed Equipment Checklists to use as guidelines for your project - & we’ll help you fill-in the blanks! Create an Accurate Overview of… Project Type Desired Functionality Budget Audio Requirements Video Requirements Cloud Platforms And so much more… Download our FREE checklists by visiting CaptusSystems.com, and you’ll be on your way to helpful, detailed planning. Yeah. We’ve Got This!


Going Into 2020 With 20/20 A-V
Going Into 2020 With 20/20 A-V

New Year. New Decade. Infinite possibilities – in both our personal & professional lives. An opportunity to take a good, long look at where we’ve been, where we are, & where we want to be. If creating a state-of-the-art AV Collaboration Space is on your corporate wish-list for 2020, Captus Systems will make it happen. A Leading Commercial AV Design, Engineering, & Build Integration Firm – we’re poised to make your AV Dreams come true! Whether for a traditional conference room, small huddle space, or large auditorium - we partner with the very best AV technology companies in the industry so that we can bring you the most up-to-date tools necessary for the modern workplace. Connectivity technology from Crestron & Extron…video monitors from LG & Samsung…audio equipment from Shure & Polycom…Cloud-based platforms from Cisco Webex & Zoom…& many more. All at our fingertips, just waiting for you! With an expert team filled with industry leaders on staff, Captus Systems will do it all for you – from Audio-Visual Soup-to-Nuts. So - if a new or updated AV Collaboration Space is on your 2020 “To Do” List – check us out! We promise to make it worth your while. Yeah. We’ve Got This!


Merry EVERYTHING & Happy ALWAYS – To You & Yours!
Merry EVERYTHING & Happy ALWAYS – To You & Yours!

Holiday Wishes from Captus Systems – Leading Commercial AV Design, Engineering, & Build Integration Firm And Now for Some Holiday Fun: Can you tell us the "Strong" Significance of the Star Formation pictured above? Submit your answer to [email protected] and all correct answers will be entered into a drawing to win a Starbucks Gift Card! Good Luck!!! (Winner will be notified by e-mail in January 2020)


Planning Your New Meeting Space(s) for 2020:  The “4–Cs”
Planning Your New Meeting Space(s) for 2020: The “4–Cs”

With 2020 fast approaching, most organizations are well into planning for the year ahead - & some of those plans include new or updated collaboration spaces. Whether they’ll plan Meeting Rooms, Conference Rooms, or Huddle Spaces - it’s a given that EVERY DAY in business – PEOPLE MEET. Collaboration can take place among those located within the same physical office building, in satellite offices, or across the ocean. Cloud-based meeting products from Cisco Webex, Starleaf, BlueJeans, Skype for Business, Zoom Rooms, & others, are all great tools - but only account for the tip of the iceberg of what goes into an AV system. Captus Systems helps to navigate the fray. On average, 37% of employee time is spent in meetings, so it is vitally important to make those experiences technologically advanced, pleasant, & seamless. With the plethora of ground-breaking Audio-Visual merchandise available today, the task of making choices can be daunting - & Captus Systems will make sure that you choose what’s best for your organization. So important to the successful creation of a superlative meeting space is the pre-planning of the basic elements to be considered. Below is a breakdown of tips to ponder during this initial phase: Follow the “Captus 4-Cs” - Convenience, Choices, Commonality, Changeability: Convenience: Removing the complicated technological roadblocks from an AV system is key when it comes to designing seamless integration. Choose a system that’s streamlined & can be quickly deployed to always start your meetings on-time. And by all means - avoid the frustration of components that don’t work in harmony. A terrific example of a system designed with CONVENIENCE in mind is the one that Captus Systems helped to develop with Lightware for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. This solution greatly eliminated complexity, & was easily & cost-effectively delivered to multiple rooms. The combination of Lightware’s open API used in conjunction with Cisco’s Touch 10 created a truly convenient collaboration solution. Choices: The ability to allow participants to join a meeting - no matter what type of equipment they prefer to use - is essential. Whether it be a PC or Mac-based laptop, an Android or IOS-based smart phone, a whiteboard, etc. – you will need to make sure that all of your people & their hardware can be connected to your system effortlessly. Commonality: It is critical for the technology to be the same in all of your organizations’ meeting spaces. If your people are well-versed in the operation of one of your AV-fitted rooms, they should be able to easily migrate-to & operate the systems in all the other collaboration spaces within your enterprise. This is what Captus Systems refers to as Standard Application Modalities (S.A.M.). S.A.M. is the uniform processes that should be adopted to make the technology we all use more accessible, & easy to operate. Captus Systems always designs, engineers, & builds with S.A.M. in mind. Changeability: In today’s corporate collaboration environment, flexibility is key. Flexibility in allowing all systems to be easily scalable when necessary - so as your organization grows, more & more collaboration spaces can be readily added. Changeability also refers to the ability to actually physically change the configurations of the meeting spaces within an organization. The trend towards companies creating smaller “Huddle Spaces” is growing - along with more flexible office floorplans. Considering the use of Huddle Spaces – as opposed to traditional large conference rooms - is something to give some serious thought to. An organization’s growth depends on the exchange & sharing of its people’s ideas. Where they do that should be a space which nurtures a creative environment…one which inspires your people to flourish. Captus Systems is dedicated to creating modern, expertly engineered, & unique collaboration spaces that not only bring-out the best in your people – but also help your organization to put its best foot forward for its clients. Together, we’ll work-out the very best 4-C Solution for your enterprise. Yeah. We’ve got this!


Hut - Hut – Hut!  The Corporate Huddle
Hut - Hut – Hut! The Corporate Huddle

So - what exactly is a Corporate Huddle? Better known as a Huddle Room or Huddle Space – “It is a small, casual space equipped with collaboration technology, where a limited number of people can meet, (usually up to six), on a scheduled or ad hoc basis.” as defined by Cisco. Looking to optimize your available space? Huddle Rooms have a number of 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 towards more flexible work areas that can be reconfigured – instead of the traditional stationary office/cubicle models of the past. The use of Huddle Spaces optimizes real estate, making work-area flow much more functional. The deployment of Huddle Spaces is providing a whole new category of opportunities for companies & AV integrators alike - which makes it an exciting time for employees, architects, interior designers, & the AV tech industry. 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. That’s quite a telling statistic! 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 Huddle Spaces give organizations the ability for its people to share content locally, by connecting with lifelike video & audio. Cisco Webex Room Kits are the perfect solution to several Huddle Space configurations. Cisco’s Room Kit technology allows for… • The Perfect Capture of participants sitting close to the screen • Automatic Fish-Eye Correction • Directional Microphones • Background Noise Reduction • Intelligent Framing for Clearer Communication • Auto-Detection of the people in the room • Waking-up of the system when one enters the space…a system which greets & guides the participants • 4K Content Sharing at 30 frames per second • Joining any Videoconference by USB for BYO Conferencing New technology is not about adding more; it is about needing less**. If your organization is looking to create a more modern workplace by using Huddle Spaces, Captus Systems is the perfect fit for the task. We have the expertise to design, engineer, & install collaboration spaces of ANY size – from Huddles to Large Conference Rooms. For us - size really does not matter! Yeah. We’ve Got This! * Wainhouse Research is an organization which analyzes market trends, technologies, products, vendors, applications, & related services in the Unified Communications & Rich-Media Conferencing fields. **A statement made by Crestron Electronics


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