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Increase Worker Productivity with Sound Masking

It’s about 10:45am on Monday… and it begins. “What’s for lunch…? Did that email really go to spam? What’s the dial-in for the 11 o’clock call? Why is it so hot on this side of the office and so cold by Reception” Just another day at the office… and all these comments OVER the slurping coffee drinker, the phlegmy sneezer and clashing Pandora’s because really who can agree on anything besides Christmas music. Distractions, distractions, and yes - more distractions! Who thought an open office floorplan with cement floors was a good idea in the first place? I guess from a collaborative viewpoint - bringing down walls to make people talk to promote teamwork and nurture innovation – yeah maybe. But is it really paying off? Many recent studies show that all of these daily distractions lead to lack of focus + unhappy workers = lack of productivity! Per the Journal of Environmental Psychology - "benefits of enhanced interaction didn't offset disadvantages in open-plan offices." Another by the Asia-Pacific Journal of Health Management - suggests this type of floor plan produces an increase in noise, conflict, stress, and turnover. Additionally, a 2008 Basex study estimated that distractions cost businesses $587 billion. Unwanted noise is a problem that corporate America is dealing with every day. It may dramatically effect productivity having an oversized effect on today’s Information Workers; earbuds in or not. Noise interruptions heard during deep thinking and complex work means that the workers will be out of sync for longer periods of time. Studies have shown that work places with multiple or regular interruptions are most likely to have long-term negative effects on performance, productivity and mood with an overall effect on the entire team. Ok – so there we go… Now what do we do? The answer may be found in the way we design the modern work space taking into account of Sound Management. Aka Noise Control. CAPTUS Solutions: Our AV / IT communities impact is limited to the one which is most successful; sound masking. Sound masking experts are usually brought into the process after certain design elements are set in stone. While the design community recommends several strategies for speech privacy, CAPTUS focuses our expertise on the technology used for non-intrusive speech privacy known as Sound Masking. As per the Cambridge Sound Management website: “Sound masking is the process of adding background sound to reduce noise distractions, protect speech privacy and increase office comfort.” “Sound masking is specifically engineered to match the frequencies of human speech and to sound comfortable, even pleasant, to the human ear. When implemented properly, sound masking should just fade into the background “hum” of a workplace while simultaneously making (ambient) speech more difficult to hear and understand.” Sound Masking is a cost-effective way to provide an increased level of worker focus, reduce distractions, reduce stress & overall provide an increase in productivity. Sound Masking has been around for over 40 years, and is already widely used in Fortune 500 companies, smaller businesses, healthcare & government institutions – modern sound masking systems are in increased demand due to this open floorplan craze. Ironically, adding sound to a space does make the space seem quieter. It’s true – believe me. In conclusion, while being in the loop on EVERYTHING that happens in an office certainly may fulfill your curiosity, there’s work to be done. Please contact Captus System today for a free quote on a Sound Masking solution.


Audio Visual Engineering – A Unique Specialty
Audio Visual Engineering – A Unique Specialty

CAPTUS Design Process (CDP) - Audio Visual Engineering – A Unique Specialty CAPTUS was founded for just this very moment in time. CAPTUS believes improving client expectation, and construction team expectation begins with better process, better communication and technical tools. CAPTUS approaches AV projects from an IT core. AV is IT. AV and IT rely on the market to inform direction and advancement. Very few people understand this very simple statement the way that CAPTUS does. The CAPTUS Design Process and Team removes the tunnel-vision and replaces it with better communication, detailed coordination and productivity all without adding cost. The CAPTUS Design Process includes best practices and benefits found in the IT model of ITIL The ITIL process provides discipline, clarification and prioritization of the investments in the services used to deliver the systems being demanded by the business. ITIL has been influential in evolving the process of systems delivery architecture within the success of IT. ITIL focuses on helping organizations deploy, improve and develop over time. Sounds great, right? CAPTUS has adopted the processes and best practices within our organization closing the loop and adding oversight rarely seen in the AV world. For years, the “AV standard” has fallen short of meeting the higher expectation across the project spectrum, from IT, Facilities, C-Level, Architects, and the construction community. It is at pivotal times like these (in the construction and technology delivery landscape) that the famous Einstein quote is again applicable: “We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them” CAPTUS does not believe that cookie-cutter standards are going to solve the problems we face today or tomorrow. Frankly, we believe that cookie-cutter standards should only be applied to cookies. This is why the CAPTUS approach is: Start - Review – Modify – Test - Implement - Repeat Welcome to AV 2.0 At CAPTUS we are delivering that new kind of thinking. What will the future look like? The systems we deliver today need to meet expectation, deliver value today, tomorrow and for years to come. While 2017 was a wildly successful year for CAPTUS and the industry as a whole, we find that the vast majority of systems delivered in 2017 look far too similar to what was delivered 15 years ago. Yes. The NEC display is larger, the resolution is 4K or higher, the Crestron touch panel is sleeker, the Middle Atlantic rack is smaller, the Cisco and Polycom codec is faster and enabled with more features, the AMX interface is standardized, the Skype for Business (SFB) is on every desktop and Smart device, but the physical rooms, table interfaces and more importantly, how we engage with the systems still looks and feels the same. And that’s just the rooms. In many cases the specifications are submitted with the a 10+ year old boilerplate. Rhetorical Question: Is this what we want the rooms to look like? Do we demand change? Do we want systems to look different in 10 years? Do we want the delivery and operational processes to evolve with the users? Do we want more accountability? And Lower Cost? If so, then the CAPTUS approach to deliver the new “thinking” is timely. CAPTUS is learning from our engagement with the design community, and business leaders to deliver the next wave of innovation at this very moment in time.


New website launched

We are pleased to announce that our new website is live and ready for the world to view. We have completely redesigned our layout with simplicity, ease of use, and accessibility in mind. It will be a tool for both fulfilling our customers and helping us provide better resources to our customers. This new website will keep pace with our rapidly growing company by rolling out new content, latest innovations, and other initiatives in the coming months.This includes updating our products offering and providing better information to our customers, and integrating more with social media. We hope you enjoy the new website. Please feel free to send us comments or feedback. On behalf of all the Captus Systems's staff, thanks for visiting.


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