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Cisco Collaboration Tools
Cisco Collaboration Tools

Do you work the same way you did 10 years ago? Think about how the way you work has evolved. Chances are it’s no longer 9 to 5. And it’s not all in one office. Work today requires collaboration and involves teams spread across time zones. Harvard Business Review surveyed business leaders worldwide about how collaboration is changing within their organizations. say “effective team communication” has become more important over the past two years are investing in easier-to-use collaboration solutions. report that collaboration with external parties has increased in importance. Technology that puts collaboration first Make work more intuitive with easy-to-use collaboration technology. WebEx Teams (formerly Cisco Spark) Unify your voice, video, data, and mobile applications. Learn More > WebEx Meetings With Webex Meetings, joining is easy, audio and video are clear, and screen sharing is easier than ever. Forget about the technology, focus on what matters. Learn More > WebEx Devices Award-winning room and desktop devices make online collaboration even more lifelike. Learn More > Why Cisco & Captus There are a lot of solutions from which to choose, but there’s only one proven leader. Cisco has twice the share of any competitor in video and web conferencing. And 95% of Fortune 500 companies are using video-enabled Cisco Collaboration solutions. Read Gartner’s insights, and see how Cisco continues to lead the pack. Read the report > What Are You Waiting For? Try WebEx for Free!

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Captus Design Process (CDP)
Captus Design Process (CDP)

The Captus Design Process “CDP” brings unparalleled results to your Audio Visual Technology project. Our non-ego, pragmatic, fact-based, data-driven, approaches drive measurable repeatable outcomes. The CDP confronts an all too common problem – Expectations not met throughout the design and delivery process. Captus was founded for just this very moment in a time. The CDP provides lower cost, better results and better documentation. It is now too important to use anything less than the proven disciplines taken from years of Best Practice in AV and IT and combined into the CDP. The Captus Design Process is: Consultation & Understanding of Requirements, Expedited Service, On-Time RFI Responses and Submittals, Detailed Documentation and Drawings, Expert Project Management, Executive Overview, Multiple Vertical Expertise and In-house Engineering Team. Why Captus Systems provides a team with the knowledge of IT, the understanding of AV, the design sense of a creative team and technology to manage it all. The Captus management team has over 120 years of combined experience, delivering successful technology solutions and construction projects, with the highest integrity across North America. Technology drives innovation. Lead with Technology – Deliver with People.

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Active Learning Classrooms – Collaboration Lab
Active Learning Classrooms – Collaboration Lab

A new normal of hypercompetitive business expectations, lingering economic realities, and the ever-expanding global community are only a few elements impacting the workplace of the future. Then add in unique 21st century challenges including new technologies, increased mobility and a younger more technical workforce —and the innovation your organization brings is the difference between thriving, just surviving or worse. So what questions are your team asking to create work environments to deliver the Centers of Innovation that business leaders are demanding? Captus Systems philosophy is that learning at work needs to be included in every interaction of every team and team leader; every day. Learning begins with a sharing of ideas and today the sharing is no longer with the person seated next to you - it’s with anyone, at any time. When meaningful, supportable, repeatable tools are made available to people the results include more innovation, higher retainage, team satisfaction, happier clients and higher profits. Captus Systems has been innovating within this critical convergence of learning and work helping to evolve and consistently improve, for our time, the campus learning experience, designing spaces that support preferred methods of learning. That knowledge and process is part of our DNA as designers and engineers of education systems and cultural environments. We believe that is a great lesson and model for business leaders too. Aligning the workplace to the environments that our graduates are familiar with means better collaboration and increased productivity bringing the knowledge and values of the twenty-somethings to the fifty-somethings will only benefit everyone. For decades the digital “Smart Classroom” included a data projector, screen, computer and the ability to annotate over the computer image. Today’s modern learning environment subscribes to the Screen Everywhere approach. Allowing the instructor to push information to the students, for the students to share among themselves and, most importantly, for the students to push information back to other students and to the instructor. Making the modern classroom a truly collaborative experience.

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Video Conference Rooms – Audio Conference Rooms
Video Conference Rooms – Audio Conference Rooms

Video Conferencing has become a standard form of corporate communication. The cost of video conference rooms has been steadily declining and boasts of improved experiences have fallen short of the high expectations. Year after year, when users are asked to rate experiences in AV enabled rooms, the experience that has consistently rated poorly is the audio experience; until now. Better choices being made early in the design process will mitigate many of the factors responsible for expectations not realized. Captus Systems video and audio conference room solutions are unique because of their consistent high-quality results. Hallmarks of a Captus Systems video + audio conference room are: No visible wires. Perfect camera angles – so meeting participants appear to have a seat at the table. Perfect Audio – everyone on the call can be heard with crystal clarity as if they are in the same room. Ease of operation – calls can be scheduled to connect based upon a calendar invitation. Whether implementing a standard video codec (using Cisco, Polycom, LifeSize) or a PC based solution (using Skype for Business, ZOOM, Vidyo) or just calling into an audio bridge - every user experience is the same. Variables to be considered include, but are not limited to, too many hard surfaces, glass walls, open ceilings, etc. Specifying the correct camera, installing at an optimal camera height with appropriate pan-tilt-zoom capabilities and specifying correct microphones programmed into latest DSP technology can have an oversized effect on performance and expectation. Contact Captus Systems today to ensure that your video conference room will perform as intended and will exceed expectations of all concerned. Call Captus Systems to have your Video Conference Room designed for FREE.

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LAN Audio Video Switching - Network Video Distribution
LAN Audio Video Switching - Network Video Distribution

This is where IT and AV become one… and the design community has begun to recognize the ramifications are not just to a network. The impact on design will be profound. An AV cabinet that may have resided in its own room, has been getting smaller for years and may disappear completely. Standalone racks are being replaced with network receivers, encoders and decoders residing in specialized AV / IT in-wall boxes. The AV IDF and IT IDF, already similar, will become indistinguishable from each other. While the look of the spaces will become more streamlined, the design needs will also shift. Heat, location and bandwidth become critical. Captus Systems has the data, tools and experience to help. Our unique understanding incudes the best practices from IT and the unique capabilities in AV. Now overflow can mean viewing a CEO Town Hall Event in a completely different building in a different state (or country) as a part of the basic system design.

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Microphones
Microphones

Innovations in microphone technology means the future of microphones are a networked device. Captus Systems believes in the power of the network and now the microphone is becoming a part of the IOT family. Dante – (Digital Audio Network through Ethernet) Definition: Dante is a combination of software, hardware and network protocols that deliver uncompressed, multi-channel, low-latency digital audio over a standard ethernet network cable using Layer 3 IP packets. To Captus Systems, Dante means microphones can be easily and cost effectively deployed to provide the best user experience available today. Ceiling microphones that fit perfectly into a 2x2 tile have the power of over 100 traditional microphones. When these are combined with algorithms programmed into latest Digital Signal Processors “DSP” the result is a speaker heard in uncompromising perfection. While every microphone is not perfect for every space, Captus Systems will help you select the correct microphone for the room based on all possible variables such as ceiling height, number of persons in the room, wall and floor coverings, etc.

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Sound Masking
Sound Masking

Sound masking reduces noise distractions, improves productivity and protects speech privacy. The modern workplace has a speech privacy problem. Speech privacy is the inability of an unintended listener to understand outside conversations. A worker with a lack of speech privacy will overhear lots of conversations they shouldn’t. The majority of office workers (60%) are unhappy with the lack of speech privacy and speech privacy is the number one driver of workplace dissatisfaction. Speech privacy effects the bottom line. Trends in the design and architectural communities, that has brought many efficiencies, are also contributing to new challenges faced. Open floorplan designs have brought workers closer together and have fewer materials (carpets, ceiling tiles and partitions) that block and absorb sound. The increased use of glass and metal improve aesthetic but amplify office noise. Sound masking is the process of adding an unobtrusive background sound to the environment that raises the spaces ambient noise level. It is barely noticeable, sounding like the HVAC, specially tuned to make voices less intelligible and therefore less distracting. A Captus Systems designed sound masking system will be easy to install & setup, will operate on a schedule, can be managed via a web interface, can be integrated with paging, background music and emergency systems.

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Shading Control
Shading Control

We respond emotionally to daylight. Colors are vivid, surfaces reveal texture and an uplifting quality is associated to any room with an abundance of daylight. Utilizing daylight saves energy by reducing the need for electric light sources. Automated shades improve privacy and security either by allowing natural light in with semi-translucent shades or by using blackout shades to completely block views. Imagine opening or closing an entire wall of window treatments at the touch of a button. Presets can ensure the perfect amount of light is allowed in throughout the day, creating spaces that are always at the appropriate temperature and are as bright as they are needed to be. These are provided either through a single touch or can be automated via daylight sensors.

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Retail Kiosk Digital Signage, Interactive Media Networks
Retail Kiosk Digital Signage, Interactive Media Networks

The academic environment is at the forefront of the integrated Audio Visual / IT experience. Digital Signage has many applications: Reinforce the brand, Upcoming Events Calendar, News, Welcome New Students and Event Announcements etc. Captus Systems believes the aesthetic matters. We will help you find the correct technology, so that the power of the content can be delivered to the appropriate audience throughout the enterprise and centrally maintained.

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Video Walls
Video Walls

Video walls have the power to captivate. Video Walls can change the mood of a space simply by switching content or configuration. Their versatility, for example, allows for displaying marketing content in various configurations and then switched to a single full display mode for an executive briefing. Video walls are widely used in applications from Command Centers to Reception Lobby’s to Boardrooms. Video walls have become an important way to differentiate rooms and spaces by integrating technology into a static architectural element; The open wall or floor. Mounting options, aspect ratio, resolution, serviceability, power and environment include some of the most important factors to consider when selecting the correct solution. Captus Systems experience spans the gamut. We have delivered video walls for Command Center and other 24/7 applications supporting the industry’s highest reliability with up to 60,000 hour mean-time between failures. When something as important as the video wall is deployed in the organization you need the best team ensuring its operability, reliability and sustainability. Captus Systems is a leader in video wall technology.

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