Simplification Through Automation: Automatic features you can install now

June 20, 2017 by Hannah Evans

The demand for more capable communication technology in the workplace is ever increasing and has forced AV systems to become more and more complex. Furthermore, companies, as part of the race to stay relevant, have often draped their offices, campuses, and mega complexes with disjointed AV systems that leave the everyday staff that they were “designed” for perplexed as to how to actually use them. That is why there is now a growing desire to simplify through Automation. Here are some examples of this exciting new technology in action…

Automated Start Up
Always in a hurry? Walk in and start your meeting without pressing a button. Programmers can combine the capabilities of various sensing devices’ to turn on the lights, lower the shades, turn on the display and detect the correct input source—all without the user touching a single control panel.

Shades & Lighting
Raising and lowering shades or even turning lights on and off is nothing new, yet a timely dimming of the lights during key points of a talk can create that “Wow!” factor that will set the mood for the rest of the presentation. Automation will make changing light effects easy, seamless, and almost like magic. It can also make office environments more comfortable for employees by altering light effects based on sun trajectory, time of day or year, weather conditions and when you enter or leave the room.

Room Scheduling
Need to meet right now? Finding an open conference room with the right communication tools for your meeting needs may not be easy. However, room schedulers allow you to interface directly with your Outlook Exchange calendar to locate and reserve a room quickly. Use a personal device or simply consult the current meeting schedule using the interactive displays outside each conference room entrance. Programmers can even make the scheduler book the room for you just by walking into it and accepting the reservation on the touch screen.

Camera Presets
Whether you are teaching via Distance Learning or planning the next quarter using Video Conferencing, all types of group discussions benefit from the use of automated AV technology. For example, instruct your cameras to focus on who is speaking, even if they are moving around. You can also automate the pan, tilt and zoom to make sure you have the right shot for every word.

Kiosk Show Start
When a museum visitor steps up to a display area, automation tools use presence detection to initiate the start of a show controller. That controller then directs media playback, special effects, lighting, sound, animation and more.

Audio Mixing
Nothing sounds better than a microphone close to the presenter’s mouth; however, that is not always an option. When the conference room or council chambers have multiple microphones and require sound reinforcement, automated mic mixing can make all the necessary adjustments without the need for a sound technician to operate it.

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