Simplification Through Automation: Sensors that know just how you like it

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…

Presence Sensing
Is someone there? IR detectors do a great job of sensing if a room is occupied. Once they know you are there, they send a trigger that programmers can use to automatically set up preferred room conditions.

RFID devices tell the room’s AV system automation who is in the room by checking for common RFID communicators, like the smart phone in your pocket. Based on that information, a custom room configuration will be established according to that user’s preferences. This also allows for less expensive screen casting that does not force you to figure out how to share from the right device to the right room every single time you enter.

Signal Sensing
Which input should be live at what time? Signal sensing can automatically trigger not only the display input but also other custom programmed control including power on/off, projectors, lifts, shades, lighting, room scheduling, etc.
Video Detection
Video Conferencing Software senses who is speaking and where they are located in the room. Programmers can then use that information to automate camera selection, pan/tilt/zoom and audio settings.

Audio Detection
Microphones can be used not only to amplify sound but also to detect when someone is speaking. Programmers use this capability to automate content production elements including video shots, mixing presets, lighting and more.

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