Houses of Worship
Growing churches know that today’s congregations are media savvy and accustom to engaging video, graphics, and sound, leaving the church scrambling for creative media solutions to keep their congregants connected. Some common trends are:
- Visual Display Environments
Many churches are choosing to get outside the lines of a screen and use the entire stage and surround walls as a canvas. This allows the video designer to surround the congregation in a wheat field, stars or the streets of Palestine immersing the congregation into the changing environment.
- LED Lighting
LED lighting can provide color anywhere using only a fraction of the power and heat of a conventional fixture. The long lasting LED virtually eliminates the need to change lamps. They don’t require dimmers and you can place them anywhere.
- Digital Consoles
Today’s digital mixers can help even novice operators to adjust complex settings using digital recalls. Digital consoles are smaller, quieter and more robust than conventional analog mixers.
- Beam Steering
Churches who choose to create a more acoustically live room by retaining hard floors, ceilings, walls increase reflective sound which is appealing to traditional music; however, not speech or contemporary music. Today’s amazing speaker technology allows engineers to change the shape of the sound coming from an array of speakers and place it directly on the seating area where people absorb the sound. This increases speech intelligibility without having to deaden the room.
Pairing education with technology is imperative to create a successful learning environment. Private and public schools find themselves squeezed between tight budgets and students, who are best engaged with high-tech media. School systems are utilizing many cost effective technology solutions to help teach students.
- Interactive Boards
Chalkboards are long gone, but could the white board become obsolete? Not necessarily, because even existing white boards can change to be interactive, allowing the instructor to annotate and provide interactive visual aids that can be viewed on a projector or display.
- Digital Classroom
Will printed books disappear from the classroom? Samsung has created and tested the total digital classroom including interactive displays and software that tie to tablets and printers, that work in conjunction with textbook publishers. This allows students to read, interact and test using their tablet. The instructor can control, monitor and collect analytics that are not able to be done as easily with traditional methods.
- Projectors with No Lamps
Education is leading the way in sustainability. With hundreds of classrooms operating AV technology at the same time, eco-friendly lampless projects help save on lamp cost, energy and the need to properly dispose of lamps containing mercury.
- Lecture Capture
To stay competitive, higher-education is using lecture capture to easily record instructor. The content is then available for students using video-on-demand software. Combined with videoconferencing technology, students can also join in live from their dorm room or from other campuses – reducing staff and travel costs.
Businesses today have an ever-increasing need for technology to stay competitive. There is more of a demand to produce greater products/services at a lower price with higher quality, in a green and safety-conscience work environment. That is not an easy bar to reach!
- Let’s Huddle
Growing businesses require quick and effective collaboration tools for their staff. The large conference room has now given birth to many smaller “huddle” rooms. They provide compact meeting space for 2-6 people with standard AV technology, including videoconferencing. It’s fast and simple, requiring little planning or scheduling.
As businesses expand into more rooms, occupying more floors in more buildings and campuses – standardization is a must. This demands a well thought out flexible design that will work in dozens or even hundreds of rooms. so staff can migrate without the need to learn the differences in design and equipment for each room.
- System Monitoring
With multiple AV systems in conference and training rooms, there is always some level of operator error, and it seems to always happen at the wrong time. Today’s digital control systems allow a central AV tech to monitor and control hundreds of rooms. A presenter can simply request immediate service on the control panel to speak to a tech support staff member who can access their room control and assist the presenter.
- Mass Notification
Large businesses can create safe work environments by utilizing digital signage and existing paging systems to provide alerts of intruders and other emergencies. A member of office security or corporate personnel can post a message with present directions of how to exit a building or other emergency information.