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corporate video wall

How a Stunning Video Wall Can Transform Your Corporate Space

A stunning corporate video wall is one of the best ways to encourage employee satisfaction, and inspire guests and partners with on-brand video content in your corporate space. Professionally installed video walls are becoming even more popular among business leaders, because of the opportunity for incredible visual impact via enhanced image display capability and flexibility. With the right planning, technology and content, a stunning video wall can transform your corporate space with that indescribable “wow factor.” This blog shares more detail about corporate video wall uses and best practices in enterprise workspaces.

How Do Video Walls Work?

Essentially, a video wall acts as one display, but is actually a system controlled by powerful processors that tell the screen(s) what to display. Corporate video walls can be configured in so many different ways to fit with the physical space of your office, and the culture that animates it.

A video wall system involves multiple technologies, including display technologies like televisions, LED panels, curved screens and others, which will be discussed in more detail below. It also involves a processing system that is personalized to meet the needs of the company and people using the video wall. If the display technology is digital signage, for example, the processor displays content with a one window – one screen configuration. There are dozens of video wall processors, windowing systems, scaling systems, editing systems and more. Basically, your video wall processor takes data from a server or computer and gets it onto the wall. Depending on the needs of your business, the solution can take any shape it needs to take. With the right technology video walls offer immense flexibility.

Corporate Video Walls Provide Scalability

When you buy a display off the shelf, or hang a computer monitor on your lobby wall, you are limited by that display. A video wall gives you a blank canvas to work with – any size, any configuration. This allows you to show multiple windows on a single display, move windows around, or combine content. You are not limited to one window one screen. Forward thinking companies like this international shoe and apparel brand are enjoying the scalability of video walls for corporate spaces.

High Pixel Density Means Instant Wow Factor

Another benefit to video walls for enterprise businesses is the absolute clarity and beauty of the images it can display. If the goal is to create an unforgettable experience for customers, clients, employees and partners, a corporate video wall is one great way to bring a wow factor. High pixel density is what allows video walls to look so great. According to our partner, Extron, “Pixel density is the number of pixels per unit area, and is determined by the resolution and screen size of a display. When a single projected image is enlarged, pixel density decreases. However, for a videowall, pixel density is constant regardless of the array size, because it is based on the individual display unit. Enlarging the array increases the overall resolution of the videowall.”

What Goes Into Creating a Gorgeous Corporate Video Wall?

Whether you’re planning to use a video wall to inspire employees to reach the next level, to introduce investors to your next big idea, or to roll out a new product for consumers, there are some important technology choices to consider.

Choosing Display Technology

  • Televisions (least expensive, but limits flexibility)
  • Panels Made for Video Walls (seamless, for larger images)
  • Curved Screens (impressive with increased visibility for different viewer angles)
  • LED Tiles (make any size and shape you want, like a Vegas strip marquee)

Configuring Your Video Wall

Multiple Screen Systems – This display offers some versatility as a set of two or more screens can be programmed to display the same image, or they can work individually to produce different content. With the ability to attach a virtually unlimited number of screens, this system will work as a large lobby or atrium display, or as an effective presentation tool in the conference room.

Tiled Screen System – This option provides some artistic license in displaying the tiles since you can simply build out your imagery and watch it play out. Best as a first-impression wow factor.

Touch Screen – Great for facilitating presentations, allowing you to arrange media as you need to, in real time. It can also provide some entertainment for visitors in the lobby area.

Video Walls Can Transform Your Corporate Space

As the saying goes, there’s never a second chance to make a first impression. Enterprise businesses are now using video walls to create a stunning impression in their corporate offices. Whether it’s branded content that creates emotional connection to the company, or specific business information for employees who need to know about products and services, video walls can transform the way people feel when they enter your lobby, and that transforms the way they feel about your business.

Corporate Spaces —Case Study- Global Apparel Brand

Makerspace

Funding Your Makerspace

 

As you may know, schools throughout the United States are getting excited about the Makerspace as a place of creativity and expansion for students of all ages, but how do you fund your Makerspace? When it comes to improving education in STEM subjects, Makerspaces have been touted as a fantastic way to get students involved in hands on learning from physics to computer programming and much more. While it can seem daunting to get a new Makerspace up and running, there are actually many resources out there for funding your new space. From government grants to private sponsorship, this blog post takes you through some of the best ways to fund your Makerspace.

Funding Your Makerspace with Government Grants

The government is ready to help all students prepare for the STEM jobs that will help build our nation into a stronger, more competitive market in the fields of science and technology.

For example, Title I Funding gives financial assistance to elementary and secondary schools with low-achieving students to boost their ability to meet academic standards. For students with special needs, IDEA is a great resource to help fund projects that will go towards helping these students.

While it will take time and effort, government-sponsored grants can go a long way into helping provide resources for your Makerspace that will keep students engaged. Here are more great grant resources to explore:

Corporate Sponsorship and Competitions for Your Makerspace

Corporate sponsorship is a great way to get funding for your Makerspace. Searching online for local STEM competitions is a great way to showcase the potential of any Makerspace and a way to possibly win a monetary prize to boost student pride. National competitions include the Google Science Fair, and the STEM Video Game Challenge for middle and high schoolers.

Other corporate sponsorships come in the form of grants, such as the Lowe’s Toolbox for Education. A great place to start is to research local businesses, and larger corporations who have offices near you, to find out what types of programs may fit your needs. The next step is outreach. It can be an involved process, but corporate support is one of the best ways to get your Makerspace up and running.

Check out this great Blog Post on how to prepare applications and outreach materials for private funding.

Crowdfunding Your Makerspace

Students can be encouraged to take initiative and create a crowdfunding campaign with the help of their Makerspace leader. Usually this entails a creative video, which can be done on any smartphone, information about how the money will be used, and incentives for donations.

  • Kickstarter is the original crowd-funding website. Projects have 30 days to get a set amount of money or everyone gets their donation back. This gives the project a sense of urgency, which makes people want to invest sooner rather than later. Two tricks: be as specific as possible about what the money will be used for, and try to raise a lot of money upfront – the more money a project has within the first week, the better chances it will succeed.
  • GoFundMe does not have an all-or-nothing outlook nor does it have deadlines. However, this does mean that people may not be in a hurry to donate, and whatever you promise to them you must deliver, whether you are fully funded or not. There are also fees involved for using the service, so many programs ask that larger donations are made directly, rather than through a platform like GoFundMe.
  • On Indiegogo, you can choose to have a deadline or not. They have a more diverse base of donors, but statistically, people donate less than to other sites.

Go Out and Make!

Makerspaces are about being creative and getting into the DIY spirit. Not every Makerspace has to involve expensive tools and 3D printers. These types of spaces can provide a place to draw, sew, hammer, build or program. There are so many configurations and ideas to explore, and the ways in which funding comes together can depend on the specific plan for your Makerspace. We hope these resources help you to get started.




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AV in U.S. courtrooms

How AV is Transforming U.S. Courtrooms

The days of old-fashioned, closed off courtrooms are over. While many perceive the legal industry to be lagging behind in technology adoption, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Integrated AV technology, used widely in courtrooms and law firms across the U.S., not only improves transparency in the judicial system, it improves courtroom efficiency, lowers overhead costs, and increases security.

Understanding the Role of AV in Court Proceedings

Historically, court proceedings required everyone involved to be present in the courtroom. Before, during, and after a trial, communication plays a huge role in the legal system. In addition to courtroom activities, depositions, training programs, and many client communications required in-person meetings. Even as some communications shifted to email interactions or phone conferences in recent years, AV technology has the potential to take communications to the next level.

AV technology meets the demand for broadcast trials as well as those behind-the-scenes interactions that take place in the legal field on a daily basis. Video conferencing and telepresence systems make it possible to accomplish many pre-trial tasks remotely, and even to call in witnesses who cannot be physically present in the courtroom.

Meanwhile, broadcast technology can bring trials to a broad television or internet audience. Interactive video monitors, microphones, speakers, touchscreen control systems, and internet-connected devices and networking all play a role in the modern, technology-driven courtroom.

AV setups in the courtroom often feature:

  • Videoconferencing equipment. Video conferencing and telepresence equipment enables courts to engage in remote arraignments and interact with witnesses or court officers who could not travel to provide testimony. Video conferencing technology also supports out-of-the-courtroom interactions such as depositions and client meetings. Remote interactions with defendants, legal counsel, and witnesses reduce overhead travel costs for individuals, government, and law firms.
  • Broadcasting equipment. To improve judicial transparency, many courts are broadcasting trials on local television or via other mediums. Instead of adapting to camera crews who need to set up equipment before each trial, some court systems are investing in their own broadcast equipment. Even if the trial isn’t immediately broadcast, the video serves as an important record of the events that took place and provides more in-depth data than a court reporter’s documentation.
  • Interactive display panels. Large screens placed in strategic locations throughout the courtroom often serve dual purposes as video conferencing screens and interactive whiteboards on which attorneys can display key pieces of evidence and use electronic pens to illustrate a point. Additionally, every important person in the courtroom can be provided with a display to ensure maximum visual intelligibility including the judge, clerk, attorneys, witnesses and jurors.
  • Audio integration. Microphones, digital signal processors and audio distribution such as speaker systems play a crucial role in the courtroom setting. Many courtrooms invest in audio technology before transitioning to video components. Microphones capture the information being shared to support court records, while connected speakers amplify communications and auditory evidence. Intelligible audio is critical for all participants to understand what is being said or presented.
  • Control and connectivity. In addition to these primary AV components, many AV companies are outfitting courtrooms with multi-functional access panels that may include laptop connections, document cameras, and other integration-friendly equipment. Judges, for example, often have access to control panels with intuitive functionality to manage the proceedings from the bench. The judge and/or lawyers may have the capability to turn on specific courtroom cameras, video sources, or displays, mute or activate microphones, and operate the video conferencing system from a touchscreen control panel or even a mobile device, such as an iPad, tablet, or smartphone.
  • Managed services. As AV technology and IT services intersect, many AV providers have started to offer managed AV services. Instead of installing the equipment and relying on the users to manage it, AV companies are remotely managing every component for reduced downtime and improved security, which is a crucial consideration in courtrooms.

AV technology clearly plays an important role in the legal setting, and government entities willing to adopt new technologies have a great opportunity for long-term positive impacts in their courtrooms.





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