Category AV in Government

Advice for Planning Better Workspaces

Tuesday morning was a good time to be at this week’s IFMA 2016. That’s because attendees at the annual event for facilities managers got to hear how factors like technology, real estate prices, and people’s expectations are affecting the look and functionality of the workplace.

AVI-SPL Senior Vice President of Sales and Operations Dale Bottcher delivered a wealth of advice on how to go about improving the workplace so that it’s more suitable for collaboration: identifying all stakeholders, involving IT from the outset, and defining your goals, which should include:

  • Allow mobile workers to participate
  • Variety of bookable and non-bookable rooms
  • Fast start-up time for meetings
  • Onsite participants contribute from their personal devices

“We need to be prepared in the way that we plan space and facilities so that we have the flexibility to adapt,” Dale told attendees. He reminded them that work is a social activity, and that the workplace can be designed to give people a deeper sense of meaning and well being.

In the spirit of Dale’s presentation, I’m sharing with you our guide to the Internet of Things (IoT) for facilities managers. This paper explains IoT, why it has become prominent in discussions around business performance, and the steps you can take to deploy solutions that make it easier to monitor devices in meetings rooms, reserve rooms, and help with space planning.

Read “Facilities Manager’s Guide to IoT in Meeting Spaces” >

Impressed by the Business Tech

AVI-SPL’s annual sales conference is always a big highlight on my calendar because I get to see firsthand what we are doing throughout our organization to improve service to our customers so that companies, universities, and departments are better for working with us.

I also get to see our top partners showcase their latest products during our Partner Expo. This year I visited every booth — nearly 40, if memory serves — and it was a treat to see systems and devices that improve so much of the meeting experience. (I just considered correcting that last line to say “meeting room experience,” but with the technology I saw, the type you can fit in a backpack, meetings can happen anywhere we want them to.)

Donning a pair of headphones at Shure’s booth, I smiled like a little kid at the ability for sound patterns to be adjusted in a noisy environment so that our presenter’s voice was easily heard above the din. I stood before a massive video wall while a Bluescape representative used his tablet to create meeting rooms in the cloud, ones where people can annotate and add documents and media across 160 acres of workspace for real-time collaboration. If you’re an IT manager in need of connectors that won’t jiggle loose, Middle Atlantic was eager to demonstrate.

Tens of thousands of people will be able to see these and as-yet unannounced products at the upcoming InfoComm show in Las Vegas this June. But you don’t have to visit an industry conference to learn about the amazing technologies available to improve the way you deliver messages, bring teams together, and engage visitors and staff alike. I work with people who have the expertise to understand the challenges your organization is facing and how to turn those into opportunities for success. I encourage you to reach out to us at 866-559-8197 or sales@avispl.com.

 

Hear From Those Who’ve Worked With AVI-SPL

In your personal life, you rely on customer recommendations before committing to a product or service. Think about how much you rely on someone else’s experience before booking a hotel, making reservations at a restaurant, or purchasing a new car.

The same applies to our professional work. So that you can make an informed decision about who will help you improve your communication and collaboration systems, we offer five minutes of the sights and sounds of clients who’ve benefited from AVI-SPL’s expertise as a pro AV systems integrator.

Find Your AV and Collaboration Solutions

Finding the business AV and collaboration solutions that improve your organization’s operations just got a lot easier. That’s because we’ve revamped the AVI-SPL website. It’s better organized, better designed, and makes it much easier for you to learn about commercial AV and collaboration solutions, how they’ve been applied in environments similar to yours, and how they can help you.

In four sections — Solutions, Services, Resources, and Products — we’ve made it easy to find information about:

This list represents just a portion of what we can do for your company. I invite you to explore the site, and learn how we can serve you better than any other systems integrator.

How to Deal With Video Security in the Public Sector

Video conferencing improves the way we do business. But it’s vital that you stay on top of the latest cyber security issues related to videoconferencing, BYOD, and shadow IT.

This free whitepaper will explore:

  • The value of enterprise-grade video conferencing services and solutions
  • The resulting shadow IT risks and threats for organizations adopting BYOD policies.
  • How IT can promote secure, cost-effective, and performance-intensive video conferencing services.

If you are already using video collaboration systems in your agency or organization, or are considering adopting this very positive business trend, download Video, Security and the Risks of Shadow IT in the Public Sector.