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Case Study: Business Development Bank of Canada

BDC, the Business Development Bank of Canada, wanted its new Montreal headquarters to be a place for what it calls “social collisions” — areas that invite collaboration and knowledge sharing among team members. AVI-SPL’s design and integration work aligned with BDC’s desire to work in spaces that inspire collaboration and lead to improved innovation.

The new headquarters now has areas that promote entrepreneurship among its employees and offer its clients a space where they can interact with their representatives while collaborating over shared content. And those in the head office can quickly and easily connect with colleagues at other branches for video collaboration and content sharing.

Your company may have discovered that its current collaboration solutions aren’t delivering the expected user experience or needed outcomes. I encourage you to take a look at this case study and see what’s possible.

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Webinar Recording: Create New Experiences With the Epson LightScene Laser Projector

Watch this webinar to learn how you can use Epson LightScene projectors to create engaging experiences in your venue. For markets like retail, museums, hospitality, and more, you can create immersive experiences by projecting dynamic content.  Remi Del Mar, senior product manager for Epson, explores the benefits and features of LightScene and covers related topics, including:

  • The new experience economy (its value and why it’s growing)
  • The digital signage landscape
  • Projecting on different surfaces

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Q&A on Flexible Workplaces and the Future of Work

 In the following Q&A with workplace solutions experts Dusty Duistermars, you’ll learn about changes in the workplace: what’s driving those changes and how companies can adapt. Dusty Duistermars is the senior vice president of digital solutions for JLL, which specializes in professional services in real estate.

Interview With Dusty Duistermars

Q: What is the flexible workplace and what makes it so attractive?
Duistermars: Technology — specifically, mobility — has been impacting where and how we work for over two decades. The flexible workplace is simply space that allows employees to work in non-traditional ways, including remote work, co-working and desk sharing/hoteling. Flex space is typically higher-tech enabled, allowing employees to reserve space based on the type of activity they’re performing and only for a limited duration. These activity-based working spaces include a variety of supportive technologies like interactive video conferencing and wireless sharing of content that can be annotated in real time by participants.

We can trace this to a couple of factors: millennials and technology. Millennials have grown up with the technology that allows them to be in touch with one another on a 24/7 basis. So it’s no surprise that they expect the same of their work environment.

Q: Are we at a point where people can say “no thanks” to a company that doesn’t offer them the experience and resources they need?
Duistermars: Absolutely. Due to the overall talent shortages, employees have options. They could also go freelance; we’ll see the gig economy double in the next five years. If employers are not leveraging their space as a differentiator to both retain and attract employees, they will ultimately fail.

Q: What does this shift look like from the company side?
Duistermars: It’s no longer about occupancy, it’s about utilization and productivity.

Q: So instead of permanent assignments to space, assignments to real-time usage?
Duistermars: Right. You might have 200 or more people assigned to a designated area (typically referred to as a ‘neighborhood’) that only has 100 desks, and that will work because they’re not there at the same time.

Q: To do this, don’t you need a culture that welcomes and supports people working in and out of the office?
Duistermars: Yes, and you can build that culture by making collaboration technology systems and spaces available to them. Focus groups, design partners, and IT will help figure out how flexible to go in those areas. They’ll also account for work types, as on-site engineers will require different types of space than say the national sales team who’s rarely at ‘their’ desk. The idea is that more personalization and flexibility add to the employee experience.

Q: Where are companies at with the move to flexible workplaces?
Duistermars: First off, this doesn’t happen overnight. There are multiple steps, including detailed change management and communication strategies that are needed to be successful. That being said, we see, on average, about 5-10% of client portfolios being flexible. It’ll grow to roughly 30% within the next five years.

Q: What will account for that increase?
Duistermars: Talent is driving a lot of this. Millennials want the flexibility. It also a much better cost model for employers. A dedicated space can cost employers on average, $10,000 annually. That’s a lot of money for someone who’s only in their seat about half the time. Thus, desk sharing makes business sense too.

Q: Let’s shift perspective to the IT side. As more spaces become flexible, how does that affect their management?
Duistermars: It makes managing those spaces a challenge if you don’t have the right tools in place. Some platforms are capable of managing numerous aspects of the ecosystem. Or if you’re using a point solution/best in class model, you’ll want to make certain that it’s integrated properly and that you’re getting the right data (typically utilization) out of each system and able to analyze holistically.

Q: How is JLL helping companies that need employees on site?
Duistermars: That’s a great question. Allow me to break this down: First, we involve our consulting and labor analytics group to make certain the company is choosing the right markets/locations based on the type of talent that they need.

From there, we help them create great spaces where employees want to be. We also lean on partners like AVI-SPL to make sure the experience from desk to meeting spaces is frictionless.

Q: What advice do you have for companies that haven’t yet bought into the idea of workplace transformation?
Duistermars: The only constant is change. If you’re not getting ahead of this by focusing on your people and your technology, you won’t need to worry about any of this in five years; your company won’t exist.

See What LG Transparent OLED Displays Can Do in Your Workplace

Earlier this month, we looked at LG’s “Five Steps to Planning for a Video Wall,” Christie Digital’s advice for “The Right LED Video Technology,” and the benefits of the Barco UniSee video wall system. Each of these webinars is available at the AVI-SPL resources page, where you’ll find a wealth of information intended to help you make informed decisions about your investment in collaboration technology.

Today, I’m sharing some ideas for using LG’s transparent OLED signage in your organization. In one video below, you’ll see what on-site guests saw when LG introduced its 55-inch display at InfoComm in June. At its booth, LG demonstrated some of these applications with a variety of video wall configurations, and it emphasized the combination of multi-application transparency with the high resolution of LG’s OLED technology. As you’ll see in a couple of other videos I’ve included, transparent digital signage can be used to display:

  • Product and marketing information in front of the product or service
  • Deals and promotions on storefront windows
  • Information about museum pieces so that both can be seen simultaneously and work seamlessly together
  • Customer-facing information that complements the surroundings and doesn’t obstruct the view of the environment 

If you have any questions about how transparent displays can be used in your workplace environment, whether yours is a higher ed institution, healthcare, or corporate setting, AVI-SPL is available for advice and service. Reach out to our experts at contact@avispl.com

Creating Your Video Wall With Barco UniSee

Video walls are everywhere: conference rooms, office lobbies, healthcare facilities, and education campuses. Their increased popularity makes this webinar a valuable one. Review this webinar, and you’ll discover the features that make the Barco UniSee video wall system unique and valuable to your environment. Chris Donaldson, Barco’s national accounts manager, explains the key characteristics of Barco UniSee and answers questions as he covers:

  • UniSee View – Barco has optimized all aspects of LCD video walls with a reliable image with unmatched uniformity and a barely noticeable inter-tile gap.
  • UniSee Mount – Barco ensures precise alignment of panels without damaging sensitive edges with a completely redesigned mounting structure that adapts to the new generation of bezel-less video walls. And it allows for extremely fast installation.
  • UniSee Connect – In many applications, a video wall’s role is business-critical, so it needs to be operational at all times and scalable. Barco designed UniSee to be easily serviceable and ensure the system’s uptime.

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