Video communication has been a powerful business tool for many years, but its impact over the past year has been profound. Recognizing the essential role that video will continue to play in the coming years, SSD Technology Partners is now offering audio visual installation and integration services as part of our core business services.
With expertise in both A/V systems and the IP networking technologies required to support them, SSD is uniquely positioned to help our corporate customers implement everything from advanced boardroom systems to smaller “huddle rooms” in order to improve collaboration, encourage workforce safety and promote stronger business relationships.
The business case for A/V systems has been well established for years, delivering proven reductions in travel costs and offering a uniquely immersive way to engage users and share ideas and information. Still, they were largely considered “nice-to-have” tools that were used only occasionally. As recently as four years ago, industry analysts reported that video conferencing had a global penetration rate of less than 10 percent.
That all changed in 2020. Video conferencing became an absolutely essential tool for remaining operational in the face of strict travel limitations and social-distancing requirements. Video’s impact is one reason most analysts expect work to remain a hybrid of virtual and in-person experiences for the foreseeable future. According to a recent IBM study, more than 80 percent of people say they want to continue working remotely at least some of the time, and more than 60 percent would like it to be their primary way of working.
While cloud-based tools enabled a quick pivot to this new workstyle in the past few months, organizations looking to build long-term video conferencing capabilities are seeking more robust and reliable solutions that offer better audio and visual quality. Today’s IP-enabled A/V systems offer extremely high resolution video with very low latency over long distances.
This wasn’t the case just a few years ago when A/V systems were effectively isolated from the rest of the technology environment. They had their own wiring, switches and user interfaces. Technical glitches and bandwidth constraints sometimes led to dropped connections, garbled audio and frozen video.
Older systems could also be difficult to use, often requiring several attempts just to get started. They didn’t lend themselves to the type of rapid, impromptu conversations that often drive key business decisions.
Running A/V systems over IP networks not only enhances the quality, but also makes them easier to manage. Power over Ethernet (PoE) switches eliminate the need to run electrical wiring for projection systems, speakers and other components. Centralized control of components leads to simplified troubleshooting and faster problem resolution.
The SSD Advantage
Setting up IP-enabled systems does require a greater level of technical proficiency. They are not plug-and-play solutions. They require an understanding of network architectures, protocols and security, and how A/V systems impact the corporate LAN. Few organizations have those skillsets in-house.
Our A/V professionals have the training and expertise to help ensure a high-quality experience and create a scalable environment. We can also help you establish standards across your environment to streamline management and support end-user adoption.
Huddle rooms are a great alternative for those who don’t require large, boardroom setups. These are smaller work spaces and conference areas outfitted with high-quality A/V gear to accommodate small, informal meetings and rapid collaboration. Additionally, we can help you leverage your A/V system to support digital signage applications.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. In today’s environment, that makes video priceless. Contact us to learn more about using our A/V installation and integration services to create an invaluable collaborative experience for your team.