Understanding today’s audiovisual trends and learning what’s around the corner can help you create spaces that empower your people – both locally and around the globe. Millennials, now the largest segment of the workforce, are driving the need for seamless technology in the workplace. They are innovative by nature and expect organizations to support them; if not, they vote with their feet, with 58% changing jobs in less than 36 months. Retaining Millennials is becoming a huge priority and technology is a critical component. This group expects a variety of office spaces to suit their different work styles and the ability to use technology in them all.

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BYOD or Bring Your Own Device is an increasingly important trend that IT departments must grapple with.

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Team rooms with robust video conferencing capabilities can support collaboration locally and globally.

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Setting up informal collaboration throughout the open floor plan allows for impromptu collaboration and idea sharing.





“Many times the deployment of audio visual systems are undervalued and marginalized. What you find however is AV systems can affect tenant satisfaction, energy usage and operations, and are an important part of a building.”


In today’s buildings, AV seamlessly touches all layers within the infrastructure to generate greater efficiency, optimization, wellbeing and sustainability. According to the Smart Buildings Institute, a smart building is defined as one that:

1. Provides actionable information regarding the performance of building systems and facilities
2. Proactively monitors and detects errors or deficiencies in building systems
3. Integrates systems to an enterprise business level for real-time reporting and management utilization of operations, energy and occupant comfort
4. Incorporates the tools, technologies, resources and practices to contribute to energy conservation and environmental sustainability

Understanding how audiovisual technology is incorporated into smart buildings provides valuable perspective on how best to create a holistic solution. There are many myths surrounding smart buildings such as; they are complicated to use and best suited to new buildings – neither of which are true. The Empire State Building is a prime example of an older building having employed smart building technology in a retrofit that began in 2009. In this instance, they have repeatedly exceeded projected energy savings within the original structure.

Audiovisual technology can be used within a building infrastructure to simply manage routine needs; for example, IT service technicians can monitor the life of a projector’s bulb from an office at a remote location. Or it can be deployed across complex functions within a building’s infrastructure. Some examples of how audiovisual technology can touch a smart building’s infrastructure.

AV-building-imagery3• Digital Signage
• Interactive Media
• Guest Access
• AV Conferencing
• IP Telephony
• Wireless
• High Speed Internet
• Lighting
• Elevator
• 24/7 Monitor
• HVAC Sensors
• Fire
• Access
• Video Surveillance
• Energy Management
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The equation is simple. Easy and intuitive equals higher technology adaption rates.

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Although the trend is towards a more distributed workforce, organizations need to find alternative strategies for building community and culture.

Video conferencing, collaborative intranets and planned social activities within the workplace can all help to build a shared vision.



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