Paul Bray speaks to those involved in the sales and installation of video conferencing systems, both hardware and software, and finds despite flat global sales, the European market remains positive.
Top executives may not be the most tech-savvy people in the company, but that doesn’t stop them wanting the latest AV technology when it comes to equipping the boardroom says Paul Bray.
The Royal Society of Medicine has 25,000 members and AV plays a vital role in their continual professional development. Brian Davis interviews the RSM’s AV manager, Kevin McLoughlin and discovers an in-house team with customer service at its core.
3D technology is taking the stress out of stage design, as Andrew Williams discovers.
Mounts, brackets and stands are products used by the whole channel. They may not be the most exciting pieces of kit out there, but does this mean there’s no innovation in the sector? Not so, says Brian Davis.
Clive Couldwell talks to John Meyer about the future of sound and how it will affect AV.
What are the techniques you need to employ to make sure loudspeakers are hidden in a discreet location, yet ensure the sound is still audible to all? Roland Hemming reveals a few tricks of the trade.
AV’s latest survey of the live event production and staging sector threw up a story of flat or declining budgets and a diminishing number of client events, says Peter Lloyd. Interactive technology could change that, but face-to-face needs to fit into a changing communications value chain.
Political upheaval and economic stagnation aside, the Middle East’s pro-AV market continues to exhibit huge potential, reports Adrian Pennington.
AV conducted an online survey looking at the live events market in mid-2012 (after the London Olympics) and we have repeated the exercise this year, with a survey carried out in August. During both surveys the majority of responses came from event production companies and rental/staging firms, with some input from venues (30 per cent of this year’s total) and clients (15 per cent on both occasions).
Vincent Rice explores the recent blossoming of VoD in hospitality, education and digital signage.
Big, high-resolution eye-catching displays are keeping digital signage in the public view, but cloud-based services and a move to more interactivity are likely to drive the market in future, says Peter Lloyd.
High quality, low-priced gear has consigned the chasm between corporate and broadcast production equipment and applications to history, claims Adrian Pennington.
India’s huge, exploding and diverse economy fits an agile approach to market in which local partners are of overwhelming strategic importance, says Adrian Pennington.
Once considered the Holy Grail of digital signage, advertising-funded networks – rather than discreet single-site installations – still haven’t grabbed the attention (and wallets) of media agencies and their clients.
He has headed up a successful video and conferencing distributor for 20 years, but Ian Vickerage is still forthright about the shortcomings of the industry and its manufacturers, as Peter Lloyd discovers.
Paul Milligan chaired the latest AV Roundtable event which this time focused on education – a sector looking to innovate, but also keen to listen to its users’ needs.
Productivity, collaborative working and bringing off-site people into meetings are making video conferencing more popular than ever. But the mix of products and technologies being used is evolving very slowly, says Peter Lloyd.
Crestron has grown from being a jobbing engineering firm to a billion dollar global brand. But it’s still headed up by an engineer who really cares about AV. Peter Lloyd caught up with the visionary.
South Africa’s AV shows great opportunity for growth, and even expansion into neighbouring countries, but more and better training is of the essence to help push up service levels and low margins, says Adrian Pennington.
Museums have always preserved the old by embracing the new. Increasingly this means employing the latest AV technology, says Paul Bray.