Cabling is an often overlooked aspect of audiovisual technology. Many consumers believe that much of our technology is becoming wireless. This is true for some aspects of technology, but wires are still very much-needed in the audiovisual industry. Any presenter who has encountered problems with wireless video projection can attest to the fact that nothing beats having a wired solution. A popular wiring solution in our industry is the High-Definition Multimedia Interface, or HDMI. You may use this cable in your home for connecting devices to your television. HDMI works great over short distance; however, if the TV is more than 50 feet from the video source, you will need another solution. That is where HDBaseT technology is very useful. HDBaseT transmits uncompressed high-definition video, audio, power, Ethernet, and control signals over one standard Category 5e or Category 6 cable up to 330 feet. It also has the capacity to deliver double the resolution available today, which is a necessary component for 3D integration and future 2K and 4K formats. Please contact us today for more information about HDBaseT technology.
The End of Analog Display Connectivity
The next time you purchase a new laptop, video projector, or other display device, you may find something familiar missing. The VGA connector is going away. In 2010 some of the major technology manufacturers decided to stop supporting VGA by 2015. What this means is one day soon you may walk into a presentation with your new laptop, plug into the projector, and discover there is not a VGA output on your computer. This situation is happening quite often in conference rooms with audiovisual systems designed around VGA. You may think that an adapter will solve the problem, but VGA adapters for all-digital ports can be a different story. Most digital outputs do not produce an analog signal. You will need a more expensive piece of hardware that transforms the digital video into analog. The problem doesn’t end there. Newer laptops and other devices expect to receive a signal from the connected display or projector with “extended display identification data” (EDID). This data tells the output device what resolutions are accepted and other important data needed to communicate properly. An analog VGA to digital converter that does not properly pass the signal desired by your digital device can cause problems such as undesired resolutions (including not filling the screen), the inability to mirror or extend your desktop, or no display at all. With the digital transition, it is essential that you understand how to be prepared for converting your A/V systems from analog to digital. Having a firm knowledge of what this migration entails can save you a great deal of time and money. We know how to help! CALL 1-888-758-4728.
Implementing Unified Communications: Single Vendor or Multiple Vendors?
Implementing Unified Communications (UC) in your organization can be a complicated task. The UC technology market is constantly evolving. You want to select a technology that not only will have longevity, but also will be a tool that is utilized by the employees. Once you have identified which UC technologies best fit your organizational needs, how do you choose a vendor to provide the technology? Many technology vendors offer all-in-one collaborative technology solution suites. This single vendor approach may appeal to some but may not be practical for others. Using multiple vendors for your UC needs may be an alternative, but sometimes technologies from multiple vendors do not work well together. There is much to consider when deciding between a single UC vendor and multiple UC vendors.
A single vendor makes the deployment of UC much easier. It also makes sense that you would want to select one vendor for all of your voice, video, content sharing, presence, and messaging services to insure that all of these work seamlessly, but that solution is not always so simple. Microsoft and Cisco are two of the leading vendors for UC services. It is likely that your organization has considerable investments in both companies’ products. Selecting a single vendor may not be the most cost effective solution if you have to replace much of your organization’s infrastructure.
You may consider having a multiple vendor option. With multiple vendors, you can select the best technology features from each vendor. Selecting the UC services from different vendors based on your organizational needs may seem like a good option; however, implementing a multiple vendor approach has its shortcomings. The biggest concern is interoperability between different vendors’ technologies. You may require more equipment in your infrastructure to make the technologies work together.
There is no right or wrong answer when deciding on a single vendor or multiple vendors. The decision is based on the needs of your organization. Achieving the support of the employees to make the change is most important. A user-centered design of UC technologies is more likely to create a return on the investment. The best technology in the world will not easily change the culture of your organization.
Please read Jim Allen’s article for a more in-depth look at the single vs. multiple vendor debate.
Emerging Technology: 4K displays
All display devices have pixels, or tiny dots, clustered together to make a picture. When the pixels are very small and grouped closely together, the image produced is very smooth. If the pixels are too large, then the image produced looks blocky, or pixelated. The pixel count of a display is represented by its resolution. For example, a full HD 1080p display has a resolution of 1920 x 1080. This means that there are 1920 vertical lines of pixels and 1080 horizontal lines of pixels that create the image. The 4K Ultra HD displays are the next generation of display technology. At a pixel count of 3840 x 2160, these displays are four times the resolution of 1080p full HD displays. This does not mean that you should trash the new 60 inch, 1080p television you just bought for your house. It will be a while before television broadcasts and movies are available at this higher resolution. There are many professional settings that would benefit from the higher resolution. Medical professionals, architects, post-production editors, museums and galleries, and command/control centers are some of the industries that can benefit from the increased detail produced by a 4K display. Contact us today for more information about 4K displays.
Technology Integrators All Use Similar Components!
However, a purchase decision by simply comparing proposals, even designs with nearly identical components, may not provide simplicity of use, reliable performance or even the best value. Your satisfaction will be less about hardware and more about an integrator’s proven record of technical knowledge and uncompromising support.
Decisions to invest in infrastructure and emerging technologies are now much more complex, with the ever expanding array of equipment, software, and network choices. There is uncertainty about whether to invest in long or short life-cycle values.
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However, a purchase decision by simply comparing proposals, even designs with nearly identical components, may not provide simplicity of use, reliable performance or even the best value. Your satisfaction will be less about hardware and more about an integrator’s proven record of technical knowledge and uncompromising support. Decisions to invest in infrastructure and emerging technologies […]