Updating Enterprise Meetings with Laser Phosphor Displays

Seamless, super-sized interactive video wall displays get clients excited and staff engaged

PowerPoint presentations used to be cutting-edge and exciting. So were VCRs, Walkman tape players and brick-sized mobile phones—back in the day.

But today’s sales teams need better. Their audiences are increasingly bored, sitting passively through slide deck after slide deck, and then forgetting whatever they heard as soon as they leave the briefing room.

What can salespeople do to update their presentations, close more deals and score more wins?

The key is to use immersive presentation tools, like the Laser Phosphor Display (LPD) 6K Series, recently introduced by Prysm, a leader in display and visual collaboration solutions. These seamless, super-sized interactive video displays offer sales teams new ways to deliver standard content, be more authentic and draw audiences in. More specifically, sales teams that use this innovative technology can:

  • Easily incorporate several types of content, from multiple sources, even in real time
  • Amplify a point by moving, re-sizing and annotating content on a single digital canvas (which isn’t possible in PowerPoint)
  • Invite audience members to come up, touch the screen and interact freely with the video windows and their contents
  • Deliver customized experiences that truly impress, particularly when used on a video wall

By manipulating simultaneous video windows on a panoramic, ultra high-resolution display, presenters can create an immersive experience that draws audiences right into the action on the interactive touch screen. There are no distracting bezels to break up the 6K by 2K video image, and the LPD 6K Series’ intelligent light engines deliver consistent and sharp images, with over one billion discrete colors and truly deep blacks up to a contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1.

This 2:21 video shows the LPD 6K Series working with Prysm Collaboration Solutions to engage and excite viewers.

“LPD 6K Series displays will capture your audience’s attention and hold it throughout the presentation,” Hannah Grap, Prysm’s VP of Marketing, said. “Coupled with creative interactive scripts and visuals, the LPD 6K Series will put the wow factor back into your presentations.”

Christie Powers Upgraded MicroTiles Video Wall at Perelman School of Medicine

When New Era Technology of West Chester, Pennsylvania, was asked to upgrade the video technology driving a Christie MicroTiles wall at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, the integrator chose the Christie Spyder X80 multiscreen windowing processor.

The Christie MicroTiles wall, located on the first floor of the Smilow Center for Translational Research, had previously employed a Christie Spyder X20 processor. Located in a high visibility area outside of an auditorium, the multifunctional wall displays pre-recorded content and handles overflow video from events taking place in the auditorium. It also shows content provided by other groups wanting to benefit from the public space.

“Everyone with business in the Smilow Center sees the wall,” said Scott Randinelli, project manager, New Era Technology. “The new equipment is part of a lifecycle upgrade that eventually will lead to upgrading the wall itself. Now the video wall offers Spyder X80’s advanced capabilities, including stepping up to 4K and 8K content.”

The project marked the first Spyder X80 installation by New Era. “We have had a relationship with Christie that goes back close to two decades under our previous company name, Advanced AV,” said Randinelli. “It makes a lot of sense for the X80 to be the vehicle for future upgrades for any high profile display.”

“The flexibility, power, and simplicity of the Spyder X80 make it a wise choice,” said Jason Wines, sales engineer, content management and processing, Christie. “With the X80, customers are future-proofing their investment since there are no limits in processing power for the next-generation of display. They can also choose any size, shape or arrangement of display technology today or in the future and not worry about programming or the back end configuration. The new Spyder X80’s megapixel canvas makes integration with current source formats and ultra-high resolution displays quick and easy.”

New Era Technology also put in place procedures to support content supplied by special user groups and the exporting of video from the auditorium to the MicroTiles wall. New Era Technology Senior Engineer Frank O’Hara worked with the Christie team in the beginning of the project to engineer the upgrade allowing New Era Technology field engineers Jeff Daddario and Steve Rogers to collaborate with programmer Eric Howell of Christie during the commissioning phase of the project. Eric Capozzoli from the Perelman School of Medicine was project manager.

Using 4K to Make a Better UCC Room (But Not Because of Resolution)

Everyone who’s anyone in AV knows that 4K provides four times the resolution of 1080p. 1920×1080, commonly referred to as ‘Full HD’ was the industry’s high-resolution display platform for over a decade and has recently been usurped by 4K — which in ProAV-land is known as UHD, or 3840×2160 (or in DCI-world, 4096×2160) is, in actuality, four times the resolution of 1080p. So, four times the pixels. Thus, four times the image clarity.

But, in reality, for nearly every ProAV system out there — especially those using screens that are 130” diagonally or smaller — the real advantage of 4K isn’t the resolution — it’s pixel density. That’s right — the density of pixels on the screen is truly the killer-app of 4K.

Think about it this way: If you’ve taken the AVIXA basic CTS course, you’ll recall learning the standards for room design. Those covered things like screen placement, height and width based on where the least-favored viewer (those sitting in the back left and back right corners of a classroom, for example) was as well as where (or, how close) to seat people to the screen. This is important as seating someone too close means that he or she will start to see the pixels (or picture-elements) that make up an image. In DLP, these are round and in LCD, these are mostly square.

But now with 4K, thanks to its pixel-density (not necessarily its resolution) if all things are equal in a room and all you do is replace a projector that’s 1080p with one that’s 4K (or replace a 65” LCD monitor that’s Full HD with one that’s 4K UHD), you’re actually increasing the pixel-density of the display to four times what it was. So, in the same square inch, you get four times the pixels filling the same area.

A light bulb should have just popped-on on your head. Yep, you got it. Since you’ve increased the pixel density, that person — or that entire front row, actually, can now be moved much closer to the screen because they won’t see the pixels any longer!

This changes everything. Everything that we once thought about or used for standards in room design is now different. In fact, in many cases, we can move the front row to right up against the screen — like IMAX movie-style. Think “full immersion.”

Thus, as an industry, we need to start to rethink the design of all our rooms. 4K didn’t just bring us higher resolution imaging, it brings pixel density like we’ve never seen before. And, this isn’t just relegated to large rooms and giant imaging either. In fact, the principles of room design need to change for even the smallest of meetings rooms too — rooms like huddle spaces, conference rooms, ad-hoc meeting spaces. In all of those cases where you might have a 55”, 65” or even 75” display hanging on the wall, you can actually seat attendees right up against the screen. Check it out for yourself. You’ll see the difference. If you’ve got a 65″ 1080p display installed, notice that if you’re closer than about 6’ away from the screen, you can see the pixels from the LCD structure that make up the monitor. But, switch that same monitor out for one that’s 4K and you can seat someone as close as 2’ away and you still can’t see pixels.

This changes everything. And, not just front row placement. This should force a change in presentation design, camera placement and field-of-view, furniture placement and layout and even lighting.

Yes, of course 4K gives us better quality images. But, with a higher pixel density, 4K gives us a better room, too.

Bacro Adds Zoom Rooms Integration to ClickShare

Partnership designed to provide a stronger end-user experience

he What: Barco’s ClickShare now natively integrates with Zoom Rooms, the software-based videoconference room solution from Zoom Video Communications.

The What Else: Remote collaboration in meetings is omnipresent. Barco is validating the use of ClickShare together with remote collaboration solutions in an open ecosystem. The cooperation of the products unleashes the full potential of the ease of the interactive content sharing experience. Combining ClickShare with other complementary solutions gives end users a consistent experience whether they are sharing locally or working remotely.

“Adding ClickShare to Zoom Rooms not only provides a consistent sharing experience for all but also provides simplicity and security, especially for visitors,” said Wim De Bruyne, vice president, meeting experience, Barco. “Millions of people are choosing Zoom Rooms as their preferred option to create a collaborative work environment. These clients will be pleased to learn that, with ClickShare, there is no need for them to install anything to share their content quickly in a safe way, or for IT to put complicated network configurations in place. The ClickShare portfolio adds great value to Zoom Rooms, from huddle spaces to meeting rooms and boardrooms.”

“Zoom is the industry leader in modern enterprise video communications, and our Zoom Rooms technology enables businesses to outfit any space with video, audio, collaboration, and scheduling capabilities,” said Oded Gal, head of product for Zoom. “Joining forces with ClickShare provides an excellent user experience, creating more opportunities for high-quality and effortless remote meetings. We look forward to continuing the collaboration with Barco to push the boundaries in cloud meeting experiences.”

The Bottom Line: ClickShare will be part of the Zoom Technology Ecosystem Program and will also share common channel partners. This integration allows ClickShare users to easily share content to their Zoom Room and remote attendees.

Leyard and Planar to Debut WallSync at InfoComm 2018

The What: Leyard and Planar is launching Leyard WallSync, a set of technologies integrated into the Clarity Matrix G3 Video Wall System, which address a range of common video synchronization needs and deliver video playback across entire video walls without manual configuration.

Leyard WallSync is designed to solve common video synchronization challenges in applications ranging from simple digital signage to sophisticated broadcast implementations. It incorporates Smart Genlock which automatically ensures synchronized video playback, even in dynamic environments—and that can be synchronized to both connected video sources and external “house syncs.”

The What Else: Leyard’s  WallSync  automatically synchronizes any directly attached video source across an entire video wall, regardless of size; it incorporates synchronization hardware that allows multiple Leyard Video Controllers to be synchronized together and for the video wall to be genlocked to an external house sync or a directly attached video source.

“With Leyard WallSync, video tearing and synchronization challenges are a thing of the past,” said Steve Seminario, vice president of product management at Leyard and Planar. “And while Leyard WallSync is fully configurable for more sophisticated uses, for the majority of customers, the default configuration will just work—delivering perfect video playback across the entire video wall every time.”

The Bottom Line: Leyard WallSync is fully integrated with the Clarity Matrix G3 LCD Video Wall System so that it can work intelligently with other Clarity Matrix G3 features. Its Smart Genlock feature works in coordination with Planar Big Picture Plus video scaling to automatically sync to any attached video source that has been selected to be scaled across the video wall.

Securely save and share your whiteboard

Kaptivo Announces Kaptivo Enterprise for Secure, Real-time Whiteboard Livestreaming Across Global Teams

Whiteboard camera system digitizes standard whiteboards for remote collaboration, video conferencing, and secure information sharing

Kaptivo, the company that transforms any whiteboard into an online collaboration system, today announced the availability of Kaptivo Enterprise, a sleek, micro-optical camera and software system that digitizes dry-erase boards for instant, secure content sharing across teams. Designed to meet the needs of large organizations, Kaptivo Enterprise is the next generation of the Kaptivo whiteboard camera system that launched in 2016.

One in four people video conference every day, making it possible for global organizations to work together in real time. The rise of the remote team poses challenges for companies that rely on convenient whiteboards to enrich discussion and share information.

Employees often attempt to share information via insecure whiteboard photos or inadequate video conferencing cameras. With Kaptivo, IT can provide a more efficient and secure solution for employees collaborating remotely or saving images of the whiteboard. Kaptivo’s automatic image capture and live streaming enable teams to focus on the discussion instead of on snapping insecure whiteboard photos on personal devices.

“We developed Kaptivo Enterprise to better meet the requirements of our customers as they seek to solve the universal challenges of information security and remote collaboration,” said Nic Lawrence, Co-Founder and CEO of Kaptivo.

Employees can securely livestream crystal-clear whiteboard images through the web or video conferencing platforms, providing remote colleagues instant access to the latest content on any device, anywhere. Kaptivo Enterprise further addresses the challenge of information security in the enterprise. With superior quality whiteboard images, employees choose to use Kaptivo over alternative photo methods. SSL encryption and approval protocol for whiteboard sessions give teams granular control over content, and the option to connect via Ethernet provides added security.

The Kaptivo camera, which attaches to the top of any whiteboard, automatically saves images and shares content in real time via livestream or video conference integration. The images are instantly enhanced to remove any reflections, glare, and people blocking the board.  Content changes are compiled into ready-to-go, multi-page timeline presentations of the meeting.

“Kaptivo Enterprise represents a milestone in enterprise collaboration. No product to date has successfully enabled companies to bridge the gap between virtual and offline collaboration in a secure and streamlined fashion,” adds Adrian Cable, Co-Founder and CTO of Kaptivo.

Availability

Kaptivo Enterprise is available now for $995 which includes the Kaptivo hardware and three-year cloud service (SaaS) license.  There will also be options to purchase SaaS in one and five-year increments.

The availability of Kaptivo Enterprise precedes the fall launch of Kaptivo Education, a whiteboard image capture device to enhance visual learning and enable student collaboration.

For more information, visit kaptivo.com/kaptivo-enterprise-launch/

Industry Weapon for Digital Signage for K-12

Industry Weapon is offering applications and communication solutions for digital signage for K-12 campuses, mitigating areas where campuses lack fast, effective message broadcasting.

With Industry Weapon’s solution, schools create campaigns to communicate dynamic content to a larger audience than any previous form of messaging. From announcements to fun facts, students and faculty alike are more inclined to watch and retain information from the digital signs. Campuses can integrate directory and wayfinding applications for new students and visitors that need directions around the campus. Closed circuit television content can be transmitted onto the screens as well to broadcast live sports and school events.

“Our solution greatly remedies communication issues by allowing administrators to transmit content quickly and efficiently across the entire district:, said David Wible, CEO, Industry Weapon. “From safety announcements that alert the district in emergency situations, to content approval processes that allow students to create messages under supervision, we’ve designed numerous applications with K-12 purposes in mind.”

K-12 institutions do not have their own Clery Act, which requires all colleges and universities to disclose information about crimes committed on or near campuses, Industry Weapon goes a step further for K-12 clients by providing the Alert Integration. This integration connects with software such as E2Campus, Simplex Grinnell, and Blackboard for immediate emergency messaging notifications. In the event of a safety breach, inclimate weather, fire, etc., the digital signage displays an emergency warning until the emergency has passed.

The digital media company also responds to the importance of test scores. For test-takers, digital signage enhances the standardized testing process by regularly providing them with simple preparation tips, broadcasting reminders of important test dates and times, and showcasing practice questions to familiarize students with the content. By creating campaigns that run during test days, students who are not being tested are informed of when to stay quiet in the hallways.

Crestron to Unveil SolarSync™ Color Temperature Daylight Sensor at LightFair® International 2018

New sensor analyzes the color temperature of ambient light and directs indoor lighting to automatically match the detected color

Rockleigh, NJ – May 3, 2018 – Crestron, a global leader in commercial lighting control technology, announced today that it will unveil SolarSync (GLS-LCCT), its new daylight sensor with correlated color temperature (CCT) and a luminous intensity meter, at LightFair® International 2018, booth #3012. The world’s largest architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference, LightFair will be taking place at McCormick Place, Chicago, IL, May 8 – 10.
SolarSync was designed to analyze the color temperature of the ambient light and direct the indoor lighting to automatically match the detected color when mounted outdoors or in an area exposed to plenty of natural light. This innovative sensor can drive indoor lighting to match the color and intensity of the sunlight throughout the day, or create artistic lighting scenes that make midnight feel like a sunny afternoon. SolarSync also has manual mode or inclement weather dead band settings to maximize the best lighting effect at all times with no effort.

“Tunable white has many benefits that have been directly linked to our health and productivity, and the idea of having an artificial light source to re-create the natural light has proven effects,” said Bill Schafer, Executive Sales Director, Crestron Commercial Lighting Control. “However, manual control has proven ineffective. Now, in addition to our standard time-based control, we now offer our SolarSync single point sensor, which reports back to your Crestron system to create a true reflection of the natural light outside.”

Crestron Commercial Lighting Control
Crestron simplifies design, installation, and startup of commercial lighting control with the right products and systems to meet the needs of each space in a building. Everything is easily integrated for enterprise-wide monitoring, management, and control. Our process dramatically reduces the time required to complete each phase of a lighting control project while greatly improving efficiency and scalability.

Visit Crestron at booth #3012 at LightFair International 2018, May 8 – 10, at McCormick Place, Chicago, IL.

 

Crestron to Ship AirBoard Whiteboarding Solution

Crestron will soon be shipping the Crestron AirBoard PoE electronic whiteboard technology. Crestron AirBoard enables viewing of electronic whiteboard content on any display device, thereby solving the problem of meeting participants — remote participants, especially — not being able to see the whiteboard unless they’re seated with a direct line of sight.

Crestron AirBoard is essentially a camera on an arm that attaches to any electronic whiteboard via the included mounting kit. With PoE, only a single Ethernet cable to the LAN is required for video, communication and power.

With Crestron AirBoard, annotations can be saved and then posted, emailed, or texted to either a central web page (education applications) or to invited participants (corporate applications). Meeting participants simply choose “whiteboard” as a source on the in-room Crestron TSW or Crestron Mercury touch screen to start the session. When “end meeting” is selected, the user is prompted to save and send the file.

Remote conferencing participants can access the whiteboard session much like they would connect to Crestron AirMedia, by entering the URL (or friendly name) shown on the room display in their web browser. Once on the web page, the user simply enters the dynamic PIN or access code, which is also shown on the room display.

Attaches to any whiteboard
Crestron AirBoard is essentially a camera on an arm that attaches to any electronic whiteboard via the included mounting kit. With PoE, only a single Ethernet cable to the LAN is required for video, communication, and power.

Easy to operate
With Crestron AirBoard, annotations can be saved and then posted, emailed, or texted to either a central web page (education applications) or to invited participants (corporate applications). Meeting participants simply choose “whiteboard” as a source on the in-room Crestron TSW or Crestron Mercury touch screen to start the session. When “end meeting” is selected, the user is prompted to save and send the file.

Remote conferencing participants can access the whiteboard session much like they would connect to Crestron AirMedia®, by entering the URL (or friendly name) shown on the room display in their web browser. Once on the web page, the user simply enters the dynamic PIN or access code, which is also shown on the room display.

Staging AV systems

Thinking about testing AV systems….

Staging systems is a crucial process for all providing AV systems. All devices are tested and proven to be functioning well before shipping to the site! The control system is sorted out at the shop. All firmware and communication conflicts are addressed. Network devices are pre-configured with their actual IP information, so they can be plug and play when they are delivered. Staging certifies that the system is ready to be installed. All the bugs are flushed out so that, if anything arises during the installation, the issues are mostly reduced to field cabling problems, because everything else has been thoroughly tested. It makes the installation go like a hot knife through butter.

So, why doesn’t everyone do it?

The major reasons are as follows:

1. No buy in from management. Quality has to come from the top down to be truly effective. And, if the boss continually pushes for systems to be delivered without having been totally staged, it sends a clear message to the entire company where the priorities of the organization lie (sizzle > steak).

2. No holistic vision of the project. It is very easy for companies, especially large ones, to adopt a “not my monkeys, not my circus” attitude between departments. A shop manager might be inclined to ship a system before it has been staged, just to pass the buck, despite the fact that doing so will jam up the installation team. It might be great for the shop schedule, but the installation schedule is destroyed, the project schedule sees delays and the service team might be tasked with finishing the installation…again. If people are focused only on their piece of the puzzle, rather than the big picture, it is very easy for them to ignore the value of quality.

3. Lack of education or experience. If people don’t understand the purpose and/or value of staging, they are less likely to do it. If the people building the racks never had an AV Installation Nightmare (check them out on “The Facebook”), they are less likely to do it. Whenever staging is taught in an AQAV class, participants—designers, installers and technology managers alike—are constantly saying things like, “This would have saved me a week in the field…if I knew about this.

4. Lack of discipline. If a single person isn’t responsible for the staging, and the company just expects “the team” to get it done, it very rarely happens. The responsibility of staging must be designated to one person on the team, and it must become a habit of the organization. It takes discipline, but, once the process is ingrained in the entire team, projects begin to go smoothly. As Jocko Willink says, “Discipline Equals Freedom”—freedom from stress, worry, having to remember every little thing…oh…and losing profits.

Applying cute, little project-management tools and tricks won’t produce the results that adopting the AV-9000 approach can. Your team has to live, breathe and be quality. It’s gains o’clock, my AV peeps. Let’s gooooooo!