University of New England: Lecture Halls

Full Renovation of Lecture Halls, The President’s Boardroom and Marcil 318 Specialty Collaboration Classroom.

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Why Digital Signage Brightness Matters

Brightness is key to making sure a display is successfully communicating to the target audience, but also to ensuring it is an efficient and cost-effective solution. The brightness, or luminance, of a screen is measured in nits.
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Barco’s UniSee Video Wall Makes Gaps a Thing of the Past

Video walls traditionally pose a challenge for integrators to ensure that installation creates a tight fit with no gaps between displays. When displays need to be serviced, the same issue arises and can lead to gaps over time. Barco has taken this issue to heart and devised an innovative solution with their new UniSee video wall.
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4 Reasons Video Conferencing Benefits Healthcare

Healthcare is changing vastly as technology advances with new equipment and groundbreaking treatments that are making huge strides in keeping people healthy. Video conferencing has also contributed greatly and is changing the way doctors are treating patients bringing cost and time saving strategies to the operating table and paving the way for a healthier future.
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Altia Introduces the First Panoramic 5K Real-time Intelligent Vision Platform

Altia Systems, the creators of Panacast 2, the first 4K panoramic camera, have recently launched their next generation panoramic camera, Panacast2s, the very first software-defined panoramic 5K (5120×1440 pixels per frame) video camera system, designed for use in medium to large conference rooms.
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Adaptable Displays Make Upgrades Affordable with OPS

First announced in 2010 by NEC, Intel, and Microsoft, Open Pluggable Specification (OPS) is a computer module plug-in that can transform a plain old flat panel screen by easily adding newer or more advanced technology. An OPS slot enables a display or projector to be easily maintained and upgraded to add or alter capabilities such as computing technology, signal distribution, media playback and wireless data transmission.
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A New Standard in Projector Brightness

A new standard, Color Light Output, also known as Color Brightness, gauges the brightness of colors and shines a spotlight on the fact that not all projectors are created equal despite the fact that they may be comparable in features and lumens.
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Extron’s New TeamWork Connect 300 Pre-Configured Collaboration System

Extron announced their new TeamWork Connect 300, a cost effective, pre-configured collaboration system. Designed to support two digital and one analog source, the package includes two HDMI Show Me cables, one VGA Show Me cable, Extron’s new HC 404 Meeting Space Collaboration System, along with all other necessary system cables.
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The Clear Benefits of Laser Projectors

Ever have to pause during a conference or in the middle of class to change a lamp in a projector? Or wait for the equipment to warm up for several minutes before being able to begin your presentation? These are just some of the frustrations with using lamp projectors, and while their initial cost is lower, in the long-term the benefits of laser projectors are many.
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ClearOne Awarded Patent for Spatial Audio Conferencing

ClearOne, a company that designs, develops and sells conferencing, collaboration, streaming and digital signage solutions, was awarded a patent in December for its spatial audio rendering technology for conferencing.
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Projection Mapping Shines with New Technology

The new Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts show debuted in November at Universal Studios, utilizing projection mapping of dancing ghosts, a giant brilliantly lit Christmas tree, soaring owls, playful snowmen and a multitude of dazzling special effects, all choreographed to a new seasonal music score.
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VR’s healthy future in healthcare

Augmented and Virtual Reality (VR) is an up and coming industry estimated to reach $80 million dollars by 2025 according to Goldman Sachs. Healthcare is getting into the game with innovative uses for VR that aid both medical staff and patients. Statista has reported that the VR health care market was valued at 525 million dollars in 2012 and has climbed to 976 million dollars in 2017. VR in health care has many applications that can provide safer outcomes and less stress for patients as well as better preparation for physicians.
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Benefits of AV Integration for Video Conferencing

Technology has a way of making things easier and video conferencing is no exception. Gone are the days of straining to hear the fuzzy audio and messy conference room setups. A more natural method of communication, current video conferencing technology makes connecting with employees and clients simpler and more fluid. Its advantages are plentiful and can make a big difference in the efficiency of daily operations, productivity, as well as provide cost savings.
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Peerless-AV Adds New Line of Digital Signage Kiosks

Digital Signage is quickly growing in demand and Peerless-AV is keeping up by adding a new line of kiosks designed to support the latest LED displays and touchscreen panels up to 4-inches deep.
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The Importance of AV Integration in Higher Education

Today’s students have grown up in the digital age, where smart phones and tablets are a constant presence in their lives and as a result they learn better in this format that they are so accustomed to. Institutions of higher learning have to keep up with the demands of their student population and therefore AV integration in learning spaces has become the hottest trend on campus.
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What Does the Future Hold for Smart Assistants?

Smart assistants are fast becoming a standard in homes allowing users to command them to perform a task whether it be playing a favorite playlist, turning down the air conditioning, dimming the lights or setting a timer.
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Digital Signage in Healthcare

Healthcare facilities such as hospitals can benefit greatly from utilizing digital signage. A source of information and entertainment, digital signage can serve every population—from patients to healthcare professionals to visitors—to significantly improve patient care, patient experience, staff management and inventory management.
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Digital Signage: Appetizing Technology for Restaurants

Digital signage is fast becoming an industry standard in restaurants, with quick service and fast casual eateries taking the lead, but bars and fine dining establishments quickly joining the trend. The vibrant and dynamic displays have many advantages for both restaurant owners and patrons by improving customer communications and creating a livelier atmosphere.
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Digital Signage in Education

Whether in a K-12 classroom or college campus, administrators are finding digital signage a useful tool to inform and engage students.
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The Podium Reinvented for the Digital Age

Classrooms in the digital age are connecting to students in new and more effective ways and the Hovercam Pilot digital podium is no exception. Not your standard podium, the Pilot features a 21-inch multi-touch screen, a 4K, 13-megapixel document camera, an i5 PC with Windows 10 operating system and a microphone.
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Planar ContentSmart Media Players for Digital Signage

Digital Signage is everywhere, from shopping malls to college campuses, and the tools to efficiently manage and display content are vital to effectively getting your message out there. Planar has introduced ContentSmart Media Players that allow users to design, schedule, deploy and manage digital signage messaging, across multiple displays, with ease.
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Large Format Display Technologies and What You Need to Know

When considering what to choose for a display solution, Large Format Displays or LFD’s are often a better choice as they are offering increasingly lower price points as the volume of sales and production efficiency increase. In fact, according to a recent report by Research and Markets, the large format display (LFD) market was valued at $9.51 Billion in 2016 and is expected to reach $14.93 Billion by 2023.
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Audio Conferencing Solution from Nureva Delivers Clear Sound with 8,192 Virtual Microphones

Nureva’s HDL300 audio conferencing system is a unique solution to today’s audio conferencing problems enabling remote users to clearly hear on-site participants no matter where they are in the room. Users can move around and speak from anywhere and be heard clearly by all participants, no longer being confined to a chair in order to be close to the audio source.
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Key Digital Introduces Affordable Distribution Amplifiers

Key Digital recently introduced new 2-channel, 4-channel and 8-channel HDMI digital video distribution amplifiers. The KD-DA1x2, KD-DA1x4 and KD-DA1x8 are ideal for digital signage applications and according to Key Digital, are an affordable solution designed for a superior distribution system without signal degradation, providing superior quality, performance and reliability.
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AV Market Outlook for the Americas assessed in 2017 Infocomm IOTA Report

This extensive report examines the market outlook for the AV industry in the Americas, including government implications, consumer needs, and how the welfare of various industries affects the pro-AV industry. Data is collected from interviews with industry companies and data collection and compilation from ongoing research conducted by IHS Markit for Central America and the Caribbean, North American and South America.
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New Viewsonic Viewboard IFP50 Series Now Available

Viewsonic is now shipping their newest Viewboard flat panel displays. The ViewSonic IFP50 Series includes the IFP6550 (65 inch), IFP7550 (75 inch), and IFP8650 (86 inch) interactive flat panels with UHD 4K (3840x2160) resolution and 20-point touchscreen providing a solid choice for collaboration spaces such as large classrooms or conference rooms.
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Roland Virtual Sonics will Offer New RAINLINK High Resolution Instrument Protocol via Roland Cloud

Roland Virtual Sonics, in collaboration with Sony Pictures Post Production Services, introduced a high-definition music, sound, and video performance and control technology, RAINLINK at the 2017 NAMM music products tradeshow. RAINLINK is essentially an alternative to the current standard, MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface), which Roland co-introduced in 1983.
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Infocomm 2017: Crestron’s Air Media Now Built-In

BYOD (bring your own device) is a requirement these days and the ability to quickly display a PDF, Word document, PowerPoint file, images and other files that are pertinent to the meeting or class at hand allows for much more effective collaboration. Crestron’s proprietary AirMedia allows users to easily share content via mobile device or laptop wirelessly in conference rooms, huddle rooms, classrooms or other meeting spaces.
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Infocomm 2017: Danley Sound Lab DNA Series

Danley Sound Labs featured their DNA Series Amplifiers at Infocomm 2017, demonstrating their propensity for high performance sound at large outdoor venues such as football stadiums and arenas with much less equipment required.
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Infocomm 2017: Brown Innovations Directional Audio Solutions

Brown Innovations partnered with SpinetiX and was featured in NEC’s Virtularium, otherwise known as The Cave, demonstrating the focused sound of their directional speakers at this year’s Infocomm. They offer several lines, each significantly reducing sound bleed and providing solutions for a wide variety of applications.

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Sony’s Vision Exchange Ideal for Collaboration and Active Learning

Whether conference room or classroom, Sony’s Vision Exchange provides flexibility and interactivity that set the stage for effective workgroup collaboration and active learning. With wireless content sharing, students, educators or presenters can share graphs and charts, spreadsheets, images or other content wirelessly from their laptop, tablet or smartphone to their groups’ screen.
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Infocomm 2017: Shure Microflex Complete Discussion System

Shure previewed their new Microflex Complete wireless discussion system at Infocomm 2017. This integrated audio system for conferences and meetings will deliver quality audio to in-room participants no matter the size of the room or the location of the participants, as well as remote attendees calling in from their smartphones.
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Vaddio RoboTRAK Presenter Tracking Camera

The RoboTRAK system provides large classroom venues as well as corporate training rooms the ability to intelligently track a presenter with smooth and accurate panning and tilting to effectively create production-worthy video of a training session, class lecture or other presentation material.
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Infocomm 2017: Mersive Solstice 3.0 Enables Multi-Room Sharing

Mersive’s Solstice Pod is a software-based collaboration solution for wireless media streaming used in classrooms and meeting spaces. Earlier this year, Mersive announced the latest version of their software, Solstice 3.0 with Multi-Room, which was recently featured at Infocomm 2017.
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Bose Professional Previews Panaray MSA12X loudspeaker at InfoComm

Bose Professional previewed their new self-powered electronically steerable Panaray MSA12X loudspeaker at InfoComm 2017. With twelve full-range 2.25 transducers offering a full frequency range from 75-14,000 Hz (-10 dB), the modular arrays provide consistent audio levels with outstanding vocal intelligibility and full-range music reinforcement.
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Infocomm 2017: Crestron Room Scheduling

At the recent Infocomm 2017, Crestron highlighted updated and new room scheduling products along with changes to the software that will enhance scheduling capabilities for small and large enterprises alike.
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Infocomm 2017: Biamp Small Room DSP Products

Available in October 2017, the TesiraForte AVB VT and VT4, and the TesiraForte DAN VT and VT4, will provide a superior solution for expanding capabilities in existing environments where an integrated telephone solution is needed. The VT4’s take all the power of a standard TesiraFORTÉ product, but scale down the price and analog I/O, making it a great solution for digital microphones or for installations requiring less analog I/O.
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Voice Technology in Commercial Applications

Voice technology such as Amazon’s Alexa is continuing to peak interests in the commercial world as the idea of simply requesting an action and immediately and reliably having that action take place can significantly simplify workflows, reduce technical difficulties, increase safety and make meetings more effective.
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AJA’s New HELO Streaming and Recording Solution

AJA’s new stand-alone professional streaming and recording appliance, HELO, provides a cost effective and flexible answer for a variety of applications from houses of worship to live events to corporate communications and more.
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Utilizing Todays Classroom Technology to Fully Engage Students

Students today are fully immersed in technology from how they play to how they socialize and they expect the same from their learning experience. The old days of a lecture and notes on a chalkboard are no longer enough to engage the newest generation of learners. Educators need to stay ahead of the game to keep them focused and awake. Here are some ways to take advantage of current technologies to keep things fresh and stimulating in the classroom.
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Tools for Making Online Lectures Interactive and Effective

The flipped classroom is a new take on the traditional format of class lecture and homework where students view an online lecture at home and participate in discussion, activities or projects in class. It is growing in popularity as it can provide a more in-depth and hands on learning experience that allows the instructor to be present for guidance and a resource while working.
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VR Trends in Education

R revenues are expected to reach $7.17 billion by the end of 2017 and nearly $75 billion by 2021, according to a report by Greenlight Insights. A rapidly expanding industry, VR is now being utilized in K-12 and higher education to provide students with an immersive and impactful experience.

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Top AV Trends in Education

Technology is changing the way we learn and the AV trends of today are constantly shifting to accommodate for the latest and greatest advancements. College campuses need to continue to keep up with these trends to compete, technologically savvy students expect more, and instructors are driven to find easier and more effective ways to teach. Here are four of those trends that are top on the list for college campuses everywhere.
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NEC’s New Commercial Grade E-Series Displays

The new E-Series offer commercial grade, brilliant displays to impress patrons, students and executives with clear and bright content that will grab the attention of everyone in the room.
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New Jaw-Dropping LG Commercial Displays Unveiled

At the 2017 Digital Signage Expo, LG revealed its new OLED wallpaper commercial display and OLED Open Framed Displays. This new release follows the introduction of the groundbreaking LG OLED W7 TVs for the consumer market at CES 2017 in January, winning the most awards of any other TV at the show.
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The Versatility and Interactivity of Today’s Projectors

Projectors of days past were a challenge and didn’t provide great image quality. You always needed to drag a screen with you and they were generally limited to presentation style usage with people in the back of the room squinting to see a blurry and dull image. Boy have things changed!
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Commercial Outdoor TV’s are Standing Strong

Rain, snow, humidity, heat… no matter what the weather, outdoor televisions are built tough to withstand the elements and abuse from us humans too. Commercial applications are plentiful whether at outdoor bars or restaurants, arenas or stadiums, amusement parks or college campuses. Although they are pricier than the standard TV, there are a couple of reasons why paying a little more for an outdoor TV would be worth it in the long run.
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How AV Systems are Helping us Work Smarter

Today’s AV systems are changing the way we work by providing new technology and targeted tools that allow anyone to use them easily and to make the experience as efficient and effective as possible. AV systems and IT are meshing to create a dramatically improved work experience across all industries.
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HDBaseT Expands to IP

With the new development of IP interconnectivity, HDBaseT expands upon its current capabilities by providing pro AV grade robustness and quality of service for unicast and multicast sessions.
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AV Trends in Restaurants

While food is an important aspect when choosing where to eat, ambience and technology are tops on the list as well. Today’s restaurants are now offering more in the way of AV systems to satisfy customers other senses, not just their taste buds.

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With Newer Technology Affordable Video Walls Are Now a Reality

Video walls are popping up everywhere. Whether in a store, your local college, or at a trade show you just attended, you’re sure to have seen a display somewhere. Part of the reason for their prevalence these days is that the costs have been reduced with new software and equipment that makes it easier and less costly to set up your own.
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4 Most Important Aspects of a Commercial AV System

Any successful AV system requires functionality, convenience, great sound and video while achieving an appealing environment where the equipment does not detract from the design of the space. It’s a delicate balance, but one that can be achieved with careful planning, experience and the proper selection of components.
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5 Important AV and Tech Trends for 2017

There’s some exciting trends on the horizon for AV and technology in the business arena. With 2017 comes greater adaptability and flexibility giving integrators and our customers exciting new possibilities.
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Journey from Qomo – Multi-Touch LED Panel

New touch interactive flat panel from Qomo - the Journey - available in 5 sizes is shipping now! It's one of the most versatile panels on the market, and priced so that businesses and schools can afford it!
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Boston Children’s Hospital Mosaic Video Wall

We recently completed one of the most exciting projects at Pro AV Systems to date. Boston Children’s Hospital is renovating their Cafeteria and wanted to incorporate a video wall – but not just any video wall. This one is a mosaic wall, with panels and a processing system made by Planar.
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Spotlight on Gorham Public Schools: VGo

Last week, Dave and I were approached by the Technology Director of Gorham Public Schools, in Gorham, Maine, Dennis Crowe, with a problem he was trying to solve.
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We’re (kind of!) Famous!

A few weeks back, Epson approached us with a favor. They were looking for someone with experience installing and training on the new Brightlink Pro 1430wi for a commercial they were shooting.
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Events

Pro AV Systems at the New England Parkinson’s Ride

This past weekend, part of our Pro AV Systems family participated in the New England Parkinson's Ride. The event, which is now one of the largest Michael J. Fox Foundation fundraisers, was a huge success!
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