What is AV and how can it help my business?

What is AV and how can it help my business?

(Submitted by Lamar Brantley)

At RITE Technology we are embracing digital transformation by offering a wide range of Professional A/V (Audio Visual) solutions so that we can best serve the evolving needs of our clients.

Although we have many years of experience selling interactive displays, like many other Sharp dealers, AQUOS BOARD® display systems are only a small component in an effective A/V strategy.  Remote meetings have become widely accepted as a method of communication across most industries. As such, the needs of many customers have grown far beyond simple displays or interactive whiteboards. Here at RITE Technology, we have chosen to invest into this area of digital technology by constructing a client experience center as well as sourcing the technical expertise to drive the success of this division. We have discovered ways to help our customers use A/V technology to not only increase productivity in their workplace, but also to enhance their company culture.  A display that has a primary purpose of hosting virtual meetings can serve a multitude of additional functions. For example, the use of digital signage solutions will allow our clients to announce birthdays, work anniversaries, or even play new employee welcome videos.

In the video you will see that we have a variety of types and sizes of displays in our Client Experience Center. We have a large format DVLED that we can drive content to from multiple platforms or sources. This capability includes screen-sharing hardware, cameras, digital signage, as well as content from a PC. We have two AQUOS BOARD® interactive displays setup so that they can be used either as (1) one contiguous screen using a SHUTTLE PC or they can be used as (2) two separate displays showing individual content being sent either through our control system in-house. We also have a HUDDLE station that is setup with both screen-casting gear as well as an all-in-one camera/mic/speaker bar for doing quick and easy remote meetings. You’ll also notice in the video that we have a PTZ (Pan-Tilt-Zoom) camera on our wall that can be used for virtual meetings on any of the displays. Speaking of company culture, our Client Experience Center includes the RITE Technology golf simulator. Believe me when I say it is one of the highlights of the room for all of us duffers around here.

Our experience center has paved the way for us to earn several opportunities from both current our customers and prospects. One of the opportunities is an A/V solution that we created for a large athletic facility that will include multiple displays and a sound system, all of which will be supported by a control system that will provide the customer the ability to send any video source in their system to any display throughout the facility.  This opportunity for the first location has now expanded to include 15 additional locations all around the state of Florida. 

An additional aspect of our own RITE Technology facility design was to include two separate conference areas that each incorporate different A/V solutions. These configurations allow us to host virtual meetings between these areas so that when our clients visit us in-house, they can compare the various levels of product experience between the two rooms. By allowing our clients to experience the various levels of hardware and software before they make a buying decision, we can have more intelligent and fact-based dialogue on which of our solutions will be the best for each customer’s individual needs. These customer experiences also enable us to overcome some of the pricing objections that would otherwise have been subjective.  Lastly, the experience center aids us in setting clear expectations for the video and sound quality that the customer will experience post-install.

One aspect of our business that A/V has changed is the presence of “emotion” for the buyer. We often engage the client in conversation that causes them to view their business differently.  Our goal is to expand the customer’s point of view about what can be done digitally to enhance their businesses.  From this initial strategy meeting in our experience center, we then design and engineer a solution that accommodates the customer’s current and future plans as businesses continue to evolve in this post-pandemic era.

Bottom line for RITE is that this endeavor has opened a multitude of opportunities to earn new business in AV and our other core business offerings!

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5 Benefits to Using an Interactive Display in the Workplace

5 Benefits to Using an Interactive Display in the Workplace

Original post by Heather Fudger / 

In today’s continuously evolving workplace, the need for communication and collaboration is more important than ever. Digital technology is constantly reshaping the way people work. Employees are bringing tablets, laptops and smartphones into meetings as ways to share information. Additionally, many employees work on a hybrid schedule, where they are partially in the office and partially remote. One of the most impactful ways companies can create a collaborative space is by introducing an interactive whiteboard into their meeting rooms. With an interactive whiteboard in a business setting, meeting attendees can use their personal handheld devices to share their information with all participants using the interactive display, whether working in the office or remotely.

Let’s look at five benefits interactive whiteboards can bring to your business:

  1. Simplicity: All you have to do to use an interactive whiteboard in your boardroom, conference room or training session is connect and go. There is little to no training needed on these displays and anyone can walk up and use it. Interactive displays can present information more effectively using various media tools at hand. Simply mirror whatever is on your tablet, smartphone or laptop onto the display for a larger view so everyone, whether in the room or remote, can clearly see what is being presented.
  2. Ease-of-use: Many interactive displays incorporate a range of useful preinstalled apps and can connect seamlessly to cloud services users are already familiar with. Wireless connectivity allows users to collaborate on documents using their own devices in real-time, further enabling bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and bring-your own-meeting (BYOM) into the workplace.
  3. Increased productivity: Conference rooms outfitted with powerful, modern interactive displays help teams get projects done faster. One reason is that these displays enable collaboration in ways that were unimaginable ten years ago. New capabilities and added functionality have improved digital collaboration and removed many of the barriers to success that meetings used to suffer from using the older technology. With today’s collaborative work style, everyone, whether they’re remote or on-site, will become more productive when conference room equipment doesn’t let them down.
  4. Making a statement: Interactive displays come in a variety of sizes, from smaller displays for huddle rooms to video walls for an atrium. To ensure that groups can collaborate more effectively in corporate environments, everything needs to be displayed clearly and precisely. It helps people absorb information more easily, so they stay focused and engaged and can contribute more proactively. Look for a display that offers 4K Ultra-HD Resolution for high contrast and visual clarity, ensuring that even the most detailed presentations, documents and diagrams can be easily viewed and read.
  5. More engaging presentations: The days of boring presentations in a meeting are long gone. The Interactive Whiteboard with the help of its user-friendly interface make presentations more engaging, effective and comprehensive, resulting in a more productive meeting environment. Also, the visually appealing interface of the touch screens increase engagement levels to presenters during collaboration. Multiple presenters can also cast their document on the display at the same time without any cord hassle. By integrating Sharp Synappx Meeting with the display, users can not only share their best ideas, but can do so easily and quickly.

There is no doubt that Interactive Displays are an invaluable part of a conference room, increasing efficiency, engagement and participation wherever they are used. Using a high-quality display solution is essential to empowering a meeting room technologically and building results across the organization. For more information on Sharp AQUOS BOARD® Interactive Displays from RITE Technology, click HERE.

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