26 Feb 2016

Three key trends that are changing the way we work and collaborate

The way we work is changing. Collaboration technologies are, in my view, more than just tools to allow us to cater for a mobile workforce, or to lower the costs of travel for our people. They are essential to enabling them to do their jobs effectively and efficiently – to share information and ideas with their colleagues, customers as well as with supplier organisations. Put simply, collaboration technologies make new ways of doing things possible.
With more advanced mobile devices, cloud based systems and the move to a more collaborative workspace environment, employees now have the freedom to work from anywhere.

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03 Mar 2015

ISE 2015 Review

ISE 2015 was certainly a spectacle to behold, there were several hundred exhibitors showcasing the latest and greatest on offer.

Cisco had a very impressive magician at their stand drawing the crowds toward the new sleek MX series products, I kept hearing the same tag line from Cisco reps around the stand “they are now just big phones”.  You order one part code and parachute it in.

Maybe not quite as simple as that but it’s certainly getting there with the integration of the Cisco Be6K which allows phones and VC systems to seamlessly operate within the Cisco environment.

The real magic however came from a smaller stand behind, and they were creating quite a stir.

Pexip makes a virtualized software infrastructure which transcodes communication types and lets everybody meet in the middle. It can be deployed on premise, or run in a private or public cloud, and even supports connecting the two if you require scale and flexibility.

To date it was able to take feeds from traditional video conferencing units, soft clients, Lync, Web RTC through your browser or traditional phones and because everybody is meeting in the cloud you are not as worried about firewall traversal.

The Pexip team were showing off some new releases which will allow users to integrate Skype, yes Skype! Not just Skype for business/Lync and the new release also allows a very cool feature where you can leverage your existing video conferencing systems and make a live broadcast through YouTube.

 

Image: Crowd getting treated to some slight of hand.

 

Conor O’Neill, Digicom Audio Visual Consultant

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24 Feb 2015

HDBaseT Alliance – The Standard of the Future, Today.

Defining the standard of the future

The HDBaseT Alliance advances and promotes the adoption of HDBaseT technology as the global standard for high definition, digital connectivity. Since its founding in 2010 by LG Electronics, Samsung Electronics, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Valens, the Alliance has brought together the leading names in the Consumer Electronics and .Professional AV manufacturers, and it counts today with more than 100 members and hundreds of products

Enabling 5Play over a single cable

HDBaseT technology has become the new standard for home and professional networking. It brings a rich feature ,TMset, increased reach, and better performance than existing solutions. The cornerstone of the technology is 5Play the converged delivery of uncompressed high-definition digital video, high-quality audio, Ethernet, up to 100 W .power, and various control signals, through a single LAN cable.

Coming to a home near you

With the recently released HDBaseT 2.0 specification, the Alliance is now enabling the development of consumer .electronics devices to better address the needs of the connected home HDBaseT 2.0 brings the quality of pro-AV to the cost-conscious consumer electronics market, for an unparalleled user ,experience. From simple point-to-point applications and up to the most cutting-edge multimedia home solutions. HDBaseT 2.0 delivers the 5Play feature set, from any source to any display around the house, using a simple control app.

 

Via: www.hdbaset.org

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19 Feb 2015

Future Trends in Audio Visual – Destination 2020

Brad Grimes chaired an interesting panel discussion with knowledge experts, from within the industry at this years ISE Trade Show in Amsterdam. The internet of things or the automation of internet things, will be the most influential change in our lives in the coming years. We will track the behaviour of users of Audio Visual and automate it. Smart technology will be the unique buying trigger to decide what technology will be procured by organisations.

 The technology will always be evolving and adapt to people’s behaviour, in many cases, without them even noticing. Currently the industry is guilty of building silo’s. IoT will change this with presence and intelligence, that will end integrators building dumb rooms.

 With the ongoing integration of IT and the presence of Cisco and Microsoft at this years event, the panel described how important it will be for integrators to build their eco systems around their platforms. They are the largest enterprise platforms in B2B offices now.

 So, as a result the top 5 trends to watch for by the panel are:

  1. Intelligent Devices
  2. IP Version VII on the 5G Network.
  3. Remote engagement
  4. Software as a service, cloud based technology. Particularly in the video area. And oh, finally
  5. Watch your teenager. Their behaviour with technology is naturally collaborating and multi tasking. Observe it and see the future in the enterprise space.


So the future of Audio Visual is challenging, as we learn to stay expert in this exciting industry.  

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17 Feb 2015

Is 4k here to stay?

With so many manufacturers pushing the latest and greatest in 4k or ultra HD, it can quite confusing on what it actually is. 4k technology is generally referred to as 4x times the quality of Full HD or 4x 1080p. Simple right….unfortunately not..

There are 3 things that make up picture quality. The first of these are the number of pixels. So having 4x the amount of pixels is a good start.

The second of these is the frame rate or hertz. This is the number of frames per second, so the higher the frame rate the smoother the picture quality.

Finally the colour sampling or chroma sub sampling is the final component that makes up the picture quality. This refers to the amount of true colour shown on screen at one time. Unsampled colour is referred to as 4:4:4 while it is often sampled at 4:2:2. This reduces the bandwidth required by a third without effecting the visual quality of the image.

So, now that we know what makes a high quality image, how do we get all of on the screen. Easier said than done.

Display port is capable of carrying 4k at 60 fames per second with a colour sampling of 4:4:4. As is HDMI 2.0, which has taken over from HDMI 1.4 as the new standard of HDMI as of 2014. So unless you have a source device with a DisplayPort output or HDMI2.0 chipset you will end up with 4k at 24-30 FPS. This will greatly reduce the quality of the image and a better picture would be achieved at 1080p instead of 4k.

So we have the cable and we have the TV’s that can produce a 4k image. The problem comes in when you try to switch 4k video. Currently there is little or no way of switching true 4k due to the large bandwidth required. Many of the switchers use colour sampling of 4:0:0 to reduce the bandwidth. This becomes noticeable especially on the larger 4k screens.

The other factor and probably the most important component that currently posses a major roadblock to the success of 4k is content. With no standards set for a 4k video player currently on the market and with HD TV currently being broadcast at only 720p it is hard to see 4k being available to every household. There also remains the fact that there is very little content out there recorded in 4k

On the other hand streaming services such as Netflix are starting to release content in 4k as a premium service. Using Netflix as a native application built into the display eliminates the transmission issues inherent with 4k. On the downside it is recommend to have a 25mb/sec broadband speed and unlimited data allowance to watch 4k.

While there are a number of issues currently stopping 4k from being readily available, there is no doubt that the incredible picture quality offered by 4k means it is here to stay unlike 3D which proved to be little more than a gimmick.

Ciarán McGrath, Audio Visual Consultant (Digicom)

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29 Jan 2015

Kramer VIA Connect

Kramer VIA lets you connect wirelessly, collaborate easily, and engage everyone in the room in the work you’re doing. It provides a common platform for all those laptops, smartphones, and tablets in real time on one digital canvas. So things get done right then and there—not afterwards or through email.
Kramer VIA is a shared workspace for team collaboration in real time. Anybody who’s in the room can help create and edit a common document through their individual devices, then share and save it. Designed to eliminate wasted time, lack of productivity, and distracted attendees in meetings, classrooms, and presentations, Kramer VIA is the enemy of inefficient meetings. That’s because VIA acts as a collaboration hub so you can:

Connect
VIA is a solution that enables you to bring your own device (BYOD) to a meeting: Mac® or Windows laptops, tablets, iOS or Android based Smartphones. Just log on using Wi-Fi or LAN connections and you are connected. It’s wireless, it’s instantaneous and it’s easy!

Collaborate
Attendees can work together in a meeting, using VIA’s network. All you do is click “Step-In” and your screen is integrated on the main display. Then, you can start collaborating and interacting with other participants, work on a shared document, save it and send through the VIA Cloud or even use the interactive whiteboard.

Engage
VIA enables authentic engagement in meetings. You can share your files with other participants, chat or stream full HD videos in perfect quality. Everyone gets to participate, interact and be involved. Attendees become active participants – not bored bystanders.

via Kramer Electronics

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05 Dec 2014

Ibec Case Study

Customer Success Story – Ibec transforms collaboration with Digicom and Polycom.

“Video conferences allows us to be fluid all the time, we can stick to agendas and keep things going. Making sure we connect with everyone is very important, so we all feel like one organisation, one team.”
Martin Wells, Director of Member Services, Ibec

As Ireland strengthens its business reputation in the European marketplace, the power of relationships is paramount. Ibec is an organisation dedicated to leading, shaping, and promoting business policy and conditions to drive economic success. With 160 employees in seven offices, and over 7,000 members across numerous sectors, the organisation’s ability to communicate is crucial.

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13 Aug 2014

Shanahans Engineering

Shanahan Engineering requested Digicom to design and deliver a state of the art boardroom and presentation facility at their new Dun Laoghaire HQ.  The requirement was to provide an integrated AV solution to deliver a premium Audio and Video Conferencing experience for participants.

The deployed technologies were to be ‘best of breed’ and should handle HDMI signalling and scaling and overcome the challenges of HDCP and HDMI signalling over distances.   The equipment deployment needed to occupy a minimum of  real estate and be housed in a local credenza to ensure the boardroom retained its clean lines and remained clutter free.  Users needed to be presented with an effective and intuitive Graphical User Interface in a familiar form.

As the user base were familiar with Apple Tablets, the AMX TPContol application was selected to deliver AMX Touch Panel functionally on the familiar Apple iPad tablet.

AMX and the Enova DVX All-In-One Presentation Switcher was chosen as the core AV Platform as it addressed all of the client’s key technology requirements in a single compact enclosure.  The DVX delivered all of the components required to control/automate the boardroom  environment into a simple, flexible, comprehensive solution including control, video switching, transcoding and scaling, and local and remote distribution – all in a single, compact enclosure. In addition to these capabilities available on   either solution, the DVX offers room-level capabilities such as multi-format local inputs, audio mixing and amplification in the same enclosure.

The key features of the AMX Enova DVX are as follows:

All-In-One Boardroom In A Box Solution: Control, audio & video switching/distribution, scaling, converting, transcoding, amplification, plus built-in professional-grade DSP audio mixing and twisted pair distribution, all in a single   chassis.

SmartScale Technology: Automatically ensures signal output is scaled to every    display’s native resolution glitch free every time.

HDMI/HDCP Compliance: End-to-end distribution of HDMI signals with full HDCP, with the simplicity of analog, without interruption or key constraints using AMX’s InstaGate Pro technology.

Game Changing Device: Standardizing on this box reduces Total Cost of Ownership, including substantial savings in maintenance and energy utilization.

 

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13 Aug 2014

Arvato

Arvato offers managed services and integrated outsourcing services and solutions. Arvato’s more than 63,000 employees are engaged in designing and implementing integrated solutions for business processes.

Project Summary

Digicom were responsible for the design, build and on-going support of the Audio Visual Integrated solution at Arvato. Arvato are well recognised for delivering excellence in customer service and fundamental to their approach, is to retain their people, in order to exceed client expectations.

Arvato had a passion to deliver a ‘Best Place to Work’ environment and sought many unique and affordable idea’s that was intricate with the detail. Digicom fitted out twenty two AV enabled Meeting rooms, including Training Room, Boardroom, AV enabled Creative Areas, Restaurant, plus Small Meeting Rooms and several large meeting rooms with Video Conference Facilities.

This comprised of Cisco Video Conferencing and Interactive Touch Screens and dual large LED   displays. While at reception and other key strategic viewing areas Digital Signage was installed to share corporate information neatly and dynamically. In all these areas there was a striving to ensure that the AV installation fitted the buildings aspirational brief so slim bezel LED Screens where adopted throughout the building.

Arvato also created conference facilities where they can engage with clients or staff alike. Here as well as having a hospitality facility, the clients can view presentations comfortably. This is achieved by a Ceiling Recessed Motorized Screen and a Projector on a hoist, coming down from the ceiling, when required. If the room is filled to capacity, a further two Large Format LCD Panels come down on Butterfly Hoists, from the ceiling. The room also has an even distribution of ceiling recessed speakers, in order to allow the even amplification of voice enhancement, throughout the room.

“Digicom were able to provide a team that supported developing the conceptual aspirations of the Project Design Team, right through the sales stage and to the infrastructure design of the project.  They also provided project management to ensure that the project deliverables were achieved under pressurised projects timelines, while slotting in with the other contractors.  The results and successes of these attributes contributed to them being awarded the maintenance contract which we hope will lead to a fruitful relationship in the future.”

– Ruairi Adam, Arvato

 

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13 Aug 2014

Allegion

Allegion requested Digicom to design and deliver two integrated boardroom presentation solutions at their new HQ offices in Dublin.  The brief was to have the best possible presentation images delivered at the best possible resolution and quality with the need for minimum user intervention.  It was proposed that the new HQ location was to have no local Technical Support so the chosen solution should be self    contained with a minimal amount of   cabling and an intuitive mode of operation.

 

Project Summary

With the clients aspiration for a simple, self contained and robust presentation solution there was only one manufacturer who was able to address the Audio Processing, Video Scaling, Switching and Control requirements in a single integrated solution; AMX and the Enova DVX All-In-One Presentation Switchers were chosen as the AV Platform.

 

The Enova DVX All-In-One Presentation Switchers Switchers combine all of the   components you need to control/automate any environment into a simple, flexible,   comprehensive solution including control, video switching, transcoding and scaling, and local and remote distribution – all in a single, compact enclosure. In addition to these    capabilities available on either solution, the DVX offers room-level capabilities such as multi-format local inputs, audio mixing and amplification in the same enclosure.

 

The key features of the Enova DVX are as follows:

 

All-In-One Solution: Control, audio & video switching/distribution, scaling, converting, transcoding, amplification, plus built-in professional-grade DSP audio mixing and twisted pair distribution,   all in a  single small chassis.

SmartScale Technology: Automatically ensures signal output is scaled to every display’s native resolution.

HDMI/HDCP Compliance: End-to-end distribution of HDMI signals with full HDCP, with the simplicity of   analogue, without interruption or key constraints using InstaGate Pro technology.

 

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