How is audio-visual technology helping businesses?

The business world is constantly changing and in recent years we’ve seen a shift in the ways in which businesses are run. The workplace is no longer a single physical space where all employees are present since a large percentage of businesses have employees and clients scattered across the world.

This causes issues with communication. With employees scattered across the globe, how are businesses able to ensure that they maintain a good level of communication with clients and employees, and keep them fully involved with the performance of the business? The solution is audio-visual technology. AV technology facilitates communication in numerous ways which increases productivity in the workplace and enables international corporations to maintain close relationships with overseas departments, ensuring that each department works cooperatively and efficiently. The following types of AV are particularly useful if you are looking to improve communication within your business…

Video Conferencing

The fast paced nature of business means that decisions need to be made quickly and communication needs to be fast. Video conferencing facilities allow for businesses to instantly connect with others as and when needed, and even when they are on the go. The benefits of video conferencing include more efficient meetings with the exchange of non-verbal communications and a stronger sense of community among business contacts, both within and between companies, as well as with customers. The face-to-face connection allows participants to develop a stronger sense of familiarity with clients/colleagues they may never actually meet in person, which helps to improve working relationships.

Other benefits of video conferencing include lower travel costs, especially for employee training, and a reduction in the amount of time spent on projects as a result of improved communications among team members.

Interactive Technology

SMART whiteboards are a great way to engage with others in brainstorming sessions and they help to reinforce the learning process since they offer a clear and captivating means of presenting information to others. People respond well to visual aids as well as being able to collaborate on ideas, meaning interactive technology is the perfect solution for certain meeting spaces.

Digital Signage

Digital signage is an effective way to display and promote content around your organisation and is swiftly becoming one of the largest areas for growth within the B2B audio visual sector. Content can even be disseminated from a central location and sent to screens in other offices owned by your business.

Digital screens can be used to share values, information, examples of work, staff information, and important industry news. Signage is also extremely useful for visitors to your organisation since screens positioned around waiting areas can be used to showcase important information about your company, such as recent projects and successes.

The Benefits of AV Technology in Education

In the past decade, audio visual technology has made huge progress in the education sector by creating an exciting and interactive environment which is more conducive to learning. Studies have proven that students react well to audio visual aids since they are found to be more attentive and retain information better, increasing productivity in the classroom or lecture hall. 

So what are some of the benefits?

  • AV engages students who may otherwise be disengaged or bored and makes learning more enjoyable. 

  • Promotes collaboration and communication between students — education is increasingly being seen as a collaborative exercise between educator and learner, rather than a one-way broadcast of information. Teachers and lecturers must work with their students, and students must be able to flexibly explore and learn in order to get the most out of their lessons. For smaller learning environments, such as huddle spaces, there is a growing trend for turning larger display screens into interactive surfaces. Touch-screen overlays for high quality professional displays are creeping into classrooms and enabling more flexible, collaborative learning through interactivity. Numerous providers have introduced interactive displays that come with an embedded Android operating system which enables teachers to download a variety of apps and means that learners can easily share content from their own devices on these larger screens — once again improving collaboration amongst students and teachers!

  • Helps students visualise rather than guess — with an AV solution in place, students who learn from seeing and interacting can thrive just as much as those who love to listen. 4K laser projectors which produce extremely high quality images are becoming increasingly popular and serve to enhance presentations and captivate the attention of the class. 

  • Promotes a wider selection of teaching tools — when a teacher is stood there with a marker pen and a whiteboard, they are on their own in terms of tools. Tools such as WePresent allows up to 64 users to all share and present content on a screen at any one time, making it easy for students to contribute without having to crowd around a whiteboard. 

  • Encourages students with various learning disabilities — students with hearing impairments are able to hear more clearly with audio enhancement systems. Audio systems can be integrated with an interactive whiteboard to boost a teacher’s voice via a microphone worn around the educator’s neck, allowing their voice to be distributed evenly around the class through wall mounted speakers. This technology helps students with hearing impairments to understand what the teacher is saying and gives them the opportunity to learn more effectively. Furthermore, for students with dyslexia who may struggle to process information when reading a textbook, interactive whiteboards enable teachers to create lesson content with colourful text, video clips and images, making the lesson content easier to digest. Pupils with ADHD can also benefit from what interactive whiteboards and touch screens have to offer since this technology encourages them to get involved and helps them to remain focused throughout the lesson.