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Want to know what new AV technology is taking the industry by storm? The prevailing trends for both AV design and the tech that enables that design to be a reality are impressive and signal serious advancements in the field. Read on for three of these AV technology advancements that have us particularly excited.

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1. AV over IP

AV over IP was noted in 2017 as a must-watch trend for industry professionals, and it still has us excited in 2018. Many companies have embraced internet-driven distribution of high-quality audio and video over older standards like HD-BaseT.

Until now, distribution solutions like HD-BaseT operated by transmitting ultra-HD information over a single long-distance cable that accommodated AV, Ethernet, controls, and USB. But AV over IP has gained more traction because it offers a distribution solution that offers all the features of HD-BaseT without the extra hardware.

AV over IP harnesses the efficiency and power of cloud technology to connect many devices to a centralized source. Storage of 4K definition data without the need for extra frills in AV integration is extremely attractive, both for AV companies and end users. This advancement points towards the need for more AV-driven architecture and the disappearance of clunky control panels as well.


2. Huddle Room Innovation

Huddle rooms have always been an interesting challenge for AV design and solutions because of their very nature. Huddle rooms are small conference or meeting spaces that can only accommodate around six people or less.

A lot of the time, video displays and other types of AV technology are hard to set up in these small spaces efficiently, but industry executives agree that AV integration for huddle rooms is worth your time.

That’s why the second largest trend, after AV over IP,is huddle room solutions like the Huddle Hub One. The Huddle Hub One is Huddle Room Technology’s (HRT) solution that allows up to six individuals to connect the device of their choice (no matter if it’s a smartphone, tablet or laptop).

Products like the Huddle Hub One show how meeting rooms, small or big, can be easily transformed into effective AV spaces. This advancement ties into the significance of AV over IP’s sudden prevalence and highlights how the “bring your own device” trend is happily married to solutions that bring more flexibility to digitally transformed workspaces.


3. Unified Communication and Conferencing (UCC)

What’s remarkable about this last advancement is that it further underscores the interconnectivity of prevailing industry trends. AV hardware and software are converging and becoming more of an ecosystem than ever before, hence UCC being another pivotal point of discussion in the AV industry in 2018.

Practically all devices now have the ability to become part of a network, which has spawned what some call the “Video of Things” (VoT).

UCC means that not only can any space within an organization be transformed into a collaborative workspace, but collaborative work itself has become mobile. Your conferences and project designs can be tackled from anywhere, at anytime, using any device.

Moving forward, AV freelancers who have a knack for any of the technology involved in these trends will be able to get steady work. The future clearly needs integrators of all varieties.


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Paul Weatherhead

Paul Weatherhead

Prior to founding AV Junction Inc., Paul worked for a tier one AV systems integrator in an operational management capacity for 10 years. His knowledge and experience have helped him oversee hundreds of system integration projects in a variety of industries. Paul’s leadership skills as matched by his sense of humour and easygoing nature. When he’s not at work, you can find him outdoors, exploring new places or spending time with family and friends.

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