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You know the drill. With a new business year comes new digital transformations and disruptions to anticipate. Even though we’re well into 2017, there are still some trends that audio and visual companies can incorporate into their business models. These trends are ones that stand a high chance of changing the relationship between audio and visual integration and architecture design.

We’ve rounded up the most important audio and visual trends that are continuously developing throughout 2017. These trends are ones that will influence how AV management and technicians approach and problem solve for integration projects. Be sure to take notes, as these trends are ones that appear to be here to stay and develop.

AV Content Dictating Architecture Design

It’s official: the days of retrofitting existing building designs for effective AV solutions are numbered. With Big Data only continuing to balloon as we move forward there will be many different companies in need of larger display options to enable optimized visualizations of Big Data analytics. Video walls will also need to be capable of streaming in 4KTV and Ultra High Definition (UHD) graphics, as it’s fast becoming the standard for professional visual content.

In addition to video walls, wireless control systems for audio and visual companies are getting rid of the need for control panels and wired podiums. Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality are becoming more prominent as ways to show design plans and innovative presentations. AV technicians will have to be brought onboard early in the blueprint phase of integration.  Especially if your company will be building from the ground up or reconstructing a presentation space.  

Another technological innovation effecting AV-driven architecture is USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity. USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 dongles enable super-fast transmissions of data (up to 10 gigabits per second in fact) and can chain multiple devices together. Basically, USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 means even fewer tangles of wires to worry about keeping straight.

Internet Protocol (IP) Distribution

This trend took a while to become a prominent one, as it’s only in the recent years of the digital age that companies have realized the benefits of holistic digital transformation. Audio and visual companies will get a lot more integration projects related to the proper installation of AV systems that are driven by IP networks or distribution. IP for audio and visual companies represents solutions that reduce the amount of equipment needed for the setup of infrastructures as well as streamlining AV designs for clients who want little to no fuss (read: all future clients).

IP distribution is also highly efficient compared to other methods of distribution like HD-BaseT, which could transmit uncompressed HD AV, power, home networks, ethernet, and USB. IP AV distribution makes distribution more centralized and can store and manage high quality data via the cloud.

Video of Things (VoT)

All the current developments in mobile technology have brought smartphone cameras and video-streaming capabilities up to the quality of the latest computer technology. Together with cutting edge applications that give users the ability to create and distribute video from practically any platform, we now have an effective network of video devices or “video of things,” as some call it.

VoT means a lot of things together with the move to incorporate more IP AV distribution. With networked devices that are connected to the internet, there comes new security risks, as many internet of things (IoT) or VoT’s are made up of multiple devices that aren’t hacker-proof. Technicians must become more vigilant about password changes and educating clients on how to protect their networks. VoT also means the demand for high-standard image displays will increase.

What all these 2017 trends showcase is how connected and efficient AV solutions are becoming for audio and visual companies. But with efficiency comes the need to ensure these systems are future-proofed to the best extent of technicians’ abilities.

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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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