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Audio video systems integration is a complex industry for staying on top of innovations and development. Next to IT, it’s an industry that is driven (and often challenged) by technological innovation. Whenever the hardware and software evolve it means the infrastructure of audio video systems must shift and adjust its standards. And when you are the freelancer or technician handling audio video systems integration, you must keep on top of these shifting trends or risk setting up an incompatible network.

Making sure you can prove your expertise as an AV freelancer these days is hard enough. In addition to regularly updating employers about your milestone work, you must showcase your talents by consistently turning out top-quality work. Having a keen sense of the current AV trends in addition to acquiring reputable certifications will have employers keeping you on their roster or recommending you to their partners.

Become the ‘go-to’ technician the industry is looking for by educating yourself on the key trends of 2017 for audio video systems integration.

Internet Protocol (IP) Audio and Video

IP Audio and video is a hot trend right now, but it’s actually not a new trend. Distributing audio and video via internet protocols has been around since the 1990s, developed for use in closed-circuit TV systems for surveillance. IP AV can efficiently transfer high-definition data amongst the various devices in a computer network that’s connected to the internet. This connectivity method has finally been gaining more traction in 2017, however, now that businesses are committed to digitally transforming their operations from the ground up!

Currently IP AV is working towards the centralization of AV control, optimizing transportation. IP AV will also soon be able to move management systems to the cloud, another essential digital trend that’s only growing in significance for distance work and productivity.

USB-C and Thunderbolt 3

USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 are changing connectivity standards as we speak. Apple has already announced, for instance, that its new MacBook Pro line will replace all their ports to four USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports. What’s so thrilling about the USB-C and Thunderbolt 3, is that it eliminates the need for needing endless dongles of different kinds for connecting disparate devices. That fact combined with the USB-C’s capability to transfer high-definition data at lightning fast rates (40 GBPS) makes this connector a force to be reckoned with in AV solutions.

There’s less muss and less fuss in the AV industry with the rise of this trend, that’s for sure. So, make sure you know all there is to know about USB-C and Thunderbolt 3’s requirements. No doubt employers will be considering this connector often as part of their AV design plans!

Architecture Designed with AV in Mind

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, this last trend relates to how businesses are transforming with digitization. Audio and video systems integration in the past was hampered by company architecture that was designed without the foresight to imagine how technology would be wired into the equation. But now, businesses realize how important it is to implement AV systems from the blueprint stage to have optimal efficacy.

In short? Be prepared to be a lot more involved in the process of architecture design, especially if the client is looking to overhaul their workspace. Employers will most likely want to do away with control panels, which is a separate but related trend to AV-driven architecture. Technology like Bluetooth beaconing and user authentication methods allows rooms to be designed without a control panel, streamlining presentations.

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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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