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Knowing the latest AV industry tech is a no-brainer when it comes to keeping up to date with industry trends, right? After all, AV solutions are evolving at a rapid rate and architecture for businesses and organizations is being built with integration of those solutions in mind.

Whether you’re a consultant selecting and designing solutions for a project or the technician who’s going to install the technology, you’d be amiss to not be familiar with the products you’ll have to rely on.

When you review the latest technology available, it’s important to keep in mind that technology and latest trends for AV design plans are closely related. In that vein, we’ve decided to round up the latest technology in the AV industry in the context of what demand that technology meets. Read on for key developments in AV tech and their trends.

Crestron

Crestron tech products are all about state-of-the-art automation and control solutions for buildings and homes. The company manufactures technology that facilitates the integration of AV, lighting, IT, security, and more. As a proficient consultant or technician, you will find that moving forward there will be more of a demand for Crestron products. This technology is connected to the AV trends of increasing internet protocol (IP) distribution of AV and finding integration alternatives to control panels.

In the past, architecture wasn’t built with AV in mind first because there wasn’t a whole lot of tech that needed to be integrated seamlessly. But over the years as we’ve become a digitally-driven society, the relationship has shifted to architecture for businesses and organizations needing to built with easy integration of tech in mind. Crestron products allow for multi-room AV systems, high-quality controls via digital displays, and video walls (another big AV trend in 2017).

Extron

Extron manufactures a host of products that again are big on integration. Some examples of what they make are: computer-video interfaces, switchers, configurable control systems, touchpanels, and a range of products to handle versatile, multi-format switching, management and distribution. 

Since Crestron and Extron both offer products to handle the same sorts of AV design challenges, you might find that your projects favour one over the other (or both). Both companies make cutting-edge tech that can best serve large corporations, educational institutions, and even government organizations. Of course, as certain kinds of tech trends become more widespread, you’ll find that clients of all sizes will expect these sorts of high-quality AV solutions.

LED

Crestron and Extron are all about providing high-quality infrastructure for AV design plans. LED (or light emitting diodes) is lighting technology that is integral to making that infrastructure work its wonders for things like projection/displays, video walls, and touch screens to name a few.

An exciting tech development currently on the rise is Small Pixel Pitch LED. Pixel pitch refers to the distance from the centre of an LED cluster to the next centre of an LED cluster. What does a small pixel pitch mean? Well, it means increased pixels to compose an image, the greater the resolution, and the closer the audience can get to the screen while still experiencing incredible quality. There are numerous companies offering small pixel pitch LED, Leyard is one, But don’t be surprised by the many more to come due to this growing trend in technology.

LED lights and associated projection technology are a standard in the current AV industry. LED lighting and projectors using it are preceded by DLP and LCD projectors. There are some differences between all the different types of projectors, but the main benefits to remember about LED ones are that they last up to 20,000 hours and run cool. These aspects of LED lights make them very cost-effective and ideal for ultra-portable projectors.

LEDs don’t burn as brightly as other lights on their own, but combination laser and LED projectors do. Combination projectors can be pricier, but the costs are offset by LED lights’ longevity.

Knowing of these 3 current technologies is important for comprehension of AV solution designs and what it takes to work with them. Being able to distinguish exactly what latest technology can help you accomplish in AV design is essential to being a successful consultant or technician. Being aware of the trends that are tied to these technologies also helps you keep ahead of the curve and able to adapt quickly when there are changes in the AV industry. And there will be many more changes to come in the next few years.

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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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