Is Working from Home the Future?

Because of the coronavirus many people who were used to getting up, getting dressed and going into the office. Now we are creating a new normal by getting up and going to our makeshift offices in our living rooms with children running around screaming and interrupting our conference calls. It’s not just one state or even one country. It’s happening all around the world right now.

Companies and organizations have begun setting up a system for remote (work-from-home) opportunities and arrangements for their new normal, perhaps more companies will follow, and we will have a new normal all around. By setting up a work-from-home system companies are saving money for their businesses. 

Not all companies can set up a remote system and that is because their company has to have interactions or experiences as that is part of their service. Unfortunately, these companies will have to get creative in providing their services to their customers.

Technology is essential to be an enabler of this new reality and it is going to have reach certain requirements to keep up with the companies that are going full work-from-home. There are some companies like Lifesize who are making it easier for companies to set up their remote opportunities. 

With Lifesize they believe that with the new way of working one thing shouldn’t get compromised and that is security and privacy. Companies will still have to prioritize protecting customer data and communications. Lifesize has stated, “At Lifesize, we will rise to the challenge, adjust our business and product roadmap accordingly, and look forward to supporting our customers through this brave new era of work.”

You can read Lifesize’s full blog post, Beyond the Tipping Point: The Future is Not Just Work From Home, It’s ‘Work From Everywhere’, by following this link.

 

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Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio, video and security camera installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team (License #804783). One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.

 


Microsoft Teams Virtual Backgrounds

Are you getting tired of the same old backgrounds for your Microsoft Teams? Do you want to spice up or make your work video calls fun? Well something awesome is happening with Microsoft Teams. They have released an update for the desktop application that will allow you to do a virtual background.

Microsoft Teams has preloaded images that you can change your background to, but you can also use your own images you just have to import them. Crestron has created a how-to on changing your background image on Microsoft Teams.

Check out Crestron’s Blog, “Microsoft Teams Virtual Backgrounds – how to enable and load your own images,” to learn how to change your background.

 

 About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio, video and security camera installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team (License #804783). One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.

 


Conference Room Table Flip Tops

A table Flip top is a tabletop cable management system. It makes it easier for presenters to come in to the conference room and set up, they can easily connect. Flip tops come in different brands and have different functionality. Depending on what you are needing a flip top to do or where you want your flip top placed depends on what flip top you should get.

 

1. Crestron FT2 FlipTops

The FT2 FlipTops offer a whole other layer of smart functionality that everyone is sure to love, especially if you’re a facility manager. As a facility manager I am sure you or your staff have wasted a number of man hours every night checking every meeting room and resetting them and doing maintenance checks of the cables and connectors.

The FT2 has programmable buttons not only to switch between any connected source with one touch, but you will also have the ability to automate the cable retraction. You could have the FT2 programmed to have all the cables retracted at a certain time to help reduce man hours and reduce the number of broken cables.

 

2. Extron Hideaway

The Extron Hideaway is a compact, tilt-up, table mountable enclosure for inconspicuous access to you connectivity. The HSA 300 features pass-through connectors for HDMI, VGA, Stereo Audio, Network signals, one unswitched AC outlet, and two USB power outlets.

Unfortunately the Extron Hideaway FlipTops doesn’t have the smart functions like Crestron, it won’t automatically retract your cables and you won’t be able to switch between your connected sources.

 

About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio, video and security camera installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team (License #804783). One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.


Open your Office after COVID-19

There are going to be a lot of new rules that we are going to have to follow in order to open our office doors and try to find a new normal after COVID-19 pandemic. A lot of states and countries are opening up and letting their people go back to work in and a normal life in stages. Some businesses were able to stay open, but have their employees work from home, and now they are trying to transition going back to the office everyday. 

 

We are already use to the new social norms, behaviors and habits that we have had to deal with in grocery stores and everyday life. Thankfully because of the lock down and the concern for the spread of COVID-19 a lot of interactions have become “touchless”. You can buy groceries, order food, buy a car, etc. all from your smart phone.

 

When opening up your business you might have to change the way you conduct your meetings and change some of your technology in your meeting rooms or conference rooms. We don’t want to stop the collaboration of your employees, but it will need to evolve to meet the guidelines for opening your office. With Crestron AirMedia you could be covered as it is a wireless presentation platform, meaning it will enable your employees to bring their own personal devices into the meeting room and share content.

 

Crestron has a great blog post, Getting Back to Work Post COVID19 – Touchless Collaborative Meetings, that tells you all about their AirMedia and how it could be useful to your office. 

 

Let Commercial Audio Video Installation Orange County help you get your conference or meeting room set up for you to get your business back to normal. 

 

 

 

 

 About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio, video and security camera installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.

 


Conference Rooms

There are a lot of different conference room setups, whether you have a small meeting space, a medium conference room or a large boardroom there is a setup for you. Contact Commercial Audio Video Installation Orange County and we can help you determine what equipment you will need for your room.

Are you currently using Zoom rooms or Microsoft Teams? Whichever one you are using Crestron has a set up for you that connects to a Logitech camera, depending on the size of your room.

All of the kits come with either a touchscreen kit, UC-C160-T or a UC-C160-Z, depending on if you want a Zoom Room or Microsoft Teams, and either a Logitech MeetUp, Logitech Rally or a Logitech Rally Plus camera (all depending on the size of your room).

Check out Crestron’s website for more information.

 

 

 About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio, video and security camera installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.

 


Commercial Lighting Control

Do you know how to tell if your business needs lighting control? Is your electric bill high? By contacting Commercial Audio Video Installation Orange County we can set up a new Crestron commercial lighting control system in your commercial building or business.

 

By having a Crestron lighting control system setup, you can save time and money. You can turn your building into an energy efficient and comfortable work environment by using Crestron fully integrated with your HVAC system and motorized shades. 

 

You can have keypads and touchscreens to control the lighting. Controlled lighting doesn’t just have to be in the main building, we can install it throughout your building.

 

Check out Crestron’s Lighting control made easy and contact us today to setup a meeting.

 

 

 About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio, video and security camera installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.

 


Microsoft Team Room

Does your office already implement Microsoft Team Rooms? Are you having issues with fetching the calendar? Have you asked your IT department and they can’t figure it out? Well now is the time to call Commercial Audio Video Installation Orange County  to help. 

 

The most common cause of the calendar fetch issue is it being setup for the first time or a recent update to your system. Thankfully Crestron has a blog that tells you how to fix it called, Microsoft Team Rooms – Cannot Fetch Calendar. If after reading the blog your IT department can’t figure it out give us a call and we will come and fix it.

 

In the blog Crestron states, CHECK YOUR SETUP

Make sure that you have looked at the setup of your account and you have followed the suggested setup per the Microsoft Documentation found here. There is even a PowerShell script to enable making the account correctly even easier and it can be found here. You can also find a full article on making the account by Jeff Shertz found here.

 

 

 

 About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio, video and security camera installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.

 


Video Door Station for your Business

Us at Commercial Audio Video Installation Orange County know that having a door station installed at your business or office building will help protect your business and your employee. A video door station uses the combination or remote entry, video surveillance and communication in one. Amazingly there are multiple companies that do their own door stations.

 

Axis Communications is a company that offers video surveillance, access control, and audio solutions.

 

Axis Communications blog, Why invest in a network door station?, says Network door stations make access control and security more straightforward. By increasing the control and efficiency of your visitor management, premises security and staff safety can be improved, while also saving costs – without compromising on image quality.”

 

If you have a Control4 System setup in your office you can also connect their door stations to your entry.

 

On their website they say, “the Door Station provides an exceptional Video and Audio Intercom experience in combination with Video Intercom touch screens to provide customers the ability to monitor and communicate with their front doors, gates or entryways.” You can find out more about the Control4 door stations by going here.

 

 The last door station I am going to tell you about is the Hikvision door station. They have many different types of door stations. 

 

One kind of door station they have is the DS-KV8103-IME2 which is a compact door station and features a 2MP 155° fish-eye low illumination color camera and supports surface or flush mounting.

 

Check out their website here to see them all.

 

 

 About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio, video and security camera installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.

 


Is It Time to Update Your Conference Room?

When was the last time your conference room had an update? What did you update it with? Is your conference room actually up to date with the times? Commercial Audio Video Installation Orange County can help you choose the correct conference room audio/video equipment. 

 

Have you heard of Microsoft Teams Rooms? With Microsoft Teams Rooms will transform your meetings.

 

Our friends at Crestron have made a post, What is in your Conference Room? Why isn’t it a Microsoft Teams Room yet?

 

There have been studies commissioned on how prevalent technology in conference rooms are and studies many times often prove what is known by many conference room users. The technology that is inside of the room rarely satisfies the entire need for the meeting being held and often presents challenges that inhibits the intended use of that space.” 

 

Upgrading your meeting rooms to include Microsoft Teams Room can help your employees collaborate effectively. Check out Crestron’s blog for more information about Microsoft Teams Room and then give us a call to get your upgrade started.

 

 

 

 About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio, video and security camera installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.

 


Offer Your Customers the Most Luxurious Audio and Visual Options for Their Ride

With customers who have multiple options for their rides, set yours apart by providing your riders with the most luxurious experience possible. Such offerings become especially important for long-haul transport vehicles that take riders on hours-long trips. Everything from better audio and video to automation is possible inside your ride vehicle. Make your ride a service that customers will prefer with these luxury AV upgrades.

Luxury Audio and Video

Imagine integrating a TV system into your coach, RV, or limo. Some brands we incorporate into our audio and video systems include Samsung, Apple, and Marantz. Riders get a visual and auditory experience matched only by movie theaters. Paired with comfortable seating and iPort integration ensure that riders will keep coming back for the luxury of riding in your vehicles.

Automation Controls 

We also offer automation controls from Control4 and Crestron. These controls can regulate the video and audio in addition to climate controls and lighting. Riders give over their control to you when they choose your coach or limo, but they should not bypass their control over their comfort. Automation controls provide them with the ability to make their environment as close to their ideal level of comfort as possible.

Make These Upgrades a Reality for Your Vehicles

Whether you operate a single coach or a fleet of limos, contact us at Experience Audio Video Inc. in Orange, CA, by calling (714) 744-4455. We’re here to make your dream of offering your customers the most luxurious ride a reality.