Good A/V System Design Follows These 2 Key Principles

Intuitive audiovisual (A/V) systems are a top priority for educational, business, and leisure companies to communicate with their audiences in an engaging manner. The success of an effective A/V system begins in the design process, where suitable devices and platforms are selected and configurations strategically planned for the most successful outcome. While there are several key principles in A/V system design, functionality and technology trends are two important considerations.Professional mixing soundboard to demonstrate a/v system design

Functionality 

Effective audiovisual systems are crucial for conveying educational and corporate material in an interactive manner to keep audiences engaged. For this reason, the client’s ability to take advantage of the system’s tools must be addressed. If clients are unable to efficiently use the A/V system, it will result in the inability to convey the material to their audiences. 

With this in mind, designers must be sure to incorporate the client’s goals for the system. The following factors should be included in this planning.

  • Easily learned:


    Users will not want to spend a lot of time learning and trying to figure out complex configurations and instructions.  If the system is too difficult to grasp, users will be easily frustrated. Training personnel responsible for operating the A/V system and matching the equipment to their skill level can help flatten the learning curve.

  • Efficient control system:


    The control system’s interface should be designed in a way that it is easy to use for even the most non-technical operators. Pre-packaged software used in the system should be configured and pre-programmed to the client’s operational needs. 

  • Meets the client’s goals:


    A technologically advanced A/V system will be of little use if it fails to meet the client’s functionality goals. For example, the system should be able to support presentations of all types and sizes without connectivity and equipment issues. 

  • Remote access:


    Thanks to advances in cloud-computing, employees can work from any location. The ability to remotely participate in the company’s audiovisual presentations is also important. 

Technology Trends

Innovative upgrades in A/V technology are occurring at tremendous rates. As a result, keeping up with the latest trends that clients can harness for their presentations is an important factor. The following are some significant trends to consider when designing the client’s A/V system. 

  • Interactive digital technology:


    Today’s audiences are easily bored with simple graphics. The A/V system should be designed with advanced graphics capabilities for more interactive presentations. 

  • Advanced displays:


    Since today’s 4K displays are more affordable, they are a must-have for clients who plan on using graphics-heavy presentations. 

  • Virtual and augmented reality:


    While not an essential requirement, virtual and augmented reality can leave lasting impressions on participants. Virtual reality will require additional equipment such as VR headsets. The more passive augmented reality requires audience members to use their mobile devices to view overlays created by location or marker-based apps. 

  • Hands-free tech:


    Multiple switches and buttons are obsolete as touchless systems have increased in popularity. These hands-free systems also slow down the spread of germs, an important feature during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cordless and contactless systems controlled by personal mobile devices are now also possible. In addition to BYOD (bring your own device) technology, automatic input switching and occupancy sensors are also popular touchless A/V trends. 

Conclusion

Designing a reliable and efficient A/V system requires close collaboration and planning between the end user and the design experts. While there are several factors involved in the design of an A/V project, user functionality and technological trends are crucial in the overall design process. 

At Moffitt Technology, we offer full-scale A/V solutions for any environment. Contact us today for more information on our design and installation services for your organization. 

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