What is Audiovisual Technology?

When I was in university, I wrote a 26-paged paper on Harry Potter—both the books and the movies. Part of this project included presenting my paper in conference form to my professors, fellow classmates, and anyone else who was interested in our research. This presentation kept me up at night for months. How was I supposed to explain months of research in 20 minutes? Thankfully, the room we presented in was equipped with a huge interactive screen that took up almost the entire wall.

With this screen, I was able to bring in pictures, direct quotes from the books, movies, and secondary sources, and short movie clips to enhance my presentation. Because of these visual aids, by the end of my presentation, I was confident that my audience understood my thesis. This is what good audiovisual technology does: it simplifies and upgrades any experience.

 

Defining the term audiovisual

Audiovisual technology is hard to pinpoint because it encompasses so many different things. For example, this type of technology includes everything from videoconferencing to digital signage to control systems and more. In its simplest form, the term audiovisual technology refers to any piece of electronic equipment that has an audio and/or a visual component. Obviously, this definition is extremely broad, so it might be useful to look at specific examples and environments that use audiovisual equipment.

A wide range of different industries—such as corporate, retail, government, healthcare, education, hospitality, etc.—use various pieces of audiovisual equipment depending on their needs. Generally, corporate offices may use a combination of collaboration solutions equipment, presentation equipment, video walls, and more. On the other hand, educational settings might implement interactive displays, projectors, and document cameras, while live events could incorporate digital signage and production equipment. On top of that, different industries may use the same pieces of equipment for different purposes. For instance, a real estate company might use a large LED screen to display digital art in one of their buildings, whereas an oil and gas company might use the same screen in a control room to monitor their pipelines. This diversity in equipment uses is also part of what makes audiovisual technology so hard to define. Regardless of the type of equipment used, all audiovisual technology is meant to simplify and enhance everyday life.

For examples of specific audiovisual installations, please peruse our projects page.


How does audiovisual equipment benefit the user?

The answer to this question will depend on the situation and the type of equipment, but most audiovisual technology makes life easier and increases efficiency. When videoconferencing equipment is implemented in an office, employees won’t need to travel as much for work; they can have remote meetings instead. This equipment also makes it easier for employees to work from home when needed. Both of these options save time, making employees more productive. In addition, document cameras and interactive displays facilitate student collaboration—which will ultimately enhance their overall education—whether they are learning in class or remotely. (Check out our blog post on audiovisual equipment for remote education for more information on how to increase student participation with technology.) Similarly, projectors and other presentation equipment make it easier to accurately share important ideas. No matter your industry or environment, finding the right audiovisual technology is guaranteed to simplify your everyday work life in multiples ways.

 

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