Intelligent Meeting Spaces


Your employees’ work styles are changing to match the interactive and collaborative technology now available to them. Sure, they still make phone calls, but more and more of their interactions with coworkers and clients include using video, so that it feels like everyone is sitting in the same room. So how do you upgrade your meeting spaces to accommodate this shift in in the working environment? Provide your employees with the tools they need to be productive.

Technology such as wireless collaboration capabilities from any device allow participants to easily share their ideas. Products like Crestron AirMedia and Kramer VIA change meeting spaces into a BYOD environment by allowing participants to use their Android or iOS devices to share content to the room display.

Provide the meeting spaces your employees need.

You may find that having three executive boardrooms and no huddle rooms or open collaboration spaces is inhibiting your employees. If the average meeting size is two to six people, smaller huddle spaces offering video and collaboration will work best for their meetings. The Crestron Mercury is an all-in-one tabletop solution that combines conferencing and collaboration tools into one easy to use console, making it perfect for huddle rooms and small meeting spaces. Some of the features include a full open SIP conference phone, room scheduling, built-in microphone and speaker, and built-in AirMedia for wireless presenting.

Don’t be afraid to use existing equipment or enhance it.

For example, an existing whiteboard can be paired with an interactive short throw projector to provide a projection surface that allows for interactive content sharing and writable surface for meeting notes. Manufacturers such as Optoma and Epson provide interactive short throw projectors for this application. Or, take the next step and go with fully interactive displays that pair with a number of collaboration solutions.

Automate your work environment.

How can you automate your work space? How about opening up the shades to take advantage of that warm afternoon sunshine? Or, have the shades lower at that time of day to cut down on display glare? Have the lights and presentation system turn on when someone enters your executive boardroom and turn off after a certain amount of time of motionless activity. With Crestron Fusion, you can automate your HVAC, lights, shades, and AV equipment to work optimally for your work space, making your meeting spaces intelligent. Crestron Fusion networks your multimedia, environmental, and room-scheduling technology to help you monitor, manage, and control your systems. Optimize how you use your rooms and save time and money while making the most of your resources.

How We Can Help?

Whether your audiovisual need is part of a new construction project or an upgrade to an existing system, Hillman Audio Video can help. We proudly partner with companies like Crestron, Kramer, Optoma, and others, to provide the enterprise solutions our clients need. We take what we do seriously and have a team of passionate and dedicated employees that work to implement the best solution for your audiovisual technology needs.

Listen, we need to talk. It’s not that we are upset. We just can’t understand why an integrated component to any finished space is left to last.

You’ve seen it before. Your client’s project systematically coming to life as each trade is provided designs, time, notice and scheduling to accommodate the specific order of completion. Then comes the furniture, the interior design work and “Ta-Da.” (insert sparkle magic sound here). Hands are shaken, congratulations and back patting all around. And then ”UH OH, here come the AV guys.” Ceiling tiles out, drywall dust up, electrical outlets moved and the cleaners stand in shock as all of their hard work becomes slowly undone by this late edition of Audio Visual.

It’s not that we plan it this way. Honest! It’s a common oversight, one that rears it ugly head too often for our liking. We get caught in the middle of a General Contractor trying to handover a project, while the client has brought us in late to the races. This my friend is what we are here to talk about.

I’m here to talk to you, Architects, Interior Designers, Electrical Engineers, IT and yes even you General Contractors. See, you have an advantage at times. You are at the forefront of a project with a client and the opportunity is in front of you to ask ahead. Is there Audio Visual? Those four words can save you a headache of dismantling, relocating, messing AND save your schedule. Those four words, “Is there Audio Visual?” can save the client a list of grief but more specifically it can save them costly change orders, loose or exposed cabling, and can ensure outlets, cabinets, artwork, or furniture are all in the right place once the dust has settled.

Like you, we love a beautiful space, we love a functioning work room, a productive classroom, an interactive boardroom and we like them done right. This means collaboration between all parties to really reach a point of true perfection.

We aren’t asking you to determine the clients needs, create an AV design and off you go. That is exactly what we are here for. Use us, use our services. We love to play nice with others.

How does it work?

Keep us in your back pocket. Ask the question to your client, “Is there Audio Visual?” If it’s a yes, then get us involved, and we will do the dirty work.

When you take the opportunity to work with a company like ours, we begin with the client consultation or “fact finding,” as we like to call it. We will provide a complete set of drawings, this includes plan views and elevation drawings for the builders to include and be aware of any products coming in that they may not have otherwise known about. Once we’ve started, we manage ourselves. Our Project Managers will work closely with you to stay on schedule and keep communication with all necessary parties. We can provide all the information required to make sure that when the space is complete, and the handover occurs, your client will get to move into a beautiful, finished, fully functioning space.

So all we ask is that the next time you are designing, engineering, planning or running a project and you have the opportunity, ask “ Is there Audio Visual?” and then get us involved. The sooner the better.

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