There's no time like the present to embrace new communication tools. Technology aids us in ways we never quite relied on so heavily in the past. With businesses and schools closed in most parts of the country for more than a month now, video conferencing has taken center stage as America's conference room and class room.
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As multiple countries remain on strict orders to maintain social distancing and continue working from home with COVID-19 cases in some areas still growing, we are here to provide as many resources as we can to help you. What do you need to improve meetings from home? What is the best way to connect with co-workers and customers? How important is the technology, including cameras and microphones?
During this unprecedented time of the COVID-19 pandemic, with business closures and working from home spanning several countries, how to use video conferencing has become a priority for most of us. This tool will remain essential for businesses, small and large, to stay in touch with their employees, co-workers and customers. However, many of us are embarking on this work-from-home journey for the first time, so we wanted to put together some helpful information to guide you on how to use video conferencing.
Even if you aren't in a large office or conferencing space, this information should help you understand some of the key elements to consider if you want to create a video conferencing area in your home office.
It’s certainly a unique time for those of us in the professional audiovisual industry. For designers, integrators, re-sellers and technology managers, the niche industry that usually consumes us with the deeply technical side of things has now shifted into mainstream conversations.
Why? As most of us have noticed, the news media, local municipalities, counties, schools and businesses have been working feverishly to convey critical information to the public about the recent outbreak of COVID-19, known commonly as coronavirus. While many may disagree about the severity of the virus, two things are certain. The virus is spreading, and businesses are cancelling conferences, meetings and other events to prevent their employees' exposure.
According to The Lancet, “the national security strategy for COVID-19 within China has shifted to so-called wartime control measures,” with cities on lock down.
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As we wound down February, a month in which our team focused on audiovisual technologies for the healthcare industry, I had a chance to speak with Dennis Vallone with Bayada Home Health Care. Dennis and his team, with the guidance and design expertise of CRS's parent company, Haverford Systems, integrated some key technologies for Bayada's southern New Jersey offices
As a local Phila.-area audiovisual integrator, Haverford Systems is knowledgeable in every facet of conference room design and integration. Dennis told CRS Tech Talk about Bayada Home Health Care, its mission and some of the technologies being utilized today at its Pennsauken, N.J. site.
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It's nearing the end of February, a cold month with cloudy days and stories circulating about illnesses. This has been an especially tough winter, as threats of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the flu have spanned countries, making many of us question the safety and importance of making a business trip or even coming into the office.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare employment is expected to grow 14 percent from 2018 to 2028. Telehealth is up 53 percent, and is growing faster than any other place of care. In fact, according to Massachusetts General Hospital, 79 percent of patients say that a telemedicine follow up is more convenient than in-person visits.
As we delved into audiovisual technologies for higher education last month, we thought it would be fitting to interview a well-known thought leader in the higher education setting. On Thursday, Jan. 31, I had the pleasure of interviewing Joe Way. Way is the Director of Learning Environments at USC and a co-founder of the Higher Education Technology Managers Alliance. We talked about his career, connecting with others and trends in this dynamic industry.
At Conference Room Systems (CRS) and our Phila.-area integration company, Haverford Systems, our technology experts have been focused all month long on getting back to school. With the December holiday season behind us, and most college students beginning their spring semesters, we thought it was the perfect time to showcase a variety of audio visual solutions that are helping the higher education market.
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Welcome to 2020! We are in a new decade, and we're all going to see technological advancements and changes in the years ahead. Of those technologies, the audio visual industry will continue to make great strides for a variety of markets, including higher education.
During December's Higher Education Technology Managers Alliance (HETMA) virtual conference, Joe Way and BC Hatchett during the keynote talk spoke about the diversity of the higher education market. With conference rooms, classrooms and auditoriums peppering college campuses throughout the country, we can all agree there will undoubtedly be a lot of questions concerning audiovisual technologies for higher education. Student-centric higher education, including student retention and higher education affordability, are all affected by integrated technologies that enable student learning. Way and Hatchett emphasized that audiovisual is simply the medium that can impact lives in this realm in such positive ways.