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Why are audiovisual systems important?
Audiovisual systems are intertwined with the soul of the human experience. Without sound and sight, there can be little clarity of idea and no demonstrable examples of ideas or theories. Adding the two to an existing can sometimes be tricky, however. But it’s always rewarding.
Videoconferencing for your conference rooms or boardrooms, fully stocked training rooms with projectors, screens, and training software, emergency operations centers, and a speaker system throughout your restaurant or lobby are just a few of the ways you can leverage AV systems to your needs. They can help you create an immersive, thoughtful, crystal clear experience for visitors and employees alike.
What markets use audiovisual systems the most?
Sound and video are crucially important to every vertical in some way. Corporations frequently use AV technology in meeting settings like conference rooms, huddle rooms, training rooms, and executive board rooms. Performing arts centers and theaters use them to enhance the performance onstage, and many productions would be impossible without the magic of audiovisual technology.
In short, almost every company will use AV to teach, present, and interface with clients, employees, students, and other invested parties. However, entertainment- or education- oriented markets probably use AV technology the most. Enthralling viewers easily takes the cake, and the rise of video is creating even more opportunities. Education is also a common discovery and testing ground for new technology and its applications. But remember, that tech can be used anywhere with the right creativity!
What kind of technology can you offer theaters or performing arts centers?
Performing arts settings receive some of the most fascinating AV technology upgrades every year. We can provide the cutting-edge programs and systems you need to streamline tech-heavy productions or your everyday activities. One of the most recent popular innovations is Dante, a multi-channel digital media system that can help you route audio channels to their appropriate outputs.
Another amazing technology for theaters is projection mapping, which can create a 3-D set using software and imagery to streamline production or add ambiance to a show by providing weather features or other timed visuals.
These are just a few of the ways your theater can wow guests and improve your staff’s production development. Read more about our live sound systems.
What are some of the most sought-after AV technologies for businesses today?
Corporations are primarily interested in AV’s ability to make meetings quicker, easier, and more enjoyable for the attendants. We’ve all been through an agonizing meeting. High-res videoconferencing, perfect audio pickup, and sleek design can turn those meetings into enjoyable collaborative moments instead of hours-long information slogs.
Businesses are exploring many other avenues of increasing engagement among employees and customers, too. Digital signage, particularly interactive displays, can be found in malls, restaurants, and more. The move to interactivity pays dividends by offering advertisement space and giving people an opportunity to physically engage on your property, creating a relationship between you and the viewer.
How can you make videoconferencing easier?
We can give you the unparalleled sound clarity, control, video integration, and elegant design necessary for a functioning videoconferencing system. Check out our Suncoast Credit Union project for a look into how we can turn your boardroom into a collaborative space.
Why do I need video surveillance?
Video surveillance is one of the greatest crime deterrents imaginable. You project to visitors an interest in their safety, and to would-be criminals, that you take crime seriously. By investing in the systems you need to record, process, and analyze video footage, you strongly improve your security and can mitigate crime.
Integrating your surveillance with video analytics or access control can provide you even greater influence over your property by controlling the flow of visitors, ensuring better criminal identification, and giving you unparalleled control.
What are the benefits of wireless locks?
Wireless locks by companies like Allegion create a network between doors and a management system that can let you send commands to specific doors at the touch of a button. Combined with security cameras, you can use wireless locks to quickly process requests for access by pulling up the camera watching a specific door immediately.
What are the differences between popular security cameras?
There are a variety of security camera types that fulfill several different functions:
- Fixed dome cameras offer a lens focusing on a specific area;
- PTZ, or pan, tilt, zoom cameras, offer a safer enclosure and increased ability to move, magnify, and analyze surveillance footage;
- Panoramic cameras provide a warped or dewarped 360° view with optical zoom; and
- Multi-Sensor 360° cameras actually provide multiple cameras to give true 360° view.
What are the components of an access control system?
Access control systems are highly customizable depending on your needs, but each system has, at minimum, a method of identification and an authentication system. You could opt for mobile access, card or fob access, biometric access, or another method of confirming identity depending on your security needs and the best option for your facility.
What kind of analytics are available in security cameras or a video management system?
The most popular analytics for video surveillance systems include license plate recognition, color and shape associators, people counting, item recognition, and much more. Depending on your analytics needs, you may opt for one, none, or all of the analytics options available to you. Take a look at the video analytics options we offer and decide what’s right for you.
Fire & Life Safety
What are the regulatory requirements for smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and sprinklers in Florida?
Regulatory requirements differ across the state depending on the county and city you’re in. Some areas are more highly regulated than others, and your project may require additional permitting depending on your facility’s needs. Generally, urban areas are subject to greater building restrictions than rural ones, but this isn’t always the case.
A fairly new requirement for Florida fire safety is installing smoke detectors connected directly to the building’s electrical system or replacing existing ones with 10-year smoke alarms that feature a nonremovable, nonreplaceable battery.
This is just one of the wrinkles of setting up a comprehensive, integrated fire system in your building. A sales representative can discuss the specifics of your area and project a little more. Contact us today.
How can BCI Integrated Solutions help me meet regulatory requirements for fire detection and safety equipment?
We specialize in testing, inspecting, and maintaining fire detection and safety equipment. We can set up wireless reporting to streamline the process by which data is collected and submitted for analysis by a regulator or for your own files.
What are some other common life safety systems?
Emergency help points are a great example of a popular life safety system, particularly on college and corporate campuses. Other forms of life safety systems include mass notification networks that can include text messages, intercom systems, and much more.
What are popular fire alarm control panel brands?
We partner with NOTIFIER® by Honeywell to bring you their popular ONYX Series and FireWarden Series fire alarm control panels (FACPs). Some other common brands include Edwards, Simplex, Siemens, and more. Honeywell also offers Fire-Lite, Silent Knight, and several other brands. Check out our vendors page for more information on all the FACPs we offer in Florida. We also provide fire alarm monitoring, inspection, servicing, and management for all other brands!
What products do you use for your nurse call systems and other health care communications?
What are some other useful technologies for nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospitals, etc.?
Hospitals benefit from much more than nurse call. Audiovisual systems like digital signage can help direct staff, visitors, and patients to their destination, or even provide them with a map of the entire hospital. Clinical workflow system software can streamline your paperwork and give you more time to focus on the patient. Infant protection and wander management systems can also alert a hospital, neonatal care team, or assisted living facility to an infant or resident who is in danger or missing.
What kind of hospital integration systems can you offer?
Many systems can be integrated in interesting or exciting ways with the proper creativity. Your hospital’s security cameras could identify patients or visitors in restricted areas and automatically page nurses or a security team to review footage and act. Two-way intercom systems can allow patients or residents to page a nurse, who can respond immediately. Opportunities for technology in healthcare are limited only by the imagination.
I want my team to stay engaged instead of sitting at a desk. Is there a mobile resident call system?
Yes! Interest in on-the-go nurse and especially resident call systems are rising, and to accommodate the demand TekTone released the Tek-CARE 500, a wireless resident call system that provides the accessories and functionality you need to manage resident needs quickly and efficiently.
What does data and network cabling cover?
Data and network cabling relates to the nature by which data is transmitted. You can probably guess this means lots and lots of cables, among other things. Network cabling refers to how you send data both within and outside your system. Copper and optical fiber are the primary methods of data transmission, but sending data frequently involves wireless sources too.
What's the difference between optical fiber and copper wire?
Copper is the traditional method of transmitting electrical charges to control electronics. Copper has strong conductivity and is abundant, making it an ideal candidate for structured cabling. Copper powers Category cables and other network connectors.
Optical fiber transmits controls to electronics using light transmission. Although the transmissions don’t move at the exact speed of light, network speeds are generally significantly faster than they are for copper cabling.
Where can I find out more about network cabling and data systems?
Check out our guide on structured cabling for information about current systems, emerging technologies, and a history of the craft.
What kind of services does an integrator provide?
Integrators can offer packages for a variety of services you need, but mostly get requests to perform testing and inspection to meet regulatory requirements. This generally includes testing fire suppression systems like sprinklers, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and other fire prevention equipment, all of which are highly regulated by the National Fire Protection Association and other authorities.
In addition to test and inspect, we offer post-installation maintenance on most of our vendors’ products to ensure they remain clean, properly functioning, and updated for the newest software.
Do you offer 24/7 structured cabling service? Why is anytime data network service important?
Yes, we offer 24/7 structured cabling service so that your emergency system outage doesn’t affect you even in the short term. We’ve invested in optical fiber splicer kits and testing tools to give us an unparalleled ability to perform maintenance right when you need it.
Why is service valuable to me? My systems have worked fine for a long time.
Some systems, particularly access control and surveillance systems, benefit from partnerships with your integrator. We can offer continuous support and new integration opportunities including improved mobile access to security features, guaranteed uptime, server and other firmware updates, plus a long-term relationship with your system that will pay dividends when it comes time to renovate or upgrade.
Service can also be valuable to you by streamlining your requests. BCI Integrated Solutions covers the full realm of options when it comes to maintenance agreements, inspections, and monitoring, meaning your hardware will remain in perfect condition for years to come. We’ll also understand your system, making upgrades or other changes easier.
Do you offer wireless alarm monitoring?
We offer wireless alarm monitoring (meaning no phone lines to cut) so you’re updated about everything from fire suppression activation to access control requests.
What markets or verticals benefit the most from a service agreement?
Generally, the more secure your facility needs to be, the more frequently you want analysts on-site to evaluate your system. Health care and government organizations generally seek stronger service relationships. Server-based systems also require more service, and most businesses adjust to that demand accordingly.
Do you meet Joint Commission requirements?
We offer an electronic reporting tool to input and generate the regulatory data you need to send for hospital or other health care accreditation. BCI Integrated Solutions recognizes how crucial receiving accreditation is and provides a streamlined reporting solution to our health care partners.