Picking the Ideal Projector

If you are looking to invest in a presentation system, there are typically two routes you can go. Those routes being either digital displays (TV, monitors, etc.) or using digital projection. Projectors make viewing content much easier for all sized audiences and are used in a variety of settings such as boardrooms, lecture halls, various sized classrooms, etc. If your business or organization is in the market for a projector, there are a many different things to consider when finding the perfect projector for you. Take a look at the following options and see which one fits best for your current situation.

 

TYPES OF PROJECTORS:
In term of uses and features, projectors usually fall into one of the following categories.

Every School Needs a Systems Integrator

If you are reading this, chances are you went to school at a time when you were lucky to have an overhead projector in your classroom and really had it made when your teacher rolled in the TV cart to watch a movie. You’ve most likely been out of school for some time and might not realize just how large of a contributor education technology has become in the classroom today as opposed to ten years ago, let alone twenty or thirty. What was either considered a luxury back then or just extremely expensive is now a thing of the past. Schools are now depending on these technologies more than ever and actually use it as a selling point to make their school a more appealing option. If you’d walk into any given classroom in 2016, you might not see as many textbooks as you’d imagine. Instead, you’d see students with Chromebooks or iPads in their hands working on educational software or other educational apps. A school’s technology is sure a lot to keep track of and stay on top of that personnel at the school most likely aren’t capable of handling. This is where a systems integrator comes in.

Are You Using Video Conferencing Yet?

It is almost 2017. The internet has allowed us to achieve levels of communication and collaboration we would have never dreamt about. You can communicate with someone halfway across the globe instantly and effortlessly. This has improved not only our personal lives, but these possibilities have also had a lasting impact on the world of business. Basically, unless you have been living under a rock, video conferencing is here to stay. Nothing beats a real face-to-face conversation, but what do you do when that’s not available? Sure you can have your emails, instant messaging, telephones, etc. but the next best thing to an actual face-to-face conversation is indeed video conferencing. Can you believe there are still people out there NOT utilizing this technology? There is nothing wrong with being a late-adopter, but if you ARE a late-adopter you’ve most likely heard time and time again how beneficial video conferencing from others that have used it.

 

Here are some major advantages and reasons to start using video conferencing:

Surveillance Surge Protection

Video surveillance is designed to protect, but how do YOU protect your video surveillance? Accidents can happen that can affect your surveillance system both indoors and especially outdoors. You are putting your cutting edge technology outside and exposing it to the elements. Sure, outdoor cameras are designed differently than indoor cameras specifically to be able to function outdoors, but that doesn’t mean you still shouldn’t take extra precautions. Although designed to “weather the storms,” there are still parts within the cameras themselves that are susceptible to surges and transients (What are transients? Read more here). If your system experiences a power surge your signal will become disturbed and more than likely disable your equipment altogether. Bottom line is: your system needs surge protection.

What is an electrical transient?

The following is a great article we found from Alltec explaining what an electrical transient is and the effects it can have:

Advantages of IP Video Surveillance Over Analog

If you want to protect your building, employees, assets, etc. (and why wouldn’t you?), video surveillance at your facility is a definite must-have. The majority of businesses and organizations out there already utilize CCTV surveillance systems to monitor everyday activity both during work hours and beyond, but the reality is many are still using analog camera systems.  IP (internet protocol) is the current trend when it comes to video surveillance. An IP surveillance system in the simplest terms is a digital video camera system that can both send and receive a signal through a computer network. An analog camera only sends its feed directly to a DVR (digital video recorder). There are several benefits to using a high definition IP camera system that analog cameras just do not offer.

Here are a few key advantages to using an IP camera system: 

 

Picking The Right Integrator

Time flies. We have all heard that expression. You can’t stop the clock. Everyone and everything gets older, including your technology. Well, especially your technology. It seems like every day you look at your once “state-of-the art” presentation system complete with projector, ceiling speaker system and all of the bells and whistles that would and did impress people about 10 years ago. Now? Well you are looking for an upgrade. This goes for all sorts of technology. You want something completely brand new, but most of all you want it designed, engineered and installed by professionals. So, what do you do? You need to pick the right integrator.


Here are 5 things to look for when choosing the right integrator:

 

6 Things That Make For a Great Service Department

Imagine you own your own company and you’re about to put in a brand new phone system for the entire building. You are completely replacing your existing system that has more than worn out its welcome. You’re excited. You’re employees are excited. There are so many new features that come with your soon-to-be-installed phone system that will make daily operations so much simpler. As if the deal wasn’t sweet enough a local integrator came through with a substantially low bid compared to the competition. You couldn’t wait to sign that contract. However, amongst all of the excitement you overlooked the post-installation service agreement, much like all clients who are blinded by the lowest bid and shiny bells and whistles of any given project. Let me ask you this: What are you going to do when there is an issue with your “oh so perfect system” and you need to make a service call only to be greeted by poor response times, lack of time and effort, unskilled labor and unfulfilled promises? Service is often overlooked and really should be researched thoroughly prior to any project to ensure the utmost potential of your system.

 

Here are 6 things to look for that make for a quality service department.

 

Writers Theatre Rewrites The Theater Experience

Pentegra Systems was honored to be a part of the new Writers Theatre facility in Glencoe, IL providing all of the audiovisual integration systems. Below is an article posted by SEGD highlighting this revolutionary new space that officially opened this past March.

Since it started in the back room of a bookstore in 1992, the hallmark of Chicago’s Writers Theatre has always been intimacy. When it needed more space to grow and survive financially, WT didn’t want to lose that original small-theater feel. Its new 36,000-sq.-ft facility in Glencoe, Ill., designed by Studio Gang Architects, offers an open, welcoming space that invites the public in and galvanizes the potential of theater to unite people through shared experience. Signage and environmental graphics by Thirst (Chicago) support the flexible, transparent architecture and celebrate Writers’ unique history and spirit.

Videoconferencing Industry Growing on the Daily

The following is a great article by Chip Manning we found posted on VDO360 highlighting how the videoconferecing industry continues to grow.

According to Transparency Market Research’s latest study, at a projected valuation of $6.4 billion around the world, 2020 will represent a clear milestone in the videoconferencing market. That’s a phenomenal compound annual growth rate of 9.36 percent from 2014 to 2020. Industry-wide adoptions at the enterprise level will drive much of this progress.

While many industries have embraced the potential high quality videoconferencing technology has to offer, less traditional verticals like healthcare, defense, and the education industry are also starting to take notice. There are myriad reasons for this exciting growth when it comes to video collaboration—here are some of the most popular ones:

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