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How PON Operates Differently: A Quick Comparison to Traditional Cabling

We compare the vast capabilities, flexibility, and sustainability of PON vs. traditional networking cabling solutions. Read More.

July 29, 2021

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Going the Distance: The Power of Passive Optical Networks

Pentegra's passive optical network solutions deliver flexibility & efficiency that far exceed traditional copper cabling capabilities.

July 29, 2021

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Are You Ready for AV Over IP? (Part 2)

In the first of two blog posts on this topic, “Are You Ready for AV over IP,” we discussed why the network is possibly the most important infrastructure piece of a modern AV system. Now that you have that background, the next key steps are to define how you’ll use the AV and how that […]

July 7, 2021

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Are You Ready for AV Over IP? (Part 1)

You’ve heard of AV over IP (audio visual over internet protocols). It’s the buzz at trade shows and online. It seems to be what everyone is talking about. But what is it? Why do you need it? And what’s more, are you ready for it? This is the first blog in a series that will […]

June 25, 2021

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Don’t Compromise On These AV System Components: Part 3

Back End Technology Part one and two of this series discussed the importance of choosing the best displays, user interface, microphones, and speakers. The user interface and display allow you to visually interact with others. The microphone and speaker enable effective communication between one another. The hardware which processes the information from the front end […]

May 13, 2021

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Don’t Compromise On These AV System Components: Part 2

Audio technologies – the microphone and speakers – are two of the most important audiovisual (AV) technologies for distance collaboration. Without good audio, great video and data sharing mean nothing. The things you hear – Audio Technologies Part one of this series discussed important considerations about the things you see in a conference/collaboration room. The main […]

May 6, 2021

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Don’t Compromise On These AV System Components: Part 1

The main display and user interface are critical elements of a good audiovisual (AV) solution that should not be compromised for the sake of cost savings. For some organizations installing new AV systems, getting approval for the lowest cost solution is often the easiest path. However, the initial cost is only one part of calculating […]

April 29, 2021

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Protecting Your Assets with Physical Security Systems

Protecting Your Assets with Physical Security Systems Whether you own a multi-unit residential building or a commercial facility, there is a tremendous value to utilizing physical security to monitor, record, control, access, and secure your facility. Physical security systems can reduce theft, increase productivity and protect a company from significant liability in the event of […]

March 26, 2021

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Security Event Presentation Recordings On-Demand

Security Event Presentation Recordings On-Demand Pentegra and Axis Communications hosted a one day Security Event at Axis’ demonstration center to share insights and information. The event was held safely in person and shared online. Each video is approximately 35 minutes. Watch theses recorded security sessions: Innovative Solutions For Safety, Surveillance, and Communications Meeting Education Challenges […]

March 12, 2021

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Pentegra Systems Expands Smart Network Infrastructure Capabilities

Pentegra Systems Expands Smart Network Infrastructure Capabilities by Earning Certification to Install Tellabs Optical Local Area Network   As the Only Certified Provider in Chicagoland, Pentegra Can Provide “Intelligent” Physical Security Solution Options to New Building Projects and Existing Building Owners Chicago, IL {November 25, 2020} –  Pentegra Systems, a physical security and audiovisual solutions […]

February 24, 2021

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How to Execute a Flawless Live Event

How to Execute a Flawless Live Event Pentegra was fortunate to partner with Catalyst Schools to plan and provide an audio and video solution for their newly remodeled auditorium. The beautiful space was perfect for in-person performances and presentations until the disruptions of 2020 caused many cancellations. Determined to move forward with the timely hosting of The Symposium […]

January 11, 2021

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How AV Teams Can Benefit From Fewer People Being In The Office Right Now

How AV Teams Can Benefit From Fewer People Being In The Office Right Now Use this time wisely. During this time when all are concerned about keeping our families and colleagues safe , the current situation creates an unexpected opportunity. With many teams working remotely, it is much easier to complete onsite tasks that are ordinarily […]

January 11, 2021

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Measuring the ROI of Technology-Enabled Meeting Rooms

Measuring the Value of Technology-enabled Meeting Rooms   In a previous post, we talked about the questions and considerations to help effectively plan meeting rooms that enable collaboration.  Goals and expectations for room and technology utilization should be considered before planning begins. Knowing what success will look like is imperative. Establishing how you will monitor […]

September 16, 2020

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Planning Technology-Enabled Collaboration Rooms

Planning Technology-Enabled Collaboration Rooms Collaboration is, essentially, a group of people coming together to get the most from their combined analytical and creative energies. Time and again collaboration proves to be one of the most significant ways to solve business challenges.  Today, the meetings themselves can be a challenge given the increase in remote workers […]

September 8, 2020

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Five ways proactive audio visual maintenance will make a difference

Whether you have complex audio visual systems with multiple screens and projectors, or a more simple set up, you’ve decided to invest in creating functional meeting spaces that meet your needs. Supporting your investment over time is an important consideration. Proactive system maintenance can discover issues before they become serious problems. This reduces IT burden, […]

August 19, 2020

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Prioritizing Needs for Audio Visual Collaboration Upon Return to Work

Prioritizing Needs for Audio Visual Collaboration Upon Return to Work While some organizations are starting a returning to work program, all employees may not be returning at the same time so some remain remote. Even those returning to work may not be returning to prior meeting routines. Regardless of location status, many people have become […]

August 4, 2020

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A Look Inside The New Welsh-Ryan Arena at Northwestern University

Pentegra Systems was proud to partner with Mortenson Construction and Meade Electric on the Welsh-Ryan Arena Renovation project at Northwestern University.  The renovation included seating upgrades, wider concourses, new restrooms, new lighting, state-of-the-art audio and video capabilities, lobby expansion and new locker rooms.  Pentegra Systems worked closely with Meade Electric to design and install various […]

June 10, 2019

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Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills District 181 to Tighten Building Security at Nine Schools

Below is an article written by Chuck Fieldman of the Chicago Tribune about the new security upgrades for entry into 9 Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills District 181 schools. Mr. Fieldman details Pentegra Systems’ integrated security solution, which District 181 refers to as “double buzzer systems.” Visitors to the schools will still walk into an unlocked door and into a vestibule where […]

November 21, 2017

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Time-lapse Video of Shakespeare Theater’s “The Yard at Navy Pier” Construction

Pentegra Systems began the audiovisual infrastructure installation for the new flexible theater at “The Yard at Navy Pier” for Chicago Shakespeare Theater in Spring of 2016. This system included video distribution equipment, a technical intercom and paging sound systems and socket outlet panels. Additionally, Pentegra Systems provided the necessary audiovisual equipment racks, connections and cabling […]

September 25, 2017

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Delayed restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple is triumphant

Below is an article written by Blair Kamin of the Chicago Tribune about the restoration of Oak Park’s historic Unity Temple. Blair gives a great summary of the Unity Temple restoration project and a brief history of the temple itself. Pentegra Systems began an audiovisual, security and data network design build installation at the historic […]

September 11, 2017

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The Yard is Taking Shape

In the Spring of 2016, Pentegra Systems began installation of the Audio and Video infrastructure for the new flexible theater at “The Yard at Navy Pier” for Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Pentegra Systems provided video distribution equipment, a technical intercom and paging sound systems and socket outlet panels. Additionally, Pentegra Systems provided the necessary AV equipment […]

July 18, 2017

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7 Ways Business VoIP Empowers More Productive Employees

7 Ways Business VoIP Empowers More Productive Employees Voice-over IP, also known as VoIP, is a very common system used for business phones. VoIP technology can turn an average network of phones and computers into a robust tool for productivity. Some of the ways business VoIP empowers productive employees will help any company get more […]

July 10, 2017

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5 Important Considerations When Planning For Structured Cabling

5 Important Considerations When Planning For Structured Cabling Planning for structured cabling can be one of the biggest challenges when it comes to setting up new building projects or adding wiring to existing structures. Done correctly, structured cabling can provide a building tenant with a cohesive system that offers uninterrupted service. Here are five important […]

July 10, 2017

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6 AV Tech Upgrades To Pursue When Moving (Relocating)

6 AV Tech Upgrades To Pursue When Moving (Relocating) When a business moves to a new location, it presents unique opportunities for the company to pursue AV upgrades that otherwise might not have been available. If your business is going to be moving soon, it makes sense to look into upgrading your audiovisual systems so […]

July 10, 2017

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5 Top Audio and Video Technology Trends In The Enterprise

5 Top Audio and Video Technology Trends In The Enterprise The enterprise has seen a tremendous rise in the use of audiovisual and video technology in recent years. Today, there are some common trends popular with many commercial organizations that want to maximize their use of AV technology to achieve important business goals. The top […]

July 10, 2017

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Globally Connected Education

Globally Connected Education Through the use of technology, the world has become much smaller. Computers, cell phones and internet connection have made possible the communication with someone across the globe. The business world has been cognizant of this for quite some time and duly takes full advantage. As this technology becomes more readily available, it […]

July 10, 2017

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Every School Needs a Systems Integrator

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 […]

July 10, 2017

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Are you using Video Conferencing yet?

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 dreamed 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 […]

July 10, 2017

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Outdoor Security Cameras NEED Surge Protection

Outdoor Security Cameras NEED 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 […]

July 10, 2017

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Advantages of IP Video Surveillance Over Analog

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 […]

July 10, 2017

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Picking the Right Integrator

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 […]

July 10, 2017

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Advantages of Leasing Technology

Advantages of Leasing Technology It is 2015 and let’s face it technology has become a necessity in almost every aspect of your life. This is a harsh truth to some people, but so is the fact that if you want the best technology it sure doesn’t come cheap. Is your business in need of network […]

July 10, 2017

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Ways Video Surveillance Can SAVE You Money

Ways Video Surveillance Can SAVE You Money Anything of real importance needs to be protected. Something of value cannot simply go unmonitored because anything bad can and most likely will happen, eventually. You wear a helmet to protect your head. Your money is protected by being put in a bank. Automotive insurance protects both you […]

July 10, 2017

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Misconception of Business Class VoIP

Misconception of Business Class VoIP When making any sort of important decision, you need all the facts. Whether it is for your personal life or professional life, your home or your business, a thorough analysis needs to be conducted on the road to your ultimate solution. A common issue for both homes and businesses, for […]

July 10, 2017

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Commercial Vs. Residential VoIP

Commercial Vs. Residential VoIP For most people, life in the workplace and life at home are commonly two completely different entities. Professional lives are called professional for a reason, same goes with personal lives. They are meant to be separate. The way you interact with colleagues in the office is always much different than how […]

July 10, 2017

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Notifying the Masses

Notifying the Masses The safety or your children is the greatest concern a parent can have. Parents need the reassuring feeling of knowing where their children are at all times and knowing they are safe. Parents are well aware they cannot keep an eye on their kids at all times, however. Children need to go […]

July 10, 2017

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The Difference Between Consultants and Integrators

The Difference Between Consultants and Integrators Imagine this scenario. You are the owner of a medium sized business whose sales have been on the upswing for the past several years. Due to this increase in business, your company is in the process of expanding into a brand new facility to support the increased operational demands […]

July 10, 2017

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How to Manage BYOD on a Wireless Network

How to Manage BYOD on a Wireless Network In the past, it was commonplace for employees of a business to only use resources provided and owned by their respective employer. Usual examples include computers and company phones. Businesses had total control of how these devices were being used since they were in-house and more than […]

July 10, 2017

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Benefits of Premise-Based Phone Systems vs. Hosted Phone Systems

Benefits of Premise-Based Phone Systems vs. Hosted Phone Systems In a world dominated by emailing, tweeting and text messaging, one device has continued to remain an intricate component of communication in business, the telephone. As easy as it may be to send a quick email instead of dialing the phone, there is no more effective […]

July 10, 2017

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Technology: Assisted Living

Technology: Assisted Living Residents in assisted living facilities around the world have seen quite a bit during their lifetimes. They lived through wars, have seen humans walk on the moon and even may have seen their grandchildren have children of their own. Comparing the lives of these individuals as youths to modern-day is quite the […]

July 10, 2017

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What is an electrical transient?

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:   Transient surges are defined as momentary bursts of energy that are induced upon power, data, or communication lines. They are characterized by extremely high voltages that can drive tremendous […]

July 10, 2017

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Writers Theatre Rewrites The Theater Experience

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 […]

July 10, 2017

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6 Things That Make For a Great Service Department

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 […]

July 10, 2017

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Videoconferencing Industry Growing on the Daily

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 […]

July 10, 2017

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The Low Bid: MORE meaning behind the LESS number

The Low Bid: MORE meaning behind the LESS number   In the world we live in today, everyone wants more for less. Part of that comes from the mentality to save as much money as possible for the future while still managing to purchase whatever it is that suits your fancy in the now. The […]

July 10, 2017

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Trust by Design: Working With The Right AV Integrator

Trust by Design: Working With The Right AV Integrator When it comes to AV Technology, most businesses make the common mistake of planning for technology only after their building has been constructed or their remodeling project is at the verge of completion. This leads to yet another grave mistake–equipment design that’s not compatible with their business […]

July 10, 2017

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Audio Makes The Stadium Experience

Audio Makes The Stadium Experience In the past, audio systems in sports stadiums and arenas were primarily used for voice-over announcements. Big screens and Jumbotrons are also common fixtures in stadiums and arenas. But with the evolution of sports, the increasing sophistication of audiences and fans, combined with the advancements in technology, today’s ultimate theater experience is […]

July 10, 2017

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5 Collaboration Technologies That Millennials Want At Work

5 Collaboration Technologies That Millennials Want At Work Millennials are the most tech-savvy, collaborative, and socially-minded generation in human history.  Millennials have grown up using smartphones, Facebook, and the cloud.  They can navigate the web like the back of their hand.  Millennials realize the future belongs to them.  They are determined that today’s workplaces match […]

July 10, 2017

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5 Tips For Successful Video on Wireless Networks (WLAN)

5 Tips For Successful Video on Wireless Networks (WLAN) Video conferencing is tool a now widely used by businesses, schools, government agencies, and households.  The development of high-speed wireless access has greatly increased the number of computer users who regularly video conference over wireless networks (WLAN).  Today, users typically bring their own device (BYOD) when […]

July 10, 2017

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7 Trends For How Faith Based Environments Are Using Technology

7 Trends For How Faith Based Environments Are Using Technology Technology can be valuable for almost any type of group or organization. In churches and faith-based organizations across the country, technology is getting used more frequently to help people come together for worship. There are a few prominent trends to consider when thinking about how […]

July 10, 2017

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4 Ways Video Conferencing Is Improving Health Care

4 Ways Video Conferencing Is Improving Health Care Video conferencing is one of the most exciting trends to hit the health care field in recent years. Thanks to video conferencing, health care providers can do a better job and patients can become more educated about their health. There are many ways video conferencing is improving […]

July 10, 2017

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Picking the Ideal Projector

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 […]

May 23, 2017

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