4 Signs It’s Time to Upgrade Your Legacy AV System

Your audiovisual equipment doesn’t come with an expiration date or self-destruct setting, so it’s not always easy to know when it’s time to refresh your system. There are no hard-and-fast rules as to when you should upgrade, but there are clues your technology is falling behind.   

So, if you’re asking yourself any of these questions, your system is probably due for an upgrade. 

Should We Add Microsoft Teams or Zoom to a Legacy AV System?

If you’re asking this question, your AV system is likely missing capabilities like: 

  • Room scheduling
  • Meeting calendar integration
  • Easy meeting recording
  • Wireless screen sharing capabilities 
  • One-click meetings 

Executives now expect these capabilities in their meetings, and it’s easy to add a cloud-based conferencing solution that would meet these needs. Adding a secure, automated solution like Microsoft Teams or Zoom Rooms to your current system would also let you scrap your room’s dedicated PC for good. 

Why Should We Automate Our AV System?

Touch panel automation simplifies meeting management, but automation isn’t just for meeting rooms. It can extend to all areas of your AV technology, from signage to support. 

While control touch panels with single-click automation remain one of the easiest ways to manage your system, users can also automate actions using voice command, room sensors, or smartphones. A single touch, word, or movement can initiate sequences that power on devices and start meetings or that stream content across dozens of campuses. 

When Should We Start Switching to AVoIP?

AVoIP, or audiovisual over Internet Protocol, means your system transmits AV data over your network using standard network equipment. Now is a good time to move to AVoIP because it can make your audiovisual systems more:

  • Cost-efficient
  • Scalable
  • Manageable  
  • Secure

It’s an especially good time to switch to AVoIP if your organization is growing and you need to expand your AV systems. Though AVoIP solutions require increased bandwidth, they are easy to install and manage.  

Should I Replace My Old Video Wall with LED?

If you’ve had your LCD video wall for several years or it’s difficult to maintain, consider an LED video wall. Compared with LCD solutions, LED panels are: 

  • Brighter
  • More versatile
  • Longer lasting
  • More energy-efficient
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Easier to access for maintenance 

The lifespan of an LED video wall can last up to 100,000 hours versus 10,000 to 30,000 for LCD walls. 

Get the Most From Your Current Investment

A professional integrator can help you implement new technology as well as make sure you’re getting the best results from your current system—like how Nationwide Audio Visual helped Apotex Pharmaceuticals improve meetings in a large multi-purpose space.  

If you’ve been contemplating any of these changes, it’s probably time for an AV system upgrade. An upgrade doesn’t have to mean a complete overhaul. If you want to know what changes will have the biggest impact on your work environment, call or message us today.

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