Video Wall in the Lobby Is the Best Investment a Building Can Buy!
January 12th 2018
Many office buildings spend hundreds of thousands on artwork in their lobbies and sometimes millions on architectural features designed to make a statement, to attract tenants and to impress visitors.
You don’t get a second chance to make a good first impression and so investments in lobbies, foyers, atriums, reception areas and even waiting rooms are always going to be money well spent, but for those looking for big results with a lower budget, video walls are an ideal answer.
Video walls, capture attention, they stand out in people’s minds and they can be changed to show something different, and deliver a new message every day or at the push of a button.
Elevate the building’s profile with an artistic video wall
The advent of the artistic video wall has made things very interesting when it comes to digital signage and media installations.
A video wall with a unique design, with angled displays or a mix of display sizes and types, combined with one of a kind stunning content in 4k (or even 8k) can not only catch the attention of passerbys, it can also increase foot traffic—an incentive for businesses like cafes or restaurants to set up shop in the building.
A video wall can provide an incredible platform for a vibrant, dynamic—and even interactive—showcase of videos, images, and web content from all over the world.
Static artwork and displays can certainly give a nice touch to the lobby, but after a while they become too commonplace and easily forgettable.
Video walls on the other hand allow you to showcase multiple pieces of content at the same time. You can easily change the content—either from a tablet, or by scheduling automatic changes.
A really cool example of getting the most out of a video wall comes from a hotel, where they installed a video wall behind the front desk.
This video wall showcases live views of the city’s beautiful downtown core from a camera installed on the roof of the hotel (There is a case study about this install, check it out!).
It is a win-win situation for everyone involved
In the example above, the video wall not only served as a modern piece of art.
It also serves as an upgrade tool, where staff can offer rooms with the view like the one they are looking at in the screens.
Video walls are not just methods for displaying content.
They can be used for important messaging, special campaigns and building safety during an evacuation.
It can even be used to feature tenants or for revenue generating advertising space.
They are a great branding platform, where building owners, companies, retail spaces, and even the visitors can greatly benefit.
The right solution will make things easier
A video wall deployment is no menial task. You have displays, mounts, cables, video wall controllers, media players, etc. to work with.
Because many video wall installations in building lobbies are retrofit projects, a deployment of this kind can make it complicated for AV professionals when it comes to choosing a solution that would fulfill the requirements without blowing the budget.
A good plan is crucial to ensure the success of the video wall install.
Next, you need a solution that can give you the power and flexibility to handle whatever obstacle the space puts in front of you.
Userful’s approach to delivering video walls via the network makes it ideal for lobby deployments.
You can set up the video wall controller in a server room/closet and have only the displays and small client devices on-site. This ensures maximum flexibility and frees AV Pros to do the maintenance of the controller in a comfortable location with easy access.
In terms of content, there is virtually no limitation to what the right video wall can support.
From websites with HTML5, to HDMI capture for laptops, DVDs and blu-rays, as well as live camera feeds, video content in just about any format, still images, and even Content Management Systems (ideal to customize and schedule your content).
Userful’s cloud management option allows the administrator to schedule content and source changes, which are ideal for unsupervised video walls—such as the ones you would find in a building’s lobby.
January 8th 2018 – Powersoft
The three major characteristics enable Quattrocanali to be the perfect tool for multizone installations are efficiency, reliability, and flexibility.
Efficiency in medium scaled installations is not limited to power consumption. Other aspects, such as thermal dissipation and form factor, play a major role in creating a system that often shares the same rack with other media devices, and the PWM Output Stage allows for the recycling of the speaker’s reactive energy.
Reliability is not just a matter of being able to trust Quattrocanali with audio playback, but also to feel safe to implement it in mission critical application, thanks to an array of in-built protections.
Flexibility is paramount: Quattrocanali supports 2-4-8 Ω and 70/100 V speakers in any mixed configurations. It can be controlled via Armonìa, via third party applications, and through the in-built gpi-o.
These are some of the reasons behind Tomahawk AV’s Eric Sidles decision to choose Quattrocanali for the new Ruth’s Chris Steak house in Toronto. A challenging 8 zones installation project featuring 2 Quattrocanali 1204, driving 36 Community Loudspeakers, controlled by Cloud Z8 MK4 Controlled.
October 2nd 2017:
Seattle, Washington – Audio Source, Inc. is proud to announce their partnership with the Godin Family of companies. Effective immediately; Audio Source, Inc. will take over representation for the Godin group of companies in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska. We are eager to begin work with a company whose products are so highly respected for unrivaled quality and value in the industry. We at Audio Source pride ourselves in creating and enhancing lasting partnerships and when we were approached by Godin to take over the territory it just made total sense for our company. Their commitment to quality and innovation is the hallmark of the company’s philosophy, but where it really mattered is their commitment to their customers is where our ideals aligned. We all share an unwavering commitment to “doing things right” for our business and our industry and look forward to working with a company how can look back on their history to tell a story, but also look forward and discuss process and innovation for the future.
Most (if not all) of us are very familiar with the Godin family of brands, but what I find to be most interesting is Robert Godin’s excitement for process. Here is a snapshot of their philosophy:
All over the world guitar players are making exciting new music that explores new techniques and defies categorization. All of this new guitar music is complemented by the guitars’ almost limitless capacity for variation in design. Unlike most other instruments, which have followed the same design parameters for decades, the modern guitar continues to evolve. We are constantly reviewing and refining the techniques employed to craft them, the materials used to build them, and the integration of the latest developments in related electronics.
Exploring these possibilities is what Godin is all about.
Our goal with each Godin guitar is to find the perfect balance between the finest traditions of guitar crafting and the new design concepts that we are developing. After twenty years of guitar building we still hand-finish the necks on every Godin guitar. In fact, from fretting to sanding, there is more handwork in our guitars than you would find in most custom shops. From the selection of the wood to the final adjustments on the finished instrument, each Godin guitar is designed and built by people who love guitars. – Robert Godin
For more entertainment; take a few moments and skim through almost 25 minutes of Premier Guitar’s visit to the Godin factory. I loved the fact that you can clearly see all of the hands-on processes throughout, but what I liked most was Robert’s total excitement for building guitars. Can we get excited about guitars again??
For more information, please contact Mike Madlener at (503)871-3567 or firstname.lastname@example.org
September 24th 2017
EDISON, NEW JERSEY – For the first time in 20 years an NHL hockey team has won all their consecutive NHL home games during the playoffs. That team – the Nashville Predators. The venue – Bridgestone Arena. The excitement is building for the team, and much of it is being related to the fan experience at the facility. “AV is an integral part of that experience,” notes the arena’s Senior Director of Technical Operations Ben Bosse. “More than integral, it is an essential item,” attributing the music and video as a big part of the “total game experience” relating both pre-game and post-game productions and inciting the crowd during in-game breaks in the action.According to an ESPN Ultimate Standings fan survey from this past fall, “The Bridgestone Arena topped the charts in stadium experience, and it seems like it will only continue to improve,” as management had already announced plans to improve the arena.
Into the mix comes Durrell Sports, a Nashville-based sports stadium consultant.“Bridgestone has always been a home town favorite to our company,” says Durrell principal John Horrell. “We have been connected to them, as being their main sound consultant, lessor of audio equipment, provider of Media Services and supplied audio technicians for the past twelve years. Watching the success of the building (rated in the top five most used stadiums in the country 10 years running) and the success of the Predators team have been exciting to say the least.”
Durrell was involved with the selection of the original system 12 years ago. Recognizing that system was showing its age and in need of repairs, and with the commitment from the facility management for needed upgrades, Horrell started to explore new solutions.
When he heard RCF has released their large format HDL50-A line array system, he was intrigued. “Most companies build line arrays for the live performance touring industry.” With the size of the arena, “we wanted tour quality sound in an installation friendly solution,” adding, “plus the cost versus capability ratio of the RCF system made the choice even easier.”
Having had the chance to experience the RCF system himself, he felt confident in his selection.
Time was now becoming of the essence, as the Predators were heading to the playoffs.
Durrell reached out to RCF for a real-world system demonstration – put the system up for use by the arena for the duration of the playoffs. This system, Durrell believed in and the Bridgestone executives had faith in, being a great exciting solution to “get us through the playoffs and greatly increase the fan experience.”
Within six days of the final decision the old sound system was taken down and the new RCF system was put up. “Immediately I was very much so impressed, the RCF system gave us a much more dynamic sound with low frequency that had never been part of the Predator fan experience,” notes Horrell.
Another reason Horrell embraced RCF is because of the support provided. The company actually sent support with the actual HDL50-A design engineers. “We were able to tune the system and the impact was nothing short of spectacular,” says Horrell. “Fans were energized, motivated and Bridgestone became a very effective tool to aid the players and intimidate their opponents.”
And Bosse concurs. “The sound system has aided in propelling the fan support to a new height.”
“I am proud that we were able to make the impact desired for Bridgestone,” says Horrell. “This is what Durrell, as a company, strives to provide. Innovation that makes something special to the fans and the players. Anyone can pick out speakers – Durrell picks out excitement that sets records.