It may feel like the world is shrinking as more and more people gain access to technology that allows them to connect with their peers around the globe. This has not gone unnoticed in business, either. As complex systems are being networked together, interoperability has become a critical component of AV integration for organizations in every industry.

Essentially, interoperability refers to the ability of multiple computerized systems to communicate with one another, even if different manufacturers created these systems. Interoperability is vital to the effectiveness of any AV system, especially as companies seek to manage a decentralized workforce and communicate with clients around the world. Today, we’ll discuss how AV integration specialists can help you create a well-functioning, interoperable AV system for smooth daily operations.

What Is Interoperability in AV Integration? 

In the simplest terms, interoperability is the ability of equipment and systems to function in unison without the interference of the end user. Interoperability is similar to compatibility in many ways because it allows organizations to enhance their overall performance and obtain a holistic view of all data pertaining to their daily operations. 

Interoperability is relevant to many industries. For instance, consider its significance to organizations within the healthcare industry. Healthcare providers may need to confer with colleagues at different facilities to pin down a diagnosis or securely review health records with a team of specialists before implementing a patient’s treatment plan. Up-to-date technology, including audio and visual capabilities, will be key to efficient treatment.

This is only one example of many. As remote and in-person workers in all sectors communicate with one another through the use of video conferencing technologies, interoperability is increasingly important.

Comparing Integration and Interoperability

Interoperability is not to be confused with integration. While AV integration and interoperability both require the connection of various AV technologies to facilitate data transmission, the difference lies in how the systems communicate.

When interoperability is at play, different systems communicate in real-time using the same language. Since incoming data is constantly being interpreted in the same language, the data can remain in its original context. In contrast, integration is the process of combining several different devices or applications to operate as a single system. Integration typically requires a middleware to interpret the languages used by each system.

Often, when constructing a comprehensive AV setup, both approaches must be considered to yield an efficient, well-functioning system.

The Importance of Interoperability in AV Integration

If your employees have ever been in a situation where they found it impossible to communicate with external parties using video conferencing technology, it is often the result of incompatibility. This common scenario leads to wasted time and financial resources. 

Organizations in every industry need access to equipment that facilitates communication and collaboration in an environment conducive to growth. AV integrators can help your organization circumvent communication barriers by creating an interoperable infrastructure.

When it’s time to upgrade your AV setup, consider the following benefits of interoperability. 

Interoperability Improves Collaboration

Video conferencing users often find it challenging to communicate with external users due to software incompatibility. Technology should enhance productive conversations instead of hindering them. Investing in modern, interoperable AV solutions will eradicate many communication issues and allow your organization to maximize existing resources.

Interoperability Lessens the Learning Curve

Although it can be beneficial to implement different systems to suit particular needs, teaching employees how to utilize multiple systems can be time-consuming. For instance, cloud-based video conferencing solutions may be quite popular, but they can cause difficulties when users attempt to integrate them with a mix of older and newer AV technologies. 

An interoperable solution makes it easy for employees to use the same video conferencing solution on multiple devices for seamless AV integration.

Interoperability Increases Flexibility

If your organization only uses an internal video conferencing solution, it can create challenges when connecting with external vendors, partners, and customers. Video conferencing solutions that provide interoperability allow your employees to connect with external users easily.

What Does Modern AV Integration Look Like? 

In the past, organizations merely purchased the AV equipment necessary for operations to proceed as usual, and their technology remained isolated within their network. As AV integration evolves, it requires in-depth planning to implement and maintain these technologies without sacrificing interoperability.

AV integration has become more complex as organizations employ various AV technologies and cloud-based services to accomplish their goals. When creating an interoperable AV system, consider how each piece of equipment works within your network to ensure smooth operation. Modern AV integration typically involves the following technologies.

Digital Displays

Digital displays act as the foundation for clear communication and effective information delivery. Your organization may choose to install digital displays in various locations, ranging from meeting rooms to lobbies and across a university campus. Organizations often use digital displays to present graphics, schedules, slide shows, and other announcements. These displays are an essential component of effective, large-scale communications.

Interactive Displays or Whiteboards

Meeting rooms and classrooms are the ideal places for interactive displays because they provide the ability to transmit images directly from a computer to the display. With the power of interactive AV technology, users have complete control over the information, which makes it easier to filter through swaths of data and create an engaging experience for viewers. 

Audio Equipment and Soundmasking Technology

While visuals are an essential component of an AV setup, high-quality audio equipment is also crucial. Built-in computer microphones and speakers simply do not have the ability to support the needs of a robust organization. An integrated audio system with microphones and speakers ensures a smooth flow of information for all participants. In addition, many organizations choose to install sound-masking technology in certain areas for enhanced confidentiality.

Unified Collaboration

Unified collaboration fosters a connection between employees, their location, and the products or services they provide. Unified collaboration is the product of unified communication solutions, which are multiple cloud services that work together to join users, regardless of the time or location. Furthermore, unified collaboration makes it possible for employees and clients to connect effectively and achieve your desired business outcomes.

Create an Interoperable AV System with Applied Global

If your organization needs an AV upgrade, Applied Global Technologies (AGT) offers the professional guidance and implementation support you need. To learn more about our AV solutions, contact us today. We’ll be happy to discuss your specific needs and recommend the right solution for your goals and budget.