Audiovisual systems are an essential tool for all kinds of businesses. You can use them for meetings, special presentations, and, more recently, distance learning. However, as your company or institution grows, there can be some changes to your set-up, creating some frustrating challenges. Enter AV integrators. These experts can provide vital insight into how to remedy the technical issues you face, get your operations running efficiently, and masterfully engage any audience.
AV integration is just one of the many services we provide at Applied Global Technologies, and we’re happy to break down what AV integrators do, how to tell if you need them, and offer a few benefits for why you should hire one.
Even with all this information, it can be hard to find what AV integrator you should work with. For more information, check out, "Choosing the Right AV Integrators for Your Organization."
What Does an AV Integrator Do?
Audiovisual is the combination of audio and visual equipment to create a better viewing and listening experience for meetings, special events, and virtual learning. An AV integrator’s job is to oversee the needs, analysis, design, installation, and management of a company’s AV system. Their involvement is by no means a one-size-fits-all service, as every business and project are different.
That means, when contracted to work with your company, they design the appropriate system that meets your needs and budget while maintaining maximum end-user benefit and efficiency. After the installation is complete, an AV integrator’s job is to monitor the solutions, ensuring that day-to-day operations run efficiently. They also troubleshoot and repair the system as needed to prevent interruptions from AV issues.
Now that we’ve touched on what an AV integrator does, let’s chat about a few reasons to hire one.
Reasons to Hire an AV Integrator
Your System Became More Complex
Companies can often handle installations, especially if it’s something as simple as a single display. But as your system becomes more complex, such as interacting with other systems, it may be best to hire an integrator.
Large Scale Jobs
For those in the IT sector, trying to keep up with the latest developments in technology can have you on the verge of burnout. If you’re feeling close to that point, it’s reason enough to enlist the help of an AV integrator. Not only will it reduce burnout, which often leads to human error, but if you involve an integrator early on in your project, it can save countless hours of work and ensure it gets done right the first time.
Sometimes your colleagues, students, and employers aren’t in the same location; other times, they may be in different rooms. No matter how near or far they are, you need to ensure that things like video conferences, audio calls, and remote learning run smoothly and have a professional touch. An AV integrator can help.
You Want to Get the Biggest ROI
Every company wants to make sure they get the most out of their money and their equipment. Both of these are prime reasons to hire an AV integrator. They can show you how to use every bit of your setup to grow your business and appeal to your audience.
The Benefits of Working with an AV Integrator
As with most businesses, things like budget, need, and time heavily factor into whether we invest in tools and services. To help you decide if hiring an AV integrator is for you, we’ve highlighted a few benefits below.
They Are Your Single Point of Contact
Whether you have questions about your setup or something goes wrong with it (and it inevitably will), it is nice to know that you have the luxury of contacting one person. As an AV integrator works with your company, they will establish rapport and become familiar with your needs, enabling them to provide you with the best experience possible. Without them, you will have to reach out to multiple vendors and contacts to meet your needs.
They Are Cost-Effective
There are several ways that employing an AV integrator can be cost-effective for your business. Installers are experts, meaning they can design a system that not only sticks to your budget limitations while providing the best sound and visual capabilities, but they will also do so on schedule. They can even train your team on how to properly use the equipment to reduce issues and malfunctions.
They Have Expertise
There is nothing better than knowing that a project will be executed correctly. When you hire an integrator, they can ensure that each wire, connector, or piece of equipment is installed correctly and in an easily navigable manner. This is because they bring with them an in-depth knowledge of AV systems that enable them to work quickly, efficiently, and identify any issues before you go live.
They Follow Industry Standards
Every day there are new trends emerging and new industry standards to meet. It can be a lot for businesses and institutions with a lot on their plates to dedicate the time to maintain and update. This is where having an AV integrator comes in handy. Not only will these installers and technicians abide by industry standards, but they can also do so in a way that doesn’t sacrifice quality.
They Can Monitor and Repair Systems
Technology can be a demanding thing. Sometimes it works seamlessly one day but then has a meltdown the next. Bringing in professional help to continuously monitor, maintain, and troubleshoot your system enables them to identify and address defects so that your users have a glitch-free experience from launch. Resulting in higher productivity and more profit for you.
They Will Optimize User Experience and Operability
Another benefit to working with an AV integrator is that they can keep you from buying unnecessary equipment. In an effort to provide the best experience, we sometimes purchase functionalities that are beyond what we need. They can protect you from this and help you pick the right technologies for your needs. They will also ensure that all of your tools, including displays and cameras, will work seamlessly together and keep you free of frustration.