IT leaders need to invest in platform-agnostic UC systems

I’ve been touting platform-agnostic systems since 2018. It seems Zachary Comeau at mytechdecisions.com feels the same way. Here’s a blurb from the full article.

Look for platform-agnostic systems

… Videoconferencing and collaboration markets are flooded with software from several providers like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex, Google Meet, Bluejeans, Slack, RingCentral and many more.

There have been calls for these companies to get along and provide more interoperability and integrations, but that has largely failed to materialize as the collaboration software industry suddenly became extremely lucrative and competitive.

According to collaboration industry experts, using multiple software vendors isn’t all that rare. Some companies use one app to communicate externally and another to communicate with their team. If organizations work in small teams, the software of choice can vary among groups.

“I don’t know about you, but my home system needs to be agnostic and open to the ability to be bouncing around from a Teams meeting to a Zoom meeting to a PowerPoint,” Corey says.

IT directors need to prepare for this as optimistic news about effective vaccines is getting people thinking about the return to the office.

“If you’re an IT director and planned to have a single platform in all of your offices and you have no concept of work-from-home in that platform, you’re in deep trouble,” Corey says. “At any given time, the agnostic part lets you ebb and flow with the business.”

In Demand AV Receivers

The heart of a quality residential A/V system is the AVR (Audio Video Receiver). Residential Systems shows the top brands and most in demand units on the market today, and what coming in 2021.

As clients continue to upgrade their home systems there’s a rise in demand for AV receivers. Some of the latest features include 8K compatibility and all the current immersive formats. Head over to ResidentialSystems.com to get a look at some of the newest models on the market.

ADT + Google smart home accelerate time to market

The new platform will feature co-branding with Google, integrated Google Maps products, Nest cameras and thermostats, and Google video analytics, according to Jim DeVries, president and CEO of ADT, and will leverage ADT’s existing Command & Control platform until the end of 2022.

“We’re looking not just to make our smart platform smarter, we’re looking to make it more helpful…”

Don Young, chief information officer, ADT

Get all of the juicy deets over at CEPro.com

On The Rise: Zero-Touch Technology

This is going to be a leading A/V trend in commercial lobbies, amusement parks, and museums. After that, In-Room Hospitality then Luxury Residential.

This nascent trend will quicken with staggering scale and speed. We’ll see a rapid shift away from touchscreen kiosks. Voice technology will move out of the home and into the office. Personal mobile devices will connect to and control buildings. Environments will be seamlessly integrated with an array of sensors to detect and respond to human behavior automatically.

  • Sensor integration
  • Voice command
  • Gesture detection and facial recognition
  • Haptics
  • Next-generation vending machines and kiosks
  • Mobile device integration
  • Contactless payments

Ultimate Low-Maintenance Living Space

If you’re looking to invite a calm and easy-living attitude into your living space, optimizing your home for low maintenance security and serenity should be at the top of your priority list.
 
A beautiful living space is a rewarding experience that makes being at home a simple pleasure  – but when your living space requires repetitive, time-consuming maintenance to remain looking its best, the upkeep can make it all a little less worthwhile. In this article, the luxury flooring experts at Trendy Floors are detailing ways in which you can minimize the maintenance, allowing you to sit back and enjoy your home for the beautiful and comfortable place it was intended to be.

Create a warm welcome
 
Regardless of whether you’re coming home after a long day of work in winter, or you’re arriving back from the summer holiday of a lifetime, stepping into your home should fill you with familiarity and comfort – the stresses of the day or holiday blues being left at the door.
 
So, you’ll want your low-maintenance living space to begin when you enter your property. This is where you could consider integrating a smart climate and comfort control feature that will ensure your home is as welcoming as possible the moment you step through the door, without you having to lift a finger. What’s more, It’s important to optimize your hallway or porch area to negate the need for daily tidying – creating a designated area for outdoor wear such as coats and shoes, concealing them in tidy cabinets and coat racks to provide you with a sense of calm as soon as you step through the door.

Samsung Release Human-Centric LED Lighting Products

Samsung is releasing its first package of what it calls “human-centric” LED lights that the company says can help make people feel more energetic or relaxed.

According to Samsung’s announcement, the lights now in mass production utilize precisely designed light spectra with optimized amounts of cyan to accommodate specific lighting needs at any given time.

Spectrum Engineering Recreates Natural Light

Discovering the melanopic spectrum that controls the melatonin hormone

Our solution effectively manages melanopsin sensitivity at a wavelength of 480 nm, playing a critical role in circadian rhythm control.

Key Features

  • Human Centric Lighting Solution
  • Maximization of Melanopic Ratio
  • Fine Tuned-spectrum for More Energizing Effect

CoeLux – Experience the Sky

CoeLux - Experience the sky.

CoeLux® is an optical system based on nano technology to artificially reproduce the natural light and visual appearance of the sun and sky. CoeLux offers a breakthrough opportunity for indoor architecture by creating the sensation of infinite space.

The experience of the sky and the sun in contemporary architecture: nanotechnologies, optical components and LED light sources are the elements that characterize the high-tech systems by CoeLux®.

CoeLux HT25, the first of the CoeLux systems characterized by a zenithal beam of light with a versatile design: 25 cm thick for a rectangular window measuring 52 by 107 cm.

CoeLux HT25 allows great design freedom, its distinctive 25 cm thickness is suitable for recessed installation even in small heights, in plasterboard false ceilings or modular ones. It can be installed in different compositions and the subtle design of the frame facilitates the creation of semi-continuous windows, creating the perception of large portions of sky.

“An amazing technology that I see taking off in Luxury homes around the world. Especially in hemispheres where daylight is absent for months at a time. ”

Dave Lopez, Rumble A/V Consulting

Moving around the area below the system, the observer will be able to see a large portion of sky and by approaching and entering the emitted spot the sun will appear, slightly diffused and not very dazzling. The optical design helps to create the sun perceived at infinite distance and the observer, moving in space, will have the impression that the sun is always positioned above his head.

CoeLux HT25

The sun of CoeLux HT25 illuminates and projects a beam of intense light, enhancing the colours and the textures of the room and the objects in it. The spot projection is slightly wider than the window and illuminates the surrounding area diffusely.

With a 60 degree flaring, the thin, opaque white frame intercepts the sun and creates a reflection on the sky, increasing the perception of depth of the window. The HT25 system is characterized by the CoeLux panel made of scratch-resistant and fireproof glass: the nanoparticles inside diffuse the light, recreating the blue colour of the sky.

The system can be dimmed from 40% to maximum power, it is DALI compatible and can be controlled via Bluetooth from a smartphone upon request.

Embrace Biophilia with Wellness Spaces

Rayva, the purveyor of turnkey home theaters that can be installed by integration pros in just a couple of days, is taking the same concept to the wellness realm. Instead of escaping reality through cinema-quality video and surround sound, users will be able to escape the stifling indoors with an immersion in nature … a simulated version of nature, to be sure, but a hyper-realistic version that mimics the sounds, sights, and other stimuli found in the great outdoors.

Rayva knows a thing or two about realism. The company principals are famous for engineering spaces and systems that put the audience smack in the middle of intergalactic wars, underwater fairy tails, and live concerts.

Now they turn their attention to forests and streams and sunsets — natural elements that human beings so desperately crave. We are biophilic creatures (biophilia primer below); our DNA is hard-coded for outdoor living after millions of years of evolution, even though we spend 90% of our time indoors. Biologically, we miss the sounds, smells, visuals, air conditions, motion, lighting transitions and other stimuli from nature.

Several months ago, Rayva latched onto biophilia and wellness, and set about designing Rayva Wellness Rooms that would be as turnkey as the theaters it’s famous for. They called these spaces “Outdoor Simulators” when they introduced the concept at CEDIA Expo.

Best AV Gear to Buy Right Now

As the new decade gets underway and we get used to “living in the future,” the editors of Sound & Vision have cherry-picked 10 products across three categories that merit a close look by anyone contemplating an electronics upgrade. All made our coveted 2019 Top Picks of the Year list, meaning they’re all stellar performers. 

5 Ways To Increase Your Homes Value By Making It Smarter

The sheer amount of smart home technology available to homeowners today is stunning. Everything from refrigerators and dishwashers to fans, lights, and televisions are now equipped with tech that connects them to mobile apps, smart speakers, and other devices in your home.

It’s easy to see the value of smart home technology. It makes your home far more convenient and adds automation to your day-to-day routine. The prospective home-buyers of the future are young people who have grown up in a world surrounded by such tech. They appreciate homes that already have smart integration thought through and set up.

EMBRACE THE ORGANIZATION MOVEMENT

Today’s homeowners are looking for more ways to clear clutter and keep their homes better organized. There are now several popular TV and YouTube shows geared towards homeowners looking to store household goods, clothes, and children’s toys more effectively. Household storage is nothing new, but—as this recent trend shows—there’s real value to adding more built-in storage and organization to your home. A few ideas include:

  • Installing in-cabinet storage racks to hold pots and pans.
  • Adding ceiling pulley systems to your garage to store infrequently-used decor and collectibles.
  • Building shelves and pull-outs in the master bedroom closet to store clothing.