AV Installation Guidelines
What is Audio Visual?
Audio Visual is technology that deals with sight and hearing. Therefore this involves distribution of both sound and visual elements. Every AV installation will have one of these components and the majority will combine both
In a commercial environment that can be visual displays and the sound coming from them and how they are incorporated into the working elements of the business and the aesthetics of the space
What are examples of Audio Visual?
There are almost limitless applications for audio visual. Accordingly it is dependent on industry, space, budget and application
In the commercial environment the main examples of audio visual are
- Televisions and Displays – i.e SONY professional
- Distributed Music – i.e SONOS
- Video Conferencing i.e Crestron
- PA Systems
- Room Booking Systems
- Intercom Systems
- Projectors and Screens
- Training and Learning Centres
Why Audio Visual is important
Audio Visual is an important tool in distributing single sources to many places or people. In addition the ability to collaborate different parties within the same building, across different locations or countries. Also it improves presentations and impact through powerful images , video and presentation tools.
During a pandemic such as the Covid 19 lockdown audio visual allowed entire companies and countries to work from home and still communicate. Especially between their teams , clients and customers via traditional and cloud based video conferencing systems
What are the advantages of Audio Visual Communication?
Audio Visual has many applications and possibilities. Indeed this depends on number of staff, locations and budget. Consequently the advantages of using a centrally designed system can offer many options
Several advantages of audio visual systems are
- Reduction in travel and commuting by holding meetings via video conferencing
- Ability to allow home working for employees and to reduce office size
- Increased collaboration between teams via file sharing, meetings, central design studios
- Constant communication and central message to staff and client base through display signage
- Systemisation of training that can be replicate & remove the need for instructor led training
Key Considerations for AV System Installation Projects
AV equipment is now used in every conceivable setting. Such as the home, our place of work, our schools and our shopping centres. This technology is also becoming increasingly sophisticated and connected. Consequentley this is enabling us to do things that would have been impossible a few years ago.
– In our places of work, TV screens are now common place. For example digital signage or showing news streams around the office. Technology allows us to collaborate in previously unimaginable ways. As a result screens and conferencing facilities in meeting rooms make it easier to share ideas.
The office AV design must be considered before installing all the other elements of the office fit out process. For this purpose every element of Audio Visual will require many elements to support the equipment. Consequently this is at times difficult or even impossible to install after the initial fit out process.
The design will consider how the workplace wants to be communicated to and between itself. In addition how the company will communicate to clients and suppliers. Furthermore how it will manage office based and home working. Thus the distribution and design of the system then can be based around those factors
– Technology plays a larger role in modern education. As a result interactive whiteboards are becoming the standard. Furthermore projector systems are widely used to present to large groups.
The consideration for this environment will start with an overall large outlook of that the schools wishes to achieve. Typically in education a proposal of “needs” and “wants” will be created and then put through stringent budget reviews. It is in the education market where budgets can control the final design more than any other industry
The main focus here should be finding the correct system that is easy to use, easy to maintain and easy to expand. Better to start with a smaller allocation of the correct product and scale up rather than take a cheaper overall installation that doesn’t work correctly and causes never ending problems
Retail outlets –
Our shopping centres, and other public spaces are similarly awash with technology. Advertising is show on screens all around us, and public announcement systems make it easy convey information to the masses
Display signage can be a very effective way of marketing the retail locations products, offers and branded marketing.
The system should take into account whether this is a single location or part of a larger retail chain. Thus with the correct hardware and cloud based technology a single change of marketing or offer at head office can automatically see thousands of retail screens change in an instance. Therefore all stores are consistently marketing at the same time
Residential Homes –
Home technology is becoming increasingly connected and increasingly smart. Generally this includes everything from multi room TV and audio experience, to home cinema and security systems. This is being integrated with the latest developments in voice and gesture control.
Residential homes are typical the hardest environment to install the Audio Visual cabling infrastructure that connects the AV Hardware
The main consideration in residential projects is deciding on what system you wish to have before the building works take place. Generally it’s better to install the required cabling now and add the hardware later. Thus avoiding limiting your ability to expand your system due to lack of cabling infrastructure. In this case it is very difficult or impossible to install later without great disruption to the home
AV System Installation – The Right Way
If you’re making a significant investment in AV equipment, whether professionally or personally, it is beneficial to consult with professionals in this space. They will be able to advise on a number of key issues that will help to make sure your project is a success.
In addition to the hardware and typical Audio Visual software the elements below will need to be considered and implemented to control and run the system
– As part of the AV installation it is essential that you consider the best way to connect equipment to the existing power circuits and network infrastructure. Concealed cabling is an excellent way to create a sleek modern look.
– It goes without saying that surfaces need to be assessed and properly prepared to ensure that they can take the weight of the equipment. This is especially important in public, or work environments where health and safety is a key consideration.
Integration with other systems
– To maximise your investment, it is wise to understand how well your AV equipment can integrate with other systems or the ones you already own and operate.
– Technology is constantly changing, so it is important to make sure that where possible, you’re building your AV system in such a way that it is possible to upgrade components over time. In the same way this includes having the correct cabling to accommodate future systems
To this end if you are interested in starting a new AV project and would like more information on the best practices to help make sure it goes as smoothly as possible, don’t hesitate to get in touch to speak to one of our technical experts.
NM Cabling is a technology and structured cabling integrator working throughout the United Kingdom.
We have created a comprehensive Knowledge Centre for our industry which can be viewed at https://www.nmcabling.co.uk/knowledge-centre/
Case Studies of Some AV Installation projects by NM Cabling Solutions