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Our World in Changing

02 August 2011

SPONSORED ARTICLE: A look into the future of business communications with Darren Pitt, head of business services at Saville Audio Visual, one of the UK’s leading integrators of audio visual, IT and videoconferencing technology.

The dynamic Innovation Hub, equipped by Saville at the UK offices of business analytics software specialist SAS in Marlow. The technology includes interactive digital presentation systems integrated with High Definition videoconferencing.

OUR WORLD IS CHANGING. The way in which we communicate, collaborate, share information and do business is changing also. The work place requirements for serving the needs of business and the people within it are changing as well; space needs to be more flexible than ever, offering an increased level of meeting environments from the traditional meeting room to the open areas.
Better value for money per square foot needs to be achieved, all of which needs to cater for multiple levels of requirements, from the sharing of information to interaction with data and remote communication without limitations.
Come to think of it, today’s building and working environment needs to be like the iPad or iPhone. The device does not change its shape or form - it simply has the apps you need built-in and ready to use. These apps can change, be moved and increase in usage; one app leads to investing in another and so on. The Apple range of devices has also had a significant impact on the working environment. It has made the technophobes more receptive to new technologies and raised the question: ‘Why can’t my work environment be as easy to manage as my iPad?’
Many would say this has always been the case - and they would be right. But the pressure to make those spaces and buildings work better has increased enormously – as has the pace of change. The demand for workspaces to be better, simpler and more efficient certainly has changed and people come to the office now not because they have to, but because they want to. It’s the place to meet up with colleagues and make use of the ‘apps’ it provides.
Is this all achievable? In short yes, it can be. That may be easy to say, but it’s now possible to demonstrate how effective meeting spaces can be designed and equipped, whether traditional or more contemporary in style. At Saville, our forward thinking stance on AV/IT technology is based on our experiences with a diverse range of clients. Our key objective is to develop solutions that cater for today’s remote communication and collaboration needs within the business environment.
Adaptiv Solution
Purpose designed meeting rooms and conference suites may be the preferred solution where space and budgets permit but with a compact, integrated mobile package, an effective videoconferencing or meeting environment can be created in virtually any available room.
A bespoke module like the Saville Adaptiv eliminates the need - and the cost - to hang large screens on walls with the attendant building reinforcement and services works. No need either for an equipment cabinet or rack in the corner of room taking up further valuable space. It’s easy to move the unit or change the screen to a larger one. As its name suggests, the stand is designed to take up minimal floor space and offers a complete videoconferencing and collaboration solution, like a big iPad that can be tailored to your specific requirements.
Total Environment
There are numerous off the shelf videoconferencing solutions able to deliver high quality pictures and sound and are as easy to use as making a telephone call. If, however, you are looking for a tailored, total package, you’ll discover that the hardware and the requirements of the environment go hand in hand and need to complement one another. Selecting the most suitable display screens and positioning the right microphone and cameras calls for experience and expertise.
As designers and manufacturers of bespoke meeting room furniture, Saville is well equipped to help you to create what amounts to the perfect ‘meeting space app’. Key factors can be diverse, from shaping the table for optimum far end viewing to lighting considerations, designing the equipment housing and choosing the seating to make the whole experience a good one and provide the perfect videoconferencing facility. As with any job you want doing professionally – consult a professional!
The Quadra Concept
Having considered a bespoke meeting room solution, what about a freestanding, self-contained, fully equipped room that can be delivered, equipped and set up anywhere?
Quadra is an innovative, easily deployable videoconferencing environment, perfect for open plan offices where you need create a private, soundproof videoconferencing facility without any building work – and the option to re-site it without any dilapidations. We can assist you, from design and installation through to on-site support and maintenance / support contracts.
On-site Media Asset Management
Amongst bigger organisations, it is recognised that the efficient use of audio visual media assets produces significant benefits, from the professional presentation of key messages through to the daily use of equipment as a cost saving driver. As a leading provider of audio visual and video related equipment maintenances and repair, Saville now provides the option of supplying a fully integrated on-site staffing solution. Tailored to suit a company’s individual AV needs and with the specific remit to share expert knowledge, this can help make end users aware of the power of modern communication platforms.
With national coverage, the company’s significant expertise can be integrated into an organisation and seamlessly represented as part of your own team. A senior management team, covering both maintenance and on-site contract services, brings many years of experience into play, working to create improved processes and efficiencies through devoting their skills to your non-core activities.
The aim is simple - to improve quality and standards whilst reducing your operating costs.

As the largest dedicated specialist audio visual services provider in the UK, servicing clients via a network of regional business delivery centres, Saville Audio Visual can fully support the AV/IT and videoconferencing requirements and commitments of businesses and organisations on any scale. The company holds ISO2001 Accreditation and is a key Partner of industry leaders Polycom, Cisco, Lifesize and Radvision. www.saville-av.com


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