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Tips: A Few Basics about Digital Signal Processors (DSPs)

Today digital signals are part and parcel of all data networks, and this includes audio-visual networks, which are quickly going digital. A basic understanding of how digital signal processors (DSPs) work is critical, because they play an important role in simplifying AV networking and also in achieving greater audio-video clarity. Put simply, as AV moves...
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Tips: Maximising the use of Video Conferencing in Education

The early adoption of video conferencing in the education sector (and for learning/training applications) has been centered on its potential to enable distance learning. But there are several other benefits (beyond distance learning) that video conferencing infrastructure can bring to classrooms — which include lecture capture/recording and live streaming. In this Cisco video case study,...
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Tips: 5 Presentation Predictions for 2015 from Slideshare

How we present our ideas is constantly evolving, as our audiences and the technologies available to use continue to evolve. This set of predictions from Slideshare provides some very interesting insights into how presentations are set to evolve and provides directions on how we can adapt and improve. Some key observations: 1. Solutions like Prezi...
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What is the energy saving benefit of lighting control?

Tips: What is the energy saving benefit of lighting control?

The benefits of low consumption LED fixtures in aiding power consumption are well understood, especially when there are a large number of fixtures in a structure. This is leading to their widespread adoption – especially in large offices, entire buildings and across large campuses. But a lot more can be done to reduce power consumption,...
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What are the new features of HDMI 2.0

Tips: Understanding the benefits of HDMI 2.0 in enabling UHD/4K resolutions

With the advent of Ultra high resolution/4K solutions, comes the need for a new set of standards that deliver this high bandwith performance in a new range of AV products. HDMI 2.0 is one of these upgraded standards and represents a significant upgrade from the current generation of HDMI in several ways – not just...
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Secure AV: How to secure AV devices in corporate networked AV environments

As Networked AV (the coming together of AV and IT) adoption becomes prevalent in enterprise environments, the sheer number of AV devices to be managed is growing exponentially. But unless they are managed properly, these AV devices can also become the source of challenges to confidentiality and security from both within and without the corporate...
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REPORT: The real impact of video collaboration (it’s not just reducing travel costs)

Measuring the real impacts of technology in the earlier part of its adoption curve can be challenging, because usage evolves over a period of time as users begin to explore its applications in their own context. The report from Polycom and Wainhouse on global usage trends in video collaboration reveals that saving of travel costs...
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Tips: Now access your advanced AV and environment control system with an App on your smartphone or tablet?

One of the past limitations in implementation of control systems in work and living environments, has been the relatively high cost of proprietary touch screen controllers, which provide the most intuitive and attractive interface to use devices conveniently. All of this has changed with the advent of touch-enabled smartphones and tablets which are more or...
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Energy Monitoring

Tips: Achieving energy efficiency: What’s needed for real results?

Even as our desire for energy efficiency continues to increase (because of increasing costs and new regulations), practical solutions continue to be difficult to find. The first step is to actually understand our current consumption of energy – which is not obvious or measured in most buildings, offices and homes. But eventually what’s needed is...
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Actis unveils multipurpose rooms

Source: DNA… “Actis Technologies has unveiled multipurpose rooms, which can be morphed in to conference hall, training room, banquet hall and auditorium with AV control systems…”
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The Actis Integration and AV Blog is a forum for sharing tips, insights, news, solutions and experiences with people and businesses who are undertaking different types of integration projects in India. It covers topics like Professional AV, lighting, energy management, video collaboration, unified communications, presentations, network AV and environment control.

Over time it will grow into a practical, India-specific, knowledge base to assist CIOs/CTOs, architects, AV and lighting consultants, developers, educational institutions and the hospitality industry to make better choices and get more out of their investments in technology.

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