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Manage both natural and room lighting to minimise power consumption

As we get increasingly aware of the need to reduce our power consumption, the use of LED lighting and lighting control systems has become a very popular means to do this. However, the use of LED lighting indoors during daylight hours means that unnecessary and wasteful consumption continues to exist. This is especially true in...
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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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screen for smaller meeting rooms

New Trends: What does 4K resolution mean for your screens?

The buzz about 4k is already getting pretty loud, with consumer electronics manufacturers pitching it as the next upgrade you HAVE to get as the prices hit mainstream TVs. But a closer looks suggests that 4K isn’t going to be perceptibly better for all screens (than FullHD) – and its impact on clarity and reducing...
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Projecting effectively in high ambient brightness conditions

Despite the increasing brightness levels of business projectors in general, image clarity can be challenging in spaces with a lot of ambient light. This is especially so in makeshift/external venues like terraces or lawns being used for special events and even in alternative meeting spaces within the office like atriums and cafeterias. Commonly tried solutions...
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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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First Look: Learning in large venues – How AV and video conferencing creates learning experiences in a 350-seat auditorium

Auditoriums present a diverse set of challenges especially when it comes to combining AV, lighting and environment controls to make events easier to manage in various types of scenarios. This project (for an educational institution), involved the integration of video conferencing and lighting to help the facilities team to manage live events in a 350-seat...
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Transform almost any surface into a finger-touch interactive display with an interactive 3-LCD projector

Interactivity is much sought after in presenting and learning environments, because it allows a fair degree of flexibility and allows presenters to adopt their own presentation style. But as useful as products like interactive whiteboards have been, they’ve added complexity to the presenters’ environment – becoming one more product to purchase, install and operate in...
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Epson’s high-brightness projectors

First Look: How Big is your Big-screen display?

When it comes to big screen displays, there are few rooms that can top this multi-purpose room that we’ve just created for the New Delhi office of one of the world’s largest financial institutions. The 20-seater multi-purpose hall is equipped with a 103″ Plasma display AND 2 x 63″ Plasma monitors to allow a variety...
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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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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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