It has long been understood that doing good can be good for business. And this includes going green. Increasingly, sustainability makes good business sense. So, what exactly do we mean by sustainability? It means that we, the current generation live and work in a way that does not compromise the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
With the ‘going green’ mantra being chanted by most businesses today, the AV and Lighting (AVL) industry is not exempt. A white paper by Infocomm, highlights this trend. Some of the ways that the AVL industry can satisfy ‘green norms’, even as they pursue a profit is as follows:
1. Brighter screens at lower costs: Increasingly AV firms are recommending bright screens for videos. Video technology has also made significant strides. With the rise of LED video displays, the cost per screen, the energy consumption and maintenance have all but plummeted. Also, with LED video becoming a viable alternative for live events, the cost of traditional projector lamps has been all but eliminated. So, brightness is way up, with lowered costs.
2. Better sound with money saved: Commercial amplifiers have become progressively more efficient over the past few years. Also, the audio industry is increasingly using lighter composite materials for the loudspeakers it uses. This saves significantly on transportation costs when travelling. All of these changes have brought fiscal benefits including reduced power waste.
3. LED illumination with an increased Return-on-Investment (ROI): Since the last decade, the lighting industry has been migrating to LED illumination. LED consumes up to 90 percent less energy than incandescent and other conventional illumination types. This results in lower energy usage in the long term with a vastly increased ROI. LED also generates virtually no heat and is cool to the touch with savings through lower HVAC costs and increased safety.
4. Automated control systems and their contribution to sustainability: Automated control systems have been contributing to sustainability for a long time. They have been doing this by shutting down AVL systems when they sense that no one is in an event space, such as a ballroom or an auditorium. This kind of sensor-based action goes much further than the simpler scheduling-based on/off timer functionality that control systems featured several years ago.
Some important points:
“As laser technology develops over the next few years, we will see significant reductions made in projector weight, size and cost, which will make laser the optimal illumination solution for all applications…”
“Audio has also gained some sustainable ground by embracing digital networking. This drastically reduces the need for cabling by moving audio onto Ethernet networks that can pack hundreds of channels onto a single CAT-5 wire.”
“For installed lighting at live-event venues, LED almost always means a significant reduction in the number of light fixtures needed, because of the LED’s color-changing capability.”
“Control systems can now look at many aspects of a space, such as the amount of ambient daylight entering a room while a projection system is in use, and adjust the shades, the lighting and the thermostat accordingly. That use of data is now going a step further…”
So, now you know how you can go green by embracing sustainable trends in the AVL industry. This trend is only going to increase with several AVL specialists jumping onto the ‘going green’ bandwagon. Here’s to balanced and sustainable AVL solutions!
To know more, you can read this white paper by Infocomm. For more information on how to install and maintain sustainable and cutting-edge AVL solutions, contact Actis at 022-30808080 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Content courtesy: www.infocomm.org and images courtesy: www.samsung.com and www.avnetwork.com)