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Smarter Systems set for expansion in Charlotte

Jul 17, 2020 10:35:18 AM / by Megan Weatherford posted in News

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Charlotte, NC – July 17, 2020 Smarter Systems is moving its headquarters to accommodate rapid growth. The new space in Southwest Charlotte’s Whitehall Technology Park will add square footage for personnel and warehouse space. 

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What is BYOM?

Jul 15, 2020 4:29:03 PM / by Megan Weatherford posted in Audio Visual, Conference Room, Barco, Wireless Presentation, Video Conferencing

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WFH (Work from home). BYOM (Bring Your Own Meeting). We've added a lot of acronyms to our vocabulary since COVID-19 started. Like WFH, BYOM is something we've started seeing more since most of us have fully embraced video conferencing. Barco, a conference room technology   leader, says it's an extension of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) in the workplace. While working and collaborating via your own tablet, mobile, or laptop is quite common practice in enterprises nowadays, the entrance of BYOM marks the beginning of a new, more dynamic workplace experience.

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Top Video Conferencing Equipment 2020

Jun 11, 2020 3:43:38 PM / by Megan Weatherford posted in Audio Visual, Crestron, Conference Room, Barco, Wireless Presentation, Poly, Video Conferencing

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When you are thinking about video conferencing, software like Zoom or Microsoft Teams comes to mind. Those types of unified communication and collaboration platforms (UCC) are essential now that the workforce has moved to a work from home model. This software creates a virtual conference room. But, what does it mean for your actual conference room when it's business as usual? Everyone attending your meeting can't huddle around one person's laptop, can they? (The answer is no.) 

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Three Ways to Stream Sunday Service: Video System Solutions

May 1, 2020 2:13:41 PM / by Megan Weatherford posted in Audio Visual, Projects, Video Conferencing, House of Worship, Live Streaming

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This blog post was created with the help of Vaddio, the premier global manufacturer of PTZ cameras, professional AV solutions and a full suite of UCC products for the audiovisual, videoconference and broadcast marketplaces.

Sunday services look a little different right now with COVID-19 restrictions in place. The pews are empty but that doesn’t mean parishioners aren’t worshipping. Many houses of worship are turning to technology to reach the congregation.

For the churches who don’t stream their services online regularly, it’s been a scramble. The main misperception -- adding video production is really hard-- it’s something only megachurches do. But that’s not the case.

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Smarter Systems Provides AV Technology Support during COVID-19 Shutdown

Apr 9, 2020 10:53:26 AM / by Megan Weatherford posted in Classroom technology, Audio Visual, Conference Room, Projects, News, Work From Home

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Everyone is feeling the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We've heard so many of our clients' struggles but also stories of successful pivots with the necessary technology changes. With so much uncertainty, we wanted to provide you with an update on our status and daily operations. 

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Work from Home Video Conferencing Must-Haves

Apr 7, 2020 12:15:11 PM / by Megan Weatherford posted in Crestron, Poly, Video Conferencing, Work From Home

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Ready or not, working from home has now become a business reality. Even if your team wasn't fully prepared before, they are finding a way to make this work during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. For some, it's been scary and overwhelming, but this is our new reality. Now is the time to settle in and leverage technology such as video conferencing for meetings to make the most of it.

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How to Clean Commercial Touch Screen Displays

Mar 24, 2020 2:54:47 PM / by Megan Weatherford posted in Education, SMART Board, Classroom technology, Crestron, Conference Room

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Based on the empty shelves of hand sanitizer and Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, people are taking the calls to clean hands and wipe down surfaces very seriously. Coronavirus (COVID-19) has shut businesses and schools nationwide, and now the focus is on slowing down the spread. 

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10 Tips to Get the Most Out of Remote Work

Mar 20, 2020 11:22:27 AM / by Megan Weatherford posted in Audio Visual, Video Conferencing, Work From Home

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If remote work isn't already a mandate in your office, it's been discussed. According to global technology giant Barco, remote work is up 115% in the last decade. Can you even imagine how that number has changed in the last month? Coronavirus (COVID-19) has drastically changed the way businesses operate here in Charlotte and around the world. If a work from home mentality is new territory for your business, it may feel chaotic and overwhelming. Consider the following guidelines to help your management team and employees acclimate.

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26 Free Distance Learning Resources and Activities

Mar 18, 2020 3:30:46 PM / by Megan Weatherford posted in Education, Classroom technology, Work From Home

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Distance learning is a hot topic right now. As a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads, schools are shutting down and forcing teachers to turn to online learning. While it’s not unheard of, most teachers aren’t prepared for this harsh reality. 

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8 Ways to Entertain Your Toddler While Working from Home

Mar 17, 2020 11:32:20 AM / by Megan Weatherford posted in Audio Visual

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If you are working from home until further notice, you aren’t alone. If your kids are joining you, say no more! Coronavirus (COVID-19) is changing the way businesses operate overnight and forcing schools and daycares to shut down. Last week you were in conference room meetings and grabbing a coworker for a quick impromptu session. Today, you are learning how to collaborate solely with video conferencing calls while your toddler is screaming or destroying the next room. Believe us when we say, you aren’t alone!

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