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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Work from Home: A New Business Normal?

Apr 15, 2020 2:32:05 PM / by Ned Coleman posted in Audio Visual, Crestron, Conference Room, Huddle Room, Training Room, Barco, Video Conferencing, Work From Home

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In the midst of this Coronavirus (COVID-19) disruption to our lives and businesses, if you’re anything like me, you are wondering how long until we get back to “normal”? I long for the days of seeing my teams gathered around a conference room table, collaborating on a new idea or discussing an upcoming project. I want to be able to grab lunch with a co-worker and connect face-to-face. I want to sit down in my office for a one-to-one with a direct report, instead of using video conferencing to discuss our goals for the month. Don’t you?

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Leverage COVID-19 Business Downtime: Upgrade Conference Room Technology Now

Apr 15, 2020 1:51:51 PM / by Ned Coleman posted in Audio Visual, Conference Room, Huddle Room, Training Room, Video Conferencing, Work From Home

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I have always found myself an interested observer of other businesses and business models. I guess it's the entrepreneur in me—what a time to be watching what others are doing with their company. From crisis to calm, some are in their busiest season ever while others are shutting their doors. I find a majority are in the middle. They are weathering this storm, and those that learn to leverage this time will come back stronger.

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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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Get Engaged (Working from Home)

Mar 31, 2020 7:03:07 AM / by Lori Cook posted in Video Conferencing, Work From Home

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I'm finally engaged!


I'm sure reading that gave you pause, huh? Well, it's true! After a couple of weeks on the struggle bus trying to juggle work, kids, online school, navigating ways to find groceries, etc., I realized that I'm finally engaged… at work, that is.

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Coronavirus: Confessions of a Work from Home Mom

Mar 25, 2020 9:30:00 AM / by Lori Cook posted in Work From Home

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I've never been one to mince words. Don't believe me, just ask my co-workers. I'm sure many of you can relate, as recently I've been "relocated" and have taken on additional duties. Now I'm not only the VP of Strategic and Global Accounts for Smarter Systems, but I'm a daycare teacher for a 3-year-old and teaching my 9-year-old Singapore math (say what??). Y'all this season is hard!

 

5 Things I've Learned while Working from Home

 

Last week I sent an update to some of my clients. It resonated. Why? (You sound like my 3-year-old) Because it was raw and real. We are all in this together and facing all the same challenges. It read a little something like this:

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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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