Returning to Work: Let's get ready to rumble...

Sep 29, 2020 11:22:33 AM / by Lori Cook posted in Crestron, Work From Home, Return to Work

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It is no secret that 2020 has been…. well let’s just say, a unique year. For most, we have reluctantly adjusted to our new, temporary work from home (school from home) model. And for us moms in the room we have been juggling all the things.

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What your Conference Room and Chick-fil-A Have in Common

Jul 1, 2020 3:12:44 PM / by Lori Cook posted in Audio Visual, Crestron, Conference Room, Huddle Room, Barco, Wireless Presentation, Work From Home

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Back to "normal"? Nope, not so fast! I'm not sure our expectations of "normal" will ever be the same after the things we have experienced over the last few months. If you'd told me in December when I was setting my 2020 goals that a virus would change our world, I would've called you crazy! But the truth is, it has changed everything. If you look around, you will see that life as we know it has changed both in our personal and professional worlds.

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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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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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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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Smarter Systems Earns Five CTS Certifications in 2019

Dec 20, 2019 3:11:30 PM / by Megan Weatherford posted in Audio Visual, Crestron, Projects, News, Barco, Poly

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Charlotte, NC – December  19, 2019 Smarter System adds another AVIXA Certified Technology Specialist™ (CTS) to the team. This certification means five team members have earned the distinct accolade in 2019. President and CEO Ned Coleman says, "Smarter Systems is dedicated to quality for our clients, and adding CTS credentialed team members is just one way to show we are serious about that commitment."

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The Best Wireless Presentation System for Your Conference Room

Nov 15, 2019 8:37:01 AM / by Megan Weatherford posted in Crestron, Barco, Wireless Presentation, Poly

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Our focus is always on the user experience. That’s why we partner with the best-in-breed manufacturers to make sure we have access to technology solutions that fit a variety of needs. When it comes to wireless presentation systems, we consider three categories before choosing a solution for a client. Those include:

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Tackling Your Conference Room Communication Problems

Mar 28, 2019 11:00:35 AM / by Megan Weatherford posted in Audio Visual, Crestron, Conference Room, Huddle Room, Training Room

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In today's workplace, the most common challenge our clients say they face is the time it takes to get a meeting started. When they walk into a conference room, they want to begin immediately. Time is valuable, and the number of meetings spaces are often limited.  Losing meeting time connecting to the room's technology is inefficient and frustrating.     

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Four Things Every Huddle Room Needs

Mar 21, 2019 11:05:49 AM / by Megan Weatherford posted in Audio Visual, Crestron, Conference Room, Huddle Room

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Huddle rooms. They are everywhere. Most businesses have at least one, if not 100. When we say huddle room, we are talking about 10x10 foot space (maybe a 10 x 12). It fits 2-5 people comfortably. Most of the time it has a little table or credenza.  


"Our goal for clients in huddle rooms is simplicity," said Lori Cook Smarter Systems VP for Strategic and Global Accounts. She added, "This needs to be a space where a team can meet quickly and comfortably without any setup." So when you're thinking about technology ... keep it simple!  

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