We are pleased to announce that we have been acquired by Global AV Integrator AVMI

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Today AVMI, a leading international AV integrator, announced their acquisition of Focus 21 Visual communication. The deal will significantly enhance AVMI’s capabilities to design, deliver and support a broad range of audiovisual, collaboration technology and digital media solutions. The combined business reinforces AVMI’s market-leading position in the UK, whilst growing and accelerating AVMI’s vision for becoming a major player in the global AV market.

Focus 21 was founded in 1998, Focus 21 and has been widely regarded for its professional approach, technical expertise and quality of service, which represented a natural fit for AVMI. Recently Focus 21 earned the distinction of being the first UK-based company to hold the ‘AV Provider of Excellence’ status, and has won several awards for their work over the past few years.

Focus 21 has an enviable reputation for the quality of its workmanship and its strong service culture, both of which are highly valued characteristics at AVMI” comments Ed Cook, CEO of AVMI. “Combining the two companies will allow us to bring together some of the industry’s most talented AV professionals and allow us to continue to evolve to meet the changing and increasingly global needs of our corporate customers. I am extremely excited to welcome the team at Focus 21 into the AVMI group”.

This deal expands AVMI’s industry footprint and will allow it to leverage its operating scale to ensure customers gain access to the latest technologies at the best possible prices.

Founders of Focus 21, Jim Harwood and Nigel Warrilow, will no longer be involved in the business.  Jim commented, “After twenty years of building up Focus 21, Nigel and I have decided that the time was right to step back and to hand over the reins to AVMI. It has been a great pleasure working with all our friends and colleagues at Focus 21 and we wish them every success in the future.”

We will continue to operate as normal for the time being and are available on the usual numbers if anyone has any questions. We look forward to bringing you more exciting updates in the near future.

Quality sound is often a huge issue in small meeting rooms and huddle spaces. So, what's the solution?

Soundbars have become the options of choice for system integrators because they offer a slim, sleek appearance and are easy to use with the ability to offer clear sound in smaller areas.

Here is our guide to some of the best on the market.

Crestron’s Saros® SB-200-P is a stereo sound bar designed to provide enhanced audio performance for a flat panel display. Its full-range, front-firing speakers offer an improvement over the small, rear-facing speakers typical of many display devices. The bracket included with the sound bar allows for attachment to a wall surface, or the unit can be placed on a shelf below or above the display.

Built-in amplification allows for direct connection to the line-level audio output of the display device, or to the output of an audio preamp, switcher, mixer, tv tuner, codec, or Crestron DM® receiver.[1] The amplifier powers on automatically when an audio input signal is detected, and powers off if no signal is detected for several minutes.

The SAROS SB-200-P sound bar is well-suited for use in any small to medium sized meeting room or huddle spaces.

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Yamaha CS700. The CS700 also an all-in-one unit, equips huddle rooms with ‘top notch’ audio, video, and screen sharing capability. The huddle space often has very unique requirements, such as having glass walls and limited tabletop space, the Yamaha CS700 manages reverberation like no other, combining ultra-wideband audio with high-quality video using a wide angle camera capturing all participants in one field of view. And the four-element speaker bar provides what can only be described as ‘amazing’ audio, ensuring every word spoken is heard loud and clear.

A real benefit of the CS700 is the ability to monitoring and manage the units remotely, through a built-in IP interface. In addition, the CS700 provides a SIP interface to the corporate call manager, replacing the need for a separate conference phone. And Bluetooth allows for fast and easy audio connections, instantly turning a mobile or computer call into a conference call.

Addressing communication and collaboration needs this product will fit most businesses with compatibility with Microsoft Skype for Business, Google Chromebox for Meetings, BlueJeans, Zoom, GoTo Conference, Vidyo to name a few.

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The Harman Acendo Vibe conferencing sound bars are perfect for companies that want outstanding audio performance in an attractive form factor. With features like JBL sound, a far-field microphone array with integrated acoustic echo cancellation, USB and Bluetooth connectivity which supports BYOD (bring your own device) this soundbar is a great addition to the smaller meeting space. Harman also has a version with a 110-degree field-of-view camera that captures the entire room, and display automation, Acendo Vibe delivers an exceptional audiovisual experience for the modern conference room and is a great option for the smaller meeting room or huddle space.

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Give Focus 21 a call or drop us an email to arrange a free demo and see for yourself how these compact soundbars can impact and benefit your huddle spaces.

Zygmunt Day promotion to Project Manager

We are delighted to announce that we have recently promoted Zygmunt Day the position of Project Manager. Zygmunt started at Focus 21 Visual Communications in December 2014 as an AV Site Manager, where he supported our clients such as Condé Nast International.

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Zygmunt Day 

Project Manager

 “Zygmunt has shown a real aptitude in his role as site manager and it was obvious he was ready to progress his career with us at Focus 21. His technical understanding and his own high standards will ensure he thrives in this new role. He is a real asset to the company and I am looking forward to working with him more closely” Justin Paveley, Projects Director, Focus 21

Zygmunt started his career in AV back in 2012, after completing his English degree at Cambridge University with a 2:1 “It’s been great to have the support of Focus 21 over the last three years. The company has a strong commitment to training, career development, and a real team spirit. I am excited for the challenge of a project management role, and I look forward to working closely with our clients, and the team at Focus 21, to design, build, and deliver elegant AV systems.” Zygmunt Day – Project Manager, Focus 21

Please join us in congratulating Zygmunt on his new position.

 

The changing face of AV

Looking back, it feels as though the future we have predicted has not materialised the way we thought it might. The laser guns and flying cars depicted in futuristic films have instead been represented by a push for fewer firearms and the appearance of electric vehicles. Whilst tech companies attempt to develop self-driving cars, with mixed success, our natural determination to protect our species and environment have led to an arguably more sustainable future than the one we saw Marty McFly arrive in.

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As other industries have progressed, so too has the audio visual industry. My first experience of business audio visual solutions was 3-gun CRT projectors. These were capable of producing a fantastic image in a darkened room but their expense and technical limitations made them inaccessible to most businesses.

The LCD projector changed all of this, as several manufacturers produced installation projectors of ever-more impressive resolutions and brightness-levels. Then there was a race to produce the tiniest possible projectors; something that could slip into your brief-case to help you present at the drop of a hat. Simultaneously vendors tried to produce the perfect education projector; meeting the cost, warranty and brightness demands in that market could mean enormous success as interactive whiteboards were deployed in schools all over the UK.

Today’s projector enhancements include massive flexibility in the shape and size of projected image meaning some truly awe-inspiring visuals. Lampless projectors now offer 20,000 hours of life before the LEDs need replacing (as opposed to around 2000 hours in a traditional projector). Beyond picture quality and lamp life, laser projector lamps aren't as fragile, and offer nearly instant on/off. these benefits mean lasers will probably be the future of front projection for some time to come.

Massive, cubic CRT displays were replaced by flat-screen technology. Initially plasma technology seemed likely to be the display technology of the future, only for us to discover that their glass-fronted composition made them very heavy (therefore difficult to fit onto partition walls) and that they suffered terribly from “screen burn” making them impossible to use long-term public display environments. LCD screens that had previously been too expensive to produce at anything other than 20” in size, appeared as a genuine replacement for CRT screens and the projected image.

Digital canvasses now make it possible for people to feel completely immersed in a different world, where virtual reality technology still struggles to find its application. Newer, smarter virtual-reality tools allow users to move around in a space rather and to approach virtual objects around them. However, it’s a disconcerting experience as you can’t see the things that surround you in the real world, giving you the feeling that you are about to crack your shins on the coffee table or trip over the dog. Digital canvasses instead deliver a sort of virtual surrounding, where real world is accompanied by virtual experiences.

Media walls and Digital canvasses are becoming the norm in both retail and corporate environments and the recent developments in AV over IP is leading the way to bigger and more exciting installations. Products like Crestron’s NVX allow you to transmit significantly more sources to your Audio Visual Devices than a traditional AV set-up. reducing installation time whilst improving the appearance of an AV Installation, by allowing you to run one cable rather than many and letting you transmit your audio visual assets over much greater distances using copper or fibre IP cabling.

Wires started to disappear from our meeting rooms as wireless microphones materialised. Based on DECT technology, wireless microphones provide a flexible audio solution for rooms of varying sizes without being prescriptive of the room layout.

Wireless visual solutions have allowed us to escape the confusion of ever-increasing video and audio connections. Suddenly visitors to meeting rooms were able to display whatever they want from their PC, Mac or mobile device at the touch of a button. This technology has justifiably been enormously successful.

Possibly the most Back To The Future-like developments have been in video conferencing. Adopted by the Audio Visual industry (because it requires large screens and high-quality audio solutions to work well), video conferencing has been implemented by enterprise businesses all over the world. It’s not-yet pervasive in smaller businesses, but lower-cost hardware, such as high-quality cameras that can be used with a PC are making video conferencing more accessible. Cloud video conferencing solutions now provide an easy and inexpensive way for us all to meet face-to-face.

Perhaps I was taking all this fiction far-too literally; we were never supposed to really have self-fastening trainers or hover-boards. However, it’s exciting to see that AV, technologists are developing the stunning visual solutions we have longed-for since first setting eyes on Bladerunner. It’s also comforting that instead of relying on flying cars to reduce our road traffic, the AV industry is helping us travel less and protect the things that really matter.

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John Chandler

CTS, HR, Training, Health & Safety Manager, Focus 21 Visual Communications Limited

Product showcase - Polycom Eagle Eye Director

There is now no need to settle for a one-size-fits-all view of your conference room. The Polycom EagleEye Director II takes video conferencing to the next level with people tracking technology that automatically zooms in on an active speaker without the use of a remote control or camera presets. With meeting participants no longer worrying about staying in the camera view or interrupting the flow of conversation to pass the remote control, they can spend 100% of their time in meetings focusing on the bigger issue—solving critical business problems.

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The ability to see speakers up close during a video call allows for a more engaging and natural meeting experience, vital nonverbal cues are easier to pick up and it is much easy to concentrate on the speaker when they are clearly visible.

The Polycom eagle eye director II also offers powerful data analytics to measure your return on investment when used with Polycom RealPresence Group Series and RealPresence Clariti, allowing you to:

·         Count the number of participants during video calls for stronger understanding of video adoption.

·         Monitor room usage to ensure that automated conferences are being attended and not running in empty rooms

Technical Overview

·         Compatible with Polycom RealPresence Group Series with 6.1 software or above

·         Compatible Skype for Business video systems:

·         Microsoft Surface Hub (55" and 84")

·         Skype for Business 2015 and Lync 2013 client running on Microsoft Windows 7, 8, 8.1 or 10

·         Supports people-tracking up to 10m (32.8 feet)

·         Uses 2 EagleEye IV 12x cameras

·         Small physical footprint - 11.14” x 21.57” x 5.5” (H x W x D)

·         Wall-mount bracket included

·         Connections

·         1 x mini-HDCI out to video system

·         2 x USB 2.0

·         1 x 3.5mm stereo line-in

·         1 x HDMI in

·         1 x HDMI out

For the full datasheet click here

 

We are doing our bit for the environment and removing all disposable plastics from the workplace

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Why we decided to remove single-use water bottles from our office.

As reported by the BBC "In the UK 38.5m plastic bottles are used every day and only just over half make it to recycling, while more than 16m are put into landfill, burnt or leak into the environment and oceans each day". Between 5m and 13m tonnes of plastic leaks into the world's oceans each year to be ingested by seabirds, fish, and other organisms, and by 2050 the ocean will contain more plastic by weight than fish, according to research by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. 

Focus 21 made the decision to help support our seas by giving all our staff re-useable water bottles as a step towards reducing our plastic use.

It's no surprise to me that 20 years on the company is still thriving!

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Olivia Frayne

Customer Service Manager

“I started at Focus 21 in 2011 as a general administrator. Prior to joining I was working part-time as a sale assistant in Halfords, having just finished my A-Levels. I guess you could say that I fell into the AV industry, I think a lot of people can say the same. It’s an industry that seems to be full of people who found themselves here and have decided to stay.

Focus 21 is a very welcoming company. All the staff are friendly and approachable, and the culture is very inclusive and collaborative. I’ve never considered leaving because I have always had the ability to tell the management team my goals and concerns, and at each point, they have worked with me.

The whole management team are supportive when it comes to career growth and have always shown me that they believe in me, which has enabled me to step up and take on new challenges. Within a few years of starting, I was promoted to Customer Service Manager for the Service Department, a role which I am incredibly passionate about.

Focus 21 has an extensive new starter programme to bring in employees from outside the industry, and I think this has helped create a real family feeling in the company, as the staff tend to help each other, and this mentally has really nurtured a supportive culture. The organisation tends to look internally when a new role or position comes up, and if there is someone who they believe, with a little support, can step up, then they are given every encouragement to do so to progress their career. We have so many people here that started in the warehouse or rack build and have progressed to more senior roles.

I have so many memories of working at Focus 21 and look back on them all fondly. We always try to have fun in the office (as well as working hard) and no day is ever dull. Our staff parties have always been great fun – we went to Brighton before Christmas where we all had a fantastic time. It’s no surprise to me that 20 years since the company started it is still thriving! Everyone wants to be here and wants to make it a success and I think customers pick up on that.”

Olivia Frayne, Customer Service Manager, Focus 21 Visual Communications 

Focus 21 gave me more than a career, they gave me my family!

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Michael Fisher

Project Manager

“I left school at the age of 16 in 1999 and set about finding my first job, I stumbled upon Focus 21 who offered me a job as an Installation Engineer. There were only 6 other employees at the time and we were all based out of a client’s office in Staines, in fact, one of my first jobs after joining was to fit the carpet in the new office!

After working for Focus 21 for 4 years I felt like I needed a change of scenery, I left the company to work for a friend as a roofer (sounded fun at the time!). I was young and going through the typical “I know best” stage that most of us have been through. After a couple of years, I realised I’d made a mistake and contacted Jim, Focus 21 welcomed me back and have been part of my life and family ever since! I think they understood that I was growing up and they gave me the time and support to make the right decisions. They’ve always pushed me to try new roles within the company and I think at times saw things in me that I hadn’t yet realised.

Jim and Nigel treat everyone like individuals no matter how big the company gets they still manage to make time to get to know everyone and find out what makes them tick. Many of us here at Focus 21 have started in one role and then been encouraged to progress within the business by Jim and Nigel, I have seen so many people’s careers prosper because of this including my own.

During my time here at Focus 21, I have fulfilled many different roles, starting off as a Junior Installation Engineer at 16 and working my way up to now being a Project Manager at 35.

It was at Focus 21 that I met my wife Lucy, she worked as an administrator. We started dating in 2002, some employers might have found issue with staff dating but the management team were great and have supported us as we grow as a couple, through dating, marriage and then as we started our family. In fact, when Lucy had our first child and wanted to return to work they installed a small office at our house for her so that when the kids were small she would have the flexibility to work where she needed.

I have so much respect for the Management team at Focus 21, They never gave up on me even through difficult times and thanks to them I have so far had a successful career in AV and have a beautiful wife in Lucy and two great kids. I really couldn’t ask to work for better people.”

Michael Fisher – Project Manager, Focus 21 Visual Communications, CTS, CTS-I

 

 

We are pleased to announce we have been shortlisted for two Install Awards 2018

We are excited to announce that our install at Conde Nast International,  London has been shortlisted for ‘Corporate and Industrial Project of the Year’ and Focus 21 Visual Communications has been shortlisted for 'Integrator of the year 2018' at the Install Awards 2018. Winners to be announced in June!

To find out more about this amazing project click here 

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Product showcase - Christie Velvet Series of narrow-pitch LED tiles

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The series includes 1.2 and 1.6 millimetre pitches designed for critical viewing applications

Christie®, a leader in creating and sharing the world's best visual and audio experiences, created the Velvet Apex Series for 24/7 critical viewing applications including command and control rooms, and high-security surveillance monitoring. Apex Series’ high impact visuals are also suitable for corporate lobbies, museums, large-scale experiences, as well as indoor advertising and high-end retail applications.  

Designed for uniformity and performance using only the highest quality components, each Christie Velvet component is system level certified and tested to meet the most stringent safety and environmental requirements. 

Continuing the Velvet design that offers the highest image quality and premium performance, the Apex Series offers increased flexibility with its slim design, 100 percent front-serviceability, 16 x 9 aspect ratio, native HD and UHD resolutions, micro adjustments, and more. With the highest quality components that are designed to work together, remote/redundant power, and advanced monitoring, the Apex Series ensures peace of mind and uptime.

“Featuring the most efficient use of power, precision output control, advanced monitoring capability and design flexibility, with clear, detailed imagery, Apex Series delivers what critical viewing environments are looking for. Our design also includes the Macroblock Hawkeye Solution Platform® for long-term image uniformity, quality, and performance,” said Nick Fazio, product manager, Christie.

The Apex Series is easy to install, configure, manage and service. The Apex Intelligent Module adds features that make modules ‘plug and play,’ reducing downtime and reconfiguration requirements.

Apex Series solution features include:

-        16 x 9 aspect ratio.

-        Remote & redundant power supply.

-        100 percent front serviceable.

-        Slim ADA-compliant design.

-        Landscape and portrait options. 

-        Advanced monitoring capability (SNMP).

-        Apex Intelligent Module, enabling memory on module and more.

-        Native HD and UHD resolutions.

-        Micro adjustment capability.

-        Very low frame delay compared to the competition.

 

 

 

From Marine to AV, How I found the move

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Military service is difficult, demanding and dangerous. Returning to civilian life also poses challenges for the men and women who have served in the armed forces.

“Moving from the marines into civilian life was a huge culture shock for me, I had left the armed forces because I felt I had served my time and I was ready to greet the civilian life with open, somewhat shaky arms!

The first few months were scary, I was starting a new life but without knowing what that would be and if I’d be happy in it. Would I adapt to this new freedom and what on earth would I do for a living! But I got lucky my cousin had left the marines shortly before me, he’d found a company that understood where we had come from and had helped him through the process of becoming a 8-5 worker!

They were recruiting and had a position that my skills were transferable too. I’d been a signaller, (radio operator) in the marines, meaning I worked with wiring and electronics, I soon found myself in an interview. At first, I was nervous, but I soon realised that the interviewer understood my background and instantly put me at ease.

Shortly after the interview I found out I got the job and within a few weeks I was working in the Audio-Visual Industry. The thing that struck me most was how easy the transition was! I’d spent months worrying that I would struggle to fit into a more corporate working environment, yet here I was a month in and loving it! I’m not saying it’s not different and that I haven’t had to adapt, I have! But Focus 21 have supported me through and have shown me what life after the Marines can look like.

I am in a place where my organisational ability, technical skills and leadership are coming into play. As ex-military we do have a type of responsibility factor that I believe leads us to being ideal candidates for roles that require precision and a can-do attitude. I work for a company where things must be right, where standards are important and who believe in constantly improving.

The Marines taught me to appreciate, respect and love what I do and it’s this mentally I take into work with me each day”

Terence Smith – Focus 21 Visual Communications

 

AV over IP

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We regard it as our MO to advise you on your audio visual solutions that will help your business excel when communicating important messages with clients, employees, partners and suppliers.

We are technical professionals that can understand and implement complicated audio visual solutions to help you reach this goal. When we find ways of doing this that improve the appearance of your meeting facilities, improve your user experience and save you money, we are delighted to be able to tell you about it.

You may have noticed if you look at an AV switcher or the back of an LCD screen that there is a complicated array of inputs for PC, video, and audio. The advantages of this technology are that it’s fairly simple to plug local devices in and if deployed correctly it’s easy to switch between them.

However, there are some disadvantages and one only has to recognise that they are streaming video from Netflix or iTunes at home to feel that there has to be an alternative. In fact, there is. Some finger-on-the-pulse types amongst you will know that AV over IP (Audio Visual over Internet Protocol) is an option.

AV over IP is not particularly complicated, nor is it particularly new; IP networks have been used for video conferencing, video streaming and digital signage. However, the technology is currently under-utilised in a more traditional av environment

There are several reasons for this:

1)      AV experts like to stick to what they know; Circuit-based AV is something they’ve been implementing for a long time and they know how to make it work.

2)      Like with a lot of new technologies, early examples of AV over IP needed improvement to be regarded a realistic alternative:

a.       IP networks can be expensive when transmitting high-quality (and therefore high-bandwidth consumption) content

b.       To manage expense, one can implement a 1GB Ethernet. However then significant compression would be needed to achieve reasonable quality

c.       Compression can lead to delay, which damages ease of use and AV experience, especially when transmitting PC images (try using a mouse or flipping PowerPoint slides on a screen with major delay)

d.       4K60 content is more pervasive nowadays and this was not transmittable over 1GB Ethernet (even if your current assets are not 4K, there is every chance that will change in the future).

Recently there have been some significant developments in this technology. For example, Crestron specify that their new NVX can deliver 4K60 4:4:4 content with no delay over 1GB Ethernet. If this can be achieved, why is this so compelling?

1)      You can transmit significantly more sources to your Audio Visual Devices than a traditional AV set-up.

2)      You can reduce installation time whilst improving the appearance of an AV Installation as you only need to run one cable rather than many.

3)      You can transmit your audiovisual assets over much greater distances using copper or fibre IP cabling.

Now is an excellent time to consider using AV over IP as you build or refresh your audio-visual facilities. Speak with us now to learn more about whether AV over IP is the right direction for your business.

Focus 21's Hire and Events Showcase

Focus 21 are hosting a showcase at Saddlers Hall on Friday 13th April 2018 and would love for you and your colleagues to attend and experience what Saddlers Hall, Party Ingredients and Focus 21 has to offer.

The showcases will run from 12pm – 2pm and will be a great chance for you to sample the food and wine from Party Ingredients and see how Focus 21 can expand your event to captivate your audience at any venue.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP as soon as possible.

Saddlers’ Hall – Friday 13th April Please RSVP to Events@focus21.co.uk  by 6th April.

We look forward to meeting you at our Saddlers Hall showcase.

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Max Hill joins our sales division

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Max Hill

Account Manager

We are delighted to announce that we have recently promoted Max Hill to the position of Account Manager.

Max started at Focus 21 Visual Communications in July 2017, as lead install engineer, where he has done a fantastic job in supporting our clients, in fact so much so that he came to the attention of Darren Barton-Taylor our Sales Director, who felt Max’s technical knowledge and great people skills would be a real asset to his sales team.

“Max is going to be a great asset to the sales team. His technical understanding of our business and appreciation of the high standards we adhere to will help further support our clients, and his can-do attitude will ensure he represents Focus 21 in the best possible light. He is a real people person and I am looking forward to working with him” Darren Barton-Taylor – Sales Director

Max started his career in AV straight from college, after completing his NVQ level 3 in electronics, Six years on and he is now taking this exciting step. “I can’t wait to get started in my new role. It’s been an ambition of mine since starting at Focus 21, and I’m really looking forward to the challenge” Max Hill – Focus 21 Visual Communications

Please join us in congratulating Max on his new position.

Congratulations to Glenn Parker who celebrates 10 years at Focus 21 this month

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Glenn Parker

Celebrates 10 years at Focus 21

Glenn moved from Africa (Zimbabwe) back in 1999 to serve in the British Army where he served 9 years with the Royal Engineers, before joining Focus 21 in 2008.

Glenn's first role at Focus 21 was a rack builder, but that role only lasted 3 weeks before his talents were noticed, and he moved into the Rack build Supervisor role, For Glenn this felt like a sink or swim moment but for Focus 21 it was an obvious move and Glenn’s work ethics and technical knowledge ensured he swam.

The past 10 years have flown by for me, I think it comes down to the individual people I work with, the teamwork, the banter and the opportunity to progress through the company. The AV industry is constantly changing, and new technologies are coming to the market all the time, we get to integrate these new technologies from project to project bringing with it new challenges and making my job truly diverse”.  - Glenn Parker

We hope you will all join us in congratulating Glenn on 10 Years in the industry!

Martin Lawes - Projects Quality Control Manager

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Martin Lawes

Projects Quality Control Manager

We are pleased to announce that we have recently promoted Martin Lawes to the position of Projects Quality Control Manager.

Martin has been with Focus 21 for nearly 13 years, most recently leading the commissioning team, and we firmly believe this promotion will further enhance our customer experience.

Martin will be making sure best practices of the industry are adhered to, from the early design stage, to the final on-site commissioning, with the aim of utilising the knowledge from multiple projects to ensure we can offer our customers the very best service, reduce time spent on projects, and provide cost savings to our clients.

Examples of this could be to make sure a small error in system design is picked up before the rack build team come to wire a system, and to avoid wasting time re-working the equipment racks, or to make sure the commissioning team is fully trained on products we are using for the first time.

Although the output from his role may not be directly visible to customers, having a dedicated resource casting an impartial eye over the department, and overseeing all projects will enable us to spot potential issues before they arise, utilise teams’ time more efficiently, spot best practices easier and offer feedback and suggestions on products that may perform better.

Martin’s role will see him working with all departments and members of the projects team, clients, consultants and suppliers of hardware and software. He will also be responsible for organising and managing technical training on new products or software that will increase the efficiency of deployment and support within the project team.

Please join us in congratulating Martin on this promotion

Crestron ISE2018 recap

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If you attended ISE this year, then we are sure you will have attended the Crestron stand, here are a couple of the products that our team were excited to learn more about during their visit to Crestron’s stand during ISE2018.

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DM® NVX Series

The Crestron DM – NVX demonstrations were in high demand during the show so is if you missed out check out these videos of the environmental, image quality, and no latency tests, captured live from the show floor. The DM-NVX Series delivers a stunning 4k60 4:4:4, and HDR video experience over a standard, low cost 1G Ethernet network. The DM NVX is also the only network AV solution that protects video from environmental noise from lighting systems, elevators, vending machines and other powered appliances.

  • Now with Dante® and AES67
  • Web-based control and management
  • Encoder/decoder all-in-one
  • 4K60 4:4:4 HDR
  • No latency
  • Network security
  • 1 Gb Ethernet
  • Infinite scalability
  • USB 2.0 routing
  • Built-in DSP
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Crestron Mercury® 

The only open UC solution

We love the Crestron Mercury, it is the only UC and AV all-in-one table top solution that supports any web collaboration application. By combining all the must-have conferencing and collaboration tools in one easy-to-use console, Mercury enables people to work together regardless of location or conferencing application.

  • Conference phone; works with any SIP server
  • BYOD; works with any video conferencing or web collaboration service
  • Runs Zoom Rooms and Skype® for Business natively
  • Wired and wireless presentation
  • Supports network security and cloud provisioning
  • Now supports AppSpace™ digital signage
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All-new FlipTops™

The new FlipTops are completely redesigned for quick installation, flexible configuration, and unprecedented ease of use. Select any combination of cable retractors and modules (pass-through, connector, and AC power modules) and cleanly slide them into place. With no visible gaps or screws and with a dashboard forward design, these new models boast a clean fit and finish, beautifully engineered to automotive standards.