In the past it was often the case that the audio-visual integrator was called in after the architect had completed their designs and quite often well after the build was completed, But the world has moved on in the last 10 years and organizations are now realising that the audio-visual technology is no longer a secondary consideration in the planning of a new office/workspace but actual as important as the building itself.
With Millennials and generation Z now becoming the largest demographics in the workplace it is easy to see why technology that supports collaboration and work flexibility has become so important.
Organisations have moved on from simple presentations and email communications, and making a phone call is almost considered archaic! Video, instant messaging and group collaboration tools such as interactive touchscreens are now common place in all corporate offices. The integration of these solutions is now taking centre stage in the modern workspace, these products need to sit comfortably into the architecture of the building and be intuitive enough for the employee to feel comfortable using them.
AV integrators and AV consultants are now working closely with architects to successfully incorporate technology seamlessly into physical working environments. The benefits of these collaborations to the end-user are clear and the final outcome creates a user experience far more streamlined then previously experienced.
However, for these collaborations to work effectively the AV integrators or consultants need to be involved in the early stages of the project planning and the end client must have an idea of what their overall goal is! What are they hoping to achieve with the technology, are they looking to increase productivity? Attract younger talent to the organisation?
When an AV integrator or consultant view a project brief they will be looking for ways to seamless control devices, how equipment can be concealed so as not to disrupt the aesthetic qualities of the space, what technology will provide the client with the best chance to reach their chosen goals and how each piece of the technology would be used by the employees. The AV integrator or consultant will if involved from the beginning of a project be able to ensure that the space is fitted out with the proper equipment connections and placements built into the design.
Often projects can be completed in far less time when the AV integrator/Consultant is involved from the offset, eliminating costly workarounds by ensuring wiring and connections are in the correct place before the AV team turn up to install, they can also ensure that the technology being specified will work in the spaces provided, for example ensuring that alcoves for screens are correct or that racks are not going to block exits.
AV Integrators and consultants, in addition to working with the client & architect they also have relationships with 3rd party trades and consultants regarding seamlessly integrating the AV solutions during the construction or fit-out phase and can also gain preferential pricing from suppliers of audio-visual equipment.
Collaborating from the beginning of a project ensures that the functionality of the technology and the space in the building is correct but also ensures that the architect's vision for each area is upheld. The overall look and usability will be stronger, and the space will benefit from a more professional finish.