Is the buzzword that’s reshaping the very idea of what a workplace should and could be. We have talked for several years now about the workplace being a state of mind, not simply an office where you go to work. It’s a space that facilitates collaboration, unlocks creativity and most importantly from a business point of view, increases productivity.

As a result, the expectations and pressures on workplace managers have grown considerably. The needs and wants of individual groups are ever changing.

Competition is Fierce

Competition amongst colleges and Universities is fierce. Standards are ever increasing and with each institution striving for the best how do they make themselves stand apart from the rest when it comes to attracting students?

One area for consideration in this is the importance of well integrated audio visual solutions. Gone are the days of just having it in the room being enough it needs to be used correctly to ensure full audience participation and engagement. Students expect the best, and in order to attract them, the education sector is stepping up its game.

2019 saw Universal AV shake up the annual supplier event, inviting all technical staff and customers along to the Queens Hotel in Leeds on the 14th March.

The event was requested by suppliers and customers alike, with many customers and potential customers excited to see the technology on offer, some of which was showcased in the UK for the first time.

After completing over 22,000 steps and covering nearly 9 miles on Wednesday we decided to take things at a more leisurely pace. First stop was Avonic to look at their excellent range of PTZ cameras. We have a particular project we are working on where we hope to deploy some to their cameras. Next was a trip to Logitech to check out their SmartDock and Tap which make video collaboration easy. Other Logitech innovations to look out for are Rally and Rally plus which is a 4K video conferencing system.

On Tuesday evening Universal AV hosts their annual dinner event at the Double Tree Hilton. A small and intimate affair, we were supported by our key partners Panasonic, Dalen Top and Sahara. We were joined by clients from the universities of Leeds, Derby, Teesside, Sheffield and Northumbria. As usual, the evening kicked off in the Sky Bar at the Hilton, where we were given the choice of cocktails wines and beer. Everyone got on very well and recounted their experiences of the first day at ISE.