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People often ask exactly what we did to make the Curtiss Hotel in Buffalo, NY, a “smart hotel”. We provided the phone system for each guest room and office space within the hotel, along with wireless access points, digital signage and automated concierge service. We managed these hotel amenities along with Audio Visual, lighting, climate, and shading with a Crestron control system. The experience within the hospitality market is second to none for both the management of the hotel and the hotel’s customers.

The below link is an article by Crestron about our work at the Curtiss.

Creston’s Curtiss Hotel and Veraview Case Study 

Crestron TSW touchscreen

Looking for more information? Call our office for a private consultation to see how we can improve the way your organization communicates.


Veraview is happy to have been a part of the new Erie Community College (ECC) STEM Building. The structure, space allocation, and up-to-date infrastructure set this building apart from the rest of the campus, bringing science and biology to the forefront of the college’s student demographics. But ECC brought the upgrade to a new level and that’s where Veraview comes in.

Classroom technology

Veraview Installers Wiring Projectors

Although academic criterium is forever evolving and still extremely relevant in the workspace, it is also expensive and does not always leave students with hands-on, non-theoretical exposure. We help elevate a college’s investment in the classroom by providing an environment with the best tools to bring that exposure to the classroom.

Classroom monitors for video conferencing

Duel monitors for classroom content sharing and video conferencing

Solstice Pod reflected on screen for classroom content sharing

Screen for content collaboration

For ECC, Veraview installed distance learning tools, such as video cameras, projectors, and screens to many of the classrooms. You often hear of rooms having this technology, but what you don’t hear about is what sets these tools apart. Here are just a few factors to consider: Classrooms typically have ambient light throughout the room and many rooms are too large to have a great video experience. Whether that be a presentation or a video conference. Choosing the right screen that absorbs the variable light fluctuations so that it is visible from any angle in the classroom, as well as having a projector bright enough to cast the image through the light is paramount. A student also needs to hear and be heard from anywhere in that room and a far-end participant needs to be engaging to all the students. Knowing what equipment works best in a specific environment is key to success.

Podiums wired for technology

Classroom podium wired for technology

Of course, bringing technology into a room and not making it easy for an instructor to use simply doesn’t work. It needs to be centrally managed in an environment that is conducive to a teaching environment; leaving the instructor to focus on the curriculum rather than the technology. Veraview integrated these tools into each room in a way that supports the specific classroom objective. The ECC Stem building is set up to continue to grow and build virtual resources well into the future. This is what sets a college apart, building student enrollment and creating an increased enrollment strategy regardless of the economy and local restriction. The world is open to the classroom. ECC opened the door with complimentary upgrades to make that happen and we are proud to have integrated the technology into the classroom.




Centro

You’ve seen the invitations and we hope you’ve already registered but just in case you haven’t, we’ll give you one last chance. Veraview and Millington Lockwood have partnered to host the biggest open house of the spring, focused on “The Collaborative Work Space”. Our partnership couldn’t be more complimentary, Veraview specializes in collaborative technology and a large part of Millington Lockwood’s business is providing furniture solutions to firms that accommodate and maximize their use of technology. Our goal throughout the event is to highlight this relationship between the space in which we work and the technology we use. Seminars given by industry experts will provide insight into growing trends and innovative technology while Millington Lockwood’s furniture idea center will set the backdrop for ad-hoc demonstrations and opportunities for hands-on engagement. Our lineup of speakers include Polycom, Mersive, Extron, and AMX. Continue reading


Who Wants a Video Wall?

Video wall outside of the Montreal Museum of Art

Video wall outside of the Montreal Museum of Art


I’m sure you’ve seen them before, in certain cities it seems like they’re everywhere; no, not rats, I’m talking about video-walls. Just this past New Year I was in Montreal and came across an awesome installation outside of a museum. Not only do I see video walls in my leisure time, I see the video walls we install for our customers and it really is amazing what they can do. So, who wants a video-wall, and why?
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Unicast v Multicast

Over the last decade, “streaming” has become a household term. We stream TV and movies from Netflix, all sorts of videos from YouTube, we even stream training at work and lectures at school. For most people all streaming is the same but behind the scenes a different story, starring unicast, multicast and broadcast unfolds. Each “character” in this streaming story provides similar results but the way they achieve those results is different.
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The Convergence of IT and AV

 

AV and IT

The AV industry has changed quite a bit since we were in high school. The days of overhead projectors and combination DVD/VHS TVs on carts are long gone. The same holds true in our corporate spaces, what was once a projector, screen, and wall plate is now a Crestron touch panel and room scheduler, wireless collaboration devices and HD video conferencing.
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The Global Classroom Event

Global Classroom

On December 3rd we hosted an education event at our office named, “The Global Classroom. Just about twenty educators from local schools attended the event to learn about available resources for distance learning initiatives through Polycom. From everyone at Veraview we want to extend our thanks to all of the attendees as well as our expert presenter Elaine Shuck! We can’t wait to see everyone again soon for the next event.

If anyone who wanted to attend couldn’t make it, please feel free to contact us for more information and look out for upcoming event invitations.