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Veraview Holiday Party 2014

TV Winner

A big thank you goes out to everyone who was able to make it to the party last night. Encore turned out to be a great venue and everyone in attendance had fun. It’s always nice to get together with coworkers, partners and customers outside of the typical, day to day work functions.

Congratulations to the winner of the 40” LED TV Door Prize, Brad Saunders from Steuben Foods!




Matte white, end of discussion. Let’s move on to something that actually matters, right? Wrong, absolutely wrong. Matte white has long since been a standard in the industry but there are other options that you may not have considered. Different screens are optimized for different environments which is exactly why matte white isn’t perfect for everyone.
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BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)

In today’s tech-centric workplace, everyone has a laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Some people (understandably so) bring these devices from home and use them in the office on the company network. Some companies promote this behavior, some companies prohibit this behavior, why? Along with great benefits come great risks. On the plus side, companies don’t have to provide these devices to their employees, employees get to comfortably work with their own machines and because of this productivity tends to increase. On the minus side, the risk of harming the company network increases dramatically, IT departments have to bolster security and compatibility issues between personal devices and company equipment can become a problem.
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Its 9:27, you have a meeting in three minutes. Upon arriving to your meeting you are informed there will be video enabled participants. Its 9:33 everyone from your office is in attendance. You get an email. The video participants are on screen without audio. Its 9:41 the audio is working. Its 9:44 the person presenting has located the proper cord for their laptop to connect to your display. You get another email. Finally at 9:47 the meeting begins. Does this sound familiar? I’m going to guess that it does. It shouldn’t. Quality collaboration is all about leveraging technology to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of your organization, not slowing down your meetings and wasting everyone’s time. Unfortunately this isn’t always the case and a project that starts with the best of intentions ends up being a headache for everyone involved. It’s always important to hire the right people for the job and our experience speaks for itself.
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Training and Support

Time and time again I am amazed by the amount of underutilized technology that floats around offices. How many times have you heard, “we don’t use that because so and so no longer works here, we don’t know how to use it.”? Kind of crazy right? The biggest kicker is that some of this technology is really expensive. I’ve talked to people about equipment worth $100k+ that they don’t use because it’s too complicated, or for what they need it isn’t necessary; oftentimes this dismissive nature comes from a fear of the unknown and not wanting to “break” the equipment. For exactly these reasons Veraview offers extensive training and support packages with each and every project.
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Thanks to everyone who paid us a visit on the 21st at the Niagara County Technology & Homeland Security Forum! It was a great event and we always appreciate seeing old friends and meeting new people.

For those who couldn’t make it, we set up a Polycom Group 300 codec and camera that enables you to conduct video conferences in a small board room or huddle room. The camera that comes with the codec is also the microphone that picks up your voice during a call. In addition to our Group 300 codec we conducted demonstrations of our Recordex Document Viewer and Tablet. These Document Viewer and Tablet bundles are far more versatile than the old overhead projectors and come with some really intuitive software that allows for recording and annotation.

For more information on our company or the products and services we offer check out the rest of the website or head to our contact page and shoot us a line. We look forward to seeing you at the next event!

Conference Rooms at a Glance

We all love technology when it works, wouldn’t it be nice if technology worked the way we want it to all the time? You shouldn’t have to fumble through inputs on five different remotes just to get your laptop to show up on the conference room display. At Veraview we understand, that’s why we offer a variety of solutions to make your conference room functional without the help of your nearest IT person. We partner with Crestron to bring you cutting edge, easy to use, control and automation products to make your work day easier. From the “AirMedia” and touch panels to wall plates and mounts everything we use in the conference room is designed to make your life easier and your space more functional.
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Video Walls


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When I think of a video wall one of the first images that comes to mind is the Architect’s room in The Matrix: Reloaded. Each wall is covered in old, small, CRT displays with large bezels. While that wall works in the movie it’s not something you are likely to see in the real world. In reality video walls are made to be as seamless as possible so as not to disturb the image that is spread out across the screens. To achieve this seamless image, manufacturers have been consistently slimming the bezels of their displays.
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Digital signage has been around for quite some time and is used in a variety of applications. We see digital signage nearly every day. When was the last time you were at McDonald’s or an airport, how about an amusement park? All of these places use digital signage to provide pertinent information where and when we need it most. Menu items, flight statuses and waiting times for rides are just the tip of the iceberg. Now imagine using digital signage at your company, I am sure you have questions: How does it work? What do I display? Where do I put it? All valid questions with equally valid answers.
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Video as a Service

In an earlier blog post I mentioned the affordability of video conferencing technology, specifically, cloud based video or video as a service. Video as a service differs from traditional infrastructure based video conferencing in a few ways, the largest difference being hardware.

In a traditional infrastructure based environment there are several hardware components needed to complete the system, all of which provide unique capabilities such as firewall traversal, connectivity for mobile devices and video capture/streaming to name a few. In addition to the “behind the scenes” equipment you have your cameras, microphones and speakers. This kind of system can become quite costly and is not necessary for many end users who do not need/want to manage all solutions in house.
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