Exploring Outdoor Spaces: the Power of AV in QSR Drive-Thru and Outdoor Dining

Welcome to the season of outdoor adventures! With warmer weather beckoning, patrons are eager to dine al fresco and enjoy the great outdoors. As the demand for outdoor dining and drive-thru experiences continues to rise, so does the importance of integrating audiovisual (AV) technology to enhance customer engagement and satisfaction.

Now is the perfect time for Pro AV integrators to dive into the realm of Outdoor AV solutions and grow their offerings for the high-growth Quick-Service Restaurant (QSR) market.

Let’s explore the innovative applications of AV solutions for QSRs and outdoor dining areas.

Peerless-AV menu board drivethru KOF555-31. Digital Menu Boards for Dynamic Displays

Say goodbye to static menu boards and hello to dynamic digital displays. Digital menu boards offer QSRs the flexibility to update menu items, promotions, and pricing in real time, catering to changing customer preferences, deals, and seasonal offerings. These eye-catching displays not only capture attention but also drive upsell opportunities and enhance the overall customer experience with a more efficient ordering process. Additionally, customers can view the items in their order on the screen, allowing them to make any corrections necessary before reaching the window.

Peerless-AV’s Outdoor Digital Menu Boards are all-weather rated and provide a simple installation process while allowing users to update the digital content remotely and in real-time.

2. Enhanced Communication in QSR Drive-Thru Lanes

Microphone and SpeakerGone are the days of crackling speakers and static-filled orders. AV technology is revolutionizing the drive-thru ordering experience, providing crystal-clear audio and seamless communication between customers and staff. Peerless-AV’s Speaker and Mic retrofits to the Outdoor Digital Menu Board for quick and simple installation, while delivering clear audio quality to ensure that every order is heard accurately, and every interaction is memorable.

3. Convenience of Interactive Ordering Kiosks

LG KioskFor those who choose to order in-store, interactive ordering kiosks empower customers to take control of their ordering experience. These user-friendly touchscreens provide a convenient way for patrons to browse menus, customize orders, and complete transactions independently. By streamlining the ordering process, QSRs can reduce wait times, minimize order errors, and improve overall operational efficiency.

Designed to elevate any quick-service restaurant, the LG Self-Ordering Kiosk Monitor showcases vivid product images for easy ordering and doubles as an advertising screen when in standby mode. Maintenance is a breeze with its drawer-type design, allowing access to essential components, like the receipt printer and card reader without needing to disassemble the body. To learn more, watch the Exertis Almo podcast discussion on QSRs and kiosks.

4. Immersive Outdoor Dining Experiences

Transform outdoor dining areas into vibrant entertainment hubs with AV technology. Weather-resistant speakers, outdoor TVs, and ambient lighting create immersive environments that captivate diners and enhance their dining experience. Whether it’s live music, sports events, or digital signage displaying mouth-watering menu items, AV solutions elevate the outdoor dining experience.

Peerless AV Outdoor DisplayThe Xtreme High Bright Displays from Peerless-AV are built to withstand the elements. These displays provide stunning picture quality – even under direct sunlight. With an operating temperature range of -31F to 140F and AK10 protective glass, Xtreme Displays are designed to thrive year-round. With an ambient light sensor that adjusts brightness accordingly, these displays offer impressive versatility for any outdoor setting.

Designed exclusively for the Peerless-AV 75″ Xtreme High Bright Outdoor Display, the Outdoor Landscape/Portrait Wall Mount combines versatility, simplicity, and stability.

Samsung’s BHT Series Pro Terrace Edition is an outdoor QLED TV ready for a variety of customizable possibilities. Designed to engage customers in any outdoor environment, the series provides ultra-bright picture quality, weather-resistant durability, easy content management, and business-grade solutions. No matter the season, the IP55 weatherproof rating protects the display from the outdoor elements including humidity, dust, and heat.

BHT Series Pro TV Terrace Edition

Enhance the outdoor audio experience with excellent full-range sound quality and 360-degree coverage of listening space, JBL’s Compact 5” Mushroom-Style Landscape Speaker is ideal for restaurants, pool areas bars, outdoor food courts, and more. And with a compact size and hunter green exterior, the speaker easily blends in with the landscaping.

As detailed in the blog, “Bringing Harman-ies Outdoors,” Rob Voorhees, Exertis Almo Business Development Manager, provides an in-depth guide about the outdoor audio category, featuring product recommendations for various outdoor projects and applications.

5. Seamless Integration and Scalability

One of the key advantages of AV technology is its ability to seamlessly integrate with existing infrastructure and scale to meet evolving business needs. Whether you’re working with a small QSR looking to enhance their drive-thru experience or a large chain expanding their outdoor dining offerings, AV solutions can be tailored to suit their specific requirements and budget.

In conclusion, the integration of AV technology in QSR drive-thru lanes and outdoor dining areas is transforming the way customers engage with food service establishments. By leveraging innovative AV solutions, QSRs can enhance communication, streamline operations, and create memorable experiences that keep customers coming back for more.

Ready to elevate your outdoor dining and drive-thru restaurant projects?
Reach out to us today to explore how our range of AV hardware and software solutions can help you achieve your goals.

Audio-Visual Trends in Higher Education That Elevate the Learning Experience

As the landscape of higher education evolves, so does the role of audio-visual technology in shaping learning environments for in-person and remote students. Let’s explore the top 5 trends that are revolutionizing AV in higher education institutions – and the solutions that help create a more accessible and inclusive learning space.

1. Interactive and Collaborative Learning

Interactive and engaging learning experiences are increasing in popularity among colleges and universities, and AV technology is rising to meet this demand. Interactive displays, touchscreens, and collaboration tools are transforming traditional classrooms into dynamic hubs of innovation. These spaces empower students to actively participate in their education, fostering collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity.

Projection Technology
Create engaging and collaborative learning environments with projection technology from Epson. With support for easy reading, instruction, and communication, BrightLink ensures that all students are included while bringing classrooms to life with efficient collaboration. Explore the BrightLink 760Wi Interactive Projector and the Pro 1485FI Interactive Projector for details.

Yealink - MeetingBoard touch displaysInteractive Displays
Designed to increase productivity and participation, interactive touch displays allow for effortless collaboration. Featuring a built-in camera and premium audio, Yealink’s MeetingBoard and MAXHUB’s ViewPro Series simplify classrooms and workspaces for immersive hybrid instruction.

2. Flexible Environments and Multi-Use Spaces

The shift towards flexible learning environments is reshaping the physical layout of classrooms and lecture halls in higher education. AV technology plays a crucial role in creating adaptable spaces that can easily accommodate different teaching styles and activities. Wireless presentation systems, movable furniture, and modular AV setups enable educators to customize the learning experience to meet the needs of students.

Many universities have several multi-use spaces throughout campus, and these areas require versatile technology. Higher education spaces will often use libraries for events, lecture halls for guest speakers, and cafes and study spaces for small-scale performances and entertainment.

Sennheiser G4 300 SeriesAudio Solutions
During lectures and events, microphone systems help amplify the presenters for better engagement from in-person and remote participants. Top of the class in education, Sennheiser’s G4 300 Series Wireless handheld base set is the best choice if you need a handheld transmitter and maximum flexibility.

[For more, check out the blog titled “The Dreaded Gymcafatorium: 3 Keys to Successful Multi-Use Audio Design” – Exertis Almo’s Tom Kehr provides insight into audio design in these challenging multi-use spaces.]

Epson large venue projectorsSpace-Saving Projection
Epson’s line-up of large venue projectors are an ideal choice for multi-use spaces, featuring larger-than-life images and simple installation. For rooms with limited space, the Epson laser projectors transform virtually any flat surface into a display for learning and collaboration, without taking up any space when not in use.

Portable and easy to set up in any space, Panasonic’s PT-LMW420U portable projector will help elevate communication quality with crisp, detailed images that stay clearly visible in well-lit rooms. Plus, Panasonic projectors are so intuitive they can work with the software and hardware you already have and don’t require you to be a projection expert to use them.

AV Furniture to Setup Anywhere
Legrand-AV mounts screensAV systems must also be flexible to be able to handle constantly changing classroom needs to fit hybrid, hyflex, in-person and distance learning styles, often all in the same day. The Da-Lite Tensioned Advantage electric projection screens with SightLine elevate room aesthetics and simplify setup for flexible mounting in a variety of room sizes and ceiling heights.

Colleges and universities are embracing AV trends in digital signage now more than ever as a key element of their essential information-sharing and messaging plans for reaching everyone on campus. Whether it’s a mobile cart, floor stand, or kiosk, Legrand-AV offers the flexibility to move and place digital signage where it’s needed.

3. Assistive Listening for Inclusivity and Accessibility

assistive listening systemTechnology that promotes inclusivity and accessibility is paramount in education spaces, as it ensures that each student has the opportunity to learn and thrive. Incorporating assistive listening technology is crucial, as it ensures that each individual can fully participate in classroom discussions and activities, fostering equal access to educational opportunities for all students.

Perfect for venues with a capacity of up to 100 people, the the LS-57 Advanced Level II Stationary RF System from Listen Technologies broadcasts a strong, reliable RF to ensure the best possible listening experience for everyone.

4. Lecture Capture and Streaming for HyFlex Learning

In an era of digital learning, lecture capture technology has become a cornerstone of higher education institutions. AV systems equipped with lecture capture capabilities enable educators to record and archive lectures for on-demand access by students. This flexible learning model empowers students to review course materials at their own pace, reinforcing learning outcomes and accommodating diverse learning styles.

PTZOptics Move 4K cameraAuto-Tracking Capabilities
Engineered to simplify the hybrid learning process, auto-tracking cameras are a great option to ensure that students can always see the professor during the lecture. The Move 4K is the latest PTZ camera from PTZOptics, featuring auto-tracking for a more intelligent video production workflow. The Move 4K is capable of 4K at 60fps (1080p at 60fps over SDI), future-proofing your technology investment while still accommodating HD and Full HD video resolution equipment.

Lecture-Capture Solutions for the Classroom
In modern classrooms, lecture capture is essential to create an inclusive learning experience for each student. Additionally, many courses are now asynchronous, requiring a professor to pre-record the lecture material and upload for the students’ review.

Panasonic’s LCS-100 lecture capture appliance integrates with the ATS-200 / ATS-400 auto-tracking servers, and PTZ cameras with voice-triggered presets using Panasonic Pro Audio, including ceiling microphones, gooseneck and boundary microphones, and more.

The LC200 CaptureVision System from Lumens is an all-in-one media station that allows instructors to easily mix video and audio sources while streaming and recording lectures for engaging and attractive presentations.

5. AI-Powered Tech and Data for a Personalized Experience

AVer VB130Advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) are reshaping the landscape of higher education by enabling personalized learning experiences for each student. AI-powered analytics tools analyze student data to identify learning patterns, preferences, and areas for improvement. With this insight, educators can tailor instruction to meet the unique needs of each student, fostering deeper engagement and academic success. Here are a few key solutions to create a personalized experience for students:

AVer’s VB130 is a powerful, all-in-one hybrid learning tool featuring 4K video and built-in audio for an exceptional student experience. With advanced AI and SmartFrame technology, the videobar keeps the professor in camera view while focusing on their voice so students do not miss any content.
Designed for remote teaching rooms, Yealink’s A20 + CTP18 is equipped with AI technology, including auto-framing and speaker tracking, allowing instructors to create a vivid classroom experience without restricting movement.

Summing It Up

The future of higher education is bright with possibilities, thanks to the transformative power of audio-visual technology. As institutions continue to embrace these solutions and trends, we’re excited to partner with you in delivering innovative products that elevate learning experiences and empower students in the classroom and online.

Ready to embark on your AV journey?
Reach out to us today to explore how Exertis Almo can help you harness the power of technology to transform your educational projects.


Easy Audio: A Roadmap to Confident Integration in Hospitality Projects

Easy Audio: A Roadmap to Confident Integration in Hospitality Projects

In the world of hospitality, incorporating audio into projects can often be seen as a daunting task. However, with a structured approach, focused on both the application and guests’ needs and preferences, the process can certainly become an opportunity for success. Rob Voorhees, CTS, CTP, DSCE, CTNS, Dante, BDM II – Technical Specialist at Exertis Almo, has shared with us some valuable insights on how to start incorporating sound into projects with ease. Let go through some of these tips together and turn any uncertainties into endless possibilities.

1. Understanding the Application and Customer’s Needs:
You can begin the audio integration journey by gaining a basic understanding of the application and the specific requirements of your customer. This involves asking targeted questions, much like you would for other components of a project. For example, inquire about the need for microphones, amplification for live bands or pianos, and sound systems. This initial step helps demystify the process and eliminates the “scary unknown.”

2. Creating a Roadmap:
To simplify the integration process you can create a roadmap that starts with the customer’s display or source. Consider how the content will be heard, which most likely requires speakers. These speakers require amplification, potentially involving a DSP (Digital Signal Processor) or mixer for sound control and tuning. Following this roadmap systematically guides you through the integration steps, instilling confidence in both you and your customer to provide a comfortable guest experience.

3. Selling Comfort and Confidence:
Recognize that many integrators may not be entirely comfortable with audio topics. Therefore, focus on selling comfort and confidence throughout the integration process. By breaking down the project into manageable steps and clearly defining each component, your not only simplifying the task at hand, but also assuring that your customers are fully informed and set up for success.

4. Knowing Your Resources:
One key to removing the unknown and building confidence is being aware of your available resources. Numerous vendors and sites, such as Harman Pro Training, offer online support made specifically to enhance your audio knowledge. Additionally, you can utilize any available design tools provided by audio vendors. For example, JBL’s Distribute System Design can assist in determining speaker quantity and required wattage for amplifiers based on specific dimensions. Need to know your sound reinforcement system will be free from feedback? Check out the Exertis Almo PAG-NAG calculator.

5. Utilizing Exertis Almo Support with Manufacturer Relationships:
For support beyond training and design tools, our BDM team acts as a direct connection to our manufacturer partners. From technical support and system design to product training and demo programs, our BDMs are here to assist you and to connect you with our manufacturers for additional help with designing a system or creating the ultimate Bill of Materials (BOM). If certain questions make you uncomfortable or if uncertainty arises, remember that Exertis Almo and our manufacturers are there to assist you and your customer. If you leverage your available resources correctly, then a successful audio integration is certainly achievable!

In conclusion, incorporating sound into hospitality projects doesn’t have to be a complex and intimidating process. With a structured approach, a clear roadmap, and a utilization of vendor resources, you can confidently navigate the world of audio integration, delivering exceptional results for both you and your customers!

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Transform Worship Spaces with Cutting-Edge AV Solutions

In the dynamic House of Worship market, the fusion of spoken word, live music, and community events offers unique opportunities for professional audio-visual integrators to elevate devotional spaces and design enriching worship experiences with comprehensive, cutting-edge AV solutions. You can rely on Exertis Almo as a resource for the technology involved in designing systems that engage every member of a congregation – whether they are in the sanctuary, in overflow rooms, or participating remotely. These solutions also enable a broader reach for the worship organization through social media and video streaming, which can expand their resources for effective fundraising – fostering a stronger, more connected community.

From live streaming to artificial intelligence, technology innovations are reshaping AV solutions for worship spaces. Adapting to these tech trends ensures that your worship projects remain relevant and technologically advanced.

Let’s Explore 7 AV Technologies that are Uplifting the HoW Market:

Sony SRG-A40 auto-framing ptz camera1. Video and Live Streaming – Expand Community Outreach

With the paradigm shift towards remote ministry and hybrid congregations over the last few years, AV technology has become a bridge – connecting dispersed communities and providing comfort with familiar messages. As houses of worship embrace video technology in a new way, they can leverage live-streaming technology to reach a broader audience and enable congregants to participate in services from anywhere.

Video streaming cameras range from basic PTZ cameras to advanced tracking and framing capabilities. Unattended cameras can be discreetly installed in hard-to-reach places, covering any size of worship space with powerful zoom for frame-filling close-ups. To find out how bandwidth needs have expanded for worship spaces as a result of this trend toward video streaming, check out Rob Voorhees’ blog.

Harman - JBL-pro-audio - Martin-lighting2. Sound, Lighting, and Imagery – Uplift with Immersive Experiences

AV technology, including advanced sound systems and high-quality projectors, is enabling the creation of more immersive worship experiences. Visual enhancements, dynamic lighting, and surround sound all contribute to a more engaging atmosphere.

Projection mapping techniques can also be employed to transform the physical space of the worship area. This allows for dynamic visual storytelling and thematic enhancements

CHRISTIE projectors - projection mapping
Martin Lighting color wash

3. Digital Displays and Signage – Deliver Awe-Inspiring Visuals

Samsung the Wall dvLEDDigital signage is increasingly used for displaying announcements, song lyrics, and other information. This dynamic form of communication enhances engagement and keeps congregants informed. Overall, digital signage is an excellent way to facilitate community engagement and share updates, enhancing the overall worship experience.

Direct View LED all-in-one displays, such as Samsung’s The Wall, provide integrators with a drastically improved installation process, and new avenues to create unparalleled visual statements in common areas as well as behind the pulpit or on the stage inside the main sanctuary.

Atlona Twisted Pair ExtensionEffortlessly share messages throughout the facility in stunning 4K resolution with top connectivity solutions.

4. Interactive Displays and Collaboration Tools for Hybrid Congregations

Interactive teaching HisenseCollaboration tools and video conferencing solutions are integrated into AV setups, facilitating remote participation for members who are unable to attend physically.

Interactive displays and touchscreens, like Hisense’s GoBoard, are also being used for teaching and interactive worship sessions. This allows for a more dynamic and interactional experience for congregants, especially in educational settings.

5. Accessibility Features – Ensure Everyone is Included

Houses of worship are implementing various accessibility features, such as hearing loop systems and closed captioning services, to ensure that services are accessible to individuals with hearing impairments. From incorporating additional digital signage into the space to upgrading audio systems and features, accessibility is a key factor in fostering an environment where all members of the community can participate with ease.
Assistive Listening technologies
The spoken word is the most fundamental part of a worship service. Including support for hearing-impaired members with an assistive listening system can help address regulatory compliance, increase inclusivity, and expand reach so the message can be heard by all.

6. Podcasting and Social Media Content – Amplify the Message

worship podcastPodcasting studios within houses of worship have become more common, enabling the creation of audio content for a broader audience beyond those attending in-person. Acting as a supplement to traditional worship, podcasts have become a powerful tool for sharing discussions and teachings with a global audience, extending beyond the physical congregation.

Through podcasts and social media outreach, houses of worship can share and extend their influence and inclusivity, creating a sense of unity among listeners, regardless of their location.

7. Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality – Embrace the Future

AR VRWhile still emerging, some houses of worship are exploring the use of Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) technologies to create unique and immersive spiritual experiences, transcending traditional boundaries. By embracing this new technology in the House of Worship space, spirituality can become more accessible and adaptable to the evolving preferences of congregations.

We hope you’re inspired by the potential of AV technologies playing an integral role in designing immersive worship experiences, promoting accessibility, and adapting to the changing needs of worshipers. Exertis Almo is committed to assisting our integrator partners in optimizing technology for all your House of Worship projects. Whether it involves a simple upgrade or a complete redesign, our expertise lies in the seamless integration of audio, visual, and streaming capabilities to elevate every worship space.

Contact your Exertis Almo representative for assistance in designing your next AV system or selecting the optimal audiovisual equipment for your project.

Unveiling the Future: Top 5 AV Tech Innovations of 2024 According to AI

As we were planning a blog to start off the new year focused on  AV tech innovations, we wondered what would happen if we utilized one of the hottest new technologies (AI) to help us. So, we asked the OpenAI chatbot, ChatGPT, to share the top 5 AV tech innovations to be on the lookout for in 2024, and here are the results…

Greetings, AV aficionados! As we step into 2024, the audiovisual landscape is poised for groundbreaking advancements. Join us on a journey into the future as we uncover the Top 5 AV Tech Innovations that are set to redefine the industry.

  1. AI-Enhanced Collaboration Tools
    Get ready for a new era of seamless collaboration! AI integration in collaboration tools is unlocking unparalleled efficiency. From intelligent virtual assistants to automated content organization, these tools will revolutionize the way teams work together, making meetings more productive and engaging.
  2. Immersive 3D Audio Experiences
    Say goodbye to traditional soundscapes and embrace the immersive world of 3D audio. This innovation is set to transform how we experience sound. With advancements in spatial audio technology, users can expect a more immersive, realistic auditory experience, whether it’s in a conference room, home theater, or live event.
  3. Advanced Holographic Displays
    Step into the realm of holographic displays! Picture stunning visuals that seem to materialize in thin air. The evolution of holographic display technology is taking presentations, events, and digital signage to a whole new dimension. Get ready to captivate audiences with lifelike, 3D holograms that defy expectations.
  4. Sustainable AV Solutions
    Green is the new black in AV tech. As sustainability takes center stage, expect innovations that prioritize eco-friendly practices. From energy-efficient projectors to recyclable AV materials, the industry is aligning with environmental consciousness. These solutions not only benefit the planet but also contribute to cost savings and a positive brand image.
  5. Augmented Reality (AR) in Live Events
    Prepare for a paradigm shift in live events with the integration of augmented reality. From interactive exhibits to enhanced event navigation, AR is set to elevate the live event experience. Attendees can expect a blend of the physical and digital worlds, creating memorable and immersive engagements.

In conclusion, 2024 promises a whirlwind of transformative AV tech innovations. As we embrace AI, 3D audio, holographic displays, sustainability, and augmented reality, the AV landscape is becoming more dynamic and user-centric than ever before. Stay tuned for an exhilarating year of cutting-edge advancements that will shape the future of audiovisual technology. Here’s to a year of innovation, collaboration, and unparalleled AV experiences in 2024!

What do you think? Did AI get it right? Let us know what you think over on LinkedIn.

Get more predictions from [rAVe PUBS] Gary Kayye and a panel of real experts from Yealink in the December webinar recording: What Mattered in 2023: A Panel of AV, UCC and Digital Signage Experts Discuss How 2023 Will Affect 2024 ⟫

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