SoundVision Audio Video Shades

David Bengston from Alair Homes Podcast

In this episode of “Simplifying Life Through Technology,” Mark and Sue from SoundVision sit down with David Bengston from Alair Homes of Lake Norman during our Bang & Olufsen VIP Music and Lighting Experience event. Alair Homes is the largest custom home builder in the USA and Canada with 100 franchises. Alair homes produces nearly 3,500 homes a year with prices ranging from $250,000 – $1.2 Million. Projects vary from new constructions, remodeling, and home additions. Alair Homes of Lake Norman typically work on 10-15 projects a year.

David from Bang & Olufsen Podcast

Meet David Zapfel from Bang & Olufsen

SoundVision Podcast with David Zapfel from Bang and Olufsen 

On this episode of “Simplifying Life Through Technology,” Mark, Michelle, and Zach from SoundVision sit down with solutions and systems engineer David Zapfel of Bang and Olufsen.

We learn how Bang and Olufsen was created, a brief history of the company, and some insight on past and present products. Listen to hear insight on some of the new products we are showcasing at SoundVision. We were fascinated to learn that David has worked for Bang and Olufesn for over three decades!

“A never-failing will to create only the best … persistently to find new ways.”

Topics Discussed:

  • The History of Bang and Olufsen 
  • David’s experience as an employee of Bang and Olufsen
  • First products produced by Bang and Olufsen
  • Bang and Olufsen’s growth and success
  • Zach’s experience visiting the Bang and Olufsen factory in Denmark
  • Products SoundVision showcase

Simplifying Life with SAFE Podcast

“Streets are not just for motor vehicles. They are transportation pathways used for many types of vehicles, motorized or otherwise. We exist to make these streets safe for all users including bicycles, pedestrians, and motor vehicles.”

On this episode of “Simplifying Life Through Technology,” Mark and Michelle from SoundVision sit down with President Kevin Elder and Member at Large John Finney from Street Access for Everyone (SAFE).  

In honor of local cyclist Earl Gillon:

Learn how Kevin and John’s passion for cycling transitioned to promoting change for road safety. Kevin and John discuss the goals and impacts of SAFE and what initiatives they are taking to provide change.

“We are your Lake Norman area advocacy group for safer streets. Streets are not only for motorized vehicles. They are transportation pathways used by cars, motorcycles, trucks, cyclists, and pedestrians. We exist to make these streets safer for all users. 

Street Access for Everyone, Lake Norman (SAFE) is a 501(c)(3) born out of a need to increase the safety of cyclists and pedestrians on our local roadways. This occurred following a spate of accidents involving local cyclists, including the death of a local cyclist, and several local pedestrians.”

SAFE’s Mission:
  • “To encourage and drive advocacy for the safety of all road users.”
  • “To effectively collaborate with town councils and law enforcement in the Lake Norman area.”
  • “To drive positive change and improvements for our current and future road users.”
SAFE Activities and Outreach:
  • “Attend Town Council Meetings.”
  • “Collaborate with Law Enforcement.”
  • “Collaborate with local driving school(s).”
  • “Work with local town advisory boards (e.g., Cornelius Transportation Advisory Board).”
  • “Clear road signs to increase visibility.”
  • “Replace all “Share the Road” signs with ‘Bikes May Use Full Lane (BMUFL)’ signs.”
  • “Educate all road users regarding current NCDOT laws.”
  • “Collaborate with local towns regarding pedestrian and cycling safety issues.”

To learn more about SAFE:

Visit their website: https://safelkn.com/

Check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/safelkn/

Read More About SAFE’s Outreach: https://safelkn.com/about-us/in-the-press/

Who are Kevin and John?

Kevin Elder has an extensive background in Engineering. Kevin has been a designer for Ingersoll Rand for almost 30 years. Currently, he designs industrial air compressors for Ingersoll Rand.

John Finney has been an IT Pro for over 20 years. Currently, John works privately in Cyber Security. 

More about the accident that took the life of local cyclist Earl Gillon. 

https://newsofdavidson.org/2020/01/13/22105/pillar-of-local-cycling-community-killed-when-struck-by-car-on-hwy-115/

Check out SoundVision’s Podcast with Kevin Elder and John Finney, as well as our other podcasts, on Apple and Spotify. 

Ethan Durand – Production Assistant

I’m Ethan. I just started here at SoundVision at the start of this year! I enjoy every second of it! I am looking forward to helping continue to build something special here! I was born and raised in Arizona, and I loved my time there in the Valley! I have been here in Mooresville for about 4 years now and continue to enjoy it. On my free time, I like to go to the gym and play basketball and enjoy some late-night games with my brothers! I am currently looking for a school, with hoping to study Sports Management.

Frederick Laderer – Window Coverings Design

 Frederick started in the furniture industry over thirty years ago, working with many of the top manufacturers.

In the early 2000’s, he formed William Frederick Interiors, had a line of furnishings AND was a managing partner of two retail stores in Lake Norman & Charlotte.

In his personal time, he enjoys spending time with his family/friends, six dogs, camping-hiking and living life to the fullest.

Kristen DiPietro – SoundVision Team Administrator

Kristen joined the SoundVision team in 2013, bringing with her, experience in both the retail purchasing and consumer banking worlds. As an Office Administrator, Kristen handles some of the day to day details. Kristen is very active and busy with four teenage boys (Ben, Michael, Matthew, and Jacob) and of course is married to Mark DiPietro.

Mike O’Dowd – SoundVision Service Manager

Mike O’Dowd was the longtime SoundVision Service Manager before relocating to Cozumel, Mexico. Mike is our first triage level of support for remote troubleshooting and diagnosis of any incoming service issues. 

Originally from Colorado, Mike who had his own AV enterprise before joining SoundVision and has decades of experience in the smart home industry.

Michelle Ferlauto – Chief Operating Officer

 

Michelle Ferlauto is the Chief Operating Officer for SoundVision

For over a decade, Michelle Ferlauto has been in the Charlotte Lake Norman smart home industry.

In addition to handling the day to day logisitics of our team, she oversees marketing for SoundVision.  She and Mark host the SoundVision podcast series for SoundVision – Simplifying Life which features vendors and clients of SoundVision.

Click here to learn more: https://www.svavnc.com/soundvision-blogs-check-out-the-soundvision-blog/ 

In understanding how important a good service and process foundation is to the core structure, Michelle has been very successful at cultivating relationships with manufacturers and suppliers while advocating on behalf of her clients best interests through our SoundVision Service Department.

Michelle discovered her passion for small business early on after accepting a position on behalf of the Seattle Police Guild to convert their off-duty program into a non-profit business. She completed the small business administration and finance program at Green River College and most recently, Digital Marketing Sciences through UNC Charlotte. A native of both Coos Bay, Oregon and Palm Desert, California, Michelle has lived in the Lake Norman area since 2006. 

Protecting your security

Protecting your Security…It is a new world and our personal security is again weighing on our minds. We’re constantly reminded of day to day security risks. We find ourselves asking, ”What can I do”?

Stay Alert

First and foremost, we must be alert. Take a proactive role to ensure the cybersecurity safety of your family, employees, clients and community. Install a CCTV (closed circuit television) camera system. We’ve all seen how effective doorbell cameras are. Visible cameras are an excellent deterrent for would-be criminals. A monitored system is invaluable when tied in to a comprehensive life-safety and security system that includes smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, motion and glass-break detectors and window sensors. Imagine the comfort of having a single panic button to call out to police, fire fighters or paramedics.

Criminal’s Dreaded Foe

Light it up! Automated Lighting and motorized shades can be an effective deterrent for would-be criminals because they can be programmed to mimic occupancy. Interior and exterior landscape lighting can be programmed to sunset or sunrise.  Protecting your security with automation can help!

Protecting your security with automation can help!

It seems that we’re seeing more and more “big data” breeches among major retailers and, with the holidays fast approaching and many of us shopping online, we need to be diligent to protect ourselves from cyber-crimes. Take every measure to ensure the security of your networks. Your home and business are worth protecting. If your equipment is outdated, make it a priority to upgrade! Smart home automation can help take the guesswork out of security.

SoundVision prides itself on using companies who will not sell your data or breach your personal security. Many companies will seel your information because they profit from the data sale. This is not the case with “Do it youself” products. Check out how Control4 automation protects your privacy https://www.control4.com/company/privacy-and-security/

Be Proactive and Prepared

Take time to formulate a plan. What will you do in the event of a robbery or natural disaster? Does everyone know how to alert authorities, access fire extinguishers, engage smart door locks, etc.? Take the time to check your community’s resources and formulate a plan.

Please share links to any resources you’ve found to be valuable from your school, our local law enforcement and fire departments, etc. Together, we can make our community a safer place.

Additional Reading from our blogs: https://www.svavnc.com/soundvision-blogs-check-out-the-soundvision-blog/

 

 

 

 

 

Selecting the Best Conference Display

Selecting the Best Conference Display  …Effective communication and collaboration relies on the participants’ ability to comfortably engage with the shared content. Content should be visible and any text being displayed, legible from any seat in the room. Determining the proper display size, type and placement is key in creating an engaging collaborative environment.

Consider the technology early in the planning phase.

This allows for the most flexibility in design options and provide the best possible outcome. An analysis of the requirements and goals will help in determining the ideal display for the space.

Viewing Distance Drives Display Type

There are various methods to determine proper viewing distance and screen size. The commercial AV industry association, AVIXA (Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association), offers the specification “ANSI/INFOCOMM V202.01:2016, Display Image Size for 2D Content in Audiovisual System. The standard uses multiple calculations that factor content, viewer positions from multiple locations, image size, font size, ambient light, off-axis viewing, the human eye’s range of sight at various angles, and more.

Selecting the Best Conference Display – Calculating for Content

Calculations for huddle spaces and small-to-medium conference rooms… Using a multiplier factor can provide a close estimation of display size that can help guide the design. Screen size and distance calculations are directly impacted by the content. However, because the type of content dictates the multipliers (or factors) used in the calculation.

Spaces where presentations will be shared, a large image will allow participants to read the content more clearly and comfortably. To calculate for this scenario, use a multiplier of 6 times the display’s image height (based on 1920 x 1080P resolution) to determine the furthest seating position. If data-rich content such as CAD drawings, Word or Excel documents or Web pages are to be shared, a factor of 4 should be used for added clarity. In conference rooms using video conferencing, a multiplier of 4 is also recommended.

The 45° Rule of Thumb

Viewing angles are a critical consideration.  A general rule-of-thumb, participants should be within 45 degrees from the center of the screen. The top of the screen should be within 30 degrees above the audiences’ eye level. AVIXA’s standards are much more detailed. However, this general guideline will help set the expectation of screen size and positioning for initial design purposes.

Aspect Ratio

Widescreen aspect ratios of 16:9 are currently the most common. Laptops have also landed on 16:9.

By providing a screen that maximizes your content, your participants will remain engaged and your meetings will become more productive. Do you have a meeting space that could benefit from a more engaging video experience? Call us for a complimentary on-site assessment.

https://www.svavnc.com/contact-us/

 

 

 

 

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