The rapid spread of COVID-19 had alarmed governments and health officials around the world and made it clear that real time data monitoring is key in the battle. Every level of government and every health agency need to be making informed decisions with contextual awareness. They need social media monitoring and news coverage at their fingertips, need to be up to speed on call counts, wait times and hospital resource availability—including beds, medical supplies, staff, etc. They need to be ready with hotspot mapping and video conferencing.
A war room equipped with a video wall is invaluable in coordinating any pandemic or outbreak response plan, ensuring the right priorities are set and that timely pandemic response has proven health outcomes.
In our last blog, we summarized what an amazing 2019 we had—with new offices around the world, 10 award wins, an expanded channel program and a new board of directors.
Well, we couldn’t have asked for a better start for 2020. After an exciting collaboration with Intel at the NRF show, we headed to Amsterdam to exhibit at the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) show, and along the way, we picked up our 11th award! The Digital Signage Awards was one that we have sought after a couple of times, and finally, we can include it in our trophy case.
This has been a breakthrough year in Userful’s history. We have established Userful as the leader in offering advanced AV-over-IP solutions, delivering excellence in both products and services to customers around the world. We have successfully launched a new visual architecture for enterprises, the Visual Networking Platform (VNP). Additionally, we now maintain four offices globally, have collected numerous awards for product innovation and corporate growth, and have expanded our channel network to accelerate sales growth. This year has been one for the books.
Since 2015, Userful has been a visual communications innovator, delighting customers by bringing their visual deployments to life. This year, Userful has doubled down on eliminating the need for expensive and unreliable hardware in customers’ digital signage, control room, video wall and other deployments, dramatically improving operational efficiency and reducing total cost of ownership are revolutionizing the once hardware-bound AV/IT industry.
Creating the best possible control room or command center requires more than just streamlining your solutions to generate a functional and comprehensive view of your operations across the enterprise. There are a number of different factors that your organization will need to take into consideration beyond what video surveillance, emergency communications and alert system technologies they will support. In addition to all the inherently crucial aspects of mission-critical environments, we’ve identified a few additional security measures below that you may want to consider as you construct your company’s control room.
AV-over-IP solutions that use standard TCP/IP communication through standard switches and routers, provide a broad variety of lock-down options for security conscious customers. By using a standard network, customers can lock down their own network tools, switches, routers according to their own security protocols and using familiar network monitoring tools.
To the way we work, communicate and play. And why should an IT person care.
Digital transformation is a hot buzzword today. At Gartner’s 2019 CIO Conference in October, it was the cornerstone of the week-long event. Digital transformation means different things to different people (and different industries), but all digital transformation projects share a single driving force: modernization to ensure your business doesn’t fall behind.
Another thing every single digital transformation project has in common: there is a visual element. Digital transformation is so broad that the list of commonalities isn’t long, but when you think about it, you’ll realize it’s true: every digital transformation has a visual element.
Control rooms enable organizations to efficiently monitor multiple information streams and use the data collected to make accurate mission-critical decisions. If operators do not properly manage the numerous data streams, they end up with an information overload that becomes detrimental to their business. Learn why control room needs to be equipped with top of the line technology to operate at peak performance.
Control rooms are traditionally found in high-security, high-alert information centers—such as power plants, transportation control facilities, military facilities and call centers, among others. Control room operators must make quick decisions–where a decision may result in life or death–requiring operators to utilize all the tools at their disposal including technology, all situation variables and other team members. Operators need an effective video wall solution that serves as a visualization tool allowing operators to manage all data streams efficiently.
Rapid, complete, frictionless communication is the currency that buys organizations success in today’s highly business environment, in industries ranging from transportation to telecommunications. Video and visual content are the core assets that back that currency. Userful has been an innovator in helping organizations leverage their video and visual content since it was founded.
That innovation continues with our new visual networking platform for the enterprise, which includes powerful and user-friendly software and cloud platform that provides a unified solution for all visual communication needs within the enterprise—from communication to collaboration, and operations—all delivered on standard IP network and centrally managed. Leveraging the flexibility of a visual network platform to power all requirements in a multi-site environment is a key strength for organizations wanting to effectively utilize their display assets.
With the ever-growing influence of technology and trends, restaurant and bar patrons today are expecting more than just delicious food and good customer service. While these qualities remain important, people today are looking for a memorable experience above all else.
We’ve seen the rise in experiential dining exemplified through the popularity of pop-up restaurants, where a restaurant can be accessed for a limited time and often has a theme, limited menu, etc. to create a one-of-a-kind experience that draws big crowds.
Although a traditional back-lit LCD video wall still offers the best value for highest resolution, direct output LED panels are dropping quickly in cost and offer higher brighness, true zero-bezel and typically a longer lifespan and wider range of colors. As higher resolution direct-output technologies such as OLED and MicroLED come to market the resolution and pixel-density will be less of an issue, although there still some time until it becomes mainstream.
For anyone requiring true zero bezel or ultra-high brigtness, LED is the way to go. Nowadays LED walls are custom built to order. Installers spec the solution to the pixel size they need and manufacturers build to order. The question we get asked most often is:
Video walls seem to be popping up everywhere these days. It isn’t hard to see why—they have been eye-catching and extremely engaging ever since they were first introduced in the 1980s, but back then their phenomenal cost limited them to a few specific applications. Modern technology has made video walls more cost-efficient; enabling their use for almost any application.
Digital signs and billboards are highly engaging and work to catch the eye of passers-by like no other technology can. That allows them to deliver a commercial message quickly and effectively even amid the clamor of distractions, and it also allows them to deliver critical safety and directional information as well. This makes video wall technology ideal for a huge variety of industries and use-cases including retail, airports, hospitals, financial institutions, universities and educational settings, live events, hospitality and entertainment, and many more. They are also implemented in the service industry, particularly Quick Service Restaurants (QSR) as menus and interactive information board.