This post is last in Berk-Tek’s AV blog series. Our first post focused on the HDBaseT Alliance and SDVoE Alliance, and our second let you in on the dirty little secret about my slow reflexes (along with the latency challenges inherent in AV systems). Before we dig into this final post (warning: shameless plug ahead), don’t forget to register for Berk-Tek’s upcoming webinar: 3 Key Essentials for Moving AV to the LAN on December 12.
The second in a 3-part series on AV over IP
Last weekend I took my kids to the Franklin Institute, a science museum located right in the heart of Philadelphia. For me, the best exhibit there was Your Brain, which explores the complex inner workings of the brain and how it makes sense of the world around us. I learned all about how neurons send electrical and chemical signals, which parts of the brain control which parts of the body, and how the brain constantly processes everything going on around us.
Berk-Tek is preparing to launch our new LANmark-HD cable – a revolutionary new shielded Cat 6 cable specially designed for high-definition AV transmission. In honor of this exciting announcement, our next few blog posts will talk about the rapidly advancing technologies surrounding AV over IP. This is the first in our three-part series.
The recent advances in AV technology have been nothing short of amazing. Up until about the year 2000, standard definition was the norm for every television, computer monitor and laptop in America. Fast forward to today, and high definition (HD) video has taken over the market. (I’m dating myself here, but I remember when it was HUGE deal to have an HD cable box in your house!) Continue reading
Berk-Tek recently rolled out a new initiative with Cree, a leading manufacturer of LED and smart lighting solutions, to help our customers better understand smart lighting and how to best integrate it into their IP networks.
Most people we talk to are familiar with smart lighting. They know what it is and the benefits that come with it. They’ve read articles and heard other suppliers talk about lower energy costs, reduced maintenance, and better productivity. But most times, these sources lack details and present only a portion of the big picture.
The most common feedback we get from customers is, “I want to learn more, but I’m not really sure where to start.” Most people are looking for someone to “stitch it all together” for them so they can fully understand WHY and HOW they should integrate smart lighting into the LAN.
Let’s start with the WHY. Below are the top 5 reasons why you should integrate smart lighting into the LAN:
- Centralized Control. No more trucking down hallways to go from room to room to adjust your light fixtures. From the comfort of your laptop or other IP device, you can adjust color tuning, max lumen output, the sensor sensitivity to movement, and much more.
- PoE. We look at the benefits of PoE first in terms of CAPEX, then in terms of efficiency.
CAPEX of PoE vs AC: Installing a PoE-powered smart lighting system costs about 15-20% less than installing a similar system powered via traditional AC. PoE is less complex, it is less labor, and the labor itself is less expensive per hour (low voltage contractor vs electrician).
Efficiency: A PoE-powered system is relatively efficient when care is taken in selecting the right infrastructure solution. Selecting the right cabling products – those with optimized twist rates and AWG size, and made with premium materials that minimize heat rise – can significantly reduce the losses inherent in a 100m channel.
- System Integration. An integrated smart lighting system serves as the communication channel for building automation systems to talk to each other via a common Ethernet language, and without the need to human interaction. This is relevant to a host of building automation systems, including HVAC, access control, security cameras, and more.
- LiFi. Light Fidelity (LiFi) is several years off from being adopted in any sort of scale, but it holds promise. LiFi uses light waves to carry digital information and is meant to complement existing WiFi LAN inside your facility. LiFi requires LED lights and they need to be connected to a network. Therefore, installing a smart lighting system integrated into your LAN is preparing your organization for future LiFi capability.
- Actionable Analytics. Arguably, one of the greatest benefits of a smart lighting system is the ability to act on the data collected from the sensor network embedded in the lights themselves. In addition to identifying and acting on energy savings, opportunities, you could use sensor data to identify underutilized spaces and reconfigure your layout to maximize the space you have instead of buying or renting space you thought you needed. For example, if your analytics are showing that your space utilization is only 60%, the system can make recommendations on how to relocate personnel to maximize space.
Want to learn more? Register for our upcoming webinar – Realize the Future: How to Integrate Smart Lighting into Your Network – on October 4!
By: Susan Larson, Marketing Communications Manager
I love marketing. I love everything about it – the logos, the catchy headlines, the psychology behind figuring out what people need and what they’ll respond to. I especially love when I come across a TV commercial that’s not only marketing brilliance, but it also converges with IT! Lo and behold, this month I came across one that coincides with a new product Berk-Tek is launching. What are the odds?! Continue reading
By: Susan Larson, Marketing Communications Manager
Viewed by more than 111 million people, Super Bowl LI was a definitely a game for the history books. Thirty NFL records were broken or matched. It was the first Super Bowl game to go into overtime. The Patriots broke the record for overcoming the biggest deficit to win. Tom Brady was the first quarterback to get five Super Bowl wins and four MVP titles. And, last but not least – the biggest news in my corner of the world – it was the first time my son was allowed to stay up for an entire Super Bowl game.
He was beyond ecstatic. Finally, he would get to rehash the whole game with his buddies at school, reliving every single play in excited, excruciating detail, as only 11-year-old boys do. It was a rite of passage for him.
But it didn’t quite end the way he had hoped it would. Continue reading