What do the courthouse, city hall, and many other government facilities have in common?
Other than working together to run a country, they all require audiovisual (AV) technology to deliver services and perform tasks in an effective and efficient manner. Audiovisual is any media that possess a sound aspect (hearing) and a visual aspect (seeing)—a meeting room with a projector and a microphone.
Here are four ways AV technology can benefit these facilities:
1. Public Meetings
Constituents can't make to public meetings for a variety of reasons. Whether the venue is too far, they don’t have transportation, or they’re restricted by time, government officials are responsible for making these meetings accessible to the constituents. With AV technology, these constituents can now view the meeting from the comfort of their living room. For example, PTZ cameras automatically zoom in on the speaker, and high-quality microphone picks up clear audio. This equipment also benefits those present in the meetings as they'll be able to understand anyone speaking anywhere in the room.
2. Multipurpose Rooms
Whatever the government does, they're always budgeting. Since this is always a concern for the government, multipurpose rooms have become an attractive solution that provides a more efficient use of money, space, and AV technology. These versatile rooms offer the benefit of flexibility that every government building sought after—the same area can be used for public speaking, training, and collaboration. It is no longer necessary to build multiple rooms, each with a single purpose. Instead, one multipurpose room works perfectly.
3. Assistive Listening
By law, the government must ensure that their communication is perceivable by everyone. That means that they also have to make sure those who are disabled can hear and understand a message. For those who have trouble hearing, assistive listening technology enables them to do just this. There are a few options in regards to assistive listening systems (ALS) such as cochlear implants—devices that directly stimulate the auditory nerve. Other examples include loop receivers or the induction loops, both of which are designed to help send signals into the hearing aid via magnetic waves. These induction loop equipment helps cut down background noise, providing the hearing impaired with clear sound. Wireless, infrared, and radio-frequency systems are also great ALS solutions.
4. Digital Signage
The government is responsible for alerting everyone about upcoming events, meetings, news, and other government-related activities. Digital signage is a useful tool that can be used to engage and communicate with the public. It is also relatively easy to use, simple to modify and updated to provide current information to anyone. These signs can also be implemented anywhere, from indoors to outdoors, at any brightness level that addresses the environment's lighting. Doing so allows any passerby to read the alert easily.
It is obvious that government facilities very much require professional audiovisual technology to be integrated into their processes. From making meetings accessible, to alerting citizens of the country about upcoming events, AV systems play an essential role in bringing the people and the government closer together.