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Team, Huddle or Collaboration

Collaboration as it is practiced in the Tech Manufacturing corporate culture

I remember when multipurpose room meant choosing between overhead projector or Zumba class. Today our corporate clients are more sophisticated as key executives have effectively brought their devices, smart phones, and tablets, into the boardroom. This consumerism in the boardroom has in effect caused the corporate environment to "up their game" with interactive collaboration.

Decision makers have begun to guide Corporate Communications to "Corporate Collaboration".

If synthesis can be called intelligence applied, the decision makers in charge of guiding corporate communications have begun to realize that the multipurpose boardroom is no longer a passive listener environment. The multipurpose boardroom today has become more interactive with the sole purpose of technology being to stimulate and enhance collaboration in this important workplace environment. For this reason, Sunset Studios provides guidance not just with the boardroom spaces but also any number of smaller group team-areas we call Huddle spaces.

A multipurpose boardroom today is just that "multipurpose" but typically is a space where executives or partners will gather to discuss and develop agenda for the company. As the workplace, today has shifted to accommodate telecommuting off-site participants, so has the boardroom which calls for at minimum an effective speaker phone solution. Most larger rooms use an installed teleconference system that enables end-point to be heard through speakers installed providing better acoustic response than a speaker phone.

But as the work flow in these rooms has become more about collaboration, the element of interactive participation has begun to play more important roles. The move from video conference to video telepresence has called for better resolution video from endpoints onto better designed space metrics. The relationship of the screen to the participants is not just for the video image of the person speaking but also for effective sharing of the screen.

if Collaboration is not simply watching slides then, what abilities are called for?

  1. Providing viewers, the desktop cursor to others to highlight, change and otherwise interact with the presentation.
  2. Shifting to another end point's desktop for viewing in the overall meeting
  3.  Ability to shift between audio conference to video screen sharing at any time.

Here is an example of a collaboration space optimized for cooperation

Sunset Studios thirty years of practicing "the only constant is change" in the visual presentation market; has uniquely prepared our team for the challenges of providing a collaboration synthesis to our client's boardroom experience. Our focus on enabling a positive user experience comes from making the systems operation simple.

This becomes an essential point allowing our clients, executives, and partners in the corporate spheres, to concentrate on their work at hand, not how to use the systems we have designed and installed.   

TAGS: Collaboration | Corporate Automation | Home Automation


Retail/Demo Space Opens in West Hollywood

For nearly 25 years, Sunset Studios has been a premiere audio-visual systems integrator in Southern California -- and now we’ve expanded into a storefront showroom.

WIRELESS LIVING, POWERED BY SUNSET STUDIOS is our exciting new retail/demonstration space in West Hollywood.  Come on in and explore the untethered lifestyle with such brands as Sonos, Crestron Pyng and House of Marley.   One of our associates will walk you through your options in whole home audio, empowering you to decide what works for the audio-visual system of your dreams.  And after you’ve made your choices, let the tech specialists of Sunset Studios utilize their combined 75 years of experience to install and customize your new system.  It’s that simple.

Wireless Living is currently open by appointment only, so call us today to and let us know when you’d like to come in and chat.  We’re located inside of the French Marketplace Restaurant, so the coffee’s on us!

Wireless Living
(Inside the French Marketplace)
7985 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 106
West Hollywood, CA 90046
(818) 907-7630
Free parking.
TAGS: Crestron Home Automation | Home Automation | House of Marley | Sonance | Wireless Music

DIY Home Automation

For decades, the notion of home automation integration has been the Holy Grail – a glorious vision of a futuristic home that could be controlled with the press of a button, Jetsons-style.  The good news?  That day has pretty much arrived.

The bad news?  It’s still confusing and expensive to properly set up. 

Not anymore.

Crestron, the world’s leader in control and home automation systems, has introduced a new, streamlined product line designed for DIY-minded customers on a budget.  Crestron Pyng is an Apple-based system* that pairs the Pyng app with accessories throughout your home.  Those accessories include wireless lighting controls, shading solutions, thermostats and wireless door locks, as well as security systems. With guidance from your systems integrator, Pyng can also be expanded to include DigitalMedia distributed audio and other Crestron products.

The heart of Pyng is the physical hub located in your home that communicates with the app on your iPad or iPhone, but all settings are backed up to the cloud, allowing the homeowner to make changes easily and securely – and providing you with the option to restore the system to its previous settings if you go a little too wild with the programming.  And yes, you can make those changes yourself if you choose to; Crestron has designed the system for ease of use by homeowners, who may still need a little help from professional integrators who normally handle the nitty-gritty of home automation programming for their customers. While the hardware still requires professional installation, the software set-up and customization is taken care of via your tablet rather than a laptop, providing a simplicity that is hard to match. 

If you’re interested in this robust but affordable home automation system, contact Sunset Studios for a custom installation quote.


*A control-only Android version is pending

TAGS: Crestron Home Automation | Crestron Pyng | Home Automation