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We design and specify Audio/Video presentation systems for many applications, including: convention, corporate, education, marketing, meeting and government applications. The application of multi-media technology to information systems in business, education and government is growing at a remarkable pace, fueled by Internet and WWW devlopments. Distance Education in private industry and the educational institutions is also driving the requirements for video-based presentation systems. Video conference systems are becoming a common item in business and industry, government, medicine and education, as tight budgets make travel less economical.

One of the biggest 21st century challenges to the design of commercial and professional AV systems looks like it will come from an acronym invasion from the consumer electronics and computer technology sector. DVI-D, HDMI, HDCP and EDID, all part of the vocabulary of consumer digital HD video delivery and digital rights management. Digital video has much higher video quality than analog, but was always designed to operate over short living room and computer workstation distances. Antipiracy and copy protection has been added to the mix to make it difficult to pirate DVD's. The unfortunate side effect of this digital delivery system is that there are few solutions yet available to deliver digital HD video over distances greater than 5-6m, and even fewer that are HDCP compliant. With fewer laptops offering analog outputs, many AV systems in corporate and educational environments won't work as many of the digital to analog conversion methods are not fully HDCP compliant. So just as the industry sorts out the analog issues of resolution and bandwidth, the entire commercial AV industry is knee capped by the consumer electronics industry. This isn't a matter of getting a poor signal, it means the system delivers no signal because the copy protection prevents the source device from sending a signal. Solutions are slow to appear, and the standards that they are based on change as fast as you'd expect the consumer and computer industries to churn.

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Video display products are virtually obsolete by the time the packing carton is opened, so an investment in A/V technology has to be carefully considered. We keep up to date on the most current audio and video products and applications to help ensure the longest practical "future proofing" time period for any technology package. The rapid growth of Internet and Intranet computer based applications are putting new demands on A/V systems, as more display technologies are becoming geared toward displaying computer graphics. It is necessary to match source/display resolution to the intended applications. Strategic combinations of desktop computer audio and video source/delivery systems with purpose built A/V system installations will provide the maximum flexibility for media consumers. We produce designs for integrated systems that provide audio, video and control interfaces tailored to the users needs, both present and future. We also provide design and coordination input on related issues such as:

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323 - 901 West 3rd Street
North Vancouver, BC V7P 3P9
Phone 604 - 986 - 8181