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AV Technology Enhances Corporate Collaboration, Part 2

Dec 23, 2010 12:26 PM, With Bennett Liles

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Mobile phone service provider Cricket Communications set up a new San Diego headquarters with videoconferencing, staff collaboration areas, and distance learning. For the sound and video solution they called in CompView Audio Visual and we're talking today with Travis Ellis and Tom Yerkes on how they came up with innovative solutions to some rather tricky problems. That's coming right up on the SVC podcast.

Travis and Tom, thanks for being back with me for Part 2 on the Cricket Communications headquarters in San Diego and we were talking earlier about the conference room in there and the concept of the court yards they have in the work areas for people to collaborate on things. Does the court yard concept appear to be a larger trend that you're seeing in AV installations now?

Definitely seeing them in the technology sector where we're seeing people wanting to have instantaneous group meetings, be able to collaborate and talk about their particular design, circuit board design, or new software application instead of trying to do a formal way for conference room. Schedule the conference room, get everybody there. It's just "Hey, Travis—I would like to be over here," plug in and show the latest software I'm working on, "Is this the right approach? Is this the right steps?" And then break, go back to your rooms, and start to continue working. So it's a great place to bring a small number of people together, collaborate, stop, go back to your room, start … keep continuing working versus trying to wait for the next conference room to become available. [Timestamp: 1:47]

Yeah, that really seems to be a general theme they had in the whole project in trying to make collaboration easier to do informally and on short notice. I know that when they reach further out on the videoconferencing they have a Tandberg system. Was that a new system or did they bring that with them from the previous location?

They had the existing Tandberg videoconferencing system that was repurposed from their old facility, then we repurposed it in their boardroom. They did have another videoconferencing unit as well on a cart that we basically disassembled in their old facility and made it a fixed installation conference room. So they have two separate rooms that were built for videoconferencing. One was the boardroom and one was the room that they're calling the videoconference room and these … both of these units are repurposed from their previous facility. [Timestamp: 2:02]

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