From major sports venues to backyards, people are taking their audio visual tech outside. In order for this to be a success, it’s a must to get the technology deployment and design right. Outdoor AV used to mean shoddy loudspeaker systems and subpar video displays. But today’s homeowners and business enterprises expect more. Addressing weather, installation, placement, controls, and security all contribute to create the best outdoor audio visual experience.
Accounting for Weather and Environment
The benefits that make outdoor audio visual installations ideal can also wreak havoc on systems and equipment. High heat and humidity as well as other seasonal weather patterns can be major issues and should be taken into account when choosing hardware products. Also, sealing all products to protect against the elements will help preserve your clients’ investment.
Another environmental factor equally important to consider that can affect outdoor installations is the audience experience. As a result, designs should account for the position of the sun during times of peak use. Surrounding landscape features, wind and nearby noise levels should be factored in during the design process.
Designing the landscape, seating and the surrounding architectural features can be done well before installation. Even with a fairly simple installation, without proper planning the installation will fail. Proper planning to account the unique needs of outdoor audio visual build outs will go a long way to ensure a smooth installation process.
Today’s wireless capabilities can help mitigate common issues associated with outdoor AV. Wireless hardware and technology may be more expensive upfront, but with the added benefits, the enhanced integration capabilities can easily make up the difference. Wireless technology also offers more expansion options so there is less of a chance of a system becoming obsolete prematurely.
Acoustics are always a challenge when planning outdoor audio visual installations. It requires careful consideration of placement as well as specific equipment enhancements. If not properly planned, an outdoor audio visual installation can actually limit space and decrease the available entertainment area.
Rather than use the expansive space effectively, small hot spots usually arise instead. These shrink the usable event space. Installing outdoor speaker systems that are capable of expansive sound is an effective fix.
Ease of use and overall quality are two essential requirements to make an outdoor AV design successful. Linking and integrating audio and visual sources with a set of integrated controls is a must for success. Mobile and wireless technology advances have improved access to sources from many types of control device. Waterproof remote controls and smartphone apps offer a high level of functionality that are also easy to use.
Advances in technology allow for portable installations too. These solutions can follow users indoors and out. But larger designs for both home and business need to factor in security as a concern at the design phase. As with the above, security issues can’t dictate the placement and design of the installation— at least not to such a degree that the experience is less than optimal. Raising visual displays and speaker systems can fend off security issues. But they can also ruin the design.
Secure enclosures often help security while offering protection against the elements. Including locking mechanisms, secure placement, and proper alarm protection will secure equipment.
As digital transformation affects both the industry and customer experience, the need for innovative outdoor audio visual solutions will continue to increase. Integrating mobile, WiFi, smartphone technology, the cloud and IoT will help clients better address their business and personal AV needs both indoors and out. The additional benefits of wireless installations and integrated features also contribute significantly to creating an excellent user experience. The ability to access collaborative spaces, AV conferencing and digital transformation tools from anywhere and at anytime make all these spaces more effective for business and personal use.