AV or audio-visual technology is the technology which possesses both sound and visual component like slide-tape presentations, films, television programmes, church or prayer meetings and live theatre programmes. AV service providers often offer web streaming, video conferencing and live broadcast services.
Computer-based audio-visual equipment is widely used in the field of education, as many schools and universities are installing projection equipment to be able to use white board interaction technology. Applications of audio visual technology are mainly of residential and commercial use. Some of the educational institutions cannot afford for purchasing AV equipment for demonstrations. So, they hire equipment from av equipment hire companies.
Residential uses of av technology include in-ceiling speakers, LED dance floors, flat panels, projectors and projector screens. Most of the people cannot afford to buy this equipment. They prefer to hire this machinery from outside for special occasions for their lighting, blinds, cinema rooms.
Commercial application of av technology is a vast subject being researched about. The commercial av industry is a multi-billion industry. This industry comprises of the manufacturers, dealers, system integrators, consultants, programmers, presentation professionals and technology managers of audio visual products and services. Commercial av installation is a big thing to fix. The board room arrangement requirements vary from corporate, organisations, educational institutions, and commercial places to convey information in an attractive way based on the context. The applications of audio, lights, sounds, video, display and projection systems are prominent in every industry like auditoriums, lecture halls, presentation rooms, command and control centres, etc. Concerts and corporate events are the common places depending on audio visual technology applications most evidently. AV equipment hiring companies provide the equipment for these stage dependent programmes as most of these organisations have immediate arrangements for an unplanned event. These are known as rental and staging companies and most of these companies provide in house equipment for these kinds of organisations and also an in-house technology team in some cases.
AV applications are effectively helpful in video conferencing, tele conferencing and other means of collaborative conferencing. According to the market forecast study by a leading trade association representing the audio-visual industry, 2006 was the fourth consecutive year that notable growth was projected for the audio-visual equipment industry. Revenue for surveyed North American companies was expected to grow by 40% and by 10.7% for European audio-visual companies. The single biggest reason behind this increase is the hike in demand for networked audio-visual products due to the integration of audio0visual technology and IT technology. The two leading markets for AV equipment continue to be flourishing in the fields of business, IT and education, especially as conference room technologies becoming more advanced. Some other fields audio-visual technology is being widely used are medicine, telecommunications, military, prayer places, retail markets, etc. for more effective boardroom communications.
Audio-visual technology is more helpful to disabled and older people to acquire necessary information and knowledge who are enthusiastic to excel in studies with more effective style of interaction.