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4 Reasons AV Systems Fail

Posted by Peter Clay on Apr 27, 2023 6:18:45 AM
For many organizations, keeping communication and collaboration technologies running efficiently is vital to the operations of the business. Audiovisual (AV) systems fail for several reasons, including technical issues, user errors, and lack of planning and support. 

Let's explore four main reasons why AV systems may fail to learn how to maximize the usage of communication technology.

  • Technical issues

    • Technology issues are one of the main reasons why AV systems fail. These problems include hardware or software malfunctions, compatibility issues, and other technical problems that can disrupt a system’s functioning. For example, a system may not be able to recognize the input devices, or the software may not be compatible with the hardware, leading to failures. Working with a professional AV integrator ensures that technical issues are addressed before they disrupt workflows.

  • User errors

    • User errors are a common reason for AV systems not functioning properly. Using the wrong settings or inputting incorrect data stem from a lack of training. User training imparts the knowledge needed to avoid errors and keep AV systems fully operational.

  • Planning and preparation

    • Planning and Preparation are key steps needed before a successful AV implementation. A lack of planning means not adequately assessing system requirements, conducting a thorough risk assessment, or testing the system adequately before its implementation. Compatibility issues, inadequate performance, and connectivity problems are avoided with proper planning.

  • Lack of maintenance and support 

    • Lack of Maintenance and support often leads to failure. AV systems require regular maintenance and support to ensure smooth and reliable operation. Regular software updates, checks of cables and settings, and proper cleaning of equipment, all help prevent technical issues and failures.

AV systems are powerful tools when they operate efficiently. Being aware of the potential for problems increases the likelihood of preventing them in the first place, allowing for maximum uptime and fewer disruptions.  Working with an AV integrator will limit failure points and ensure the seamless operation of AV systems, setting organizations up for communication and collaboration success! 


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About the Author:  Mr. Peter “Pete” Clay has more than 30  years of experience in cybersecurity disciplines.  He has served several U.S. Federal entities in diverse industries including defense, numismatics, product development, manufacturing, and the global financial industry.  In working with those organizations Mr. Clay has served as a trusted advisor of executives, boards, and government leaders globally.  As a consultant, Mr. Clay enabled several unique security solutions to solve their bespoke issues.  In addition to his consulting roles, Mr. Clay has held several security leadership roles including Chief Information Security Officer for large global companies and designed 19 global operations centers.  He is currently focused on solving the security issues specific to Audio Visual environments including detecting and managing “deep fakes”, misuse of biometrics, AV data loss, and AV-focused hacking.

Topics: av integration, video conferencing, cybersecurity


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