Since all of the different systems in an organization are becoming much more tightly integrated with one another, making adjustments in one area has repercussions somewhere else. “As you start to exert more control over things like lighting, you have to recognize that lighting is an important part of the A/V experience,” says Joe Andrulis, vice president of Marketing at AMX. “If I’m not knitted in with that whole asset management program, then the A/V system’s ability to get the appropriate setting is going to diminish.”
AMX has been aggressive in deploying server based, Web-oriented, monitoring and management systems that can scale to full-enterprise monitoring and management. This means that by exposing the infrastructure and opening up asset databases to other building management systems, information can be exchanged more freely. What evolves are more robust management applications and monitoring applications for the A/V system. “Well-defined Web interfaces facilitate easy data communication with other systems that we need to talk to,” says Andrulis.
How can a company make sure all the investments they have made in equipment will pay off? Is the equipment and organization in general operating in such a way that each individual item contributes to the organization as effectively as possible? These are concerns that should be quelled by a well-functioning asset management system. Looking forward, this information will provide the best course of action to anticipate how to integrate what will be coming down the line.