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Allelon Systems is now Eko Solutions

Allelon Systems is excited to announce that our re-branding is now complete!  “Eko Solutions” will now be our name and brand.  Although our name has changed, our values and mission have not.  At Eko Solutions we are fully committed to providing our clients with the highest level of quality, solution design, and ongoing support in the audio-visual market.  We still adhere to the “Allelon” philosophy which is rooted in Greek meaning mutual, together, or reciprocal.

This core idea impacts every aspect of our business and is at the foundation of how we conduct business itself. Our client, vendor, and internal relationships all hinge on the concept of Allelon allowing Eko Solutions to create long-term partnerships in the markets we serve.

Please check out our full listing of audio/visual, paging, pro-sound, communication, and technical solutions we offer in both the commercial and residential markets at www.EkoSolutions.us.

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AV-Together!

Covid-19 has forced businesses in Ohio and around the US to slowly adapt to a ‘new’ normal.  Part of the Allelon mission is to stand alongside our clients and become a true partner. To this end, we are announcing a new program to protect our clients.  For all our clients who were closed during business restrictions in Ohio, we are offering a no-cost warranty extension* to match the time business and AV systems were idle.  We encourage other integrators to match this offer to really show we are all in this together.

*Some restrictions and limits apply.

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Windows Collaboration Display

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Due to our current situation surrounding the COVID-19 Pandemic are you looking for technology to support remote teamwork and collaboration?  The need for small group remote collaboration will be paramount as businesses plan and adjust for the future.  The Sharp Window Collaboration Display can help organizations of all sizes simplify and engage users with more productive meetings.  A 70” touch display is complemented by USB-C, HDMI, and wireless presentation capability.  The display is also a Microsoft Teams certified collaboration display with a built-in camera and directional microphone.  The entire experience can be controlled via a simple on-screen menu.  Sharp has also integrated an IoT sensor Hub into the display which can report temperature, Occupancy, Air quality, and Light levels back to a building management system such as Synappx or Microsoft Azure Digital Twins.

More information is available from Sharp

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Video Conferencing Flexibility

With today’s uncertainty and requirements for remote or work from home situations flexibility in video conferencing is becoming a must for most businesses.  Video conferencing helps people connect and collaborate regardless of their location.  Video conferencing can be as simple as a FaceTime™ call, use of a laptop’s built-in camera & microphone, or require more advanced connectivity in a meeting room.  Flexibility is the key for conferencing systems that are permanently installed in a meeting room.  Today’s systems can take advantage of permanent cameras & microphones that can connect to any computer running a video conference application.   Systems such as QSC’s Q-SYS™ and Biamp’s TesiraFORTE® can simplify setup and operation in mid-sized and large-sized conference rooms. The use of integrated PTZ cameras, touch panels, and beamforming microphones all enhance the meeting experience.  Allelon designs and supports AV systems that allow connectivity for applications such as ZOOM, Google Meet, GoToMeeting, Webex, or Teams.Touch Panel Camera Control

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Attention to Details

You could say we are meticulous or maybe even have a little too much “exactness”.  We feel the details are important – meeting clients on time, documentation, cabling labeling, and our workmanship are all details that are critical to the overall project.

Spending time on the details is what ensures client satisfaction.  We make sure every component of a system is tested, and yes, I mean every single component, button, function, input, & output – every single one, even the one that is only used once a year.  We spend countless hours wiring our equipment, installing cabling, and overall completing a neat and tidy installation – some people never notice, but it matters to us and matters in the long run.  Look at the before and after pictures of a project we recently upgraded.  Which one do you think is easier to maintain? Which one would you rather have in your facility?

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Five considerations when deciding to hire an AV Integrator

We often run across organizations that do not have experience in contracting Audio/Visual Integration firms.  In reality, it is very much like contracting any service-based business be it an electrician or landscaper.  Personal referrals are usually the best way to find any contractor.  While checking for normal things such as insurance, BWC status, and any licensing requirements AV firms have a few special considerations:

  1. What is included in the proposal, is it vague or overly complex? Is it an equipment list with no detail explaining how the system will actually work?  A written narrative of system performance helps fill in critical gaps in scope and understanding that a parts list alone can’t provide.
  2. Documentation – will your AV partner provide you with drawings, IP address lists, or a schedule?  All this information is vital to maintain your system over the life of the investment.
  3. What is their policy on providing software files & programming code?  Who retains ownership of it and will be it password protected?  Some AV equipment can be set up with passwords to limit the ability of another firm or yourself to ever make changes.
  4. What warranty is included?  Is it important to you to have a one year warranty v. 60-day warranty?
  5. Don’t ever be afraid to ask to see their workmanship – you will be working with their system for many years and most AV systems are significant investments.  The practice of system installation is critical to a successful and reliable system operation.
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No Compromise Church Sound

Many traditional Houses of Worship benefit from advancements in audio DSP (Digital Signal Processing) that allow microphones to be automatically controlled. This could be through automatic mixing, gating (turning the mic on and off), or feedback control. While this technology is amazing and brings a lot of benefits many churches also require more in-depth controls for the “superuser” or for larger services. QSC’s Q-Sys system can bring it all together through their touch panels, iPad, or PC applications. A Q-Sys DSP system can be programmed to provide automatic functionality for daily services. Advanced pages can then provide full controls as would be found on a traditional soundboard providing the best of both worlds.

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Advancements in Technology
Enhance Meetings

Sennheiser’s Team Connect 2 microphone advances collaboration with remote participants.  The ceiling-mounted microphone provides uniform coverage for meeting, conference, and training rooms.  By using their “patented dynamic beamforming technology” the audio coverage can automatically adapt to speakers in different positions in the room.

Find more information at Sennheiser – https://en-us.sennheiser.com/tcc2

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Top Three Considerations When
Designing an Audio-Visual System.
  1. What will the room be used for 90% of the time?  Invest heavily in this aspect
  • Invest most of the budget on what will be used 90% of the time.  AV systems and the spaces they are installed into often have frequent and reoccurring uses.  Don’t allocate a large portion of your budget for the once a year event, rent equipment until it makes financial sense for system additions

2. Invest in infrastructure.  

  • Infrastructure could be conduit, boxes, or as simple as extra cabling for small system changes.  It is often wise to pull in spare cabling at the time of the initial install or have your electrician install that extra floorbox as the costs to do it separately later will be more expensive.

3. Consider the cost of technology over time

  • Deciding between laser and lamp-based projection or IP video v. HDBaseT?  Differing technologies often come with wildly different price points.  A more expensive product may prove to be more cost-effective in the long run if system changes and expansion are probable.  If the AV system is for a smaller standalone room perhaps using less expensive equipment is a smart idea freeing budgets to be used in other areas.