Imagine, if you will, being a working member of the AV industry and having the opportunity to tour one of the most advanced AV spaces in the world. You’d feel as excited as Charlie Bucket pulling a golden ticket out of a Wonka Bar.
There are probably many people who would love to wander through the incredible spaces at Adobe, especially on a guided tour using Listen equipment—it’s a great experience! But for those of you who haven’t had the opportunity yet, please sit back and enjoy my description.
Once you are through the hallway, you reach the Network Operation Center, or as they refer to it NOC! NOC houses 24 NEC LCD displays, which are wall mounted with RP Visuals swing wide mounts. The video routing and room control is accomplished using Crestron Digital Media and control products. The Crestron touch panels allow employees to monitor specific company systems and other important statistics that are essential for daily operations at Adobe. For example, an employee can monitor anything like how many hits the Adobe site is getting per day to specific #hashtags being used on various social media sites.
There are many other incredible spaces at Adobe, as well. Their training rooms and collaborative meeting rooms (all named after creative geniuses, artists, or sports legends) are all equipped with state-of-the-art technology. All of these rooms have a combination of a number of projectors, monitors, PC’s, Blu-Ray player, connections for VGA, HDMI, and mini HDMI, gooseneck and wireless microphones, and a touch panel to control the system. The rooms also have Polycom audio and video conferencing systems and Ploycom EagleEye Director cameras that allow others to learn from other Adobe locations all over the world.
The more collaborative spaces are less formal and lend themselves to more creative thinking. These rooms all house a Wink paint surface, which allows a user to write and draw their meeting ideas on the wall with markers. If the user wants to save his or her notes, there is E-Beam technology build into the projector, which will capture what has been written or drawn on the wall and save it to the PC in the room.
All Fun and Games
Adobe employees also have the benefit of an onsite fitness center, a café, and many different game rooms. Televisions showing satellite programming are installed throughout these spaces for employees to catch up on news. Digital Signage monitors are placed throughout delivering employee communications created by Adobe employees. From menu items and specials to upcoming fitness classes AV is a part of their communication. Although it was closed during the tour, the lower level boasts a serious gamer room (I’m not sure what serious gamer means, as I’ve never been serious about video games, but it sounds pretty intense). And the upper level has a room with ping pong and billiards tables, as well as some old school arcade games. There’s also a basketball court and outdoor spaces for employees to relax or play sports.
Even as a new member of the AV industry, I felt like I’d won a golden ticket while touring the Adobe building. While I didn’t understand all of the impressive technical terms, I knew that what I was experiencing made for a great environment in which to work. It is definitely a space where technology works seamlessly hand-in-hand with collaboration and creativity.