As demand for energy grows, utility companies are investing in AV technology to provide efficiency in their meetings, faster demand response to customers, and to aid in their geological search for new energy sources. A recent estimate by the Edison Electric Institute states that U.S. shareholder-owned electric utilities will spend about $256 billion on capital projects from 2009 through 2011. Capital projects may include infrastructure improvements such as office and meeting room renovations to include the latest in videoconferencing, digital projection, distributed audio systems and other presentation technologies.
Due to the varying ways that AV is used, room control systems also play a prominent role in AV systems for the utilities industry. Control presets allow an AV system to provide the flexibility needed to serve a corporate board meeting, a videoconferencing session with branch offices, and a geo data review meeting – all at the touch of a button. With increasing emphasis on energy efficiency, AV products mirror the movement to green living with advancements in green AV systems and embracing ENERGY STAR® ratings.