You may have noticed something different about us. We’re looking new and shiny. That’s because we’ve just launched our revamped website, hutchi.tech, unveiling our modern brand identity, and we’re so excited to share it with you. Switching from ‘Hutchison Technologies’ to ‘Hutchi’, the new name marks a significant milestone in our evolution.

Let’s go back to the start. We were launched in Dundee, Scotland by Bruce Hutchison in 1991, who was soon joined by brother Mark to form a family business that shared a vision to make life simpler through technology. Now with more than three decades in operation, we’ve become synonymous with the creation of integrated technologies that make spaces work better for people.  

Today, there’s hardly any technology we don’t know our way around. We design and build sustainable, integrated technologies that make spaces work for people. We engineer light, sound, access, networking, connectivity, and more. And we make everything talk to everything else, creating seamless integrations that work from day one.

We take a holistic, customer-based approach, and that’s what our brand refresh represents. The new and improved website gives visitors a comprehensive overview of the services we offer, while highlighting the impact our technological integrations can have on the human experience of a space. It also better showcases how we can make spaces work better for specific sectors, showcasing case studies that allow you up close and personal with some of our projects.

Already nicknamed ‘Hutchi’ by many of our team and existing customers, the new name shows our dedication to delivering a personal support and unique expertise to our customers. And our rebranding wouldn’t be complete without a new tagline; “Made for people”. Whether that’s “technology made for people”, “experiences made for people”, “solutions made for people” – it highlights the human factor we keep front and centre when designing and delivering our solutions.

Many of our customers recognised us by our signature blue branding, so we made sure to include a strong blue in our new brand identity. This new blue is updated to be more electric and exciting, inspired by the vibrant blues we often use in our lighting designs or on LEDs on our data racks, and symbolises the fresh outlook for the brand.

We are in the process of changing our email addresses to @hutchi.tech, but not to worry, we’ll still receive your emails to our @hutchison-t.com email addresses as well as we transition. So that means you get to enjoy the beautiful new visuals, but don’t have to update your address book just yet!

The brand refresh and the website were delivered by nine.nine.nine design in cooperation with our internal teams.

Mark Hutchison, Technical Director at Hutchi, expressed his enthusiasm for our rebranding journey, stating, “We are excited to announce the launch of our new website and brand to our valued customers and partners. The transition to Hutchi demonstrates our passion for dynamic growth, reinvention, uniting, and remaining at the forefront of what we do. Standing still is never an option for Hutchison Technologies, and Hutchi will continue to propel us forward. This marks an important milestone in our company’s history.”

We invite you to explore our new website and discover the innovative solutions and services we offer. For more information, visit hutchi.tech.

About Hutchi

Hutchi is a new brand name by Hutchison Technologies, a technological integrator company dedicated to delivering cutting-edge solutions and services to customers across various sectors. With a focus on innovation and customer satisfaction, Hutchi leverages technology to enhance user experiences. Our team leverages expertise across disciplines, including audiovisual, lighting, access control, networking & connectivity, and technical design, to develop and deliver bespoke solutions for customers across a broad spectrum of industries.

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What’s the key to success when working with suppliers and contractors to deliver a project? We’ll let you in on the secret; it’s a detailed and well-considered project brief. 

Providing your suppliers with a good brief can be the difference between receiving high-quality work delivered on time, or a frustrating project full of changes, delays and unmet expectations. Investing time in the brief upfront will save you time and money in the long run, not to mention build better relationships with your suppliers.

To help you get started, we asked our Technical, Projects and Sales teams what they find helpful to know when being briefed by clients. We used their advice to create this free downloadable Project Brief Template, and have summarised their top tips on how to brief suppliers here.

defining a ballpark figure will help suppliers understand the level of options to include in a proposal, and also sometimes avoid wasting your time by letting you know early that their solutions might not be possible in your price range.

Core requirements

Client Details – Who is the end client? Which key stakeholders should be included in follow-up calls and emails about the proposal and spec? Are any other contractors or consultants involved that we should be aware of?

Timescales – When is the project due to start and finish? Are there any other important milestone deadlines? Is quick turnaround required for one particular part of the build?

Project Outline – Here’s where you provide a brief overview of the work you’re looking for support with. This is a high-level description of the outcome you want to achieve and possibly some background context if relevant; not a full technical spec. For example, are you looking for a videoconferencing system as part of an office refurbishment? Is the fitness studio you’re working on a stand-alone project, or is it part of a wider leisure centre revamp? This will help the team understand what environment they would be working in and if they might need to tie in with other contractors on site.

Budget – You might not have an exact figure yet if you’re just scoping out options or feasibility, but even defining a ballpark figure will help suppliers understand the level of options to include in a proposal, and also sometimes avoid wasting your time by letting you know early that their solutions might not be possible in your price range.

More info about the venue

Type of Facility and End Users – Any additional information about the purpose of the building and what the client is trying to achieve with it. While it’s helpful to know if you’re integrating AV tech into a gym vs an office renovation, it’s even more useful to get an extra level of detail. Is it council leisure centre? Or a boutique high-end spin studio? Or perhaps a budget gym franchise looking to give their members something unique?

Type of Spaces – If you’re working on a large building project there’s a good chance there will be more than one type of space that needs technology integration. If you’re looking for an AV supplier to support with a hotel build or renovation for example, there will likely be a reception area with access control requirements, an event space with audio and lighting requirements very different to the guest rooms, and meeting rooms with specialist videoconferencing integrations. Listing the different types of spaces will help your supplier more quickly understand the scope of work and technical requirements.

Technology requirements 

Integrations Required – Going into a bit more detail than in the Project Outline, what exactly do you need technology integration support with? Are there specific hardware, software or third-party products you need to integration and/or communicate with each other? If you don’t already have particular technology products in mind, you can describe the outcome you want to achieve. For example, you might know you want an integrated solution that allows you to film or live-stream from the space; lights that automatically sync with audio; invisible speakers to fit with your interior design aesthetic; or an access control solution that integrates with your existing CRM system.

Product Preferences – Are there any specific brands or products you would like included in your quote or spec? If not, that’s fine to say you’ve no preference. If you do know you need a specific product though, having this information early will improve the speed and accuracy of timeline estimates.

This isn’t a fully comprehensive project spec, but if you can include most of these key elements you’ll be off to a great start in giving a potential new partner an effective brief. Don’t worry if some of these elements are unknown though, any good supplier will work with you to understand your requirements and the scope of the project as part of creating a proposal.

Putting all your requirements into a project briefing template can also be a good way to provide consistent information when enquiring with a few different suppliers to get a feel for how well you might work together. If you’re taking this approach, it pays to be open with suppliers about also having discussions with competitors. This helps to build a basis of trust and may help them better explain how they differentiate from other suppliers. 

Keep in mind that building a good working relationship with your suppliers is invaluable and there is more to consider than price alone when making the decision about who to partner with on a big project. We’ve also written a guide offering some guidance on how contractors, consultants and suppliers can work more effectively together.

How we work at Hutchi

Having all this information is our ideal scenario, but we know at the early stages of a project many people are looking for support exploring the possibilities. Our team will always be happy to talk things through with you and build the brief together. 

We have a track record of successful partnerships working directly with leading brands in the Health & Fitness, Corporate, Retail and Hospitality sectors, as well as partnering with architects and M&E consultants to help them deliver successfully for their own clients.

If you think one of your projects could benefit from some technology integration support, speak to a member of our team about how we can help plan and integrate technology into your build or refurb project.


Whether it’s a fancy restaurant, fast-food chain, traditional pub, or stylish cocktail bar, when it comes to the highly competitive hospitality industry, a well-designed venue with on-brand design goes hand-in-hand with the food and drink options when creating a memorable experience for customers. And a memorable experience for your customers has the bonus effect of encouraging them to share their visit with their friends and followers on social media. 

So, how can restaurants and bars encourage their customers to promote their venue on social media and get that brand awareness boost? The goal is to empower customers to take great content, influencing their followers that your venue is a ‘must-visit’.

Let guests do the talking

From instagrammable feature lighting to TikTok worthy background music, every element of the design contributes to the overall vibe of a venue – and it enables patrons to capture eye-catching photos or videos, enticing their followers to jump on the hype. Whether it’s Instagram, TikTok or Facebook, social media is the first stop for many in search of local restaurant and bar recommendations. With over two billion users on Instagram, and one billion on TikTok, social media opens up a world of possibility for hospitality venues looking to boost their visibility and credibility.

Word of Mouth Marketing (WOMM) is becoming increasingly visual, and an Instagram post or story from a trusted source is much more convincing than a paid ad. According to Nielsen, 92% of consumers believe recommendations from friends and family over any other form of advertising. That word of mouth is key to having customers queuing out the doors and filling up booking spots.

And not just that, the mix of a tantalising menu and a trendy, welcoming atmosphere that keeps diners coming back time after time will encourage them to stay longer and boost customer loyalty.

‘A picture is worth a thousand words’ has never been truer than in the realm of restaurant marketing on social media. Stunning photographs and videos of mouth-watering dishes can evoke powerful emotions, triggering a desire to savour the flavours and indulge in the dining experience. Professional food photography, combined with creative storytelling, can elevate a restaurant’s online presence and distinguish it from the competition.

Light up their socials

Pairing functional and atmospheric design with great customer service and delicious food can gain any venue a strong social media presence. To capture the perfect ‘gram photo or TikTok video, diners need good lighting! The ideal lighting can transform any space, no matter the feel of the establishment.

The lighting choice for a venue will depend on the theme of the restaurant or bar, and the emotions you want customers to experience. From soft dimming options that create intimate pockets, flattering warm glow emanating from a low light source, to quirky, colourful LED displays, presentation is everything for gaining #food and #cocktails posts.

If you give customers a beautiful setting, good lighting, and aesthetically pleasing products — they’ll be more likely to capture and share their experiences on social media. Take the Johnnie Walker Experience in Edinburgh for example. While light and sound play a central role throughout the guided tours, they added to the brand experience by building light into the tables for guests to put their cocktails on, giving them an opportunity to capture pictures worthy for their social feed.

Amplify your following

What’s an atmosphere without music? Music sets the pace of the place, and whether your venue opts for loud music full of energy, or a more laid-back, sultry beat, the acoustics of a venue is an essential component of the impact for diners and the videos they’ll be sharing on socials.

Getting the audio integration in your venue spot-on means having a tailored sound that complements the atmosphere without competing with diner conversations. And a thoughtfully designed audio system ensures that the all-important visual impact isn’t disturbed with speakers and wiring, all while adding to impact of the customers’ ‘gram story.  

Some venues may opt to have live DJ sets at certain times of the week to entice customers in, but it’s important to keep the customer experience at the forefront even between sets. Having a sophisticated, tailored audio system in place means a smooth transition when switching from a live DJ to a playlist, keeping you on the good side of a make-or-break experience for customers.

Create the customer experience

The atmosphere for any venue, whether that’s a bar, restaurant or café, needs to enhance the overall sense of connection and enjoyment for patrons, so investing in high-quality equipment is crucial. That could be state-of-the-art sound systems for crystal-clear audio, seamless video displays for visual storytelling, or feature lighting for ambiance. Prioritising quality ensures that your venue stands out both in person and online. Investing in your venue will ultimately get more customers coming through the door, which is a win-win.

At Hutchi we do the hard work for you, managing every solution including audio, lighting and visual displays as well as network integration. It’s an exciting opportunity to create unique spaces that stand out from the crowd and inspire your customers to share their pictures and videos online – at no expense from you.


Ready to discover how you can enhance your space? Speak to our team today and start upgrading your guest experience.

In the ever-evolving landscape of hospitality, where customer experience reigns supreme, the integration of cutting-edge technologies has become a game-changer for hotels, restaurants, and bars. Gone are the days when a comfortable bed and good food were enough to satisfy guests; today, it’s all about creating memorable experiences that delight all the senses. Let’s look at the role technology integrations play in the hospitality industry, and explore how different types of businesses apply them to wow their guests.

Enhancing Ambiance in Hotels

Hotels are no longer just places to stay; some have transformed into meticulously designed escapes that promise an immersive experience from check-in to check-out Perhaps they’re met by the gentle scent of sandalwood and soft warm lighting as they descend into the hotel’s spa facilities, where the staff greets them by name thanks to the automated notification triggered by the geotagged keycard scan. This not only sets the tone for the guest’s stay, but also creates a lasting first impression. Moxy, a brand of affordable boutique hotels, offers a stylish twist with its contemporary interior design and use of technology to create a luxurious ambience for guests. Jewel tones, spotlights, professional audio, and a welcome from the iconic fuchsia LED sign, guests know what to expect from their visit – for a fraction of the cost.

In-room entertainment has also undergone a transformation with the integration of smart TVs, streaming services, voice-activated controls, and even in-room fitness classes. Guests can personalise their stay at the touch of a button; from adjusting room lighting to playing their favourite playlist on professional quality sound systems.

Modern access control systems, such as car park barriers, QR code scanners, key card entry, and flow monitoring can all be integrated into your guest journey, to allow for a secure stay and up-to-date data control. This means that your guests can enjoy their visit comfortably and safely.

Dining Delights in Restaurants

When it comes to restaurants, AV technology has become ingrained in the modern dining experience. Digital menu boards not only showcase mouth-watering dishes but also allow for dynamic updates based on availability and seasonal offerings. Interactive table displays or table-top QR codes can provide additional information about the menu items, enhancing the overall dining engagement. EBONY, a Dubai-based interactive restaurant, has taken its dining experience to another level by using table-top sized tablets for customers to order on, watch their meal being prepared, and of course – eat upon. Whilst tablet-based ordering has become increasingly popular over the last few years, this application is unique in allowing customers to experience their whole dining journey using the technology, revolutionising premium cuisine technology.

In many fast-food settings, the whole ordering process has been automated through touch-sensitive displays, allowing the staff to focus on the preparation and delivery of food.

When it comes to atmosphere, ambient lighting and soundscapes can be synchronised to create a specific mood, whether it’s a romantic dinner setting or an eclectic vibe for social gatherings. From LED lighting strips to spotlights, some avant-garde establishments have even adopted projection mapping to transform dining tables into dynamic canvases, offering a multisensory feast for diners.

Revolutionising Nightlife in Bars

Bars and clubs, with their lively and dynamic nature, thrive on the crowd’s energy but often coast on the wings of impactful tech. AV technology takes centre stage in enhancing these spaces, offering a range of possibilities. LED screens behind the bar or DJ booth can display custom visuals or live social media feeds, connecting and fostering a sense of community.

Professional, powerful audio systems equipped with advanced acoustics and spatial sound technology ensure that every beat is felt, creating an energetic experience. And for those slower, cozy nights, where the jazz plays on and on, or the band plays their favourite acoustic covers, a tailored sound installation can ensure the music still resonates in just the right way.

Powerful lighting installations like blacklights, moving heads, and programmed LED strips add impact where screens are unviable. Some bars have even embraced interactive installations, allowing customers to participate in creating visual displays or even controlling aspects of the music playlist through mobile apps, using customised software. All of this in a bid to create the most memorable night out possible.

Tailoring AV Experiences to Venue Atmospheres

The applications of AV technology differ across these venues, adapting to the unique needs of each venue and their visitors. While hotels focus on creating a seamless and personalised stay, restaurants aim to blend technology with atmosphere and convenience, and bars thrive on the synergy of audio and visuals to amplify the nightlife experience.

Integrating AV technology is no longer a luxury but a necessity for hospitality businesses aiming to stay ahead of the competition Looking ahead, we can see that technology will continue to impact how we eat, sleep, and revel in entertainment.

It all starts with a conversation…

Is your hospitality venue in need of a little revamp? Are you the newest bar, restaurant, or hotel on the scene looking to stand out from the crowd?

To find out more about AV solutions for your space, get in touch with the Hutchison Technologies team today.

Hotels across the globe are engaged in fierce competition: who can create the most intricate, immersive, experience-enhancing, and/or wacky guest experiences? We’re taking a little trip around the globe to have a look at the most memorable tech solutions of in the hospitality industry to date. Join us and let us know if you agree with our list.

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Sensory Soundscapes at W Hotel, Barcelona
As you walk into the lobby at the W Hotel in Barcelona, you enter a dynamic sound environment that adapts to the time of day and the crowd’s energy. This amazing immersive sound installation sets the tone for an auditory journey unlike any other, and it’s often used as a collaborative project with local artists and DJs to mimic Barcelona’s vibrant city streets. A truly innovative AV solution that attracts crowds from all over.

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Acoustic Luxury at Rosewood London
Rosewood London takes a different approach by incorporating acoustic panels and soundproofing technologies in their rooms. Guests can enjoy a tranquil and noise-free environment, escaping the hustle and bustle of the city. The AV technology ensures that the auditory experience is as luxurious as the rest of the hotel.

Digital Canvas at The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas
Situated amidst the dazzling lights of the Las Vegas Strip, The Cosmopolitan has redefined visual experiences. The hotel’s façade serves as a massive digital canvas, showcasing vibrant interactive art installations. This visual spectacle transforms the entire building into a dynamic work of art, captivating guests and passers-by alike.

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Mood Altering Lights at CitizenM, Amsterdam
CitizenM in Amsterdam pioneers the use of customisable in-room tablets that allow guests to control every aspect of their stay, including the hue and intensity of their room lighting. The hotel uses innovative technologies to create a mood-enhancing atmosphere, allowing guests to tailor their room’s atmosphere according to their preferences.

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Dynamic Exterior Lighting Extravaganza at the Burj Al Arab, Dubai
The iconic Burj Al Arab takes luxury to new heights with its dynamic lighting system. The sail-shaped structure comes alive at night with a choreographed display of lights accentuating its architectural brilliance. The interplay of colour and light transforms the hotel into a beacon of opulence, visible from miles away. Cleverly, guests inside are undisturbed by this eye-catching display, meaning they won’t lose any sleep while they are at the centre of a lighting spectacle that draws visitors from across the globe.

Robotic Access Control at Henn-na Hotel, Japan
Henn-na Hotel in Japan has embraced the future with robotic staff and cutting-edge access control systems. Facial recognition technology allows guests entry to their rooms, eliminating the need for traditional key cards. This enhances security, saves the hotel on plastic waste, and adds a futuristic touch to the overall guest experience.

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Seamless Connectivity at The Peninsula, Hong Kong

The Peninsula in Hong Kong has pioneered intuitive connectivity for their guests. They can control room settings, access hotel services, and even plan their itinerary through a dedicated app. The integration of connective technologies ensures that guests have everything they need at their fingertips.

It’s clear that AV technology has become an integral part of the hospitality narrative for hotels across the globe. From sensory soundscapes to visual spectacles, these inspirational tech systems showcase the limitless possibilities that AV technology brings to the world of hospitality.

At Hutchison Technologies, we are proud to deliver modern AV technologies that will enhance your guest’s stay, create seamless guest experiences, and guarantee that a stay at your hotel is truly unforgettable.

It all starts with a conversation…

Inspired to bring a little tech magic to your hotel? Are you to stand out from the crowd and provide unforgettable guest experiences?

To find out more about AV solutions for your hospitality space, get in touch with the Hutchison Technologies team today.

Lagging office WiFi can be incredibly frustrating. The last thing you need is for your connection to slow down right when you’re about to enter a video call or upload documents for an important project.

Unfortunately, network performance issues are all too common for all business sizes. So why does your WiFi lag, and what can you do to solve the problem?

In this article, we’ll look at the most common causes of office WiFi lag and how a networking and connectivity partner can help you get your connection back up to speed.

Interference from other devices

Interference from other devices is one of the most common causes of office WiFi lag. It’s likely that your office is full of other wireless devices and signals, such as Bluetooth headsets, wireless printers, and even your neighbouring business’ WiFi network. All of these signals can interfere with your connection and cause it to slow down.

Fortunately, there are things you can do to reduce interference and improve your office WiFi performance. You can start by positioning your router in a central location, away from other wireless devices and signals. You should also make sure that your router is in a well-ventilated space and that it’s not surrounded by metal objects, which can also interfere with your signal.

Poor network configuration

Another common cause of office WiFi lag is poor network configuration. If your network hasn’t been properly configured, it can lead to slow speeds and poor performance.

When setting up your network, it’s important to make sure that you’ve chosen the right settings and that your router is configured specifically for your intended use. You also need to make sure that your devices are connecting to the correct network and that they’re using the correct security settings. Even things like your firewalls, remote desktopping, and proxies can have an impact on overall network performance across the office.

Poor network configuration is akin to a ship with a hole in its hull: no matter the fuel and supplies, it won’t stay afloat. To ensure your network is optimized for speed and performance, it’s best to work with a networking and connectivity partner. They can identify and fix any WiFi issues, so you can get back to work quickly—just like patching the hull of your boat to reach the shore.

Outdated network hardware

Outdated network hardware is another common cause of office WiFi lag. If your router or other hardware is old or out of date, it can cause speeds to slow down and decrease performance.

Your network and connectivity partner can help you identify the age and efficiency of your existing systems. If your network hardware is old, it’s a good idea to invest in new hardware. You should also make sure that your network is using the latest version of WiFi technology. WiFi 6 and 5 are the latest generations of wireless technology. WiFi 6 offers faster speeds, increased range, and more reliable connections than WiFi 5. Additionally, WiFi 6 is more power-efficient, reducing battery drain on connected devices, which can make a real difference in a modern office environment.

Heavy network traffic

Heavy network traffic can also cause office WiFi lag. If your network is being used by a large number of devices at the same time, it can lead to slow speeds and poor performance.

The best way to reduce heavy network traffic is to limit the number of devices connected to your network. You can also use network monitoring tools to identify and limit any devices that are using too much bandwidth. You could also increase your network capacity. You can do this by upgrading your network hardware or adding additional access points to your network.

By increasing your network capacity, you’ll be able to handle more devices and have more bandwidth available to each device. This will help reduce office WiFi lag and ensure that your connection is always up to speed.

How a Networking & Connectivity Partner Can Help

If you’re having problems with your office WiFi, a networking and connectivity partner can help. A professional partner can help you identify the cause of your office WiFi lag and provide solutions to get your connection back up to speed.

For example, they can carry out a site survey and identify potential issues that might be impacting your overall network access, like badly positioned routers, outdated hardware, and systems that aren’t configured optimally.

They’ll also be able to come up with technical drawings and solutions that should optimise your setup, giving you real insight into what they’re suggesting as a solution. Additionally, they can provide remote support, cable management, and ongoing network maintenance to help keep your network running smoothly.

Working with a networking and connectivity partner can save you time, money, and frustration in the long run. You’ll be able to get your connection up to speed and get back to work as quickly as possible.


We hope we’ve helped you understand the most common causes of office WiFi lag and how a networking and connectivity partner can help you get your connection back up to speed. If you’re having problems with your office WiFi, don’t hesitate to reach out to our expert team to get your connection up and running quickly and efficiently.

2022 has been… something else. Just as we were starting to see  ‘business-as-usual’ membership numbers after pandemic lockdowns, the energy crisis is now hitting gyms hard. A recent survey showed that 39% of people are already finding the increased cost of living is impacting their ability to be active, and many are considering showering at the gym instead of at home to save money, leading to higher energy bills for operators over the winter. 

On top of this, Covid changed the face of the fitness industry and businesses are still having to adapt to ensure their ongoing survival. The population is more aware than ever of the importance of exercise after many months locked inside with limited access to exercise spaces and equipment, so virtual fitness has become a seemingly permanent fixture in the industry as a result. 

In this new age of fitness, and with rising energy costs becoming increasingly difficult to manage, fitness businesses will have to think differently to survive. Gyms need to find ways to maintain cashflow positivity while keeping their facilities accessible for members, making the most of the rising trend for virtual fitness classes, and being economical with their energy usage. 

Here are some ways the fitness industry is navigating these challenges.

Improving engagement levels 

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Public interest in fitness is on the rise with 82% of consumers stating they exercise regularly or intend to start soon. However, there is actually about a 60:40 split between people wanting to work out in gym spaces vs at home, showing a significant increase in interest in virtual workouts.

Leisure centres might make the most of these changing consumer behaviours by offering multi-platform options that extend beyond their physical space. 

Martin Franklin, Europe CEO of Les Mills states that ‘The ability to reach beyond your existing membership and attract fresh faces into facilities will be key to long-term growth; a welcoming force and establishing routes for beginners to find intrinsic motivation to exercise, will be key to their long-term adherence.’ 

One way to do this is to increase your offering beyond traditional gym classes with access to virtual options, such as those offered by content providers like Les Mills, FIIT and more. You could take this opportunity to re-engage people who have memberships with you but rarely use them.

Remind them why they joined in the first place and what you have done since then to improve your services. Help them better understand the value of their membership so they don’t see it as an expendable cost. 

If you want to see how a hybrid offering like this might look, check out how the Gym Group partnered with Fiit, the #1 rated fitness app, to provide a unique offering to their members.

Increased focus on sustainability

Younger members, who currently make up about 48% of global consumer expenditure, are more concerned about sustainability and ethics than other demographic groups. 

Organisations across all industries are considering their environmental impact and are making more serious commitments to sustainability with their business choices, and the fitness industry should take note. 

Finding ways to reduce energy usage in your facilities has the double impact of improving your sustainability credentials and also saving money during a time of soaring energy prices. Small changes such as using LED lights instead of halogen throughout your building and installing automation for virtual fitness classes to stop projectors, screens and lights running when the studio isn’t being used can make a big difference to your overall energy use. 

You could also look into more environmentally friendly equipment options such as Energym RE:GEN Studio bikes. These bikes capture the power generated by an indoor cycle workout and send it to a central lithium-ion battery, storing that energy until the gym is ready to use it, helping to offset a gym’s energy usage.

The amount of power generated depends on several factors, including the number of bikes installed, the intensity of the class, and the number of classes per day, but as a general estimate, one gym could provide enough energy to power 7.8 households per day (at 9kWh per household, ONS 2017).

Energym CEO Will Flint says “We recently worked with Hutchison Technologies on a large-scale installation at STORM, a Holmes Place Cycle Studio based in Berlin. This studio boasts 42 bikes and runs 5 classes a day. Feeding the energy generated by these classes back into the facility is expected to save 5.4 tonnes of CO2e per year for the studio or 37.5 tonnes of CO2e over the expected lifespan of the bikes. While the numbers vary on the country’s energy grid efficiency, it’s an incredible saving for the studio and should be considered be a game-changing solution for many similar studios in the UK” 

Rethinking under-utilised spaces

Many gyms have large areas of floor space that are not being utilised to their full potential. While these could be shut off to the public in an attempt to save further heating and lighting bills, they could also be turned into more profitable and engaging spaces.

Areas such as squash courts or other sports hall spaces might not be getting booked as often as they once were, so leisure centres should think outside the box when it comes to managing them. Similarly, underperforming studios that run only 2-3 classes a day could be reinvented to serve a wider variety of members throughout the day.

Technology such as the Multiball Squash Court Conversion can breathe new life into under-utilised spaces. With its interactive technology, one space can be used to host multiple different types of fitness disciplines from kids’ games, to HIIT classes, cycling, and yoga without losing traditional squash capacity. Smart lighting and audio integrations allow the space to be transformed to suit the user’s needs with just the touch of a button, making it accessible for gym-goers of all ages and abilities; from kids to athletes and pensioners.

Integrating technology like this at your facility allows you to make the most of the rising demand for virtual classes, create a more accessible space for users, and even support community initiatives by more easily by hosting events like kids’ cinema days, charity events and more.

NHS partnerships

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Another opportunity for leisure centres and fitness facilities is to partner with local NHS providers to offer a more comprehensive health delivery service. Initiatives like Integrated Care Systems, which have come into legislation this year, are a great way to get the wider population into leisure centres and create more positive associations with fitness spaces. 

The NHS has a long waiting list for medical treatments, so they are looking to tap into local alternative resources to help support patients wherever possible. This can span from simple exercise routines to specialised physio and recovery treatments.

Estimates indicate a potential resource of 50,000 technically competent and highly skilled individuals across the UK who have condition-specific qualifications which could support the NHS. Funding to cover certain services is available to operators wanting to work more closely with the NHS. 

So in addition to the funding received, participating operators also open their doors to a demographic who might otherwise never have considered joining. All of these are opportunities to boost your finances as well as create a tight-knit connection to the local community and build a more resilient business.

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Bringing inclusivity to the fitness industry

Finally, perhaps the most important thing any leisure centre or fitness space can do to ensure its longevity is to invest in improving accessibility and inclusivity. 

From considering the language you use in your marketing, to installing machines that can facilitate bodies of all sizes and abilities, you should work to address your own biases and make your gym a more welcoming space for all.

Consider whether you have the ability to build ‘privacy zones’ or ‘quiet zones’ for those who feel self-conscious about working out on the main gym floor, or struggle with sensory overload. Expand your class offering to include timeslots for those new to exercising at a gym, and inform all new members during induction of these additional benefits they can take advantage of so everyone feels your facility works for them. 

One of the largest neglected demographics for fitness in the UK is pensioners. Only about one in four people above the age of 65 regularly exercise, despite the many benefits that being more active can bring to their general health and well-being.

By focusing on making leisure centres and gyms a more inclusive and accessible place for all, operators will widen their customer base, create customer loyalty and improve the likelihood of weathering crises such as the Covid-19 pandemic or current energy crises. 

To learn more about how your fitness centre can use technology to think outside the box and build longevity, speak to a member of the Hutchison Technologies team today. 

Access Control takes many shapes and fulfills many functions: from adding a barrier for entry to tracking hot zones in facilities. These systems have become an integrated aspect of many businesses as they look to safeguard their premises, staff, and assets. So what access control options do you have in 2023, and how might you put them to use? Read our guide to find out.

In this article, we’ll cover:

Biometric Scanners

biometric security

Biometric scanners are one of the most popular types of access control systems for corporate settings. They use a variety of technologies to identify a person by their physical characteristics, such as their fingerprints, facial recognition, or iris patterns. This type of access control is popular in high-security settings, such as government buildings, military installations, and financial institutions, however it has also been widely implemented as a clock in-out system for shift workers in a variety of industries.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, many businesses started using facial recognition scanners in order to provide an access control solution that didn’t require physical interaction (for hygiene reasons), and could also monitor the temperature of all those who entered and left the building.

Biometric scanners are expected to become even more sophisticated and reliable in the coming years, with improved accuracy and speed in recognition. The technology is also likely to become more secure, with higher levels of encryption to protect user and employer data. Additionally, the introduction of artificial intelligence to the technology is likely to lead to better user experiences, with improved user authentication and faster access times.

Keycards & NFC Passes

smart card

Keycards and NFC passes are another popular type of access control system, though in reality they only make up part of the overall acces system. Often found in more public, commercial settings where overall security is less of a risk factor, these tokens provide an easy, and cost effective, way of granting access to a large and changeable body of individuals. They use a card or tag that contains a unique identifier that is read by a card reader. Keycards and NFC passes are commonly used in office buildings, schools, and other buildings that require secure access.

As with biometric scanners, cards and NFC passes are expected to become more secure over the coming years. Customisation options are also likely to become more accessible, with the ability for users to program their own access codes and other settings. The real advantage of digital access passes is their ability to integrate into other softwares like Customer Management Softwares and geotagging, allowing businesses and corporations to build very specific, tailored user journeys.

Keypads

keypad

Keypads are a classic access control system that requires users to enter a code to gain entry to a building or other secured area. These are widely used in businesses and homes to control who has access to certain areas. Unfortunately, a major downside of these systems is the security risk posed by code sharing and other human error issues.

However, keypads can be a great addition to other security measures, such as keycards and biometric scanners. If you need to grant access to a zone within a larger building and a code is the best way to share access with a larger group of people, keypads could be the answer.

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Tags

RFID

This one is technically cheating, because RFID is (more often than not) the technology that makes keycards work as well. However, we felt it deserved its own callout as it’s really quite versatile technology.

RFID tags are small devices that contain a unique identifier that can be read by an RFID reader. This type of access control system is used in many different settings, such as secure offices, warehouses, and other areas where physical access needs to be monitored. The beauty of RFID tags is that they can be used in really creative applications. For example, RFID tags could be used to create a virtual perimeter, where the tags would be used to detect when someone is entering or leaving an area. This could be used to monitor employee movement or track the flow of goods in a warehouse.

Other Access Control Methods and Hardware

magnetic swipe card reader

In addition to the access control methods discussed above, there are a number of other systems that can be used to control access to a building or secure an area. Many of them function by relying on the same technologies as those listed above, or are in some way best used in tandem with these. Consider for example:

Card and barcode readers

Without card and barcode readers, you can issue as many keycards, NFC passes or other tokens as you want, but you’ll have nothing to process their access info. While these are often taken for granted, there’s actuallly quite a large scope of readers with different specialties and advantages out there. Whether you need it to scan two types of cards, integrate into a loyalty system, or any other business specific function; it’s best to speak to an access control expert to get a better idea of what reader would suit your purposes.

Voice Recognition & Gesture Control

Voice recognition systems use audio analysis to identify a person by their speaking voice. The technology for this is still not reliable enough to be implemented as primary security access solution, but it can play an active role in user experience enhancements, like controlling lights, elevators, remotely opening doors, etc. Similarly, there’s been a lot of headway made in the field of gesture control, allowing people to interact with the system at a distance using an intuitive and pre-programmed set of gestures.

Proximity Cards

Proximity cards contain a chip that is activated by a reader when a person is in close proximity. This too makes for a great user-journey enhancer but does little for real security purposes. A practical application of this might be a waitress who’s clearing tables and needs to enter the kitchen. Her proximity card (which also identifies her when placing the table’s orders in the first place) automatically registers her approaching the kitchen and opens the doors for her, so she doesn’t have to worry about dropping plates.

Magnetic Stripe Cards

Magnetic stripe cards are credit card-like cards that contain a magnetic strip. Their application often mirrors those of keycards, though they’re often slightly less practical as the motion of the swipe while attached to a lanyard around the neck can really break a stride. It therefore makes sense that these cards are likely going to be phased out over the coming years and replaced by their newer, more versatile and less intrusive younger cousins.

Bluetooth and location-based Access Control

Bluetooth-based and location-based access control systems use signals emitted by a portable device to grant or deny access. These digital systems are often extremely customisable at short notice, through a central user interface. This is an incredibly useful feature, as it allows for an extra layer of security without having to worry about physical keys or access codes that could be intercepted or stolen. The downside of any of these is that they will require a full battery to function, meaning that there’s a chance of the device not working when it runs out of charge. Keycards and other physical tokens don’t struggle with this, for obvious reasons.

Physical Barriers

Products like parking barriers, maglocks on doors, one-way turnstile gates, and many others make up a vital part of your overall access control system. Physical barriers are an effective way of controlling the flow of people and vehicles into and out of a particular area.

The most common physical barriers are turnstiles and parking barriers, which are usually found in public spaces such as train stations, stadiums, and airports. Other physical access control methods include parking barriers, which are used to restrict access to parking areas, and gate systems, which can be used to secure driveways, areas of land, or other restricted access areas.

Depending on the level of security required, different types of barriers might be suitable. For military installations and government buildings, these barriers will typically be designed to be more robust and might create a floor-to-ceiling obstacle that can’t be ‘hopped’ over, whereas a lower-security space might make do with a standard, hip-height turnstile or gate.

Visitor management systems

Depending on your business-type, you might know these as customer relationship management systems, visitor management systems or guest management systems. Regardless of what you’re calling it, this is usually a software integrated with your access control that allows you to track the comings and goings of customers against their personal profiles. A modern system like this allows you to learn from customer behaviours and over time build tailored, improved customer/member/guest experiences.


If you’re not entirely sure what access control system will work best for your business, why not download our access control guide and checklist, which will enable you to identify your priorities and have an informed chat with your supplier of choice to make sure your needs are fully met.

Each of these access control systems have their own unique set of features, and can be used in a variety of settings. As technology continues to advance, so too will access control systems, with more options available for businesses to choose from. To get expert support on your access control and how it can enhance your visitor experiences, speak to one of our team, who are always happy to help advise.

The cost of everything seems to be rising, and the AV and lighting industry isn’t immune. If you’ve been trying to cost up an AV project recently and are finding it hard to pinpoint what a reasonable cost might be, you’re not alone. In this article, we explore why this might be happening, and what you can do to ensure you’re getting the best value for money.

In this article, we’ll cover:

Why are my AV & lighting quotes fluctuating so much?

There are several potential causes of changing supplier costs, such as higher labour costs, material costs, import costs, and increasing overhead expenses due to the rising cost of living and energy crisis.

Worker shortages

Many companies have been adversely affected by strikes and worker shortages, which have caused operational disruptions and put a strain on their ability to deliver on quotes. Not only have these labor-related issues had a direct impact on the company’s ability to meet demand, but they have also caused indirect repercussions such as delays in shipments, overworked staff, and supply chain disruptions. This has resulted in increased costs for AV and lighting supplies, as well as a decrease in the amount of stock available.

Changes to manufacturing and import

The rise of tariffs, sanctions, and other trade restrictions have made it more expensive to import materials and components from outside the country. This has led to a decrease in the availability of certain materials, and an overall rise in prices. Additionally, the increased cost of energy has caused higher production costs, meaning many manufacturers have had to pass on these costs to the end user.

According to a recent survey by AVIXA, the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association, “88% of AV providers have seen their labor costs increase in the past year, and nearly 30% report their labor costs have increased by 25% or more.”1

This has resulted in an increased demand for domestic production, and as such, suppliers have raised their prices to cover the cost of labour and materials. Many companies have also had to adjust their business models in the face of rising costs and changing customer needs. All of this has resulted in fluctuating, and often higher, overhead costs that are passed on to customers.

What can I do to protect myself from rising costs?

If you work with a regular supplier, there are steps you can take to deal with these fluctuations and protect yourself in the long term. Even if you’re working on a one-off project, the following points are still applicable as they can be scaled up or down accordingly.

Agree on preset pricelists

One option is to get your supplier to agree on a set pricelist for a set timeframe, so that you know the prices won’t change for a certain amount of orders or spend. Most suppliers will lock in the price of their quote for a set amount of time anyway, usually 30 days, but asking for a 3-6 month pricelists can help manage fluctuations in costs if you’re likely to place multiple separate orders.

This can be a beneficial strategy for both parties, as it provides a stable point of reference for both you and your supplier. This can also ensure that the supplier can predict stock levels more accurately for you, leading to fewer delays in shipping and overall project turnaround down the line.

Request price matching

You could also look at competitors and bring competitive prices to your supplier to see if they can match these, or alternatively, go straight to the manufacturer if installation isn’t an issue. This will help you investigate the market and get the best value for money. Note that while material costs can often be negotiated, installation costs and labour time charges may be less flexible.

Buying direct from a manufacturer

If you’re considering importing your own materials without the help of an established supply partner in order to save money, remember that shipping items individually rather than in bulk can cost more and therefore offset any cost savings made on the products or materials. Also, if you’re going solo, always make sure to have a strong, up-to-date technical drawing for your total solution, so you don’t miss out on any vital pieces of tech that are needed for your solution to work.

DIY vs. professional installation

As per the point above, you might be able to save some money by taking on the installation of your own materials, however, make sure you consider the longer timescales and loss of expertise you’d have to overcome. Reputable AV companies often stand out due to their combination of implementation expertise and industry-recognised brand partnerships. This allows them to buy materials at a lower cost than independents can, enabling them to price up larger projects at a lower cost.

Don’t buy the brand – buy the solution

Professional suppliers and installation experts also know exactly what products are actually needed, and which are ‘vanity buys’, simply based on the reputation of a well-known brand. A good AV company can deliver a great end result using any brand of product, thanks to their in-house expertise and ability to innovate and develop bespoke systems for specific customer needs.

Benefit from experience

AV companies have a team of experts on staff to help each other solve even the most complex problems. Keeping this team constantly available will, of course, affect the total cost of your quote. If you are keen to take on a project solo but want to benefit from your supplier’s knowledge base, ask them if they offer consultation work for a set fee. This can help you keep your project moving along. They might be able to help with troubleshooting, specific integration questions you might have, or even deliver detailed technical drawings for your project.

Create better briefs

Expected labour time can heavily impact any AV or lighting integration quotes you receive from AV suppliers. If there’s any scope creep or additional integrations are identified as needed during the project, this labour time can increase significantly and therefore impact the overall cost of the project. To ensure the quote you receive reflects the final bill, it’s important to provide a comprehensive brief to your supplier and discuss it thoroughly.

Check out this article about how to brief suppliers or download our free briefing template to set off on the right foot.

Future-proofed budgeting

In addition to these options, you could also consider budgeting and forecasting the costs associated with the AV and lighting you require. This should include ongoing maintenance costs that you may not have initially budgeted for such as potential repairs outside of warranty periods, or future upgrades to the system.

Additionally, you should consider the cost-savings that can be made by ensuring your initial installation is future-proof. This would involve investing in up-to-date equipment and materials that can help you stay ahead of the curve. While the initial outlay may be higher, the long-term investment could be more manageable as you will have the benefit of the latest technology and fewer unexpected maintenance costs.

Perhaps your budget could accommodate potential changes in installation and material costs over a few years, rather than just for a single project. Ask your finance team for advice with cost projections if you are likely to set aside large budgets that will need to cover multiple separate projects.


There are a lot of factors leading to fluctuating costs in the AV and Lighting markets at the moment. By taking the necessary steps and doing a little bit of legwork, you could be saving yourself a good chunk of money and headache in the long run.

At Hutchison Technologies, our team is here to ensure that you get the best possible quote for your requirements, and to create amazing end results. We also offer a range of consultancy services and additional support, from full project design and delivery to ongoing maintenance and support. If you have a project in mind, get in touch with us today and let us help you make it a reality.

1 AVIXA. “AVI Insights – Workforce & Workplace Survey.” AVIXA, July 2020.

Occupancy sensors are an important tool for many homes and businesses; helping to save energy, reduce costs, and increase safety. Let’s explore how these little devices work and how they could help change the way you engage with your space.

What are they and how do they work?

Occupancy sensors, or occupancy meters, come in a variety of shapes and sizes depending on the application. Generally, they look like small, circular devices mounted on the wall or ceiling.

Their main function is to detect the presence of people in a room or area. When used to control lighting, or other devices such as air conditioning, they help save energy by ensuring these devices are only running when they are needed.

They use a variety of technologies to measure movement and occupancy, including infrared, ultrasonic, and passive infrared sensors. Infrared sensors detect infrared energy emitted by people, while ultrasonic sensors detect sound waves reflected off of people. Passive infrared sensors measure changes in infrared energy to detect motion and occupancy.

How are occupancy sensors different from motion detectors?

At first glance, occupancy sensors and motion detectors have very similar functions, but there are some key differences. Motion detectors are designed to detect movement and (usually) trigger an alarm, while occupancy sensors are designed to detect the presence of people and activate devices like lighting and air conditioning.

Motion detectors are often used in security systems, while occupancy sensors are used in more complex solutions that often integrate many sensors and smart devices. Furthermore, motion detectors usually cost more and are bigger in size, since they need more powerful sensors to detect motion. On the other hand, occupancy sensors are usually smaller since they only need to detect occupancy and not motion.

What advantages do occupancy sensors offer?

Occupancy sensors can help to reduce costs in many different ways. By optimising the use of devices such as lighting and air conditioning, they can lower utility bills and general ‘wear and tear’ on those systems. Additionally, they can help improve safety by responding to the presence of people and activating the right devices.

However, integrated in the right way, their use can be hugely expanded. From a commercial perspective, occupancy sensors can help track hot zones within a space and help keep on top of maintenance and cleaning. They can also help identify when and why faults with other pieces of equipment (like TVs, turnstiles, etc) occur without needing to deploy staff to every corner of your building to keep watch for misuse and other issues.

Factors to consider when choosing occupancy sensors

When choosing occupancy sensors, it is important to consider the features that are available. Features such as adjustable sensitivity, multiple zones, and wireless connectivity can make a big difference in how effective the sensors are.

It is also important to consider the cost of the sensors, as well as any installation or maintenance costs. If you’re purchasing the sensor to add to a customised system, always remember your final goal so your complete integration will be successful. Sketching out your total solution will help identify the features that are important for you to achieve the desired result.


The use of occupancy sensors can be a great way to save money, increase safety, and improve the overall efficiency of your business. With the right sensors, you can be sure that you’re getting the most out of your space and taking advantage of the latest technology to help you succeed.

If you have any questions about automation for your business, speak to our team today.

For businesses of all sizes, videoconferencing has become part of the daily landscape, both on a one-on-one and on a multi-participant basis. In order for companies to make this easy from their head office, many meeting rooms are being refurbished into videoconferencing-enabled spaces, with all the kit required for someone to book the space and hold a successful meeting with minimal technical hiccups and glitches.

Now, there’s no way we can outline exactly what every type of business might need in order to facilitate this, but we have asked our technical team to suggest some of their recommended setups for larger meeting rooms.

For the purpose of this article, large meeting rooms include any room made to host more than 8 physical stakeholders during the meeting. We hope there are some useful takeaways here for you, but as with all technological integrations, you’re likely best off speaking to a professional about your space’s specific requirements in order to get the best solution.

Samsung Flip

Software Agnostic Videoconferencing Systems for 8+ Participants

Display

First of all, you’ll want a large enough screen for everyone to see the virtual participants clearly, and to be able to follow and read any presentation slides or shared screens clearly. We recommend not going for a screen under 65” for these reasons.

For this system, we actually recommend the Samsung Flip 2 65”, which will both work as a screen to display participants, and also function as a flipchart with touchscreen technology. Products like these in modern meeting spaces can make a huge impact on the productivity of the meeting, and offer more versatility for the room’s use in general. The Flip can either be wall mounted or installed on a mobile trolley to maneuver around the room for maximum accessibility.

Webcam

For this setup, we reckon a smart device like the Poly Studio X50 will do a stellar job. Its smart webcam offers smart tracking and framing, and its software offers dual display support so you can screen share while remaining in full view right out of the box.

Now, this video bar does come with a built-in microphone and speakers which will be suitable for a smaller meeting space, but to make sure everybody in the room is picked up properly and can hear everything with equal clarity, we do suggest adding an additional microphone and speaker system, like the one below.

Audio system

Everybody knows by now how much frustration bad audio can cause. Whether it’s eliminating the building works noise from next door, failing to have consistent sound during the meeting, or picking up what that one whisper-presenter is actually saying; a good sound system will help everyone keep focused on the subject matter rather than the techno-blips.

For a room of this size, we think the Shure Table Bundle will make a really good addition. With two table array microphones, distributed across the length of the boardroom table, two speakers that can be either kept mobile or hardwired into the room itself and a processor that takes on all the hard work, every meeting will be an auditory delight.

Wireless Presentation

To enable everyone in the room to share their ideas, Barco’s Clickshare CX50 provides a quick and hassle-free solution. These plug-and-play devices claim to connect anyone’s device to the meeting within 7 seconds, no matter what laptop or videoconferencing software is used. It’s probably worth keeping some adaptors in the room just to make the connection as easy as possible.

Room management PC

To make sure the room doesn’t get double booked and meetings are run on time and within schedule, a room management PC like the 8” Roomz Display by RoomzBlack is just the ticket.

You can choose to keep this on the boardroom table itself for easy access, or wall mount it (or even link it to another display outside the meeting room to display availability).

group vieconference

Microsoft Teams Dedicated Videoconferencing System for 8+ Participants

While many of the systems we recommend can remain the same for the software agnostic and the Microsoft Teams dedicated conference rooms, there are a few differences you might want to consider.

Display

As an alternative to the Flip 2 recommended above, you might want to go for a larger, UHD display like the 75” QM75R from Samsung. This can be paired with a smart mount like the Peerless VCM580 floor-to-wall dual display solution, which helps keep cable management ‘manageable’ and also includes two 2RU rack storage units, which can be very handy in a large room with multiple processors, PCs, amps, etc.

Webcam

For a conference room of this size, you might want to choose a dedicated webcam that’s compatible with your Teams Software. the Huddly IQ provides an excellent field of view at 150°, as well as the expected smart zoom, tracking, and framing options that have become standard in conference spaces these days. Its smart AI also takes lighting into consideration and adjusts its settings for each participant, which can be a huge advantage in large meeting rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows. You can opt to use its 5-element microphone, but as before we recommend using a separate sound system for better audio delivery.

Audio System

To offer an alternative for this room size, you could opt for fully ceiling-mounted audio solutions and high levels of calibration and control of the sound in the room as a whole. Consider for example some JBL Pro Control 26C ceiling speakers, powered through a Biamp Tesire Forte Dan VT4 and Apart REVAMP2150L Amplifier, automated through a NETGEAR 24-Port Gigabit Ethernet POE+ Smart Managed Pro Switch allowing fast and easy switching between different inputs from presenters and virtual participants. This is why the mount mentioned in the display section comes in handy, as all of these additional processors, amps, and PCs will need to be stored somewhere convenient.

Logitec

Single-Brand Videoconferencing System for 8+ Participants

If you think all of the above sounds like a bit of a faff, or you feel loyal to an existing IT brand and want to stick with them, this setup might be more up your street. We’ve chosen Logitec as our primary brand as it is one of the most popular videoconferencing suppliers globally, but rest assured that other manufacturers like Poly, Cisco, and Yaelink all have the components required to set up a full videoconferencing system as well.

Video and Sound

The Logitec Rally is a really popular system that comes pretty much ready to plug and play. With a stand-alone camera, desk microphone, and two separate speakers included (alongside your expected computing hardware), there’s not much more you would need to get a medium to large size conference room up and running.

If you want to be extra thorough though, you can add additional microphones and speakers to create a more surround-sound effect and ensure everyone around the table it picked up perfectly. A Logitec RoomMate will link all chosen devices together and make sure your meetings run smoothly.

Control

The aptly named Logitec Tap can be integrated to control the meeting and other aspects around the room depending on how it’s been integrated with your larger access control systems, and is compatible with Teams and Meet straight out of the box.

Hardware Mounting

Logitec have their own wall mounts to keep the cabling tidy and all the above-mentioned gear in perfect position. It’s called the Rally Mounting Kit and it delivers a really sleek-looking end result.

Other equipment

For displays, other mounting solutions, and more bespoke fitting equipment that blends into your space more, you may have to look out with your chosen brand’s catalog. Speaking with your AV supplier will help you identify what pieces you definitely need for your large videoconferencing room, and which you can do without.


A good supplier will help sound map the room, suggest any required acoustic and lighting treatments that may help you get the best out of your system, and help troubleshoot the setup both after immediate installation as well as resolve problems down the line.

To find out more about how Hutchison Technologies can help support your office with its technological requirements, check out our interactive guide, or speak to the team for a direct conversation about your needs.

When it comes to technology integrations, choosing the right supplier partner is crucial. With Hutchison Technologies, you can expect a range of services and benefits that we believe will always help you achieve the best result. Here’s what you can expect when partnering with us:


Innovative Technologies

We pride ourselves on keeping up with the latest technology trends and implementing cutting-edge solutions for our clients. We use state-of-the-art technologies to design and deliver the best integrations, ensuring that your business stays ahead of the curve.

Whether you’re looking for audio, visual, lighting, or other immersive sensory integrations to wow your visitors, or are looking for more technical expertise in the realm of networking and connectivity, office technologies like WiFi and videoconferencing, or access control integrations that use smart, custom built connections to enhance your building control – Hutchison Technologies is able to tackle even the most complex of projects with an innovative, can-do spirit.

Our team of experts is always on the lookout for the latest advancements in technology, and we work tirelessly to incorporate these advancements into our solutions. When you partner with us, you can rest assured that you’ll be getting the best technology the industry has to offer, delivered by a team of experts who are passionate about innovation and dedicated to your success.

Access to Industry-Leading Brands

Over the years, we have gathered an impressive portfolio of certifications and partnerships with many of the leading brands in industries across tech and connectivity. From consumer-known brands like Bose, Phillips, Samsung, Yamaha, Cisco, LG, and Martin Audio, to more niche specialist brands like Madrix, Crestron, Apart, Shure, Cloud, Gamma, Avaya, and others. 

Our extensive network of supplier relationships, as well as a direct connection with our sister-company Hutchison International, allows us to quote and use a larger variety of products to deliver the desired results than many others in our field.

Expert Project Management
project management support

From start to finish, we’ll work with you to ensure that your project is delivered on time, within budget, and to the highest standard. You’ll be working with a dedicated project manager and their team, who will ensure transparent and frequent communication throughout the project delivery.

As we are a tight-knit, diverse, multi-disciplined team, you’ll benefit from niche technical expertise from across the business, while keeping your line of communication straightforward. So no matter whether you’re coming to us for a videoconferencing setup, a custom commercial light, and sound design and installation, or are looking for a way to upgrade your access control systems (or any of our other tech solutions), you can rest assured the right expertise will help you achieve the best result.

Our detail-driven style of project management means we are able to better track all stages of the delivery, from sourcing the right materials to the final fitting. This ensures our quotes are more accurate than many of our competitors, but it also helps us prepare for potential challenges well in advance, ensuring our delivery timeline is achieved within the stipulated budget.

Custom Technical Drawings

Our team of experts works from highly detailed and custom-drawn technical drawings and specifications for each project to ensure the smooth installation and integration of your technology. By preparing to such a high degree of detail ahead of the installation, we are able to deliver projects on more accurate timelines, with better-informed engineers who ensure there are fewer snags post-installation.

We are also able to deliver technical drawings and consultations as a stand-alone service. So if you just need someone to help you pull together all the various aspects of tech required for your build, give us a call and we’ll talk you through how we can support you.

Honest and Transparent Advice and Consultations
branded speaker installation

As part of our project management and overall ways of working, we pride ourselves on being open and transparent with our clients. This covers everything from product advice (eg. is it worth getting out the big cheque for those brand name products, or can a cheaper alternative deliver the same result?), suggestions on required functionality (eg. We could charge you more to develop this functionality, but the likely hood is that this out-of-the-box function will cover your needs 99% of the time – are you sure you definitely want this now or do you want to add this to phase 2 of the development?) and honest communication around pricing, timelines, and challenges.

We will work to whatever your priorities are. If your priority is to deliver the best result on a tight budget, we will keep that in mind throughout the solution design and project delivery. If your goal is to create something completely unique that will stun your clients for years to come, that’s what we will work towards. We believe that clear communication and a thorough understanding of your expected results are essential to building trust and maintaining long-term relationships.

Within this fast-transforming industry of technology, our team keeps an ear on the ground for new and upcoming developments. Wherever possible, we will always provide transparency if something you’re looking to develop is future-proof or just a fad that will likely look like an outdated investment in 12 months’ time.

Remote and On-Site Expert Support

We understand that timely support is essential, as many of our integrations play an active part in the overall user experience. That’s why we offer both remote and on-site expert support. Our helpdesk team is able to log into many systems remotely and troubleshoot, test, and even resolve many issues without a callout being required.

For our recent installs, we encourage our clients to opt for remote monitoring systems that allow us to flag up any potential risks that are coming up so that we can resolve the issues before they impact service in any way. When an engineer call-out is required, we have a nationwide team of maintenance engineers on the road with many of the most often required parts for speedy repairs.

When you log a fault, you should expect a response from our helpdesk within 2-4 working hours. First-time fixed rates of 90% are our target, with the engineer calling within 48hrs (if required) from initial contact with one of our representatives.

All this to say that once you have decided on a Hutchison Technologies integration, our investment in your facility doesn’t end at the installation. We remain invested in the performance of the systems and your satisfaction long beyond our engineers leave your site.

Bespoke Integration and Software Development
technical drawing of wiring diagram

One of the reasons you might partner with us is that we offer significant experience and expertise in building custom integration and software designs. We understand that every business has unique ways of interacting with its customers, and might have a concept or an idea you want to bring to life but aren’t sure if it’s doable.

Our team of experts will work with you to create a solution that fits your specific needs. Thanks to our varied in-house skillset, we’ve not yet been posed with a challenge that we’ve not managed to overcome through smart integrations and collaboration with our industry partners.

We’ve helped develop and deliver custom solutions for clients across a variety of industries, from boutique high-impact immersive fitness studios to custom integrations between access control and customer relationship management software using IoT sensors, all the way to remote broadcasting solutions for event spaces with bespoke lighting, sound, and camera controls and inputs.

We love challenging ourselves and pushing the boundaries of what’s possible, so if you have an idea we’d love to hear about it!

Collaborative Working Methods

When we talk about collaboration, we truly mean we take a full 360° approach to deliver the best results. That means enabling multiple preparatory briefing sessions between our client and our project team, internal collaboration between varying skill sets and expertises, as well as collaborating with industry-leading brands in order to get the best out of every product we use.

This openness to communicate with other stakeholders also allows us to work collaboratively with other contractors you may already have on board to deliver other aspects of your project. After all, our primary objective is to help you achieve the end results that you’re looking for, so communicating with all stakeholders that might impact the project is a vital component to delivering excellence.

A Personal Touch

Building a personal bond with our clients has been a part of our modus operandi since we started 30 years ago. In fact, it’s what we believe has allowed our business to grow from a small family enterprise to the international organisation we are today.

From the talent we attract to enhance our service offering, to the projects we are entrusted to deliver and the clients who choose to work with us time and time again; none of these would be possible without having a strong, personal dedication and passion that backs up our industry expertise.

Our customers see this reflected in the quality of the end result but also in the effort put in at every stage of the process. From customer-facing teams like engineers, helpdesk, and project managers to behind-the-scenes players like our CAD technicians, technical development team, and marketing departments; we are all personally invested to create new, exciting spaces for our clients.

However, it is also noticeable in the way each member of our team has the ability to communicate directly across hierarchies internally, allowing us to cut through the red tape that might otherwise delay projects and liaise directly with the people who can give us the right answer. From junior sales associates to technical directors and right across the board; there are personal interactions possible that make us one of the most efficient companies to work within our industry.

Large-Scale Rollout Expertise

Thanks to our experience working with industry-leading chains in multiple sectors, we’ve honed our project management and delivery to a level that allows us to provide unrivaled consistency in the delivery of our tech integrations.

So whether you’re looking to upgrade a single aspect of your audio-visual setup across your franchise in Europe, or looking to build several identical boutique experience centres across a single nation – we have the infrastructure and expertise in place to do your brand justice.

Ongoing Maintenance and Out-of-Hours Support
large chain rollout

One of the things you can expect when you partner with Hutchison Technologies is expert, and industry-wide recognised, expert aftercare.

We offer ongoing maintenance and training support, ensuring that your technology is always up and running and your staff is fully up-to-date on the latest updates you may receive throughout the lifespan of your equipment.

We also hold ourselves to ambitious support and repair turnarounds, and always ensure that we analyse our repairs so we can continuously improve both our support services as well as our initial installations. Our team is available from 7am to 7pm as standard, but out-of-hours support is available to customers as well, should they decide they want additional support.


So if you’re looking for complex integrations of technology for your business that may require custom software or hardware development, direct liaison with other contractors that are working on your build, and complete project management for a host of different fields of expertise, give us a call.

Partnering with Hutchison Technologies means having a team of experts on your side, dedicated to delivering the best possible solutions for your business. We certainly hope you’ll reach out for your next project, to see what we can achieve together.

We recently spent two days with a host of operators and fellow suppliers at active-net – a health, fitness and leisure sector event for discussing the latest trends and innovations.

One theme that came up again and again was our shared responsibility for improving sustainability and decarbonising efforts across the whole sector.

In this blog we’ve collected some examples of what pioneering owners and operators are doing in this space, and how Hutchison Technologies is supporting sustainability initiatives with smart technology integrations.

Five things – big and small – you can do to improve your sustainability

1 – Make sustainability a priority

This one sounds like a given, but there’s a world of difference between adding a sustainability project to someone’s list of objectives and truly making it an organisational priority.

You need to prioritise it, clearly and consistently communicate your vision, and back that up with actions. Your people need to live and breath the goal.

Everyone Active are a great example of a leisure operator taking this approach. They created a Net Zero Strategy to decarbonise their leisure facilities by 2050 and invested in hiring a Group Sustainability Manager to help implement it.

Their plan includes retrofitting existing facilities with renewable and energy efficiency systems, using low-carbon materials in new builds, transitioning to electric vehicles, and engagement campaigns to encourage behaviour change.

2 – Measure your impact

As the saying goes, what gets measured gets managed. If you’re serious about driving change it’s important to put a measure in place that will make progress – or lack of it – visible to everyone.

Carbon footprint is a metric many organisations track as a key performance indicator. It measures the amount of greenhouse gas emissions that are directly and indirectly associated with the organisation. This includes emissions from activities such as transportation, energy consumption, food production, and waste disposal.

There are many carbon footprint calculators available online, and also companies like PawPrint providing services to help organisations educate their employees on how to contribute to reduce their environmental impact.

3 – Repair and reuse instead of replace

When refreshing facilities there is typically a lot of replacing old equipment with new equipment. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that, but have you always given proper consideration to what existing equipment can be repaired or upgraded instead of replaced?

At Hutchison Technologies, when scoping a new project we start by reviewing what components from the existing space can be repurposed for the new installation, and our engineers take great pleasure in breathing fresh life into components customers assumed would need replaced.

Our digital signage project with Gymbox and Forty Eight Point One is a great example of this process. When planning a digital signage rollout across all Gymbox’s London locations we found the majority of existing screens could be reused if we developed new external drivers to adjust the screen orientation. In this case we avoided the waste and expense of new screens.

4 – Accumulated benefit of small changes

Don’t underestimate the impact of small changes. When added up across an organisation and over a long period of time, small changes to daily habits can have a significant impact on reducing your carbon footprint.

Encourage your people to notice and act upon ‘the little things’. This could be powering down devices or facility areas when not in use; recycling and reducing waste; and choosing more sustainable transport methods (or better yet, cutting out some trips altogether!).

There may also be opportunities to make small energy reducing tweaks without impacting on member experiences. Better Gyms, who operate 258 council-owned gyms, lowered the air and water temperatures at their swimming pools by 1C and reported no significant complaints.

5 – Renewable energy sources and reduced consumption

The leisure sector is increasingly recognising the importance of transitioning to renewable energy sources. Installing solar panels, like at the Aylestone Leisure Centre in Leicester, can provide a renewable source of energy that reduces reliance on fossil fuels.

Embracing fitness equipment innovations like Energym’s RE:GEN exercise bike, which convert kinetic energy from exercise into usable electricity, can also help power facilities in a sustainable way.

One of the most creative ideas we’ve seen is Exmouth Leisure Centre’s partnership with a data centre start-up Deep Green. They are heating their swimming pool for free using the heat generated from a washing-machine sized data centre.

By adopting these measures and implementing other energy-efficient practices, the leisure sector can play a crucial role in reducing carbon emissions and mitigating the impact of climate change, whilst lowering running costs.

How we’re supporting sustainability

Our ‘repair before replace’ approach to new projects is one thing we do to help our clients be more sustainable but we also provide many technology integrations that can help.

Sensors and control automations allow you to automate integrations like lighting, audio and heating; optimising levels based on the number of people using the space, and turning off entirely when the space isn’t in use.

Teleconferencing facilities and interactive whiteboards can improve the quality of remote meetings and collaboration to the extent that it reduces the need for travelling between sites for face-to-face meetings.

Digital signage across public and staff areas of your venues can be used for communications nudging positive sustainability behaviours by both members and staff.

If you want to learn more about leisure sector technology integrations our Studio Solutions guide shows how these integrations can work in different types of fitness studios.

ExCel London was the place to be for fitness industry professionals last week as Elevate 2023 took over one of their giant halls.

This year’s event brought together the UK’s leading fitness industry experts from both suppliers and operators. Speaker topics and exhibitor solutions included blending gym and home exercise routines, personalised experiences, and how to add value beyond your traditional fitness offering.

So, let’s dive right in and explore some key themes from this packed two-day event.

Blending gym-based and home fitness experiences

HCM Magazine listed ‘Hybrid Models’ as one of the top fitness trends of 2022-23, and the importance of finding a balance between gym-based workouts and home exercise routines was prominent at Elevate.

This isn’t a new trend – it’s grown quickly since Covid times – but both suppliers and operators continued to emphasise the need to embrace both options to meet member expectations of being available wherever was most convenient to them.

Members want access to high-quality equipment, expert guidance, and a motivating atmosphere while at the gym; and flexibility to continue their routines any time at home.

Many member management software platforms at the expo – which historically would have focused solely on managing member journeys through your physical facility – are now incorporating live-streaming, on-demand content, and virtual personal training sessions.

Maintaining the appeal of in-person workouts

Embracing a blended approach to home and in-person fitness gives your members what they want, but it doesn’t come without risk. What if they decide their home workout routine is so good they don’t need you anymore?

That’s why fitness operators are putting more and more focus on creating in-person experiences that can’t be replicated at home. 

Community itself is a great benefit of in-person experiences – Elevate perfectly showcases the enduring power of face-to-face interactions – but technology plays an equally prominent role here.

Our immersive Les Mills studio at the Mariner Centre and first-of-its-kind immersive Fiit studio for The Gym Group are both great examples of transforming space into experiences that are truly differentiated from anything you could do at home. These give members reasons to continue using their facilities alongside their home exercise routines.

Technology integrations like feature lighting, full-wall projections, and booming audio really capture attention and get people talking.

Premium content that’s only available in-person is another way to differentiate the gym experience. You could add Earth+Sky’s cinema-quality wellness classes to an automated unstaffed studio, giving members access to content not available anywhere else.

Personalisation

Fitness operators are reacting to the ever-increasing personalisation of B2C app and subscription services. When Netflix and Spotify can make recommendations based on your history and their interpretation of your personal tastes, it’s only natural that this sophisticated customisation influences our expectations in other parts of our life.

Devices and platforms collecting performance data, like MyZone, are common at the best fitness studios, and many cardio machines allow you to login to track your progress and receive workout recommendations. The popularity of Peloton bikes for home exercise has only served to increase expectations on gym cardio equipment as well.

What feels like a more recent development is more suppliers adding an element of personalisation to their strength equipment. EGYM’s Smart Strength range of machines, for example, include digital displays and personalised workouts. They have setting specifically for beginners as well programmes designed for advanced training plans.

For some fitness operators personalisation will come from their 121 interactions with members, but there is always the possibility to add to this using technology in smart ways.

Member retention is still the holy grail

Acquiring new members is great, but retaining and motivating them remains a top priority for operators across the fitness industry. With that goal in mind, many operators are looking for creative ways to add value beyond their traditional facilities and classes.

This includes finding ways to make your venue somewhere members want to spend more time. For example, David Lloyd have introduced workspaces at some of their clubs that members can use as a remote workplace. They can sit in this dedicated space after a game of tennis and do work on their laptops, dial into videocalls, or meet with other members. 

As David Lloyd’s technology integration partner we helped them bring this concept to life. Ensuring reliable WiFi connectivity for members and adding accessible teleconferencing solutions are just a couple of the integrations we can add to motivate your members to stay longer.

The secret to creating great fitness experiences

With the great variety of speakers and suppliers on display, Elevate was a great reminder that there’s no magic silver bullet approach to creating a great fitness experience. In reality, it’s many different things, done consistently well over a long period of time.

It’s smart personalisation. It’s integrating technologies that are the right match for your members. It’s creating impactful in-person experiences your members can’t replicate at home…while also providing at-home options that feel like a purposeful part of a holistic fitness offering rather than an afterthought bolt-on. And it’s a lot of other things too.

Starting with the member experience in mind is the single constant throughout everything. So whatever part of your business you’re looking to evolve, keep repeating “What would our members want?” and you won’t go far wrong.

We can help bring the wow factor

The projects we get most excited about are the ones where a client wants to transform a space into an experience.

Sometimes that involves things like feature lighting, booming audio, and immersive displays; things that really get people talking. And other times it’s easily accessible WiFi, smooth access control, and reliable phone lines; the invisible threads holding everything together.

If you’re looking for ways to create in-person experiences that keep your members coming back again and again, get in touch and we can help you explore what’s possible. Alternatively, download our free Studio Solutions Brochure to explore the possibilities for your current or next studio setup. 

In the rapidly evolving world of retail, creating captivating and immersive experiences for customers has become crucial. Advanced Audio-Visual (AV) technologies are playing a pivotal role in transforming traditional retail spaces into engaging environments that leave a lasting impression. Flagship stores, boutiques, and multi-site stores are embracing a range of technologies, including lighting, access control, audio, visual, digital signage, and connectivity, to enhance their offerings. In this blog, we will explore the top solutions suited for these retail categories and discuss why they are vital in today’s competitive market.

Lighting Systems

Lighting is a fundamental aspect of any retail space, setting the mood and highlighting products. Advanced lighting systems, such as LED lighting and smart lighting, offer greater control and flexibility. Flagship stores can utilize dynamic lighting setups to create visually stunning displays that showcase their products in the best possible light. Boutiques can use lighting to enhance specific areas, such as product shelves or fitting rooms, creating an inviting and personalized atmosphere. Multi-site stores can implement centralized lighting control systems to maintain consistent branding across their locations and optimize energy consumption.

Access Control Solutions

Access control technologies play a vital role in ensuring the security and smooth operation of retail establishments. Advanced access control systems, including keycard or biometric systems, enhance security while providing a seamless customer experience. Flagships can benefit from access control solutions by restricting access to certain areas or VIP sections, ensuring a sense of exclusivity. Boutiques can implement access control to secure valuable merchandise or designated areas, protecting against theft. Multi-site stores can utilize access control systems to manage employee access and track entry and exit logs for enhanced security and operational efficiency.

Audio Systems

Audio has a profound impact on the ambience of a retail space, influencing customer mood and engagement. High-quality audio systems, such as background music or soundscaping solutions, can create immersive environments that align with a brand’s identity. Flagship stores can leverage audio systems to create a unique and memorable sensory experience for visitors, reinforcing their brand image. Boutiques can tailor audio selections to suit their product offerings and target audience, enhancing the overall shopping experience. Multi-site stores can synchronize audio across different locations, ensuring consistency in brand messaging and creating a cohesive experience for customers.

Visual Displays

Visual displays play a critical role in attracting and engaging customers. With advancements in display technologies, such as high-resolution screens, video walls, and projection mapping, retailers have endless possibilities to captivate their audience. Flagship stores can utilize large-scale video walls or interactive displays to showcase brand stories or product features, leaving a lasting impression on visitors. Boutiques can employ smaller, strategically placed screens to highlight specific products or promotions, creating focal points within the store. Multi-site stores can maintain consistent visual branding across different locations, reinforcing their identity and creating a unified customer experience.

Digital Signage

Digital signage has become an integral part of modern retail environments, providing dynamic and engaging content delivery. Interactive digital signage allows customers to actively engage with the displayed content, enhancing their shopping experience. Flagships can utilize digital signage to convey brand messages, promote new collections, or provide real-time updates on events or offers. Boutiques can leverage digital signage to provide product information, styling tips, or virtual try-on experiences. Multi-site stores can synchronize their digital signage network, ensuring consistent messaging across all locations and enabling centralized content management.

Connectivity Solutions

Reliable and fast connectivity is essential for seamless retail operations and customer experiences. Robust Wi-Fi networks and other connectivity solutions enable retailers to provide interactive experiences, integrate backend systems, and gather valuable data. Flagship stores can leverage connectivity to offer interactive experiences through mobile applications or enable seamless online-to-offline transitions. Boutiques can provide guest Wi-Fi access to enhance customer convenience and encourage social media engagement. Multi-site stores can ensure consistent connectivity across all locations, enabling efficient data sharing and central management of systems and applications.

The Importance of AV Technologies for Retail

Implementing these AV technologies in retail spaces offers numerous benefits. Firstly, they enhance customer engagement and satisfaction by creating immersive and personalized experiences. Secondly, AV technologies provide valuable data and insights that help retailers make informed business decisions and improve operational efficiency. Thirdly, these technologies differentiate brands from competitors, helping to build a unique identity and attract more customers. Finally, AV technologies have a significant impact on sales and revenue, as they entice customers to spend more time in-store, increase brand loyalty, and drive impulse purchases.

AV technologies are revolutionizing the retail landscape, enabling flagships, boutiques, and multi-site stores to elevate their offerings and create exceptional customer experiences. Lighting systems, access control solutions, audio systems, visual displays, digital signage, and connectivity solutions all play a crucial role in enhancing engagement, security, ambiance, and brand identity. By embracing these technologies, retailers can stay ahead in the competitive market, maximize sales potential, and leave a lasting impression on customers, setting the stage for continued success in the future of retail.

We can help bring the WOW factor

The projects we get most excited about are the ones where a client wants to transform a space into an experience.

Sometimes that involves things like feature lighting, booming audio, and immersive displays; things that really get people talking. And other times it’s easily accessible WiFi, smooth access control, and reliable phone lines; the invisible threads holding everything together.

If you’re looking for ways to create in-person experiences that keep your customers coming back again and again, get in touch and we can help you explore what’s possible. Alternatively, download our free Retail Technology Solutions Brochure to explore the possibilities for your current or next retail setup. 

Are you opening a new store or looking to upgrade your current retail AV systems? We’ve put together the top tech you should consider in your next space.

In the rapidly evolving world of retail, embracing cutting-edge technologies is crucial for businesses to stay competitive and engage customers effectively. Among the various tech advancements, audio-visual (AV) technologies play a pivotal role in enhancing the shopping experience. In this blog post, we will explore a range of AV technologies that every retail business should consider adopting to drive customer engagement and boost sales.

Digital Signage:

Digital signage has revolutionised the way retailers communicate with their customers. These dynamic displays capture attention through vibrant visuals, videos, and animations. Digital signage allows businesses to showcase product information, promotions, and advertisements in a visually compelling manner. With the ability to update content remotely, retailers can quickly adapt to changing marketing strategies and ensure a consistent brand image across different locations. Furthermore, integrating data analytics enables businesses to deliver personalised content based on customer demographics, preferences, and shopping behaviour, thereby enhancing customer engagement and boosting sales.

Interactive Touchscreens:

Interactive touchscreens are becoming increasingly popular in retail environments. These user-friendly displays allow customers to explore product catalogues, access detailed information, and compare options at their own pace. Touchscreens also enable businesses to provide interactive experiences, such as virtual product demonstrations or interactive games, creating memorable customer moments. Moreover, incorporating touchscreens in-store can enhance the convenience factor by enabling self-service functions like price checking, inventory inquiries, and even self-checkout. By integrating, retail businesses can streamline the shopping process, empower customers with information, and encourage greater engagement and satisfaction.

Augmented Reality (AR):

Augmented Reality (AR) technology overlays virtual elements onto the real world, providing a unique and immersive shopping experience. AR applications allow customers to visualise products in their own space, try on virtual clothing, or preview furniture placements in their homes. By enabling customers to interact with products in a virtual environment, AR bridges the gap between online and in-store experiences. This technology not only enhances customer engagement but also reduces product returns by providing a more accurate understanding of the product’s look and feel before making a purchase. Integrating AR into retail operations can create a differentiated and memorable shopping experience that sets businesses apart.

In-Store Audio Experiences:

Sound can significantly influence customers’ emotions and perceptions of a brand. Incorporating carefully curated audio experiences in-store can enhance the overall ambience and customer engagement. Whether it’s playing background music that aligns with the brand image or using audio to guide customers through different areas of the store, audio technology plays a vital role in creating a memorable and immersive shopping environment. Additionally, businesses can leverage audio announcements and voice assistants to provide real-time information, such as product features or upcoming promotions, further enhancing customer experience and engagement.

Embracing audio-visual technologies is essential for retail businesses to thrive in the modern marketplace. Digital signage, interactive touchscreens, augmented reality, and in-store audio experiences all have the potential to enhance customer engagement, provide personalised experiences, and boost sales. By leveraging these AV technologies, retailers can create compelling and immersive shopping environments that leave a lasting impression on customers, ultimately driving business growth and success.

We can help bring the WOW factor

The projects we get most excited about are the ones where a client wants to transform a space into an experience.

Sometimes that involves things like feature lighting, booming audio, and immersive displays; things that really get people talking. And other times it’s easily accessible WiFi, smooth access control, and reliable phone lines; the invisible threads holding everything together.

Are you considering your next technology setup? Why not get some inspiration from our latest free Retail Brochure. It explores all our audio, visual, lighting, access control, and connectivity technologies that will support and enhance your business. Looking to explore our technologies further? Get in touch with a member of our team today to discuss your possible solutions.

As the leaves begin to change and the air takes on a crisper edge, the world of audio-visual (AV) technology is also undergoing a transformative shift. Autumn 2023 promises to be a season of innovation and evolution in the AV industry, with new trends poised to reshape the way we experience spaces. From cutting-edge audio advancements to immersive visual displays, let’s delve into the top AV trends that are set to dominate this season.

Spatial Audio Elevation

Gone are the days of one-dimensional audio experiences as spatial audio ascends into more dynamic spaces – adding acoustic depth and dimension to soundscapes. Through the strategic placement of speakers and advanced processing algorithms, spatial audio envelops listeners in a 360-degree sonic environment. Whether you’re being motivated in a fitness class, attending a conference, or enjoying the atmosphere at a restaurant or bar, spatial audio creates an immersive sensation that transports you right into the heart of the action.

Mixed Reality Integration

This season is all about blurring the lines between the real and the virtual. Mixed reality (MR) integration is emerging as a powerful tool for creating captivating AV experiences. By combining augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) elements with real-world surroundings, MR opens the door to limitless possibilities. From interactive art installations to educational exhibits that come to life, this trend enables spaces to become dynamic canvases for creativity.

Sustainable AV Solutions

With sustainability and energy efficiency taking centre stage as a strategic objective for any discerning business, AV technology will be up for review. Anticipate a notable surge in sustainable Audio-Visual (AV) technology solutions. An increasing emphasis on energy efficiency and reducing electronic waste within the industry will characterise this surge. Notably, LED displays with significantly lower power requirements will emerge as key players, providing visually stunning experiences while minimising energy consumption. Simultaneously, energy-efficient projectors will become more commonplace, ensuring brilliant visuals without the high energy consumption. Furthermore, eco-friendly audio equipment will revolutionise sound systems by prioritising sustainability without compromising quality. As AV spaces aim to align with eco-conscious values, these innovative technologies will take centre stage, revolutionising the choices made in AV designs and driving the industry towards a greener future. 

Ultra High-Definition Visuals

As the demand for visual perfection continues to rise, as does the expectation of spaces utilising visual quality displays that are strikingly comparable quality to lifelike scenarios. The industry will witness the proliferation of 8K displays, delivering breathtaking clarity and detail. From corporate presentations to interactive digital signage in retail spaces, UHD visuals elevate the quality of content consumption, ensuring that every image and video is a feast for the eyes.

Personalised Content Delivery

In an era of personalisation, AV content delivery is no exception. We will start to see an increase in personalised content experiences that cater to individual preferences and interests. Whether it’s tailoring the playlist in a retail store to match shopper profiles or adjusting conference presentations based on attendee demographics, this trend empowers spaces to engage audiences on a deeply personal level.

The Revolution of AI in Gesture and Voice Control

The days of traditional remote controls are fading into the past. Gesture and voice control are taking over as intuitive methods for managing AV systems. With natural language processing and gesture recognition advancements, users can effortlessly navigate through menus, adjust settings, and control content playback using simple hand movements or spoken commands. The latest Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology enhances user experiences in many areas. We see this in fitness, where AI provides real-time feedback on form, technique, nutrition and workout-tracking analytics based on personalised health and goal profiling. AI is reshaping the retail landscape by introducing innovative applications that not only streamline operations but also enhance the customer experience.

Personalised shopping recommendations, powered by AI algorithms, analyse customer preferences and purchase history, leading to more tailored product suggestions. Virtual try-ons leverage AI-powered image recognition and augmented reality to enable customers to visualise products before purchasing, reducing the likelihood of returns and increasing customer satisfaction. AI-driven demand forecasting and inventory management systems help retailers optimise stock levels, minimising overstock and understock issues. Visual search capabilities empower shoppers to find products quickly by uploading images or using photos as search queries. Moreover, cashier-less stores employing AI technology improve the shopping journey by eliminating checkout lines and enhancing overall convenience. As AI advances, these applications will further revolutionise the retail industry, making it more efficient and customer-centric than ever before.

Autumn 2023 is set to be a transformative season for the AV industry. From spatial audio that transports us to new sonic dimensions to sustainable solutions that prioritise our planet, these trends promise to reshape how we experience spaces. As technology evolves, people can look forward to a future where AV seamlessly blends with our surroundings, creating immersive and memorable moments in every setting.

We can help bring the WOW factor

The projects we get most excited about are the ones where a client wants to transform a space into an experience.

Sometimes that involves things like feature lightingbooming audio, and immersive displays; things that really get people talking. And other times it’s easily accessible WiFi, smooth access control, and reliable phone lines; the invisible threads holding everything together.

If you’re looking for ways to create in-person experiences that keep your members coming back again and again, get in touch and we can help you explore what’s possible. Alternatively, download our latest lookbook to explore the possibilities for your current or next space.  

Hydrohex: Hutchison Technologies latest partner in Aquafitness

Hydrohex is a virtual workout platform for swimming pools that activates quiet pool times with engaging and immersive fitness content. The cinematic underwater views and inspiring instruction, categorised clearly into four class types, have proven instant success among members as well as supporting pool operations.

Hutchison Technologies is proud to be partnering with Hydrohex to deliver a series of IP-rated screens and audio solutions that can transform pool hall activities, programmes, and experiences when using Hydrohex’s virtual aquafitness classes. To celebrate this partnership, we spoke with Hydrohex in their latest blog about the concerns when it comes to safely installing AV technologies poolside and how these solutions can revolutionise pool facilities. 

Diving into the Future: Redefining Pool Experiences with AV Solutions

As the digital revolution sweeps across diverse sectors, swimming pools are beginning to ride the wave of opportunity provided by digital solutions.  Our journey at Hydrohex, coupled with our successful collaborations with partners like Hutchison Technologies, has led us to embrace the dynamic potential of Audiovisual (AV) solutions. In this article, we delve into the benefits of screen installations in pool facilities and walk you through vital technical insights for seamless integration.

Why Screens and Displays Make Waves in Swimming Pools

Integrating screens in swimming pool environments offers a plethora of exciting advantages:

Information Flow and Branding: Screens are an excellent medium for sharing essential details like pool rules, opening hours, and upcoming events. Plus, they double as an effective marketing billboard for fitness, swimming, and wellness services.

Visual Safety Aids: Screens can serve as visual safety compasses, displaying emergency protocols and safety guidelines, ensuring everyone enjoys a secure and fun-filled pool visit.

Boosting Engagement: From interactive games to virtual aqua fitness classes and unique educational content, screens can transform the pool experience, captivating and engaging swimmers of all ages.

A launch day in Burlövsbadet, Sweden

Taking it a Step Further: The Symbiosis of Sound and Visuals

To gain a deeper understanding of these benefits and the considerations involved, we turned to our trusted partner, Hutchison Technologies. Known for their extensive experience in AV solution implementations in aquatic facilities, they have valuable insights to share:

AV solutions comprise both screens and audio systems. Could you share the challenges you encounter when installing these elements in pool areas, and how you overcome them?

Screens: The key challenge is retrofitting the screens in an existing pool hall. This can involve installing a structural bracket arrangement to support the screen safely. For a new build project, this is considered at the design stage. We overcame this challenge by carefully surveying and planning each installation. 

Audio: By design, swimming halls are built in a certain way, making an excellent acoustic environment hard to achieve. The construction consists of hard reflective surfaces with large volumes, creating a loud environment with many echoes where the noise can reach extreme levels.

Delivering a high-performing audio solution in a swimming hall requires careful consideration of the acoustics. The audio systems need to perform well for vocal intelligibility and motivational music. Stage one is an acoustic assessment and advice on controlling the ambient noise level and the acoustic reverberation performance. The benchmark is an Upper limit for the indoor ambient noise level LAeq,30mins dB, and an RT60 reverberation time between 1.5 – 2.0 seconds.

In a few sentences, can you explain how you ensure that screens fit well into the overall design of the pool area, while maintaining their practical function?

Current LED Screen technologies come with low-profile mounting solutions that allow the screens to be prominent and impactful but not intrusive. Once the correct location is selected based on the range of applications the display will service, the installation is planned, considering trims, and finishing details to ensure the result is in keeping with the pool hall aesthetics.  

Screens have a clear visual impact, but how do you ensure audio systems are also given due consideration in the overall pool design without compromising their functionality?

Achieving high-quality intelligible audio in a swimming hall takes careful planning, design, control of the acoustic environmental factors and the correct loudspeaker selection for the main application and the speaker placement.  

There isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution for swimming halls, and each project requires careful consideration and design. Selecting high-performance products that perform proficiently in the vocal frequency range for high intelligibility and deliver motivational music performance with depth and clarity for aqua aerobics and Gala events.

Can you provide an example of a project where both audio and visual solutions played a crucial role in transforming a pool area, emphasising the impact of each?

We have delivered many successful Aquatic Centres, Health Club, Spa swimming and Therapy pool projects. Our guiding principle is to consider the project brief, customer use case, ambient noise levels, acoustic reverberation performance, and acoustic control measures (and opportunities to add acoustic absorbent materials) – then, we design the professional Audio Solution considering the anticipated acoustic performance of the space. 

Swimming Centre Matinkylä, City of Espoo, Finland

Crucial Insights for Successful Screen Integration

To ensure that your screens perform optimally in a pool environment, here are some technical considerations to keep in mind:

Selecting IP-Rated Screens: Pool spaces pose challenges like humidity and water splashes. IP-rated screens, built to resist moisture, are a dependable choice for such environments.

Maintaining Safe Distances: To prevent damage and ensure safety, screens should be placed at a safe distance from the water’s edge. IP-rated displays need to be a minimum of 2 metres away, while non-IP-rated displays should be 3.5 metres away. An elevation of 2.5 metres above the water is also acceptable for either.

Addressing Glare: Glare from windows or open-air pools can affect screen visibility. Choosing a screen with the right brightness can help combat this issue. LED walls and outdoor screens, with brightness exceeding 2000 nits, ensure optimal visibility even under strong light.

In Summary

Integrating AV solutions, especially screens, into swimming pools opens up a world of possibilities to enrich the pool experience. They can revolutionise how we interact with pool spaces, enabling effective communication, enhancing safety, and ramping up engagement. However, for successful and lasting integration, thoughtful consideration around IP-rated screens, safe screen-to-water distances, and screen brightness is paramount.

It all starts with a conversation…

Do you have a pool facility in need of something a little bit extra for your members? 

To find out more about IP-rated AV solutions for your facility, get in touch with the Hutchison Technologies team today at: https://hutchi.tech/contact/

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AI is taking the whole world by storm, and AV technology is not escaping untouched. The integration of AI into AV systems is unlocking a new era of possibilities, revolutionising everything from system management to content delivery. In this blog, we delve into the current trend of AI in AV, exploring how it’s transforming audio-visual experiences and setting the stage for the future. 

AI-Powered Automation: Transforming Room Configurations 
Imagine walking into a meeting room, and without pressing a single button, the AV system configures itself according to your preferences based on your booking and previous behaviours. This seamless experience is becoming a reality with AI-powered automation. Smart algorithms can learn and adapt to user behaviour, automating tasks such as adjusting lighting, setting up audio levels, and configuring display options. The result is a hassle-free, personalised AV experience that enhances productivity and efficiency in various settings, from corporate boardrooms to educational institutions. 

Enhanced Video Analytics: Shaping Intelligent Environments
AI is not just about automating processes; it’s also about making AV systems more intelligent and responsive. Video analytics powered by AI brings features like facial recognition, gesture control, and real-time object detection to the forefront. In security applications, AI-driven video analytics enhance surveillance by identifying and tracking individuals. In immersive experiences, gesture control allows users to interact with content intuitively. These advancements are transforming AV systems into intelligent environments that adapt to user needs in real-time. 

Voice Control Integration: Speaking the Language of AV 
The era of fumbling with remote controls or touchscreens is giving way to voice-controlled AV systems. AI-driven voice recognition technology is enabling users to control AV devices and settings effortlessly through natural language commands. From adjusting volume levels to initiating video conferences, voice control is making AV systems more accessible and user-friendly. This trend aligns with the growing demand for intuitive interfaces that simplify the user experience and enhance accessibility across diverse user groups. 

Personalised Content Delivery: Tailoring Experiences with AI 
One-size-fits-all content is becoming a thing of the past, thanks to AI’s role in personalised content delivery. AV systems equipped with AI algorithms can analyse user preferences and behaviour to deliver the right content to the right audience. Whether in a conference room, retail space, or hotel room; personalised content delivery captivates viewers and improves engagement. The result is a more immersive and relevant experience that leaves a lasting impact on users. 

Predictive Maintenance: Proactive AV System Health Management 
AI is not just enhancing the user experience; it’s also contributing to the maintenance and longevity of AV systems. Predictive maintenance, powered by AI algorithms, can analyse data from AV equipment to predict potential issues before they occur. This proactive approach minimises downtime, reduces repair costs, and ensures that AV systems operate at peak performance. Businesses can now rely on AI to keep their AV infrastructure in optimal condition, contributing to overall efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and a greener future. 

Immersive Experiences with AI: Pushing the Boundaries 
AI’s influence extends beyond traditional AV setups, contributing to the creation of truly immersive experiences. Whether through AI-generated content, virtual reality (VR), or augmented reality (AR), AV technology is pushing the boundaries of what is possible. AI enhances the realism and interactivity of immersive experiences, creating new opportunities in entertainment, education, and beyond. 

Challenges and Considerations: Navigating the Ethical Landscape
While the benefits of AI in audiovisuals are significant, it’s crucial to acknowledge and address potential challenges. Ethical considerations, data privacy, and security concerns are paramount. As AI becomes more ingrained in AV systems, industry stakeholders must navigate these challenges responsibly to ensure the ethical and secure deployment of AI technologies. 

Integrating AI in AV technology is a transformative trend reshaping how we experience audio and visuals. From automated room configurations to personalised content delivery, AI is only just beginning to reshape the audio-visual industry. As we embrace these advancements, we must navigate the ethical landscape responsibly, ensuring that AI enhances our audio-visual experiences while respecting privacy and security. The future of AV is undeniably intertwined with the power of artificial intelligence, promising exciting possibilities for immersive and intelligent audio-visual-driven spaces. 

The hospitality industry is regaining its momentum nicely, but a hidden storm brews beneath the surface: a staffing crisis. From skyrocketing labor costs, higher expectations of working flexibility, and a historically high turnover rate, hotel operators are finding it harder than ever to secure the manpower they need. But fear not, hoteliers! There’s a beacon of hope shining brighter than any room service light: smart technology. And the best part? It’s an unsung hero and a dazzling showman, all in one.

Imagine guests gliding through a contactless check-in via sleek access control, empowered by facial recognition and digital key distribution. No need to queue and wait for a receptionist to take their details. Meanwhile, your reception staff, freed from the mundane, can focus on what truly matters – personalized service and genuine hospitality. This is the magic of automation, the first step in your tech-powered staff-saving journey, accessible to everyone, regardless of tech savviness.

Step into a guest room upgraded with smart control tablets. Guests can adjust the temperature, order room service, book a spa treatment, or request towels with a tap, minimizing the need for phone calls and frantic housekeeping sprints. They even explore entertainment and leisure from within their room, through virtual leisure providers and streaming services. It’s efficiency at its peak, freeing your valuable staff to handle more complex tasks and cultivate guest relationships. And for guests less comfortable with technology? Simple, intuitive interfaces and clear instructions ensure everyone can enjoy the benefits of smart living.

But it doesn’t stop there. Now, step behind the curtain. Subtle sensors monitor guest activity, adjusting lighting and temperature based on occupancy and preferences, saving energy and ensuring comfort. Smart systems anticipate needs before they arise, notifying housekeeping of refill requirements seamlessly and keeping the experience frictionless.

And then, the show begins. Powerful visual displays transform the lobby into a canvas of art and light, showcasing your hotel’s unique personality or displaying local landmarks. Eye-catching feature lighting dances across architectural details, guiding guests into secondary spend areas like your bar, lounge, spa, or restaurant. Well-tuned sound fills the air, creating a symphony of ambiance that complements every moment.

Here’s the bottom line: in a world starved for qualified staff and demanding environmental action, smart technology isn’t just a luxury, it’s a multifaceted magician and maestro. It streamlines operations, empowers guests, reduces costs, and protects the planet, all while disappearing into the background and then stealing the spotlight, creating an unforgettable guest experience.

And when you partner with us, we’ll tailor a solution that’s as unique as your hotel and its guests. We’ll ensure everyone, from tech geeks to technophobes, can enjoy the benefits of a smarthotel experience.

Remember; in a world of automation, human touch remains king. Smart technology empowers your staff, not replace them.

Contact us today for a free consultation and let’s unlock the full potential of your hotel, together.

The traditional image of a hotel business hub – a dusty corner filled with forgotten binders and clunky fax machines – is rapidly becoming outdated. In today’s dynamic hospitality landscape, the executive lounge has undergone a remarkable transformation, emerging as a critical hub for corporate productivity.

For busy executives, entrepreneurs, and remote workers, this meticulously designed space represents a strategic resource, enabling the integration of business and leisure travel – or ‘bleisure travel’. It’s worth understanding the full scope of what’s on offer in a modern business suite, and why any hotel should consider dedicating some spaces to one.

The Techy Parts

Connectivity: At the heart of any productivity hub lies fast, reliable broadband. Imagine video conferencing running flawlessly, documents uploading instantaneously, and deadlines met effortlessly – all fuelled by the secure and robust backbone of a superfast Wi-Fi connection.

Versatile Meeting Spaces: From brainstorming sessions to formal presentations, these adaptable rooms cater to diverse needs. Think flexible layouts, cutting-edge technology that encourages collaborative ideation both in the room and with online participants. Or offer privacy pods for 1-2-1 meetings, calls, and a moment of quiet.

Streamlined Document Management: Paperwork, though inevitable, need not be a cumbersome process. High-quality printing, scanning, and cloud integration transform document management into a streamlined and efficient experience.

Comfort and Focus

Ergonomic Sanctuary: Work shouldn’t come at the expense of physical well-being. Imagine adjustable chairs designed for optimal posture, ample legroom for movement, and even standing desks for those seeking a change of perspective. Multiple monitors, docking stations for various devices, and configurations that adapt to individual needs mean that guest just show up and plug-in, it’s that simple.

Power Flow: Laptops, the workhorses of the modern era, demand constant nourishment. Strategically placed power outlets throughout the space ensure uninterrupted workflows, eliminating the frustration of low battery warnings and frantic cable searches.

Considerate Acoustics: The constant tip-tapping of keyboards, buzzing of notifications, and chimes of every Teams call will send even the calmest exec into a frenzy. A good business suite therefore installs acoustic treatment on walls, ceilings, and maybe even between desks to absorb some of that excess sound.

Fuel for Mind and Body: Beyond technology, a well-stocked coffee bar with healthy snacks provides sustenance for both the mind and body. Additionally, a dedicated relaxation zone offers a haven for those crucial mental breaks, facilitating recharged focus and renewed productivity.

Don’t Forget About the Human Touch

Personalised Touches, Lasting Impact: Remembering guest preferences, stocking their favorite snacks, and setting up their preferred meeting room layout – these small gestures transform the experience from transactional to truly personal, fostering guest loyalty and satisfaction.

Sleek Integration: Consider whether there’s an easy way for your guests to access the business suite from their room, book a meeting room, and pre-order refreshments if they’re bringing in third-parties. Does it happen via an app or an in-room tablet, or do they interact with reception for custom requests?

24/7 Access for Unrelenting Productivity: The business world never sleeps, and neither should your access to tools for success. Extended hours or even 24/7 access for registered guests cater to the globetrotting executive and the midnight oil burner alike.


The modern productivity hub isn’t just an amenity; it’s a strategic investment. Attracting corporate clientele, forge lucrative partnerships with local businesses, and solidify your hotel as the go-to destination for the busy, modern traveler. This powerful asset unlocks new revenue streams, enhances guest satisfaction, and cements your position as a leader in the hospitality industry.

Ready to discover what your business suite might look like? Speak to our team today and start upgrading your guest experience.

According to the World Health Organisation, today’s society spends more time behind a screen than getting out and being active.

German-based tech company, MultiBall, made it their goal to solve this problem using the power of gamification. A lofty aspiration, which we at Hutchison Techn ologies felt we could get behind.

As a new distributor of MultiBall for the UK, we wanted to show you why we think it is a must for any venue looking to delight their visitors.

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How does MultiBall work?

MultiBall is the world’s first mixed reality sports and gaming platform. By combining gaming technology and physical activity, it turns any wall into a multisensory sporting arena that’s sure to get you on your feet.

MultiBall consists of a lightweight frame with LED senders and receivers, as well as a speaker and motion tracker. The sensor frame consists of a highly reliable and precise tracking system that detects any kind of ball and players movement in real-time. Paired with a projector or LED panel wall, the MultiBall system is ready to go.

Simply touch the wall to use the menu, pick your favourite game or training module and you’re off.

“With MultiBall’s global success and remarkable scope for customisation, we think our clients will come to see this solution as one of the game changers for their facilities in the coming years. The opportunities are limitless, giving our clients an exciting new way to attract and engage new and existing customers.”
Jonny Curley -Director of Sales, Hutchison Technologies 

All you need is a wall

MultiBall takes up very little room and is easy to install on any wall, making it perfect for gyms, schools, retail spaces and hospitality venues with underused areas.

Thanks to a variety of MultiBall models, every indoor and outdoor space can be turned into a mixed reality sports gaming area within 3 hours. 

Talk to us today to find out more about MultiBall.

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Entertain. Educate. Exercise. 

MultiBall comes with 25+ preinstalled Games and Training Apps for every age, fitness and skill level. The games come under three categories: entertain, educate and exercise. New engaging content is continuously developed and updated on your device automatically.

Using MultiBall’s motion tracking technology, all games and modules are focused on improving athletic and cognitive skills. The immersive, time-based gameplay with increasing levels of difficulty and competitive leader boards will keep your members coming back time and time again.

It gets you hooked from the get-go, just like a computer game – but with the benefit of being physically active!

Events & outdoor screens

Using a plexiglass covered wall of LED screens, the mobile MultiBall setup can withstand the hardest kicks and the roughest weather, making it ideal for outdoor events. It can also be easily transported and assembled as a mobile interactive screen for festivals, launches and other events both indoors and outdoors.

Versatile digital signage

The MultiBall setup can be used for plenty of other applications while not in play. It could serve as digital signage to inform members of events or important information around your facility. Or maybe host a dedicated cinema night on your new bright projection wall or rent out advertising space to local businesses to get an immediate return on your investment.

MultiBall models

Discover the MultiBall range with models of varying sizes to fit any indoor or outdoor space. All models come with a five-year warranty.

MultiBall Projector

The MultiBall Frame & Projector range suits a wide variety of applications, from entertainment and basic training to all-encompassing training for professional sport.

Available in various models, ranging from 4.09m x 2.9m to 4.75m x 3.5m, and taking up only 14cm in-depth, this is our most versatile, low impact solution for any facility.

MultiBall LED

For bright environments or events, we recommend our MultiBall LED range which boasts much higher brightness and picture quality. With an impact-proof LED screen, it can be set up quickly with no need for surrounding stands.

MultiBall LED is available in four models including indoor and outdoor versions.

Find out more

Discover our full range in our downloadable Multiball brochure.
 
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Talk to a member of our friendly sales team to find out how MultiBall could benefit your venue.

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Are you curious about the audio-visual and feature lighting trends that are set to make a splash in 2023? From 3D printing to virtual reality, the world of AV technology is evolving to meet the ever-changing needs of consumers. Here’s a rundown of the top AV and feature lighting trends expected to make their mark in the coming year. Get up to speed on what to expect and be prepared to make the most of the exciting opportunities ahead.

Virtual Reality

Virtual reality has been around for some time and is predicted to become more even prevalent in 2023. This technology allows users to experience immersive environments with the help of special headsets and software. AV companies are taking advantage of this technology by creating virtual reality experiences that are designed to provide users with a more engaging and interactive experience.

Examples of virtual reality being used in AV projects include creating virtual tours of museums, allowing visitors to experience the exhibits in a more interactive way; creating virtual concerts, allowing people to experience a live performance from the comfort of their own home; and creating virtual sports stadiums, allowing people to experience the excitement of a live match without leaving their house.

Motion Tracking & Gesture Control

gesture recongition and control

Motion tracking is also gaining popularity for personal and commercial AV & feature lighting installations. By using real-world movements, users can interact with objects in a virtual space through simple gestures. Motion tracking is expected to be even more common in 2023, and with gesture-based control, it has the potential to create even more impactful experiences.

For example, motion tracking can be used to allow users to control the audio-visual system with a simple wave of their hand. Similarly, gesture-based control can be used to allow users to control various parts of the installation with simple hand movements, such as zooming in and out of a picture or controlling the brightness of the lights. It can also allow members of the public to interact with an installation, adding a hugely engaging factor to otherwise straight-forward projection or visual display pieces.

Curved Video Walls and Bespoke Displays

Curved and bespoke-shaped video walls create a visually stunning effect, providing a more immersive experience for viewers, and are becoming an increasingly popular option for large-scale installations. LED displays offer a number of advantages over video walls and projection when it comes to creating bespoke displays.

LED displays are more energy-efficient, have a longer life, boast a higher contrast ratio and come in a wider range of colors. Plus, they can be configured to fit any space, giving you even more design flexibility and creative freedom. As such, LED displays are expected to be even more prominent in 2023 for AV professionals looking to create unique and engaging content for their customers.

Augmented Reality

Augmented reality could also be popping up in more commercial installations. This technology allows users to experience 3D visuals that are overlaid onto their environment, creating a more immersive experience. AV companies are taking advantage of this technology by creating augmented reality experiences that are designed to provide users with an enhanced viewing experience. Sectors like retail, art exhibitions, and event management in particular are likely to see this technology become more available for them.

3D Printing

3d printing of parts for commercial application

3D printing is a revolutionary technology that is already making waves in the AV and feature lighting industry. This trend is predicted to become even more prominent in 2023, as more AV companies incorporate 3D printing into their designs. 3D printing allows for complex designs to be created quickly and cost-effectively, making it an ideal choice for AV professionals looking to create innovative and unique products.

Examples of 3D printing being used in AV lighting designs include creating custom fixtures, unique shapes, and intricate designs. 3D printing can also be used to create components that are too small or complex for traditional manufacturing processes. This technology is ideal for creating bespoke solutions that require one-off parts, without hiking up the price of manufacturing. Additionally, 3D printing has the potential to reduce costs and waste, as it eliminates the need for traditional moulding and machining.

Smart lighting

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Smart lighting is increasingly being used in commercial applications such as offices, retail spaces, and hospitality venues. It is set to continue its popularity in 2023, with features that offer improved energy efficiency, customisable lighting designs, and automated scheduling. Smart lighting can be tied in with other audiovisual technologies to create a more immersive experience for customers and employees alike.

Examples of smart lighting products include RGBW pixel strip lights, Bluetooth mesh lighting systems, intelligent lighting controllers, and smart lightbulbs. RGBW pixel strip lights are a great option for creating customisable lighting designs, as they allow users to control the color, brightness, and intensity of the lights.

Additionally, Bluetooth mesh lighting systems are great for large-scale installations, as they allow users to wirelessly control lights over a wide area. Intelligent lighting controllers make it easy for users to remotely program and control their lighting systems. By combining these with gesture-based control or other control solutions, you can create a truly forward-thinking AV and lighting setup.


The AV and feature lighting industry is constantly evolving and adapting to the changing needs of its users. With the emergence of new trends, 2023 is poised to be an exciting year for AV and feature lighting. From 3D printing to virtual reality, the possibilities are seemingly endless. By taking advantage of these trends, businesses in all industries can hugely impact their brand and customer experiences.

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