Facility-wide Intercom System: Worth the Investment?

If your healthcare facility occupies older facilities or ones that weren’t purpose-built for what you do, it’s possible that your facilities aren’t equipped with a facility-wide intercom system. You can see a real use for one, so you’re stuck with a question: is a retrofit and install worth the investment?

And if you’re in the process of planning a new build, you may be facing a similar decision. Yes, it’s easier to include a facility-wide intercom system when planning from the ground up, but still: is it worth the investment?

At Experience Audio Video, we’ve helped numerous commercial clients through the calculus on decisions like this one, and we can help you, too. Here are some factors to consider when deciding whether a facilitywide intercom system for your business is worth the investment.

Frequency and Urgency of Use

Consider first how frequently you’d use such a system (or, if you already have one in your current facility, how frequently you do use it right now). Some healthcare facilities use intercom features multiple times a day, and in that case it’s an obvious decision. Others use them quite infrequently or hardly ever use them, and for those healthcare facility the benefit of having an intercom system may not be worth the investment.

Urgency of use is another factor. There are some healthcare facilities where having an intercom system is a matter of safety and security. In those situations, it doesn’t much matter how frequently the system is used. If it’s a matter of physical safety, your choice is clear.

Other Benefits to Your Business

Beyond frequency and urgency of use, consider what other benefits your business might realize with a facilitywide intercom system. Likely you can identify tasks that would be more efficient with one, and there may be a quality-of-work-life increase, as well.

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If you’re interested in learning more about installing an intercom system at your business, give us a call today!


How Often Should You Evaluate Your Conference Room Tech?

If your hospital is like most, you’ve got a conference room or two as a part of your facility. And every conference room has some smattering of A/V technology. As with everything tech-related, your conference room tech has a finite lifespan. Eventually it needs to be replaced.

We do everything A/V related your healthcare facility could need here at Experience Audio Video, from entire new facility installs to small in-place updates (like a conference room refresh). When it’s time to evaluate and update your conference room tech, we’re here to take care of you.

Perhaps you’re wondering how frequently healthcare facilities like yours ought to go through this process. We can help with that, too. The Experience Audio Video team has the experience necessary to help you evaluate how often you should evaluate your conference room tech.

General Rule of Thumb

Our general rule of thumb is that you should take a conference room tech audit every three to four years. This is about the right time frame where you can keep things fresh without any one piece of equipment looking too outdated.

Now, we’re not suggesting that you’ll need to gut your conference room A/V tech this frequently. This is simply an audit. You want to evaluate what’s come on the market since you last checked and consider what equipment is getting sluggish or unreliable.

Adjust for Your Industry and Style

Industries and businesses differ, we realize, so our rule of thumb may need customizing. We recommend you start with our rule of thumb — an audit every three to four years — and then scale it up or down based on business factors.

For example, if you’re a tech-forward business with gleaming, futuristic office space, three to four years is too long. And if tech isn’t a big part of your office culture, it’ll be ok to wait more years between evaluations.