Top 20 AudioVisual Technology Companies - 2019

Top 20 AudioVisual Technology Companies - 2019

The technology landscape is always evolving. Today's new device may become obsolete in a few months or years. It is the same case with audiovisual (AV) industry. It has evolved from what it was two decades ago, where CRT television seemed like a great achievement, however, today they are hardly used. With the rapid change in technology, AV is evolving to be better with each passing day, and many verticals like K-12, Manufacturing, and Healthcare have started leveraging it. According to AV Industry Outlook and Trends Analysis (IOTA) Global Summary produced by AVIXA, sales in the professional audiovisual industry will grow from $186 bn in 2018 to $230 bn by 2023.

Today, AV solution providers are coming out with innovative offerings, where video quality, in particular, has taken center stage. LED walls, flat screen displays, next-gen displays that are lighter and foldable, solution providers are working extensively on bringing better products to the market, then there are holograms, creative lighting that is completely revolutionizing the AV space. Moreover, AR and VR technologies are being adopted widely in the market, which will further alleviate the participation of users, and provide a highly-immersive experience. With the AV space still advancing, many startups and organizations are pooling in with their innovative solutions.

Artificial intelligence and machine learning are percolating in the most aspects of technology; AV too is no different, these technologies come with a huge potential to automate various complex tasks. For example, various voice assistant like Alexa by Amazon, Cortana by Microsoft, Siri by Apple, and Google Assitant are slowly being incorporated in lighting solutions. In the future, AI and ML will be a crucial component of AV devices, being used while driving a car, processing an image or controlling smart homes.

Another crucial trend that has taken audiovisual industry by storm is projection mapping. A new way of projection, it involves multiple projectors to project images across irregular surfaces, creating a 360-degree immersive experience. It is been quickly adopted in live shows, advertising campaigns, presentations, conference, trade shows and more such events. With projection mapping the possibilities are endless, it all depends on creativity to better use it. With traditional projection, it was possible to target two-dimensional plane, but projection mapping things like video floors or video tunnels have become reality, in comparison to projection mapping, video projection pales out.

Overall, the trends are moving towards unified solutions, and considering the high-cost coupled with the high complexity in integration projects, solution provider are offering end-to-end solutions. With the AV space still advancing, many startups and organizations are pooling in with their innovative solutions. Considering all these developments in the AV landscape, the editorial board at CIOReview has chosen a handful of most promising audiovisual solution providers after evaluating their technical prowess to assist organizations with their AV requirements. We have considered the vendor's ability in delivering solutions; keeping in mind, the factors like the expertise in the domain, skills, competencies, and the impact of the solution on the business.  

We present to you CIOReview's "20 Most Promising Audiovisual Solutions Providers – 2019."

Top Audiovisual Companies

Avidex is an innovative leader in the design, integration, project management, equipment procurement, and support services of audiovisual and collaboration solutions. It is an award-winning team of AV industry veterans who have designed and integrated thousands of unified collaboration and audiovisual solutions. Avidex successfully partners with clients to provide the best possible experience implementing AV, collaboration and multimedia technologies to meet their communication goals. The AV experts at Avidex have the background and knowledge to provide you with the best possible experience in implementing audiovisual and multimedia technologies for any project, event or facility. In addition to system design, installation and rental, Avidex offers a broad range of managed services and support options including full-time on-site staff and audiovisual asset management

HB Communications, Inc., is among the largest and most innovative Audiovisual System Integrators in North America. Founded in 1946 by Mackey Barron, HB designs, builds and supports audiovisual communication environments for organizations around the world. With headquarters in Connecticut and offices in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Vermont and Ohio, HB serves its client needs locally and globally. It is recognized expert in AV Integration, Unified Communications, Video Collaboration, Broadcast, Digital Media, Global Managed Services and Live Events

OfficeSpace Software offers Visual Directory, state-of-the-art audiovisual software that locates and connects co-workers in seconds with on-the-spot access to company resources and information. With Visual Directory, everyone in an organization can easily find coworkers and resources, book desks, and pinpoint locations for colleagues. The highly configurable wayfinding software can easily integrate with intranet applications and is available on desktop, mobile, tablet and kiosk platforms. Visual Directory allows web-based access with single sign-on support and connects seamlessly with an organization’s employee directory and other data sources. Visual Directory for kiosks displays interactive maps of facilities on touchscreens that all employees and visitors can use

Utelogy is an IT solution company based in Costa Mesa, CA that offers intelligent IT management software for monitoring, analytics, and control for AV, IT, and UC technologies. The platform is a hardware agnostic, open architecture and open standards software system that can sit side by side other business platforms and tools to provide intelligence and operational insight. Flexible and seamless to deploy, the platform is highly scalable and secure

AVI Systems

AVI designs our systems to be easy to integrate, intuitive to operate, and simple to maintain. Founded in 1974, AVI Systems has 16 offices throughout the Midwest, Central Southwest and on the West Coast, giving us a regional presence and national reach. The company delivers communication freedom. As a 100 percent employee-owned company, AVI designs are able to attract and retain the most qualified people by treating every individual as a crucial member of AVI

Biamp Systems

Biamp Systems delivers, manages, and enhances professional audio and video for the most effective, natural communications possible. For more than 40 years, organizations around the world have trusted Biamp to deliver, manage, and enhance their AV experience for the most effective, real-life communications possible. Now, the company offers the only integrated networked Audio and Video platform. From initial DSP design to software development, from materials management to manufacturing, from in-depth testing to quality assurance, the compny owns and manages the entire process

BlueJeans

BlueJeans Network is the most advanced way to enable video conferencing in the workplace or on the road. Its goal is to make video as easy and pervasive as audio communications and create visual experiences that people love. While the audience that uses BlueJeans has expanded to businesses of all sizes, its core customers are enterprises who need reliability, security, and scale they can trust. The company's customer list includes some of the world’s leading brands including Facebook, Red Hat, Viacom, LinkedIn and thousands of other companies

Brightcove

Brightcove Inc. (NASDAQ: BCOV) is a leading global provider of powerful cloud solutions for delivering and monetizing video across every connected device. The company offers a suite of products and services that reduce the complexity and increase the profitability of publishing, distributing, measuring and monetizing multi-screen video. Brightcove has more than 5,500 customers in over 70 countries that rely on the company’s cloud solutions to successfully publish high-quality video experiences to audiences everywhere

Cinos

In business for 85 years, Christie® is the leading global provider of innovative visual, audio and presentation products. Its solutions capture people’s imaginations with stunning images, dynamic audio and powerful presentation tools, helping its clients create and share the most memorable experiences. Christie supplies a wide range of completely integrated projection, display, presentation and audio solutions to industries such as cinema, corporate, education and training, live events and retail. From 3D projection systems and large-format interactive video walls to revolutionary audio systems and powerful presentation and collaboration tools, Christie leads the digital paradigm shift by providing complete solutions built on proven technologies

ClearOne

ClearOne is a global company that designs, develops and sells conferencing, collaboration, and network streaming & signage solutions for voice and visual communications. The performance and simplicity of its advanced, comprehensive solutions offer unprecedented levels of functionality, reliability and scalability. In business for over 20 years, ClearOne's products are used by thousands of organizations worldwide from small enterprises to the Fortune 1000, as well as domestic, international governments & educational institutions. Their customers include a diverse group of market verticals such as education, enterprise, government/legal, healthcare, finance & houses of worship. The company dominates the professional conferencing space with over 54% global market share & is a pioneer in audio conferencing technologies. ClearOne developed a broad portfolio of award-winning products that benefit from their innovative leadership in areas such as distributed echo cancellation, automatic microphone mixing, signal routing, equalization, automatic level control, compression, & other advanced audio processing functions.Team ClearOne is committed to providing the highest quality hands-free audio for any environment, analog or VoIP, from personal conferencing on PCs & cell phones, to office desktop conferencing, to large professional conferencing venues such as boardrooms, training centers, courtrooms & auditoriums

CTSI

CTSI is a full service technology and communications solutions provider specializing in audiovisual systems, healthcare and education specific communication systems, fire detection systems, security systems, voice systems, voice/data internetworking systems, and certified premise wiring. CTSI has experience in all types of vertical markets including high-end corporate, healthcare, MDU's, government, houses of worship, senior living, and hospitality. CTSI provides high-impact communications solutions that enable people to consolidate information and collaborate effectively. We design, install and implement customized turnkey solutions using innovative, high-performance technologies, and our dedicated professionals provide complete customer care. Regardless of size or complexity, CTSI solutions Engage, Inspire and Deliver

Fuze

Fuze is a global cloud communications and collaboration software platform for the enterprise. Through an innovative and consumer-inspired unified experience, Fuze enables seamless transition between voice, video, messaging, and content sharing. Fuze empowers the digital workforce anytime, anywhere, and across any device. Headquartered in Boston, MA, Fuze has additional locations including New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Ottawa, London, Amsterdam, Aveiro (Portugal), Paris, Munich, Zurich, Copenhagen, and Sydney.Team Fuze believes that when communication in the workplace changes, people can do their best work. Fuze helps companies become more productive and collaborative, no matter where their workers are based. After all, when communication and collaboration is easy, you can let work flow. By empowering employees with engaging communications tools and IT leaders with a unified cloud-based platform, Fuze is accelerating digital transformation strategies for leading global organizations. Combining voice, chat, and video conferencing in one platform, Fuze delivers data-driven intelligence that improves collaboration across the enterprise

Haivision

Haivision is the leader in live video streaming technologies, providing more than 25,000 organizations globally with video solutions that help them stream broadcast-quality, low-latency video from anywhere. Founded in 2004, Haivision is a profitable, privately held company with headquarters in Montreal and Chicago, and regional offices located throughout North America, Europe and Asia. To help solve the world’s most difficult video streaming challenges, Haivision open sourced its award winning SRT low latency video streaming protocol in 2017 and founded the SRT Alliance, which now has more than 170 industry leading companies supporting this new standard

Highfive

Highfive has reimagined meeting rooms for enterprises, delivering the only integrated hardware and software platform born in the cloud for intelligent in-room video conferencing. Taking less than 15 minutes to set up, the company's immersive conferencing solutions deliver instant collaboration so teams can get their best work done. Highfive is on a mission to transform every meeting room with modern, beautifully-designed technology that empowers people to get their best work done together.With Highfive, the requirement of different vendors for managing and troubleshooting is eliminated. Highfive provides all the requisite software and meeting room hardware designed together

Innovid

Innovid is the world's leading video platform, delivering more video than any company across mobile, desktop, connected TVs, streaming devices and social platforms. Innovid partners with brands, agencies, and publishers to deliver new advertising models that increase engagement and time spent in ways that also provide more value to viewers. Innovid's video platform enables personalization of creative, seamless cross-screen delivery, and holistic measurement to fuel next-generation video experiences and grow revenue. Headquartered in New York City, with teams across four continents, Innovid has helped over 1,000 of the world's largest brands tell better stories with videos

IVCi

IVCi provides collaboration solutions designed to bring people together no matter where they are or what technology they have. With over two decades of experience in the collaboration industry, IVCi focuses on the successful deployment of collaboration solutions by providing services that aim to align technology with business goals and objectives. Whether collaborating from a state-of-the-art conference room or joining a video meeting on-the-go from a tablet, IVCi ensures that every collaboration session is a success. The company provides complete end-to-end solutions for its customers—from assessment, system design and installation to cloud services and support

Lifesize

Lifesize combines best-in-class, cloud-based video conferencing services with integrated equipment that sets a new standard for workplace communication and productivity on a global scale. Lifesize's focus is on developing market-leading products that deliver easy-to-use and scalable audio, web and video conferencing. The company combines an integrated, best-in-class cloud-based conferencing experience, with award-winning, easy-to-use HD camera systems and HD phones so that you can connect to anyone, anywhere. Lifesize leads the industry in customer satisfaction with the world’s first 4K video conferencing solution and 4K service architecture

March Networks

Provides IP video surveillance solutions used by some of the world's largest organizations for advanced security, loss prevention, risk mitigation and operational efficiency. The company's product portfolio includes powerful Command video management software (VMS), high-definition IP cameras, encoders, hybrid network video recorders (NVRs/DVRs) and innovative business intelligence applications that help customers increase the return on their technology investments. March Network works with certified partners and customers worldwide to transform video into usable business intelligence. The company delivers on the true power of video with integrated applications that let them see what’s happening in their organization

MediaPlatform

MediaPlatform is the leading live streaming and on-demand video platform. MediaPlatform combines a robust video portal with fully integrated interactive webcasting to help medium and large organizations improve corporate communications and training. MediaPlatform helps businesses leverage on-demand and live video to become more social enterprises, improve employee engagement and enable collaboration. With integrations for Microsoft SharePoint, Skype for Business and WebEx, MediaPlatform software can serve as the backbone for client's entire video communications strategy. MediaPlatform offers organizations the ability to take advantage of scalable cloud-based computing, as well as on-premises deployment to present and manage rich media

Wibbitz

"Wibbitz is an automated video creation company. Its platform leverages patented AI technology to simplify video production processes, helping content creators produce videos for every platform and channel. Creators have access to personalized video templates, editing tools, a team of in-house experts, and millions of licensed photos, videos, and soundtracks. Wibbitz supports video creation for over 600 customers, including Bloomberg, Reuters, Conde Nast, Bertelsmann, S&P Global, McCann, TripAdvisor, and Birchbox. Wibbitz has received accolades including Global Mobile Awards at Mobile World Congress, ""Cool Vendors in Consumer Mobile Applications” by Gartner Research Group, Digiday Video Awards, Global Biggies Awards, and Calcalist Top 50 Most Promising Startups"