Level 3 Audiovisual Drives Technological Innovation in Municipal Council Chambers

With updated audiovisual solutions from a leading AV solutions provider, the council chamber's recent technology enhances collaboration, engagement, and effectiveness for municipal meetings.

To improve service delivery and operational efficiency, a town, home to a quarter-million people, in Arizona collaborated with Level 3 Audiovisual, a leading AV systems integrator, to overhaul the technology in its municipal council chambers. The project reflects many of the universal challenges that government entities face due to outdated AV technology, including service delivery delays, hindered collaboration, and security vulnerabilities. 

Government leaders in this growing town sought to address the outdated technology and various inefficiencies caused by operational hindrances. By applying modern, cost-effective AV solutions, they updated the council chambers technology, paving the way for more streamlined operations and providing a more engaging and supportive platform for legal professionals and citizens alike.

To modernize the council chambers, an array of audiovisual solutions was implemented, including a state-of-the-art 4x4 video wall and four 85" LED displays strategically positioned for maximum visibility. Each of the fourteen council members now enjoys a 15" preview monitor at their seat, ensuring a seamless view of content. The delegate discussion system features microphones and voting capabilities at each seat. Additionally, the room is equipped with HD PTZ cameras for comprehensive coverage, a sophisticated audio system, and intuitive touch control panels.

The decision to upgrade the AV technology in the municipal council chambers was strategic, aimed at enhancing efficiency and optimizing the functionality of court facilities for both staff and citizens. With the assistance of Level 3 Audiovisual, AV solutions were successfully implemented to elevate council chamber proceedings, ensuring seamless operations, improved accessibility, and a more engaging experience for all participants. 

“At Level 3 Audiovisual, our mission is to empower communities with cutting-edge AV solutions that transcend traditional boundaries. The transformation of the municipal council chamber exemplifies our commitment to enhancing public services through innovation,” said Jeff Bethke, Chief Business Officer. “It's been a privilege to be part of this journey toward a more connected and productive community.”

This town’s technology overhaul sets a standard for other municipal council chambers needing to address outdated technology. Legacy systems hinder the municipality’s daily operations and become a financial burden to maintain. Updating technology addresses the challenges of traditional meeting spaces by facilitating seamless collaboration and idea exchange among legal professionals and citizens, thereby enhancing productivity and engagement. 

By adopting advanced AV technology to support legal proceedings, municipalities can cultivate a collaborative environment. This transformation exemplifies how the upgraded council chamber not only enhances the efficiency and effectiveness of legal processes but also facilitates improved communication with citizens. Through timely and accessible information dissemination, the upgraded technology ensures a more engaging and informative experience for all involved. Ultimately, this modernization of AV technology not only enhances public services but also aligns with the evolving needs of the community. 

“Witnessing the impact of their municipal council chamber upgrade reinforces our commitment to being a catalyst for change in municipalities,” said Jeff Bethke. “We are not just solving common challenges—we're setting a precedent for progress, and we're excited to extend this impact to other growing communities.”

Many studies underscore the pressing need for government agencies to upgrade their AV technology. Employees often spend considerable time troubleshooting and dealing with outdated technology issues, resulting in decreased productivity and morale.

According to a report from the Ponemon Institute, over 60% of IT managers have expressed concerns about the security vulnerabilities associated with outdated technology, including potential data breaches and cyberattacks. 

There is a growing recognition of the role AV technology plays in enhancing operations and services. A 2021 survey conducted by the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association (AVIXA) revealed that 57% of government organizations plan to increase their AV budgets and upgrade AV technology.

In another 2021 survey conducted by the National Center for State Courts (NCSC), 49% of respondents cited the physical distance to a courthouse as a problem. This underscores the clear need for municipal courts to improve service delivery through the adoption of better technology. 

The Government Accountability Office reports that many of the federal government’s legacy technology systems require modernization. The cost of operating and maintaining old technology surpasses that of upgrading the systems and updating AV capabilities enhances work and services, including: 

  • Video conferencing: Incorporating a camera, display, microphone, speaker, and web-based conferencing application like Skype or Zoom. 
  • Live streaming: Many government agencies and entities must make their meetings accessible to the public and record them for later viewing. 
  • Wireless presentation: Libraries, city council chambers, and public schools and universities can offer professional-grade presentations without the added cost and hassle of cables, connectors, and adapters. 
  • Assistive listening: Meeting legal accessibility requirements ensures participants can hear various proceedings. 
  • Secure systems: Security is a paramount concern for government entities managing classified information. Prioritizing AV solutions with professional security features and constant monitoring support helps protect sensitive information. 

In conclusion, the transformation of this municipal council chamber exemplifies the impactful partnership between Level 3 Audiovisual and the town. By implementing state-of-the-art AV solutions, the council chamber not only improves operational efficiency but also fosters a more collaborative and engaging environment for all stakeholders involved. This initiative sets a precedent for technological advancement in municipal settings, underscoring the commitment to innovation and progress in serving the community's needs.

For more information, please visit https://level3av.com/municipal-council-chambers-av

About Level 3 Audiovisual 

Level 3 Audiovisual is a global AV services leader with a mission: to help individuals and organizations reach their greatest potential. Its dedication to this mission exemplifies being one of only four AV9000 Quality Management Compliant system-certified companies worldwide. Its offerings include the comprehensive strategy, design, deployment, and support of audiovisual systems and AV-as-a-Service (AVaaS), allowing customers to subscribe to meeting spaces or classrooms and forget about maintenance, upgrades, and support. For global organizations, it offers its proprietary Enterprise Program Management (EPM) solution, a managed service purpose-built to define and augment a global enterprise's audiovisual and meeting room program, focused on centralized management of the architecture, deployment, and continued success of meeting room systems. As a thought leader in the industry, Level 3 Audiovisual continues pushing the boundaries of AV/IT and offering increasing value for its customers while sharing its knowledge with its peers.

Source: Level 3 Audiovisual