Green AV in conference rooms, offices, event venues – Backgrounds
Identifying and exploiting power-saving potential in the conference and IT environment
1. green IT
Wherever the use of information and communication technologies reduces the burden on the environment compared to previous solutions, we talk about Green IT. Here, the focus is on being able to manage the rapidly increasing energy demand through digital devices.
2. green through IT
3. sensitize and involve all stakeholders
4. measure, evaluate and adapt existing infrastructure
5. take energy efficiency into account in procurement
No time to save time, no money to save money? Federal and state governments offer good support to borrow money for energy efficiency and good consultants and service providers – like us 😉 – support efficiently.
6. use energy saving mode and shutdown
Disconnecting devices from the mains is most effective, but not possible everywhere and often time-consuming. Where switching off is not possible, we turn our attention to intelligent energy-saving mode. Hybrid stand-by mode on computers is a mixture of hibernation and stand-by. Minimal power flows to keep data in memory and on the hard drive, and the rest of the components are off. Devices are quickly and safely (avoiding data loss) available, the hybrid stand-by quickly activated and deactivated.
7. central device landscape and central power management
Desktop PC, notebook or thin client? Moving away from the classic computer landscape with fully equipped PC workstations offers high savings potential not only in terms of energy consumption, but above all in terms of administrative effort. Solutions with cloud computing, server-based computing, thin clients are fantastic solutions. "Dumb" and thus energy-saving clients (terminals) use the resources of powerful servers. Energy and administrator expenditures can be reduced – quite often – around 50 %, the requirements to the IT security thereby more simply realized.
8. consider data management
Double holds better! Yes, but it also requires more effort. Optimized data management saves computing power and unnecessary energy. Understanding data, data flow and data landscapes is a success factor and an increasingly important part of organizational thinking and corporate strategies.
9. use architecture
Energy-efficient, flexible and architecturally appealing buildings are the basis of what we do. What is energy-efficient as well as user-friendly? How do we integrate sustainable technology into such buildings, how do we design it in from the outset? Server rooms, AV and office technology can be cooled not only by electricity: Air flows can be directed, solar radiation and technology insulation can be optimized. Energy-efficient cooling of rooms and technology is an important task for a livable future.
10. all together now
Wherever we are involved, we see honest commitment. Manufacturers, industry associations and politicians are working specifically on solutions. Implementation on a small scale usually meets with resistance due to complexity and additional effort. Change can only be implemented – as directly as possible with all stakeholders. Green IT and Green AV must be exemplified and communicated wherever possible.