ADVANCED TRANSFORMS LAW FIRM BOARDROOM WITH INTERACTIVE CONFERENCING SYSTEM
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Sophisticated yet easy-to-use AV system, complete with automation, videowall displays, video and audio conferencing capabilitiesLOCATION
Lake Charles, LA, USAPRODUCTS
2 x 4 LG 49" Ultra-Narrow Bezel LED Backlit Display, Sharp 60" AQUOS BOARD Interactive Display, Crestron 15" touch panel control system, 22” LG display, TVOne videowall processer, Lumens cameras, Extron cameras, Audio & recorder
About Sudduth & Associates
The name “Sudduth and Associates” has had an enduring legacy that has spanned three generations and continues to grow. The founder of the original Sudduth & Associates, James E. Sudduth, was a dedicated public servant for over 40 years, serving as Mayor of the City of Lake Charles then Port Director for the Lake Charles Harbor and Terminal District before opening his own economic consulting firm. His son, James “Bo” Sudduth, II, expanded the family business, and name, to include property management.
As the third generation, James E. Sudduth III started the law firm of Sudduth & Associates L.L.C., and with the law firm, came a new era of expansion – uniting public service, economic development and property management with an old fashioned desire to represent the legal needs of clients, specializing in Divorce & Family Law, Criminal Defense Law, Employment Law and Personal Injury Law.
Technology is continually reshaping the legal industry, and Sudduth & Associates aim to be a step ahead of the pack. As a small firm serving Louisiana and Texas, they need the ability to be in multiple locations at once to address multiple concerns ranging from filing a petition, deposing a witness, or a court appearance.
Recently moving into their brand new headquarters, the firm wanted to incorporate a multi-purpose boardroom that allowed patrons of the legal community to make presentations, discuss evidence, and conduct depositions.
When Sudduth & Associates approached Advanced, they wanted to be a leader within the community that can demonstrate how AV technology streamlines and enhances operations for law officials, police chiefs, judges, and more.
THE ADVANCED SOLUTION
After several site-visits, the Advanced team designed a sophisticated yet easy-to-use AV system, complete with automation, videowall displays, video and audio conferencing capabilities, and more.
Advanced first collaborated with local technology integration firm Brewster Technologies to install a Crestron control system, which serves as an intuitive means to control all audio and visual components. The system’s parts – including the displays, video processors, microphones, and cameras – are integrated into the control platform so that the user experience is entirely seamless.
To help the Sudduth & Associates’ legal team seamlessly make detailed presentations, Advanced installed two displays in the boardroom: one 2 panel x 4 panel LG 49″ Ultra-Narrow Bezel LED Backlit Display, and one Sharp 60″ AQUOS BOARD Interactive Display with 6-point multi-touch screen edge lit LED backlight.
Advanced also installed a TVOne videowall processer so that users can toggle between one to multiple sources on the LG display with a simple swipe on a centrally-located 15” Crestron touch panel. When making a presentation, the legal team can showcase a spreadsheet, a video, and a conference call on the same screen in full 4K.
In order to outfit the room for depositions, Advanced installed a cutting-edge conferencing system, with video and audio functionality made possible by multiple Clock Audio Microphones and Lumens and Extron cameras. Twelve of the cameras are fitted with a high brightness LED Halo, which indicates whether a mic is live for total transparency.
A first for Advanced, they also installed a specific area for a court recorder, outfitted with a 22” LG display and a headset that streams audio from the microphones stations throughout the room. The audio and videoconferencing system is also set up to record content and audio streams to track depositions and statements. This is especially important for the legal team when preparing their cases.
The videoconferencing system also offers wireless connectivity so that anyone can walk into the boardroom with their own device and immediately connect it. It was of paramount importance for our client that collaboration was not only possible, but extremely easy. Anyone in the law or legal community can walk into the boardroom, connect to the WiFi network, and use the system to make a presentation.
“The practice of law is constantly changing, however the legal field has been one of the slower fields to adopt the technological advancements of the 21st century. I am proud to say that this conference room, we have nicknamed the “Coliseum”, is a giant leap forward in the practice and evolution of law. Gone are the days of depositions via legal pad. This conference room contains technology that is far and away the most advanced of its kind in the country. I truly believe that this Conference room will change the way law is viewed and practiced in the Lake Charles area for decades to come and you will see many people begin to follow suit. When I began telling the team from Advanced what I wanted to see in this conference room, they looked at me and said, ‘James we have seen this in New York and Los Angeles…but the fact that you want to do this in Lake Charles is awesome!’ I am proud to say with the help of Advanced we have brought the future of the practice of law to Lake Charles, Louisiana.”
James E. Sudduth, III, Esq.
SUDDUTH & ASSOCIATES, L.L.C.
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