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Fostering Community Connections: Leveraging Public Access WiFi for Social Good

Fostering Community Connections: Discover how Public Access WiFi installations can empower your church to facilitate meaningful interactions and enhance community communication, while also providing a valuable service to the public. Join us in leveraging technology for the greater good.

What Was That? – Hearing Augmentation Systems

statutory requirements relating to Hearing Augmentation Systems (sometimes referred to as Hearing Assistance Systems, or Listening Systems) in NZ buildings are Convoluted, Confusing and Contradictory.  But I knew that – that was why I thought it would be a good topic for this column; I still wasn’t prepared for how much CC&C there actually is!

Church & Clouds

In the Cloud, or on the ground?  A short History of Cloud Computing.

One hears the term “Cloud Computing” and related phrases a lot these days.  Probably too much – as with a lot of catchy phrases, the marketing machine has picked the phrase up and boldly applied it where no phrase was meant to go.  Quite frankly, “cloud” is now one of the most used and abused terms in the Technology space – much of what is claimed as cloud quite simply isn’t.

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Streaming Worship services

I have been visiting with Takapuna Methodist church this past month and came away very impressed at the simplicity and elegance of the setup they use for “streaming” their Sunday worship service.  The facility provides a means for the congregations sick or housebound members to still experience the Sunday worship and feel they are part of the community.

A quick guide to using microphones effectively; a presenter’s perspective

A lot of us never need to get behind the business end of a microphone. But for those who have to present regularly, it is important to have a basic understanding of how different microphones work. Then we are able to adapt our speaking technique to suit the microphone in front of us as we deliver our message. This is a quick guide to using microphones effectively for presenters of all ages!

Buidling the word website (with cranes)

Church Websites: Part One

So, why have a parish/congregation website?  Like many things in the communications field, the first question is, “What are you trying to achieve?  What is that makes this a desirable objective for us to accomplish?”  Given that there is no truly free way to develop a website – at the very least someone will spend time, and time has a value, even if we don’t end up paying money for it.  We need to make sure that the resources we spend make us a return of the type we are looking for.

Enabling Inclusion

I believe it is fair to say that the original motivation for a lot of church sound systems was the capability to record services to cassette, which could then be distributed to the housebound, the ill and others who might be interested.

Installation tips for AV Display installation

Installing the Right AV Display

first place.  The surest way to waste AV money is to acquire devices that don’t actually meet the needs of the situation.  Another sure way is to not install systems properly.  Improper installation can lead to systems being “too hard” to use, create safety hazards and/or poor quality displays.