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Vanti chosen as one of the Innovation 50

We are incredibly pleased to announce that Vanti have been selected as one of the inaugural Innovation 50! The index has been collated by top UK law firm Mills & Reeve LLP, and was created to celebrate and promote the region’s 50 most innovative companies across a range of sectors.

Vanti were up against some incredibly tough competition, which demonstrates just how impressively forward-thinking the regional economy is. We’ve always been proud to be a Midlands company, acting as a voice for our home city of Birmingham and the surrounding area whenever we travel across the UK and abroad. The Innovation 50 report demonstrates that the region is home to some exceptionally innovative businesses, and these companies are at the forefront of the ever-growing Midlands economy.

We pride ourselves on our innovative approach to AV, IT, systems integration, and Smart building, and we’re delighted to be recognised as one of the region’s most forward-thinking companies.

To download the Innovation 50 report and find out more about the companies making waves in the Midlands, just visit innovationfifty.com.

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How thinking about user experience creates better Smart buildings

Earlier this year, James McHale of (the brilliant) Smart building research company Memoori wrote a LinkedIn post entitled ‘The Need for Real Human Experiences in our Smart Cities and Buildings’. It really struck a chord with us, as it raises some interesting points about whether the technological advancements that are often at the core of Smart technology are actually of benefit to the individuals using the spaces.  

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NEW ROLE! Seeking world-class Principal AV Engineer to join our award winning team!

Our Engineering Team are at the heart and soul of every Vanti project and our Principal Engineers help to lead and develop our talented Engineering Team through technical expertise. They construct highly complex and intricate technology solutions focusing primarily on integrating control systems such as AMX and Crestron with other audio and video hardware, as well as building services such as lighting and HVAC systems. They are in charge of the technical delivery of smaller projects from end to end, ensuring that designs are translated correctly into fully working solutions and that systems are properly documented and handed over to our service team. They also assist with the training and development of more junior Engineers, whilst working alongside Commissioning Engineers and Software Developers when commissioning or troubleshooting systems on larger projects.

Principal Engineers are the ones in charge of quality control at an engineering level, focused on the detail, making sure that equipment racks are built and wired to the right standard. By completing initial testing and sign off, you’ll ensure that every component, cable and connector in every Vanti engineered system is wired to the correct standard, ensuring long term reliability with minimal maintenance and support. At the end of a project you will often find yourself handing systems over to clients and showing them how their new equipment works, helping build their confidence whilst maintaining a great Vanti experience.

(Midlands based with UK Travel – mostly South East)

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NEW ROLE! We’re looking for a talented Project Coordinator to join our team

Vanti Project Coordinators take ownership for projects from start to finish and are responsible for cost control, profitability and making sure we keep to the plan. More importantly than that, you will be key to ensuring both our clients and internal teams enjoy a quality Vanti Experience. One that is organised, proactive and communicative. Project Coordinators are the people who make things happen and remove road blocks for our Engineers and Service Team so they can complete the job they’re supposed to. Ultimately, ensuring a great working environment and happy engineers, suitable for the project in hand.

(Midlands based with some UK Travel)

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The Business Case for Smart & Intelligent Building

The use of buildings, especially commercial premises, has changed. Until relatively recently, if you were offered employment with a company, the chances are that you would have been expected to report to your company’s premises when you were working.

In a world of increasingly collaborative working and knowledge sharing, that is no longer the case. In fact, commercial buildings are rapidly changing from places we go because we work for someone, to tools we use to get our work done.

Business leaders must begin to appreciate the relationship between the spaces in which their people work and the key business challenges they are trying to address:

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Proud to Sponsor TEDxBrum 2016

Vanti are proud to be from Birmingham, and we’re always looking for opportunities to help promote or support our great city. It’s for this very reason that we were delighted to be involved in the recent TEDxBrum 2016, providing internet connectivity, wireless and live streaming services throughout the event.

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Buildings as Products Prevent Smart Building

We currently construct buildings with a product mentality, handed over by a developer or construction company to an owner-occupier or management company with little thought as to the efficiency of its long term operation and maintenance. This model de-incentivises developers to build Smart buildings because the rationale behind Smart is that significant gains and savings can be made via the performance of the building over time. Developers have long since left the scene before those benefits are fully realised.

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What is Building UX?

Building User Experience (or UX for short) describes how people interact with buildings and the technology contained within them as tools that help them live, learn and work. This system driven (as opposed to silo or unit driven) approach brings some very unique challenges due to the number of service disciplines involved, but the potential rewards for all can be massive and highly sustainable, let’s explain…

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