Date Archives October 2010

Setting Up Your Video Conferencing Network

Having a solid network infrastructure is critical when implementing or advancing your video conferencing abilities. A range of connectivity options are available to businesses whose existing networks may not be able to handle the high bandwidth demanded for quality video conferencing.

It’s true that the quality of video conferences can depend largely on whether they are held over the public Internet or a well-designed QoS (Quality of Service) enterprise network, as well as the number of users. However, any perceived limitations of your existing network infrastructure shouldn’t stop you from deciding to make video conferencing your next initiative.

Companies can take advantage of everything from entry-level solutions to more advanced setups that employ dedicated bandwidth. The latter ensures that your video conferences aren’t negatively affected by other network traffic and remain high in quality throughout their duration.

A network analysis is a great way to assess your current set up and determine how it can be configured or enhanced to work with the video conferencing capabilities your company requires.

A comprehensive analysis of your existing IT network will account for:

  • Amount of bandwidth needed at each location
  • Call usage and traffic patterns
  • Security
  • Network topology optimization

There’s no need to put off your video conference setup any longer when an expert is available to listen and guide you through the process. AVI-SPL’s Professional Services Group provides Network Analysis and Assessment services that can help you determine the best course of action in setting up your essential video conference system.

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AV Week 2010 Wrap-Up

…And just like that, AV Week 2010 has passed. Here’s a quick look back at all of the fun we had this year.

AV Week Projector Giveaway

In honor of AV Week 2010, AVI-SPL teamed up with NEC Display to award a brand new NEC M260X projector to a K-12 school here in the United States. We received more than 40 entries in total and, after a close race, Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School in Okeechobee, FL, was named the winner. Congratulations! Thanks to everyone who submitted entries and voted! We’ll post photos of the winner accepting the projector soon.

AV Trivia

AV Week isn’t just about giveaways — it’s about educating everyone about the AV industry. In keeping with this theme, we asked our online followers and employees various trivia questions all week. To keep it fun, we gave away cool prize packs, too!

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AV Spirit Days

AVI-SPL employees showed their AV pride all week with our themed Spirit Days. We posted all of the entries (nearly 60 in all!) on Facebook and let our fans pick their favorites. Click the thumbnails to view full-size photos of our winners!

In keeping with the educational focus of AV Week, we posted relevant facts on our employee portal for each day, including tidbits about manufacturer partners, products, company history, training and certification. Our CEO John Zettel wrapped up the week with an employee address about his vision for the future of AVI-SPL and the AV industry.

Manufacturer Monday

On Monday, employees sported manufacturer attire. AVI-SPL’s Denver office put on a great show and was our clear Manufacturer Monday winner! One employee didn’t have any gear from his favorite manufacturers (Revolabs & Biamp), so he grabbed some boxes and jumped in the photo!

Team Tuesday

We’ve got spirit – yes we do, we’ve got spirit – how ‘bout you? On Tuesday, we asked employees to show their AVI-SPL pride by wearing our signature blue and green. Our winner was Phil from our Dubai office, who paired a blue & green tie with a sharp black suit. Our employees are lookin’ good all around the world.

Geek It Up Wednesday

Horn-rimmed glasses, pocket protectors, bowties, oh my! AV is typically seen as an industry for geeks, so we decided to embrace the stereotype for Geek It Up Wednesday! A few of our employees proved that geek can be chic in this challenge. Jessica in Tampa took home the prize.

Throwback Thursday

AV people just love technology. On Thursday, we challenged employees to show off their most prized vintage piece of equipment. We were blown away by the 30+ pieces of old tech that were submitted! Slide projectors, record players, Apple computers from the 1980s, and even an 8-track of the original Star Wars soundtrack were submitted (along with LOTS of other stuff!). The voting was tight, but Frank from our Boston office won with his entry– a stereo amplifier that he bought with money earned from his paper route in 1965. Cool!

Future Friday

On Friday, we asked employees to submit photos of their most high-tech piece of equipment. Dave from Creative Show Services submitted a photo of his new iPad and took home Friday’s prize.

Click here to see more AV Spirit Days entries on Facebook!

AV Week Proclamation

Much to our delight, Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio signed a proclamation declaring October 17-23, 2010 to be officially AV Week across the city.

“Mayor Iorio’s proclamation further solidifies the immense impact the audiovisual industry has on the public,” said John Zettel, CEO, AVI-SPL. “With companies looking at ways to reduce travel costs and be more environmentally friendly, we’re seeing more and more adoption of videoconferencing and Telepresence solutions.” Zettel added, “We’re very proud to be headquartered in Tampa. The region’s diverse industry landscape combined with the abundance of talented professionals makes Tampa an ideal place to lay down a company’s roots.”

So, what did you think about AV Week at
AVI-SPL? Please share your thoughts and
suggestions in the comments below!

AV Week Factoids

We’re getting our employees in on the AV Week fun with special activities and contests just for them! Thanks to some of our AV industry experts, we’ve created a list of AV Trivia to put our employees to the test. Winners will receive a pack of AV Week and AVI-SPL branded prizes! We’ll be posting the trivia Q&As and winners throughout the week right here…

Monday’s Trivia:

Q: What does the 7 and 1 stand for in a 7.1 sound system?

A: Seven discrete channels of audio (Left, Right, Center, Left Surround, Right Surround, Left and Right Back) and one subwoofer.

Winner: Chip Garrett from Atlanta

Q: 3D has brought new excitement to the movie industry. There are two types of 3D that require the use of glasses. What are they? BONUS: There is one type of 3D being sold today that does not require any glasses at all. What term describes it?

A: Passive and Active

Bonus: Lenticular

Winner: David Harris from Tampa

 

Tuesday’s Trivia:

Q: What does USGBC stand for? What does LEED stand for?

A: U.S. Green Building Council, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design

Winner: Jacob Ayers from Atlanta

Q: In order for a commercial building to achieve the highest level of LEED (Platinum), how many points must they earn?

A: 80+ points

Winner: Alex Rodriguez from Ft. Lauderdale

 

Wednesday’s Trivia

Q: Before being renamed InfoComm, what was the AV industry organization called?

A: ICIA (International Communications Industries Association) was the name prior to InfoComm

Winner: Lisa Berry from Ft. Lauderdale

Q: How many levels of InfoComm CTS certification are there? List them all.

A: CTS (general), CTS-I (installation), CTS-D (design)

Winner: Craig Hertzler from King of Prussia, PA

 

Thursday’s Trivia

Q: What was Panasonic’s first home theater projector model?

A: PT-AE100U

Winner: Mary Lovett from Atlanta

Q: What is the origin of the word “codec”?

A:  Compressor-decompressor, coder-decoder

Winner: Mark Cretella from Columbia, MD

Bonus!

Q: When did ProjectorPeople.com go online? (To be eligible, your answer must include the correct month and year.)

A: January 1999

Winner: Vicken Aghazarian from Philadelphia

 

Friday’s Trivia:

Q: What product gives you 1080P video conferencing at home?

A: Cisco Umi

Winner: Michael Kaether from Tampa

 Q: There is only one projector on the market today that uses a single chassis unit with a single lens to project Passive 3D; which company manufacturers this unit?

A: LG Electronics

Winner: Ben Elliott in Atlanta

Win Prizes with AVI-SPL Trivia!

We quizzed our customers and online fans in honor of AV Week. Winners recieved fun AVI-SPL branded prize packs!

AV Week Trivia

Q: What year did Audio Visual Innovations and Signal Perfection Ltd. merge to form AVI-SPL?
A: 2008
Congratulations to our winner – Melody from Dallas!

Q: What college did CEO John Zettel attend?
A: Florida State University

Q: AVI-SPL has nearly 40 offices around the world. Name one international office location.
A: Dubai, UAE & Mexico
Congratulations to our winner – Janice O.!

Q: AVI-SPL’s President retired last month. What is her name?
A:
Stephenie Scanlon
Congratulations to our winner – Linda from Massachusetts!

Q: At AVI-SPL, what division does CRG stand for?
A: Control Room Group
Congratulations to our winner – Kimberly from Tampa!

Q: At AVI-SPL, what division does CS2 stand for?
A: Creative Show Services
Congratulations to our winner – Penny from Indiana!

Q: What do the “AVI” and “SPL” in AVI-SPL stand for?
A: Audio Visual Innovations & Signal Perfection Limited
Congratulations to our winner –  Gregory from Tampa!

Q: What is the name of AVI-SPL’s education e-newsletter?
A: Bright Ideas

Q:What are the names of AVI-SPL’s Executive Chairman and Vice Chairman?
A: Martin/Marty Schaffel and Chad Gillenwater
Congratulations to our second winner –  Sarah from New York!

Q: Name one stadium/arena project AVI-SPL (or legacy AVI / SPL) has worked on.

A: Yankee Stadium

Congratulations to our winner Harry from Maryland!

Q: In what city is AVI-SPL’s corporate headquarters located?
A: Tampa, Florida
Congratulations to our first winner – Natalie from Minnesota!

Trivia Prizes

Bag o’ Goodies for our winners includes AVI-SPL-branded:

  • Soft-sided cooler
  • Tumbler (for hot or cold beverages!)
  • Recycled notebook and pen
  • USB memory stick

Winners: We’ll be mailing your prize packs later this week!

 

State & Local Agencies: Learn How to Securely Converge Voice, Video & Data Networks

Today’s government organizations are quickly realizing the power and efficiency behind streamlined network communications. With this in mind, Cisco-TANDBERG’s upcoming webinar is geared towards highly-secure convergence solutions for state and local agencies.

On Thursday, October 21 at 11 a.m. EST , you’ll learn how to:

  • Improve workforce productivity through richer interactions, while avoiding travel expenses
  • Expand access to information and subject matter experts and accelerate decision making
  • Enhance services for citizens for different media using voice, Web, or video conferencing

Speak with Cisco’s leading experts as they share best practices for successful planning, implementations and funding.

Register Today for the Cisco & TANDBERG Video Solutions Help State & Local Government Agencies Do More With Less Webcast!

Click here to register now!

Webinar speakers

Jose Leary, a 14-year industry and 11-year Cisco veteran who specializes in rich media technologies such as video conferencing, TelePresence, streaming and surveillance. He has supported many civilian and department of defense entities throughout his Cisco career on planning, designing, and supporting video solutions and now serves as the lead immersive specialist for the Cisco TelePresence Video team.

Sean Lessman has been with TANDBERG, now part of Cisco, for 15 years. He works to ensure quality with product development, as well as the TelePresence Video sales force and Systems Engineer and Consulting Systems Engineer resources.

Featured AVI-SPL Government AV Design and Installation Projects

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