Date Archives March 2011

Join Our Digital Signage Webinar on April 13

Register today for “The Impact of Digital Signage on Corporate America,” AVI-SPL’s upcoming webinar, presented by experts from Four Winds Interactive.

Digital signage has grown into an essential part of any corporate institution’s visual communication efforts. As an attention-grabbing medium, digital signage is a key component in every technologically forward company. 

During this engaging session, Four Winds International (FWi) Senior Sales Engineer R. Craig Boatman and International Partner Sales Manager Farah Hedwig will demonstrate how to make digital signage work for you and your organization by attracting the attention of customers and employees. Their talk will include a discussion of several popular applications being used by companies throughout the country.

During this presentation, you’ll learn about:

  • Installing eye-catching digital displays that welcome customers
  • Promoting your company values and mission statement
  • Showcasing detailed event lists and schedules
  • Delivering emergency alerts and safety precautions
  • Communicating important announcements to employees
     

R. Craig Boatman is a senior sales engineer with the higher education team at FWi, an industry-leading software company in the digital signage industry. He works with universities and colleges, showing them how FWi can meet their application needs. Craig has also worked as a signage architect, building signs for some of FWi’s high-profile clients (Hard Rock Punta Cana, Boise State). Prior to joining FWi, Craig spent his sales career with JD Edwards/Oracle.

Farah Hedwig is manager of international partners at FWi, and is responsible for training and support. Prior to joining FWi, Farah worked in sales, marketing, finance and management at companies including G&K Services, Turning Point and PCS Communications.

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Magic Planet Takes Visuals to a Global Level

Teachers and business execs alike have reason to be excited about the Magic Planet video globe. One look at the Magic Planet and its spherical digital screen, and you’ll understand why it’s so unique, capitivating and engaging.

When used in the classroom or a museum, Magic Planet makes scientific subjects — including the biosphere, weather patterns, history and more — come alive. Take it to the boardroom or tradeshow, and your presentations will come alive, offering the audience a 360-degree line of sight. It can also be integrated with third-paty applications so you can promote retail merchandise with this next-generation version of digital signage. 

Magic Planets range in size from 16 inches to several feet and come with a variety of software options, including ready-made lessons plans, as well as the ability to run interactive simulations, stream live media and play games in real time.

See more videos of the Magic Planet in action

InFocus Projector Earns High Marks

Projector expert InFocus has been highlighted in the Spring 2011 issue of Scholastic Administrator. In particular, its InFocus IN3916 interactive projector was singled out by a South Carolina educator for allowing students to help guide the learning process.

In this particular context, the reviewer explains, the IN3916 is used with Google Earth for virtual field trips, while students are able to work with the projector’s wand over a board. The educator reviewing the IN3916 praised it for being easy to use right out of the box, without the need for professional development.

The IN3916 is part of the InFocus 3900 short-throw series. Its LiteBoardTM interactive technology lets teachers and other professionals interact with the projected image – turning any surface into an  interactive workspace. The IN3916 also enables students and teachers to narrate over a visual or audio presentation. Other notable features:

  • Wand lets you control PC and Mac applications
  • Powerful audio
  • Connect up to 32 computers (giving multiple students the ability to control the presentation)

Find out more about the IN3916, including how to order, here.

AVI-SPL Unifies Marketing Efforts

AVI-SPL today announced its Marketing Communications and Internet Marketing departments have joined forces under the leadership of industry veteran and AVI-SPL Vice President of Internet Marketing Kelly Bousman. 

Bousman has been with AVI-SPL for nearly 14 years, starting the creative services area, then creating www.ProjectorPeople.com and developing the company’s Internet strategy. From brand development to marketing program management, Bousman has been an integral part of AVI-SPL’s growth.

Now as one collaborative team, the in-house marketing staff manages the company’s public relations, graphic design, tradeshows and copy writing, in addition to developing and managing www.avispl.com, www.ProjectorPeople.com, and customer extranet sites. The group also handles the company’s social media communications, email marketing, webinars and online advertising.

The decision to unify the two departments was made after the company’s VP of Marketing Communications Michelle Oswald resigned to pursue a career outside the industry.

“We’re very sorry to see Michelle go, but the company wishes her all the best in her endeavors,” said John Zettel, chief executive officer, AVI-SPL. “However, change presents the opportunity to evolve. I’m very excited to see the collaborative efforts this now-unified team will produce in the near future. Kelly’s extensive knowledge of the industry combined with her marketing forte will provide this team with very strong leadership.”

“I’m thrilled to be taking on this expanded role with the company,” said Bousman. “I’m looking forward to working on more projects with several of AVI-SPL’s business units and our manufacturer partners in order to produce innovative marketing programs to further our goals.”

Why 2011 is the Year to Invest in Collaborative Technology

Telepresence collaborationFrom video conferencing integration to unified communications, businesses are learning how effectively they can streamline their operations while saving money through collaborative technology.

If the expense has prevented your company from investing, here’s some good news: enhanced tax breaks mean now is the time to make a purchase that will provide years of ROI while minimizing the impact on your budget.

Click here to download AVI-SPL’s tech brief and find out how big the savings can be. »