Date Archives March 2012

TV One Releases New CORIOmaster For Video System Control

C3-540 CoriomasterAs part of AVI-SPL’s free webinar series, TV One introduced the CORIO® technology behind its video processors. This year, TV One has just recently unveiled a new, powerful and simple way to build video systems — the C3-540 CORIOmaster.

Using TV One’s patented CORIO 3 firmware technology, the C3-540 combines image scaling and processing power to achieve multi window and multi output combinations within a 4RU chassis, doing the work that would otherwise require multiple pieces of equipment. It can display images from a variety of sources — including video cameras and PCs — or bring them together as one large video wall image along with 360-degree rotation of outputs, multi-PIP windows and 360-degree rotation of windows.

The C3-540 acts as a central matrix processor/router that processes and distributes a mix of analog and digital sources, producing clear, crisp, flicker-free high-resolution images. Each output can be manipulated in real time for use in creative video wall applications, and a multi-viewer allows for source preview during live events.

Features:

  • Low power consumption
  • Hot swappable modules
  • 16 Universal AV module slots
  • Digital flicker elimination
  • Up, down and cross conversion among analog and digital video

For more information on its features and capabilities, visit the TV One product page at AVI-SPL.

AVTEQ Credenza Offers Versatility for Conference Rooms

In the video below, AVTEQ Director of Sales Wes Burkett showcases the company’s room-based Credenza, which is designed to be a built-in solution for dedicated conference rooms. In addition to its rotating rackshelf, the AVTEQ Credenza features an open-back design for easy access and ventilation. As Burkett demonstrates, the Credenza is customizable, enabling users to store their particular electronics. It also features an Integrated Screen Mount, so that the credenza can hold large dual displays. See this and related AVTEQ products at the AVI-SPL website.

Register for AVI-SPL Collaboration Expo 2012 in Washington, D.C.

Discover the latest business and education communication solutions this May 9 at AVI-SPL’s Collaboration Expo 2012 in Washington, D.C. Attendees of this FREE event can see firsthand the communications solutions that organizations need in order to compete in a global economy, now and in the future. Leading manufacturers of video conferencing, Unified Communications and digital media solutions will be on hand to demonstrate their products. They’ll also provide educational seminars about the technologies that are helping businesses operate efficiently, save money and drive growth, along with an opportunity to earn continuing education credits.

Plus, it’s all free – entry, lunch, and a chance to win an iPad2.

Andrew W. Davis, cofounder of Wainhouse Research, will deliver an engaging keynote speech at the Expo, “Beyond ROI: Find Real Value in Collaboration.” During our event, Davis will discuss the technical and social implications of the voice-video-data convergence on the way businesses communicate and collaborate. An industry visionary, Davis offers an in-depth look into how IT professionals, line managers and senior executives can find an effective return on their investment.

Register Today!

Register for the May 9 Collaboration Expo event in Washington, D.C., and see the list of exhibitors and find out more about the educational seminars.

Each full-day conference is your opportunity to learn about the latest collaboration technologies, helping you make informed decisions on communication investments for your company.

Collaboration Expo 2012 BannerFollowing this stop in D.C., this FREE series of events will land in four more cities throughout the U.S.:

  • Chicago, IL – September 13
  • New York City, NY – September 25
  • Tampa, FL – October 18
  • Anaheim, CA – October 30

If you have any questions about any of our upcoming events, visit our Collaboration Expo 2012 FAQ page, email events@avispl.com or call 877-440-6205.

Andrew W. Davis of Wainhouse Talks Collaboration and Communication for Businesses

Andrew DavisIn advance of AVI-SPL’s upcoming Collaboration Expo 2012, I interviewed keynote speaker Andrew W. Davis, cofounder and senior partner at Wainhouse Research. He discussed the changing nature of communication for businesses, and what it’s like to be called an “industry visionary.”

  1. What is the value of the expo for attendees?
    The Collaboration Expo is a fantastic way for people to get up-to-date information on the latest conferencing and collaboration products and services.  AVI-SPL’s event pulls together several features and benefits, including a short, focused conference, an exhibit hall for real demos, and a chance to network with likeminded colleagues. Even better, most customers will be able to attend without the cost and burden of long-distance travel.
  2. What changes have you seen in the work environment that are worth noting as they relate to communication and collaboration?
    The most obvious change is the shift away from phone and email communications on the part of the younger work force and more use of mobile and social tools. You can’t help noticing that everyone today has a “follow me” link for Twitter, Facebook, etc. whether you are in high tech or low tech. It’s really amazing how things have changed so fast and so deeply. Mainstream enterprise communications today I would say is still driven by audio conferencing, but web is coming up fast. The issue here of course is that both of these technologies enable multitasking – doing other things while you are on the call. Video conferencing is enslaving in this respect – you have to pay attention. This is both a plus and a minus, depending on who you are and what your intention is in attending the meeting. Nevertheless, I expect video conferencing to explode as the application is “ported” to tablets and smartphones.
  3. What do enterprises need to do to adapt to those changes going forward?
    My advice is to be flexible and stay flexible. One way to do this is to shift the focus from buying solutions as hardware or CPE deployments to buying solutions as services. Managed services come to mind here, but cloud-based or hosted services as well. Enterprises should invest in conferencing and collaboration solutions to help them gain efficiencies all over the map; but doing so does not necessarily mean the customer has to own all the bits and pieces.
  4. What are some collaboration technology trends you’re watching for 2012?
    There are two separate but related things to watch, both video-centric. One is the incorporation of video capabilities into what we have known for the past few years as web conferencing. Citrix HD Faces is a case in point, and Cisco’s WebEx Jabber is another. The interesting angle here is that most people are comfortable with web conferencing; many already have accounts, and the video being incorporated today is not only high quality, but often free in the sense that there is no extra charge above the web conferencing costs. The second technology trend is one we’ve seen a lot of already – the move to mobile platforms like tablets and smartphones. These two developments could help video go mainstream; they will also change the nature of the industry for both vendors and channel partners.
  5. How important is AV/IT convergence in today’s workplace?
    It’s important for several reasons. One is that the convergence offers the potential to enable a whole new set of applications and solutions.  My supposition is that five years from now, many of the solutions you will be selling haven’t been invented yet.  The second reason is that the convergence will change the skill sets required to be successful in the industry – both for vendors and channel partners as well as for the customer’s internal support staff.
  6. Does technology drive change in the workspace, or are advancements in tools and systems more the result of pressures from within an organization?
    Sad to say, I believe technology drives change and not the other way around. To paraphrase Steve Jobs, end users don’t really know what they want or need.
  7. Let’s say it’s 2020 – what does a well-run organization or company, regardless of industry, look like and do well?
    For starters, the solutions we will be using in 2020 haven’t been invented yet. And the solutions will be wireless, whatever they are.  New capabilities change behavior in unpredictable ways. (Did you know ten years ago that you’d be shopping on the Internet for books, movies, music, clothing, and power tools?) And change is not always continuous. I think a well-run organization in 2020 will look very much the same as it does today from the outside, but from the inside it will be very different – with distributed information workers, less focus on working from the home office, less travel for workers, less commuting, more home-life balance. I also think we are more likely to be shaped by or constrained by external events than we are by technology – energy costs or shortages, global climate change, terrorism, economic shifts. I try to not get too depressed about these things, but you can’t help it if you read the papers.
  8. What are your daily industry must-reads?
    In the traditional media world I am a devotee of the Wall Street Journal and the Economist magazine. Online resources include NoJitter and TechCrunch and reuters.com.
  9. What is it about the technology industry today that excites you?
    You have to admit that the continuous changes is an effect that is both exciting and stressful. In our space — conferencing and collaboration — there are continuous improvements in the technology on one hand, and interesting battles going on in the politicial/technical/marketing arenas between the vendors. It’s a giant football match, with the size and shape of the football changing all the time.
  10. What’s it like to be called an “industry visionary?”
    It’s a crappy title, but somebody has to wear it. Remember though, being a visionary is a dangerous job, particularly when it involves predicting the future.

Register now for the April 18 Collaboration Expo 2012 event in Dallas to see the latest in collaboration and communication solutions from over 25 of the leading manufacturers. In addition to learning about the trends in digital media, video conferencing, Unified Communications and telepresence, you can attend Andrew Davis’s keynote address: “Beyond ROI: Finding Real Value in Collaboration.”

Sharp Projectors Offer Teachers a Clear View on 3D

Research has shown test scores may increase where classroom lessons are presented in 3D. The beauty of 3D technology is that it has the ability to change the way students learn by “immersing” them as a part of the on-screen classroom presentation. Science, math, geography and art education are just a few subject areas where 3D can help better captivate students.

As an example, Sharp’s PG education series of projectors includes the 3D Ready Sharp PG-D45X3D BrilliantColor™ DLP® Projector, offering a range of options – including portability, connectivity and high brightness — that’s well suited for K-12 classrooms and small auditoriums.

Key features include:

• 4500 lumens, XGA Resolution (1024 x 768, 4:3)
• 3D Ready with DLP® Link™ Technology
• BrilliantColor™ DLP Technology (2500:1 contrast ratio)
• Sealed DLP chip with filter-free design
• Wide connectivity including DVI-I and RJ-45
• High output 10 watt audio system (Stereo – 5W/Ch)
• Presentation assist remote with PC/mouse control

Sharp 3D Ready projectors incorporate DLP® Link™ technology which has become the 3D standard among many manufacturers – particularly for educational use. These projectors, when used with compatible 3D content, PC/graphics card and optional 3D active shutter glasses, project captivating 3D imagery – from a single projector – that literally appears to come to life.

As an optional accessory, Sharp offers their XpanD™ brand X102 3D Active Shutter glasses. These come individually boxed, and include a spare battery, a special tool to change the battery and wipes to keep the glasses clean. These glasses are waterproof, enabling them to be cleaned in a sink or dishwasher.

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For more information on Sharp’s 3D ready projectors, contact an AVI-SPL representative at 800-559-8197, or click here to request a quote today!