Date Archives June 2012

Intern Takes On InfoComm

It’s been a little over a week back in the office post-InfoComm.  It’s not back to work, because we did plenty of that out in Vegas. It’s just back to the day-to-day. No parties at some hotel on the strip tonight. No cool exhibits to check out some company’s latest products and solutions. Though the office may not have changed while we were gone for InfoComm, I see this internship with new eyes.

If I learned one thing while at the show — it requires a special breed of AV rock stars to take on an event like InfoComm.

The show itself was huge. Huge is probably the understatement of the year. Prior to the show, people threw around the word “booth” very loosely. In my mind InfoComm would be a few hundred tents set up, a few signs, screens and select devices. Boy, was I wrong.

These booths were the size of houses and powered more electronics than they use in some small towns. Setting these up required heavy machinery and a lot of manpower. Some had second stories or enclosed areas to host private meetings.  Many offered food, drinks and comfortable seating. Of course all presented the latest and greatest solutions to just about any AV challenge you could imagine.

We saw 3D projectors, seamless video walls and interactive screens that any organization, no matter what the industry, could benefit from. The future was at InfoComm and at times, it was so overwhelming that I found myself at a loss for words, only able to describe each exhibit with the most eloquent of adjectives — cool.

Sure, you’re just walking and standing, but the convention center covered more than 487,000 square feet of exhibits and special events space. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. the show room floor was bustling with activity. Any moment spent eating or sitting was considered a waste of precious networking opportunity.

Everyone found reason to celebrate. Whether your company was winning an award or you were supporting a good cause, such as NSCA’s Education Foundation, there was an incredible balance of work and play. In the end, it was all centered around good ol’ fashion networking.

From competitors to coworkers, the show floor was full with over 34,000 people. Upon departure, I looked like a blackjack dealer with all my cards — business cards, that is. I spent my days visiting our partners’ booths and covering their InfoComm stories via our social media outlets. I spent my nights getting to know fellow “AVI-SPL”ers from 30 different offices outside our Tampa headquarters. We were out in full force and people made note of it. They were shocked to hear we were over 100 employees strong at the show.

It was neat putting faces to the names I write press releases about and it was great getting to see our company’s values upheld from office to office. Each office represented our core values with a little twist. There was the Detroit version, the New York version, the Dallas version and even our distant neighbors with the Orlando version. I got to know each a little better, formed connections a little deeper and was really proud to be a part of such a prestigious team.

Now that you’ve had some time to let InfoComm12 sink in, let us know your thoughts. What were your impressions of the week? Were you an esteemed veteran or a rookie intern like myself? Did you have a favorite booth? Did any surprise you? Let’s hear it!

AMX White Paper on HDCP Authentication

AMX and AVI-SPL present the free tech paper, “Overcoming the Blank Display With Instant Decryption,” which describes the challenges presented by High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) to sending video signals to multiple displays.

Topics include:

  • How HDCP works
  • The role of key selection vectors
  • Addressing key overruns with InstaGate Pro

To learn more about the advantages of AMX InstaGate Pro, access the free tech paper, “Overcoming the Blank Display With Instant Decryption.” On Wednesday, June 27, AMX presents the webinar “Superior HD Digital Media Switching Made Easy as Analog.” During this free event, Paul Hand will explore HDCP authentication delays and how AMX’s SmartScale®, InstaGate Pro™ and DXLink™ Transmitters and Receivers address the biggest issues experienced with the distribution of HDMI/HDCP signals.

It’s our hope that the tech paper will serve as a handy and informative reference sheet and that you’ll join us for the webinar. If you have any questions about this topic, are considering digital media for your enterprise or want to upgrade your current system, contact AVI-SPL at 866-559-8197 or sales@avispl.com.

 

Cables To Go Launches New Branding, Names AVI-SPL Partner of Year at InfoComm 2012

C2G logo and booth at InfoComm 2012

Las Vegas – Last week, from its booth at InfoComm 2012, Cables To Go  announced its rebranding as C2G. In its press release, the company states that with the new branding, “We now have better alignment between our products and brand that communicates our offering to key partners and customers.”

While at the event, C2G gave AVI-SPL its Partner of the Year award during its Partner Appreciation Dinner on June 13. Criteria for the award include total partner revenue, joint market share and diversity of the partner’s portfolio.

“It’s exciting to work hand-in-hand with such a well-known integrator and provide mutual value in areas that really help drive our businesses such as marketing, business development, vertical markets and international opportunities,” said Gregory Billhardt, executive vice president of Lastar, parent company of C2G. “Supporting AVI-SPL has been a welcome opportunity for C2G and we’re looking forward to continued success.”

Students, Teachers Interact and Share With Samsung Smart School Solution

At last week’s InfoComm 2012 event in Las Vegas, Samsung exhibited its Smart School solution.  A 65″ eBoard  works with both Windows-based PCs and Android operating systems, as well as the Samsung Galaxy Tab, allowing teachers to move freely around the room while giving interactive lessons. Teachers can also share specific student screens as well as interactive content like quizzes and polls. Watch the InfoComm presentation at the link above, and look at this demonstration of the Samsung Smart School solution in the classroom:


 

WAVE Honors AVI-SPL’s Alexis LaBroi with First Ever Mentor Award

Alexis LaBroi WAVELas Vegas – Women in AV (WAVE) honored AVI-SPL account manager Alexis LaBroi with their first mentoring award, presented during the NSCA–WAVE networking reception on Wednesday, June 13 at the AV industry’s annual InfoComm show.

After some words from WAVE founder Jennifer Willard and an introduction from member Cory Schaeffer of Listen Technologies, Alexis gleefully accepted her award.

“I’m excited to see more and more women in the industry, and more and more mentors,” said LaBroi. “It’s great to share your experience and knowledge with other people.”

Willard said she is excited for Alexis to be the first recipient of the award. “Alexis’s mentoring efforts to support and encourage women in our industry are remarkable,” Willard said. “Her accomplishments demonstrate why she is a very deserving winner. It is critical for us, as women, to recognize each other for the great work we do for others and we’re thrilled to recognize Alexis for all of her hard work as a professional in the AV industry and a remarkable mentor,” Willard said.

Alexis was nominated for this prestigious award by Candace McPherson, who worked with her at Gaylord National in Washington, DC.

“Alexis challenged me to test my own knowledge, and taught me to be a better, more knowledgeable professional,” McPherson said. “She inspired me to have faith in myself, and be confident in what I know.”

Alexis LaBroi WAVE InfoComm12McPherson said Alexis also inspired her to never give up, even though she faced challenges as a woman breaking into in the AV industry. “She gives 100 percent … even when others would throw in the towel,” McPherson said. “She is also a loving and warm family-centered woman. Her nurturing quality is evident in the way she serves those around her.”

Alexis has been in the event technology industry for more than 15 years, holding leadership roles in operations, training and sales. She joined AVI-SPL’s Columbia, Md., team as an account manager in April 2012.

“Hiring Alexis was the easiest decision I’ve ever made,” said Greg Brice, AVI-SPL business development manager. “In addition to finding new opportunities for AVI-SPL, she has established herself as a leader in the office and a person that people look up to.

“Alexis clearly knows the audiovisual industry and what it takes to be successful,” added Brice. “She is driven, passionate and hard-working.”

Congratulations Alexis! We’re proud to have you on the AVI-SPL team!

Thanks to Arlen Schweiger and Jennifer Willard for their contributions to this article.