Date Archives May 2013

Hear Electro-Voice Audio Solutions at InfoComm 2013

We’re just a couple of weeks away from the biggest AV industry event of the year: InfoComm 2013, and Bosch’s Electro-Voice brand will be the main audio sponsor for the event. You’ll be able to hear Electro-Voice’s XLD line-array loudspeaker system in action at the following events in the Valencia Ballroom of the Orange County Convention Center:Electro-Voice XLD line-array speakers

  • IC Education: Tuesday, June 11, 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Rental & Staging Forum & Reception: Wednesday, June 12, 3:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Realcomm & IBcon Keynote: Wednesday, June 12, 8:00 a.m. – 10 a.m.; Thursday, June 13, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
  • InfoComm President’s VIP Reception: Thursday, June 13, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

 

Be sure to also stop by AVI-SPL booth #2381 June 12-14 to see live demonstrations of our latest solutions to help businesses of all types collaborate through video.

AVI-SPL Connects the Community: Higher-Ed

Each environment has unique challenges that require specialized solutions. This week in our AVI-SPL Connects the Community series, Tracie Bryant, our vice president of sales for State and Local Government and Educationdiscusses trends and challenges in classroom and campus environments.

Higher Education environments are evolving to support collaborative and personalized learning through technology. In the past, classrooms were designed for an instructor-led one-to-many lecture format. Now classroom design is focused on fostering collaboration among small groups to promote active learning. Multiple displays in the classroom enable students to post content from round tables situated around the room where each individual is able to plug in their tablet or laptop through ports built into the tables. Technology allows teachers to be mobile, moving from table to table with their own tablet to advise students and facilitate collaboration.

After class, cloud-based learning management software allows cooperative projects to be worked on outside the classroom and then be presented during the next class. Research is conducted by students collaborating via video conferencing and chat, so infrastructure has to support mobility and multiple consumer devices.

Integrating these new collaboration tools comes with some obstacles. Major roadblocks include budget cuts and outdated policy. Fortunately, our education team can design solutions that address these concerns.

Shrinking technology budgets don’t necessarily require downsizing your collaboration goals. By integrating BYOD solutions, up-front costs for technology can be significantly reduced. Additionally, grants are available to fund technology programs in higher education. Understanding what our clients need to accomplish helps our team identify grants that supplement schools’ existing budgets or assist them with the development of programs they intend to launch. Rather than limiting them to one funding source, we’ll create a strategic grants roadmap involving multiple sources and extending throughout the phases of implementation of their technology plan.  The manufacturers we work with will provide grants consulting and application services at no charge to our customers.

Higher Education leaders often update school policies once they are aware of the positive impact that these collaborative technologies can have on learning. Our team can share examples of education case stories from similar clients to help you reach your goals.

Contact us for more information about our Higher Education solutions >

Join us at InfoComm 2013 to see how we connect these environments in booth #2381. During the show, we’re launching several exciting new solutions, so be sure to stop by to experience these systems in person. Can’t make it to the show? No worries! We’ll be sharing demo videos on YouTube all week long.

For your free InfoComm Expo Pass, use VIP code AVI1596.

AVI-SPL Thought Leaders to Speak at InfoComm 2013

Join AVI-SPL at InfoComm 2013 to hear about industry trends from our experts.

Don’t miss the following sessions:

The Merger of IT and AV – What Works? What Doesn’t?

  • Wednesday, June 12
  • 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
  • Room 315A
  • Panelist: Tim Riek, AVI-SPL SVP of Service Operations

The merger of audio visual communications with information technologies has been happening for several years as more AV tools have IT attributes associated with them. How have organizations addressed the merger of AV and IT? What has worked well to make the merger successful? What has not worked and needs improvement? This session will address issues of importance to working in an environment where both IT and AV are important – in other words how to work together in most rooms! Panelists will share stories about user experiences and discuss steps to take to make the merger of AV and IT successful and seamless.

IMCCA State of the Industry Lunch and Learn

  • Wednesday, June 12
  • Noon – 2 p.m.
  • Room TBA
  • Panelist: Mike Brandofino, AVI-SPL EVP of Video and UC

Join industry experts and senior executives as they address the latest issues related to conferencing, collaboration, and unified communications. How are mobility and interoperability impacting the industry? What are the latest user applications in business, education and healthcare? What does convergence look like in the home, as well as in business? What impact are mobile devices having within organizations? What role do managed services offerings and the cloud play in making use of these technologies effective and seamless? Attend the luncheon to learn, ask questions and challenge the panelists.

User Forum: Effective Deployment of UC (Vendor Panel)

  • Thursday, June 13
  • 10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Room TBA
  • Panelist: Mike Brandofino, AVI-SPL EVP of Video and UC

Users of collaborative communications technologies are seeking ways to communicate with anyone, anywhere, and on any device. Video needs to be as easy to do as making a telephone call. Are more video systems with greater availability better than few systems with greater quality? Video anywhere has taken over from telepresence as the hottest trend. Is it really telepresence if it’s on an iPad? Does it matter? Join us for our annual half-day seminar where this year we will answer these and other questions and present the latest industry trends regarding audio, web, video & UC technologies Follow this session up with a visit to the IMCCA UC & Collaboration InfoComm pavilion where you can see all of the technology in action.

Visual Collaboration in the Cloud – Choreographing the Event

  • Thursday, June 13
  • 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Room 315A
  • Panelist: John Vitale, AVI-SPL VP of Products

Organizations may find value in offering some communications capabilities in the cloud. Is visual collaboration one of the technologies suited to the cloud? Is it just a different way to position the managed services that are already being offered? This session will address the pros and cons of putting video in the cloud and explain what you need to know in order to do so effectively. The session will also look at the most recent offerings in this space.

AVI-SPL Sr. Design Engineer Dick Tollberg will also be presenting a three-day session (June 8-10) entitled AV Design Level 2: Infrastructure. In this course, Dick will explore elements that affect the planning and design of the infrastructure supporting AV environments including HVAC, electrical, cable pathways, lighting and IT connectivity.Session attendees will earn 24 RUs in this Intermediate level course. For more information, refer to session IUPC14.

To register for these and other sessions, visit www.infocommshow.org/register.

At the show, be sure to stop by AVI-SPL Booth #2381 in the Conferencing Pavilion to see how AVI-SPL Connects the Community.

AVI-SPL Connects the Community

At AVI-SPL, we aren’t just an AV integrator, or even a video communications provider. Our expertise lies in connecting people to make communicating and collaborating simple. Our team designs custom communication solutions for each client that combines all aspects of visual communications, from traditional audiovisual to video conferencing to unified communications to digital media, and more. We are a one-stop shop for your design, install, support, and services needs.

In this weekly blog series entitled “AVI-SPL Connects the Community,” I’ll share commentary from our Subject Matter Experts about how our solutions connect people in various environments, including a hospitalhigher-ed campus and the enterprise. Check back next week to read about trends, obstacles and more in campus communication technology.

Join us at InfoComm 2013 to see how we connect these environments in booth #2381. During the show, we’re launching several exciting new solutions, so be sure to stop by to experience these systems in person. Can’t make it to the show? No worries! We’ll be sharing demo videos on YouTube all week long.

For your free InfoComm Expo Pass, use VIP code AVI1596.

 

AVI-SPL Webinar: Trends in Video Collaboration and Unified Communications

On May 28, at 1 p.m. EST, Shai Moshe, AVI-SPL vice president of collaboration solutions, will lead an hourlong webinar, “Trends in Video Collaboration and Unified Communications.” This free online event, sponsored by Cisco, will focus on the demand for interoperability between video collaboration devices and look at how companies are increasing their reliance on video mobility. Shai will also explain what the growth in mobile video devices means in terms of infrastructure and share the value of AVI-SPL’s managed services to support an organization’s video investment.

Register for “Trends in Video Collaboration and Unified Communications.”

About the Presenter

Shai Moshe is Vice President of Collaboration Solutions for AVI-SPL. He is a proven leader and visionary in the telepresence and unified communications space, with over 12 years of experience. In that time, he has developed and maintained successful and profitable manufacturer relationships. Shai has been responsible for developing many successful engineering practices and possesses a keen eye for talent.