Date Archives August 2017

Hurricane Harvey and the Importance of a Coordinated Response

In light of the continuing and record-breaking deluge brought by Hurricane Harvey — as of this writing it lingers along Gulf Coast and continues to flood wide areas of Texas and Louisiana — I asked Brad Herrick, vice president of the Control Room Group for AVI-SPL, for his thoughts about the importance of command centers as hubs for coordinating emergency operations in order to rescue those stranded or threatened by catastrophic storms.

“We know at least one Texas agency whose emergency operations center we designed, integrated, and continue to service that went active over the weekend,” said Brad. “And one major federal government EOC that we designed, integrated, and service went active as well, all in response to Harvey.”

The images we’ve seen from Texas show the immense damage that Harvey has caused and continues to cause, and how important emergency responders are at a time when resources struggle to cope with the enormity of this disaster. Response teams from across the nation — the Texas National Guard, the Coast Guard, FEMA, local police, and a host of other organizations have converged to rescue those trapped by the storm.

That urgency is perhaps enhanced by the forecast that Harvey will track back over southeast Texas on Wednesday. Before it dissipates, weather forecasters expect it will end up soaking the area with more rain than Hurricanes Katrina, Sandy, and Andrew combined. By Thursday, the Houston metro area will have likely received more than 50 inches of rain.

“Tragedies like Harvey call upon those heroes who serve in emergency operations to save lives and then help rebuild communities,” said Brad.  “It is an honor to serve these customers and support their mission in this capacity.”

Brad also recommended a LinkedIn post about the storm,  where Jon Litt of Christie Digital noted, “We have been in contact with our customers in the greater Houston area, including regional emergency management, law enforcement, traffic management, government regional communications, utilities, medical, and more, and the reports we are getting back are that the Christie Control Room solutions are working beautifully and helping a great deal.”

AVI-SPL’s Control Room Group integrates modern, advanced solutions like those from Christie so that agencies can receive the live feeds and data they need to understand disaster situations and coordinate response teams. Is your region’s emergency response team prepared for a crisis like that posed by Hurricane Harvey? Contact the Control Room Group at 888-619-9083 to speak to one of our experts about your challenges.

Sept 20 Webinar: Vaddio’s USB Conferencing and Epson’s BrightLink Pro

Sign up for this webinar to be presented by Vaddio and Epson on Wed., September 20 at 1 p.m. EST and see presentations about unified communications in meeting spaces and real-time collaboration technology.

Darrin Thurston of Vaddio will explain critical AV design elements in deploying software-based UC clients in meeting spaces ranging from huddle spaces to classrooms. This includes an overview of key considerations:

  • Application uses (future-proof rooms) – Video conferencing, local presentations, lecture capture
  • Room conditions – Sensor placement and environment
  • PC and OS consideration – Nuances in deploying software-based UC clients

You’ll also learn about design elements like:

  • Content sharing with UC soft client versus dedicated AV presentation system
  • Recording with UC soft client versus dedicated AV capture system
  • Lighting and acoustic considerations in conference rooms
  • Camera, microphone, and display placement considerations
  • USB media (audio, video) differences between operating systems and PC platforms

Darrin will also provide application examples of room designs based on Vaddio USB conferencing systems.

Michelle Rydell of Epson will focus on BrightLink Pro, which helps users annotate, capture, and share ideas in real time. You’ll learn about the advantages of the BrightLink when used in different configurations:

  • Full-HD interactive display up to 100” – Two times larger viewing area than a standard 65” flat panel for high-impact presentations with exceptional details
  • Designed to enhance productivity – Bring your own device, connect a PC or video conference device, collaborate locally or with remote participants
  • DuoLink – Install two BrightLink Pro projectors side by side to achieve a large interactive area

Register “Software-Based Clients in UC Meeting Rooms” and “Your Whiteboard Reinvented” >

Reflecting on AVI-SPL’s Control Room Group at 15

This guest post is written by Brad Herrick, vice president of the AVI-SPL Control Room Group.

The AVI-SPL Control Room Group (CRG) got its start 15 years ago with the Florida Department of Transportation by designing, implementing, and servicing its traffic management center system.

Over the course of those 15 years, CRG has built a team of dedicated professionals focused solely on support of these special systems. It is truly an honor that our customers choose to place their trust in us year over year; we thank them dearly.

Today, the Florida DOT is still our customer, and along the way we’ve provided solutions to other customers’ critical missions — whether for a utility that powers our country’s most critical infrastructure, protecting financial institutions from security and cyber threats, mission support for military operations, or public emergency management.

CRG has grown to become a noted leader in control room integrations, service, and thought leadership, with just a few examples below:

We are on pace for record-breaking revenue for the third year in a row. That kind of growth happens when you give customers the quality they expect and deserve. So that we can continue to grow and better serve our customers, we are recruiting top talent, along with staying on the cutting edge of industry trends like Direct View LED, digital KVM, CAVE, virtual reality and proactive service solutions like AVI-SPL’s Unify ME™ Symphony platform.

See more examples of our work and how we can help your organization when you read through the CRG brochure.

Video: Making Advanced Visualization a Part of Your Company’s Culture

In this AVI-SPL video, you’ll get a brief overview of how advanced visualization is being applied by businesses and universities, spanning virtual reality, scientific visualization, augmented reality, and simulation. You’ll also learn about AVI-SPL’s value to organizations that want to implement some form of advanced visualization to improve the way they teach, train, and research across industries like healthcare, military, and education.

If you’ve been trying to bring the power and benefits of advanced visualization into your organization, contact sales@avispl.com and share your challenges and goals.

Video: Explaining Cloud Collaboration

In this video, AVI-SPL experts talk cloud collaboration, how to decide if it will be a benefit to your organization, and how to make it successful once implemented. They also go over AVI-SPL’s value as an integrator of cloud-based solutions. When you’re ready to improve the workplace experience and productivity, contact sales@avispl.com and share your challenges and goals.