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How Does RoomPro ONE Virtual Control Panel and Microphone System Improve Learning?

Every teacher wants a learning tool that is easy to use, affordable and worth the investment. RoomPro ONE is a fully integrated, all-in-one classroom control and microphone system that enables K-12 educators to provide an enhanced audio and video experience to improve student learning.

RoomPro ONE is equipped with a built-in infrared (IR) microphone system that offers optimized voice enhancement and 360° sound reinforcement for full-classroom auditory learning. It also includes a wall panel for simple, one-touch control and notably features a Virtual Control Panel.

The system is priced with tight school budgets in mind. “Our system is well-positioned to help schools create the classroom of tomorrow within the budget limitations of today. It essentially can be purchased for what you would expect to pay for a classroom microphone system alone,” says Dean Olds, president of RoomPro Technologies.

RoomPro ONE has also been well received by school technology specialists because it is engineered for quick installation. “RoomPro ONE includes a one-of-a-kind, all-metal ceiling enclosure that attaches cleanly to the ceiling and integrates four hi-fidelity speakers, audio amplifier, A/V switcher and projector mount-all in one,” he says. “And since our system is designed to be installed in under an hour…” adds Olds.

RoomPro ONE also includes a full complement of voice amplification options, starting with an IR pendant-style microphone that features an audio input jack for seamless connection to an iPod® or MP3 player or a separate plug-in headset teachers can wear comfortably around their necks if they prefer.

RoomPro ONE Package Includes:

  • Ceiling Speaker Enclosure with Integrated Speakers and Amplifier
  • Three-Input User Control Panel (2 VGA with Audio, 1 Composite with Stereo Audio)
  • IR Pendant Style Microphone with Lanyard, and Optional Plug-In Headset
  • Universal Projector Mount
  • (2) 35′ Plenum CAT5e Cables For Connecting User Panel to Ceiling Enclosure
  • 6′ Projector Cable Pack (RS-232, VGA, Composite)
  • 15′ VGA w/Audio
  • Mounting Hardware (Turnbuckles, Wire, and Screws)
  • 3-Year Limited Warranty

Accessories Include:

  • Surface mount panel wall box
  • 2nd hand-held mic
  • Extended warranty

System Specifications

  • Amplifier – 40 watts Stereo at 4 Ohm
  • Speakers – (4) 5 1/4″ poly woofers with butyl surround and 3/4″
  • Sensitivity – 91 dB
  • Frequency Response – 50 Hz – 20,000Hz
  • All-Metal Enclosed System – For Easy Above-Ceiling Installation

How RoomPro ONE Works

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Want to find out how RoomPro’s all-in-one classroom control and microphone system can fit your needs and budget? Contact us at (866) 559-8197 or click here to request more information. »

Get Creative with Your School Bulletin Boards Using Your VariQuest Cutout and Poster Maker

Over the summer the bulletin boards and walls were stripped of their decorations and now it’s time to rebuild. Take some time to explore what your Cutout Maker can do to help create stunning bulletin boards!

With the scalable lettering and multiple fonts available, you can create some excellent titles for your boards! The shape library also includes great cutouts to highlight a ton of educational subjects from science related themes like cell parts to physical education. Use the search by keyword option to see if your current lesson plan has anything available to use!

Bullentin Board Examples

Student work can be framed with exciting borders or stapled to the bulletin board with fun designs protecting the corners of the pages. Decorate and get creative! The more eye catching your bulletin board is, the more likely a student will be to take time to stop and learn something new as they mingle in the hallways.

Sometimes information is easier to display using a Poster. That’s where your handy Poster Maker can spring into action!

As your parent teacher conferences and open house nights are rapidly approaching, utilize the Poster Maker to create some really helpful directional posters. Use the “search by keyword” feature to find the arrow posters. These can be customized to help your guests find their way around the school. For large high school campuses, why not scan and print some maps and post them around the school to help the guests find their way around the school? These maps are great for the incoming freshmen too!

With new students, you might need to find a way to help teach them your school’s rules and policies. Use the Poster Maker to help post important information. There are even some great high impact colors like the fluorescent orange on black that can help grab attention. The orange on black posters are perfect for posting safety information!

Want to share your creative ideas using the VariQuest products? Let us know by emailing victoria.cobb@avispl.com »

Order your Cutout Maker and Poster Maker accessories and supplies online! Visit variquest.avispl.com »

Key Points to Know Before Purchasing a Video Conferencing System

“The proper design and integration of a video conferencing (VTC) system requires time, coordination and communication upfront,” notes Fred Grob, design engineer (CTS-D) for AVI-SPL. “Aside from the technology, there are many other parts to the puzzle. It’s important that collaboration takes place between the AV system designer, interior designer and architect on several key points.”

These key points include:

  • Ceiling type and height. There are many reasons that these factors are a primary concern, as they effect: speaker type, possible sound wave reflections problems, VTC light fixtures and placement. These are crucial factors in ensuring the quality of viewed images.
  • Upholstery and lighting. A qualified and experienced AV system designer will be able to communicate with the interior designer and help choose upholstery patterns that the camera can easily pick-up and transmit, or choosing paint colors and scheme that complement the lighting. Recommendations need to be made regarding wall fabrics and decoration, as this will have a very positive or negative effect on the acoustics of the room.
  • Furniture. Aside from the electronics that make up the VTC system, another huge cost is the table. This can often be the most expensive single item in the room. The layout of the table, display(s), and camera(s) has to be such that every participant has an unobstructed site line with the display(s) and camera(s).
  • Microphone positioning. Another factor to discuss regarding the table is microphones and location. For example, is it feasible to have them cut into the table? Or, are ceiling microphones that automatically drop down from the ceiling more appropriate and functional?
  • Ambient noise. This is another important consideration in the room. The biggest culprit of noise pollution is most often the HVAC system. In this case, the AV system designer will need to work with the MEP engineer to help create a quiet HVAC system.

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Could Google’s Latest Move Spell Trouble for the Unified Communications Market?

Over the last few years, the battle for the desktop has been intensifying between some of the biggest technology names in the world. It wouldn’t surprise folks to see Microsoft, IBM and Cisco all pitching to convince companies to use their platform and suite of applications across an enterprise.

However, just as the line has blurred between work and play, the traditional “enterprise” players are seeing new entrants join the fray. Frost and Sullivan’s recent article on Google’s acquisition and development of a Unified Communications (UC) and Collaboration suite reveals the heightened interest of traditional consumer-based players, as they try to penetrate the workplace as well. They do have a ways to go to before they can compete with the established, feature-rich solutions provided by the traditional players. However, the brand recognition and “cloud”-based approach Google will most likely take with its UC offerings could enable them to make inroads into the corporate world.

Here at AVI-SPL, we take a neutral approach to technology solutions. We help our customers deploy and leverage UC tools and applications, and are focused on solutions that best fit their requirements and budget. We do not see Google UC gaining a large market share in the enterprise in the near future. In the next few years, however, we expect that Google will be considered a viable option for corporations on a wider scale.

The above is written by Michael Brandofino, executive vice president of VTC and UC, AVI-SPL.

As momentum on this story grows, we’d like to hear from you too. Does Google have what it takes to become a strong contender in such a tightly-established market?

Behind-the-scenes: LA County Fire Department Photo Shoot

LA Fire House Video Wall Installation

We’re giving you a sneak peak at the recent photo shoot for AVI-SPL’s project for the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACFD) – one of the largest fire departments in the country! With nearly 4,000 dedicated personnel responsible for fire suppression, emergency medical services, lifeguard operations, airlift rescues and additional operations, how does the fire department effectively coordinate all their efforts?

Simple: The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at the LACFD headquarters in Commerce, Calif.

About 26 operator stations fill the main EOC floor, with each dispatcher supporting designated North, Central and East regions of Los Angeles County. Dispatchers previously relied on the use of 36-inch CRT TVs on carts to relay critical information throughout the EOC. Unfortunately, with this type of arrangement, sharing reports from neighboring regions required personnel to constantly rush between stations, costing valuable time and energy in a larger crisis like wildfires or earthquakes.

LA Fire House AV Installation

AVI-SPL’s solution: A video wall arranged in a 2 x 4 array featuring 70-inch video wall cubes with 16:9 wide-screen capabilities.

What else? To learn more about the advancements made to the LACFD’s Emergency Operations Center, check out the case study and view a complete gallery of photos. Or take a peek at other control room AV installations.