Category Audio Conferencing

Sony and ClearOne Key Elements of Telemedicine Education

UCSF simulation roomThe University of California, San Francisco’s Teaching and Learning Center is 22,000 square feet of communications technology, designed to train healthcare students in the use of telemedicine tools that provide specialty care for those in underserved areas of San Francisco. AVI-SPL’s solutions for this project included the integration of control systems, video conferencing and digital signage.

It also includes media capture, providing live monitoring and review capabilities for students and teachers. For each of the TLC’s two trauma rooms, AVI-SPL installed four Sony PTZ cameras. Another 36 Sony BRCZ PTZ cameras are integrated in 12 mock examination rooms.

To deliver the best possible audio conferencing experience, AVI-SPL programmed the ClearOne Converge system, which includes echo cancelling, with over 700 macros that can be tracked and monitored.

Read more about how AVI-SPL delivered advanced telemedicine capabilities for UCSF.

One Week Til AVI-SPL Collaboration Expo in Washington, D.C.

Next Wednesday, May 9, join us in Washington, D.C. for AVI-SPL‘s Collaboration Expo 2012. At this FREE event, you’ll see the latest communication solutions that help organizations streamline their processes and compete in a global economy. Leading manufacturers of video conferencing, Unified Communications and digital media solutions will be on hand to demonstrate their solutions. They’ll also provide educational seminars about the technologies that are helping businesses operate efficiently, save money and drive growth. You’ll also have the 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 the Expo keynote speech, “Beyond ROI: Find Real Value in Collaboration.” During his presentation, 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 get a return on their investment in collaboration solutions.

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 take a summer break before returning to 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.”

Webinar Recording: Successful Communications in Audio Conferencing

AVI-SPL University Professional Series Online logoIf you missed our January webinar with Biamp Systems on the best practices in audio conferencing (or you just want to review the material again), the recording of the event is available.

During this presentation, Biamp’s Read Wineland, regional director of Eastern U.S. sales, discussed the elements that must be addressed for successful audio experience, including during video conferencing. He also discusssed the state of the art in acoustic echo cancellation and the advantages of networked media systems in the distribution of audio and video.

 Review “Successful Communications: What You Need to Know About Audio Conferencing“.