Category AVI-SPL in the News

AVI-SPL Video Conferencing Security Device Honored

Block ME deviceAVI-SPL’s Block ME™ device, which stops unwanted video calls from launching, has received an Internet Telephony Product of the Year award for 2014 from TMC. TMC is a marketing media company that serves the communications and technology industries.

Block ME was first introduced at InfoComm 2013 last June. At the press of a button, video calls are blocked from being initiated or received.

Learn more about Block ME at the AVI-SPL website.

Business AV Trends for 2014

AV Network recently interviewed AVI-SPL’s VP of Products John Vitale in its look at trends in professional audio video solutions for 2014. Here is a summary of his responses:

Cloud Services

Every business that has electronic data such as files, audio, video, and such are affected by cloud services. The AV business will continue to see many localized devices and applications either moving into the cloud or interfacing with a cloud service, especially when content management and distribution are involved. Many solutions which were traditionally localized deployments are now becoming virtualized into the cloud as a hosted service offering. Though some items will always be required locally, that list will look quite different than it was a couple of years ago. And the talent of the engineering staff will also be very different.

Content Creation

Content creation seems to have had a continued steady growth rate which started almost a decade ago and shows no sign of slowing down. If anything, it’s increased significantly year over year. This continued thirst for personalized content creation has also forced the issue of consumption of that content. So content sharing or viewing is going to have an impact on many areas of our business as a result of content creation. The digital native generation has less patience or tolerance for “old school” systems with limitations. They will find ways to create and share their content if what we provide is too restrictive.

Networking

Content creation, management, distribution, and consumption will continue to grow and be in high demand. So this area will continue to see an increase just based upon the extreme amount of media being created and being consumed through many avenues already. More sophisticated and scalable solutions will be needed to help satisfy the demand. The digital signage industry, still in its infancy, is an excellent indicator on how important digital content consumption, distribution, and management has become. Real-time content and rich media interaction is where it’s all going.

Collaboration

Collaboration is a very broad term, but using it in a sense where multiple participants can manipulate and edit the same information, the need for this has always been popular in engineering-specific applications. But as technology continues to improve and simplify the technical aspects of collaboration, we’ll see this becoming more of a horizontal requirement than vertical silos. Microsoft is clearly dominating this area with Lync and Sharepoint along with embedded functionality in all its Office applications.

 Robots

Aside from some vertical niches where they have shown value, they’re nothing more than expensive toys today. Just because we can doesn’t mean we should.

Get more insight into AV solutions at the AVI-SPL Resources page, where you’ll find links to our webinar archive, tech papers and other valuable resources.

AVI-SPL Tops List of North American Integrators for 2013

AVI-SPL ended 2013 as it has every year since 2008 — being ranked North America’s number one integrator by Systems Contractor News. This ranking, which reflects our revenue from AV integrations, would not be possible without the customers that entrust us with their business, the technology partners whose products make our work possible, and the industry support in showcasing our work.

You can reach us at 866-559-8197 or sales@avispl.com for any questions you may have about improving the audio and video communications in your organization.

 

AVI-SPL Recognized for School District Video Solution

AVI-SPL won the Top K-12 Education Solution award for its integration for the Rialto Unified School District. The award, which was given out during the InfoComm 2013 show, was selected by the editorial staff of Commercial Integrator and Tech Decisions Media.

Rialto wanted to bring a university feel to its schools with technologies that would build awareness of its educational initiatives and deliver announcements throughout the school community.  It also wanted to enable its students to work with the latest collaborative technology. AVI-SPL implemented Cisco solutions that include a telepresence system that allows for immersive virtual field trips and live collaboration with other schools. Our team also integrated solutions that empower students and faculty to create and upload lessons for on-demand retrieval, as well as content for digital signage.

I encourage you to read the story of our work with the Rialto Unified School District  in the AVI-SPL 2013 Concept Catalog.

Contact AVI-SPL at 866-559-8197 to discuss your school’s ambitions to increases collaboration and communication. You can also fill out our contact form.

AVI-SPL Uses Customized Tannoy Solutions to Impress Client

For the Hakkasan restaurant in Dubai, UAE,  AVI-SPL implemented a high-quality audio system, using Tannoy speakers to get the powerful, warm sound that would allow patrons to hold conversations while they dine. Such was the attention to detail and satisfying the client, that AVI-SPL and Tannoy worked to customize the loudspeakers so that they disappear in the environment and maintain the venue’s aesthetics. Read about the project on page 58 of mondo*dr magazine and see the list the Tannoy products that AVI-SPL used to make it a success.

In the video below, AVI-SPL Project Manager Phil Marlowe discusses the Hakkasan projects in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and how their success led to four additional locations using Tannoy solutions.