Category AV Events

The Registration for ISE 2017 Is On Us

ISE 2017, the latest edition of the world’s largest AV and systems integration show, takes place February 7-10 in Amsterdam. AVI-SPL will be there in the RAI at booth 11-A115 to showcase the managed services and integration capabilities that are helping businesses throughout Europe collaborate and communicate better than ever.

We will be in the Unified Communications section of the hall, near industry heavyweights like Polycom, Cisco, and Pexip. When you visit the AVI-SPL booth, ask about:

  • Demos of our managed services (including our Symphony platform and help desk)
  • Microsoft Surface Hub demonstrations
  • Our expansion with our new office in Frankfurt

Register before February 6 with code 912672 and get in the show free (a savings of €150).

Win When You See AVI-SPL at FETC

Join AVI-SPL in two weeks at FETC, the world’s largest expo of education technology products and services. We will be exhibiting there January 24 – 27, 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, and we want to see you as well.

One of the highlights will be our SMART giveaway. Stop by our booth 242 for a demo of the SMART Board 6065 interactive flat panel enabled with kapp iQ™, and register to win one for your school.

We’ll also feature an Epson BrightLink interactive projector and a Copernicus 3-in-1 interactive easel, which is appropriate for PreK-3 students, including those with special needs.

Use promo code VND17 to save on your registration. Register here and we’ll see you in Orlando!

Improve Collaborative Workflows and Business Outcomes

You know Frost & Sullivan as the experts in industry analysis and consulting. This September 29, they are bringing their knowledge and clout to an online forum.

Join Frost & Sullivan and AVI SPL on September 29 at 11 am EST for a complimentary eBroadcast, as you will be one of the first to hear new research around enhanced visibility and actionable analytics that improve the Quality of Experience (QoE) across your conferencing and collaboration environment.

Join us and learn:

  • Frost & Sullivan market data on tactical benefits of conferencing features
  • How to monitor your entire conferencing domain from a single dashboard
  • Ways to collect actionable data to assess your collaboration technology performance

Two AVI-SPL experts will be on hand to share their insights and industry knowledge:

  • Joe Laezza, SVP of UCC and Service Solutions
  • Tim Riek, SVP of Service Operations

Visit www.frost.com/collaborativeworkflows for more details on this event. Don’t miss out on a great chance to learn and improve collaboration in your company.

Come to AVI-SPL Seattle Technology Day

Make plans to be in Seattle this September 21, 2016, because that’s where you’ll discover the latest developments in collaboration technology for businesses like yours.

We have a day of valuable information lined up for you, including:

  • Expert presentations on the Internet of Things and digital signage
  • Microsoft Surface Hub demos
  • Q&A session for your business challenges
  • Representatives from Christie, Cisco, Crestron, Milestone, NEC, Polycom, Samsung, and Sony
  • Prize drawings

If you’re an IT executive, chief technology or information officer, facility manager, or a director of operations, we think you’ll bring back a lot of great information insight to your company after attending this event.

Lunch will be provided.

Register for the Seattle Technology Day >

 

An Internet of Things That Helps Companies

This is the second of two posts in which David Thorson takes a look at standardization and the Internet of Things (IoT). David is AVI-SPL’s senior manager for programming architecture. Read part one here.

With the AV/IT “convergence” well behind the industry at this point, we are on to the next buzzword: “IoT,” otherwise known as the Internet of Things. So where does programming fit into IoT? Some manufacturers are positioning themselves as an IoT provider. Using human interaction, technology and hardware, and data, they provide an entire ecosystem focused on productivity, collaboration, and automation. Others are using sensors and data to drive interactive media into retail signage and extending other types of embedded systems such as smart buildings, security systems and other sub systems.

Just because we call something IoT does not make it so. Limiting the discussion to the traditional approach of the AV industry will only allow it to be part of a bigger IoT solution or remain isolated from the rest of connected systems. For example, if we consider scheduling a meeting and walking into a conference room to share a presentation from a mobile device, we are not seeing the larger picture of an internet of things.

A few manufacturers provide a complete IoT practice to support a customer end to end. Meaning the solution reaches outside the owners’ systems and into their customers’ environment. HARMAN Connected (IoT) Services and Cisco IoT Solutions are two examples of this extension. A full-on IoT solution will connect many different workflows, processes, and data sources. A rich IoT solution may capture data from sensors, people or systems to connect a business’s customers closer to companies providing a product or solution.

Think of it this way: Does the IoT solution save the customer money or make the owner money? The solution that is forward facing for our customers — making money — will have the biggest growth potential and provide for much more dynamic and custom solutions.

Implementing connected systems, sensors, applications, data, and people requires a company culture that is willing to experiment and commit to a mindset. A system expansive enough to be a true IoT solution is a custom IT solution and not a standard out-of-the-box device or software platform.

Here is how the Internet Society defines the different types of IoT communication:

  1. Device-To-Device Communications. This is what the AV industry’s has been doing for decades. Embedded systems is all about monitoring device communications and machine state to provide a level of automation.
  2. Device-To-Cloud Communications. This is relatively new for the AV industry and we’re seeing more and more manufacturers provide this type of solution. Integrators are also providing cloud services and monitoring. See AVI-SPL’s Symphony Platform, including our video from InfoComm.
  3. Device-to-Gateway Model. This is an area where we will see more interoperability between hardware sensors and devices.
  4. Back-End Data-Sharing Model. One of the top achievements of the IoT will be the knowledge that comes from sharing data to improve the delivery of technology.

Try to keep an eye on trends outside the AV world for where technology is headed. Keeping up with coming trends will ensure the industry remains relevant as hardware becomes more agnostic to solutions, and software applications and services become more advanced.

For an in-depth review of the IoT check out:
· 2015 – The Internet of Things (IoT): An Overview
· 2014 – EUROPEAN RESEARCH CLUSTER ON The Internet of Things