Category AV Events

Vega and AVI-SPL Team Up to Serve Asia Companies

Today from InfoComm 2017 in Orlando, AVI-SPL formally signed and announced an alliance with Vega to facilitate and provision our services throughout Asia.

The partnership gives Vega, a total solutions provider in the pro AV/IT industry, preferred partner status for AVI-SPL customers in Asia and parts of India. In this arrangement, AVI-SPL will oversee projects from design to deployment, working hand–in-hand with Vega to give customers the consistent, high-quality service they expect.

It also complements our alliance with Connected Vision, a group of audio-video companies in Australia. AVI-SPL, Vega, and Connected Vision have joined forces before to serve multi-nation projects.

These close partnerships are part of maintaining high-end, high-touch delivery through our Global Accounts Management Program, which is designed to ensure consistency, reliability, scalability, and trust. All projects benefit from AVI-SPL’s global managed services operations network, which delivers proactive monitoring and remote management of AV and UC (unified communications) devices and infrastructure.

To learn why AVI-SPL and Vega are optimistic about this partnership, read today’s press release. >

The AVI-SPL Booth at InfoComm 2017

InfoComm 2017 is less than a week away, and that means we are gearing up to present at the pro AV industry’s most high-profile and popular event in North America. At booth 1660, the AVI-SPL team will be sharing the message that our global capabilities and reach make us the right partner for companies — particularly those with multiple locations — looking to improve their collaboration and communication experience. Here’s what you can expect to see and hear about:

  • The new AVI-SPL office in Frankfurt, Germany
  • Our U.K. team discussing its new Global Help Desk
  • Our presence in the UAE and successful projects throughout the Middle East
  • A control room simulation — we’ll have a video wall with an operation station that shows how collaboration impacts lives inside and outside the control room
  • Highlight reel of projects — view a compilation of our most recent case study videos
  • Collaboration Spaces web app — see our interactive, visual room configurator
  • VideoLink products and services that deliver live broadcast capabilities
  • Digital signage of the AVI-SPL schedule at InfoComm — at a glance, you’ll know when we’re giving our guided tours, and when one of our experts will be speaking at or hosting seminars
  • We also have a few surprises in store that we’ll be announcing at the show

If you haven’t already signed up for our Guided Technology Tours at InfoComm, please do so. Each tour is a great way to visit high-profile manufacturers and see their solutions for applications like huddle spaces, advanced visualization & simulation, sounds systems, digital signage, control rooms, display technology, and classrooms.

See you at InfoComm.

 

 

Looking Back at Crestron Masters 2017

This post on the 2017 Crestron Masters event (U.S.) is written by Tim Johnson, programmer for AVI-SPL. Tim attended last week’s event, the annual gathering of elite Crestron programmers for training classes and networking events.

The Crestron Roadmap discussed at the event focused on building a standards-based implementation of AV systems and programming in order to enable broader adoption of AV technology. That technology would be applied across a wider range of locations, with differing levels of sophistication depending on the needs of the end-user.  Some products and product features that are most prominent in this push toward standards-based AV are security, cloud functionality, and AirMedia, with Fusion being used for monitoring.

The keynote by Crestron President & CEO Randy Klein urged programmers to help create this ecosystem of standards by seeing themselves as technologists rather than just programmers. To Klein, Crestron Master Programmers typically have a much broader skill set than their job descriptions may indicate, and the roles that Crestron Master Programmers play within their organizations are much more diverse than just writing code.  Klein urged the use of Master Programmers’ broad skill sets to guide the industry to standards-based solutions similar to how Cisco has led the networking industry to standards based on Cisco best practices and products.

Crestron Chief Technology Officer Fred Bargetzi went through the lengthy list of new product lines and noted that Crestron’s focus is going to be on security that enables them to be placed in nearly any high security environment without having to rely solely on the IT departments of the customer.  This will be a benefit to the dealers since IT departments typically see AV equipment as a burden rather than a part of their responsibilities.  Bargetzi said that new products will all have native 802.1x authentication.  In addition, AirMedia and PinPoint functionality will be embedded in a wide range of products after a redesign of the AirMedia platform to implement authentication.

When asked about possible privacy issues, Bargetzi explained that a PinPoint beacon is simply an ID from a Bluetooth beacon that is received by an app that does not have to be used unless desired.  If the app is used, then the data is sent to Crestron Fusion, where it is associated to an actual location so the data from the PinPoint beacon is not valuable on its own, thus preserving the privacy of the app user.

In describing Crestron’s newest version of DigitalMedia 4K distribution, Bargetzi touted the continued ability to use a single CAT5 cable to send 4K signals.  This will allow dealers to retain the ability to work with existing infrastructure and will also keep cabling costs lower for DM implementation when distributing 4K signals.

On the issues of “frontline” support personnel inferior knowledge levels relative to Master Programmers, and Crestron Studio’s soft release strategy, which was seen as an incomplete product, Bargetzi acknowledged the validity some of the criticisms made on these two subjects.

When asked about the absence of any mention of Simpl or VTPro, Bargetzi said that Crestron is not going to stop using Simpl, but the continued development of Crestron Studio may someday warrant a change when Studio is ready.  I suggested that if Crestron Studio had all the same functionality as Simpl and VTPro, then moving to Studio would not be considered an issue.

Other items on the Crestron Roadmap

  • Transition from Windows CE to Linux
  • Transition from Smart Graphics to HTML 5
  • Power conditioners that will allow remote reboots
  • The use of AI (Alexa) with control systems
  • An HTML 5 version of the Crestron App that will be freely available
  • AirMedia embedded in most DM products in the future
  • Pinpoint beacons embedded in most products in the future
  • Full USB implementation with the DM-NVX products
  • Making commercial versions of Pyng and My Crestron products
  • Implementing Dynamic Drivers for equipment
  • Self-contained Unified Communications + AV + Management in Mercury conferencing products
  • Next Generation Touchpanel scheduling with scheduling natively built-in and the ability to connect directly to Exchange without Fusion implementation

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!