Category AV Events

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

Canon Projectors Win Twice at InfoComm

Canon doubled up on projector awards while at the annual InfoComm trade show last week. Industry publication AV Technology named Canon’s REALiS 4K500ST projector as one of its Best of Show winners.

Systems Contractor News named Canon’s REALiS WUX500 projector as its Most Innovative Video Display Product.

REALiS 4K500ST features include:

  • LCoS technology with AISYS enhancement
  • 5,000 lumens
  • Short throw
  • True 4K

REALiS WUX500 features:

  • LCoS with Canon lens
  • 5,000 lumens
  • Constant brightness
  • Native widescreen resolution – 1920 x 1200
  • DICOM simulation mode (D model)

Order the REALiS 4K500ST, the REALiS WUX500 and WUX500 D (DICOM compliant) at AVI-SPL’s Canon product page.

Catch Up on Our Big AV Device Monitoring News

If you’re interested in better ways to monitor the quality of AV and collaboration devices that you and your coworkers have to manage in the workplace, I encourage you to listen to rAVe’s AV Power Up podcast, episode 60.

For the first 14 minutes of this chat recorded at the Las Vegas Convention Center at last week’s annual InfoComm trade show, three of AVI-SPL’s senior executives talked about the one-touch and recording capabilities we’ve added to our Virtual Meeting Room service, and about our enhanced Symphony® device monitoring and management platform.

Through Symphony, we’re giving IT departments a way to measure the customer experience. Symphony launches a quality of experience measure that combines a user’s subjective assessment of a video call with objective reports about packet latency, bit rate, bandwidth, etc., and then ties those subjective and objective measures into a quality of experience score.

Our team also discusses an app we’ve launched called Symphony Capture, which, if you’re an AVI-SPL Symphony customer, you can download  to your Microsoft Surface Hubs in order to keep track of their health and usage.

Listen to the rAVe Publications AV Power Up podcast episode 60.