Category AV Everywhere

Another Way to Buy Your New Control Center

"Control Room Group"Are you ready to refresh your existing control room, expand your existing control room space or build a new control center in a new facility? If so, you’ll soon see that making the decision to move forward on the project was the easy part of the process and now the really hard work begins.

What is the hardest of the hard work? Figuring out how you’re going to pay for the new control room.

In previous posts, we’ve talked about the traditional ways of purchasing Control Room Group (CRG) goods and services, i.e. the traditional negotiated purchase and the lease – and the benefits of each. Now we’d like to talk with you about a NEW way to purchase your control center.

Let’s fast forward through the initial contact, the series of meetings between your staff (operators, engineers, IT staff, facility engineers and security staff) and ours (design engineers, production engineers, project managers and installation managers) and get to the part where you’re satisfied that the CRG will provide you with the control room of your dreams and you’re ready to buy.

So, what’s the NEW way to buy all or a portion of your control center? By taking advantage of available federal grant monies. Yes, there are federal grants available that can pay for all or a large portion of your control room project! I was surprised to learn over the last few weeks of 2011 about the number of government grant programs that are available to our clients, and this grant money can be used to help pay for your control room project.

In an attempt to facilitate the grant proposal process and ease the potential pain of learning this process, the CRG has a staff member who is expert in the world of grants and we are offering their services to you FREE of charge. Our team is here to help you research available grants, determine whether or not your project qualifies and then, and most importantly, help you write the grant proposal. If you want to get started on searching for available grant money, please call me or drop me an email.

As you move forward on your project(s) this year, don’t forget that there are a variety of ways to pay for your new control center – outright purchase, lease and purchase, lease only, and last, but certainly not least, utilizing available federal grant monies. Please take advantage of our new grant assistance services. I think you’ll be plesantly surprised by the number of funding sources available to the market.

Questions? Comments? Feel free to call me at 888-619-9083 x8010 or e-mail me at david.jones@avispl.com.

AVI-SPL Promotes Doug Carnell to EVP of Operations

AVI-SPL  has promoted AV industry veteran Doug Carnell to Executive Vice President of Operations. In his new role, Carnell will focus on enhancing communication with AVI-SPL’s 32+ offices and customers, in addition to continuing to promote the high standards and profitable results AVI-SPL has established in its integration group. Carnell will also manage the continued transition of incorporating video capabilities deeper into the company’s business model. 

“Since joining the company in 2003, Doug has consistently delivered outstanding results in every role he’s taken on,” said AVI-SPL CEO John Zettel. “He has developed strong relationships with several of our most prominent Fortune 100 and international clients. His experience and track record will allow him to quickly address our company’s initiatives.”

With over 27 years of experience in the AV industry, Carnell has spent the last nine at AVI-SPL in key management roles. He began his AVI-SPL career as the General Manager of the Chicago office, followed by serving as Regional Vice President, overseeing multiple offices. As an integral part of AVI-SPL’s Business Video Group, Carnell was responsible for establishing and developing the company’s Cisco relationship and growing video revenue to almost 45 percent of the total company revenue. Most recently he led AVI-SPL’s Strategic Accounts Team along with Don Mastro, executive vice president, integration sales. 

As the EVP of Operations, Doug will report to CEO John Zettel and work out of the Chicago and Tampa offices.

Video Highlights of Hibernia Baptist Church A/V Integration

AVI-SPL integrated audio, lighting and digital signage systems for Hibernia Baptist Church’s newly constructed worship hall. This video highlights the solutions installed, why they were chosen and how they help Hibernia communicate with its staff and patrons in order to provide an informative, memorable experience. Watch the video below and read a full case study of AVI-SPL’s Hibernia integration in our Concept Catalog.

Contact AVI-SPL at 1-800-282-6733 or sales@avispl.com and discover how we can install the right audio visual, video conferencing unified communications or digital media solution for your organization.

AVI-SPL Launches Collaboration Expo for 2012

AVI-SPL’s Collaboration Expo will make stops in six cities across the U.S. this year, showcasing communications solutions that today’s businesses need in order to compete in a global economy with a  mobile workforce. The leading manufacturers of video conferencing, unified communications and digital media solutions will be on hand to demonstrate their products and provide educational seminars in the technologies that are re-shaping the business communication landscape. This FREE event will land in the following cities throughout the U.S.

  • Dallas, TX – April 18
  • Washington D.C. – May 9
  • Chicago, IL – September 13
  • New York City, NY – September 25
  • Tampa, FL – October 18
  • Long Beach, CA – October 30

Each full-day conference is your opportunity to see how these systems work, so you can make an informed decision on the audio visual investments that will help your company compete and operate efficiently.

Each event begins with a keynote presentation on the value of video, voice and data convergence, and why the combination makes sense for your organization. In addition to networking with other professionals and visiting the exhibits, you can attend product demos and informative seminars that increase your savvy about the technologies that lead to operational efficiencies, save you money and drive growth.

Andrew W. Davis, cofounder of Wainhouse Research, will be the keynote speaker at a number of the Expo events. Wainhouse Research is a boutique analyst firm that concentrates on collaboration products and services, including audio, video, and web conferencing and unified communications.

Benefits of attending AVI-SPL’s Collaboration + Conference Expo 2012

  • Learn about the latest professional audio and video solutions and trends from leaders in the industry
  • See demonstrations of new audio and video technologies
  • Network with peers and industry professionals
  • Attend free informational seminars

If you have a question about any of our upcoming events, email us at events@avispl.com.

AVI-SPL Acquires Iformata Communications LLC

Leading audio video communications provider AVI-SPL announced today the acquisition of Iformata Communications LLC, a leading provider of video managed services. This acquisition includes the Iformata Video Network Operations Center (VNOC) business and the VNOC Symphony® management platform. AVI-SPL views this acquisition as a critical move in the company’s continuing drive to become the dominant player in the video communications solutions and services space.

“In 2009 we set forth on an initiative to grow our video communications business. In 2011 we succeeded in growing video related revenue to over $200 million and video is now included in over 50 percent of the projects we do,” said AVI-SPL CEO John Zettel. “With that growth, we recognized the importance of expanding our capabilities in the video services we provide our customers. Acquiring Iformata shows our commitment to expanding our video communications strategy with a strong managed services offering.” Click here to view Zettel’s video announcement of the acquisition.

“This acquisition is a major win for both AVI-SPL and Iformata,” reports Ira M. Weinstein, senior analyst and partner at Wainhouse Research. “This combines AVI-SPL’s strong A/V integration experience and 150+ strong, video-savvy, field sales force with Iformata’s robust, multi-tenant Symphony videoconferencing management system.

“The result is an immediately available, mature service offering from a well-known and trusted technology partner. Hosted video managed service offerings, like AVI-SPL’s Unify ME™, play a key role in helping enterprise organizations maximize the benefits they receive from their collaboration investments.”

Founded in 2004, Iformata has built a reputation as the leading innovator of VNOC tools and end-to-end automation services through its VNOC Symphony platform. Providing managed conferencing services to global enterprise firms, equipment manufacturers, and top-tier carriers and networks, Iformata’s 450 claim patent portfolio and platform has features for every aspect of managing an enterprise’s fleet of video systems, including call setup, intelligent framing, automated monitoring, event correlation, and call tear down – even for disparate immersive telepresence systems.

The addition of the Iformata VNOC service bureau, associated services and innovative technologies to AVI-SPL’s current Unify ME offering provides a more robust total managed services solution to customers. The enhanced services brought by Iformata is a strong addition to AVI-SPL’s portfolio, which currently includes cloud-based services, remote services and onsite services with long and short term Strategic Onsite Solutions and professional services.

“With the acquisition of Iformata, we become one of the only video solutions providers who can truly provide every aspect of the video communications experience.” said Mike Brandofino, AVI-SPL executive vice president of video and unified communications. “We think it is critical to be at the point of sale when selling services and the fact that we design, build and now provide VNOC managed services across any video platform, clearly differentiates us from anyone else in the space.”

The new operations and the associated employees will join AVI-SPL’s Support Services group under the leadership of AVI-SPL’s Executive Vice President of Video and Unified Communications Mike Brandofino.

For additional information, please contact UnifyME@avispl.com.