Category AV Everywhere

AVI-SPL Expands Unify ME™ Video Managed Services with Blue Jeans Network

 AVI-SPL is excited to announce today that we’ve expanded our bridging as a service model to include self-serve interoperable video conferencing services from Blue Jeans Network. This partnership augments our Unify ME Managed Services strategy with an easy to use “meet me” option for customers looking to connect meeting rooms, desktops and mobile devices running a wide range of popular business and consumer video conferencing endpoints.

Blue Jeans Network is a video conferencing service hosted in the cloud that provides interoperability with a variety of video solutions. Modeled after traditional audio conferencing services, it is designed to be easy, open, and affordable. Blue Jeans is the leader in providing video services that can bring together business video conferencing solutions like Cisco®, Polycom®, LifeSize®, and Microsoft® Lync™, with consumer solutions like Skype™ and Google®, all in a single video call.

To learn more about this partnership and how to receive a free 14 day trial, access the full press release.

AVI-SPL Collaboration Expo Arrives in Dallas

Join us in Dallas tomorrow, April 18, for AVI-SPL’s Collaboration Expo 2012, where over 25 manufacturers of business solutions like AMX, Biamp, Canon, Hitachi and NEC will be on hand to demonstrate the latest in control systems, audio and high-definition display technology. You can also attend educational seminars about collaboration, video conferencing and Unified Communications, with an opportunity to earn Continuing Education Credits.

Not only is this event free — including entry and lunch — you’ll also have the chance to win an iPad2.

Andrew W. Davis, cofounder of Wainhouse Research, will deliver an insightful keynote speech at the Expo, “Beyond ROI: Find Real Value in Collaboration.” Davis will discuss the technical and social implications of the voice-video-data convergence on the way businesses communicate and collaborate. Read our interview with Davis to get his thoughts on the value of the Collaboration Expo.

Register Today!

To register for the April 18 Collaboration Expo event in Dallas, visit the Collaboration Expo 2012 website, where you’ll also find the list of event dates, locations and exhibitors, and learn more about the educational seminars.

Collaboration Expo 2012 BannerIn addition to Dallas, this FREE series of events will be held in the following cities throughout 2012:

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

If you have any questions about any of these upcoming events, visit our Collaboration Expo 2012 FAQ page, email events@avispl.com or call 877-440-6205.

Register for AVI-SPL Collaboration Expo 2012 in Washington, D.C.

Discover the latest business and education communication solutions this May 9 at AVI-SPL’s Collaboration Expo 2012 in Washington, D.C. Attendees of this FREE event can see firsthand the communications solutions that organizations need in order to compete in a global economy, now and in the future. Leading manufacturers of video conferencing, Unified Communications and digital media solutions will be on hand to demonstrate their products. They’ll also provide educational seminars about the technologies that are helping businesses operate efficiently, save money and drive growth, along with an opportunity to earn continuing education credits.

Plus, it’s all free – entry, lunch, and a chance to win an iPad2.

Andrew W. Davis, cofounder of Wainhouse Research, will deliver an engaging keynote speech at the Expo, “Beyond ROI: Find Real Value in Collaboration.” During our event, Davis will discuss the technical and social implications of the voice-video-data convergence on the way businesses communicate and collaborate. An industry visionary, Davis offers an in-depth look into how IT professionals, line managers and senior executives can find an effective return on their investment.

Register Today!

Register for the May 9 Collaboration Expo event in Washington, D.C., and see the list of exhibitors and find out more about the educational seminars.

Each full-day conference is your opportunity to learn about the latest collaboration technologies, helping you make informed decisions on communication investments for your company.

Collaboration Expo 2012 BannerFollowing this stop in D.C., this FREE series of events will land in four more cities throughout the U.S.:

  • Chicago, IL – September 13
  • New York City, NY – September 25
  • Tampa, FL – October 18
  • Anaheim, CA – October 30

If you have any questions about any of our upcoming events, visit our Collaboration Expo 2012 FAQ page, email events@avispl.com or call 877-440-6205.

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.