Category AV Everywhere

See the Technologies that Are Improving Healthcare at Collaboration Expo 2012

Attend AVI-SPL’s Collaboration Expo 2012 in Chicago,  Thurs., Sept 13, for your opportunity to see the technologies that are streamlining business operations.

Companies including Cisco, Polycom, AMX and Crestron will demonstrate the latest business communication solutions that are helping industries like healthcare, energy, and finance improve their work across the enterprise while lowering operational costs. You’ll have hands-on access to interactive devices that bring remote teams together over HD video conferencing, increase patient access to care, and save on expenses by allowing doctors and nurses to work together from remote locations.

This FREE event includes 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.” Davis will discuss how today’s work environment is changing rapidly with the evolution and adoption of telepresence, unified communications, mobility, videoconferencing, and life in the cloud.

Be sure to like us on Facebook and RSVP to this event to be entered to win an AVI-SPL prize pack.

Register Today!

Register for the Sept. 13 Collaboration Expo event in Chicago, see the full list of exhibitors and find out more about the educational seminars.

This full-day conference is your opportunity to learn about the latest collaboration technologies, so you can make informed decisions on communication investments that benefit your company.

After Chicago, AVI-SPL is bringing this FREE series of events to three more cities throughout the U.S. in 2012:

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.

VNOC Symphony Awarded For Innovation

AVI-SPL’s VNOC Symphony Management Platform has been honored with a 2012 TMC Labs Innovation Award.

It is the first software platform to automate the complex, backend processes needed to schedule, monitor and manage video conferencing resources. Symphony allows users to quickly and easily schedule their own video meetings, survey available video resources, access reports and analytics, and connect with remote support directly from their desktop or smart mobile devices. Additional features include:

  • Unprecedented on-boarding, testing and certification process
  • Robust customer defined rules and policies governing such actions as meeting setup, meeting teardown, escalation processes and conflict management
  • User and administrator access via web portal, mobile applications, and groupware integration such as Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Notes

The TMC Labs Innovation Awards acknowledges products that display innovation, unique features, and significant contributions toward improving communications technology. This accolade is bestowed to companies demonstrating ground-breaking contributions to the industry.

“We’re delighted by this recognition from TMC Labs,” said Scott Allen, senior vice president of managed services architecture, AVI-SPL. “AVI-SPL’s VNOC Symphony was created to take the complexities out of managing video in the enterprise, making video meetings simple, reliable and as easy to set up as a phone call. Being distinguished for our innovation defines the leadership AVI-SPL strives to provide for the industry.”

“The TMC Labs Innovation Award represents the best and the most unique products and services that this industry has to offer. AVI-SPL has proven their commitment to quality and the further development of the IP communications industry through its VNOC Symphony,” stated Tom Keating, CTO and TMC Labs Founder.

The 2012 TMC Labs Innovation Award highlights are to be published in the July/August 2012 issue of INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine.

Learn more about VNOC Symphony

Inside the Mob Museum: Technology Helps Tell the Story

Las Vegas – The Mob Museum is dedicated to the history of organized crime and law enforcement.  This $42 million renovation of the former courthouse presents the real stories and events of Mob history through interactive and engaging exhibits that reveal all sides of the story about the role of organized crime in the U.S.

AVI-SPL was responsible for integrating 26 exhibits in the museum showcased from the moment you begin your tour.  While we won’t cover every exhibit of which AVI-SPL was a part, this will leave you with more to see on your visit! In the meantime, here is a brief teaser.

The museum chronologically starts on the third floor guiding patrons to work their way back down to the first. Once in the elevator, a cop on a mounted television reads you your rights. Welcome to the mob life.

The first set of exhibits takes you through the Mob’s history. They answer who was involved in the beginning and why. Inside a room designed to feel like the debriefing area at a police station is a Da-Lite 96”x54” manual drop down screen with a Digital Projections DVision 30 1080p XL projector presenting Mob101 — some basics of the Mob’s establishment.

Once you have the scoop on a few key mobsters that will pop up throughout your visit, the next room travels back to a saloon during Prohibition. In there is one of the most entertaining exhibits throughout the museum – the poker table. Guests gamble imaginary coins to test their knowledge on some of the time’s trivia. This interactive poker table has four of five touch screens allowing four visitors to play a trivia game about the mob.

Next, there is an interactive hallway to walk down. There, people can take a blood oath, see if the mob had ties in their hometown and learn about the early efforts of organized crime as it began branching out into areas such as gambling over what is called the “race wire,” sports fixing and drug smuggling.

On the second floor there is a waiting room with benches that are equipped with hidden Solid Drive SD-1 speakers, so visitors are surrounded by the experience of people talking and shuffling.  The year is 1950 and the Kefauver hearings are now in session. The doors automatically open every 12 minutes and funnel guests into the actual court room where the hearing was held over 60 years before. The AV work in this room is totally immersive, shedding light on the story that made Kefauver nationally famous and introduced many Americans to the concept of the Mafia for the first time ever.

This courtroom is also where the former Mayor of Las Vegas Oscar Goodman defended several clients in “Mafia” trials. During his term in office, it was Mayor Goodman who looked out of his office window which overlooked the soon to be condemned Federal Building and came up with the idea for a museum that would preserve organized crime and law enforcement history of Las Vegas.

In the courtroom there are four projectors — including two Digital Projections DVision 1080PXL, one Christie LW-650 illuminating the translucent plexiglass causing a holographic effect and one Panasonic PT-DX800 which adds the background behind the judge’s bench to complete the effect. During the presentation characters on any one screen interact with those on another as voices and sound effects are played on all sides from the 5.1-surround system consisting of K-Array products.

Once court is adjourned, the rest of the second floor leads you deeper into the mob’s illegal transactions that transformed Vegas into how we know it today.

Inside another room known as “Vegas Wide Open,” there are interactive lessons on card counting and loaded dice, and screens that ask visitor to spot the scam happening in the casino from real surveillance footage.

There is a multi-touch screen table which consists of two Multitouch MT460 touch surfaces, where guests can explore which mobsters had what ties to the Vegas hotels and to one another.

Also within this room is a widescreen — approx. 30:9 aspect ratio — showing images from two blended projectors, with three video windows processed via RGB Spectrum MediaWall 2900 and Edge Blend Units. Three synchronized videos are fed from the Alcorn McBride Binloop HD players in the AV rack on the first floor. The content shows a timeline montage set to music about how the city landscape has changed from its earliest history until today, including a couple of videos of famous hotels being imploded.

Next are the museum’s most gruesome exhibits including real photos of famous mobsters gunned down, video expose’s from real mob hit men in a small  theatre made to feel like a meat locker and even the actual barber chair in which Albert Anastasia was murdered. This exhibit, like most of the projected images throughout the museum, uses the same Digital Projections projector mentioned above.

The first floor is all about the take down of the mob and its everlasting impact on society and pop culture.  There are wire taps to listen in on, pieces of evidence to examine and plenty of video testimonials of mobsters, law enforcement officers and undercover agents

The tour finishes with a movie room that features clips from the most recognized mobster films. The custom curved lace and grommet screen by Da-Lite is filled with a projected image from a Christie DHD-800 projector. The video and audio in this theatre and throughout the museum originates and is synchronized from the Alcorn McBride system. They have memorabilia from some of the movie sets as well.

Did I mention that all of this can be controlled from one tablet computer? Lights, touchscreens and more can all function from one mobile hand held device. This is useful during tours, media events and at times when the entire museum is rented out for an event so the staff can start and stop exhibits as needed.

AVI-SPL Restructures Sales Support Team

AVI-SPL has restructured its Strategic Accounts division to create separate Enterprise and Public Sector Accounts groups. The restructuring will allow AVI-SPL to better support the engagement of large, key customer accounts.

The Enterprise Accounts team connects with clients at the strategic planning stage, identifying and qualifying new opportunities alongside AVI-SPL’s sales account managers. The team has been restructured to provide sales, engineering and program support for enterprise accounts in vertical markets from energy to technology.

The Public Sector Accounts team has been designed to specifically support the needs of our federal, healthcare, state, local and education clients. Under this new structure, AVI-SPL will be better positioned to handle the unique dynamics and challenges facing the public sector and be able to find new opportunities to grow this business segment.

“We made the changes to be more consistent with our vision and the direction of the industry.  AVI-SPL has had great success with this approach for years and with these changes we are continuing to lead the industry with our approach by uniquely addressing our clients’ needs,” said John Zettel, chief executive officer, AVI-SPL. “With our revised Enterprise and Public Sector Accounts teams, we can better link together our offerings to large enterprises and public sector clients.”

“Our Enterprise and Public Sector team allows us to uniquely focus on specific vertical markets.  We’re no longer treating every opportunity the same. For instance, Public Sector accounts, such as Federal Government, require different sales approaches, supporting mechanisms, contract vehicles, resources, certifications and clearances, than commercial accounts,” said Dale Bottcher, senior vice president of enterprise accounts, AVI-SPL.

This restructuring now more closely aligns AVI-SPL with how their partners segment and handle their business

“Panasonic has always valued the partnership with AVI-SPL and this vertical market approach will only serve to strengthen our relationship,” said Bill Brennan, senior director of Panasonic’s reseller channel. “After meeting with senior management at AVI-SPL it is apparent that together, our go-to-market strategy is completely in line. Panasonic has a team of sales professionals focused on creating demand within key vertical markets and fulfilling this demand through our channel partners. Through collaboration between Panasonic and AVI-SPL’s vertical sales groups, we will be able to provide customers with visual solutions that are designed specifically for their industry and needs. AVI-SPL also provides excellent installation, service, and support on every project and they provide Panasonic with confidence that our mutual customers will view us as a quality brand.”

AVI-SPL Welcomes New Global Service Operations Manager

AVI-SPL is pleased to announce the addition of Tom Thomas as Global Service Operations Manager to its Technology Solutions Group.

In his role, Thomas will be responsible for managing the global team of professional service engineers in designing, consulting and implementing customer video communications solutions, including video conferencing, video streaming, video on-demand, digital signage and other digital media technologies.

AVI-SPL’s Technology Solutions Group provides customers with a managed implementation approach that involves project management, planning and design engineering, on-site installation and training support. The group also offer customer enterprise assessments with remediation support.

“AVI-SPL leads the industry in providing value-added deployment support to customers to empower them with advanced AV, digital media and collaborative communication technologies,” said Al Sutcavage, technical director, Technology Solutions Group, AVI-SPL. “The addition of Thomas will allow AVI-SPL to build upon our leadership in providing complete unified communication technology and managed service solutions to customers.”

Thomas has more than 15 years of experience in information technology roles, spanning network and infrastructure design, security, product development, and project management on a global scale. In his role as Chief Information Officer at Qoncert, he planned and implemented various service based product offerings for internal and external customers including managed service training programs that enabled timely and cost effective solutions. He facilitated communication between staff, management, vendors, and other technology resources within the organization which reduced corporate IT costs by restructuring multiple sales, financial, licensing and Internet systems.