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AVI-SPL Draws up Superhero Sights at the WIRED Café at Comic-Con

Jessica "Wonder Woman" Comic-Con
Jessica as Wonder Woman

San Diego – I’m reporting live from the WIRED Café at Comic-Con Internationalthis week, July 12-14! AVI-SPL is a sponsor of this year’s WIRED Café and I’m excited to show off some cool technology to the comic industry leaders, media and celebrities who will be stopping by the three-day event.

In partnership with Sharp, our activation features a 70-inch AQUOS BOARD™ interactive display. Illustrator Court Jones will be using the board as his canvas to sketch superhero caricatures for guests at the event. I’ll be posting the drawings on both the WIRED Insider and AVI-SPL Facebook pages, and will be sharing photos and videos, too. So, go ahead and give us a “like” to get in on the fun!

Here’s a video of our activation from a fan:

The WIRED Café is a daytime oasis on the terrace of the Omni Hotel in San Diego featuring cocktails and snacks, WiFi and gadgets, press and VIP lounge and interactive demos. The event is accessible by invitation only and is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 12-14.

AVI-SPL Expands Canadian Presence with Calgary and Vancouver Operations

AVI-SPL has expanded its Canadian presence with the launch of operations in Calgary, Alberta and Vancouver, British Columbia.

AVI-SPL has added a technical staff of video engineers and project managers through the acquisition of AV design firm Engineered AV with offices in Calgary and Vancouver.

“As AVI-SPL’s business in Canada continues to grow within the energy market, we’ve taken the next step by establishing a physical presence through the acquisition of Engineered AV,” said John Zettel, chief executive officer, AVI-SPL. “We are excited to add an experienced and talented group of individuals who will allow us to grow the number of clients we serve in the Calgary and Vancouver markets.”

The establishment of offices in Canada expands our global footprint, now with operations throughout North America, in addition to Mexico and Dubai. We are also a joint founder of the AV Global Alliance, a partnership of leading video conferencing and audio visual system integrators, who design, install and maintain complex audio visual and video conferencing solutions and offer mutual support to their multinational clients.

AVI-SPL’s new Canadian offices are located at:

Calgary:
Suite 300, 400-5th Ave. S.W. Calgary, AB, T2P 0L6.
Phone: (403) 457-1994

Vancouver:
Suite 1000, 355 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC, V6C 2G8
Phone: (604) 638 – 4961

Creative Show Services Hosts “After 5:00” Event

Tampa – Get up close with the latest interactive technology at the next “After 5:00” event at AVI-SPL’s Creative Show Services office Aug. 1, 2012 from 5 -9 p.m.

This “After 5:00” event will allow professionals from all over the Tampa Bay area a chance to meet up and network while viewing the latest interactive technology, including:

  • Mobile Apps for Events
  • Video Teleconferencing Station
  • LED Wall Technology
  • 3D Mapping
  • Video Design Trends
  • Much, much more – web streaming, lighting environments, digital signage and the most knowledgeable experts in the industry!

 Watch: See highlights from last year’s event!

AVI-SPL has partnered with Meeting Professionals International Tampa Bay and American Marketing Association of Tampa Bay to host this event. To register, click here.

AVI-SPL’s Creative Show Services Offices location:

6206 Benjamin Road

Suite 310

Tampa, Fl 33634

Creative Show Services Lights Up the 4th at BYU

Provo, Utah – Our Creative Show Services team has partnered with Brigham Young University to provide lighting and video content for the July 4th Stadium of Fire concert featuring the legendary Beach Boys and country music singer Scotty McCreery.

AVI-SPL "Creative Show Services" "Stadium of Fire"Watch the live feed of the stage assembly now!

The Beach Boys are celebrating their 50th anniversary tour at Stadium of Fire at Brigham Young University. This year marks the first time in more than two decades that Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks will tour together. The Boys came to Stadium of Fire 20 years ago, wowing the audience with their electric performance, making it one of the most popular shows in Stadium of Fire history.

The 4th of July celebration will also feature Scotty McCreery, the Stadium of Fire Dancers and the biggest stadium fireworks show in America.

The Stadium of Fire event, now in its 32nd year, has grown to become one of the United States’ premier patriotic celebrations, attracting an average attendance of 50,000 people and broadcast live to over one million military men and women in more than 100 countries via the American Forces Network.

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

We’re proud to support this event and our troops! Happy Independence Day!

Intern Takes On InfoComm

It’s been a little over a week back in the office post-InfoComm.  It’s not back to work, because we did plenty of that out in Vegas. It’s just back to the day-to-day. No parties at some hotel on the strip tonight. No cool exhibits to check out some company’s latest products and solutions. Though the office may not have changed while we were gone for InfoComm, I see this internship with new eyes.

If I learned one thing while at the show — it requires a special breed of AV rock stars to take on an event like InfoComm.

The show itself was huge. Huge is probably the understatement of the year. Prior to the show, people threw around the word “booth” very loosely. In my mind InfoComm would be a few hundred tents set up, a few signs, screens and select devices. Boy, was I wrong.

These booths were the size of houses and powered more electronics than they use in some small towns. Setting these up required heavy machinery and a lot of manpower. Some had second stories or enclosed areas to host private meetings.  Many offered food, drinks and comfortable seating. Of course all presented the latest and greatest solutions to just about any AV challenge you could imagine.

We saw 3D projectors, seamless video walls and interactive screens that any organization, no matter what the industry, could benefit from. The future was at InfoComm and at times, it was so overwhelming that I found myself at a loss for words, only able to describe each exhibit with the most eloquent of adjectives — cool.

Sure, you’re just walking and standing, but the convention center covered more than 487,000 square feet of exhibits and special events space. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. the show room floor was bustling with activity. Any moment spent eating or sitting was considered a waste of precious networking opportunity.

Everyone found reason to celebrate. Whether your company was winning an award or you were supporting a good cause, such as NSCA’s Education Foundation, there was an incredible balance of work and play. In the end, it was all centered around good ol’ fashion networking.

From competitors to coworkers, the show floor was full with over 34,000 people. Upon departure, I looked like a blackjack dealer with all my cards — business cards, that is. I spent my days visiting our partners’ booths and covering their InfoComm stories via our social media outlets. I spent my nights getting to know fellow “AVI-SPL”ers from 30 different offices outside our Tampa headquarters. We were out in full force and people made note of it. They were shocked to hear we were over 100 employees strong at the show.

It was neat putting faces to the names I write press releases about and it was great getting to see our company’s values upheld from office to office. Each office represented our core values with a little twist. There was the Detroit version, the New York version, the Dallas version and even our distant neighbors with the Orlando version. I got to know each a little better, formed connections a little deeper and was really proud to be a part of such a prestigious team.

Now that you’ve had some time to let InfoComm12 sink in, let us know your thoughts. What were your impressions of the week? Were you an esteemed veteran or a rookie intern like myself? Did you have a favorite booth? Did any surprise you? Let’s hear it!