Category AV in Government

Webinar Recording: Purchasing AV Equipment for State of Florida Buyers

During this webinar, Jay Bosch, AVI-SPL Director of Business Development, and Frank Meyran, Program Manager for The Interlocal Purchasing System, discussed and answered question around the discontinuation of the Florida State Contract for Audio Visual Equipment and Accessories.

Jay leads this look at alternate purchasing vehicles for state of Florida purchasers. Among the options he covers:

  • Two ways to purchase through the GSA contract
  • Manufacturers on the GSA contract
  • PEPPM Florida contract (to purchase SMART Technologies)

Frank covers:

  • Benefits of working with TIPS
  • Interlocal Purchasing System
  • Searching for vendors on the TIPS website
  • Where to find the AVI-SPL contract landing page (and how to select audio products)
  • The value of the “due diligence” tab on the contract page

Download “Purchasing AV Equipment and Services — State of Florida Buyers” >

Learn the Value of Connected Cities

Learn how solutions implemented by AVI-SPL can help different counties and cities collaborate with one another, and why that collaboration is important. This video focuses on the value of breaking down silos between departments and communities:

  • Giving citizens easy access to their cities’ resources
  • Increasing access to professional development and training

It also looks at the steps AVI-SPL takes to ensure a public sector project is successful, steps that include using the latest and best technologies from its partners like Crestron, Polycom, and Cisco. Watch the video, then contact us at sales@avispl.com or 866-559-8197 to discuss your ambitions.

Hurricane Harvey and the Importance of a Coordinated Response

In light of the continuing and record-breaking deluge brought by Hurricane Harvey — as of this writing it lingers along Gulf Coast and continues to flood wide areas of Texas and Louisiana — I asked Brad Herrick, vice president of the Control Room Group for AVI-SPL, for his thoughts about the importance of command centers as hubs for coordinating emergency operations in order to rescue those stranded or threatened by catastrophic storms.

“We know at least one Texas agency whose emergency operations center we designed, integrated, and continue to service that went active over the weekend,” said Brad. “And one major federal government EOC that we designed, integrated, and service went active as well, all in response to Harvey.”

The images we’ve seen from Texas show the immense damage that Harvey has caused and continues to cause, and how important emergency responders are at a time when resources struggle to cope with the enormity of this disaster. Response teams from across the nation — the Texas National Guard, the Coast Guard, FEMA, local police, and a host of other organizations have converged to rescue those trapped by the storm.

That urgency is perhaps enhanced by the forecast that Harvey will track back over southeast Texas on Wednesday. Before it dissipates, weather forecasters expect it will end up soaking the area with more rain than Hurricanes Katrina, Sandy, and Andrew combined. By Thursday, the Houston metro area will have likely received more than 50 inches of rain.

“Tragedies like Harvey call upon those heroes who serve in emergency operations to save lives and then help rebuild communities,” said Brad.  “It is an honor to serve these customers and support their mission in this capacity.”

Brad also recommended a LinkedIn post about the storm,  where Jon Litt of Christie Digital noted, “We have been in contact with our customers in the greater Houston area, including regional emergency management, law enforcement, traffic management, government regional communications, utilities, medical, and more, and the reports we are getting back are that the Christie Control Room solutions are working beautifully and helping a great deal.”

AVI-SPL’s Control Room Group integrates modern, advanced solutions like those from Christie so that agencies can receive the live feeds and data they need to understand disaster situations and coordinate response teams. Is your region’s emergency response team prepared for a crisis like that posed by Hurricane Harvey? Contact the Control Room Group at 888-619-9083 to speak to one of our experts about your challenges.

Sign Up for Microsoft Surface Hub Training

Sign up for remote or onsite training, and give your staff the confidence they need to use the many collaboration features of the Microsoft Surface Hub. Take a look at our training flyer to see which type of session is right for you and your group.

Contact us at sales@avispl.com to schedule your training event.

The Surface Hub comes in 84-in. and 55-in. displays sizes, each including features like:

  • Windows 10 operating system
  • Motion-tracking technology
  • Skype for Business

Visit AVI-SPL’s Surface Hub page for more details.

View the AVI-SPL Concept Catalog 2016

AVI-SPL’s Concept Catalog for 2016 showcases a handful of companies and organizations that have recently benefited from AV and collaboration tools that we’ve integrated  The digital version is up on our site, and it includes AVI-SPL’s award-winning work for two of these projects.

You can also request a print version. >

Have a project similar to what you’ve seen in the catalog? Let us know. You may also contact us at sales@avispl.com or 866-559-8197.