Category AV in Meeting Spaces

What to Look for at InfoComm 2015

InfoComm show logoInfoComm 2015 is upon us — the exhibition runs from June 17-19 — and this year’s show brings the annual anticipation over what new trends we can expect to hear about and the new products for organizations.

Joseph Laezza, AVI-SPL SVP UCC and Service Solutions, offers his insight as to what this year’s show may reveal.

At InfoComm this year, I would expect to see and hear a lot about the following trends:

1. Workplace transformation – This is one of the hottest topics in the audio-visual and collaboration space industry as it relates to technologies, solutions, and integration. With dispersed workforces becoming mainstream, the millennial generation entering the workplace, and mobile technologies dominating the workplace demand, most businesses of all sizes are endeavoring upon the transformation of their workplace and collaboration solutions. There is a significant amount of technology refresh, and AV and collaboration evaluation among the business communities underway as a result.

2. Collaboration solutions for the new workplace – As with the trends and movement toward the next level of mobile workforce and workplace transformation, the technologies and solutions are rapidly changing. Software-based solutions and cloud deployments will dominate the trends here.

3. 4K UHD curved commercial displays and monitors – The new generation of Ultra HD displays are making their way into the commercial space and will take advantage of the trends in workplace transformation.

Companies to keep an eye on:

1. Microsoft – This year at InfoComm, Microsoft Skype for Business, and other collaboration solutions and technologies will be on heavy display. They will not only be demonstrating the “new Lync” now branded “Skype for business” heavily, but they will also be unveiling their new surface technologies for the collaboration space called “Surface Hub,” a large, 4k, all-in-one display.

2. Cisco and Polycom – Expect to see a common theme supporting the workplace transformation trends and technologies and solutions that are more interoperable and mobile than they’ve been in the past.

3. Acano and PexIP – Their new software-based infrastructure technologies are powering the collaboration solutions in the new generation of workplace.

4. Sony and Samsung – They will likely place HUGE ultra HD displays in the front of their showcases as usual, but this year I would expect to start seeing the consumer-like technologies such as the curved UHD display in their commercial-grade forms.

 

If you will be at this year’s InfoComm, be sure to attend the Wed., June 17 session “UC as a Service: Has the Cloud Changed Our Sweet Spot?” Joseph Laezza will be among the experts discussing the pros and cons of Collaboration as a Service options. Read the synopsis and register here.

We’re Excited About the Microsoft Surface Hub. Here’s Why.

 

Microsoft Surface HubThe Microsoft Surface Hub took its opening bow this week, and if the buzz across the web is any indication, the software giant has released one of the most anticipated business products of 2015.

Systems integrator AVI-SPL — that’s us — is pumped about the unveiling for a few reasons.

We’re the largest AV launch partner for the Microsoft Surface Hub (and one of very few AV channel partners for North America and the UK.)

AVI-SPL will be the ONLY AV channel partner with a co-presence in the Microsoft booth (1079) at InfoComm 2015. That’s where we’ll be holding training sessions so that visitors can understand how to use the Surface Hub and everything it can do.

We’re confident it will help our customers improve the way they work across teams and collaborate. That’s because the Microsoft Surface Hub takes features like interactive whiteboard, remote team collaboration, and Skype for Business capabilities, and combines them into one digital display.

  • Made for any collaboration space
  • Multi-touch with 120 Hz display refresh
  • Multiple content streams
  • Save session content
  • Share whiteboard and projection with remote collaborators
  • Built-in wide angle, high-resolution cameras
  • Speakers and mic array
  • Windows 10
  • Microsoft Office
  • Wide-ranging app support
  • Skype for Business
  • OneNote software

To order the Microsoft Surface Hub, which is scheduled to start shipping in September, please work with AVI-SPL and contact us at surfacepro@avispl.com

Tips for Doing Digital Signage the Right Way

I’m the kind of person who will research and research (and maybe, time permitting, research some more) before investing in something about which I know very little. That’s why our latest AVI-SPL tech paper on digital signage appeals to me (and my inner researcher) so much.

Without going too deep into technical details, this paper covers the basics of what it takes to make sure a digital sign is the engagement tool it’s meant to be. Rich Daugherty, AVI-SPL’s Digital Media Solutions Engineer, gives you advice on how to grab attention, keep it, and manage the content on digital displays.

Rich knows whereof he speaks: he has almost 20 years of experience with designing and creating digital content for companies of all types and sizes.

Download Rich’s tips and advice for “Content and Design Strategies for Digital Signage.”

 

 

 

 

See InfoComm 2015 With AVI-SPL

Next week, tens of thousands of people will descend upon the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando for InfoComm 2015. While there, they’ll see the latest audiovisual and video communication systems meant to improve the way organizations of all types run their operations.

The company I work for, AVI-SPL, will be there too, demonstrating and explaining our ability to take those products and turn them into solutions for unified communications, digital signage, integrated AV, advanced visualization, control room spaces and video collaboration.

To help guide visitors seeking to learn about AVI-SPL and why we are the integrator and end-to-end solutions provider trusted by thousands of companies, we’ve created our own InfoComm show page. At this page, we have the schedule of speaking engagements featuring our experts; the schedule of our guided technology tour of booths for Microsoft, Crestron and more; and a form for getting in touch with us.

We look forward to seeing you at the show.

The New Era in AV Control

Working with our experts affords me the opportunity to appreciate how talented they are, and how dedicated they are to their profession. In this case, I’m thinking of David Thorson, AVI-SPL’s senior manager of programming architecture.

David has spoken before about what companies should expect from an AV system and how they can protect their investment. In the paper “Simpler, Automated, IT-Friendly: The New Era in AV Control,” he explores advances in AV programming and what AVI-SPL is doing to make sure users of all experience levels can easily make use of a room’s AV and video.

Find out where AV programming is today and what that means for businesses that rely on audiovisual systems.

Download David’s look at the new era in AV system control.