Category AV in Meeting Spaces

The AVI-SPL Booth at InfoComm 2017

InfoComm 2017 is less than a week away, and that means we are gearing up to present at the pro AV industry’s most high-profile and popular event in North America. At booth 1660, the AVI-SPL team will be sharing the message that our global capabilities and reach make us the right partner for companies — particularly those with multiple locations — looking to improve their collaboration and communication experience. Here’s what you can expect to see and hear about:

  • The new AVI-SPL office in Frankfurt, Germany
  • Our U.K. team discussing its new Global Help Desk
  • Our presence in the UAE and successful projects throughout the Middle East
  • A control room simulation — we’ll have a video wall with an operation station that shows how collaboration impacts lives inside and outside the control room
  • Highlight reel of projects — view a compilation of our most recent case study videos
  • Collaboration Spaces web app — see our interactive, visual room configurator
  • VideoLink products and services that deliver live broadcast capabilities
  • Digital signage of the AVI-SPL schedule at InfoComm — at a glance, you’ll know when we’re giving our guided tours, and when one of our experts will be speaking at or hosting seminars
  • We also have a few surprises in store that we’ll be announcing at the show

If you haven’t already signed up for our Guided Technology Tours at InfoComm, please do so. Each tour is a great way to visit high-profile manufacturers and see their solutions for applications like huddle spaces, advanced visualization & simulation, sounds systems, digital signage, control rooms, display technology, and classrooms.

See you at InfoComm.

 

 

Frost & Sullivan Webinar: Keys to ROI From Your Video Communications

On Thursday, May 18 at 11 am EST, attend this Frost & Sullivan eBroadcast to hear about trends in video usage in the enterprise, and learn tips to make the most of your video strategy investment.

The use of video as the de facto mode of communications in the enterprise is exploding. From executive broadcasts, to training, brand engagement or crisis communications, online and streaming video is reshaping the way companies engage employees, customers, and media.

You will be among the first to hear about trends in video usage in the enterprise as well as tips to make the most of your video strategy investment. Learn how your peers in top services firms and manufacturing companies are using video to enhance their audience engagement and improve their results.

Join us for this complimentary webinar, as we discuss:

  • Compressing business cycles for faster ROI
  • Optimizing workflows by leveraging internal resources
  • Creating a strategy for consistent content delivery

Dale Bottcher, SVP of Sales & Operations for AVI-SPL will be on hand, along with Rich Silton of VideoLink, to share their knowledge.

Register for “3 Keys to ROI From Your Video Communications Strategy.”

AVI-SPL Webinar: Learn About AVB From Cisco and Biamp

On Wednesday, May 17, join us for a look at audio-video bridging from two of the industry experts in AVB. In this webinar, Cisco and Biamp look at the digital transformation that has converged AV onto the IT network. Reps from each company will discuss their abilities to help organizations of all types experience better meetings through AV/IT solutions on the network. Ginger Liu of Cisco and Chris Chandler of Biamp will help attendees learn how AVB affects Quality of Experience, scalability, and leads to lower TCO. Topics to be covered include:

  • Digitization in commercial spaces
  • Disruption in enterprise AV
  • Technology comparison and use
  • Platforms and roadmap
  • How AVB differs from DANTE and CobraNet

Register for this webinar. >

 

Case Study: Zurich Insurance Group

Zurich Insurance Group’s new North America headquarters in Schaumburg, Ill., is intended to be a place where people want to work. AVI-SPL’s role in fulfilling that vision was to implement solutions that would give employees the collaborative technology that help them work — and work together — effectively. That would include meeting spaces equipped for video conferencing, audio conferencing, and presentations. It would also mean technicians and engineers applying their design and programming skills to deliver Zurich’s must-haves:

  • Technology that is simple, reliable, and intuitive
  • A consistent experience from room to room
  • Meetings that start on time

In the following link, hear from Zurich’s leaders about working with AVI-SPL and how we helped realize their vision using solutions from technology partners like Polycom, Crestron, Haivision, Shure, NEC, and Da-Lite.

Read the case study and watch the accompanying video. >

 

Looking Back at Crestron Masters 2017

This post on the 2017 Crestron Masters event (U.S.) is written by Tim Johnson, programmer for AVI-SPL. Tim attended last week’s event, the annual gathering of elite Crestron programmers for training classes and networking events.

The Crestron Roadmap discussed at the event focused on building a standards-based implementation of AV systems and programming in order to enable broader adoption of AV technology. That technology would be applied across a wider range of locations, with differing levels of sophistication depending on the needs of the end-user.  Some products and product features that are most prominent in this push toward standards-based AV are security, cloud functionality, and AirMedia, with Fusion being used for monitoring.

The keynote by Crestron President & CEO Randy Klein urged programmers to help create this ecosystem of standards by seeing themselves as technologists rather than just programmers. To Klein, Crestron Master Programmers typically have a much broader skill set than their job descriptions may indicate, and the roles that Crestron Master Programmers play within their organizations are much more diverse than just writing code.  Klein urged the use of Master Programmers’ broad skill sets to guide the industry to standards-based solutions similar to how Cisco has led the networking industry to standards based on Cisco best practices and products.

Crestron Chief Technology Officer Fred Bargetzi went through the lengthy list of new product lines and noted that Crestron’s focus is going to be on security that enables them to be placed in nearly any high security environment without having to rely solely on the IT departments of the customer.  This will be a benefit to the dealers since IT departments typically see AV equipment as a burden rather than a part of their responsibilities.  Bargetzi said that new products will all have native 802.1x authentication.  In addition, AirMedia and PinPoint functionality will be embedded in a wide range of products after a redesign of the AirMedia platform to implement authentication.

When asked about possible privacy issues, Bargetzi explained that a PinPoint beacon is simply an ID from a Bluetooth beacon that is received by an app that does not have to be used unless desired.  If the app is used, then the data is sent to Crestron Fusion, where it is associated to an actual location so the data from the PinPoint beacon is not valuable on its own, thus preserving the privacy of the app user.

In describing Crestron’s newest version of DigitalMedia 4K distribution, Bargetzi touted the continued ability to use a single CAT5 cable to send 4K signals.  This will allow dealers to retain the ability to work with existing infrastructure and will also keep cabling costs lower for DM implementation when distributing 4K signals.

On the issues of “frontline” support personnel inferior knowledge levels relative to Master Programmers, and Crestron Studio’s soft release strategy, which was seen as an incomplete product, Bargetzi acknowledged the validity some of the criticisms made on these two subjects.

When asked about the absence of any mention of Simpl or VTPro, Bargetzi said that Crestron is not going to stop using Simpl, but the continued development of Crestron Studio may someday warrant a change when Studio is ready.  I suggested that if Crestron Studio had all the same functionality as Simpl and VTPro, then moving to Studio would not be considered an issue.

Other items on the Crestron Roadmap

  • Transition from Windows CE to Linux
  • Transition from Smart Graphics to HTML 5
  • Power conditioners that will allow remote reboots
  • The use of AI (Alexa) with control systems
  • An HTML 5 version of the Crestron App that will be freely available
  • AirMedia embedded in most DM products in the future
  • Pinpoint beacons embedded in most products in the future
  • Full USB implementation with the DM-NVX products
  • Making commercial versions of Pyng and My Crestron products
  • Implementing Dynamic Drivers for equipment
  • Self-contained Unified Communications + AV + Management in Mercury conferencing products
  • Next Generation Touchpanel scheduling with scheduling natively built-in and the ability to connect directly to Exchange without Fusion implementation