Category AV in Meeting Spaces

Tips for Improving Workplace Collaboration

The business term “unified communications” describes its goal: to bring together communication technologies like voice, video and chat in order to streamline the way organizations operate, and to save costs.

In this Q&A, AVI-SPL’s Lou Chiorazzi, VP UC&C Solutions Engineering, explains what companies can do to make sure they get the unified communications system that is right for them. He also discusses:

  • Questions companies should ask of their integrator
  • How to coordinate and implement a solution
  • The key to a successful implementation
  • Sustainability consideration

Download the Q&A: “Communicating and Collaborating in the Workplace” >

Helping Seattle’s Traffic Operators See the Big Picture

As Seattle has continued to grow with the influx of new tech companies, while limited by the lack of space for new roads, the Seattle Department of Transportation has had to transform as well. The SDOT has improved its ability to monitor traffic  from its rebuilt Transportation Operations Center.

To keep track of city traffic, the SDOT monitors the roads via a video display wall consisting of Mitsubishi high-def projection cubes. Those cubes will provide 9-to-11 years of use, even when run 24/7.

Find out how the operators use the wall to keep Seattle’s traffic flowing, and find out why the SDOT called AVI-SPL “a great integrator.”

Read the story in the April 2015 issue of Thinking Highways.





Webinar, May 28: “Sound Matters,” by Biamp

This Thurs., May 28 at 1 p.m. EST, join us for “Sound Matters” a webinar that explores the importance of sound as it relates to performance in communication environments (meeting rooms, conferencing spaces, classrooms, training rooms, etc.). Biamp’s Mike Bucklin will review what sound is, the differences between hearing and listening, how sound affects us; and how acoustics, noise, and microphone placement are interrelated with regard to intelligibility. He’ll also provide an update on Biamp’s training offerings, including their new VoIP certification training.

Register for “Sound Matters” >

About the presenter

Mike Bucklin manages Biamp Systems’ operations in Southern California and Southern Nevada. Prior to joining Biamp, Mike spent 13 years in Consulting and Integration bringing with him a wealth of direct experience in the integration and design of audiovisual systems.

Webinar Recording: AVI-SPL’s Virtual Meeting Room

During this webinar, you’ll learn about the benefits of AVI-SPL’s Virtual Meeting Room services, including the ability for users to connect anytime, anywhere, and over any device with one another. You’ll also gain insight into the workplace changes that are making VMR services attractive to companies. This webinar also will look at the Polycom version of AVI-SPL’s VMR offerings.

Review the recording: “Anytime, Anywhere, Any Device: the Virtual Meeting Room.”

Overcoming Internal Challenges to Video Use in Healthcare Organizations

The use of video in the healthcare industry has proven to be enormously beneficial in the areas of improved patient care, shorter hospital stays, reduced costs, and enhanced staff communication, collaboration, and efficiency. Although an increasing number of organizations now recognize these benefits, overall adoption of video in healthcare has been slow.

Here are three major obstacles to expansion of video in the healthcare world and what can be done to overcome them.

HIPAA Issues

A key concern for healthcare organizations when considering implementing video is the gray area surrounding HIPAA laws. When it comes to video conferencing and patient data, some institutions have been reluctant to adopt because they are worried about data security. Some early technologies lacked the data encryption required by HIPAA when transmitting patient data via video.

This is less of an issue now because of advances in data transmission security. Most networks transmitting video today have some level of encryption that ensures the privacy of patient information.

Equipment Expense

Video equipment can represent a significant capital expense and that might be difficult to work into the ever-shrinking budgets of most healthcare organizations. It’s been hard to quantify a tangible return on investment to justify the purchase.

This is changing, however, as organizations begin to see real savings through the use of video for telemedicine. This technology allows institutions to open up a video conferencing channel that allows physicians to virtually meet with patients and use tools to transfer data and conduct complete examinations. This enables the organization to charge for the “visit,” which increases the revenue stream to help pay for the equipment and provides a compelling ROI justification.

IT Bandwidth and Support

Video adds another layer of complexity to the technology landscape, and IT groups haven’t been eager to manage the additional requirement. In many instances, the healthcare facilities are getting pushback from their own IT departments.

This is another objection that is fading as cost and availability of bandwidth declines. Another way to overcome this barrier is by including the IT operations staff early in the conversations surrounding the implementation of video technology. This will help them better understand the technology and allow them to offer input on how best to manage it. If the in-house staff doesn’t have the resources to absorb the additional workload, engaging a third-party, managed services partner can be a viable, cost-effective solution.

Although barriers to widespread adoption of video in the healthcare industry still exist, the benefits of improved care and reduced costs are becoming too extensive to ignore. As the technology continues to evolve and organizations become more adept at using it, video will continue to become an integral component of the healthcare landscape.

Get help with these challenges by contacting the video collaboration experts at AVI-SPL,