Category AV in Meeting Spaces

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.

Webinar Recording: Advances in Ceiling Microphones

You can now watch and listen to one of our best attended webinars of the year: “Advances in Ceiling Microphones,” presented by Shure.

During this event, you’ll learn about the technology changes that have made ceiling microphones a valid option for your meeting rooms. Gino Sigismondi of Shure looks at features that make the Microflex Advance a superior ceiling mic, including:

  • Steerable coverage
  • Polar response patterns
  • Automatic mixing
  • Adaptability to different room layouts

Get the recording for “Advances in Ceiling Microphones” >

Come to AVI-SPL Seattle Technology Day

Make plans to be in Seattle this September 21, 2016, because that’s where you’ll discover the latest developments in collaboration technology for businesses like yours.

We have a day of valuable information lined up for you, including:

  • Expert presentations on the Internet of Things and digital signage
  • Microsoft Surface Hub demos
  • Q&A session for your business challenges
  • Representatives from Christie, Cisco, Crestron, Milestone, NEC, Polycom, Samsung, and Sony
  • Prize drawings

If you’re an IT executive, chief technology or information officer, facility manager, or a director of operations, we think you’ll bring back a lot of great information insight to your company after attending this event.

Lunch will be provided.

Register for the Seattle Technology Day >

 

An Internet of Things That Helps Companies

This is the second of two posts in which David Thorson takes a look at standardization and the Internet of Things (IoT). David is AVI-SPL’s senior manager for programming architecture. Read part one here.

With the AV/IT “convergence” well behind the industry at this point, we are on to the next buzzword: “IoT,” otherwise known as the Internet of Things. So where does programming fit into IoT? Some manufacturers are positioning themselves as an IoT provider. Using human interaction, technology and hardware, and data, they provide an entire ecosystem focused on productivity, collaboration, and automation. Others are using sensors and data to drive interactive media into retail signage and extending other types of embedded systems such as smart buildings, security systems and other sub systems.

Just because we call something IoT does not make it so. Limiting the discussion to the traditional approach of the AV industry will only allow it to be part of a bigger IoT solution or remain isolated from the rest of connected systems. For example, if we consider scheduling a meeting and walking into a conference room to share a presentation from a mobile device, we are not seeing the larger picture of an internet of things.

A few manufacturers provide a complete IoT practice to support a customer end to end. Meaning the solution reaches outside the owners’ systems and into their customers’ environment. HARMAN Connected (IoT) Services and Cisco IoT Solutions are two examples of this extension. A full-on IoT solution will connect many different workflows, processes, and data sources. A rich IoT solution may capture data from sensors, people or systems to connect a business’s customers closer to companies providing a product or solution.

Think of it this way: Does the IoT solution save the customer money or make the owner money? The solution that is forward facing for our customers — making money — will have the biggest growth potential and provide for much more dynamic and custom solutions.

Implementing connected systems, sensors, applications, data, and people requires a company culture that is willing to experiment and commit to a mindset. A system expansive enough to be a true IoT solution is a custom IT solution and not a standard out-of-the-box device or software platform.

Here is how the Internet Society defines the different types of IoT communication:

  1. Device-To-Device Communications. This is what the AV industry’s has been doing for decades. Embedded systems is all about monitoring device communications and machine state to provide a level of automation.
  2. Device-To-Cloud Communications. This is relatively new for the AV industry and we’re seeing more and more manufacturers provide this type of solution. Integrators are also providing cloud services and monitoring. See AVI-SPL’s Symphony Platform, including our video from InfoComm.
  3. Device-to-Gateway Model. This is an area where we will see more interoperability between hardware sensors and devices.
  4. Back-End Data-Sharing Model. One of the top achievements of the IoT will be the knowledge that comes from sharing data to improve the delivery of technology.

Try to keep an eye on trends outside the AV world for where technology is headed. Keeping up with coming trends will ensure the industry remains relevant as hardware becomes more agnostic to solutions, and software applications and services become more advanced.

For an in-depth review of the IoT check out:
· 2015 – The Internet of Things (IoT): An Overview
· 2014 – EUROPEAN RESEARCH CLUSTER ON The Internet of Things