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InFocus Installation Projectors Overview

There are three great reasons that people who use projectors in classrooms, conference rooms, and other large image applications will love the new InFocus IN5300 and IN5500. They are; good looks, nice features, and super functionality.

The latest installation projectors from InFocus are the IN5300 and 5500 series projectors. That includes six projectors (IN5302, IN5304, IN5502, IN5504, IN5532, IN5534). The IN5300 level projectors have most of the same features, but do not include optional lensing (which is perfectly OK for about 80% of installations). There are a few other differences too, like brightness and resolution. But let’s talk about a few of the cool new features available on the latest and greatest InFocus installation products. By the way, if you want to skip the text, we are also posting a short video going over this too. Just look at the video above.

New Features on New InFocus Installation Projectors

The product designers at InFocus took the advice of users and resellers to address a few ‘missing’ features from the projectors they have used in the past. Those missing features included a few of the ‘problems’ listed below.

Problems with Older Installation Projectors :

  • XGA and lower 4×3 resolutions display in low resolution.
  • Projectors look industrial, cables looked messy.
  • Video conferencing collaborative content and white boards require multiple displays. Even projectors with split screen typically could not run dual video.

IN5300 and IN5500 Projector Solutions :

  • New WXGA and UXGA options available
  • Special cable management secret compartment, and multiple color options for casing (including a paintable primer for custom
  • color)

  • Enhanced Split Screen allows for multiple video – great for videoconferencing

New InFocus High Performance Features

InFocus seems to have adequately addressed most of those concerns with their new line. Their new line has also held tight to popular features while adding some other bits of cool, like a blue lit ring around the lens to indicate if the projector is powering off or on – a commonly confusing time for those who get confused about whether the projectors has begun to start-up or shut-down. As mentioned above, the new Enhanced Split Screen capabilities are a great new feature, as well as a Dynamic Messaging system that allows administrators to ‘broadcast’ messages to any projector on the network for important announcements. Here is a quick overview of the features available in the new InFocus lineup :

  • Enhanced Split Screen playback – perfect for video conferencing
  • Widescreen HD resolutions offered
  • Horizontal and vertical lens shift (manual in 5300s and motorized in 5500s)
  • Single or Dual lamps (5500 series)
  • Multiple lensing options (5500 series)
  • Customizable screen “help” page
  • Changeable ‘skins’ for projector casing (including wood grain, black, white, and or primer paintable)
  • Illuminated blue “glow ring” to indicate when projector is cooling down and starting up
  • Embedded networking included (compatible with Crestron or AMX panels)
  • Dynamic Messaging System allows for ‘broadcasting messages” to any InFocus projector on the network

So there you have our overview. Now feel free to watch InFocus’ Benjamin Joy talking about the new projectors live and in person – on video.

New InFocus 5300 and 5500 Installation Series Projectors from Dorotheen Ashton on Vimeo.

Skip Ahead : Quickly Navigate to Points of Interest

  • 1:25 = Portfolio of InFocus projectors including IN5300 and IN5500 series
  • 1:35 = First look at IN5300 projector with stylish wood grain finish
  • 2:22 = Portfolio of the IN5300 and IN5500 products (with specification details)
  • 4:00 = Discussion of Brilliant Color
  • 4:25 = New keypad with single function blue backlighting
  • 4:55 = View of new “blue ring” that indicates when projector is powering off or on
  • 6:00 = Lenses discussed from quality to optional lenses
  • 7:05 = Projectors networking discussed
  • 7:40 = Enhanced Split Screen, multiple HD images side-by-side on one display
  • 8:45 = Dynamic Messaging System explained
  • 9:10 = Customizable “Help screen”
  • 9:55 = Video quality from InFocus and Pixelworks

Related InFocus Products : IN5302, IN5304, IN5502, IN5504, IN5532, IN5534

The full line of InFocus IN5300 and IN5500 projectors should be available by the end of July 2009!

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AV and IT at a Crossroads

By Dan Tynan and Tim Kridel
Pro AV MAGAZINE

It may be seem like a marriage of inconvenience, but it’s for life. As it did to so many others, information technology–and in particular, Internet Protocol networking–has wedded itself to the audiovisual industry. And many professional AV firms are finding it hard getting used to the new living arrangements.

“The adoption of IT is the most dramatic change in this industry since audio-centric companies adopted video,” says Dan Erickson, vice president and chief technology officer of General Communications in Salt Lake City and NSCA University’s 2008 Educator of the Year. “Now we see AV firms that have been in business for years having to become network savvy. That has been a difficult transition for a lot of companies.”

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Demand for Teleconferencing Brings AVI-SPL to the Top

By Margaret Cashill | Tampa Bay Business Journal

Published on December 5, 2008

If you have only seen video teleconferencing technology in the movies, chances are you will see your image on a monitor sooner than you think.

As the economy contracts, businesses and government agencies are curtailing travel. AVI-SPL Inc. facilitates face-to-face interaction between associates in different cities by designing, installing and servicing video teleconferencing equipment and other collaborative technologies.

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Tough Economy Sparks Growth of Cost-Saving Technologies

By Margaret Cashill
Tampa Bay Business Journal

Digital signage, or placing televisions or monitors in corporations, restaurants, schools and airports, is also a robust market, said Quaglia. “Instead of displaying information on paper or static boards, you now have the ability to use LCD TVs and monitors that are networked together.”

Like digital imaging and digital signage, videoconferencing — another strong product line for Tech Data — signals the movement toward digitization. “With the high cost of travel, fuel and so forth, we have seen an uptake in the use of videoconferencing,” Quaglia said.

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Perspectives : An Interview with Tom Corzine, VP of Government Sales, AVI-SPL

What is your experience at AVI-SPL with AV integrations in the government market?

I have been with AVI-SPL for over five years and have worked with all of our integration offices to develop a sales and marketing plan for their regions. My focus is on tracking the budgets and contracts for the government but command and control centers and conference rooms make up the bulk of the type of installations we perform in this market.

How long have you been working in this particular market?

I have worked in government market for 12 years. I have attended various AV and VTC technical courses throughout my time in the AV industry.

What do you consider to be your greatest professional achievement?

My greatest achievement to date really is the sales channel we have created at AVI-SPL. No other AV integrator has the number of customers, installations and success stories we have created here. This is a very challenging industry and we are faced with some tough economic times ahead, but the system that we have created qualifies and executes business in a risk adverse manner.

What is the top concern from the government market when it comes to AV installations?

Ease of use is probably the biggest concern, especially in the Department of Defense, where there is a lot of personnel turnover. The ability to continuously train people as the technology is rapidly changing complicates the design of systems even further. Creating a system design that is flexible and expandable like we do here is really the key to the success of any AV project.

Are there any emerging technologies that you feel best equip this market’s needs?

I wouldn’t necessarily call these technologies emerging; however, they are existing technologies that I see growth in their demand. The use of fiber network backbones, blade computing and wireless technologies are in high demand based on the security, flexibility and efficiency they bring to a system. They have become more affordable over time and the cost factor is outweighed by the added benefits these technologies bring to the table.

What do you identify as the greatest challenges for AV systems integrators that focus on the government market?

Finding the personnel to dedicate to this market is the greatest challenge. The AV industry is challenging enough due to the technical nature of the sales and installations. The additional requirement to find people with experience in procurement and contracting really creates an environment where companies have to train and educate their own government sales force.

In light of the economic challenges AV integrators are facing, have you seen a change in the type of technology being requested?

Due to the annual budget planning requirements for government, the current economic hardships haven’t hit this market yet. With the first new administration in eight years preparing to take office, the future budget is a topic that we do track. We have seen government taking on a stronger role in several areas, especially within the financial markets, defense, Homeland Security and possibly with the automotive market.

How do you foresee the future of AV integration in the government sector changing?

AV technologies will become network centric solutions, and I foresee AV budgets for preventative maintenance, service and support growing into separate line items in government IT budgets. The government has invested heavily in technology over the past 10 years and in order to maintain this existing equipment, dedicated budgets will have to be created. We have seen many agencies hire AV managers to oversee this very task as their AV infrastructures have grown. This is good for everyone as the more attention given to the management of the AV resources the better chance the equipment and services will function more appropriately when used.