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Advances in Ceiling-Mounted Microphones

On July 27, 2016, join us at 1 p.m. EST and listen in to our webinar on advances in microphone technology that can benefit your business.

The holy grail of conference room microphones is the one that can’t be seen. Typically, this is accomplished by mounting microphones in the ceiling. Acoustically, this is usually the worst place to put microphone. However, significant advances in microphone array technology have led to solutions that allow for ceiling mounted microphones that deliver sound quality that rivals that of traditional, table-mounted solutions. We’ll take a look at the challenges that can plague ceiling microphones, and how this new technology has risen to meet them.

Register for “Finding the Holy Grail of Conference Room Microphones” >

Create Your Connected Workplace

I’m excited to share a new resource that AVI-SPL has just launched, one that has been designed to not just give you information, but empower and motivate.

With our Connected Workspaces site, there are no more excuses for not getting the kind of workplace you and your coworkers need and deserve to work smarter.

In this site, we’ve included four main resources that are most valuable when used together:

  • Tech briefs tailored to job responsibility
  • Business case starter
  • Assessment quiz
  • Business case toolkit

Tech Briefs

IT managers, IT directors, CIOs, facilities managers — all need to take be proactive in order to improve the way people at their companies collaborate. We’re empowering you to take that lead with these short articles that acknowledge your concerns.

  • What different managers expect to get out of connected workspaces
  • Their challenges to improving the workplace
  • What they expect from vendors in this process

Business Case StarterBusiness_Case_Starter

This downloadable document is a great way to start the conversation among the colleagues and decision-makers in your organization. Choose the desired outcomes that are driving your need for a connected workplace. This tool does the rest, generating a shareable report.

 

Assessment quiz blogAssessment Quiz

Here’s your chance to let us know what a connected workplace means to you, the current state of your meeting rooms, and the benefits you expect for your workplace.

Business Case Toolkit

This three-piece toolkit simplifies the process of creating a business case for a digitally connected workplace.

  • Real-world examples and sample formulas for metrics
  • Gap analysis tool that compares your current workplace to its target
  • Definitions and descriptions you should understand

Plan your connected workplace >

Microsoft Surface Hub at InfoComm 2016

Today’s post is contributed by Linda Civitillo, AVI-SPL VP of UCC Solutions. Linda was at InfoComm 2016, where she showed visitors to the AVI-SPL booth the collaboration power of the Microsoft Surface Hub.

If you were at InfoComm last week, you know that it was a massive, exciting show. From breathtaking canvas displays to huddle space solutions that are transforming the workplace, there was something to inspire everyone attending. As the leader at AVI-SPL for our Microsoft Surface Hub practice, I didn’t actually get to see much of anything outside of our booth, and that was just fine with me.

Microsoft Surface Hub demo
Microsoft Surface Hub demo at the AVI-SPL booth at InfoComm

Why? The excitement and foot traffic at InfoComm in front of the 84” and 55” Surface Hub devices in our booth was non-stop. Both devices are now shipping and attendees were eager to interact with them.

After three very full days at the show, here’s what stood out to me about the opportunity organizations have with the Microsoft Surface Hub:

#1: Shoulder-to-Shoulder Productivity
The feature that immediately grabbed the attention of InfoComm attendees experiencing the Surface Hub was the OneNote whiteboard. There are a lot of interactive whiteboards on the market, but on this feature alone, attendees were blown away by the Surface Hub: the responsiveness of inking with the pen, the sensitivity of the input from pen to screen, and that there was no lag time between the flow of ideas and the ability to capture them on the display. Even more compelling was the ability to ink within and “grab” content from any Windows universal app to pull into the whiteboard session. Oh, and while we’re at it, let’s connect some content from personal devices or dial-in that subject matter expert using Skype for Business. These scenarios are where the Surface Hub shines. On the 84” device, it is possible to have three people standing shoulder-to-shoulder working together drawing on the OneNote whiteboard and collaborating rapidly. I call this shoulder-to-shoulder productivity and it’s a vastly improved experience compared with sitting around a conference table with laptops when you’re working on something together.

WATCH MY DEMO

#2: The Surface Hub in the Lecture Hall
One of the use cases for the Surface Hub that was made even more intriguing to me after InfoComm was in Higher Education. Imagine a professor at the front of a lecture hall using Surface Hub as a platform to teach new concepts. This teacher now has the ability to bring learning to a new level as she interacts with related content pulled from digital source materials wherever they are, connects with other classrooms or experts remotely, and extends out the display format so that students can capture or contribute content from their personal devices. Wow.

#3: Next Generation of Collaboration Services
At InfoComm, we were also excited to announce the next generation of our Collaboration services. As a Microsoft Gold Partner, we are continuing to boost our Microsoft practice with advanced expertise in Microsoft Skype for Business deployments and Microsoft Exchange integration. AVI-SPL offers support to clients with Skype for Business rollouts, providing professional services to onboard users and devices like the Surface Hub with Skype, and fostering productive adoption of group collaboration tools to “…continue AVI-SPL’s pioneering of the AV/IT convergence, and remain at the forefront of today’s transforming workplace,” according to Dale Bottcher, our senior vice president of sales.

Ready to Experience the Microsoft Surface Hub in your organization?

You can PREORDER YOUR SURFACE HUB today or REQUEST A LIVE DEMO.

AVI-SPL Wins Integration Award at InfoComm

At last week’s InfoComm trade show in Las Vegas, Commercial Integrator presented its annual BEST awards, and I’m pleased to announce that AVI-SPL was among those singled out for recognition.

We won Best Mission Critical project for integrating control room solutions for the Invenergy Control Center in Chicago. Those solutions include the Christie Phoenix control management system and Christie narrow bezel LCD displays.

Our Chicago office team, which handled the integration, was there at InfoComm to accept the award.

Find out why the Invenergy staff decided to go with Christie products, and hear them talk about working with AVI-SPL when you watch the video about the Invenergy Control Center >

Limited Time to Get a SMART kapp for Free

Until September 30, 2016, purchase a SMART kapp iQ® or iQ Pro™ with one-year basic support services and receive a free SMART kapp (an $899 value)*.

Why do it?

The SMART kapp devices improve the way colleagues in different locations collaborate with one another by bringing whiteboard notes into the digital realm.

SMART kapp iQ is an ultra HD display with a built-in whiteboard that you can write on from anywhere. The iQ Pro adds more ways to share ideas through SMART Meeting Pro™ software and an endless digital workspace that expands as needed.

SMART kapp is a share-as-you-go whiteboard. Walk up and write on it with a dry erase marker. Everyone around the world connected to the board can see what you write and erase.

Take advantage of this great offer now >

*Receive a SMART kapp 42 ($899 value) with purchase of 55″ or 65″ SMART kapp iQ/iQPro

*Receive a SMART kapp 84 ($1199 value) with purchase of a 75″ SMART kapp iQ/iQ Pro