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AV Community Gives Back to Wounded Warriors

AVI-SPL Teams Up with the Crestron Eagles Program to Donate Home Theater System

In the spirit of giving, AVI-SPL teamed up once again with Crestron to give back to our Wounded Warriors.  For Crestron’s fifth Eagles Program donation, they journeyed to the Wounded Warrior Detachment Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay. During the dedication ceremony in October, a new home theater was unveiled in the building lounge and recreation room to provide comfort and entertainment to America’s recovering heroes.

The Crestron Eagles Program was started by Crestron President and Founder George Feldstein to honor the service and sacrifice of our wounded warriors returning home from battle. Past Eagles Program dedications include home theaters in Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital, Bethesda Naval Hospital, MD, Camp Lejeune, NC and Fort Sam Houston, TX.

The Kaneohe Bay installation came together through the donations and efforts from several of Crestron’s industry partners. AVI-SPL installed the system and handled all programming. Other vendor partners who donated equipment include Marshall Furniture (custom entertainment center), Triad (speakers and stands) and Velodyne (sub-woofer). Crestron donated an Adagio home theater system, a two-way RF wireless transceiver/gateway, an iPod interface, TPS-6X touch panel, 52-inch HD LCD display, and a Blu-ray player

AVI-SPL was invited to participate in this program by Crestron because of AVI-SPL’s long-standing relationship with the Federal Government and specifically the Department of Defense.  AVI-SPL has joined Crestron for four of the five Eagles Program installations. The next dedication will be at the Marine Corps Base Twenty-Nine Palms in California at the end of January. 

“AVI-SPL is proud and honored to support Crestron and the other partners in such an important program,” said Tom Corzine, VP of Government Services, AVI-SPL. “The sacrifices of our country’s Wounded Warriors are not forgotten and AVI-SPL will continue to support these efforts in every way possible.”    

“We want to thank Crestron for giving us this very generous gift,” said Lieutenant Colonel Gregory Price. “The generous donation from Crestron will help improve morale among the Marines, assist recreation therapy events and serve as a media source for presentations from staff and other visiting guests.”

The Wounded Warrior Detachment Hawaii provides and facilitates assistance to WII Marines, Sailors attached to or in support of Marine units, and their family members, throughout the phases of care. The facility provides family support, assistance with individual Comprehensive Transition Plans (CTP), post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) outreach education and job transition plans.

Want to learn more about the Crestron Eagles Program? Click here.

Cisco TelePresence Teams Up With the NHL

The National Hockey League (NHL) recently added the collaborative power of Cisco TelePresence – a life-sized, HD video communications system — to its league offices in New York and Toronto. The deployment is part of a renewed agreement between Cisco and the NHL, one that also includes using Cisco technology to enhance the fan experience through distribution of varied NHL content.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman made the announcement December 7 at a press conference in West Palm Beach, Fla., where he fielded questions from New York, Toronto and San Jose, Calif., via Cisco TelePresence.

As part of the partnership, Cisco TelePresence will also be used to enable hospitalized children to interact with hockey players and NHL legends.

Through Cisco TelePresence, people collaborate face to face with others worldwide and feel as if they are in the same room. With this immersive technology, businesses can cut down on their travel expenses while significantly increasing their decision-making efficiency.

Read the complete press release.

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Video Briefing Centers Open in Tampa and Chicago

Seeing is believing, and the newly opened Video Briefing Centers in Tampa and Chicago will certainly make you a believer in the power and benefits of video communications.

At these locations, you will witness demonstrations of HD video calls, Telepresence systems from Cisco and Polycom, valuable managed service options and many other technology solutions that facilitate the power of collaboration while providing significant ROI.

Each VBC also showcases AVI-SPL’s expert ability to design, install and support video communications solutions for enterprises of all types, across a wide range of industries.  Additional Video Briefing Centers are scheduled to open in the coming months.

Read the complete press release.

Make Your VBC Appointment

Go to our AVI-SPL Video Briefing Center portal to learn more about the VBC and to schedule a personal demonstration.

AVI-SPL Keeps Growing Strong

It’s no secret that AVI-SPL, the world’s leading AV integrator, has been adding to its ranks of late. Two of its more notable hires should further solidify the company’s core infrastructure.

The company recently named Michael Dunn the general manager of its San Francisco office, where he will oversee both sales and technical operations.

Dunn has more than 10 years of experience in executive management, operations and sales with emerging technology companies in the Silicon Valley and the Bay Area. It was his ability to increase market share that made him the right hire.

“He has the core skills and experience necessary to expand the visibility and market share for AVI-SPL in San Francisco and beyond,” said John Miles, AVI-SPL’s district vice president, systems integration, west coast.

Dunn said he will focus on shaping the San Francisco office into a leader in quality, innovation and value-added solutions in the northern California AV and converging IT technology markets.

Meanwhile, Adam Naylor has joined AVI-SPL as its Director of Procurement. Naylor, who works out of the corporate headquarters in Tampa, is responsible for the continuing development and communication of procurement processes, managing programs for and reducing transactional costs with suppliers, and fostering good communications and relationships in support of AVI-SPL business units.

Naylor has a retail and hospitality background and recently completed his MBA at the University of Tampa. 

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Ready for Your Video Conferencing Closeup?

We’re among the industry leaders in supplying telepresence and video conferencing solutions to companies around the world.  So it caught our attention when we read a U.K. study that claims 39 percent of workers are reluctant to use video conferencing technology at work because of concerns about their appearance.

If your business is moving ahead with video conferencing tools such as AVI-SPL’s Caméléon Telepresence, there are a number of things you can do to become more comfortable with speaking to clients, partners, colleagues and other stakeholders face to face.

Know your material.   If you’re giving a presentation, make sure you know your material backward, forward and inside out.  You’ll have one less thing to worry about, and the confidence that results will translate through the camera and keep the focus where it should be – on the content.

First impressions count. This is especially true on a telepresence system, which shows images true to life.  So make sure the area your camera sees is neat, attractive and clutter free. And refrain from the noisy shuffling of papers, which can be distracting to those on the other side of the call.

Relax. Being nervous is natural, but it doesn’t have to stop you from presenting yourself smoothly and professionally. Take a few deep breaths, and remind yourself that no one is rooting for you to fail.

Act the part.  You’re a professional – present yourself as one.  That means none of the disparaging, eye-rolling facial expressions that you might be able to get away with during audio conferences.

Practice makes perfect. Whether you’re giving a presentation or just participating in a video conference, rehearse in front a mirror or a friend, or record yourself on camera so you can make adjustments to your speaking style and body language. This will also give you the opportunity to hear how your voice sounds, and whether you’re speaking too quickly. The good news is that with a quality video conferencing system, you can speak in normal tone of voice.

Take some good advice.  If your company is embracing video communications, chances are at least one person in your office is familiar and comfortable with it.  Ask them how they got over their initial fears, and whether they have any tips or tricks they rely on when appearing before the camera.

Look your best. Whether talking with colleagues or clients, it’s important to dress for success. You’re dealing with a visual medium, so be well-groomed. And be sure to do all your primping before the video conference, not during! Fashion alert: Don’t wear busy patterns or bright, loud colors that can affect the appearance of your skin tone. Stick with light pastels and muted colors.

Be confident. Few things sell like confidence. Make eye contact with the people on the other end of the video conference call. And remember to smile!

And finally…

If it’s the prospect of being before a camera that’s making you so fearful, just act as if the person is in the same room as you. With HD telepresence systems, that won’t be difficult!