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AVI-SPL Exec Talks Telepresence and Video Conferencing

Mike Brandofino, executive vice president of video communications and unified collaboration at AVI-SPL, recently discussed a range of challenges and successes in video communications.

During Brandofino’s interview, he talked about AVI-SPL’s newly opened Video Briefing Centers, the interoperability issues facing telepresence and video conferencing, and the customer advantages of the company’s ConferencePoint meeting suite.

He also went into the ROI success of AVI-SPL’s Business Video Group, which encompasses business development, product development and management, professional services, the HelpDesk and video managed services. Under Brandofino’s leadership, the BVG team launched the video-focused support program, Customer Care Plus+; Digital Media as a Services (DMaaS) and the multifunction Telepresence solution, Caméléon.

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AVI-SPL Awards NEC Projector to Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School

School Earned the Most Votes for AV Week Projector Giveaway Contest

After an exciting AV Week Projector Giveaway contest, AVI-SPL recently awarded the NEC Display projector to Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School in Okeechobee, Florida.

In honor of 2010’s AV Week, AVI-SPL teamed up with NEC Display to present a new NEC M260X projector to a K-12 school in the U.S. To enter, schools were asked to submit a 140-character response to “Why does your school need a new projector?” All entries were then posted on AVI-SPL’s blog for the public to vote. More than 40 schools entered the contest and more than 2,000 votes were cast. With a total of 401 votes, Pemayetv Emahakv took the prize, just 10 votes ahead of the next school.

“Many of the teachers, students and their families stayed up late the night of the contest because we were all so excited to see the final results,” said Alisha Pearce, media specialist, Pemayetv Emahakv. “I knew at midnight when the contest closed that our school had won.”

Pemayetv Emahakv is located on the Brighton Seminole Reservation in Glades County, Florida. The K-8 school opened on the reservation in August 2007, and today teaches 233 students. It was founded by the Seminole Tribe in order to preserve their rich heritage, and leave a lasting influence with future generations.  Pemayetv Emahakv  currently fills its curriculum with Seminole cultural, language, and arts and crafts classes.

“We’re planning to use our projector in the school’s media center so we can create a 21st century learning environment,” Pearce said. “The students love the technology – they’re actively involved and they learn so much. The hands-on approach is the way to go with education.”

Pemayetv Emahakv partnered up with AVI-SPL back in 2008 to begin implementing more technology into the classroom. Today, the school has a SMART board in every classroom in addition to document cameras, SMART slates and SMART interactive response systems.

“We want our students to be interactive with their learning and technology allows for that,” said Russ Brown, principal and CEO of Pemayetv Emahakv.. “The teachers are able to make creative lesson plans utilizing the technology and AVI-SPL’s training has helped the teachers get comfortable with the technology.”

For more information on education technology solutions, visit AVI-SPL’s Education Facebook page: Tools for Educators.

AVI-SPL Blog Week in Review

Monday: AVI-SPL Keeps Growing Strong: We add a new general manager to our San Francisco office and a director of procurement at the Tampa headquarters.

Tuesday: Video Briefing Centers Open in Tampa and Chicago: AVI-SPL demonstrates the latest telepresence and video communication solutions.

Wednesday: Cisco TelePresence Teams Up With the NHL: A major AVI-SPL partner enhances the hockey fan experience.

Thursday: AV Community Gives Back to Wounded Warriors: Crestron and AVI-SPL provide a home theater and recreation room to our Wounded Warriors in Hawaii.

Thursday: AVI-SPL Renews at Diamond Level with InfoComm: Once again, AVI-SPL maintains its commitment to the highest standards of excellence in the AV industry.

AVI-SPL Renews at Diamond Level with InfoComm

Indicating its company-wide dedication to technical excellence and outstanding service, AVI-SPL has renewed its Diamond AudioVisual Service Provider (AVSP) designation. InfoComm’s AVSP program recognizes professionalism and expertise within the AV industry.

With its Diamond-level rating, AVI-SPL remains part of an elite group of companies where at least half of the technical, sales and customer service staff hold advanced CTS certification or have completed certain  InfoComm Academy courses.

This highest rating, which the company has held since 2007, also ensures that AVI-SPL complies with the 10 Standards of Excellence, which emphasize best practices of the AV industry.

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.