Category Control Room Design

Hurricane Harvey and the Importance of a Coordinated Response

In light of the continuing and record-breaking deluge brought by Hurricane Harvey — as of this writing it lingers along Gulf Coast and continues to flood wide areas of Texas and Louisiana — I asked Brad Herrick, vice president of the Control Room Group for AVI-SPL, for his thoughts about the importance of command centers as hubs for coordinating emergency operations in order to rescue those stranded or threatened by catastrophic storms.

“We know at least one Texas agency whose emergency operations center we designed, integrated, and continue to service that went active over the weekend,” said Brad. “And one major federal government EOC that we designed, integrated, and service went active as well, all in response to Harvey.”

The images we’ve seen from Texas show the immense damage that Harvey has caused and continues to cause, and how important emergency responders are at a time when resources struggle to cope with the enormity of this disaster. Response teams from across the nation — the Texas National Guard, the Coast Guard, FEMA, local police, and a host of other organizations have converged to rescue those trapped by the storm.

That urgency is perhaps enhanced by the forecast that Harvey will track back over southeast Texas on Wednesday. Before it dissipates, weather forecasters expect it will end up soaking the area with more rain than Hurricanes Katrina, Sandy, and Andrew combined. By Thursday, the Houston metro area will have likely received more than 50 inches of rain.

“Tragedies like Harvey call upon those heroes who serve in emergency operations to save lives and then help rebuild communities,” said Brad.  “It is an honor to serve these customers and support their mission in this capacity.”

Brad also recommended a LinkedIn post about the storm,  where Jon Litt of Christie Digital noted, “We have been in contact with our customers in the greater Houston area, including regional emergency management, law enforcement, traffic management, government regional communications, utilities, medical, and more, and the reports we are getting back are that the Christie Control Room solutions are working beautifully and helping a great deal.”

AVI-SPL’s Control Room Group integrates modern, advanced solutions like those from Christie so that agencies can receive the live feeds and data they need to understand disaster situations and coordinate response teams. Is your region’s emergency response team prepared for a crisis like that posed by Hurricane Harvey? Contact the Control Room Group at 888-619-9083 to speak to one of our experts about your challenges.

Reflecting on AVI-SPL’s Control Room Group at 15

This guest post is written by Brad Herrick, vice president of the AVI-SPL Control Room Group.

The AVI-SPL Control Room Group (CRG) got its start 15 years ago with the Florida Department of Transportation by designing, implementing, and servicing its traffic management center system.

Over the course of those 15 years, CRG has built a team of dedicated professionals focused solely on support of these special systems. It is truly an honor that our customers choose to place their trust in us year over year; we thank them dearly.

Today, the Florida DOT is still our customer, and along the way we’ve provided solutions to other customers’ critical missions — whether for a utility that powers our country’s most critical infrastructure, protecting financial institutions from security and cyber threats, mission support for military operations, or public emergency management.

CRG has grown to become a noted leader in control room integrations, service, and thought leadership, with just a few examples below:

We are on pace for record-breaking revenue for the third year in a row. That kind of growth happens when you give customers the quality they expect and deserve. So that we can continue to grow and better serve our customers, we are recruiting top talent, along with staying on the cutting edge of industry trends like Direct View LED, digital KVM, CAVE, virtual reality and proactive service solutions like AVI-SPL’s Unify ME™ Symphony platform.

See more examples of our work and how we can help your organization when you read through the CRG brochure.

The AVI-SPL Booth at InfoComm 2017

InfoComm 2017 is less than a week away, and that means we are gearing up to present at the pro AV industry’s most high-profile and popular event in North America. At booth 1660, the AVI-SPL team will be sharing the message that our global capabilities and reach make us the right partner for companies — particularly those with multiple locations — looking to improve their collaboration and communication experience. Here’s what you can expect to see and hear about:

  • The new AVI-SPL office in Frankfurt, Germany
  • Our U.K. team discussing its new Global Help Desk
  • Our presence in the UAE and successful projects throughout the Middle East
  • A control room simulation — we’ll have a video wall with an operation station that shows how collaboration impacts lives inside and outside the control room
  • Highlight reel of projects — view a compilation of our most recent case study videos
  • Collaboration Spaces web app — see our interactive, visual room configurator
  • VideoLink products and services that deliver live broadcast capabilities
  • Digital signage of the AVI-SPL schedule at InfoComm — at a glance, you’ll know when we’re giving our guided tours, and when one of our experts will be speaking at or hosting seminars
  • We also have a few surprises in store that we’ll be announcing at the show

If you haven’t already signed up for our Guided Technology Tours at InfoComm, please do so. Each tour is a great way to visit high-profile manufacturers and see their solutions for applications like huddle spaces, advanced visualization & simulation, sounds systems, digital signage, control rooms, display technology, and classrooms.

See you at InfoComm.

 

 

AVI-SPL Command Center Project Makes Year-End List

Systems Contractor News recognized our work for Invenergy Control Center as one of its 2016 Installs of the Year. For this command-center project, we gave Invenergy the ability to monitor its energy assets throughout North America from one location. Hear Invenergy’s director of operations support talk about working with AVI-SPL in this case study video on the project.

Are you working on a command-center project that requires expert guidance? Contact us at 866-559-8197 or sales@avispl.com.

 

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 >