Category The Road to AV/IT Convergence

Extron Encoder Simplifies AV Media Over Your Network

The Extron SME100 encoder is showcased as an ideal choice for delivering AV media over networks. Designed to support a wide variety of video formats, this advanced product features integrated switching with loop-throughs for easy integration into pro AV systems. The SME 100 interfaces with DVI, RGB, HDTV, and standard definition sources, and employs standards-based H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC encoding to output an IP stream that can easily be decoded and viewed on desktop or laptop PCs.

Key Features:

  • Streams DVI, RGB, HDTV, and video signals with audio over IP networks
  • Standards-based H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC video compression
  • Integrated three-input AV switcherBuffered input loop-throughs for video and audio
  • Supports input signal resolutions up to 1920×1200, including HDTV 1080p/60
  • DVI, RGB, HDTV, and standard definition video upscaling and downscaling
  • Selections for streaming output resolutions from 166×120 to 1024×768, and HDTV 720p/30 and 1080p/30
  • Available in two models supporting streaming of SD and HD resolutions
  • Adjustable encoder bit rate and quality

Monitoring: Remotely at a helpdesk or any PC throughout an enterprise network.

Overflow: Stream videoconference or presentation sessions to overflow rooms.

Enterprise Broadcast: Distribute content from centrally located media assets such as VCRs, DVD players, or PCs to classrooms or meeting rooms.

Media Server or CDN: Integrate live video streaming of meetings or events to Media Servers or Content Delivery Networks for broad distribution across an enterprise or the Internet.

For more information

For product specs and more, contact an AVI-SPL representative at 800-282-6733, or click here to request a quote.

Save the Date: Trends in Telemedicine and Collaboration Seminars – March 6 and 8

The Affordable Care Act, as well as an aging population and dispersed patient base have ushered telemedicine into the spotlight, providing a new age of remote patient care and education. AVI-SPL has teamed with Polycom, a top leader for Unified Communication solutions, to help shed light on a series of innovative advancements in this field.

Participants can choose from two open house dates at Polycom’s Executive Briefing Centers for this FREE event, including Tuesday, March 6 (Irvine, Calif.) and Thursday, March 8 (Santa Clara, Calif.).  Seminars at each location will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PST, and includes continental breakfast and lunch as part of the day’s agenda.

Our featured speaker over video will be Dr. Deborah A. Jeffries, Director of Healthcare for Polycom. By joining us at our open house, you’ll learn just how technology is revolutionizing the delivery of healthcare services, and how its making a positive difference in extended access and patient care. You’ll discover best practices behind the implementation of these technologies into your own organization, with application examples and a special discussion on grants.

Dr. Jeffries is a state and national expert and speaker on telehealth technologies, with 25 years in telemedicine, information systems, medicine, education and physics. She recently teamed with AVI-SPL’s University webinar series to present a webinar on the video communications platform for healthcare environments. To download the webinar recording, please click here.  

Topics:

  • Innovative telemedicine technologies that improve outcomes, expand specialist services and save money
  • Challenges and opportunities in healthcare
  • Community-based patient centered care
  • Prevention and wellness
  • Demonstrations of healthcare applications, video streaming
  • A special discussion on grants for healthcare

Register today – seating is limited. To learn more about the event locations and to register, please visit the links above or call 877-440-6205 to reserve your seat.

AVI-SPL Acquires Iformata Communications LLC

Leading audio video communications provider AVI-SPL announced today the acquisition of Iformata Communications LLC, a leading provider of video managed services. This acquisition includes the Iformata Video Network Operations Center (VNOC) business and the VNOC Symphony® management platform. AVI-SPL views this acquisition as a critical move in the company’s continuing drive to become the dominant player in the video communications solutions and services space.

“In 2009 we set forth on an initiative to grow our video communications business. In 2011 we succeeded in growing video related revenue to over $200 million and video is now included in over 50 percent of the projects we do,” said AVI-SPL CEO John Zettel. “With that growth, we recognized the importance of expanding our capabilities in the video services we provide our customers. Acquiring Iformata shows our commitment to expanding our video communications strategy with a strong managed services offering.” Click here to view Zettel’s video announcement of the acquisition.

“This acquisition is a major win for both AVI-SPL and Iformata,” reports Ira M. Weinstein, senior analyst and partner at Wainhouse Research. “This combines AVI-SPL’s strong A/V integration experience and 150+ strong, video-savvy, field sales force with Iformata’s robust, multi-tenant Symphony videoconferencing management system.

“The result is an immediately available, mature service offering from a well-known and trusted technology partner. Hosted video managed service offerings, like AVI-SPL’s Unify ME™, play a key role in helping enterprise organizations maximize the benefits they receive from their collaboration investments.”

Founded in 2004, Iformata has built a reputation as the leading innovator of VNOC tools and end-to-end automation services through its VNOC Symphony platform. Providing managed conferencing services to global enterprise firms, equipment manufacturers, and top-tier carriers and networks, Iformata’s 450 claim patent portfolio and platform has features for every aspect of managing an enterprise’s fleet of video systems, including call setup, intelligent framing, automated monitoring, event correlation, and call tear down – even for disparate immersive telepresence systems.

The addition of the Iformata VNOC service bureau, associated services and innovative technologies to AVI-SPL’s current Unify ME offering provides a more robust total managed services solution to customers. The enhanced services brought by Iformata is a strong addition to AVI-SPL’s portfolio, which currently includes cloud-based services, remote services and onsite services with long and short term Strategic Onsite Solutions and professional services.

“With the acquisition of Iformata, we become one of the only video solutions providers who can truly provide every aspect of the video communications experience.” said Mike Brandofino, AVI-SPL executive vice president of video and unified communications. “We think it is critical to be at the point of sale when selling services and the fact that we design, build and now provide VNOC managed services across any video platform, clearly differentiates us from anyone else in the space.”

The new operations and the associated employees will join AVI-SPL’s Support Services group under the leadership of AVI-SPL’s Executive Vice President of Video and Unified Communications Mike Brandofino.

For additional information, please contact UnifyME@avispl.com.

AVI-SPL Features Top Education Solutions for K-12 at FETC, Jan. 24-26

Are you looking for budget-friendly solutions that meet your curriculum objectives, as well as excite your students’ motivation to learn?

Visit AVI-SPL at FETC 2012, Jan. 24-26 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. We’ll be at booth #1407, offering professional development information and more!

Audiovisual technology offers a wealth of flexible possibilities to meet these dynamic needs, appealing to both auditory and tactile learners. In a range of advanced technologies, the simplicity of video remains a perfect medium for educators and students alike.

From innovative interactive whiteboards to the latest trends in 3-D projection technologies, discover engaging solutions that bring the ultimate level of excitement and education to your classroom. As we focus on empowering educators through technology, please be sure to stop by our booth at FETC and speak with our Education reps!

 

 

 

Presentation Schedule

Feel free to click here for our presentation schedule at FETC, Jan. 24-26. Our booth will include sessions on the SMART Response system, 3-D technology and interactive whiteboards, professional development for tech integration, prizes and so much more!

Professional Development

While at FETC, our sessions will feature:

RM Easiteach Next Generation: This is a complete whole-class teaching and learning software application which puts you in the driving seat for creating and delivering engaging lessons and resources.

The tools are rich and powerful, but also easy to use, removing barriers and allowing you to make the most of your classroom hardware tools – compatible with any interactive whiteboard and a range of classpads, voting systems and multi-touch tables.

Click here for a video overview of the Easiteach!

RM Dance to Advance: A fun and easy-to-use dance mat activity software for math, ELA, science and social studies.  Using visual, kinesthetic, and auditory stimuli, RM Dance to Advance is an ideal way to challenge and test students’ knowledge.

The captivating game format features 1 or 2 player capability and allows for single, dual (stepping on 2 answers at once) or sequential (A then B then C) responses.  RM Dance to Advance allows students to personalize their learning experience by selecting from a range of characters, music and background scenes.  Even the most reluctant learner will want to join in the fun!

RM ePad: The RM ePad gives you the freedom to teach and engage your students from anywhere in the classroom. Create and deliver engaging lessons with all the interactivity of a whiteboard from the palm of your hand.

The RM ePad includes RM Easiteach, the award-winning dynamic software tool for engaging and stimulating whole-class teaching. Click here for a video overview of this exciting product!

RM Tuff-Cam: The RM Tuff-Cam is an ultra-simple 3.1 mega-pixel digital movie/still camera designed particularly for children.  This innovative product features rugged rubber casing and a child-friendly grip that makes it perfect for classroom and field-trip use. 

The 4cm LCD screen facilitates video and audio recording and playback.  Children are able to adjust video resolution and zoom through intuitive and easily accessible buttons.  In addition, the camera includes 64MB of internal memory which can be expanded via the SD card slot. 

A docking station allows for easy connection to any PC or Mac (please note, the RM Tuff-Cam is not compatible with Windows 7).  

Come Meet AVI-SPL’s Education Team

These are just a few innovations you’ll see while visiting us at FETC. With a strong dedication towards not only meeting — but exceeding – client expectations, AVI-SPL’s highly trained, highly certified Education team defines the standards for the dynamic design, build and installation of cutting-edge presentation solutions.

You can depend on AVI-SPL to provide:

 • Customized presentation and communication solutions for your classroom

• Comprehensive training

• 24/7/365 support, both on-site and off-site 

While at FETC, please be sure to visit AVI-SPL at Booth #1407 to learn more about using video technology solutions in your classroom. You can also contact AVI-SPL by calling (866) 559-8197 or visiting www.avispl.com.

Is Cloud Computing Right for Your Organization?

The term “cloud computing” is nearly everywhere lately, one of the latest
buzz words to converge on technology for the public and private sectors.
Gartner Group predicts that by 2013, spending on cloud computing
applications will grow to over $150 billion. From corporate campuses to
government institutions, taking it “to the cloud” seems to represent the
next level of innovation for reliability, scalability and cost-effectiveness
across a diverse range of markets.

If you’re looking to increase your ROI, it’s essential that you understand
the basics of cloud computing. Before moving forward, you’ll need to know what exactly lies in “the cloud” environment, and how it can impact your communication initiatives.

Cloud computing benefits:

• Can help organizations cut down on costs, including travel, hardware
and maintenance
• With resources readily available, increases responsiveness to project
demands
• Enables dispersed teams to work together quickly and more efficiently
• Increases the impact of messaging and brand awareness

An Affordable Alternative for Digital Signage?
In addition to impacting the IT world, cloud computing continues to
leave a lasting influence in the audiovisual environment. Today, many
AV integrators are looking to incorporate digital media services across a
cloud computing platform. This includes AVI-SPL, who launched their
subscription-based Digital Media as a Service (DMaaS) in June 2010.

Cloud-based applications have been highlighted as a particularly viable
option for organizations during the recent economic downturn. Deploying
Digital Signage through a cloud-based network frees the organization from
having to invest significant capital for the centralized hardware. In turn,
companies can easily leverage the very latest in digital media technology
without committing to a major up-front investment.

Download Our White Paper

Download our white paper, “A Clear Forecast: Is Cloud Computing Right for Your Organization?” to learn more about the research, risks and benefits behind this latest trend in AV/IT convergence.