Category Video Collaboration

Epson Pro G Series Turns Heads at InfoComm 2013

Like many vendor booths at InfoComm, Epson set theirs up to showcase products capable of great visuals.  One standout was its PowerLite Pro G6150, a model tailor-made for retail clothing stores. As demonstrated, it is able to project images on fully dimensional objects. In this particular set up, those objects were store mannequins, and the images projected onto them a variety of apparel. Another PowerLite model on display has improved video processing and can wrap images without distortion on a corner wall.

Epson BrightLink 1410WiAnother great Epson product I saw up close is the BrightLink Pro 1410Wi short-throw projector. Epson calls it their “meeting room productivity tool.”

It turns any surface into an interactive whiteboard. You can create a new file or annotate an existing one. When done, use the email, print or save function to share the content. The 1410Wi doesn’t require a direct connection from a laptop. Copy your files to a flash drive, plug it into a wall unit, and presto — the information is instantly carried to the projector.

Are you looking for the right visual displays or video collaboration tools? Let AVI-SPL assist you in creating a solution that’s right for your organization. Call us at 866-559-8197 or fill out our contact form.

Liberty AV Enables HDMI Compatibility

While at InfoComm this week, I visited the Liberty AV Solutions booth and learned about a cool little product that came together because of a project being worked on by AVI-SPL’s Seattle office.

The client’s users were unable to easily connect their devices (such as a laptop) to an HDMI connection in their meeting rooms because of compatibility issues. A product was created in response by working with Liberty AV Solutions. That solution is its HDMI Adapter Ring.

The ring includes five  HDMI adapters, each of which enable a different type connection to feed into HDMI. Those adapters include:

  • DisplayPort Plug (Male) to HDMI Jack (Female)
  • Mini DisplayPort Plug (Male) to HDMI Jack (Female)
  • Mini HDMI (C) Plug (Male) to HDMI Jack (Female)
  • Micro HDMI (D) Plug (Male) to HDMI Jack (Female)
  • DVI-D Plug (Male) to HDMI Jack (Female)

Liberty AV’s adapter ring is compatible with standard size and micro HDMI cables, and can be upgraded to add, remove or replace adapters.

Are you having connectivity issues in your organization?  Let the experts at AVI-SPL assist. Call us at 866-559-8197 or fill out our contact form.

AVI-SPL Recognized for School District Video Solution

AVI-SPL won the Top K-12 Education Solution award for its integration for the Rialto Unified School District. The award, which was given out during the InfoComm 2013 show, was selected by the editorial staff of Commercial Integrator and Tech Decisions Media.

Rialto wanted to bring a university feel to its schools with technologies that would build awareness of its educational initiatives and deliver announcements throughout the school community.  It also wanted to enable its students to work with the latest collaborative technology. AVI-SPL implemented Cisco solutions that include a telepresence system that allows for immersive virtual field trips and live collaboration with other schools. Our team also integrated solutions that empower students and faculty to create and upload lessons for on-demand retrieval, as well as content for digital signage.

I encourage you to read the story of our work with the Rialto Unified School District  in the AVI-SPL 2013 Concept Catalog.

Contact AVI-SPL at 866-559-8197 to discuss your school’s ambitions to increases collaboration and communication. You can also fill out our contact form.

AVI-SPL’s Virtual Meeting Room Means Personalized Collaboration

The rise of mobile devices means a greater demand for personalized business solutions. A study by Forrester estimates that by 2016, over 350 million smartphones will be used in the workplace, more than doubling the number from 2012.  Meanwhile, companies face the challenge of quickly giving their current and new hires the ability to video conference.  AVI-SPL is addressing their needs to join video calls from a remote office or mobile device with our low-cost, flexible Virtual Meeting Room service.

Why It’s Significant for Businesses of All Sizes

Our VMR service enables virtually any size company to use standards-based video devices and give everyone in their company their own virtual meeting room to host video calls at a fraction of the usual cost. In doing so, we support the growth of BYOD (bring your own device) and remote workers by empowering mobile users to have a secure  virtual meeting room outside of the corporate network. Here are a few of the features we feel make our VMR offering so appealing to organizations of any size:

  • Provide dedicated meeting room IDs to as many employees as needed
  • Pay only for ports that are used; quickly add more as need and use grows
  • Any standards-based system can use our VMR service (Lync, H.323, SIP, and Skype users)
  • Can be upgraded to a QoS offering and private cloud offering; so as your business grows with video, our video infrastructure provides higher levels of service, including HD quality and remote monitoring and management

How does the VMR service work?

Companies pay for a block of video conferencing ports that provide unlimited usage. The service supports SIP and H.323 standards-based hardware and software codecs from leading manufacturers, including Cisco’s MX and C series systems and Jabber software clients, Polycom RealPresence, LifeSize 220 Series and many others. We also support Microsoft® Lync® 2013 video clients and provide Skype gateway services.

Experience the VMR at InfoComm 2013

Stop by AVI-SPL booth #2381 at the Orange County Convention Center, June 12-14, and register for a free trial of our VMR service. Learn more about how AVI-SPL can protect your video conferences/provide low-cost, high-quality and easily scaled virtual meeting rooms. Contact sales@avispl.com.

 

 

 

 

AVI-SPL Device Keeps Video Conference Rooms Private

AVI-SPL continues to innovate within the collaborative environment with a video conferencing device that helps organizations protect the privacy of their meeting environments. This device, which we call Block ME™, and has been unveiled at this week’s InfoComm, is perhaps the simplest way you’ll find to protect conversations and content shared in your video conferencing meetings. (Read the press release on AVI-SPL’s new video conferencing privacy features.)

What Does Block Me Do?

Block ME enables the users in a meeting room to press a button and block any video calls from being launched or received in the room they are in. Press a button, and users stop video calls from being initiated or received. It’s just that simple. When you enable the device, you block related ports to and from your network, thus stopping unwanted calls from connecting.

How Does Block Me Work?

Block ME connects directly to your endpoint, and features two options: “on” and “off.” In the “on” position, Block ME stops the video conferencing endpoint from sending and receiving calls. In the “off” position, the lines are open.

Block ME Benefits

  • Easily installed in any video conference room
  • No special programming or control panel required
  • No updates required to Block ME as video conferencing change or systems are updated
  • Cannot be accessed remotely

Because your video endpoint is still powered on even when Block ME is enabled, it can still be monitored and managed by AVI-SPL’s remote VNOC and Help Desk.

AVI-SPL has designed Block ME to blend seamlessly into your environment. At a glance, you’ll know that if the device is engaged and whether calls are enabled or disabled.

If you plan on being at InfoComm 2013 in Orlando, stop by AVI-SPL booth #2381 June 12 -14 to see a live demonstration of Block ME.