Category Video Communications

Case Study: Zurich Insurance Group

Zurich Insurance Group’s new North America headquarters in Schaumburg, Ill., is intended to be a place where people want to work. AVI-SPL’s role in fulfilling that vision was to implement solutions that would give employees the collaborative technology that help them work — and work together — effectively. That would include meeting spaces equipped for video conferencing, audio conferencing, and presentations. It would also mean technicians and engineers applying their design and programming skills to deliver Zurich’s must-haves:

  • Technology that is simple, reliable, and intuitive
  • A consistent experience from room to room
  • Meetings that start on time

In the following link, hear from Zurich’s leaders about working with AVI-SPL and how we helped realize their vision using solutions from technology partners like Polycom, Crestron, Haivision, Shure, NEC, and Da-Lite.

Read the case study and watch the accompanying video. >

 

A Complete Enterprise Video Solution With Haivision

Haivision specializes in enterprise video and streaming solutions that help companies easily distribute their messages. To help you understand how IPTV (or Internet Protocol Television) can be used to help your company communicate better, they have an informative blog post that touches on benefits like:

  • simplicity of network design
  • sending content to any device
  • personalization
  • content security
  • source origin
  • digital signage
  • central management

I encourage you to explore our Haivision partner page to see how its award-winning enterprise video and streaming solutions can improve your organization’s ability to share information. You’ll also find videos and papers that offer tips and how-to’s.

Read “7 Ways IPTV Can Help Your Business Communicate Better” >

How to Become Your Company’s IT Hero

When you’re in charge of improving your company’s collaboration capabilities, you need a partner you can trust and rely on.

So we’ve created a video to show you why AVI-SPL is that partner. You’ll see how we worked with AARP to create collaboration spaces at its Washington, D.C. headquarters, learn about the value of our managed services, and understand how we work with you to make sure you get solutions that are scalable, compatible with your existing infrastructure, and help your company work together effectively. We’ve made this video part of page dedicated to giving you the tools and resources to help you make an informed decision about how to proceed with your collaboration project.

Follow the link for information including:

  • Our AARP case study featuring ambitious collaboration spaces
  • Wide-ranging collaboration solutions
  • Manufacturer partners
  • Our managed services and maintenance support
  • Testimonials from our clients

Watch the video, find the info above, and start your journey to being an IT hero >

Collaboration Tech for the Corporate Meeting Space

Join our webinar this Thursday, November 3, when two of the premier names in business solutions — Polycom and Epson — discuss the newest solutions for the corporate meeting space and how they help improve presenting and collaborating. You’ll learn about the benefits of Epson’s new line of laser projectors and Polycom’s RealPresence Group series of video endpoints.

Register for “Collaboration Tech for the Corporate Meeting Space” >

Codecs, Bandwidth, and Latency

In our Video Over IP post, we touched on the encoding and decoding process that makes it possible to send video signals over the network. Now let’s take a brief overview of the codecs — which are encoding and decoding protocols — that employ these processes.

Codecs that use about 10Mbps (megabits per second) are ideal for transporting networked AV since they won’t allow the signals to monopolize your network.  Conversely, a 10Gbps (gigabits per second) codec will use up all the available bandwidth on a 10-gigabit network link. On the plus side, the latency — the delay caused by the process of encoding and decoding a video signal — will be low for this bandwidth-heavy codec.

Mezzanine, Intra-frame, and Inter-frame

Mezzanine, intra-frame, and inter-frame codecs will look at the source signal in different ways before compressing it for transmission. You want to have the most bandwidth-efficient codecs handling your signals. Even though there will be a trade-off in latency, that trade-off can be acceptable.

  • Mezzanine: These include TICO and DSC compression codecs. Latency is very low, but they also use the most bandwidth.
  • Intra-frame: These are JPEG2000 and VC-2 codecs. More efficient than Mezzanine in terms of bandwidth, but unable to stream to laptops and mobile devices.
  • Inter-frame: H.264 and H.265. H.264 AVC is the most common codec in use today. H.265 HEVC is the next generation. Latency will be about 200ms in the best case, which is considered acceptable.

Crestron’s “State of Networked Video and Integrated System Design” offers an easy-to-understand overview of these codec types, and the areas you need to address to have an integrated system of video distribution and devices — including network management, control, and security.

Download Crestron’s paper “The State of Networked Video and Integrated System Design” >