Category Video Communications

Cisco Unveils TelePresence Solutions for SMB Market

On October 25, Cisco celebrated five years of its TelePresence solutions with a 40-minute online conference call that looked back on the company’s advancements in the field of collaboration and looked forward to new offerings.

The presentation also made a point of countering the perception that telepresence is just for C-level execs of large corporations. That discussion offered a natural segueway into an introduction of Cisco’s TelePresence  MX300, a room-based system it plans to make available in Q1 of 2012.  The speakers touted its convenience and ability to be set up in less than 15 minutes, with one noting that the unit had been set up by a client in as few as five minutes.

Continuing that focus on value for SMBs,  the particpants also introduced Cisco TelePresence Callway, a hosted subscription service that starts at $99 per month and gives businesses unilimited calls to any TelePresence endpoint or standards-based video conferencing endpoint.

In addition, Cisco is offering Jabber video for TelePresence, a free software solution that would allow  users to join TelePresence conference calls from their desktop PCs, laptops and tablets. The beta version is set to be released Q1 of 2012.  

Are you using outdated systems to drive your company’s communications? Call AVI-SPL at 1-800-282-6733 or send an email to and find out how we can design a collaboration solution that fits within your budget.

Read the 2011 AVI-SPL Concept Catalog Online

Cover of AVI-SPL Concept Catalog 2011AVI-SPL’s 2011 Concept Catalog has arrived, but you don’t have to wait to pick up a copy of this handsome showcase of our recent AV integrations. Access the digital version of the 2011 Concept Catalog, and start reading case studies of some noteworthy projects and learn about the latest audio video innovations across multiple industries from our manufacturer partners.

The catalog includes our successful AV integrations across corporate, education, government, healthcare, hospitality and house of worship sectors. You’ll learn about solutions for live performance audio and lighting, control of AV devices over IT networks, digital signage, video conferencing and emergency operations centers.

You can also request a hard copy of the 2011 Concept Catalog.

Recording of October 18 Polycom Webinar on Video in Healthcare

AVI-SPL University Professional Series logoIf you missed AVI-SPL and Polycom’s October 18 webinar, or want an opportunity to review the material, the slideshow and recording of “Using Video for Collaborative Community-Based Healthcare” is now available.

During this informative presentation, Dr. Deborah Jeffries looked at video applications such as telestroke, radiology and cardiology; the challenges facing healthcare providers with regard to patient care; and examples of video-based integrations within the healthcare environment to meet specific needs.

If you have any questions about the materials within this webinar, or are interested in adding video collaboration tools to your healthcare environment, call an AVI-SPL representative at 1-800-282-6733 or email us at


InfoComm Certifies AVI-SPL Training for Project Managers

Earlier this year, I wrote about the launch of AVI-SPL’s training for project managers, a self-directed initiative to ensure the quality of our AV integrations for customers around the world. Thanks to the hard work of Jay Paul, Joseph Thomas and Jennifer Schwartzberg, this ambitious training program was recently InfoComm certified. Training attendees can earn up to 35 CTS, CTS-D and CTS-I renewal units by attending the weeklong training.

The certification by InfoComm is a huge measure of recognition for AVI-SPL and a credit to the efforts of Joseph, Jay and Jennifer.  Since the beginning of the year, the team has conducted multiple successful academies.

Upcoming Technology Expo 2011 Events – Mark Your Calendars Washington D.C. and Long Beach!

At AVI-SPL’s Technology Expo 2011, you’ll find a dynamic convergence of comprehensive audio/video solutions, an eye-opening range of cutting-edge technologies, and accessibility to over 25 top notch manufacturers behind today’s most compelling communication advancements.

Exclusive presentations include:

  • Harnessing the Hidden Value in Unified Communications (UC), presented by Michael Brandofino, Executive Vice President of Video and UC, AVI-SPL
  • Fundamentals of Audio Video Bridging, presented by Biamp Systems (1 InfoComm CTS LU)
  • Key Building Blocks of Successful Unified Communications, presented by Polycom
  • The Next UC: Unified Control, presented by AMX
  • Digital Video Demystified – An Intro To Digital TV and HDTV Distribution, presented by Cables To Go (1 AIA CES LU; 1 InfoComm CTS LU; 1 BICSI CEC; 1 NSCA LU)

Our in-depth program will present real world examples of AV/IT convergence, and will help you determine new ways in which you can extend unified communications to encompass unified control. You’ll learn how to gain the most ROI on cutting-edge AV solutions – technologies that can dramatically enhance productivity while increasing the strength, depth and versatility of your communications.

Explore Pro AV breakthroughs in digital signage, HD video conferencing and telepresence and audio networking. Attend FREE informational seminars, including AIA and InfoComm CTS certification!

Plus by simply attending, you’re eligible to win an iPad 2!

Event City and Dates

Greenbelt, MD – AVI-SPL’s Technology Expo – Washington DC, Wednesday, November 9, 2011, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM Registration information »

Long Beach, CA – AVI-SPL’s Technology Expo – Los Angeles, Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM Registration information »