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Latest Cisco-TANDBERG Webcast Focuses on Video Conferencing for Federal Agencies

From arraignments to distance training, today’s federal agencies can effectively advance their mission goals through the use of video communications technology.

Here’s your opportunity to learn more about putting this technology into action.

On Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. EST, Cisco-TANDBERG, in collaboration with AVI-SPL, hosts a free, interactive webcast on cutting-edge video solutions for government agencies.

Register today for this informative webcast and learn how to converge voice, video, and data networks into a single, powerful, secure network to advance your mission goals.

With this webcast, you’ll discover ways to:

  • Improve workforce productivity through richer interactions, while avoiding travel expenses
  • Expand access to information and subject matter experts and accelerate decision making
  • Enhance services for citizens for different media using voice, web, or video conferencing

You’ll also join leading experts as they share best practices for successful implementations, and learn more about planning, implementation and funding models.

Register Now

Featured AVI-SPL Government AV Design and Installation Projects

Click here to view AVI-SPL government-based installations or call 866-559-8197 to talk to an AVI-SPL representative.

AV Week Projector Giveaway!

NEC M260X school projector

In honor of AV Week 2010, AVI-SPL has teamed up with NEC Display to award a brand new NEC M260X projector to a K-12 school here in the United States. We collected entries for nearly two weeks and below are the finalists!

Read through the entries below and vote for your favorite! The school with the entry that receives the most votes will win the projector! Voting begins October 25th and lasts until October 28th, 2010. The winning school will be announced soon after! Click here for Official Rules »

Questions? E-mail us at avweek@avispl.com.

Voting has ended for the AV Week Projector Giveaway. Please join us Friday morning as we announce our official winner!

Win Prizes from AVI-SPL During AV Week

AV Week: What’s That?

AV Week, October 17-23, is a celebration of the audiovisual industry hosted by InfoComm International, the leading association for the professional AV communications industry. AVI-SPL is celebrating AV Week with our customers and our employees by spreading the word about the AV industry… and by giving away super cool PRIZES! Want to know how to win? Keep reading!

K-12 Educators: Win an NEC Projector for your School!

AVI-SPL has teamed up with NEC Display to award a brand new NEC M260X projector to a K-12 school here in the United States.

Enter AV Week projector giveaway

To enter the Tools for Educators AV Week Projector Giveaway:

  • K-12 educators must submit a 140-character response to “Why should your school win a new projector?” Be creative!
  • Entries will be accepted Oct. 11-21
  • All entries will be posted at blog.avispl.com for voting the following week
  • The entry that receives the most votes will be deemed the winner and will be announced on the blog

The entry form will be posted on this blog on Oct. 11 and submissions will be accepted through Oct. 21.

Educators Start working on your submissions and check back during AV Week for your chance to win an NEC projector for your school!

Non-Educators Share this info with your friends and family members who are educators!

Answer AVI-SPL Trivia Questions: Win a Bag o’ Goodies!

Not an educator? Not a problem! You can still win an awesome prize!

We’ll be posting trivia questions about AVI-SPL on our blog and social media sites (AVI-SPL on Twitter, AVI-SPL on Facebook) all during AV Week (October 17-23). You and our followers will have three chances each day (Monday through Friday) to win a prize pack chock full of AVI-SPL goodies!

Bag o’ Goodies includes AVI-SPL-branded:

  • Soft-sided cooler
  • Tumbler (for hot or cold beverages!)
  • Recycled notebook and pen
  • USB memory stick

Be sure to follow us on Twitter or “like” us on Facebook for your chance to answer trivia questions and win this cool prize pack!

…And the Party Continues!

The fun and prizes aren’t just for our customers and fans– our nearly 40 offices will be celebrating AV Week with various events for employees! A company-wide trivia contest (with AV Week-branded prizes for employees) and “AV Spirit Week” events will be going on throughout the week. Photos of our “AV Spirit Week” activities will be posted on our Facebook page, so check it out while you’re waiting for the next trivia question! (The “Geek It Up Wednesday” photos should be good for a few LOL’s!)

Questions? Comments?

Please e-mail avweek@avispl.com with any questions about AVI-SPL’s AV Week celebrations!

How Can Audio, Video and Lighting Help Engage the House of Worship Experience?

 

  • Enhanced live streaming for sermons?
  • Multiple high-definition (HD) projection systems that could be used during concerts?
  • What AV elements were key to making the house of worship experience exciting and meaningful, and also drawing in new members?

These were just a few of the questions asked by First Baptist Oviedo’s church leadership as they began work on their new facility.

From the depths of their 2,800 seat main sanctuary to an advanced production suite known as “the bridge,” this Florida church has since introduced three Sony PMW-EX3 camcorders for live streaming, a Digidesign digital mixing console for pitch-perfect audio and rear projection rooms for the ultimate worship experience. Discover more of their dynamic, user-friendly solutions with AVI-SPL’s video tour, featuring Oviedo’s senior production associate, Josh Felix, as well as Ed Sullivan, senior design engineer, AVI-SPL.


Like what you see?

To learn how AVI-SPL can help engage your House of Worship, contact an AVI-SPL Representative at (866) 559-8197 or click here to complete our “Request a Quote” form.

Click here to see other House of Worship AV systems.

Could Google’s Latest Move Spell Trouble for the Unified Communications Market?

Over the last few years, the battle for the desktop has been intensifying between some of the biggest technology names in the world. It wouldn’t surprise folks to see Microsoft, IBM and Cisco all pitching to convince companies to use their platform and suite of applications across an enterprise.

However, just as the line has blurred between work and play, the traditional “enterprise” players are seeing new entrants join the fray. Frost and Sullivan’s recent article on Google’s acquisition and development of a Unified Communications (UC) and Collaboration suite reveals the heightened interest of traditional consumer-based players, as they try to penetrate the workplace as well. They do have a ways to go to before they can compete with the established, feature-rich solutions provided by the traditional players. However, the brand recognition and “cloud”-based approach Google will most likely take with its UC offerings could enable them to make inroads into the corporate world.

Here at AVI-SPL, we take a neutral approach to technology solutions. We help our customers deploy and leverage UC tools and applications, and are focused on solutions that best fit their requirements and budget. We do not see Google UC gaining a large market share in the enterprise in the near future. In the next few years, however, we expect that Google will be considered a viable option for corporations on a wider scale.

The above is written by Michael Brandofino, executive vice president of VTC and UC, AVI-SPL.

As momentum on this story grows, we’d like to hear from you too. Does Google have what it takes to become a strong contender in such a tightly-established market?