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AVI-SPL Distinguished with Polycom’s Integrator of the Year Award for 2008

Recognition highlights outstanding customer service, ability to provide complete end-to-end video communications solutions

TAMPA, FL, June 23, 2009 – Leading audio and video communications provider AVI-SPL was recently named “Integrator of the Year” by Polycom, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLCM), the global leader in telepresence, video and voice communications solutions. Announced last week during the Infocomm 2009 conference and expo in Orlando, Fla., Polycom’s award recognizes AVI-SPL for outstanding customer service, highlighting the company’s ability to create innovative solutions that support the unique needs of a diverse range of markets, including the corporate, education and government sectors.

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SANYO Introduces Two Ultra Portable Projectors With Eco Stand-by Mode and Easy Setup Function for the Education Market

Alert! It has come to our attention that there is a computer virus named Green AV (“Green AntiVirus”) circulating on the internet. AVI-SPL in not affiliated with or affected by the Green AV hoax. All references to Green AV on any of AVI-SPL’s websites is relevant to the Green Audio Visual industry.

Sanyo launched two ultra portable projectors – the PLC-XW250 and the PLC-XW200 – that offer educators outstanding cost performance with an eco stand-by power mode that uses a mere 0.4 watts and their exclusive “Easy Setup Function.”

Eco Power Stand-by Mode

Using a mere 0.4 watts, the PLC-XW250 and the PLC-XW200 are SANYO’s most ecological data projectors. The eco power stand-by mode saves about 80% of the energy that is consumed by similar previous SANYO projectors*. By redesigning the electrical circuits, these two projectors are able to comply with the EuP-Directive Lot 6 and the EU RoHS Directive. As an additional environmental measure, all the packaging contains pulp molds, which can be recycled as used paper.

Easy Setup Functions

Both projectors incorporate SANYO’s latest “Easy Setup Function”, which include Auto Input Signal Search, Auto Vertical Keystone Correction, and an Input Guidance Function. The Auto Input Signal Search automatically detects the input signal and makes the necessary internal settings. The Auto Vertical Keystone Correction function automatically detects its position angle and corrects for any image distortion. And finally, the Guidance Function displays on-screen connection instructions when there is no input signal detected, enabling easy setup for expert users and novices alike.

Wired LAN Management

Using the supplied wired LAN terminal (RJ-45), the PLC-XW250 and PLC-XW200 can be controlled and managed via network connection. The LAN connection offers settings for power on/off, switching input signals, projecting from a remote location, as well as for monitoring lamp conditions and usage time. An automatic maintenance notification function sends notices to preset email addresses in the event of projector problems, resulting in faster maintenance response time. Using SANYO’s PJ Network Manager software, it’s possible to centrally monitor operating conditions of up to 200 projectors on a single network, reducing multiple projector management time.

Other Features

While both projectors provide a native resolution of 1280 x 768 and are capable of displaying high definition material, the projectors’ can project an aspect ratio is 4:3. The compact dimensions and lightweight properties of the PLC-XW250 and PLC-XW200 make them a perfect choice for educational and even business presentation applications. Both deliver a super bright image with the PLC-XW250 rated at 2600 lumens and the PLC-XW200 rated at 2200 lumens.

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Biamp products support commitment to ENERGY STAR efficiency

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Consumers sharing the growing public concern over environmental issues who are seeking energy efficient schools, conference centers, offices, and other facilities can now address those concerns with energy efficient commercial audio equipment.

Biamp Systems has just announced that several of its amplifier products have been designated ENERGY STAR qualified, supporting a change in consumer behavior that will help to ensure the quality of the environment.

Biamp products that have earned the ENERGY STAR qualification include:

  • CPA130 Commercial Power Amplifier
  • CPA650 Commercial Power Amplifier
  • IWA250 In-Wall Powered Mixers
  • MCA Series Multi-Channel Amplifiers

Biamp’s Environmental and Regulatory Compliance Committee, created in 2004 to ensure that every aspect of the company’s operation, regarding safety, energy efficiency and pollution is optimized with current and future concerns in mind, oversaw this process. In addition to addressing government regulations, the Committee fosters open communication with employees, customers and the community about environmental issues that will be instrumental in Biamp’s continuing growth and success.

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InFocus SplitScreen: Installation Solutions


InFocus SplitScreen provides new options for collaboration and presentation. This advanced side-by-side image processing feature provides new uses and increased functionality previously requiring two display sources now from a single projector. Through InFocus SplitScreen you can display two images on the screen at the same time. They may be two computer inputs, two video inputs, or one of each. The computer inputs may be up to WUXGA (1920×1200), while the video inputs may be 1080p, giving you the ability to project any content needed side by side. Please see the chart below for the input compatibility available with InFocus SplitScreen.

Scenario 1: Video Conferencing / Distance Learning

InFocus SplitScreen can be coupled with a video conferencing solution to deliver a quality telepresence solution. With the ability to display two sources side-by-side, InFocus SplitScreen allows you to take full advantage of both data channels on your video conferencing system. In a distance learning environment where the teacher is virtual, this is a perfect solution. By using this technology, students in the classroom will be able to see the teacher on one side of the screen. With the professor and his content side-by-side on one screen, the experience is similar to being there in person. Having the ability to watch the professor and view his lecture material provides a very natural learning experience.

Similar to distance learning, video conferencing in business is a collaboration tool that is being used more and more. The ability to send an email and then moments later connect and have face-to-face interaction is invaluable. No need to schedule a flight or delay the interaction until your next visit. The flexibility of the InFocus SplitScreen allows you to use the room as you would any other conference room, presenting full screen, and meet as you normally would. When a video conferencing session is needed, SplitScreen can be turned on with the simple touch of a button. Once the InFocus SplitScreen is enabled, you will have dual images displayed. This allows you to see the party you are conferencing with as well as the information being discussed. Since it is a projected image, it will be large, easy to read and visible by everyone in the room.

Scenario 2: Advanced Presenting/Dynamic curriculum

Many educators have now been teaching with InFocus Projectors for years – some of them since the beginning of their careers. In their classrooms they have many sources of information that they draw from to deliver a lesson plan. They may have slides on a laptop, a specimen on a document camera, and some information on a web or intranet site. Many educators have asked for features to take their lesson delivery to the next level. InFocus SplitScreen fulfills this request.

The ability of InFocus’ SplitScreen technology to display two images side by side allows educators to expand their normal delivery. It allows them to use their document camera to show a specimen or example on one side of the screen, while delivery key points and information on the other side of the screen. InFocus’ SplitScreen allows them to show the specimen and delivery the lesson plan at the same time. Providing the educator the tools to deliver the total message to the students all at once, not having to go through the lesson plan and then discussing the example.

SMART Technologies™ Has Changed the Senteo to SMART Response

SMART Response (formerly called Senteo) is an interactive response system combining handheld wireless remotes (or clickers), a receiver and powerful assessment software that allows you to create tests and manage, track, and evaluate the results. SMART Response software guides you through every task with intuitive prompts, clear directions and direct links. You always know what step you’re on and where to go next. Best of all, it integrates seamlessly with SMART Notebook software, giving you all the tools you need to design engaging and interactive test material.

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