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Win Prizes with AVI-SPL Trivia!

We quizzed our customers and online fans in honor of AV Week. Winners recieved fun AVI-SPL branded prize packs!

AV Week Trivia

Q: What year did Audio Visual Innovations and Signal Perfection Ltd. merge to form AVI-SPL?
A: 2008
Congratulations to our winner – Melody from Dallas!

Q: What college did CEO John Zettel attend?
A: Florida State University

Q: AVI-SPL has nearly 40 offices around the world. Name one international office location.
A: Dubai, UAE & Mexico
Congratulations to our winner – Janice O.!

Q: AVI-SPL’s President retired last month. What is her name?
A:
Stephenie Scanlon
Congratulations to our winner – Linda from Massachusetts!

Q: At AVI-SPL, what division does CRG stand for?
A: Control Room Group
Congratulations to our winner – Kimberly from Tampa!

Q: At AVI-SPL, what division does CS2 stand for?
A: Creative Show Services
Congratulations to our winner – Penny from Indiana!

Q: What do the “AVI” and “SPL” in AVI-SPL stand for?
A: Audio Visual Innovations & Signal Perfection Limited
Congratulations to our winner –  Gregory from Tampa!

Q: What is the name of AVI-SPL’s education e-newsletter?
A: Bright Ideas

Q:What are the names of AVI-SPL’s Executive Chairman and Vice Chairman?
A: Martin/Marty Schaffel and Chad Gillenwater
Congratulations to our second winner –  Sarah from New York!

Q: Name one stadium/arena project AVI-SPL (or legacy AVI / SPL) has worked on.

A: Yankee Stadium

Congratulations to our winner Harry from Maryland!

Q: In what city is AVI-SPL’s corporate headquarters located?
A: Tampa, Florida
Congratulations to our first winner – Natalie from Minnesota!

Trivia Prizes

Bag o’ Goodies for our winners includes AVI-SPL-branded:

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

Winners: We’ll be mailing your prize packs later this week!

 

Apple’s New Tablet, the iPad, for AV

iPad The technophiles, especially Apple groupies, have been eagerly waiting for (and speculating about) the official announcement about Apple’s new tablet computer. Today, Steve Jobs, along with a slew of Apple executives and developers, unveiled the iPad. With a starting price of $499, this sleek tablet could make a big impact on the AV industry.

A few uses:

  • In conference rooms instead of significantly-more-expensive touch panel displays (with the right software- perhaps with the newly released Crestron XPanel for Mac?)
  • In classrooms replacing textbooks, scientific calculators, pocket translators, calendars and desktop computers with one device
  • For presenters, iWork – Keynote allows users to present natively by connecting to a projector

What other uses can you think of?

For more information about the iPad, click here.

 

AV Trends in Higher Education

Sophisticated AV technology for classrooms, especially in higher education, is becoming a standard. With so much AV equipment being marketed to schools, it is easy to get confused by the options. ArchiTech recently published a terrific summary of the newest trends and tools for AV in the classroom.

Click here to read the full article on the ArchiTech site. 

For more information about the educational tools available from AVI-SPL, click here.

AV and IT at a Crossroads

By Dan Tynan and Tim Kridel
Pro AV MAGAZINE

It may be seem like a marriage of inconvenience, but it’s for life. As it did to so many others, information technology–and in particular, Internet Protocol networking–has wedded itself to the audiovisual industry. And many professional AV firms are finding it hard getting used to the new living arrangements.

“The adoption of IT is the most dramatic change in this industry since audio-centric companies adopted video,” says Dan Erickson, vice president and chief technology officer of General Communications in Salt Lake City and NSCA University’s 2008 Educator of the Year. “Now we see AV firms that have been in business for years having to become network savvy. That has been a difficult transition for a lot of companies.”

Click to read the full story »

Perspectives : An Interview with Tom Corzine, VP of Government Sales, AVI-SPL

What is your experience at AVI-SPL with AV integrations in the government market?

I have been with AVI-SPL for over five years and have worked with all of our integration offices to develop a sales and marketing plan for their regions. My focus is on tracking the budgets and contracts for the government but command and control centers and conference rooms make up the bulk of the type of installations we perform in this market.

How long have you been working in this particular market?

I have worked in government market for 12 years. I have attended various AV and VTC technical courses throughout my time in the AV industry.

What do you consider to be your greatest professional achievement?

My greatest achievement to date really is the sales channel we have created at AVI-SPL. No other AV integrator has the number of customers, installations and success stories we have created here. This is a very challenging industry and we are faced with some tough economic times ahead, but the system that we have created qualifies and executes business in a risk adverse manner.

What is the top concern from the government market when it comes to AV installations?

Ease of use is probably the biggest concern, especially in the Department of Defense, where there is a lot of personnel turnover. The ability to continuously train people as the technology is rapidly changing complicates the design of systems even further. Creating a system design that is flexible and expandable like we do here is really the key to the success of any AV project.

Are there any emerging technologies that you feel best equip this market’s needs?

I wouldn’t necessarily call these technologies emerging; however, they are existing technologies that I see growth in their demand. The use of fiber network backbones, blade computing and wireless technologies are in high demand based on the security, flexibility and efficiency they bring to a system. They have become more affordable over time and the cost factor is outweighed by the added benefits these technologies bring to the table.

What do you identify as the greatest challenges for AV systems integrators that focus on the government market?

Finding the personnel to dedicate to this market is the greatest challenge. The AV industry is challenging enough due to the technical nature of the sales and installations. The additional requirement to find people with experience in procurement and contracting really creates an environment where companies have to train and educate their own government sales force.

In light of the economic challenges AV integrators are facing, have you seen a change in the type of technology being requested?

Due to the annual budget planning requirements for government, the current economic hardships haven’t hit this market yet. With the first new administration in eight years preparing to take office, the future budget is a topic that we do track. We have seen government taking on a stronger role in several areas, especially within the financial markets, defense, Homeland Security and possibly with the automotive market.

How do you foresee the future of AV integration in the government sector changing?

AV technologies will become network centric solutions, and I foresee AV budgets for preventative maintenance, service and support growing into separate line items in government IT budgets. The government has invested heavily in technology over the past 10 years and in order to maintain this existing equipment, dedicated budgets will have to be created. We have seen many agencies hire AV managers to oversee this very task as their AV infrastructures have grown. This is good for everyone as the more attention given to the management of the AV resources the better chance the equipment and services will function more appropriately when used.