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Another Way to Buy Your New Control Center

"Control Room Group"Are you ready to refresh your existing control room, expand your existing control room space or build a new control center in a new facility? If so, you’ll soon see that making the decision to move forward on the project was the easy part of the process and now the really hard work begins.

What is the hardest of the hard work? Figuring out how you’re going to pay for the new control room.

In previous posts, we’ve talked about the traditional ways of purchasing Control Room Group (CRG) goods and services, i.e. the traditional negotiated purchase and the lease – and the benefits of each. Now we’d like to talk with you about a NEW way to purchase your control center.

Let’s fast forward through the initial contact, the series of meetings between your staff (operators, engineers, IT staff, facility engineers and security staff) and ours (design engineers, production engineers, project managers and installation managers) and get to the part where you’re satisfied that the CRG will provide you with the control room of your dreams and you’re ready to buy.

So, what’s the NEW way to buy all or a portion of your control center? By taking advantage of available federal grant monies. Yes, there are federal grants available that can pay for all or a large portion of your control room project! I was surprised to learn over the last few weeks of 2011 about the number of government grant programs that are available to our clients, and this grant money can be used to help pay for your control room project.

In an attempt to facilitate the grant proposal process and ease the potential pain of learning this process, the CRG has a staff member who is expert in the world of grants and we are offering their services to you FREE of charge. Our team is here to help you research available grants, determine whether or not your project qualifies and then, and most importantly, help you write the grant proposal. If you want to get started on searching for available grant money, please call me or drop me an email.

As you move forward on your project(s) this year, don’t forget that there are a variety of ways to pay for your new control center – outright purchase, lease and purchase, lease only, and last, but certainly not least, utilizing available federal grant monies. Please take advantage of our new grant assistance services. I think you’ll be plesantly surprised by the number of funding sources available to the market.

Questions? Comments? Feel free to call me at 888-619-9083 x8010 or e-mail me at david.jones@avispl.com.

Video Highlights of Hibernia Baptist Church A/V Integration

AVI-SPL integrated audio, lighting and digital signage systems for Hibernia Baptist Church’s newly constructed worship hall. This video highlights the solutions installed, why they were chosen and how they help Hibernia communicate with its staff and patrons in order to provide an informative, memorable experience. Watch the video below and read a full case study of AVI-SPL’s Hibernia integration in our Concept Catalog.

Contact AVI-SPL at 1-800-282-6733 or sales@avispl.com and discover how we can install the right audio visual, video conferencing unified communications or digital media solution for your organization.

AVI-SPL Features Top Education Solutions for K-12 at FETC, Jan. 24-26

Are you looking for budget-friendly solutions that meet your curriculum objectives, as well as excite your students’ motivation to learn?

Visit AVI-SPL at FETC 2012, Jan. 24-26 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. We’ll be at booth #1407, offering professional development information and more!

Audiovisual technology offers a wealth of flexible possibilities to meet these dynamic needs, appealing to both auditory and tactile learners. In a range of advanced technologies, the simplicity of video remains a perfect medium for educators and students alike.

From innovative interactive whiteboards to the latest trends in 3-D projection technologies, discover engaging solutions that bring the ultimate level of excitement and education to your classroom. As we focus on empowering educators through technology, please be sure to stop by our booth at FETC and speak with our Education reps!

 

 

 

Presentation Schedule

Feel free to click here for our presentation schedule at FETC, Jan. 24-26. Our booth will include sessions on the SMART Response system, 3-D technology and interactive whiteboards, professional development for tech integration, prizes and so much more!

Professional Development

While at FETC, our sessions will feature:

RM Easiteach Next Generation: This is a complete whole-class teaching and learning software application which puts you in the driving seat for creating and delivering engaging lessons and resources.

The tools are rich and powerful, but also easy to use, removing barriers and allowing you to make the most of your classroom hardware tools – compatible with any interactive whiteboard and a range of classpads, voting systems and multi-touch tables.

Click here for a video overview of the Easiteach!

RM Dance to Advance: A fun and easy-to-use dance mat activity software for math, ELA, science and social studies.  Using visual, kinesthetic, and auditory stimuli, RM Dance to Advance is an ideal way to challenge and test students’ knowledge.

The captivating game format features 1 or 2 player capability and allows for single, dual (stepping on 2 answers at once) or sequential (A then B then C) responses.  RM Dance to Advance allows students to personalize their learning experience by selecting from a range of characters, music and background scenes.  Even the most reluctant learner will want to join in the fun!

RM ePad: The RM ePad gives you the freedom to teach and engage your students from anywhere in the classroom. Create and deliver engaging lessons with all the interactivity of a whiteboard from the palm of your hand.

The RM ePad includes RM Easiteach, the award-winning dynamic software tool for engaging and stimulating whole-class teaching. Click here for a video overview of this exciting product!

RM Tuff-Cam: The RM Tuff-Cam is an ultra-simple 3.1 mega-pixel digital movie/still camera designed particularly for children.  This innovative product features rugged rubber casing and a child-friendly grip that makes it perfect for classroom and field-trip use. 

The 4cm LCD screen facilitates video and audio recording and playback.  Children are able to adjust video resolution and zoom through intuitive and easily accessible buttons.  In addition, the camera includes 64MB of internal memory which can be expanded via the SD card slot. 

A docking station allows for easy connection to any PC or Mac (please note, the RM Tuff-Cam is not compatible with Windows 7).  

Come Meet AVI-SPL’s Education Team

These are just a few innovations you’ll see while visiting us at FETC. With a strong dedication towards not only meeting — but exceeding – client expectations, AVI-SPL’s highly trained, highly certified Education team defines the standards for the dynamic design, build and installation of cutting-edge presentation solutions.

You can depend on AVI-SPL to provide:

 • Customized presentation and communication solutions for your classroom

• Comprehensive training

• 24/7/365 support, both on-site and off-site 

While at FETC, please be sure to visit AVI-SPL at Booth #1407 to learn more about using video technology solutions in your classroom. You can also contact AVI-SPL by calling (866) 559-8197 or visiting www.avispl.com.

AVI-SPL Employees Ham it up on the Air

Did you know there are a number of ham radio operators that work at AVI-SPL?  

Ham radio (AKA amateur radio) is two-way radio communications for people to talk to friends across town, in another country or even orbiting the planet (yes, people can, and do, use ham radios in space!). The amateur radio frequencies are the last remaining place in the usable radio spectrum where individuals can develop and experiment with wireless communications. 

When cell phones, land-line phones, the Internet and other systems are down or overloaded, amateur radio is a reliable communication method. The government gives many privileges to hams because they regularly assist the community during emergencies. They can play a major part in communications during virtually any catastrophe, from natural disasters (extreme weather like tornadoes or hurricanes, major earthquakes, tsunamis), or man-made problems (industrial accidents, chemical spills).

“The National Weather Service and other government entities cannot see what is happening on the ground during a disaster,” said Jim Kelly, AVI-SPL videoconferencing engineer. “They need real world feedback on what is happening.  About 10 years ago North Carolina had several tornadoes come through so I reported back to the National Weather Service about the size of hail in addition to details about the shapes of the clouds.”

Tod Andrews, design engineer from our Columbia, MD office, recalls assisting in a natural disaster more than a decade ago. “I remember being the packet hub coordinator for health and welfare during the 1994 Northridge earthquake into the affected area. It felt really good to help so many families reconnect after an awful earthquake.”

Connie Valentine, AVI-SPL senior design engineer adds: “The storm watchers and the emergency people do it to help other people.  The FCC is making a real effort to eliminate the radio bands that hams talk on.  Cell phones have given a way for people to communicate easily, but in a real emergency, when the cell phone towers are down, the ham radio operators will be there.”

In addition to helping the community, Andrews also enjoys amateur radio as a hobby.  “You can go camping and bring your ham gear; you can get involved in public safety with local officials. You can even communicate with the space shuttle or the International Space Station!”

Project Manager Doug Wilkens got involved in ham radio while growing up in India where his family was without much contact to the rest of the world. Wilkens began listening to BBC and Voice of America over a shortwave radio to stay connected. His interest in radios grew from there and he began building his own when he was still just a kid. When he returned to the U.S., Wilkens immediately began working on getting his ham radio license. Like all radio, Amateur Radio is regulated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and must abide by international agreements.

“I wanted to be able to make my own transmissions to virtually anywhere in the world, just like the operators I listened to,” Wilkens said. “Now years later, I’ve made friends all over the world through ham radio.”

Kelly, Andrews, Valentine and Wilkens are a part of nearly 700,000 Amateur Radio operators in the U.S. and more than two million more around the world. Want to join this group of “hams” or learn more about amateur radio? The ARRL has some great resources on their website!

AVI-SPL Tops Systems Contractor News 2011 Integrator List

In Systems Contractor News magazine’s just-released Top 50 Systems Integrators for 2011, AVI-SPL led all other companies with projected revenues of $550 million – nearly $50 million more than its 2010 total, and over $100 million more than its nearest competitor.

It’s the second number-one ranking for AVI-SPL in recent weeks. The company was also named the integrator of the year by Commercial Integrator magazine, which profiled AVI-SPL for the cover story in its December issue.

AVI-SPL has earned the trust of its collaborators and customers because of our dedication to providing the best service from project consultation all the way to support. Through solutions that include telepresence, Unified Communications, audio conferencing, video conferencing and digital media, we help businesses communicate, collaborate and compete, and have completed over 30,000 integrations worldwide.

Take a look at a sampling of our integrations in the following markets:

Corporate

Control rooms

Education

Government & Military

Healthcare

House of Worship

Hospitality & Entertainment

Stadiums & Arenas

AVI-SPL also offers the full production resources of our Creative Show Services, a team of directors, project managers and audio-video engineers dedicated to helping you engage with your audience.

To find the AV solution that’s right for your business, complete this brief needs analysis form, and an AVI-SPL representative will give you a call. You can also contact us at (800) 282-6733 or via email at sales@avispl.com.