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VNOC Symphony Awarded For Innovation

AVI-SPL’s VNOC Symphony Management Platform has been honored with a 2012 TMC Labs Innovation Award.

It is the first software platform to automate the complex, backend processes needed to schedule, monitor and manage video conferencing resources. Symphony allows users to quickly and easily schedule their own video meetings, survey available video resources, access reports and analytics, and connect with remote support directly from their desktop or smart mobile devices. Additional features include:

  • Unprecedented on-boarding, testing and certification process
  • Robust customer defined rules and policies governing such actions as meeting setup, meeting teardown, escalation processes and conflict management
  • User and administrator access via web portal, mobile applications, and groupware integration such as Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Notes

The TMC Labs Innovation Awards acknowledges products that display innovation, unique features, and significant contributions toward improving communications technology. This accolade is bestowed to companies demonstrating ground-breaking contributions to the industry.

“We’re delighted by this recognition from TMC Labs,” said Scott Allen, senior vice president of managed services architecture, AVI-SPL. “AVI-SPL’s VNOC Symphony was created to take the complexities out of managing video in the enterprise, making video meetings simple, reliable and as easy to set up as a phone call. Being distinguished for our innovation defines the leadership AVI-SPL strives to provide for the industry.”

“The TMC Labs Innovation Award represents the best and the most unique products and services that this industry has to offer. AVI-SPL has proven their commitment to quality and the further development of the IP communications industry through its VNOC Symphony,” stated Tom Keating, CTO and TMC Labs Founder.

The 2012 TMC Labs Innovation Award highlights are to be published in the July/August 2012 issue of INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine.

Learn more about VNOC Symphony

Inside the Mob Museum: Technology Helps Tell the Story

Las Vegas – The Mob Museum is dedicated to the history of organized crime and law enforcement.  This $42 million renovation of the former courthouse presents the real stories and events of Mob history through interactive and engaging exhibits that reveal all sides of the story about the role of organized crime in the U.S.

AVI-SPL was responsible for integrating 26 exhibits in the museum showcased from the moment you begin your tour.  While we won’t cover every exhibit of which AVI-SPL was a part, this will leave you with more to see on your visit! In the meantime, here is a brief teaser.

The museum chronologically starts on the third floor guiding patrons to work their way back down to the first. Once in the elevator, a cop on a mounted television reads you your rights. Welcome to the mob life.

The first set of exhibits takes you through the Mob’s history. They answer who was involved in the beginning and why. Inside a room designed to feel like the debriefing area at a police station is a Da-Lite 96”x54” manual drop down screen with a Digital Projections DVision 30 1080p XL projector presenting Mob101 — some basics of the Mob’s establishment.

Once you have the scoop on a few key mobsters that will pop up throughout your visit, the next room travels back to a saloon during Prohibition. In there is one of the most entertaining exhibits throughout the museum – the poker table. Guests gamble imaginary coins to test their knowledge on some of the time’s trivia. This interactive poker table has four of five touch screens allowing four visitors to play a trivia game about the mob.

Next, there is an interactive hallway to walk down. There, people can take a blood oath, see if the mob had ties in their hometown and learn about the early efforts of organized crime as it began branching out into areas such as gambling over what is called the “race wire,” sports fixing and drug smuggling.

On the second floor there is a waiting room with benches that are equipped with hidden Solid Drive SD-1 speakers, so visitors are surrounded by the experience of people talking and shuffling.  The year is 1950 and the Kefauver hearings are now in session. The doors automatically open every 12 minutes and funnel guests into the actual court room where the hearing was held over 60 years before. The AV work in this room is totally immersive, shedding light on the story that made Kefauver nationally famous and introduced many Americans to the concept of the Mafia for the first time ever.

This courtroom is also where the former Mayor of Las Vegas Oscar Goodman defended several clients in “Mafia” trials. During his term in office, it was Mayor Goodman who looked out of his office window which overlooked the soon to be condemned Federal Building and came up with the idea for a museum that would preserve organized crime and law enforcement history of Las Vegas.

In the courtroom there are four projectors — including two Digital Projections DVision 1080PXL, one Christie LW-650 illuminating the translucent plexiglass causing a holographic effect and one Panasonic PT-DX800 which adds the background behind the judge’s bench to complete the effect. During the presentation characters on any one screen interact with those on another as voices and sound effects are played on all sides from the 5.1-surround system consisting of K-Array products.

Once court is adjourned, the rest of the second floor leads you deeper into the mob’s illegal transactions that transformed Vegas into how we know it today.

Inside another room known as “Vegas Wide Open,” there are interactive lessons on card counting and loaded dice, and screens that ask visitor to spot the scam happening in the casino from real surveillance footage.

There is a multi-touch screen table which consists of two Multitouch MT460 touch surfaces, where guests can explore which mobsters had what ties to the Vegas hotels and to one another.

Also within this room is a widescreen — approx. 30:9 aspect ratio — showing images from two blended projectors, with three video windows processed via RGB Spectrum MediaWall 2900 and Edge Blend Units. Three synchronized videos are fed from the Alcorn McBride Binloop HD players in the AV rack on the first floor. The content shows a timeline montage set to music about how the city landscape has changed from its earliest history until today, including a couple of videos of famous hotels being imploded.

Next are the museum’s most gruesome exhibits including real photos of famous mobsters gunned down, video expose’s from real mob hit men in a small  theatre made to feel like a meat locker and even the actual barber chair in which Albert Anastasia was murdered. This exhibit, like most of the projected images throughout the museum, uses the same Digital Projections projector mentioned above.

The first floor is all about the take down of the mob and its everlasting impact on society and pop culture.  There are wire taps to listen in on, pieces of evidence to examine and plenty of video testimonials of mobsters, law enforcement officers and undercover agents

The tour finishes with a movie room that features clips from the most recognized mobster films. The custom curved lace and grommet screen by Da-Lite is filled with a projected image from a Christie DHD-800 projector. The video and audio in this theatre and throughout the museum originates and is synchronized from the Alcorn McBride system. They have memorabilia from some of the movie sets as well.

Did I mention that all of this can be controlled from one tablet computer? Lights, touchscreens and more can all function from one mobile hand held device. This is useful during tours, media events and at times when the entire museum is rented out for an event so the staff can start and stop exhibits as needed.

AVI-SPL Expands Canadian Presence with Calgary and Vancouver Operations

AVI-SPL has expanded its Canadian presence with the launch of operations in Calgary, Alberta and Vancouver, British Columbia.

AVI-SPL has added a technical staff of video engineers and project managers through the acquisition of AV design firm Engineered AV with offices in Calgary and Vancouver.

“As AVI-SPL’s business in Canada continues to grow within the energy market, we’ve taken the next step by establishing a physical presence through the acquisition of Engineered AV,” said John Zettel, chief executive officer, AVI-SPL. “We are excited to add an experienced and talented group of individuals who will allow us to grow the number of clients we serve in the Calgary and Vancouver markets.”

The establishment of offices in Canada expands our global footprint, now with operations throughout North America, in addition to Mexico and Dubai. We are also a joint founder of the AV Global Alliance, a partnership of leading video conferencing and audio visual system integrators, who design, install and maintain complex audio visual and video conferencing solutions and offer mutual support to their multinational clients.

AVI-SPL’s new Canadian offices are located at:

Calgary:
Suite 300, 400-5th Ave. S.W. Calgary, AB, T2P 0L6.
Phone: (403) 457-1994

Vancouver:
Suite 1000, 355 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC, V6C 2G8
Phone: (604) 638 – 4961

Intern Takes On InfoComm

It’s been a little over a week back in the office post-InfoComm.  It’s not back to work, because we did plenty of that out in Vegas. It’s just back to the day-to-day. No parties at some hotel on the strip tonight. No cool exhibits to check out some company’s latest products and solutions. Though the office may not have changed while we were gone for InfoComm, I see this internship with new eyes.

If I learned one thing while at the show — it requires a special breed of AV rock stars to take on an event like InfoComm.

The show itself was huge. Huge is probably the understatement of the year. Prior to the show, people threw around the word “booth” very loosely. In my mind InfoComm would be a few hundred tents set up, a few signs, screens and select devices. Boy, was I wrong.

These booths were the size of houses and powered more electronics than they use in some small towns. Setting these up required heavy machinery and a lot of manpower. Some had second stories or enclosed areas to host private meetings.  Many offered food, drinks and comfortable seating. Of course all presented the latest and greatest solutions to just about any AV challenge you could imagine.

We saw 3D projectors, seamless video walls and interactive screens that any organization, no matter what the industry, could benefit from. The future was at InfoComm and at times, it was so overwhelming that I found myself at a loss for words, only able to describe each exhibit with the most eloquent of adjectives — cool.

Sure, you’re just walking and standing, but the convention center covered more than 487,000 square feet of exhibits and special events space. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. the show room floor was bustling with activity. Any moment spent eating or sitting was considered a waste of precious networking opportunity.

Everyone found reason to celebrate. Whether your company was winning an award or you were supporting a good cause, such as NSCA’s Education Foundation, there was an incredible balance of work and play. In the end, it was all centered around good ol’ fashion networking.

From competitors to coworkers, the show floor was full with over 34,000 people. Upon departure, I looked like a blackjack dealer with all my cards — business cards, that is. I spent my days visiting our partners’ booths and covering their InfoComm stories via our social media outlets. I spent my nights getting to know fellow “AVI-SPL”ers from 30 different offices outside our Tampa headquarters. We were out in full force and people made note of it. They were shocked to hear we were over 100 employees strong at the show.

It was neat putting faces to the names I write press releases about and it was great getting to see our company’s values upheld from office to office. Each office represented our core values with a little twist. There was the Detroit version, the New York version, the Dallas version and even our distant neighbors with the Orlando version. I got to know each a little better, formed connections a little deeper and was really proud to be a part of such a prestigious team.

Now that you’ve had some time to let InfoComm12 sink in, let us know your thoughts. What were your impressions of the week? Were you an esteemed veteran or a rookie intern like myself? Did you have a favorite booth? Did any surprise you? Let’s hear it!

Mark Linton Promoted to SVP of Integration

Chicago – Congratulations to Mark Linton on his promotion to Senior Vice President of Integration for the Eastern Region.

In this role, Linton will work to improve profitability and operational efficiencies throughout AVI-SPL’s 32 offices. Linton will work side by side with the eastern region general managers to foster AVI-SPL’s focus on communication and quality assurance

Doug Carnell, executive vice president of operations stated: “Mark’s ability to focus on the process of operations while growing a large office, will serve us well in the eastern region. His great attitude and leadership will continue our great success in the region.”

Linton joined AVI-SPL in 2000 and has served the last five years as the general manager for AVI-SPL’s Chicago office. During his time as general manager, Mark has worked diligently with the Chicago team, doubling their growth in four short years from $25 million in 2008 to over $50 million in 2011. This year, the Chicago office was awarded Top Integration Sales Office at the company’s National Sales Meeting.

In addition, Shelley Salys has been promoted to general manager of the Chicago office. Salys has worked with Linton and the Chicago team for the last nine years and has been the Operations Manager for the past four years.

Congratulations Mark and Shelley! We know you’ll continue achieving great things for AVI-SPL in your new positions.