Posts tagged digital signage

From Video Conferencing to Digital Signage, How Can AV/IT Convergence Affect You?

Among technology buzz words, AVI/IT convergence gets high rankings. From exploring PC-based platforms for distributing messaging across corporate campuses to processing digital audio signals for stadiums and theaters, the worlds of audiovisual technology and information technology have merged into a field of common ground.

AV/IT convergence is an essential ingredient to making meeting room technologies work smoother, faster and more efficiently. It’s a vital means of improving communication and collaboration across all industries – from the IT team working to implement a plan for distance classroom cameras to the house of worship technicians helping to enhance the quality of a Sunday morning sermon broadcast over a network of churches.

With a move towards comprehensive communications technologies, no longer is it just an “AV” or “IT” responsibility to get an advanced presentation system up and running, and stay up and running. In order to get the desired end result, AV and IT specialists now need to work together to collaborate and unify the intricacies of infrastructure and maintenance.

As organizations move to streamline costs and increase their competitive edge, advanced video communications such as IP-based video conferencing, telepresence and digital signage have become necssary solutions. AV/IT convergence means the merging of system control for these solutions, eliminating the isolation of separate buildings and separate networks. This is especially important for companies working on a multi-location strategy for increased ROI and growth. It means a coming together of AV and IT professionals to reach the best outcome for an organization’s communication needs.

Tell us, what’s your take on AV/IT convergence? How is it impacting your organization?

Register Today! Explore Top Video Communications Solutions at AVI-SPL’s Tampa Technology Expo – Oct. 6

AVI-SPL’s Technology Expo will make its next stop in Tampa, Fla. on Thursday, October 6 at the A La Carte Event Pavilion. More than 30 of the AV industry’s top manufacturers will exhibit, including innovative leaders in video conferencing, telepresence and audio networking technologies.

As a video communications industry leader, AVI-SPL translates its expertise into winning business strategies for our customers. From the true-to-life appeal of HD video conferencing and telepresence to the seamless connections of audio networking, our premier engineering team in Tampa can effectively help you communicate, collaborate and compete using today’s top technologies.

As our special Technology Expo guest, you’ll also have an insiders’ look at an exclusive keynote on “Harnessing the Hidden Value of Unified Communications presented by our EVP of Unified Communications and Video, Mike Brandofino.

In addition, exclusive presentations will be delivered by Cisco and NEC Display Solutions with AIA and InfoComm accredited courses offered by Cables To Go and Crestron.

More reasons to attend:

  • Network with over 25 top Pro AV leaders and manufacturers
  • Discover the latest advances for video communications and digital signage
  • Explore top applications for audio networking and management
  • Take FREE courses and accredited classes (AIA and CTS included)
  • Simply attending means you’re automatically registered to win an iPad 2!

What Participants Are Saying…

AVI-SPL’s Technology Expo has already drawn the attention of top professionals from the business communications field such as Joe Pappalardo, a multimedia architect for Northern Trust financial services, who attended the Chicago show. “There’s nothing better than getting to see the equipment live. If you’ve got questions, this event provides experts who can help.”

Ready to Register? 

For more information on the  AVI-SPL Technology Expo and to register, click here

Who should attend? Technology managers; IT managers and CIOs; architects and engineers; construction specialists; sales and marketing professionals; programmers; design consultants; acoustical consultants; presentation and video production professionals; rental and staging companies.

We hope to see you there!

Missed NEC’s webinar on Content Management for Digital Signage?

As part of AVI-SPL University’s Professional Series, NEC recently delivered an excellent session on “Content is King: Maximizing Content Management for Digital Signage.”

During this presentation, NEC Director of Solutions Development Mike Zmuda delivered best practices across a range of digital signage applications. Covering education settings, corporate campaigns and more, Zmuda discussed the digital signage market and how to integrate an effective content management system (CMS).

Your Top Questions Answered

A few questions asked by our participants (and answered during the live session) included:

Q: How easy is it to implement wayfinding and interactive displays?

Q: What are your recommendations for churches who are looking to install a system from the ground up? Where should they start and how should they approach the entire scope of the project?

Q: How do you track the benefits/value of a corporate digital signage solution?

Q: Could you describe some typical content educational instituions use?

To find out the anwers to the above, as well as hear Zmuda’s top tips, please feel free to check out the live recording by clicking here!

About the AVI-SPL University Professional Series

AVI-SPL is hosting several informative webinars through out the year, featuring informative sessions by top experts in the AV industry, including:

  • AVTEQ
  • Bosch Security Systems
  • TV One
  • Polycom
  • NEC Display Solutions
  • FourWinds Interactive…with more to come!

To catch up on the webinars listed above, visit our “webinar replay page” by clicking here.

Stay Tuned!

To be added to our upcoming webinar notification list email us at university@avispl.com or call 877-440-6205.

Our next webinar will be presented by Polycom in September. Registration opening soon!

A Clear Forecast: Is Cloud Computing Right for Your Organization?

Gartner Group predicts that by 2013, spending on cloud computing applications will grow to over $150 billion. From corporate campuses to government institutions, taking it “to the cloud” seems to represent the next level of innovation for reliability, scalability and cost-effectiveness across a diverse range of markets.

Cloud computing benefits:

  • Can help organizations cut down on costs, including travel, hardware and maintenance
  • With resources readily available, increases responsiveness to project demands
  • Enables dispersed teams to work together quickly and more efficiently
  • Increases the impact of messaging and brand awareness

Download Our FREE Cloud Computing White Paper!

Before moving forward, you’ll need to know what exactly lies in “the cloud” environment, and how it can impact your communication initiatives. AVI-SPL’s latest white paper, A Clear Forecast, aims to help you do just that.

Click here to gain further information on cloud computing , including practical applications across all industries and technologies (including digital signage), critical research and more!

Interested in Digital Signage Applications?

You don’t need to make a huge investment in equipment and infrastructure to get your message out. AVI-SPL’s Unify ME Content provides the software and services you need to run digital media content and deliver the right multimedia experience for customers, stakeholders and employees.

Through Unify ME Content, you can rely on cloud-based services to create, manage and distribute content from a centralized point. Click here to learn more, or contact an AVI-SPL sales representative at 800-282-6733 today!

InfoComm Hosts Lunch & Tour at Philadelphia Convention Center

InfoComm Event for Architects Pennsylvania Convention CenterInfoComm International is set to host a Lunch & Tour for Architects at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Thursday, July 14, 2011, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. The free event will include a presentation and tour of the cutting edge technology in the convention center’s newly opened expansion.

AVI-SPL has teamed with Acentech, Biamp Systems and Chief to discuss the effectiveness of communicating through digital signage and industry leading audio solutions, both in presentation environments and audio paging systems, all while seamlessly integrated into the architecture of the space.

This behind-the-scenes technology tour will offer knowledge about how to successfully integrate presentation technology into your architectural designs and discover firsthand how designing with AV in mind can create the ultimate meeting environment.

The event is free and includes lunch. In addition, architects receive two AIA/CES learning units for attending.

To register, contact Molly Thompson at mthompson@infocomm.org or (703) 273-7200, ext. 3690.