Posts tagged InfoComm

Canon Projectors Win Twice at InfoComm

Canon doubled up on projector awards while at the annual InfoComm trade show last week. Industry publication AV Technology named Canon’s REALiS 4K500ST projector as one of its Best of Show winners.

Systems Contractor News named Canon’s REALiS WUX500 projector as its Most Innovative Video Display Product.

REALiS 4K500ST features include:

  • LCoS technology with AISYS enhancement
  • 5,000 lumens
  • Short throw
  • True 4K

REALiS WUX500 features:

  • LCoS with Canon lens
  • 5,000 lumens
  • Constant brightness
  • Native widescreen resolution – 1920 x 1200
  • DICOM simulation mode (D model)

Order the REALiS 4K500ST, the REALiS WUX500 and WUX500 D (DICOM compliant) at AVI-SPL’s Canon product page.

Microsoft Surface Hub at InfoComm 2016

Today’s post is contributed by Linda Civitillo, AVI-SPL VP of UCC Solutions. Linda was at InfoComm 2016, where she showed visitors to the AVI-SPL booth the collaboration power of the Microsoft Surface Hub.

If you were at InfoComm last week, you know that it was a massive, exciting show. From breathtaking canvas displays to huddle space solutions that are transforming the workplace, there was something to inspire everyone attending. As the leader at AVI-SPL for our Microsoft Surface Hub practice, I didn’t actually get to see much of anything outside of our booth, and that was just fine with me.

Microsoft Surface Hub demo
Microsoft Surface Hub demo at the AVI-SPL booth at InfoComm

Why? The excitement and foot traffic at InfoComm in front of the 84” and 55” Surface Hub devices in our booth was non-stop. Both devices are now shipping and attendees were eager to interact with them.

After three very full days at the show, here’s what stood out to me about the opportunity organizations have with the Microsoft Surface Hub:

#1: Shoulder-to-Shoulder Productivity
The feature that immediately grabbed the attention of InfoComm attendees experiencing the Surface Hub was the OneNote whiteboard. There are a lot of interactive whiteboards on the market, but on this feature alone, attendees were blown away by the Surface Hub: the responsiveness of inking with the pen, the sensitivity of the input from pen to screen, and that there was no lag time between the flow of ideas and the ability to capture them on the display. Even more compelling was the ability to ink within and “grab” content from any Windows universal app to pull into the whiteboard session. Oh, and while we’re at it, let’s connect some content from personal devices or dial-in that subject matter expert using Skype for Business. These scenarios are where the Surface Hub shines. On the 84” device, it is possible to have three people standing shoulder-to-shoulder working together drawing on the OneNote whiteboard and collaborating rapidly. I call this shoulder-to-shoulder productivity and it’s a vastly improved experience compared with sitting around a conference table with laptops when you’re working on something together.

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#2: The Surface Hub in the Lecture Hall
One of the use cases for the Surface Hub that was made even more intriguing to me after InfoComm was in Higher Education. Imagine a professor at the front of a lecture hall using Surface Hub as a platform to teach new concepts. This teacher now has the ability to bring learning to a new level as she interacts with related content pulled from digital source materials wherever they are, connects with other classrooms or experts remotely, and extends out the display format so that students can capture or contribute content from their personal devices. Wow.

#3: Next Generation of Collaboration Services
At InfoComm, we were also excited to announce the next generation of our Collaboration services. As a Microsoft Gold Partner, we are continuing to boost our Microsoft practice with advanced expertise in Microsoft Skype for Business deployments and Microsoft Exchange integration. AVI-SPL offers support to clients with Skype for Business rollouts, providing professional services to onboard users and devices like the Surface Hub with Skype, and fostering productive adoption of group collaboration tools to “…continue AVI-SPL’s pioneering of the AV/IT convergence, and remain at the forefront of today’s transforming workplace,” according to Dale Bottcher, our senior vice president of sales.

Ready to Experience the Microsoft Surface Hub in your organization?

You can PREORDER YOUR SURFACE HUB today or REQUEST A LIVE DEMO.

Hear How AV Solutions Have Transformed NC State’s Hunt Library

In this 25-minute InfoComm podcast, you’ll learn how North Carolina State’s Hunt Library is using the advanced AV systems — integrated by AVI-SPL — that earned it the 2014 Stanford Prize for Innovation in Research Libraries. Representatives from the library and Sextant Consulting lead this discussion.

Listen to “Behind the Exceptional Experience at N.C. State’s James Hunt Library”.

 

 

What to Look for at InfoComm 2015

InfoComm show logoInfoComm 2015 is upon us — the exhibition runs from June 17-19 — and this year’s show brings the annual anticipation over what new trends we can expect to hear about and the new products for organizations.

Joseph Laezza, AVI-SPL SVP UCC and Service Solutions, offers his insight as to what this year’s show may reveal.

At InfoComm this year, I would expect to see and hear a lot about the following trends:

1. Workplace transformation – This is one of the hottest topics in the audio-visual and collaboration space industry as it relates to technologies, solutions, and integration. With dispersed workforces becoming mainstream, the millennial generation entering the workplace, and mobile technologies dominating the workplace demand, most businesses of all sizes are endeavoring upon the transformation of their workplace and collaboration solutions. There is a significant amount of technology refresh, and AV and collaboration evaluation among the business communities underway as a result.

2. Collaboration solutions for the new workplace – As with the trends and movement toward the next level of mobile workforce and workplace transformation, the technologies and solutions are rapidly changing. Software-based solutions and cloud deployments will dominate the trends here.

3. 4K UHD curved commercial displays and monitors – The new generation of Ultra HD displays are making their way into the commercial space and will take advantage of the trends in workplace transformation.

Companies to keep an eye on:

1. Microsoft – This year at InfoComm, Microsoft Skype for Business, and other collaboration solutions and technologies will be on heavy display. They will not only be demonstrating the “new Lync” now branded “Skype for business” heavily, but they will also be unveiling their new surface technologies for the collaboration space called “Surface Hub,” a large, 4k, all-in-one display.

2. Cisco and Polycom – Expect to see a common theme supporting the workplace transformation trends and technologies and solutions that are more interoperable and mobile than they’ve been in the past.

3. Acano and PexIP – Their new software-based infrastructure technologies are powering the collaboration solutions in the new generation of workplace.

4. Sony and Samsung – They will likely place HUGE ultra HD displays in the front of their showcases as usual, but this year I would expect to start seeing the consumer-like technologies such as the curved UHD display in their commercial-grade forms.

 

If you will be at this year’s InfoComm, be sure to attend the Wed., June 17 session “UC as a Service: Has the Cloud Changed Our Sweet Spot?” Joseph Laezza will be among the experts discussing the pros and cons of Collaboration as a Service options. Read the synopsis and register here.

AVI-SPL Connects the Community: Higher-Ed

Each environment has unique challenges that require specialized solutions. This week in our AVI-SPL Connects the Community series, Tracie Bryant, our vice president of sales for State and Local Government and Educationdiscusses trends and challenges in classroom and campus environments.

Higher Education environments are evolving to support collaborative and personalized learning through technology. In the past, classrooms were designed for an instructor-led one-to-many lecture format. Now classroom design is focused on fostering collaboration among small groups to promote active learning. Multiple displays in the classroom enable students to post content from round tables situated around the room where each individual is able to plug in their tablet or laptop through ports built into the tables. Technology allows teachers to be mobile, moving from table to table with their own tablet to advise students and facilitate collaboration.

After class, cloud-based learning management software allows cooperative projects to be worked on outside the classroom and then be presented during the next class. Research is conducted by students collaborating via video conferencing and chat, so infrastructure has to support mobility and multiple consumer devices.

Integrating these new collaboration tools comes with some obstacles. Major roadblocks include budget cuts and outdated policy. Fortunately, our education team can design solutions that address these concerns.

Shrinking technology budgets don’t necessarily require downsizing your collaboration goals. By integrating BYOD solutions, up-front costs for technology can be significantly reduced. Additionally, grants are available to fund technology programs in higher education. Understanding what our clients need to accomplish helps our team identify grants that supplement schools’ existing budgets or assist them with the development of programs they intend to launch. Rather than limiting them to one funding source, we’ll create a strategic grants roadmap involving multiple sources and extending throughout the phases of implementation of their technology plan.  The manufacturers we work with will provide grants consulting and application services at no charge to our customers.

Higher Education leaders often update school policies once they are aware of the positive impact that these collaborative technologies can have on learning. Our team can share examples of education case stories from similar clients to help you reach your goals.

Contact us for more information about our Higher Education solutions >

Join us at InfoComm 2013 to see how we connect these environments in booth #2381. During the show, we’re launching several exciting new solutions, so be sure to stop by to experience these systems in person. Can’t make it to the show? No worries! We’ll be sharing demo videos on YouTube all week long.

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