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AVI-SPL Acquires Iformata Communications LLC

Leading audio video communications provider AVI-SPL announced today the acquisition of Iformata Communications LLC, a leading provider of video managed services. This acquisition includes the Iformata Video Network Operations Center (VNOC) business and the VNOC Symphony® management platform. AVI-SPL views this acquisition as a critical move in the company’s continuing drive to become the dominant player in the video communications solutions and services space.

“In 2009 we set forth on an initiative to grow our video communications business. In 2011 we succeeded in growing video related revenue to over $200 million and video is now included in over 50 percent of the projects we do,” said AVI-SPL CEO John Zettel. “With that growth, we recognized the importance of expanding our capabilities in the video services we provide our customers. Acquiring Iformata shows our commitment to expanding our video communications strategy with a strong managed services offering.” Click here to view Zettel’s video announcement of the acquisition.

“This acquisition is a major win for both AVI-SPL and Iformata,” reports Ira M. Weinstein, senior analyst and partner at Wainhouse Research. “This combines AVI-SPL’s strong A/V integration experience and 150+ strong, video-savvy, field sales force with Iformata’s robust, multi-tenant Symphony videoconferencing management system.

“The result is an immediately available, mature service offering from a well-known and trusted technology partner. Hosted video managed service offerings, like AVI-SPL’s Unify ME™, play a key role in helping enterprise organizations maximize the benefits they receive from their collaboration investments.”

Founded in 2004, Iformata has built a reputation as the leading innovator of VNOC tools and end-to-end automation services through its VNOC Symphony platform. Providing managed conferencing services to global enterprise firms, equipment manufacturers, and top-tier carriers and networks, Iformata’s 450 claim patent portfolio and platform has features for every aspect of managing an enterprise’s fleet of video systems, including call setup, intelligent framing, automated monitoring, event correlation, and call tear down – even for disparate immersive telepresence systems.

The addition of the Iformata VNOC service bureau, associated services and innovative technologies to AVI-SPL’s current Unify ME offering provides a more robust total managed services solution to customers. The enhanced services brought by Iformata is a strong addition to AVI-SPL’s portfolio, which currently includes cloud-based services, remote services and onsite services with long and short term Strategic Onsite Solutions and professional services.

“With the acquisition of Iformata, we become one of the only video solutions providers who can truly provide every aspect of the video communications experience.” said Mike Brandofino, AVI-SPL executive vice president of video and unified communications. “We think it is critical to be at the point of sale when selling services and the fact that we design, build and now provide VNOC managed services across any video platform, clearly differentiates us from anyone else in the space.”

The new operations and the associated employees will join AVI-SPL’s Support Services group under the leadership of AVI-SPL’s Executive Vice President of Video and Unified Communications Mike Brandofino.

For additional information, please contact UnifyME@avispl.com.

APi Case Study: A More Unified World of Communications

APi Group, Inc. serves as a holding company for nearly 40 independently managed companies with more than 150 locations. Headquartered in New Brighton, Minn., APi focuses on servicing the industrial sector, including specialty construction, fire systems, fabrication and distribution.

At three stories and 50,000 square feet, APi’s LEED gold certified headquarters includes a limestone exterior and an emphasis on natural light and expansive windows. “The APi Group needed a better way to effectively communicate with our geographically disperse companies and with our many vendors and suppliers,” says APi’s network manager, Brian Erickson. “Having superb audio/video conferencing technology was key to achieving this goal. In addition, APi is thoroughly committed to green-friendly practices to minimize our impact on the environment. Therefore it was very important to build technology that fit these criteria.”

From the moment visitors step into the lobby, they’re greeted with Panasonic’s 58-inch, 16:9 LCD monitor, which is showcased as a touch screen monitor for APi’s corporate Web page. They can easily “surf” around the site with the simple touch of their finger.

As another highlight of the integration, APi’s audio conferencing room features Polycom’s HDX 9002 high-definition (HD) codec. Additional audio support is provided in the form of four Atlas Sound ceiling speakers, as well as eight Sennheiser gooseneck microphones evenly dispersed throughout the conference room table. Panasonic’s 50-inch HD plasma displays complete the presentation environment. In each of the four standard conference rooms, meetings are enhanced through the use of Polycom’s SoundStation2 conference phones, as well as two additional 50-inch HD plasmas.

“We have been able to take advantage of more productive meetings by having the superior audio and video conferencing technology built into our facility,” says Erickson. “The comfortable meeting spaces, audio/video technology and acoustically-friendly spaces (i.e. no echo) help keep the participants focused and does not detract from the meeting itself.”

“Prior to the installation of videoconferencing technology, APi executives could only arrange to meet quarterly,” says Thornburgh. “Today, they’re able to have more meetings throughout the organization, with a lot less coordination efforts and expense required,” adds Thornburgh. At every level, APi board members will find that the new AV system is designed to provide maximum versatility, including networking capabilities.

“The most impressive technology is incorporated into this boardroom,” adds Erickson. “The sheer scale of the main video monitor as well as all the video screens and audio technology helps make this room the centerpiece of our corporate headquarters.” As one of the integration team’s largest boardroom installs, displays include a customized 165-inch HD 1080p Da-Lite rear projection screen, with images powered by an 8,000 lumens high-resolution Barco projector. Equipped with seating for up to 46 participants, the boardroom table is integrated with seven of Sharp’s 46-inch HD 1080p LCD flat panel displays.

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To explore design/build opportunities for video communications within your organization, contact us today! You can reach an AVI-SPL sales rep by calling 800-282-6733, or by clicking here to request a quote.

Polycom Brings Whiteboard to Video Conferencing

Polycom UC boardPolycom has introduced its UC Board, which integrates with standards-based video conferencing solutions and unified communications systems to make video collaboration more interactive.  The UC Board has a sensor that plugs into the video conferencing system, allowing images created on the whiteboard to be shared with other meeting participants.

Check out this brief video demonstrating the value of the Polycom UC Board:

Register Now for the AVI-SPL Tech Expo in Chicago – Aug. 23!

Start making travel plans, because the first of only four installments of the AVI-SPL Technology Expo 2011 is right around the corner! This exciting showcase of innovative technology will be held at the Chicago Marriott in Oak Brook, IL, Tuesday, August 23 from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm.

Register for this free AVI-SPL Tech Expo for your chance to see the latest in video conferencing, Telepresence and advanced audio networking from the top manufacturers in the Pro AV industry. Meet and network with a wide variety of professionals – including CIOs, architects and construction specialists — and exchange ideas about the systems that companies and organizations rely on to work smarter.

At this program, you’ll discover solutions that extend from the boardroom to the control room and beyond, including advanced looks at digital signage, HD video conferencing, unified communications and much more. You’ll also see real-world examples of IT/AV convergence and learn how to build ROI through solutions that increase productivity by enhancing your ability to communicate and compete.

Why attend Technology Expo 2011?

We can think of five GREAT reasons!

  • Learn from more than 25 leaders and manufacturers in the Pro AV industry
  • Discover the latest innovations in presentation and communications technology
  • Network and collaborate with knowledgeable industry professionals
  • Attend informational seminars, including those with AIA and InfoComm CTS certification
  • Register to win an iPad2!!

Nearly 30 of the leading manufacturers in the Pro AV industry will be on hand, including AMX, Cisco, Crestron, NEC Display Solutions, Polycom, Radvision and SMART Technologies.

You can also attend two accredited courses that will further your industry education. Crestron will deliver Designing for 2030, covering the best practices for monitoring and managing environmental, lighting and AV systems. Cables to Go presents Digital Video Demystified, looking at the breakthrough technology in digital video infrastructure, including HDMI, DVI-D, DisplayPort and TMDS.

You won’t want to miss the keynote speech, “Harnessing the Hidden Power of Unified Communications,” delivered by AVI-SPL Executive Vice President of Video Communications and Unified Collaboration Michael Brandofino. During this talk, Mr. Brandofino will explain how the powerful convergence of IT and AV technology is helping organizations streamline their operations, save money, increase productivity and prepare for future growth. In the brief video below, Brandofino discusses why unified communications is an essential component of the modern workforce.

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AVI-SPL Control Room Group Partners with AGC Networks in India

India – To expand our international reach, the AVI-SPL Control Room Group (CRG) has partnered with AGC Networks to jointly pursue turnkey design/build unified communication business opportunities in the Indian Ocean region. AGC is the region’s leading AV and unified communications integrator, but does not have a dedicated control room team, which made the partnership with CRG an excellent opportunity for both AVI-SPL and AGC.

Indian Ocean Region

“Combining the strengths of AGC and the Control Room Group makes for a formidable force in the market presently served by AGC, and we are looking forward to working alongside our new partners and gaining business in the region,” said Sean LaNeve, vice president of CRG. “With the CRG focus on mission critical control rooms and AGC’s leadership position in the regional unified communication market, we are confident we can provide a superior client buying experience and consequently make a lasting and meaningful impression in the market,” he added.

Speaking on this occasion, Vinod Nair, AVP – AV & Video Conferencing, AGC Networks said, “With this partnership we have addressed the experience deficit in the Control Room business currently prevailing in the Indian Market. Our partnership with CRG will get highly specialized skill set in the Control Room Business into India. At AGC, we believe in working closely with our clients to provide unique and highly reliable solutions across various verticals including power, oil, gas and defense, and our alliance with the Control Room Group is to address customer requirements in these verticals. I am confident that this partnership will further enhance our market position in the Audio Visual space as also maximize our customers’ return on investment through our customized collaboration solutions.”

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