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AVI-SPL Blog Week in Review

 Monday: AVI-SPL Awards Projector to Seminole Reservation School: Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School in Okeechobee, Fla., the big winner in our AV Week Projector Giveaway Contest, receives its NEC projector!

Tuesday: AVI-SPL Exec Talks Telepresence and Video Conferencing: Mike Brandofino, exec VP of video communications and unified collaboration, discusses recent challenges and successes in video communications, inlcuding AVI-SPL’s newly opened Video Briefing Centers.

Tuesday: How to Compare the Overall Cost of Digital Signage Products: AMX introduces a helpful calculator for comparing digital signage products.

Ready for Your Video Conferencing Closeup?

We’re among the industry leaders in supplying telepresence and video conferencing solutions to companies around the world.  So it caught our attention when we read a U.K. study that claims 39 percent of workers are reluctant to use video conferencing technology at work because of concerns about their appearance.

If your business is moving ahead with video conferencing tools such as AVI-SPL’s Caméléon Telepresence, there are a number of things you can do to become more comfortable with speaking to clients, partners, colleagues and other stakeholders face to face.

Know your material.   If you’re giving a presentation, make sure you know your material backward, forward and inside out.  You’ll have one less thing to worry about, and the confidence that results will translate through the camera and keep the focus where it should be – on the content.

First impressions count. This is especially true on a telepresence system, which shows images true to life.  So make sure the area your camera sees is neat, attractive and clutter free. And refrain from the noisy shuffling of papers, which can be distracting to those on the other side of the call.

Relax. Being nervous is natural, but it doesn’t have to stop you from presenting yourself smoothly and professionally. Take a few deep breaths, and remind yourself that no one is rooting for you to fail.

Act the part.  You’re a professional – present yourself as one.  That means none of the disparaging, eye-rolling facial expressions that you might be able to get away with during audio conferences.

Practice makes perfect. Whether you’re giving a presentation or just participating in a video conference, rehearse in front a mirror or a friend, or record yourself on camera so you can make adjustments to your speaking style and body language. This will also give you the opportunity to hear how your voice sounds, and whether you’re speaking too quickly. The good news is that with a quality video conferencing system, you can speak in normal tone of voice.

Take some good advice.  If your company is embracing video communications, chances are at least one person in your office is familiar and comfortable with it.  Ask them how they got over their initial fears, and whether they have any tips or tricks they rely on when appearing before the camera.

Look your best. Whether talking with colleagues or clients, it’s important to dress for success. You’re dealing with a visual medium, so be well-groomed. And be sure to do all your primping before the video conference, not during! Fashion alert: Don’t wear busy patterns or bright, loud colors that can affect the appearance of your skin tone. Stick with light pastels and muted colors.

Be confident. Few things sell like confidence. Make eye contact with the people on the other end of the video conference call. And remember to smile!

And finally…

If it’s the prospect of being before a camera that’s making you so fearful, just act as if the person is in the same room as you. With HD telepresence systems, that won’t be difficult!

Delivering Justice Via Video Communications

As judges have to deal with an ever-increasing number of cases and tight budgets, video communication technologies are becoming increasingly obvious choices for their value and overall efficiency. The many benefits of adding video communications to the courtroom setting include: Stanilaus County Courthouse AV System

  • Ease of use
  • Efficient use of time and resources
  • Streamlined arraignment process
  • Recorded proceedings for later review

Flat-screen TVs of various sizes as well as document cameras can be used to display evidence and exhibits for jurors, the courtroom gallery, defense, prosecution and judge areas.  The Stanislaus County Courthouse in Modesto, Calif., exemplifies AVI-SPL’s commitment to comprehensive AV solutions in this area.  The judge, jury, lawyers and the audience all have sizeable displays, so each can clearly see the evidence or other items introduced into the record.  But the benefits of video communications technology goes beyond enhanced presentation capabilities.

AVI-SPL’s work on the Jay Street Courthouse in Brooklyn, N.Y., includes a video system that can accommodate presentations while also allowing defendants to appear remotely from prison. In such cases, not only can videoconferencing save on the cost of transporting inmates to and from the courthouse, it also makes sense if those individuals are too sick to appear before a judge in person or have a communicable disease. Similarly, expert witnesses can appear from remote locations, while still being able to fully communicate with judges and lawyers.

Talk to one of our video communications experts

To learn how video communications can transform your courtrooms, complete our brief needs analysis form and an AVI-SPL representative will give you a call.  You can also contact us at (866) 559-8197 or email us at sales@avispl.com.

Cisco Acquisition Accepted by TANDBERG Shareholders

In looking back, the news of an impending Cisco-TANDBERG acquisition broke on October 1, immediately shaking up the landscape of the video communications industry. After a little more than two months of negotiations, 91% of TANDBERG shareholders have now accepted Cisco’s offer, exceeding the 90% condition outlined for the deal to go through.

When the initial proposition was made, only 30% of shareholders were in favor of the $3B offer, with percentages jumping to 40% when the figures increased to approximately $3.4B in late November.

As the second largest producer of video conferencing equipment, TANDBERG has reported an increase in momentum since October, introducing new endpoints and infrastructure products. With the acquisition, Cisco will now have the leverage to successfully sell lower-cost products to a wide range of markets.

Among the industry feedback:

  • “Tandberg has very strong sales partners in videoconferencing that Cisco will benefit from.” – Wainhouse Research
  • “The merger of the two companies will likely create an unstoppable force…This acquisition validates that video communications is well on its way to becoming a key enterprise communications application all the way from desktop to telepresence.”  – Frost & Sullivan
  • This development continues to validate that video communications is quickly becoming a critical application for companies, and is a key component of any enterprise’s Unified Communications strategy.  – Michael Brandofino, Executive Vice President of Video Communications and Unified Collaboration, AVI-SPL

What are your thoughts on the acquisition?

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