Date Archives July 2011

InfoComm’s Lunch and Tour Event in Philadelphia – a Success!

InfoComm Architects Tour

Philadelphia, PA – InfoComm partnered with Acentech, AVI-SPL, Biamp Systems and Chief Manufacturing to host a two-hour technology lunch and tour of the newly renovated Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. The event, held Thursday, July 14, is the latest in InfoComm’s Lunch & Tour series aimed at audiovisual industry outreach to architects.

At the event, Philadelphia-area architects were treated to an hour panel presentation from expert panelists who were involved in the audiovisual installation from the inception through completion. Following the presentation, architects were given a behind-the-scenes tour of the latest technology installed in the Convention Center. Highlights of the tour, led by Acentech’s Larry McIntyre, included digital signage innovations in meeting rooms and the grand entrance, the AV control room, a state of the art digital recording room and an integrated emergency PA system throughout the building.

“It was very exciting to have an opportunity to show the local architecture community the intricate technology that we integrated at the Pennsylvania Convention Center,” said Tom Kelley, general manager of AVI-SPL’s Philadelphia office. “We look forward to working on future projects with the architects who attended this event,” he added.

The event was attended by more than 40 Philadelphia area architects, which makes it the largest InfoComm Lunch and Tour to date, said Molly Thompson, Member Program Manager for InfoComm International.

“There was a record turnout of architects and they all came away with a ton of information on what goes into designing a project of this scope,” said Ron Camden, vice president North American sales, Biamp Systems. “Tom Kelley from AVI-SPL’s Philadelphia office delivered an excellent presentation on AVI-SPL’s role as integrator for this project and some of the challenges they faced. You could really see the superb workmanship AVI-SPL produced in the implementation of the design as we saw the racks of equipment and digital signage throughout the facility.

“Also, Biamp’s Michael Frank spoke on how important it is for the architects, the clients, consultants, integrators, and manufacturers to be involved early on in a project to maximize the success and save on costs. The Convention Center was a perfect show piece for the architects in attendance to see what can be accomplished with great teamwork,” he said.

“If you get an opportunity to attend one of InfoComm’s AIA Lunch and Tours, go. You will learn a lot,” added Camden.

Special thanks to Acentech, Biamp Systems and Chief Manufacturing for making this project a success, and to InfoComm for hosting this terrific event.

Click here to view more photos from the Philadelphia Lunch and Tour!

Watch Video of AMX and AVI-SPL Technology Briefing

At its Richardson, Texas, headquarters, AMX recently hosted AVI-SPL employees and their customers, giving them a close-up look at many of the new products AMX announced at InfoComm 2011. Some of these include the Modero X Series, Enova DVX-3150 HD All-In-One Presentation Switcher, Enova DGX16/32 Digital Media Switchers, HydraPort Connection System models and RMS Enterprise. Watch a brief video of highlights from this event, below.

You’ll learn firsthand how AMX and AVI-SPL provide solutions that increase the efficiency of your organization when you register for one of our upcoming Tech Briefings, “Communications That Transform Your Enterprise,” scheduled at the following locations:

Each of these live events is your opportunity to:

  • Learn how AMX and AVI-SPL are leading the way in developing and deploying technologies that enhance your organization.
  • See the latest updates and new additions to AMX’s impressive roster of AV Equipment and Control Solutions offerings.
  • Network with your industry peers and subject matter experts from AVI-SPL and AMX.

Go to AVI-SPL’s Events page to attend other great live events, including our Technology Expo 2011,
where you can see the latest in communication technology while you network with industry professionals.

Panasonic-Sanyo Collaboration Expands Classroom Projection Options

The field of projection technology has widened with two of the latest product offerings from Panasonic! In specifically working towards educators needs, Panasonic has unveiled a 16,000-lumen LCD projector, as well as a new widescreen classroom projector. This debut marks the first collaboration between Panasonic and Sanyo, a move designed to increase the versatility of product offerings for today’s customers.

With a brightness resolution of 16,000 lumens, Panasonic’s flagship PT-EX16KU LCD projector is perfectly designed for large venues such as auditoriums and lecture halls. Vivid imagery can be used to enhance lessons through this high-class model’s quad-lamp design and light filtering technology. Seamless remote operation along with other projectors is made possible by Panasonic’s Multi Projector Monitoring and Control Software freeware.

In catering to the education market, Panasonic’s latest LCD projector features:

  • DLP™ Display Technology
  • 16000 ANSI Lumens
  • 1024 x 768 Native Resolution
  • 4:3 Native Aspect Ratio
  • 2500:1 Contrast Ratio

For portable, widescreen projector options, the PT-VX400U offers high luminosity in an environment-friendly, compact package.  As part of Panasonic’s PT-VW330 series, the model’s intelligent lamp drive significantly cuts back on power consumption. Unique features include the Easy Setting option, which allows for automatic keystone correction. This is done through the use of a built-in camera sensor and wireless projection capability, combined with the optional Easy Wireless Stick (ET-UW100) for iOS devices such as an iPad. The free Panasonic Wireless Projector iOS application delivers simple, hassle-free presenations. 

Specs for this model are as follows:

  • DLP™ Display Technology
  • 4000 ANSI Lumens
  • 1024 x 768 Native Resolution
  •  4:3 Native Aspect Ratio
  • 2000:1 Contrast Ratio
  • 1.6x zoom lens

Both models are expected to ship this September. For more information, click here to request a quote, or contact an AVI-SPL representative by calling 800-282-6733 today!

Polycom Demos EagleEye Director at InfoComm 2011

At InfoComm 2011, Polycom demonstrated its EagleEye Director, a video conferencing solution that is ideal for rooms with multiple speakers and long tables.

Combining voice detection and face-finding features, the EagleEye Director camera/microphone package focuses on the active speaker during a video conference. It can be used with any Polycom telepresence solution, including HDX systems.

The EagleEye Director’s array of seven microphones locate speakers in rooms of varying sizes and shapes. Because of its 99 preset camera locations, the EagleEye Director will work in classrooms or other non-conference type layouts. Watch the video below as Polycom demonstrates this remarkable system (video recorded by AVI-SPL marketing team member Jessica Spicer):

Collaborate Using the Latest Video Technology

AVI-SPL can design, install and support a video conferencing solution using tools that enhance the productivity at your organization while providing ROI. Call (800) 282-6733 to speak with one of our representatives, or email us at

New Survey Backs Link Between Technology, Student Performance

How have today’s technologies made an impact in your classroom? A study, recently published by the non-profit IT association, CompTIA, is showing outstanding results. From kindergarten to college, classrooms equipped with cutting-edge presentation technologies are making all the difference in productivity.

Based on the report: “A net 78 percent of the 500 educators surveyed believe the proliferation of technology has had a net positive impact on overall education results, processes and performances. Among the positive impacts, 65 percent of educators said students are more productive today than they were three years ago due to the use of technology.”

In addressing the effects on the IT channel, CompTIA’s blog writer, Carolyn, notes:

“To be successful … it’s critical that solution providers know how to map specific technologies to educator priorities, including understanding how emerging technologies such as cloud can be best leveraged.

Consider the following: “Twenty-eight percent of higher education institutions are using some cloud services today, with 35 percent actively evaluating them. That percentage – including among K-12 populations – is sure to go up over the next three years.”

This is great info to consider not only for today’s IT and AV professionals, but for our educators as well. Given these statistics, are you among one of the K-12 schools looking to upgrade to cloud services? Let us know your thoughts on this topic!

Interested in a Needs Analysis for Your School?

AVI-SPL has highly certified education specialist available to meet the needs of your school and fellow educators. With specialized expertise, an AV system designed and implemented by AVI-SPL:

  • Increases learning and retention
  • Facilitates distance learning
  • Encourages and streamlines student feedback

After listening to your goals and making a full needs analysis, AVI-SPL’s team of experts will design, build and integrate a customized solution that helps you deliver true excellence in the classroom. Feel free to request a quote by clicking here, or speak directly with an AVI-SPL representative at 800-282-6733.