Date Archives November 2011

Polycom Touts Connection With Cisco TelePresence

Polycom Telepresence meetingPolycom delivered some big news recently, announcing that it has added a software update to its RealPresence platform, allowing users of Polycom and other standards-based video conferencing systems to connect with Cisco TelePresence systems.  The release states that the interoperability is made possible by Polycom’s support for Cisco’s Telepresence Interoperability Protocol.

This capability is significant because it leverages multiple networks, enabling organizations to collaborate across different vendors’ systems. As I mentioned in a previous blog post, the RealPresence Platfrom is a scalable, software-based infrastructure that allows for video resource and content management.

AVI-SPL works with over 700 manufacturers, including Polycom and Cisco, to deliver AV solutions that enable our clients to collaboration, communication and compete. Our team of experts can put together a video conferencing and unified communications solution that meets the needs and budget of your organization. Call us at 1-800-282-6733 or send an email to to toalk to one of our experts about your organizations goals.

Learn Top Tips and Equipment Needed for Successful Video Walls

AVI-SPL University OnlineWhether you missed AVI-SPL’s November 16  webinar with NEC Display Solutions or want to review the materials, the recording and slideshow for “Simplified Delivery and Management of Data to Video Walls” are now available.

During this webinar, NEC Display Solution Business Development Manager David Arnott and Hiperwall CEO Jeff Greenberg offered their insights into video wall technology and gave a demonstration of Hiperwall, an innovative software solutions that lets users resize and relocate mutliple content objects anywhere on a video wall while retaining outstanding resolution and clarity.

If you have any questions about this or any other AV integration technology, or are interested in a collaboration solution for your organization, please call us at 1-800-282-6733 or send us an email at


When Surveillance is a Top Priority

With the advance of their new projection wall system, the City of Minneapolis has a much stronger sense of safety and security among its streets.

“The initiative for an advanced emergency operations center really grew in urgency after September 11th tragedies, and quickly gained momentum with the local bridge collapse in 2008 and the Republican National Convention that same year,” says Dave Roth, the city’s BIS public safety applications support manager. Today, their Emergency Operations and Training Facility features a Projection Design (F32FX+) video wall projection system, built from three side-by-side high contrast, high brightness DNP display systems. With each screen measuring 160” x 120,” images can be seen in four windows separate windows, with quick monitoring access around the city.

“The new projection display system allows us to look at a video feed and understand a situation almost instantly,” says Deputy Police Chief Robert Allen. “Through video, we can get information to our police officers a lot faster – especially when time is critical. With this new technology, we can see something happen even faster than a police officer 50 feet away.”

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Digital Signage Lights the Way for University of South Florida Student Center

As one of AVI-SPL’s top design/build projects, the University of South Florida’s Marshall Student Center is a stunning 233,000 square foot, four-story facility, an impressive showcase for USF’s drive towards innovation, not to mention a high-level partnership of AV/IT technologies.

As you enter the building, an eye-catching 4′ x 14′ digital signage display – in the midst of a 57′ atrium – offers an attractive multimedia collage of advertising and event highlights. Visix digital signage provides an additional medium for displaying messaging throughout the facility, including by the elevators on each floor.

In addition, the building features comprehensive presentation capabilities throughout the 1,100-seat ballroom, formal conference rooms, meeting rooms, 700-seat auditorium, senate chambers and sports bar. In addition, an RF distribution system provides cable routing throughout the facility.

“The changes implemented have provided that ‘wow’ factor, which is what today’s generation of students expect in a facility of this nature,” says Jennifer Hernandez, assistant director of operations. “Our old student union was limited to using AV carts to help transport presentation technologies. In comparison to these new systems, there’s a day and night difference in our service level capabilities.”

As an example, Biamp’s Audia system provides versatile audio configurations for the auditorium and ballroom. The digital platform solution delivers the powerful ability to combine a room’s audio, separate it, add microphone controls and expand other sound capabilities. This simplifies manageability because all audio configuration is done through software, with just a few clicks of the mouse or a few commands from the control system.

Their 1,100-seat ballroom is perfect for fundraising dinners, conferences and special guest lecturers. At approximately 10,200 square feet, the space is easily divisible into three areas, and features systems that can work independently and simultaneously, or as one large space. Highlights include lighting control, a high performance audio system, electric projection screens, 1080p projectors and a wireless control system.

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AVI-SPL Creative Show Services Does Thanksgiving Day Halftime Show

Detroit Lions NFL Thanksgiving Halftime AVI-SPLDetroit, MI– For the sixth straight year, the AVI-SPL Creative Show Services team will provide all video and lighting for the United Way Halftime show during the Detroit Lions/ Green Bay Packers Thanksgiving Day game. The show features a performance by Nickelback.

Check out the rendering below for an idea of what to expect. The design includes a low-resolution 40mm LED screen for the set and high-resolution 15mm LED for the main screen. We’ll be creating video to play back through the 2 Hippotizer media servers, and running all of the technology. For lighting, we have tons of LED colorblaze strips and 80 moving lights! It may be a short performance, but it includes some of the latest technologies being used not only in entertainment, but in corporate events as well.

Impress your friends, tell them what they’re going to see before they see it!

Want to learn more? Check out Commercial Integrator‘s write-up about the show >>

United Way Halftime Show AVI-SPL

UPDATE: The show was a hit! Check out this video of the show: