Date Archives February 2012

Christie MicroTiles Enhance Network Operations Center

Christie MicroTilesChristie MicroTiles were a central part of a recent AVI-SPL integration for a command center covering one of the Northeast regions’ largest metropolitan areas. 

In this 22,000-square-foot facility, three large video walls consist of 840 Christie MicroTile display cubes. AVI-SPL’s Special Projects Group installed these MicroTiles in conjunction with a sophisticated external multi-image processor to display various combinations of images. Numerous video sources can be simultaneously displayed across the video arrays and can be positioned and resized on the fly as required, allowing for real-time crisis analysis and management.

AVI-SPL works with manufacturer partners like Christie Digital to integrate audiovisual solutions that suit a range of industries and environments. Contact us at 1-800-282-6733 or for questions about how we can help your organization communicate and collaborate.

Epson Debuts New BrightLink Interactive Projectors with Built-In Annotation

For Epson, this month’s TCEA Annual Convention and Exposition served as the debut of their expanded BrightLink education projectors, featuring their all new interactive projector and pen combination.

Epson’s three short throw models – the BrightLink 425Wi, 430i and 435Wi – come with a wall mount and two interactive pens. These models deliver a large interactive learning area at a fraction of the cost of traditional interactive whiteboard systems with variable image sizes from 68-inches to 113-inches diagonal (WXGA) or 63-inches to 106-inches diagonal (XGA).

In addition, Epson’s ultra-short throw series – the BrightLink 475Wi, 480i and 485Wi – offer several new features that bring interactive technology unlike any other to the classroom:

Built-in Annotation: Allows teachers to connect the BrightLink to a variety of devices, including an iPhone®, iPad®, iPod® touch, document camera, DVD player, and more, to share and engage with more content; annotate over the network via a wired or wireless LAN, or annotate using the built-in tools PC-free

Dual Pen Interactivity: Two users can work simultaneously, or independently, with dual pen support and Epson’s Easy Interactive Tools (EIT2) software

Interactive Table: When used with the BrightLink table mount, the ultra-short throw models can transform a table into an interactive surface for small group learning centers or collaborative workspaces

Auto Calibration: Models perform automatic calibration for seamless interaction with the pens

Ultra-Short Throw Distance: Can be mounted as close as 2.8-inches away from the wall to accommodate smaller classrooms or meetings rooms; can create a widescreen interactive area up to 100-inches diagonally and enables users to stand as close as 6-inches away, virtually eliminating hardware and shadow interference

The new BrightLink series of projectors are expected to ship this spring. For more information, click here to request a quote, or contact an AVI-SPL representative by calling (866) 559-8197 today!

Acoustic Echo Cancellation Tech Paper by AVI-SPL and Biamp

AVI-SPL and Biamp Systems have teamed up to issue a free tech paper on the importance of acoustic echo cancellation during distance collaboration sessions. Based on a recent webinar hosted by AVI-SPL and presented by Biamp, “The Importance of Acoustic Echo Cancellation for Audio Conferencing” looks at the causes of acoustic echo and the steps that can be taken to eliminate it.

Those who’ve experienced echo during their conference call sessions know how disruptive it can be to a productive meeting. This paper describes the conditions that can contribute to acoustic echo and the ways it can be overcome, including Biamp’s Sona technology.

To learn what an acoustic echo canceller (AEC) does and considerations when deciding which type of AEC to purchase, access this free tech paper, “The Importance of Acoustic Echo Cancellation for Audio Conferencing.” Topics covered include:

  • Factors that contribute to acoustic echo
  • How AEC works
  • Critical components of an AEC device

In January, AVI-SPL and Biamp Systems presented the webinar “Successful Communications: What You Need to Know About Audio Conferencing.” Biamp’s Read Wineland, who led the presentation, explored a number of aspects related to audio during conferences, including an overview of acoustic echo cancellation and its importance to distance collaboration.

It’s our hope that this paper will serve as a handy and informative reference sheet. If you have any questions about this topic, are considering audio conferencing for your enterprise or want to upgrade your current system, contact AVI-SPL at 1-800-282-6733 or


Save the Date: Trends in Telemedicine and Collaboration Seminars – March 6 and 8

The Affordable Care Act, as well as an aging population and dispersed patient base have ushered telemedicine into the spotlight, providing a new age of remote patient care and education. AVI-SPL has teamed with Polycom, a top leader for Unified Communication solutions, to help shed light on a series of innovative advancements in this field.

Participants can choose from two open house dates at Polycom’s Executive Briefing Centers for this FREE event, including Tuesday, March 6 (Irvine, Calif.) and Thursday, March 8 (Santa Clara, Calif.).  Seminars at each location will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PST, and includes continental breakfast and lunch as part of the day’s agenda.

Our featured speaker over video will be Dr. Deborah A. Jeffries, Director of Healthcare for Polycom. By joining us at our open house, you’ll learn just how technology is revolutionizing the delivery of healthcare services, and how its making a positive difference in extended access and patient care. You’ll discover best practices behind the implementation of these technologies into your own organization, with application examples and a special discussion on grants.

Dr. Jeffries is a state and national expert and speaker on telehealth technologies, with 25 years in telemedicine, information systems, medicine, education and physics. She recently teamed with AVI-SPL’s University webinar series to present a webinar on the video communications platform for healthcare environments. To download the webinar recording, please click here.  


  • Innovative telemedicine technologies that improve outcomes, expand specialist services and save money
  • Challenges and opportunities in healthcare
  • Community-based patient centered care
  • Prevention and wellness
  • Demonstrations of healthcare applications, video streaming
  • A special discussion on grants for healthcare

Register today – seating is limited. To learn more about the event locations and to register, please visit the links above or call 877-440-6205 to reserve your seat.

AVTEQ Offers TMP 800 for Telemedicine Applications

AVTEQ TMP 800 Medical CartOur partners at AVTEQ recently shared a post on the benefits of telehealth for senior citizens and indications that Medicare reimbursements for telehealth (or telemedicine, as it’s also known)services may not be far off.

AVTEQ is the largest supplier of video conferencing carts, mounts and AV furniture. One of its medical care products is the TMP 800, a mobile video conferencing cart that was specially designed for use in clinics and medical offices that provide remote patient care. The compact unit features a swiveling work surface, electronically adjustable height and 10RU storage cabinet.

Visit AVI-SPL’s online catalog for more AVTEQ solutions, including those for government, education and corporate environments.