Date Archives September 2013

Video Conferencing for Patient Rehab

As I just learned in a recent article, patients in a healthcare center in Scotland can take part in rehab exercises for their COPD via video conferencing. Here’s the article: “Video Conferencing Technology Helps COPD Patients in Scotland.”

Similarly,  AVI-SPL helped a pain clinic in California reach out to patients via video conferencing so they can participate in rehab classes without having to drive for hours to the clinic’s headquarters. Watch the video below to hear from HELP Pain Clinic staff on the benefits of video conferencing. Then send any questions you may have to AVI-SPL.


AVI-SPL Introduces IP-based Video for the OR

ESSENCE – Integrated OR Solutions

AVI-SPL recently announced its latest innovation in surgical video platforms: ESSENCE (Enterprise Surgical Suite with Enhanced Network Control over Ethernet), is a suite of surgical video products that allows staff to control video, audio and data in the OR and lets practitioners remotely collaborate with surgeons.

The ESSENCE line includes three integrated operating rooms systems:

  •  ESSENCE-Digital: the DVI-D video platform
  •  ESSENCE-HD: scales all sources in the OR to a high definition 1080p format
  •  ESSENCE-IP: encodes images up to 4K into an Internet protocol format at the source and distributed at their native resolution without compression for artifact-free video

The ESSENCE video transport platform is an FDA-rated, Class 1 Medical Device that is not only agnostic to medical device manufacturers but also able to support legacy, current and future surgical technology because of its easily scalable design. It combines best practices with an open architecture allowing a variety of devices from different manufacturers, modalities and technologies to work together in one cohesive system.

As with all ESSENCE video platforms, the system is also designed to dramatically reduce the footprint normally associated with traditional AV equipment in the limited space of most ORs.

AVI-SPL’s Medical Team exhibited ESSENCE at the OR Manager Conference September 23-25 in National Harbor, Ma. To learn more about AVI-SPL’s healthcare solutions, visit AVI-SPL’s Healthcare page.

Meet an AVI-SPL Expert: Holt Stevens, senior design engineer

Holt StevensSenior Design Engineer Holt Stevens works from AVI-SPL’s  Greensboro, S.C., office. Holt has over 20  years of professional experience, and is responsible for the coordination, testing and integration of AV systems.

What did you do before you joined AVI-SPL?

After technical school I joined the U.S. Army, where I worked as a radar technician with the Improved Hawk Missile system. I was fortunate  to get a job with a systems integrator after I left a short three-year career in the military.  I have been working in the audio video communications industry for 30+ years.

What are you working on (or have worked on) that would be of interest to consultants?

Most of the consultant-designed systems that I have worked on are for higher education.  I have worked on a few house of worship systems and large-venue sound systems.

What made the projects you’re most proud of so special?

The job I am most proud of is a system that I did for the Missile Defense Agency. I have been able to do some real nice jobs in the corporate realm. I take pride being able to take a concept or design and exceed the customers’ expectations. 

What are the most important things you’ve learned as an engineer, and how has it improved the way you work?

To pay attention to detail and communicate is the key to a successful system.  The things that have helped me personally are to develop AutoCAD skills and digital signal processing programming. Technology has really changed over the years and it is a must to keep up with it.  Learning the physics of light and sound has remained the same but we have much better tools to integrate a system.

How do you approach working with consultants? Is there a common approach to all of them?

Trust and listen. The consultant has a relationship with the customer.  It is not always clear why the system may or may not have certain features.  It is up to me to make sure the system performs to both the consultant’s design and customer’s expectations.

Harman Upgrades Its Pro Audio Management

Harman Audio Architect software screenshotAV Network reports that Harman has released its new professional audio configuration and control system.

The HiQnet Audio Architect version 1.1 is a software upgrade that controls all devices in a HiQnet sound system, including microphones and speakers. It’s being touted as providing the most complete, versatile platform for small- to large-scale AV system design. Read the complete article here.

AVI-SPL can bring the benefits of its expert audio engineering to your organization — improving communication and the experience of entertainment events.

AVI-SPL London Serves Europe Video Conferencing Market

Written by James Shanks, managing director EMEA, AVI-SPL

With our recent expansion into London, AVI-SPL reaffirms its commitment to serving the European market with video conferencing solutions that connect individuals and teams around the world. AVI-SPL has been supporting international customers from our U.S. base of operations for many years. Today, our Video Managed Services team  supports over 6,000 video endpoints in 104 countries around the world.

One of the keys to a successful global project is consistency. That consistency leads to ease of user experience, which in turn leads to satisfaction with our work. We ensure the video collaboration experience  looks and feels the same, no matter which office or building you visit — whether you are in London, Paris, New York, Tokyo, Munich, San Paolo or Moscow. Because we operate on a global scale,  AVI-SPL allows for such continuity through design, implementation, project management and delivery to a uniform standard.

The importance of a VNOC in the U.K.

Each AVI-SPL Video Network Operations Center (VNOC) is the control center of our Video Managed Services offering. In each VNOC, certified technicians are on hand 24/7, monitoring customer environments, scheduling and launching video calls, and helping customers effectively utilize their investment in video communications technology. We now have three VNOC locations: two in the U.S. (Ohio and Pennsylvania) and our newest one in the U.K.

The addition of the VNOC in the U.K. provides us with the ability to provide in-region support for European-based customers who prefer a provider who’s more familiar with the European culture.

The significance of this new U.K. VNOC is that we can leverage our location to have in-region coverage during the business day with multilingual support. The addition of the VNOC in the U.K. provides us with some added flexibility in addition to the ability to provide in-region support for European-based customers who prefer a provider who’s more familiar with the European culture. Another significant benefit of the new U.K.-based VNOC is that it offers the majority of the languages spoken in EMEA (German, French, Spanish and Portuguese) as part of the services.