Date Archives July 2014

New Case Stories From AVI-SPL Look at Entertainment and Financial Services Clients

We’ve recently added two case stories to the AVI-SPL website — one on Maryland Live! Casino and another on a financial services firm with headquarters in New York City.

For the financial services firm, we gave them the ability to connect and collaborate with its regional offices from conference rooms whose technology is cleanly integrated. Crestron DigitalMedia receivers and transmitters are present throughout this integration, along with Polycom video conferencing and Samsung displays. In keeping with the architect’s design, we were able to integrate the equipment such that the technology does not overwhelm the spaces.


At Maryland Live! Casino, we integrated video and audio systems that inform and entertain guests and are easy for the staff to control (via systems from AMX and Contemporary Research). One of the many benefits we brought to the casino was our ability to adapt to changes in the project and integrate a system that is set up for future expansion.

Working on or thinking about developing improved collaboration or communication systems in your organization? We’re here to help. Call AVI-SPL at 866-559-8197 or fill out our contact form. You can also email us at

Sony Cameras Bring Lucy to the Cinema

Scarlett Johansson’s latest movie — the way-out-there Lucy — opened in theaters last Friday. It’s loopy, audacious, and over-the-top — traits shared by director Luc Besson’s other well-known cinematic fare (The Fifth Element, The Professional). I mention this because Sony, a partner of AVI-SPL used in many of our integrations, has linked to a making-of featurette about Lucy on its YouTube page. Lucy was filmed in 4K using Sony’s F65 cameras. In an interview with Film and Digital Times, cinematographer Thierry Arbogast discusses the decision to use the F65s:

We shot most of the film with two F65 cameras. We chose them after doing many tests with all the major brands. After screening the results in a theater, our favorite camera for the look of this film was the F65 — especially for its color space.

Four Enterprise Solutions for Government Agencies

Government agencies face many of the same challenges as those faced by for-profit companies. That’s why AVI-SPL has developed a white paper, which you can download at the link below, that addresses four of those challenges:

  • Adapting to shifting work habits
  • Personal workspace is costly and underutilized
  • Technology fragmentation
  • Need to run buildings efficiently

At the end of each section, you’ll find the solutions your agency can use to overcome these obstacles and work with efficiency while increasing productivity.

Download “Four Enterprise Solutions That Can Help Government Agencies Drive Down Costs and Increase Productivity.”

Product Focus: SMART kapp Virtual Dry Erase Board

SMART kapp virtual dry erase boardThe dry erase board has been a mainstay of meeting rooms. But we know its limitations — it’s hard to capture or share what you’ve written on an erase board unless you take a photo or quickly scribble down notes. Those are hardly solutions to the challenge of saving and sharing valuable notes. And it can be difficult for remote participants to see what’s being shared.

Solving this problem is SMART kapp™, a virtual dry erase board, pen and eraser that allows users to create text and pictures, and then capture them digitally for sharing them to a mobile device, tablet or PC. Remote participants can see use their devices to see what you’re writing as you’re writing it.

  • Mobile app allows you to capture collaborative ideas to your phone or tablet
  • Pick up the dry-erase pen and start writing. Capture content in high-quality image or PDF files
  • Share what you are drawing instantly with others via weblink
  • Live sharing to the cloud uses encrypted protocols
  • Bluetooth connection between the SMART kapp and mobile device is also encrypted

SMART kapp made quite an impression at InfoComm 2014 — so much so that it was named Best Overall New Product.

To get the SMART kapp at a great price, email To see it in action, watch this video taken at InfoComm 2014: