Date Archives January 2015

Creating Your Customer Demo Center

Visit our “Beyond the Conference Room” site and explore the resources that will help you understand and plan for a customer demo center that gives guests hands-on interaction with your products and services. The demo center is valuable because it helps you build the business case for your solutions and gives your own employees the opportunity to understand the kind of products you’re bringing to market.

At the site, you can also download the accompanying tech paper: “Today’s Customer Demo Center Captivates Customers.”

Beware the Integrator Who Sells on Price

In the January 2015 issue of Systems Contractor News, AVI-SPL’s Felix Robinson guides readers through the evolution of IT and AV integration, and how that advancement has affected integrators like AVI-SPL and those organizations that rely on video collaboration systems. Robinson notes that even as collaboration devices become treated as commodity-based products, and network advancements move systems to the cloud, the need for quality design, engineering and integration remains. Read the article.

When you’re looking for guidance on your AV or video communication needs, turn to the experts at AVI-SPL. Contact us at or 866-559-8197.

Webinar: Driving the Future of Next-Generation Learning

Technology, globalization and demographics are changing the world of education. With technology at a turning point, educators have plenty of challenges to address. Mary Schlegelmilch, Cisco Business Development Manager for Education, will discuss colleges and universities that are being innovative in their use of technology. Join us on Wed., January 28 at 1 p.m. to learn how you too can transform your educational institution.

Register for “Driving the Future of Next Generation Learning.”

About the presenter

Mary Schlegelmilch is Business Development Manager, Education for Cisco. She has extensive experience with distance and online learning, providing professional development, and with one-to-one initiatives and blended learning. As a member of the Cisco team, Schlegelmilch is dedicated to education and implementing technology that will shape the way we teach and learn.

Going to FETC 2015 in Orlando?

If you will be in Orlando, Fla., this week for the annual 2015 FETC, be sure to visit AVI-SPL at booths 767 and 842 inside the Orange County Convention Center.

At this technology-focused gathering of educators, administrators, and exhibitors, guests will learn about the role of video collaboration in supporting learning strategies inside and outside the classroom. We will also be demonstrating the latest iRover by Copernicus, Epson BrightLink projectors, a QOMO interactive display and products from VariQuest.

If you can’t see us in Orlando, visit our education case stories page to see how we’ve helped education institutions.

Education Grant Opportunities for Early 2015

Below is a list of three grant opportunities for the first part of 2015 designed to help fund technology initiatives in education.

For AVI-SPL’s assistance with finding and integrating the video collaboration tools that are right for your school or organization, contact AVI-SPL’s Tracie Bryant, VP of sales for state/local government and education, at

Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant (RUS-DLT) (Deadline: Spring 2015)

  • The Rural Utilities Service’s (RUS) Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Program is designed to fund advanced rural telecommunications
  • $19 million available for 80 awards
  • Award amount: from $50,000 to $500,000

Customer Eligibility:  Customers that have partnerships with rural entities and are currently delivering educational courses or telemedicine services to rural areas. For-profit organizations are eligible.

H-1B Technical Skills Training Grants (Deadline: Spring 2015)

  • Designed to provide education, training, and job placement assistance in the occupations and industries for which employers are using H-1B visas to hire foreign workers, and the related activities necessary to support such training.
  • Total funding available: $240 million for 90 awards
  • Award amounts varies between $1 million to $7 million

Customer Eligibility: Universities or community colleges with intern or business partner programs.  For profit organizations are eligible.

Title IV, Part B: 21st  Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) for North Dakota (Deadline March 1)

  • This program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools
  • The program helps students meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and math; offers students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs; and offers literacy and other educational services
  • Total funding available varies by state

Customer Eligibility: K-12 schools with after-school programs.