Category AV Product News

Poly’s “Power of Many” Message for Businesses

Poly made noise in the AV and workplace collaboration industry this week as it became the new face of the combination of Plantronics and Polycom.

The company is supporting its first marketing campaign, “The Power of Many,” with some high-profile announcements that focus on product integration with technology from Microsoft, Amazon, and Google. Poly made these announcements while at Enterprise Connect in Orlando.

In the days that followed the rebranding as Poly, the company announced:

The Power of Many

Common to these products is their emphasis on bringing people together, which is the message of Poly’s “Power of Many” campaign. The “power of many” also describes the functions that are brought together in a solution. Systems that combine useful functions are what you might envision when you hear the term “unified communications” — the ability to review one’s calendar, join a meeting, and make video calls from one device.

Along with this versatility, the goal is simplicity, which is key to the user experience of solutions that combine multiple functions. You could say that’s the main appeal of a solution that includes Alexa, making it possible to manage meetings and room devices through voice.

Poly’s solution announcements this week indicate their focus on a positive user experience. Common to each of them:  These solutions integrate with systems that people are comfortable with and want to keep using in a way that isn’t needlessly complex. One phrase on the Poly website touts the ability to “concentrate on ideas in the air, not devices in the room.” When people use workplace collaboration solutions, they shouldn’t notice the technology to an extent that is disruptive. Rather, they should be able to give their attention to the collaboration that the technology is making possible.

As new solutions enable us to do more from more places, companies are wise to incorporate those solutions in the workplace to attract talented people who want to be able to collaborate in a variety of ways and do it on demand.

The solutions that are easiest to use will be the most attractive, as long as they have the capabilities that people expect. Those capabilities are with us in a variety of solution packages. The power of Poly’s message is in its focus on how its solutions make it easier for people to produce the products, ideas, services and innovations that keeps their businesses growing.

Canon Introduces Five Projectors for Education, Corporate Markets

Canon recently introduced five new portable projectors for the education and corporate/small office markets. They include the  LV-X300, LV-X300ST, LV-S300, LV-WX300, LV-WX300ST.

Each projector shares the following features:

  • High 2300:1 contrast ratio 
  • Filter-free design
  • DLP BrilliantColor™ system technology
  • Advanced Color Adjustment
  • High brightness – 3000 lumens
  • RS-232 input
  • HDMI input
  • Crestron connectivity
The LV-WX300 and LV-WX300ST each have a native resolution of 1280×800. The LV-X300 and LV-X300ST offer 1024×768. The LV-S300 native resolution is 800×600.

Contact AVI-SPL to get the projector that’s right for your organization. Call us at 1-866-559-8197.

AVI-SPL Video Conferencing Security Device Honored

Block ME deviceAVI-SPL’s Block ME™ device, which stops unwanted video calls from launching, has received an Internet Telephony Product of the Year award for 2014 from TMC. TMC is a marketing media company that serves the communications and technology industries.

Block ME was first introduced at InfoComm 2013 last June. At the press of a button, video calls are blocked from being initiated or received.

Learn more about Block ME at the AVI-SPL website.

Bosch Enhances Digital Paging With Mobile Notification

Bosch Praesidio Mass Notification SystemAt InfoComm 2012, Bosch Communications unveiled the integration of mobile communications with its Praesidio mass notification system. Developed by FireText, this software solution allows for the remote monitoring of enterprise-wide and large-facility emergencies, sending messages to subscribers via social media and mobile devices.

Learn how to future-proof  your mass notification system when you listen to the recording of Bosch’s webinar “Litigation vs. Implementation: Safeguarding  Your Facility,” presented by AVI-SPL. Bosch Systems Applications Specialist Barry Luz explores new standards for speech intelligibility for public address systems.

Sharp Projectors Offer Teachers a Clear View on 3D

Research has shown test scores may increase where classroom lessons are presented in 3D. The beauty of 3D technology is that it has the ability to change the way students learn by “immersing” them as a part of the on-screen classroom presentation. Science, math, geography and art education are just a few subject areas where 3D can help better captivate students.

As an example, Sharp’s PG education series of projectors includes the 3D Ready Sharp PG-D45X3D BrilliantColor™ DLP® Projector, offering a range of options – including portability, connectivity and high brightness — that’s well suited for K-12 classrooms and small auditoriums.

Key features include:

• 4500 lumens, XGA Resolution (1024 x 768, 4:3)
• 3D Ready with DLP® Link™ Technology
• BrilliantColor™ DLP Technology (2500:1 contrast ratio)
• Sealed DLP chip with filter-free design
• Wide connectivity including DVI-I and RJ-45
• High output 10 watt audio system (Stereo – 5W/Ch)
• Presentation assist remote with PC/mouse control

Sharp 3D Ready projectors incorporate DLP® Link™ technology which has become the 3D standard among many manufacturers – particularly for educational use. These projectors, when used with compatible 3D content, PC/graphics card and optional 3D active shutter glasses, project captivating 3D imagery – from a single projector – that literally appears to come to life.

As an optional accessory, Sharp offers their XpanD™ brand X102 3D Active Shutter glasses. These come individually boxed, and include a spare battery, a special tool to change the battery and wipes to keep the glasses clean. These glasses are waterproof, enabling them to be cleaned in a sink or dishwasher.

Ready to Learn More?

For more information on Sharp’s 3D ready projectors, contact an AVI-SPL representative at 800-559-8197, or click here to request a quote today!