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AVI-SPL Acquires Iformata Communications LLC

Leading audio video communications provider AVI-SPL announced today the acquisition of Iformata Communications LLC, a leading provider of video managed services. This acquisition includes the Iformata Video Network Operations Center (VNOC) business and the VNOC Symphony® management platform. AVI-SPL views this acquisition as a critical move in the company’s continuing drive to become the dominant player in the video communications solutions and services space.

“In 2009 we set forth on an initiative to grow our video communications business. In 2011 we succeeded in growing video related revenue to over $200 million and video is now included in over 50 percent of the projects we do,” said AVI-SPL CEO John Zettel. “With that growth, we recognized the importance of expanding our capabilities in the video services we provide our customers. Acquiring Iformata shows our commitment to expanding our video communications strategy with a strong managed services offering.” Click here to view Zettel’s video announcement of the acquisition.

“This acquisition is a major win for both AVI-SPL and Iformata,” reports Ira M. Weinstein, senior analyst and partner at Wainhouse Research. “This combines AVI-SPL’s strong A/V integration experience and 150+ strong, video-savvy, field sales force with Iformata’s robust, multi-tenant Symphony videoconferencing management system.

“The result is an immediately available, mature service offering from a well-known and trusted technology partner. Hosted video managed service offerings, like AVI-SPL’s Unify ME™, play a key role in helping enterprise organizations maximize the benefits they receive from their collaboration investments.”

Founded in 2004, Iformata has built a reputation as the leading innovator of VNOC tools and end-to-end automation services through its VNOC Symphony platform. Providing managed conferencing services to global enterprise firms, equipment manufacturers, and top-tier carriers and networks, Iformata’s 450 claim patent portfolio and platform has features for every aspect of managing an enterprise’s fleet of video systems, including call setup, intelligent framing, automated monitoring, event correlation, and call tear down – even for disparate immersive telepresence systems.

The addition of the Iformata VNOC service bureau, associated services and innovative technologies to AVI-SPL’s current Unify ME offering provides a more robust total managed services solution to customers. The enhanced services brought by Iformata is a strong addition to AVI-SPL’s portfolio, which currently includes cloud-based services, remote services and onsite services with long and short term Strategic Onsite Solutions and professional services.

“With the acquisition of Iformata, we become one of the only video solutions providers who can truly provide every aspect of the video communications experience.” said Mike Brandofino, AVI-SPL executive vice president of video and unified communications. “We think it is critical to be at the point of sale when selling services and the fact that we design, build and now provide VNOC managed services across any video platform, clearly differentiates us from anyone else in the space.”

The new operations and the associated employees will join AVI-SPL’s Support Services group under the leadership of AVI-SPL’s Executive Vice President of Video and Unified Communications Mike Brandofino.

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Classroom Controllers Just Got Easier on the Budget

Consolidate control of you classroom’s A/V equipment in one convenient location with Cables to Go’s TruLink A/V Controller. No more searching for remotes, replacing expensive batteries or fumbling with small remote keys that are in a different position on each different remote. Cables to Go’s TruLink A/V Controller provides the features a teacher needs without the cost and complexity associated with “higher end” solutions – because a teacher should always have control of their classroom. Click here to read more about choosing the right controller.

Specifically engineered (built/constructed) for use in K-12 classrooms, the TruLink controller is innovatively simple to install, program and operate.

TruLink product highlights include:

  • Large, backlit buttons for easy identification and quick operation
  • On-board real-time clock for easy time and date programming, including automatic start-up and shut-down capability, ensures equipment is ready when needed and powered off at the end of the day to extend equipment life
  • Backup capability eliminates the need for reprogramming in the event of a power failure
  • Up to 32 commands for control of numerous A/V devices
  • Durable construction backed by a five year warranty ensures consistent operation in the demanding classroom environment


Ready to Take Control of Your Classroom?

For more information on the TruLink controller, contact an AVI-SPL sales rep by calling 800-282-6733, or click here to request a quote!


New High Brightness NEC Projector is Budget Friendly

The widescreen NEC V300W is designed to provide higher brightness for classrooms, meeting and  conference rooms that have heavy ambient light but require a small projector.

This 3000-lumen lightweight mobile model is 3D Ready and includes a 7W speaker, closed captioning and NEC’s Virtual Remote control software.

  • Automatic Power ON via RGB (15-pin) input
  • BrilliantColor™, including a 6-segment color wheel, provides accurate color reproduction
  • Quick startup/cooling/shutdown minimizes projector setup and teardown between meetings
  • ECO Mode™ technology helps extend lamp life and lowers power consumption
  • HDMI input connects you to high-definition sources
  • Dual computer inputs ensure quick switching between presentations
  • Crestron RoomView Connected™ provides unified management, including the ability to switch the power on and off for multiple projectors connected to a network

To find out more info

Interested in bringing NEC’s latest projector to your organization? Simply click here to request a quote, or speak to an AVI-SPL representative by calling 800-282-6733 today!

Panasonic-Sanyo Collaboration Expands Classroom Projection Options

The field of projection technology has widened with two of the latest product offerings from Panasonic! In specifically working towards educators needs, Panasonic has unveiled a 16,000-lumen LCD projector, as well as a new widescreen classroom projector. This debut marks the first collaboration between Panasonic and Sanyo, a move designed to increase the versatility of product offerings for today’s customers.

With a brightness resolution of 16,000 lumens, Panasonic’s flagship PT-EX16KU LCD projector is perfectly designed for large venues such as auditoriums and lecture halls. Vivid imagery can be used to enhance lessons through this high-class model’s quad-lamp design and light filtering technology. Seamless remote operation along with other projectors is made possible by Panasonic’s Multi Projector Monitoring and Control Software freeware.

In catering to the education market, Panasonic’s latest LCD projector features:

  • DLP™ Display Technology
  • 16000 ANSI Lumens
  • 1024 x 768 Native Resolution
  • 4:3 Native Aspect Ratio
  • 2500:1 Contrast Ratio

For portable, widescreen projector options, the PT-VX400U offers high luminosity in an environment-friendly, compact package.  As part of Panasonic’s PT-VW330 series, the model’s intelligent lamp drive significantly cuts back on power consumption. Unique features include the Easy Setting option, which allows for automatic keystone correction. This is done through the use of a built-in camera sensor and wireless projection capability, combined with the optional Easy Wireless Stick (ET-UW100) for iOS devices such as an iPad. The free Panasonic Wireless Projector iOS application delivers simple, hassle-free presenations. 

Specs for this model are as follows:

  • DLP™ Display Technology
  • 4000 ANSI Lumens
  • 1024 x 768 Native Resolution
  •  4:3 Native Aspect Ratio
  • 2000:1 Contrast Ratio
  • 1.6x zoom lens

Both models are expected to ship this September. For more information, click here to request a quote, or contact an AVI-SPL representative by calling 800-282-6733 today!

A Clear Forecast: Is Cloud Computing Right for Your Organization?

Gartner Group predicts that by 2013, spending on cloud computing applications will grow to over $150 billion. From corporate campuses to government institutions, taking it “to the cloud” seems to represent the next level of innovation for reliability, scalability and cost-effectiveness across a diverse range of markets.

Cloud computing benefits:

  • Can help organizations cut down on costs, including travel, hardware and maintenance
  • With resources readily available, increases responsiveness to project demands
  • Enables dispersed teams to work together quickly and more efficiently
  • Increases the impact of messaging and brand awareness

Download Our FREE Cloud Computing White Paper!

Before moving forward, you’ll need to know what exactly lies in “the cloud” environment, and how it can impact your communication initiatives. AVI-SPL’s latest white paper, A Clear Forecast, aims to help you do just that.

Click here to gain further information on cloud computing , including practical applications across all industries and technologies (including digital signage), critical research and more!

Interested in Digital Signage Applications?

You don’t need to make a huge investment in equipment and infrastructure to get your message out. AVI-SPL’s Unify ME Content provides the software and services you need to run digital media content and deliver the right multimedia experience for customers, stakeholders and employees.

Through Unify ME Content, you can rely on cloud-based services to create, manage and distribute content from a centralized point. Click here to learn more, or contact an AVI-SPL sales representative at 800-282-6733 today!