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Videoconferencing Sounds Great With Biamp’s Nexia VC

Nexia VCWhile the main selling point of videoconferencing is obviously the ability to see to whom you’re talking across the miles, equally important is the quality of the audio between the communicating parties. That’s where Biamp’s Nexia VC comes in. This slim but powerful digital signal processor is designed to deliver outstanding audio during videoconferencing applications – without any compromise.

One of the features that make the Nexia VC so noteworthy is its Biamp Sona™ AEC, a proprietary wideband acoustic echo cancellation algorithm that produces crystal-clear audio. Because the Nexia VC delivers 20Hz to 20kHz bandwidth, you hear natural, true-to-life sound from each conference participant.

The Nexia VC is both economical and intuitive, meaning you can add it quickly to your set-up, and use it just as fast. It can be implemented in a variety of video conferencing situations, thanks to an internal system design that is completely user definable via PC software, and features a broad selection of audio components, routing options and signal processing. The unit has room for 8 wideband AEC mic/line inputs, 2 standard mic/line inputs, 4 mic/line outputs and a codec interface.

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Delivering Justice Via Video Communications

As judges have to deal with an ever-increasing number of cases and tight budgets, video communication technologies are becoming increasingly obvious choices for their value and overall efficiency. The many benefits of adding video communications to the courtroom setting include: Stanilaus County Courthouse AV System

  • Ease of use
  • Efficient use of time and resources
  • Streamlined arraignment process
  • Recorded proceedings for later review

Flat-screen TVs of various sizes as well as document cameras can be used to display evidence and exhibits for jurors, the courtroom gallery, defense, prosecution and judge areas.  The Stanislaus County Courthouse in Modesto, Calif., exemplifies AVI-SPL’s commitment to comprehensive AV solutions in this area.  The judge, jury, lawyers and the audience all have sizeable displays, so each can clearly see the evidence or other items introduced into the record.  But the benefits of video communications technology goes beyond enhanced presentation capabilities.

AVI-SPL’s work on the Jay Street Courthouse in Brooklyn, N.Y., includes a video system that can accommodate presentations while also allowing defendants to appear remotely from prison. In such cases, not only can videoconferencing save on the cost of transporting inmates to and from the courthouse, it also makes sense if those individuals are too sick to appear before a judge in person or have a communicable disease. Similarly, expert witnesses can appear from remote locations, while still being able to fully communicate with judges and lawyers.

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Say It With Digital Signage

If your business isn’t making the most of your customers’ valuable time, you’d do well to reach out to them with digital signage. We’ve all heard the mantra that content is king. Digital signage can be the ideal medium that content deserves. Hilton Anaheim Hotel Digital Signage System

Regardless of the industry you are in, digital signage will help you make a quality first impression with each of your stakeholders and the public in general. That’s because digital signage is more than just static, one-way advertising – it’s a dynamic way to engage with your audience. 

With digital signage, you can control your messages and keep them continuously updated — even remotely. As a result, customers are continuously made aware of the latest sales and products. Digital signage can be interactive, allowing users to flip through screens to find a variety of information.  It can also be used for advertisements, public announcements, directing new arrivals during orientation and entertainment purposes, such as trivia games.

Digital signage encompasses plug-and-play boxes as well as media players that can stream live TV.  Its content can be delivered via a memory card, or updated via the Internet. Weatherproof protection allows you to deploy a digital signage solution anywhere you need to deliver your message.

Digital signage is also a budget- and green-friendly alternative to traditional advertising.  You don’t pay the cost of printed graphics for each new promotion, and the technology has advanced to the point where screens use less heat and energy.

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We know that a picture is worth a thousand words, so take a look at some of the digital signage projects completed by AVI-SPL.  Then fill out our short needs analysis form and one of our experts will give you a call.  You can also contact us at (866) 559-8197 or email us at

Signs Point to Surge in Video Conferencing

The video conferencing industry may see an uptick if current analysis of the market holds true.

Research firm Global Industry Analysts (GIA) recently announced that the worldwide video conferencing market would bring in $10.8 billion by 2015. GIA attributed its forecast to the effects of globalization, cost-saving efforts and increasing acceptance by small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs).

While acknowledging that the recession has suppressed the communications market in general, GIA concluded that, as the global economy improves, companies will be willing to invest in video communications in order to increase efficiency and save money over the long term. It also pointed to ongoing technology innovations in audio and video, as well as the continued decentralization of working environments as positive influencing factors. Read the complete press release on GIA’s announcement here.

Matt Hemblen of ComputerWorld thinks the recent release of HP Visual Collaboration —  a suite of HD videoconferencing solutions — may work out quite well for the video conferencing industry:

“HP’s entry into desktop videoconferencing will further energize the market for videoconferencing, even as many newer mobile devices like the iPhone 4 have begun supporting real-time video chat.”

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AVI-SPL Employees Team up to Stomp out Breast Cancer

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, several employees threw on their tennis shoes and hit the pavement in order to raise money for the cause. For many who have had personal battles with the disease, their stories are very near and dear to their hearts.

Brenda Curry, producer for Creative Show Services, joined the American Cancer Society (ACS) Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5k walk for her first time ever. She led her team “Adventurous Hearts” which included employees Ivy Peterson, Stephanie Cobb, Lisa Nieto and Leisha Fotopoulos among other friends and family.

They gathered Saturday, Oct. 23, and began their walk at the St. Pete Times Forum on Channelside Drive, trekked down past the Convention Center and onto Bayshore Boulevard and then routed back to The Forum.  Through donations from friends, family and colleagues, the “Adventurous Hearts” team raised $855 for the American Cancer Society.

Brenda Curry shares her experience:

“I am a Breast Cancer Survivor (9 1/2+ years).  My diagnosis totally changed my life. But through the love and care of my family and friends, the amazing support of AVI (now AVI-SPL), the excellent care of four great physicians and their staff, and through an internal strength that I wasn’t even aware I had within me,  I made it through the hard times, and now see my 10 year anniversary approaching in February 2011. I have lost a lot, but I have gained much more.  I am here today because others came before me and helped to find treatments and ways of coping with the cancer diagnosis that helped make my road an easier one.  I will always be eternally grateful and hope that my efforts will do the same for others.  

Today, there is more hope than ever for people facing breast cancer. However, there is much work to be done. Every day, the American Cancer Society is helping people stay well by taking steps to reduce their risk of breast cancer or find it early when it is most treatable; helping people get well with information, day-to-day help, and emotional support to guide them through every step of a breast cancer experience; by finding cures and promising new treatments through funding and conducting research; and by fighting back by working with lawmakers to help all women get access to screenings and care. 

I have hope that one day we will live in a world with less breast cancer and more birthdays. That’s why I walked in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event. Not only was this my opportunity to join my community to fight back against breast cancer, it was a way to inspire hope by raising funds and awareness to help those facing the disease and save more lives.”

Vivian Sola, sales consultant for Creative Show Services, also participated in the ACS 5k walk. Also her first year joining the walk, she was asked to recruit five team leaders and ended up becoming one herself.  She led of team of about 45 people made up of family, friends and church members.

Vivian Sola shares her story:

“I have friends that have been affected by this disease and could only hope for the day when we celebrate that a cure has been found.   It was a great experience to see the world come together as one (regardless of race, religion and age) for such a great cause. Hence, I called my team “Caring Friends.”  Everyone in the team got a white shirt and painted the name of the team on the back so that we could be recognized in the crowd!  Everyone in my family played an active role in the process.  My husband and daughter helped me make some bows to give to those that had contributed towards the team goal.  My 9-year-old boy collected $50 from school.  He went to teachers and friends asking for anything from coins to dollars!  My parents recruited other walkers who also helped in the fundraising. Ultimately, our Caring Friends team ended up raising more than $2,600 dollars which far surpassed our original goal of $1,000.”   

Gail Fitzsimmons, benefits manager for AVI-SPL, joined 1,600 others in the Tampa Bay Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure 60-mile fundraising walk to benefit breast cancer research Oct. 29-31. Participants walked 20 miles a day (from around 8 a.m. to nearly 6 p.m. each day) and camped overnight in local parks. There are 15 3-Day for the Cure walks nationwide each year, and this year’s Tampa Bay event raised $4.5 million for breast cancer research.

Gail Fitzsimmons shares her story:

“I was personally touched by breast cancer in 2008 when my younger sister Laura was diagnosed.  Laura would share with me the horrible experiences that she went through and it just broke my heart.  That’s when I felt the need to get involved and help in the fight to end breast cancer.  I saw a commercial for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure event and signed up and joined a team called “The Breast of Times.” This year’s event was even more special to me since my last walk in 2008, because I knew what to expect and the emotions that I would experience during the 3-days– lots of crying and laughing.  These are three days full of an overwhelming outpouring of love, kindness, sadness, but also hope.  The Tampa Bay Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure event raised $4.5 million to be used for community outreach and research so someday soon we’ll be able to say we have found a cure for breast cancer and all cancers.  A lot of people don’t know that when you sign up for this event, you don’t just have to walk 60 miles in three days, but you’re also committing to raising a minimum of $2,300.  I am thankful to have very generous family, friends and co-workers.  I can’t wait for next year so I can do it again; this is my small part in the fight to eradicate breast cancer.”

Congratulations to everyone who teamed up for this wonderful cause.  Whether you donated to a walker or sweat your heart out for 60 miles, you’re making a difference in someone’s life.

To view a gallery of photos from the walks and our Breast Cancer Bake Sale, click here.