Category AVI-SPL

Top Reasons to Use Digital Signage

Digital Signage has quickly developed into far more than an electronic version of print advertising. Industry expert Lyle Bunn, who recently spoke at AVI-SPL headquarters in Tampa, Fla., explained that digital signage as a communications tool has expanded to include a number of systems that can be integrated throughout an enterprise. From merchandising to interactivity to employee communications, digital signage presents a number of benefits, including:

  • Revenue generation (in-store kiosks empower customers to find what they want, and provide third-party advertising opportunities)
  • Reduced perceived wait time (think about how useful those monitors are at making the time pass when you’re waiting a half hour on line at Disney World)
  • Limited need for physical upgrades
  • Reduced cost of print materials
  • Targeted messages (by day and time)

Watch Bunn discuss these advantages in a brief clip from his talk:

How Will You Use Digital Signage?

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AVI-SPL at TCEA 2011

Tomorrow, February 9, AVI-SPL will be in Austin, Texas, as part of TCEA 2011. At this education technology convention, attendees will learn from experts like AVI-SPL, a leading provider and integrator and high-tech tools for the classroom.

Look for AVI-SPL at booth # 2585 in the Austin Convention Center, where it will host professional development courses and illustrate the benefits of integrating AV systems in the classroom. We’ll also be giving away several prizes at the show including:

  • A complete interactive classroom of the future featuring a SMART Board 680 with stand, a slate, response, document camera, Balt® ReFlex™ chairs, Balt presentation cart and a Chief® CoPilot™
  • A Copernicus i-Rover

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Wondering what kind of technology would work best to facilitate the learning process in your school? Let our experts simplify the process and answer your questions. Take a moment to fill out our brief needs analysis form and one of our representatives will contact you. You can reach us at 866-559-8197 or drop us an email at

As VGA Comes to an End, HDMI and DisplayPort Bring On the Advantages

Recently, several major manufacturers announced the end of VGA (video graphics array) technology within their product line up. By 2015, VGA and low-voltage differential signaling, or LVDS, is expected to disappear from the PC industry landscape altogether. This includes product changes from AMD, Dell, Intel Corporation, Lenovo, Samsung Electronics LCD Business and LG Display, to name a few.

What Does This Mean For You, and Just What is VGA Anyway?

So just what does that mean for you, the end user? Let’s do a brief breakdown of the VGA technology and terminology, before venturing into what you can expect with these latest changes.

VGA connector technology is represented as a 15-pin device that’s typically been used for PCs and video cards, while laptops use a smaller, “mini” version to deliver analog RGBHV (red, green, blue, horizontal sync, vertical sync) video signals. In addition, VGAs have been used to carry Display Data Channel (DDC) protocols between a computer display and a graphics adapter. This allows for the adjustment of monitor conditions such as brightness and contrast.

The Beginning of the End

Just why is VGA becoming obsolete? Because as the “analog sunset” has arrived, digital solutions such as DisplayPort and High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) offer the advantages of more scalable solutions with lower power consumption required.

As nicely summarized in this Intel press release:

HDMI has increasingly been included in new PCs for easy connection to consumer electronics devices. DisplayPort is expected to become the single PC digital display output for embedded flat panels, PC monitors and projectors.

DisplayPort and HDMI allow for slimmer laptop designs, and support higher resolutions with deeper color than VGA — a technology that is more than 20 years old. Additionally, as laptops get smaller and their embedded flat panel resolutions increase for more immersive experiences, the power advantages, bi-directional communications and design efficiency benefits of DisplayPort make it a superior choice over LVDS, the previous standard for LCD panel inputs.

What’s Your Take?

How will these changes ultimately effect the AV industry? One senior design engineer and industry veteran notes: “This change has become the path for all new work interfacing computers and related equipment. It will mainly impact service and maintenance work.  As the technology changes, it may be more difficult to get components that will work with/in existing AV systems.” 

Tell us, what’s your take on the end of VGA?

New Ordering Process in Place for Cisco-TANDBERG Customers

Ten months ago, the finalization of Cisco’s $3.3 acquisition over TANDBERG signified a substantial championing of growth opportunities for audiovisual customers. In addition, this versatile move gave Cisco the #1 worldwide market share for video conferencing. Today, Cisco’s strategically developed distribution plan has reached the final stages of integration, with a total of approximately 1,200 total partners comprising the combined channel program.

Industry leader AVI-SPL has been proud to be a dedicated member of Cisco’s channel program throughout this transition process, delivering a comprehensive portfolio of interoperable solutions to our customers, with the quality and service they’ve come to depend on.

How have the Cisco and TANDBERG product lines been integrated?
TANDBERG video endpoints and infrastructure products have been integrated into the Cisco TelePresence portfolio and architecture:

  • TANDBERG endpoints, including components, are now part of the Cisco TelePresence endpoints business.
  • TANDBERG multipoint, interoperability, management, call/session control, and media services such as recording are now part of the Cisco TelePresence infrastructure business.
  • TANDBERG intercompany capabilities are now part of the Cisco TelePresence as a Service business.

What can AVI-SPL customers expect with the ordering process?
With the implementation of Cisco-TANDBERG’s joint orderability initiative of January 31, 2011, AVI-SPL customers can expect new Cisco part numbers to replace the discontinued Tandberg sku’s.

The one exception to the new ordering processes will be service contract renewals (service only orders). These orders will continue to use the old Tandberg part numbers and traditional ordering channels through February 28, 2011.

Questions about your order?
If you have any questions about the new ordering process, please feel free to contact AVI-SPL at 866-559-8197, or email