Category Control Room Design

Christie MicroTiles Enhance Network Operations Center

Christie MicroTilesChristie MicroTiles were a central part of a recent AVI-SPL integration for a command center covering one of the Northeast regions’ largest metropolitan areas. 

In this 22,000-square-foot facility, three large video walls consist of 840 Christie MicroTile display cubes. AVI-SPL’s Special Projects Group installed these MicroTiles in conjunction with a sophisticated external multi-image processor to display various combinations of images. Numerous video sources can be simultaneously displayed across the video arrays and can be positioned and resized on the fly as required, allowing for real-time crisis analysis and management.

AVI-SPL works with manufacturer partners like Christie Digital to integrate audiovisual solutions that suit a range of industries and environments. Contact us at 1-800-282-6733 or for questions about how we can help your organization communicate and collaborate.

Top 5 Reasons to Attend the AVI-SPL Technology Expo

Discover the latest innovations in communication and collaboration technology when you attend AVI-SPL’s Technology Expo 2011, which will be held in four cities across the U.S. Many of the top manufacturers in the Pro AV industry will be on hand to showcase innovations that can advance your organization’s strategy.  What can our events do for you and your enterprise? Here are the top five reasons you should attend AVI-SPL’s Technology Expo 2011:

  • Learn from more than 25 leaders and manufacturers in the PRO AV industry
  • Discover the latest innovations in presentation and communications technology
  • Network and collaborate with knowledgeable industry professionals
  • Attend informational seminars, including those with AIA and InfoComm CTS certification
  • Register to win an iPad2!!

The first Technology Expo will be held at the Chicago Marriott in Oak Brook, IL, Tuesday, August 23 from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm. Be sure to add the AVI-SPL blog to your RSS feed for forthcoming details about this event. Other Tech Expo dates and locations include:

  • October 6 – Tampa, Fla., A La Carte Pavilion
  • October 26 – Washington D.C., Martin’s Crosswinds
  • November 16 – Long Beach, Calif., Long Beach Convention Center

Please bookmark the AVI-SPL events page and visit it often so you can get the latest information on our webinars, tech briefings and other events that cover the latest in communication and collaboration technology. We look forward to having you join us!

Happy Birthday Control Room Group!

by David Jones, CRG Director of Sales

The Control Room Group (CRG) celebrated its 10th birthday in June of 2011.  Yes, though it’s hard to believe, the CRG is 10 years old.

From an idea sold to the “Boss” over a fruit salad to a thriving multi-million dollar business, the CRG has come a very long way in a short 10 years.  From three employees to almost 50, from a single project (actually

One of the CRG's early projects - US Central Command

 a project and a half) the first year to over 65 projects in the year that just ended, the CRG has shown tremendous growth over the years!

The success of the CRG is directly attributable to the each and every one of people who works for the group.  Without their effort and dedication, it is safe to say that there probably wouldn’t be a 10-year celebration.

A Look Back

While the CRG has changed over the last decade, so has the business environment that we work in.  In fact, many of the changes we’ve seen in the CRG have been dictated by the changes in the market. 

  • We’ve seen display technology evolve from cubes with a giant footprint, to cubes that take up as little as 14” of floor space. 
  • We’ve seen video cubes lighted by incandescent bulbs with 10,000 hours (maybe) of useable life expectancy to video cubes lighted by an LED-based illumination source with 50,000+ hours! 
  • We’ve seen digital devices replace most analog ones, fiber replace copper, flat panel LCD displays of all sizes replace CRT based displays of all sizes and network based processors working in conjunction with an amazing variety of software suites replace simple UNIX or Windows-based  slow and (much worse than slow) volatile “black boxes.”

A Special Word of ‘Thanks’

The marketplace and technology has changed over the last 10 years just as the CRG has, but  there is one thing that hasn’t changed at the CRG: Our dedication and commitment to you — our current and future clients

To our current clientele: Thank you very much for giving us the opportunity to work with you over the last 10 years.  

To our future clients: We look forward to having the opportunity to work with you on your control room, physical security or visualization or simulation project over the next 10 years and beyond.  

Let us help you with your next control room project, I’m confidant you’ll find the experience as pleasant and productive as our current clientele has.

Want a Design Package Discount — for FREE?

To celebrate our 10th year birthday we’d like to give our future clients a present.   Send me an email with “Happy 10th Birthday CRG” in the subject line and we’ll give you a 100% discount on a design package for your control room.  Send me an email ( and I’ll give you all the details.

The Control Room Group staff thanks you for the last 10 years, and we look forward to serving you for the next 10 or 20 or more!

AVI-SPL Control Room Group Partners with AGC Networks in India

India – To expand our international reach, the AVI-SPL Control Room Group (CRG) has partnered with AGC Networks to jointly pursue turnkey design/build unified communication business opportunities in the Indian Ocean region. AGC is the region’s leading AV and unified communications integrator, but does not have a dedicated control room team, which made the partnership with CRG an excellent opportunity for both AVI-SPL and AGC.

Indian Ocean Region

“Combining the strengths of AGC and the Control Room Group makes for a formidable force in the market presently served by AGC, and we are looking forward to working alongside our new partners and gaining business in the region,” said Sean LaNeve, vice president of CRG. “With the CRG focus on mission critical control rooms and AGC’s leadership position in the regional unified communication market, we are confident we can provide a superior client buying experience and consequently make a lasting and meaningful impression in the market,” he added.

Speaking on this occasion, Vinod Nair, AVP – AV & Video Conferencing, AGC Networks said, “With this partnership we have addressed the experience deficit in the Control Room business currently prevailing in the Indian Market. Our partnership with CRG will get highly specialized skill set in the Control Room Business into India. At AGC, we believe in working closely with our clients to provide unique and highly reliable solutions across various verticals including power, oil, gas and defense, and our alliance with the Control Room Group is to address customer requirements in these verticals. I am confident that this partnership will further enhance our market position in the Audio Visual space as also maximize our customers’ return on investment through our customized collaboration solutions.”

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AVI-SPL Supports Audio-Video Communications With Unify ME

AVI-SPL recently unveiled Unify ME™, its comprehensive blend of services that holistically supports the audio-video communication needs of all kinds of companies and organizations.

Backed by the Pro AV industry’s most experienced and dedicated professionals, AVI-SPL designs, builds, installs and maintains the communication systems your company needs to succeed.

Unify ME comprises three main service offerings: Cloud-based Services, Support Services and Professional Services. Here is a look at each in brief:

Cloud-based Services

These services let you easily connect with your video communications network, including telepresence rooms, video endpoints and home office workers .

Unify ME™ Connect

  • Network infrastructure setup
  • Quality of Service connectivity
  • Support for traditional and HD calls
  • Remote management connections
  • Business to business exchanges

 Unify ME™ Control

  • Comprehensive room, call and network monitoring
  • Performance reporting
  • Complete conference production
  • Live technical support

 Unify ME™ Communicate

  • Meeting services
  • Multipoint video conferencing
  • Managed conferencing, webcasting, and B2B call launching

 Unify ME™ Content

  • Digital Media as a Service (DMaaS)
  • Minimal equipment investment and infrastructure
  • Highly scalable
  • Online portal for content creation, distribution and management

Support Services

Our Customer Care Program provides comprehensive support for your investment, with three tiers of contract options: One-Year Warranty, Preferred (remote service) and Onsite. We also have optional contract upgrades that provide enhanced levels of service: Exclusive, Preventative Maintenance, First Call Consolidation and Remote Alarm Response.

Customer Care Program

  • Unlimited technical support
  • Onsite service/support
  • Warranty parts repair/replacement
  • Annual business review

 Customer Care Upgrades

  • Exclusive (includes 24/7/365 phone support)
  • Preventive Maintenance (checks the operational health of equipment)
  • Remote Alarm Response (proactive device monitoring)
  • First Call Consolidation (one help desk for customers with multiple support contracts)

Professional Services

AVI-SPL’s professional services ensure  the environment and experience of your video communication systems meet your expectations. Our highly trained teams hold hundreds of certifications from the major vendors, such as Cisco, Polycom, Crestron, AMX, Extron , Smart, LifeSize and many others. As a result, we are well qualified to handle complex infrastructure installations and stage multimedia events that make a positive impact on your audience. Our core competencies include:

  • Emerging technologies
  • Managed implementations
  • Project management

Put our Expertise to Work for You

With AVI-SPL as your partner, you can have the communication systems that are ideally suited to your company. Tell us what you need, and we’ll help you reach your goals.  Call us at 866-825-0311 or 1-813-387-3055 (international). We look forward to hearing from you.