Category Video Collaboration

AVI-SPL Recognized for School District Video Solution

AVI-SPL won the Top K-12 Education Solution award for its integration for the Rialto Unified School District. The award, which was given out during the InfoComm 2013 show, was selected by the editorial staff of Commercial Integrator and Tech Decisions Media.

Rialto wanted to bring a university feel to its schools with technologies that would build awareness of its educational initiatives and deliver announcements throughout the school community.  It also wanted to enable its students to work with the latest collaborative technology. AVI-SPL implemented Cisco solutions that include a telepresence system that allows for immersive virtual field trips and live collaboration with other schools. Our team also integrated solutions that empower students and faculty to create and upload lessons for on-demand retrieval, as well as content for digital signage.

I encourage you to read the story of our work with the Rialto Unified School District  in the AVI-SPL 2013 Concept Catalog.

Contact AVI-SPL at 866-559-8197 to discuss your school’s ambitions to increases collaboration and communication. You can also fill out our contact form.

AVI-SPL’s Virtual Meeting Room Means Personalized Collaboration

The rise of mobile devices means a greater demand for personalized business solutions. A study by Forrester estimates that by 2016, over 350 million smartphones will be used in the workplace, more than doubling the number from 2012.  Meanwhile, companies face the challenge of quickly giving their current and new hires the ability to video conference.  AVI-SPL is addressing their needs to join video calls from a remote office or mobile device with our low-cost, flexible Virtual Meeting Room service.

Why It’s Significant for Businesses of All Sizes

Our VMR service enables virtually any size company to use standards-based video devices and give everyone in their company their own virtual meeting room to host video calls at a fraction of the usual cost. In doing so, we support the growth of BYOD (bring your own device) and remote workers by empowering mobile users to have a secure  virtual meeting room outside of the corporate network. Here are a few of the features we feel make our VMR offering so appealing to organizations of any size:

  • Provide dedicated meeting room IDs to as many employees as needed
  • Pay only for ports that are used; quickly add more as need and use grows
  • Any standards-based system can use our VMR service (Lync, H.323, SIP, and Skype users)
  • Can be upgraded to a QoS offering and private cloud offering; so as your business grows with video, our video infrastructure provides higher levels of service, including HD quality and remote monitoring and management

How does the VMR service work?

Companies pay for a block of video conferencing ports that provide unlimited usage. The service supports SIP and H.323 standards-based hardware and software codecs from leading manufacturers, including Cisco’s MX and C series systems and Jabber software clients, Polycom RealPresence, LifeSize 220 Series and many others. We also support Microsoft® Lync® 2013 video clients and provide Skype gateway services.

Experience the VMR at InfoComm 2013

Stop by AVI-SPL booth #2381 at the Orange County Convention Center, June 12-14, and register for a free trial of our VMR service. Learn more about how AVI-SPL can protect your video conferences/provide low-cost, high-quality and easily scaled virtual meeting rooms. Contact





AVI-SPL Device Keeps Video Conference Rooms Private

AVI-SPL continues to innovate within the collaborative environment with a video conferencing device that helps organizations protect the privacy of their meeting environments. This device, which we call Block ME™, and has been unveiled at this week’s InfoComm, is perhaps the simplest way you’ll find to protect conversations and content shared in your video conferencing meetings. (Read the press release on AVI-SPL’s new video conferencing privacy features.)

What Does Block Me Do?

Block ME enables the users in a meeting room to press a button and block any video calls from being launched or received in the room they are in. Press a button, and users stop video calls from being initiated or received. It’s just that simple. When you enable the device, you block related ports to and from your network, thus stopping unwanted calls from connecting.

How Does Block Me Work?

Block ME connects directly to your endpoint, and features two options: “on” and “off.” In the “on” position, Block ME stops the video conferencing endpoint from sending and receiving calls. In the “off” position, the lines are open.

Block ME Benefits

  • Easily installed in any video conference room
  • No special programming or control panel required
  • No updates required to Block ME as video conferencing change or systems are updated
  • Cannot be accessed remotely

Because your video endpoint is still powered on even when Block ME is enabled, it can still be monitored and managed by AVI-SPL’s remote VNOC and Help Desk.

AVI-SPL has designed Block ME to blend seamlessly into your environment. At a glance, you’ll know that if the device is engaged and whether calls are enabled or disabled.

If you plan on being at InfoComm 2013 in Orlando, stop by AVI-SPL booth #2381 June 12 -14 to see a live demonstration of Block ME.


AVI-SPL Improves Remote Managed Services With Communicator Proxy

As InfoComm 2013 gets underway, AVI-SPL has just announced a new offering that expands our ability to monitor a customer’s AV equipment and video conferencing endpoints behind its firewall.

AVI-SPL’s Communicator Proxy provides standards-based polling of all IP-reachable devices within the customer’s network and reports the information back to our cloud-based VNOC Symphony® managed services platform in real-time. Instead of hundreds of devices trying to talk to the cloud through the enterprise firewall, all communication is consolidated through the proxy, which provides the information to the VNOC. It also allows commands from the VNOC to be sent securely to the client devices for call launches and device control. For more information, please read our press release on Communicator Proxy.

We’ve developed Communicator Proxy to help IT organizations limit the number of external connections to their corporate network. AVI-SPL is the only video managed service provider with this capability. Until now, all video managed service providers required a dedicated connection to customer networks in order to monitor meeting room equipment and launch video calls. AVI-SPL’s Communicator Proxy puts key modules of our VNOC Symphony® managed services platform behind the customer’s firewall and uses their standard ports in the firewall to communicate with Symphony.

Benefits of AVI-SPL’s Communicator Proxy

  • Monitoring: Standards-based polling of all devices within the customer’s network. Reports the information back to the VNOC Symphony cloud in real-time.
  • Management: A secure link from the Symphony cloud to the Communicator Proxy sends call launching and device control information to the hundreds of devices located on the secure network.
  • Secure Access: A secure, single egress point for VNOC personnel to access devices via their integrated remote management capabilities.

Stop by booth #2381 at infoComm 2013 in Orlando this June 12-14 to see a live demonstration of AVI-SPL’s Communicator Proxy. Learn more about how AVI-SPL is improving management of your meeting room spaces. Contact


AVI-SPL Connects the Community: Healthcare

Each environment has unique challenges that require specialized solutions. This week in our AVI-SPL Connects the Community series, CW Koellman, vice president of sales, AVI-SPL Medical, discusses trends and challenges in healthcare environments, specifically operating rooms.

The AVI-SPL Medical team has spent the last 13 years designing and integrating solutions that make it easy for doctors, surgeons, nurses and other healthcare staff to collaborate during operations.

Collaboration is a key consideration in hospital AV solution design. Traditional video conferencing connects video codecs to each other. Our Medical team created a video collaboration solution that, in essence, connects control systems to each other. When you connect two of our end-points, each end has complete access to the far-end sources. “So if I’m in an OR in New York and I’m connected with an OR in Los Angeles, I can see and hear everything that the surgeon in Los Angeles can see,” said Koellman. “I’ve got a touch panel in New York and it shows me all the sources that are in that other room in Los Angeles. And while I’m talking to that other surgeon, I can pull up any source that he/she can see. Nobody else does that, and our team has been doing it for a long time.”

Connecting systems throughout the hospital and beyond saves time and gives patients access to better care. For example, when an OR connects to Pathology, the pathologists get to see everything that’s going on in the OR. The surgeon can send a specimen to pathology, then the pathologist can look at it under a digital microscope and the surgeon can look at it (via video) at the same time. The technology makes it so the pathologist is an active participant in the OR without having to physically be there.  While he is a surgeon is doing surgery, that pathologist can consult with the surgeon about what he/she is seeing on that live video feed. With these network-based systems, collaborators can be down the hall or across the country and have identical interactions.

In addition, these highly-customizable IP-based solutions dramatically reduce the space requirement in operating rooms, which is always at a premium. Integrated OR systems allow nurses to quickly change the configuration of the room to accommodate different surgeons and/or procedures. Faster room-turn times means more procedures can be completed each day, which is better for both patients and the medical center.

Unlike other medical system providers, our solutions work with all medical AV technology. “Another one of our primary advantages is we are totally 100 percent agnostic.  I don’t care what camera or microphone you’ve got, I don’t care what any of the devices are in that OR, we can interface to them,” Koellman said. Our solutions incorporate sophisticated signal-conversion systems to connect any device to the system and to easily route those signals across the network to end-points throughout the facility and beyond.

These collaborative systems also allows for interactive learning. Lecturers can connect to multiple ORs from the lecture hall and switch between the audio and video feeds on the fly. The same systems that allow surgeons to remotely consult with specialists also connect students to OR video and audio feeds in real-time in the classroom.

When working with surgeons to design an integrated OR, our team focuses on what the surgeon is trying to accomplish, what’s lacking in the current system and what does the doctor want the system to do that it doesn’t do now. By starting here, our team creates a solution-focused system that’s easy to learn and simple to operate.

Join us at InfoComm 2013 to see how we connect these environments in booth #2381. During the show, we’re launching several exciting new solutions, so be sure to stop by to experience these systems in person. Can’t make it to the show? No worries! We’ll be sharing demo videos on YouTube all week long.

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