Category Video Communications

InfoComm 2019: Take AVI-SPL’s Guided Tour of New Solutions

Make the most of your time at InfoComm 2019 by taking AVI-SPL’s Guided Technology Tours of select partner booths, where we’ll highlight prominent digital workplace video and UCC solutions. Each of our five tours is curated by AVI-SPL and features the guidance of subject matter experts from our leading vendor partners as well as your AVI-SPL hosts.
 
We’ll begin the tours at AVI-SPL booth 3852 in the Orange County Convention Center. From there, we’ll spend about 15 minutes at each partner booth to learn about solutions that improve collaboration, engagement, productivity, and talent attraction/retention in your workplace. At the conclusion of each tour, we’ll raffle prizes at our booth. 
 
Register early to reserve your space. Registration will also be available prior to each tour at our booth. Tours include:

  • How to Optimize Your Huddle Rooms
  • Enterprise Video Production and Management
  • Connected Smart Spaces
  • Wow-factor displays and projection
  • AV over IP

Our tours will visit the booths for Barco, Biamp, Cisco, Crestron, Exterity, HARMAN, Legrand, LG, Mersive, MultiTaction, NEC Display, Onelan, Poly, Samsung, Shure, Sonic Foundry, and Sony. There will be plenty to learn from these vendor partners, and taking our guided tours is a great way to efficiently allocate your time while at the show.

Register for AVI-SPL’s Guided Technology Tours at InfoComm 2019 >

Poly’s “Power of Many” Message for Businesses

Poly made noise in the AV and workplace collaboration industry this week as it became the new face of the combination of Plantronics and Polycom.

The company is supporting its first marketing campaign, “The Power of Many,” with some high-profile announcements that focus on product integration with technology from Microsoft, Amazon, and Google. Poly made these announcements while at Enterprise Connect in Orlando.

In the days that followed the rebranding as Poly, the company announced:

The Power of Many

Common to these products is their emphasis on bringing people together, which is the message of Poly’s “Power of Many” campaign. The “power of many” also describes the functions that are brought together in a solution. Systems that combine useful functions are what you might envision when you hear the term “unified communications” — the ability to review one’s calendar, join a meeting, and make video calls from one device.

Along with this versatility, the goal is simplicity, which is key to the user experience of solutions that combine multiple functions. You could say that’s the main appeal of a solution that includes Alexa, making it possible to manage meetings and room devices through voice.

Poly’s solution announcements this week indicate their focus on a positive user experience. Common to each of them:  These solutions integrate with systems that people are comfortable with and want to keep using in a way that isn’t needlessly complex. One phrase on the Poly website touts the ability to “concentrate on ideas in the air, not devices in the room.” When people use workplace collaboration solutions, they shouldn’t notice the technology to an extent that is disruptive. Rather, they should be able to give their attention to the collaboration that the technology is making possible.

As new solutions enable us to do more from more places, companies are wise to incorporate those solutions in the workplace to attract talented people who want to be able to collaborate in a variety of ways and do it on demand.

The solutions that are easiest to use will be the most attractive, as long as they have the capabilities that people expect. Those capabilities are with us in a variety of solution packages. The power of Poly’s message is in its focus on how its solutions make it easier for people to produce the products, ideas, services and innovations that keeps their businesses growing.

AVI-SPL Makes SCN’s List of Installs of the Year

Systems Contractor News highlights its “Installs of the Year” in its November 2018 issue, and AVI-SPL’s work is among them. AVI-SPL recently integrated AV-over-IP systems that help the U.S. Air Force monitor and control its Test and Training range at Eglin Air Force Base.

Personnel at the 96th Range Control Squadron at Eglin AFB select visuals from test-range cameras and display those feeds to a control-room video wall. Operators select the feeds they want to display and group them together for intelligent, live viewing. Using this information, they track and control aircraft and weapons that are in flight.

RGB Spectrum‘s Zio codecs are at the core of this installation. Twenty-four Zio units decode and display over 150 live visuals from the field. RGB Spectrum has an excellent overview of this project.

AVI-SPL engineers and technicians design, test, and install systems that distribute audio and video over any size network. Contact us at sales@avispl.com or 866-559-8197 and let us know about your audio and video communication challenges. Learn more about our specific expertise with command and control centers.

Emerging Trends in Higher Education Technology

Teachers that use technology solutions like interactive whiteboards, video collaboration systems, and advanced visualization are creating learning spaces equipped for the way students want to learn. And as Brawn Consulting points out, they’re also taking important steps toward preparing their students for their lives after school.

Eighty-five percent of jobs that will exist in 2030 will be new — and will involve technology at a high level. Giving students access to technology solutions can also help them develop and hone life skills, including how to learn and think critically and create presentations.

Brawn Consulting, a venerable consultant to the audio-visual industry, has identified emerging trends in higher education, particularly those related to technology:

  • Students expect seamless technology in the classroom
  • Machine learning will predict student performance
  • Outsourcing more IT systems
  • Remote technical support will be more important to systems security
  • Increased group work and collaboration
  • BYOD adoption will be standard
  • Scalable school systems like cloud-based applications, infrastructure, and collaborative platforms
  • Collaboration tools and video communication will become more prevalent

In light of these trends, Brawn recommends that schools and their teachers:

  • Experiment with the technology that engages students and helps them retain their lessons
  • Focus on scalable cloud-based collaboration systems that include managed support
  • Rely on the International Society for Technology Education, a nonprofit that provides technology and learning resources

You can rely on AVI-SPL to help navigate these trends and integrate the seamless technology students expect and need. To create the classrooms that engage students and prepare them for the evolving job market, contact AVI-SPL at sales@avispl.com or 866-559-8197.

AVI-SPL Teams Up With Sonic Foundry at Gartner Symposium

AVI-SPL knows how important video streaming and management are to a company’s enterprise video strategy, including our own. At each of our TechXchange events throughout North America, we rely on Sonic Foundry for the video capture of the lectures and talks that help attendees understand how they can effect digital transformation in their workplaces.

Likewise, the Gartner Symposium and ITxpo in Orlando this October 14-18 will trust Sonic Foundry to capture the vast array of educational sessions that address critical challenges for CIOs and IT executives. Recording those sessions for future on-demand viewing will be Sonic Foundry’s acclaimed Mediasite Video Platform. One of the company’s reps will also be spending some time at AVI-SPL booth 717 to share the value of its partnership with us in developing and implementing the enterprise video solutions that are an important part of your collaborative workplace.

Want to meet with AVI-SPL at the show? Go to our dedicated site for the Gartner event in Orlando and request a meeting.

In the meantime, see what is new with Mediasite and its ability to capture, live stream, and curate your business video.