Posts tagged COVID-19

Webinar on August 12: Digital Messaging Solutions From NEC

Many businesses and schools will soon be welcoming employees back to work and campus. Do you have a plan and the right digital tools in place to communicate your health protocols?

During this webinar hosted by Commercial Integrator and AVI-SPL, and presented by NEC Display Solutions, you’ll get insight into:

  • Relevant digital signage tools and solutions for the current environment
  • Proper communication tools for sharing important safety and health instructions
  • Safety concerns as they pertain to crowd control and people congregating

You’ll also get insight into NEC Display Solutions that include the latest innovative technology to get your message out clearly and efficiently. You’ll see examples of solutions like the NEC A Series LED poster, which can deliver health and travel alerts, government communications, retail messaging, and simple instructions so that you reach your audience quickly with accurate information.

Register for “Digital Messaging Solutions for Your Post-COVID-19 Business Environment” >

Register for Our Final VIBE Event on the Future of Education and Learning

Today is the third of our three VIBE events on “The Future of Education: Empowering the Next Generation of Leaders.” During today’s event, you’ll learn about the ways video collaboration, advanced room control, and intelligent buildings improve the learning experience while reducing the health risks for students, faculty, and staff.

You’ll also discover the strategies, tactics, solutions, and resources you can use to streamline your learners’ transition from graduation to the workplace, including:

  • 5G, 8K, and IoT
  • Augmented and virtual reality
  • Active learning 
  • Virtual field trips
  • CARES Act funding

To facilitate this discussion, we’ve gathered prominent thought leaders for a panel on innovation and insights into the ways technology will empower the future of education. Our panelists include:

  • Marci Powell, noted expert in distance learning and chair emerita of the United States Distance Learning Association
  • Jay Bosch, AVI-SPL director of business development for state/local government and education
  • John Stenzel, Legrand national accounts director
  • George Borden, NEC solutions sales architect

Stenzel and Julian will share some specific technology solutions from Legrand and NEC that you can use right now to create a better learning experience.

Register for the next VIBE event, “The Future of Education: How Technology Will Empower the Next Generation of Leaders” >

Recap of AVI-SPL’s VIBE Event: The Future of Education

During the first of three VIBE events in July on the future of education, four experts in education technology got together to discuss the challenges and opportunities schools are facing in light of COVID-19.  Their talk touched on technology solutions that educators rely on to connect with and engage remote students, and that also address their health.

The panel included:

  • Marci Powell, chair emerita of the United States Distance Learning Association
  • Jay Bosch, AVI-SPL director of business development for state/local government and education
  • Cindy De Ianni, West U.S. regional GEM, sales, Poly
  • Adam Sowers, manager, consultant relations, Western region, NEC

They also looked at on-campus solutions that can connect a classroom-based educator with those in the same room as well as distance-learning students. Other topics included:

  • CARES Act funding
  • Steps schools can take to prepare for distance learning this coming semester
  • The role and capabilities of digital signage to deliver mass notification
  • Supporting immersive experiences like labs in a remote environment
  • Solutions from Poly and NEC for online and in-person learning and messaging

One of the key takeaways for me was the need for K-20 education to step up and meet the demands of next-generation learners so they can seamlessly transition into the workplace. Powell discussed the kind of technology and tactics that schools can use as part of this effort, including augmented and virtual reality, 5G networks, 8K resolution, and gamification.

You still have a couple of chances to be a part of this informative series, as AVI-SPL is hosting one on Tuesday, July 21, and on Thursday, July 23.

Register for the next VIBE event, “The Future of Education: How Technology Will Empower the Next Generation of Leaders” >

How Hand Sanitizer Drives Safety and Connectivity in the Workplace

As we return to the workplace, we are looking at new technologies that help us achieve the goal of keeping our employees healthy and safe while engaging those still working from home.  Achieving that goal is assisted by cleaning our hands and having accurate, up-to-date information to prevent the spread of rumors or panic.

Keeping our hands clean is one of the best things we can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  We have all come to realize just how many items we touch in a day, so sanitizing common workspace high-touch elements is important.  Individual hand washing or hand sanitizer usage adds another layer of protection and safety to this goal.   Ditch the giant communal jug with a safer, touch-free option – one that can remind employees to use the sanitizer.

The Novatizer comes equipped with a 21.5” digital signage display, enabling you to broadcast your corporate message and important reminders to those in the office.  The device can be wall-mounted or placed on a floor stand for portability and can be wrapped to match your corporate brand. With policies changing faster than ever before, the Novatizer combines a valuable resource with the information your workforce needs. 

While hand sanitizer is among the most valuable resources of 2020, it’s possible that information is even more valuable.  With policies that can change faster than you can order a pizza, tools to distribute that information are critical.  Not that I have ever completely ignored any emails from HR, but let’s say that blast emails are… slightly less than perfect at getting information comprehended by most employee populations. 

With the Digital Notification Suite, you can combine the messaging on your digital signage with a closer-to-home (quite literally, for employees working remotely) delivery method.  DNS is a desktop solution that can keep remote-working staff aware of all company announcements, news, and other live information in real time.  With the ability to push messages out to specific users, teams, or the entire organization, DNS keeps employees on the same page.  Scheduled messaging enables you to keep employees engaged with company activities while emergency notifications can be used to widely broadcast crucial alerts.  This solution ties in with larger 22Miles digital signage solutions, making it easy to reach your office and work-from-home populations.

It’s fair to say that 2020 hasn’t turned out like anyone expected.  Rise to the challenge with some germ-killing information and stay healthy.

The Collaboration Space Podcast Preview

Join hosts Nancy Lussier and Anthony Salveggi for a preview of our new customer podcast, The Collaboration Space. Pull up a chair in our virtual conference room as we chat with industry experts about collaboration in the digital workplace, and how to connect on-site and remote team members.

When we connected online to interview Dusty Duistermars of JLL to record our first episode, coronavirus was just starting to affect how and where we worked. Listen in as we discuss the possible long-term effects of the pandemic on the modern workplace. As we’re now a few months into our work-from-home reality and some workers are returning to the office, it’s interesting to compare our notes to the current environment and recent workplace changes.

Look for more podcast episodes after our official launch in July.

Subscribe to The Collaboration Space podcast now on the podcast websiteApple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, or Google Podcasts. Coming soon to Pandora and iHeartRadio.