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Case Story: Traffic Management Centers

Traffic Management Center - MiamiThe SunGuide Traffic Management Center in Tampa oversees sections of I-275, I-75 and I-4.  AVI-SPL’s Control Room Group (CRG) designed and integrated a solution for the facility that enables staff to monitor and respond to traffic situations. Cameras send location video to the display wall at the center. That display consists of 67-inch Mitsubishi cubes, which are powered by Barco image processors. The processors enable operators to control the layout of the video presentation.

AVI-SPL has provided the same services for other FDOT locations, include the Sunguide Traffic Management Center in Miami. That facility includes a 10-foot-by-31-foot video wall that gives operators a simultaneous view of over 40 video sources. Read more about the FDOT-Miami project and how the systems we programmed and installed help control traffic.

Back to the Future

By David Jones, Director of Business Development, Control Room Group

As we head into 2012, it occurred to me that the marketplace looks eerily familiar to one that some of us experienced 20 years ago.
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Twenty years ago, the AV systems integration business was shaken by the fear that commoditization of the products that we used to create fully integrated system solutions would spoil margins and drive the true system integration company out of business. There was some fallout, but for the most part the system integration industry survived by educating clients about and differentiating the integration business from the “box house” businesses that were becoming a growing part of the market’s landscape. A similar situation exists today where “video wall systems” are being sold online after being advertised as a solution that anyone can design and install after selecting one product from column A, one product from column B and one product from column C.

Consequently, I believe our task is the same as it was 25 years ago: To educate the client and explain the value of having a systems integration company like the Control Room Group (CRG) design a system which specifically addresses their requirements (wants and needs) versus thinking they are saving a little money by purchasing a plug-and-play system online and settling for a “good enough” system.

With perhaps the exception of Pajama Jeans, there really isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution for anything of value, and having been focused on the control room market for over 10 years now, CRG knows that as fact. CRG creates and supports 24/7 mission critical control rooms which are custom designed to meet the unique requirements of the client using common off-the-shelf components. The difference in cost between the one-size-fits-all “good enough” system and the fully-supported and specifically designed CRG control room system built to fit your exact needs – RARELY MORE THAN 10%.

Call me or send me an email and I’ll give you more specifics as to how we’ll go about creating an affordable, fully-functional and scalable control room system designed to meet and exceed your unique requirements.

I have another déjà vu experience to talk about but we’ll save that for the next blog. In the meantime, let me know how we can help. Give me a call at 1-888-619-9083 or send me an email –

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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CRG Expands Vertical Markets, Offers Interactive Q&A for Customers

By David Jones, Sales Manager Control Room Group

The Control Room Group (CRG) is preparing to celebrate its 10th anniversary in June! Since I last wrote, we’ve made quite a few enhancements to the “look and feel” of the group.

While our primary mission of designing, integrating, installing and supporting mission critical control room environments has not changed – in fact, there is even more of a laser focus on that – we have expanded our presence into other segments of the control room market and begun improving our Internet presence.

Our vertical sales structure and approach makes the CRG unique to the market. Most importantly, this ensures that you as a client work with an expert technical team that focuses specifically on your industry.

With this in mind, we’re pleased to announce that we’ve expanded to include three new markets. So complementing our existing Transportation, Utilities/Process Control, Corporate and Government system specialists are sales teams that focus on the following:

  • Visualization and Simulation
  • Physical Security
  • Technical Furniture and Environments

Contact me and I’ll put you in touch with our new technical teams.

CRG Gets Interactive

I’d also like to invite you to visit the CRG website, and be the first in your group to participate in an interactive Q&A with the Vice President of the CRG, Sean LaNeve, and/or the Production Manager for the CRG, David Opitz. Sean and David will address a variety of questions about the CRG, and the role they play in keeping us at the forefront of the control room industry.

Q&A with CRG Vice President Sean LaNeve

Q&A with CRG Production Manager David Opitz

Wait, What’s That About a Free System Design?

Well that’s it for now, but I’d like to extend the offer — with a twist – that I made in my last blog in ’10 with regards to a free system design. I’ll offer a free system design (in each of the vertical we service) to the first person who contacts me and correctly indentifies the color of shirt Sean is wearing in his question and answer session. You can call me at 888-619-9083 x 8010 or reach me via email at