Posts tagged Unified Communications

Polycom Brings Whiteboard to Video Conferencing

Polycom UC boardPolycom has introduced its UC Board, which integrates with standards-based video conferencing solutions and unified communications systems to make video collaboration more interactive.  The UC Board has a sensor that plugs into the video conferencing system, allowing images created on the whiteboard to be shared with other meeting participants.

Check out this brief video demonstrating the value of the Polycom UC Board:

Register Now for the AVI-SPL Tech Expo in Chicago – Aug. 23!

Start making travel plans, because the first of only four installments of the AVI-SPL Technology Expo 2011 is right around the corner! This exciting showcase of innovative technology will be held at the Chicago Marriott in Oak Brook, IL, Tuesday, August 23 from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm.

Register for this free AVI-SPL Tech Expo for your chance to see the latest in video conferencing, Telepresence and advanced audio networking from the top manufacturers in the Pro AV industry. Meet and network with a wide variety of professionals – including CIOs, architects and construction specialists — and exchange ideas about the systems that companies and organizations rely on to work smarter.

At this program, you’ll discover solutions that extend from the boardroom to the control room and beyond, including advanced looks at digital signage, HD video conferencing, unified communications and much more. You’ll also see real-world examples of IT/AV convergence and learn how to build ROI through solutions that increase productivity by enhancing your ability to communicate and compete.

Why attend Technology Expo 2011?

We can think of five GREAT reasons!

  • 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!!

Nearly 30 of the leading manufacturers in the Pro AV industry will be on hand, including AMX, Cisco, Crestron, NEC Display Solutions, Polycom, Radvision and SMART Technologies.

You can also attend two accredited courses that will further your industry education. Crestron will deliver Designing for 2030, covering the best practices for monitoring and managing environmental, lighting and AV systems. Cables to Go presents Digital Video Demystified, looking at the breakthrough technology in digital video infrastructure, including HDMI, DVI-D, DisplayPort and TMDS.

You won’t want to miss the keynote speech, “Harnessing the Hidden Power of Unified Communications,” delivered by AVI-SPL Executive Vice President of Video Communications and Unified Collaboration Michael Brandofino. During this talk, Mr. Brandofino will explain how the powerful convergence of IT and AV technology is helping organizations streamline their operations, save money, increase productivity and prepare for future growth. In the brief video below, Brandofino discusses why unified communications is an essential component of the modern workforce.

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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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Webinar Recording: Advancing Business Processes Through Unified Communications

AVI-SPL University logoDuring AVI-SPL’s recent webinar, “Advancing Business Processes Through Unified Communications,” Polycom’s Louis Duchesne discussed the benefits a unified communications solution can have for businesses and organizations, including greater efficiency in recruitment, training, sales and time to market, as well as reduced travel and downtime. Louis also offered a number of scenarios that demonstrated the real-world gains savings afforded by a strategic unified communications solution. 

If you missed this event, or want to go over the information again, you can access the recording as well as the accompanying slides from the presentation.

You can also download Polycom’s informative seven-page pdf: “ROI in Action: How Polycom’s Collaboration Network Benefits the Bottom Line.”

Find Your Unified Communications Solution

If you are considering unified communications for your organization, be sure to contact AVI-SPL, the worldwide leader in pro AV integrations. We design, build, implement and support solutions from manufacturers like Polycom that will make your operations more efficient and productive, and enhance your ability to compete. Call us at 1-800-282-6733 or fill out this brief needs analysis form, and one of our experts will quickly get back to you.

AVI-SPL Leaders to Present at InfoComm

InfoComm 2011 looks to be the most exciting and information-packed event yet. We’re pleased to announce that AVI-SPL leaders will be sharing their expertise in sessions covering a range of topics from IT/AV convergence, unified communications and more.

Want more information about the sessions listed below? Click the event name to see a complete list of panelists along with more detailed information for each session.

Mike Brandofino, EVP of Video and UC, will participate in the following IMCCA-sponsored sessions:

Mike Brandofino EVP Video and UC AVI-SPLThe Convergence of IT & AV – Yes, You Really Need To Work Together
Wednesday, June 15
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Room: 314B
Moderator: Dr. S. Ann Earon, Ph. D.

Work environments are no longer just an IT or AV problem. This session will address issues of importance to working in an environment where both IT and AV are important – in other words how to work together in most rooms!

IMCCA State of the Industry Lunch and Learn
Wednesday, June 15
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Room 315A
Moderator: Dr. S. Ann Earon, Ph. D.
Chairperson Emeritus, IMCCA

Join senior executives and industry experts as they address the latest issues related to conferencing, collaboration, and unified communications. How are customers using their technologies? What are their future plans? What does convergence look like in the home, as well as in business? What long term impact will firms like Cisco, Google, IBM, Logitech, Microsoft and others have on the collaborative conferencing space? Come prepared to learn, ask questions, and challenge the panelists.

Unified Communications – The Way You Want It to Be
Thursday, June 16
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Moderator: Michael Brandofino, EVP of Video and Unified Communications, AVI-SPL

UC has been positioned as the ultimate Utopia in communications. However, just like Utopia, it seems nearly impossible to achieve and many customers are frustrated as a result. Part of the reason it is elusive is because UC means different things to different people. What if UC was what you need it to be rather than what vendors and manufacturers think it should be? This session will explore the various ways UC has been successfully deployed and what companies like yours define UC to be. Our panel of experts will provide their insight into what makes a UC deployment successful and what things you can do to prepare your organization for UC the way you want it to be.

John Vitale, VP of Products for AVI-SPL, will participate in the following session:

John Vitale VP of Products AVI-SPLIndustry Panel: From Communication to Collaboration
Wednesday, June 15
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Room W414AB

Industry powerhouses are redefining the next generation of audio and video collaboration that are affecting the way SMB and enterprise businesses communicate. What impact will these new technologies have on the professional systems integrator? How can the systems integrator take advantage of these new technologies to expand their sphere of influence while improving their quality of service?

ClearOne, a leading provider of unified communications solutions, will host a panel discussion with thought leaders from HP, IBM, AVI-SPL and Wainhouse Research. Hear from the experts as they share their insights on unified communications, hardware and software codecs, platform migration, mobility and more.

AVI-SPL at InfoComm

While at InfoComm, don’t forget to stop by the AVI-SPL booth 1679 to experience unified communications in any environment. While you’re there, pick up our QR postcards and download our new mobile app for the iPhone and iPad!