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AVI-SPL Expands Virtual Meeting Room to Canada, Europe and Australia

AVI-SPL has announced its Virtual Meeting Room (VMR) program has expanded into Canada, Europe and Australia. AVI-SPL offered VMR to all of these areas in the past, with calls being routed to the U.S., then reaching the end-user. The expansion of VMR means users will be re-routed faster when using VMR. Science has shown the human ear starts to detect delay in half-duplex conversations (conversation in which all participants can send information, but not at the same time) at around 250 to 300 milliseconds. Read more…

Client and Integrator Collaborate to Create Meeting Rooms People Can Use

From its high-rise headquarters towering above Calgary, Enbridge leads operations that transport, distribute and invest in assets like crude oil, natural gas, and renewable energy products throughout North America. The 65-year-old company has been recognized as one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the world. As part of its goal to increase efficiency, the Canada-based company looked to consolidate its work spaces and tailor them to different business units. Read more…

Sound Above Vision

Everyone knows a video conference without sound is useless, so why isn’t more care taken with the audio? Kevin Hilton looks at the issues. Audio is a crucial part of any video conference but, despite the reality that the pictures would mean nothing without sound, it is often taken for granted or almost ignored completely. Read more…

Space First Approach

The relationship between AV and architecture has not always run smoothly. Why is this, will it change, and what can we do to make things better in the future? Paul Milligan finds out. Architecture is all about feel, design and ‘the space’, AV is about technology, function and ‘the show’. These two schools of thought and working processes can come to loggerheads, and because of this, the relationship between architects and AV consultants and integrators hasn’t always been the most harmonious one. As technology becomes ever more ingrained in our working lives, architects and integrators/consultants have to work together more than ever before. Is the relationship as fractious as it is sometimes painted to be, or are there signs things are improving? Read more…

Global Expansion Strategies: An Integrators’ Guide to World Domination

For years, one of the hottest topics in the integration business was the convergence between AV and IT, which has been discussed nonstop for so long that many people still don’t seem to realize that the shift had already been occurring for much of that time. The idea of “globalization” finds itself in a similar spot these days, with many of the most successful and largest integration firms firmly entrenched well beyond the North American borders and others wondering how they can get involved — and what will happen to them if they don’t. Read more…