August 2011 - Advanced AV

Advanced AV Assists Ryan Seacrest Foundation

Advanced AV was only involved in the frantic final two months before opening the Ryan Seacrest Foundation’s (RSF) new broadcast center in Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Even so, the West Chester, Penn.-based company definitely wants to be involved as the foundation moves toward its goal of doing it in 100 hospitals across the U.S.

Spurred by a call from Bluestone Communications, Inc., Advanced AV designed the system that serves at the centerpiece of the new broadcast facility, where an internal radio station broadcast is sent throughout the hospital. This is the second such facility the foundation opened, joining one in Atlanta.

“They’d like us to be involved with future projects,” says Joel Brazy, who served as account manager on the project and became friendly with the Seacrest family as the Philadelphia project moved forward.

Something from (Almost) Nothing

Advanced AV described the incomplete equipment list and plans as “basically a project without a function” when they came aboard. Amazingly, through collaboration with Bluestone and other firms on the job site, they were ready in time for the July 15 unveiling.

“It was a miracle everything came together the way it did,” says Kevin McGinnis, systems design engineer and project engineer. “Now we know exactly what they want and who the players are, so next time it should go much smoother.”

That’s not to say the job didn’t go well, because it did. But it was definitely a bit harried at times, says Brazy. Advanced AV supplied about half of the gear, plus design, programming and commissioning, and the company will be providing the hospital with a service contract.

“Everything was donated, so we had to make it work,” McGinnis says.

“The cool thing was the collaboration,” says Brazy.

A Crestron control system is the […]

By |August 30th, 2011|News|0 Comments

Collaboration is a big buzz word these days

Collaboration is a big buzz word these days. What does Collaboration really mean?

Collaboration is fundamentally about people working together, both in real-time and asynchronously. Wikipedia defines it as “a recursive process where two or more people or organizations work together to realize shared goals.” Simply defined but much harder to achieve!

What makes collaboration new and innovative?

Does collaboration mean that all parties involved in a project can share documents on the cloud? Imagine the AV consultant, integrator, architect, GC, and owner, all working on the documentation and drawings simultaneously on the cloud. The result: fewer change orders, faster revisions and approvals, with more projects completed in less time.

Does collaboration mean that because of new, open source productivity software customers and integrators can expedite time-lines and sign-offs?

Take the example of drawings that typically must be carried to the customer site for markups and approvals. If these CAD documents were accessible by all parties on the cloud, conflicts in schedules and calendars could be avoided. One master set of drawings viewed, modified and approved by all parties, anytime, anywhere. Microsoft’s Visio 2010 and AutoCADWS are two examples where major players have pushed their drawing software into the cloud and out onto remote devices for easy, collaborative access. ​Microsoft’s SharePoint 2010 makes it easier for people to work together, setting up Web sites to share information with others, manage documents from start to finish, and publish reports to help everyone make better decisions.

Does collaboration offer a customer an advantage?

One thought might be that a “collaborative integrator” would offer an even more highly trained team of specialists, available to clients 7/24/365. Remote access from a client’s desktop, smartphone or other mobile device to an integrator’s team of technical experts […]

By |August 30th, 2011|Blog|1 Comment

Touch Screens in the Retail Segment

As many consumers hit the stores these days, they have come to expect nothing less than a state-of-the-art shopping experience. As every store is striving for the almighty dollar, partnering digital signage and retail makes perfect sense. Today digital signage is the wave of the future for most retailers replacing the old mail out flyers and billboards with a new interactive medium of marketing. According to a survey done in 2010 by GfK MRI; “nearly 61% of all U.S. adults have viewed advertising on video screens in public venues in the last 30 days, and more than 64% of them have expressed interest in this form of marketing communication.” Digital signage has many advantages; it offers the retailer the opportunity to grab a customer’s attention and influence their purchasing decision right at the time of purchase, it drives out the cost of print advertising and distribution ultimately keeping costs under control, and sometimes creates profits for the retailer who can sell advertising space to their suppliers.

One example of how a company is using digital signage to revamp its image is Swiss Farms; a drive thru grocery store based out of Pennsylvania. Advanced AV recently took the prize (DIGI Award) for Best “Digital Signage in a Retail Store, and Local Rollout” for this installation. With eight 46-inch LCD screens and a large LED pylon, Swiss Farms is able to promote new products, special offers, and sales using in-store screens. They are able to draw in customers by placing their displays in store windows providing the perfect viewing angle from their cars. For Swiss Farms, digital signage is immediate and offers the company the ability to change sales and […]

By |August 24th, 2011|Blog|0 Comments
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