Impact sponsors the Friends of the University of Reading Heritage Trail


*This project was carried out by Impact prior to the acquistion by AVM.

Impact [now AVM Impact] proudly sponsors the ‘London Road Campus Heritage Trail’ in partnership with the Friends of the University of Reading AVM Impact is delighted to sponsor the Heritage Trail organised by the Friends of the University of Reading, which takes place on Sunday 25th March 2012. The main Trail itself will give visitors a special opportunity to see parts of the London Road campus not normally accessible to the public and to learn about the site’s history, either on one of the guided tours or by going round individually. Most of the buildings have been refurbished to accommodate the Institute of Education. The event will also focus on the work of the Institute including many hands-on activities for families. The Great Hall will hold recitals interspersed with talks about its history. The event will also be holding an adult Treasure Hunt and a children’s one. Tea and cake will be provided during the afternoon in the ‘Eat and Drink’ café on the campus. The cost is £3 a head, 18s and under free. For further details and a booking form contact Brenda Morris, the Secretary, on 0118 378 8006 or email, otherwise simply turn up on the day. Find out more: click here

VC is finally breaking out of the meeting room


Industry experts nominate the single biggest technology changes or obstacles likely to affect the market in the next two years.

According to AVM director of visual communications, John Masters there is an unprecedented amount of interest in desktop video: “Our customers are mainly talking to us about this because they want to know how to integrate their meeting rooms and exec systems with desktop platforms.

“The greatest breakthroughs come when customers take the step of installing video in smaller rooms with collaboration tools such as Webex, visualisers or interactive whiteboards integrated into the solution and show staff how this can be used to enhance business processes.” 
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AVM Impact Achieves Polycom Platinum Partner Status



AVM Impact announced that it has achieved Polycom Platinum Level Partner Status as part of Polycom’s Partner Certification Programme.

Edward Cook, CEO at AVM Impact said;

“It is a great honour to be awarded the highest Polycom partner status. AVM Impact has grown with proven experience in collaborative communication solutions and has met a number of stringent requirements to achieve Platinum status. Jointly AVM Impact and Polycom can deliver outstanding technology and support to the end-user.”

Technology trends for 2012


As 2012 is upon us, AVM takes a look at what technology trends are emerging from the shadows to the forefront of business strategies to change the way people live and work.


Unified Communications

Integrated solutions that allow presence, instant messaging, audio and video conferencing and desktop sharing will feature strongly, especially within SME’s. Solutions like Microsoft Lync that promote collaborative working will help make business communications even more effective and efficient. You can find and communicate with the right person, right now, using familiar and easy to use applications and break down the barriers between telecommunications and computing. Office and remote workers can stay in touch simply and easily, with greater control, whilst increasing productivity and efficiency.


Video Communications

VC was fast growing in 2011 and we think this will continue, the technology is becoming more widespread due to the reduced expense, increased acceptance and the compatibility of different technologies.  Video is now able to adapt to needs of users and increasingly it's benefits are realised as being more than reducing travel costs and environmental footprints. AVM believe video conferencing will becomes a more natural way of how business gets done and a realistic alternative to in-person meetings.

In particular, the widespread availability of low-cost video peripherals is sure to bring video conferencing to educational institutions as well.

There is also likely to be a focus on managed services. Hosted services are predicted to gain momentum as they are ideal for those with limited bandwidth, IT resources or budget to build their own video conferencing solution. Companies can achieve reliable, secure, high performance video conferencing, with little or no effort and less impact on resources.



This will be increasingly important as a communication tool for diverse content as enterprises seek to deliver media across the organisation. This will be dependant on diverse and distinct needs, depending on the company’s display technology, network capability and the range of content they need to deliver.



Applications of 3D TV are increasing rapidly. In particular areas such as hospitality, healthcare and education will be likely to increase adoption this year and implement 3D TV distribution.


Lampless Projectors

For over a year Casio have had the majority of the lampless projector market to themselves but we are now seeing this category grow. So far the majority of take up has been from the education sector due to the limited requirement for maintenance.  People are now starting to realise the benefits of a significantly lower total cost of ownership. Many more manufacturers are now choosing to develop lamp-free lightsources and this shows evidence of market acceptance and increasing demand.


Gestural interfaces and augmented reality

Augmented reality may have just been an attention grabber in 2011, but it seems that this will change in 2012, with more intuitive control of computer applications, manipulation of digital content and information.

Natural interfaces can now combine elements of gesture, movements, location, voice-command and probably soon even our moods and our thoughts. This all leads to interaction that’s more intuitive, natural and easy for consumers to adopt.


Transport Minister urges "work remotely; or use video conferencing"


During the Games and the Paralympics, staff across Whitehall and the public sector will be ordered not to commute to work for up to seven weeks to prevent London’s public transport network from becoming over-congested.

A series of unprecedented “planning exercises” have been scheduled to “check officials can work from home”.

From Feb 6 to Feb 9, thousands of civil servants have been told to work from home under “Operation Stepchange”. They will be asked to check that teleconferencing facilities are operational and that remote computer networks work.

A briefing for civil servants also offers advice on “how to avoid Waterloo” if they need to travel to meetings in Whitehall.

Next month’s trial run is understood to be the first of three planning sessions ahead of the summer’s seven-week work from home programme.

Among government ministers, the impact of the scheme is likely to be the subject of intense discussion. Following last year’s strikes, some Cabinet ministers privately claimed that their departments ran more smoothly when only key officials came to work. However, others said that their ministries had been brought to a standstill.

The Government is becoming increasingly concerned about the capacity of the London transport system this summer, when an estimated three million extra journeys a day are expected as hundreds of thousands of additional visitors arrive in the capital. Civil servants will start their work-from-home regime a week before the Olympics begin in July and throughout the Paralympics.

The Department of Transport is asking commuters to “try different routes; stagger their journey times; work remotely; or use video conferencing for meetings.” Those who live nearer their place of work are being urged to walk or cycle.

Up to 800,000 spectators and 55,000 competitors, officials, staff and members of the media will travel to and from olympic venues each day during the Games. Hugh Robertson, the minister for sport and the Olympics, said: “By thinking creatively and adjusting travel patterns next summer, we can ensure that everybody gets to their destination and London keeps moving.”



By Robert Winnett, Telegraph Political Editor, 25 Jan 2012