AVM Impact Achieves Polycom Platinum Partner Status

16/02/12

 

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

16/02/12

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.

 

IPTV

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.

 

3D TV

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"

06/02/12

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.”

 

Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/olympics/news/9039873/Whitehall-to-practise-working-from-home-for-Olympics.html?utm_source=AW6424877243186589750&utm_medium=CH2617&utm_campaign=telework,fed-govt

By Robert Winnett, Telegraph Political Editor, 25 Jan 2012

AVM Impact Recognised as Cisco Solution Provider

29/11/11

AVM Impact, the UK’s leading visual communications system integrator, has been awarded the Cisco Solution Provider accreditation. This accreditation is the second highest level of partnership available globally, and forms part of the Cisco Developer Network.

AVM Impact has a proven track record of integrating Cisco Collaboration solutions using the AV9000 AV industry standard as well as providing a high standard of support on Cisco equipment.

Cisco Collaboration AV Integrator partners are specialists in the development and implementation of custom communication environments.  These environments combine TelePresence video systems and non-Cisco Audio Visual solutions to provide the best possible experience for video and audio conferencing. 

John Masters, Visual Communications Director at AVM Impact said “Many of our customers want to accommodate value adding collaboration tools such as presentation screens, interactive whiteboards and document visualisers.  They are also keen to enhance their users’ experience with well thought through room layouts and furniture, room lighting that enhances the picture, multiple microphones for natural sounding audio and a single control device that avoids the use of multiple remote controls.  We are proud that Cisco has recognised AVM Impact as one of the few companies in Europe that can deliver such deeply integrated projects for their clients.”

AVM Impact is now working towards achieving the highest level – Cisco Preferred Solutions Provider.

 

New Visualisation Communication Centre at University of Wolverhampton

29/11/11

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

New Visualisation Communication Centre at University of Wolverhampton opens today, with the technology designed and built by Impact [now AVM Impact]

The University of Wolverhampton officially launches their Visualisation Communication Centre project today.

The Visualisation Communication Centre is based on the University’s Telford Campus and is a unique blend of technology specifically aimed at engaging small businesses and start up’s who need to use technology to either develop or promote their business ideas. The Telford campus was the ideal location for this initial project, as in addition to the Visualisation Communications Centre, rapid prototyping and IT development facilities are available on campus to fast-track an idea through the start-up phase. The project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

The technology within the centre has been designed and built by AVM Impact, which includes a range of AV and IT related equipment encompassing video conferencing, video streaming, immersive projection, interactivity and a 2x2 interactive video wall display, all seamlessly linked together to provide an engaging environment in which to bring investors and prospective clients. In particular, it is for businesses which may not even have premises or indeed the capital to invest in the necessary equipment.

Commenting on the new Visualisation Communications Centre, Steve Smith, Lead Technology Advisor said: “The impact that the Visualisation Centre has when businesses first enter the room, is the wow factor we are all looking for. When we explain what it can provide for their company’s growth and development it really sets their minds racing. This innovation room is what many SMEs need to provide the springboard in these changeable times. The full benefit is realised due to the attention to detail and quality of installation and finish provided by [AVM] Impact which motivates the company to see how it would work for them.”

The local authority and chambers have shown great interest in the Innovation First and VCC project. These facilities provide a legacy for the teaching and learning spaces to the University’s students and staff. The University is already in the early stages of designing a second centre at the Science Park in Wolverhampton.