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

AVM Impact Recognised as Cisco Solution Provider


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


*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.

AVM provides state-of-the-art AV to Bournville College


Bournville College, situated in Birmingham, is a large further education college. In November 2009 the college commenced a complete rebuild of its Longbridge campus which positions Bournville as a flagship college in the UK. The incredible new £66 million state-of-the-art campus covers 4.2 acres of land, has a capacity of over 15,000 students and provides some of the best education and training facilities in the country.

AVM worked with college staff to understand their vision for the future and design state-of-the-art AV systems in line with their requirements.

Students today are digitally switched on and extremely media-savvy. The material presented to them must reflect this in order to keep them engaged and interested in the learning content. AVM has more than 10 years experience in the education sector and understands the latest technologies that can improve the teaching and learning environment.

Paul Bristow, Assistant Principal for Learner Services at Bournville College said:

“With AVM’s guidance and advice we are confident we have purchased the very best AV equipment. Teaching and support staff are amazed by the technologies and actively embrace these in the classroom.”

AVM supplied and installed interactive teaching equipment into 137 classrooms across the campus as well as fitting out a cinema room with an HD 3D projection system.

In the conference centre AVM provided a large projection screen and audio system with mixing console and full room control. In the music department AVM installed computer music software, music hardware such as microphones, keyboard controllers and studio recording equipment.

Other equipment AVM provided around the campus included several large LED screens, a 55” interactive touch table and integrated audio systems with the most modern facilities such as iPod docking stations and a blu-ray player.

Paul Bristow continued:

 “It is a refreshing pleasure to watch teachers and students interacting with these technologies and enhancing their understanding of the learning process.

“The commitment from AVM is always a priority, they understand educational requirements and respond effectively and efficiently offering a service that in my opinion is first class. I trust the judgement, advice and guidance offered by AVM. I would happily recommend AVM services to any interested parties.”

AVM sponsored the Bournville College Grand Opening on 26th October 2011.


Loughborough University improves training, teaching & communication


Loughborough University is one of the country’s leading universities and has been voted the UK’s best student experience for five years running. To maintain this excellent reputation they must ensure that the teaching and learning environments are innovative, modern and engaging for 21st century students.

AVM was invited to work with the university to fulfil their on-going vision for state-of-the-art teaching facilities and ensure the audio visual capabilities are of the highest quality.


AVM equipped several areas of the university encompassing a wide range of specialist projection and display systems. AVM completed a total rebuild of two lecture theatres with high definition presentation facilities which included PA systems, dual projection, lecture recording systems, lecterns and one-touch control systems for flexible, easy-to-use projector and room control.


Other parts of the project included 3 meetings rooms in the facilities management building, the Rutland Building, which serves as the staff HQ, fitted with dual projection, ceiling speakers and an induction loop system, as well as digital signage in the reception area.


This project required a forward thinking AV solution throughout. AVM worked on time and budget to meet this leading education institution's demand for high performance equipment, excellent and efficient service, along with competitive pricing.


Aaron Turlington-Smith, AV Supervisor at Loughborough University said:

“AVM has vast experience of working in a university environment and this is reflected in their work at Loughborough. They were able to design integrated AV systems of the highest quality, whilst offering very competitive pricing. The AVM team is knowledgeable and efficient, meaning I could carry on with my day-to-day job with minimal disturbances; whilst confident the project was being carried out to the highest standard. The new solutions have been very well received by staff and have added another dimension to our daily practices, improving the teaching and learning environment.”