Crestron Sets Innovative Training and Research at Nurse Anesthesia Center at VCU

Crestron, a CCS Presentation Systems partner, set in place e-Control as its standard to connect and control every room at the prestigious VCU or Virginia Commonwealth University. VCU has over 300 Crestron connected rooms that are monitored and managed with RoomView.

VCU’s Nurse Anesthesia Simulation Center consists of a control room with one-way glass, three simulated operating rooms, a classroom for teaching and viewing the operating rooms and a conference room all connected by Crestron with distributed video and audio, and multi-site video conferencing capabilities.

The Nurse Anesthesia Center at VCU is truly one of the most innovative training and research centers in the world, and an impressive application of Crestron technology. Crestron RoomView asset management software is used to view & control the power aspects of all rooms, along with the scheduling of rooms, from a single location.

AMX Control Systems Profiled for White House Audio-Visual Technologies

A recent profile in AVNetwork Magazine on how government technology managers and end users communicate featured a look inside the  White House Situation Room. Within its heavy artillery of communications software was a look at the integrated systems of our manufacturing partner AMX.

According to the article, the White House frequently uses the AMX technology and its  Modero Touch Panel technology (pictured) to allow different users connected to the system to control microphones, cameras and monitors in the given location.

Videoconferencing has come a long way, not only in business and social circles, but in government environments as well. IP technology has grown in recent years, and video conferencing carriage costs had dropped, according to the article. With the growth in sophisticated equipment, today there is very little to separate audio-visual solutions in IT. One tech director noted that AV is a critical, budgeted area for any IT department.

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Having that A/V integration in government budgets is a sign of its growing need for greater communication practices within military command chains. There are real opportunities for military agencies all over the country to use videoconferencing as a strategic planning tool.
If videoconferencing is in your list of 2013 to-dos for your government agency or organization, look to CCS Presentation Systems. CCS works with corporate, government and education clients with needs in full-service integration, installation, maintenance and training of audio and video equipment. Among the specific installations handled by CCS include:
– LCD & plasma displays
– digital projectors
– interactive whiteboards
– room control systems
– audio systems
– high definition videoconferencing systems< Today, CCS is one of the largest A/V integrators in the U.S. with more than 350 employees, sales offices in 13 states and annual revenue in excess of $115 million. CCS was recently ranked by Systems Contractor News as one of the nation’s top audio visual integrators, by Commercial Integrator as the No. 1 audio visual integrator for the hospitality industry.

Find Audio-Visual Solutions at InfoComm 2013 in Orlando, FL

InfoComm 2013 kicks off in Orlando, FL next week! It’s the top technology show for audio visual solutions providers to corporate, education and government organizations.

About 2/3 of the attendees at the 2013 conference will be comprised of business-to-business AV solutions providers, and the other third will be end users of the audio-visual technology at corporations, universities, government agencies, houses of worship and more.

Our CCS manufacturing partner Crestron is a Platinum sponsor of this leading industry conference. Here’s what the company is planning:

  • Crestron InfoComm events, including a Partner Breakfast. Learn more about new technology and enterprise solutions for taking your corporation to new levels. Topics will include unified collaboration, digital AV networking and more. The Crestron Partner Breakfast will provide answers on how to lead your organization’s control and AV strategies.
  • Crestron also promises exciting product launches at InfoComm 2013. At the 2012 show, the company announced a 3 Series Control System – see more from the video clip below.

More details on Crestron’s InfoComm activities are posted on the Crestron blog. If you’re interested in learning more about how you can use its products in corporate or educational venues, contact CCS Presentation Systems for details, pricing and integrated system setup options.

Epson’s Moverio Smart Glasses Aimed at Businesses and Enterprise

As seen at the recent Google Developer conference in May, tech users are getting excited for the search giant’s upcoming wide-scale launch of Google Glass, its Internet glass set. But it’s not the only Web-enabled headset game in the business.

CCS Presentation Systems manufacturing partner Epson also unveiled its Web-enabled headset – the Moverio headset – at the recent conference as well.

The glasses are aimed at technology users at various enterprise groups – corporations, educational organizations, health facilities, government offices and more and are being pitched to enterprise level developers to create new applications suitable to those environments. The engineering team behind the glasses knows that the Moverio platform is still in development, and they expect great things to come from new AV display applications made for the system. Here is a short video outlining some of the fascinating applications envisioned by the Epson team for its Moverio platform:

Epson told reporters at the recent Google I/O conference that its Moverio glasses are being seen with specific business uses in mind. One report wrote about the example of a doctor wearing Moverio glasses to check important patient information, and others wrote of envisioning large area urban sections with its wide vision views. Its glasses can even display a video wall at a 360-degree perspective.

The unit being show to developers, the Moverio BT-100, is made up of multimedia glasses and a handheld control unit. Users can wear the glasses and use the control device to manage web browsing capabilities, watch content and check files or applications.

The Moverio glasses are an amazing audio-visual technology, and Epson says the platform is being shown to developers to inform and show potential uses in audio visual solutions for industry, education and government organizations. We’re excited for the breakthroughs, and hope to see great use of these in the coming years.

How Video Projectors Can Upgrade Your Company’s Presence

How often have you been out at a corporate event and experienced the host’s shining logo in bright bold colors, beamed up in a video projection against a multi-media screen? It’s happening far more frequently for event attendees lately, as digital technologies are allowing a greater use of video projectors. It also helps that the cost of large-scale video projectors continues to fall.

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Why are large-scale video projectors so valuable to companies and corporate brands around the country? Part of the allure is the impact that large dramatic images shining upon a wall can provide for a company’s brand or product launch. Large-scale video projectors also add presence and impact to events, often involving social media and human interaction along the way.

These massive audio-visual solutions use a combination of bright light projectors, large multi-media screens and integrated digital content to bring amazing colors and light to audiences. Panasonic, a worldwide leader in video projection systems, offers a variety of models designed for different venues and conditions.

Some of Panasonic’s higher end projectors beam up to an incredible 20,000 lumens of brightness. The company developed the world’s lightest 3-chip DLP-based projectors, which are ideal for large meeting rooms, theaters, museums and convention halls.

Its groundbreaking large-scale video projection system, the PT-DS20KU with SXGA+ (1,400 x 1,050) resolution, offers 20,000 lumens of brightness and long lamp replacement cycles of up to 2,000 hours. With 3D compatibility and superior installation flexibility, this makes the projector ideal for large-venue applications such as auditoriums, museums and rental and staging that requires both maximum brightness and easy handling.

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Respected industry researcher PMA Research wrote favorably about the Panasonic DS20KU after the 2012 NAB show:

“The PT-DZ21KU and PT-DS20KU are 3D ready and can utilize an active shutter system which can be equipped with an external emitter via the timing signal IN/OUT terminal. For passive, polarized 3D projection these units support frame-sequential, side by side and top and bottom formats. These projectors are also equipped with DICOM simulation mode for use in medical and teaching environments where the ability to view X-ray images is needed. Both the PT-DZ21KU and PT-DS20KU are able to project onto various curved screens via the Geometric Adjustment Feature.”

Using video projectors can help to augment a full range of integrated AV solutions for a company, product or event. So, if your business is ready to invest in a spectacular large-scale video projectors coupled with interactive software and integrated controls, then you need an experienced integrator to put it all together for you.

Professional systems integrators like CCS Presentation Systems can offer key benefits in understanding the light, the projection field, the screens, systems, consultation, training and implementation. This experience will add another layer of excellence to using Panasonic’s projectors in a high-quality project installation of any size in all types of environments.

Save the Date: CCS Presentation System to Show New Parent Involvement Tools at Arizona PTA Convention

More schools around the state of Arizona are finding ways to bring technology into the classroom. Even with budget funding being limited, the growing demand for school safety and closer parent involvement is prompting classrooms to adapt to the use of technology tools.

Now, an opportunity for parents, teachers and vendors to get together to share and discuss some of these new digital advances is coming at the end of the school year. It’s the Arizona PTA Convention & Exhibition in Phoenix on May 31, 2013 to June 2, 2013 at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel in Phoenix.

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This convention is a terrific opportunity for parents, families, and school communities to find better ways to lead our children through their school days. PTA leaders at the show will address budget funding issues, as well as the struggle of implementing laws focused on Common Core Standards, Move on When Reading and new security and labeling systems for schools. The annual convention helps all parties to be better advocates for our children.

CCS Presentation Systems will exhibit new offerings for school safety, from the SAFE audio alert system, and increased parent involvement through the shared experience of Channelone Interactiv.

The award-winning Channel One News (from Channelone interactiv) has set the standard for news for young people. Each day’s 10 minute broadcast – produced in association with CBS News – covers national and global events, politics, science, technology, and human-interest stories all in an editorial voice specifically designed for young people. At the end of the show, a set of interactive SMART Board activities, directly related to the stories just seen, provide an exciting learning experience for the classroom. Parents can get involved with the new Family Daily app, which offers daily access to the broadcast via smartphone, portable device or web and provides discussion questions to spark some meaningful dinner-time conversation.

Audio Enhancement’s SAFE System provides a much-needed tool to help keep teachers and students secure from random acts of violence. Although many different plans including guards and arming our school staff, Audio Enhancement’s appropriately named SAFE System – Security Alert for Education – offers fast audio alerts to emergency teams, fast administration and security involvement. The AE Safe System allows teachers to press a button on a teardrop microphone and silently send an alert to first responders while activating live audio/video feeds directly from the classroom. We believe that this exciting new technology should be in every classroom across the country.

Save the Date: The Arizona PTA Convention & Exhibition is headed to Phoenix on May 31, 2013 to June 2, 2013 at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel in Phoenix.

Vote for CCS Presentation System Partners in InfoComm’s Installation Product Awards

One of the reasons behind CCS Presentation System’s success in all our markets is the excellent working relationships we maintain with our digital audio-visual equipment partners.

Since 1991, CCS has partnered with leading manufacturing and digital technology companies to provide audio-visual solutions for our customers in the corporate, government and education sectors. Through these partnerships, our customers have been given an opportunity to see the best of the best in audio-visual technologies.

Now, some of our partners’ products have been nominated for industry awards. InfoComm has announced finalists in the InfoComm Installation Product Awards 2013 and you can vote for the best products!

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Among our partners noted are:
– CCS partner Crestron is nominated for ‘Most Innovative Video Signal Management Product’ for its Crestron DM-MD64x64

– CCS partner Covid is nominated for ‘Most Innovative Commercial Systems Installation Accessory’ for its Covid Active Plenum USB Extender Cables

– CCS partner Chief is nominated for ‘Most Innovative Mounting Solution’ for its Chief FUSION Manual Height Adjustable Mobile Cart/LPAU
– CCS partner Da-Lite is nominated for ‘Most Innvoative Projection Screen’ for its Da-Lite Advantage and Contour
Because of these innovations created by our manufacturing partners, CCS Presentation Systems is able to offer our customers the latest technologies in audio-visual solutions, including LCD & plasma displays, digital projectors, interactive whiteboards, room control systems, audio systems, high definition videoconferencing systems and more. Today, CCS is one of the largest A/V integrators in the U.S., with more than 450 employees, sales offices in 13 states and annual revenue in excess of $115 million.

Vote today for our CCS Presentation System partners at InfoComm’s site. Voting ends on May 3rd.

CCS Offers Audio-Visual Solutions to Schools and Businesses

CCS Presentation Systems provides a full array of audio-visual systems integration components for schools and businesses that are looking to upgrade communications systems.

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From audio conferencing to digital signage, or broadcast camcorders to HD displays and projectors, CCS has all the audio-visual solutions to meet a school or business challenge. CCS meets your planning team to advise you on AV room control during corporate meetings, or a set of digital displays for university halls. Find out more at the CCS Presentation Systems site.

Preparing for the Analog Sunset

Preparing for the Analog Sunset
Switching to Digital from Analog

The switch from typewriters to computers, telephones to cell phones, and film projectors to digital projectors were welcomed technological changes. In today’s world where many of us have smartphones, computers, iPads, etc., and the ability to connect any and all of these devices together in seconds—technological change can be challenging. As new platforms and devices roll out, our options expand exponentially, but there are limitations.

Chris Gamst explains further in his article for AVNetwork.com. Click on the link above to see the full article!

Christie Digital Launches New Series of All-Weather Outdoor Digital Signage Displays

One of our CCS Presentation System partners Christie Digital continues to make innovative steps in how digital displays are used in all types of audience applications.

Christie Digital announced at the Integrated Systems Europe show in Amsterdam a new series of weatherproof LCD outdoor flat panels. The 55-inch, full 1920 x 1080 HD Christie FHD551-W panel is clearly a perfect fit for marketing in the outdoors. There are many applications for this ruggedly-built outdoor screen. Christie says it’s designed for outdoor sports venues, live events, entertainment parks, public displays, hospitalities and resorts and many other outdoor situations.

Christie Digital’s Product Manager Frank Anzures describes the new offering’s advantages to companies in both wet and dry weather zones in the video clip below:

He mentions that the FHD551-W screens are IP56 rated, which according to the specs, allows for ‘limited ingress of dust permitted (no harmful deposit) and protected against strong jets of water.’ The panel’s optimally bonded glass helps overall viewability and provides a harder screen shell which helps to eliminate or lessen scratches on the glass. Anzures says that protection offers uses in both harsh, dusty conditions and water conditions. “It’s a perfect panel for outdoor use”, says Anzures.

Christie writes in its press release that:

“The ability to use the Christie FHD551-W in landscape or portrait mode is ideal for rental staging applications, resorts, hotels and restaurants, to provide impactful content in public areas, while being rugged and durable to withstand rain, sleet, snow, and human interaction.“

CCS has offices all over the country, so we can see many audio-visual solutions for the Christie LCD weatherproof panel. Applications could include use outside sporting venues, used in state park locations to highlight hiking trails and other outdoor activities, or even use outside government and corporate buildings, as seen in the video above.

If you’re a business that sees a valuable use for such an innovative panel display, contact CCS Presentations for more details, audio-visual solution insights, consultation and installation. We will work with you in determining your needs and how we can work together on an upcoming digital signage project.