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First Look: AVI-SPL Cameleon Single Screen Version
April 10, 2012 | Howard Lichtman
First Look Anywhere: The AVI-SPL Single Screen CameleonAVI-SPL is the largest professional audio-visual systems integration firm in the world. The company is re-branding themselves as "technology consultants" because "Pro-AV" is becoming a subset of all the other technologies that the firm specializes in. "Technology Consultants" might not do the company justice either because they are also innovating new products. Last week during an analyst event the company gave us a sneak peak at a single screen version of Cameleon, their own line of visual collaboration solutions that can be deployed with codecs from Cisco, LifeSize, Polycom, or RADVISION/Avaya.
AVI-SPL created their own touch sensitive control application and ported it to the Apple iPad. The company also built their own custom housing to keep the iPad from walking off.
AVI-SPL launched the Cameleon product line in September of 2010 with a three-screen group telepresence system that could be configured with codecs Cisco, LifeSize, Polycom, and RADVISION at a fraction of the cost of those vendors own three-screen group telepresence systems. Not simply less expensive, the Cameleon came equipped with flip up content monitors and a graphical user interface that provides both call set-up and data collaboration capabilities including the ability to switch between two different laptops for both local and remote presentations. Unlike the majority of control systems in major vendor telepresence environments, the AVI-SPL panel can be configured to support a variety of functions from control of lighting and drapes to interactive whiteboards and document cameras.
Attention to Detail: AVI-SPL developed its own data collaboration and power bundle because there wasn't one on the market that also offered an HDMI input
The new single-screen Cameleon will be officially announced in the coming month and will retail for around $50,000 per copy depending on which codec engine is powering the system.
Other AVI-SPL News:
Chad Berndtson of CRN had excellent coverage of the same analyst event with an overview of AVI-SPL's transition to services.
Telepresence Options covered AVI-SPL's recent acquisition of telepresence and managed service provider Iformata Communications: Goal: Industry Domination
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