HDBaseT: Too good to be true?

This new technology for the transport of Hi-Definition (HD) video over copper cable is beginning to gain a foothold in the market. Its intent? To replace HDMI cables prevalent in all HD video equipment. HDBaseT was introduced to the public approximately two and a half years ago and is now incorporated into many manufacturers’ products.   HDBaseT’s claims are much more than just HD video. The marketing term that’s been used is 5Play™. It converges full uncompressed HD video, audio, 100BaseT Ethernet, power over cable and various control signals through a single 100m/328ft CAT5e/6 LAN cable. Learn more from the HDBaseT Alliance.   What’s more is that it turns out this technology is measuring up to its claims. HDBaseT is already in products from several major manufacturers, and it does all this through standard UTP Cat-5e cable at normal 100 meter cabling distances, an exciting advance in technology. Companies such as Extron, Crestron, AMX, Gefen, Kramer and Atlona, all have products using this technology, among a number of other manufacturers.   AVR implements the use of HDBaseT in its products and installations. In AVR’s testing of several recent installations, the technology appears to be much more reliable and consistent in performance, particularly

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AVR achieves ATP – Cisco TelePresence Video Express

AVR has met all the Authorized Technology Provider program requirements and criteria necessary to earn the designation of Cisco ATP – Cisco TelePresence Video Express Partner. This helps to ensure AVR’s sales and support teams are better prepared to properly sell, design, install and support the ATP program specific technology and products for our clients seeking face-to-face collaboration through Tele-Presence video solutions.

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The Value of Preventative Maintenance

Preventative maintenance has long been a difficult justification for consumers when it applies to installed, audio visual systems. For numerous reasons these contracts, which I like to term “partner and system sustainability contracts” are continuously rejected before even being considered. The number one reason (but definitely not limited to): Perceived VALUE. For most, this reaction spurns from the perceived simplicity of the system(s) and/or because it’s assumed that the organization already has someone or a department in place (i.e. facilities, IT dept, office managers, etc.) to maintain and manage the products and systems continuity. In my 13 years of AV experience I have found this model (minus a few exceptions) flawed, and the following scenario all too common. Does this sound familiar? Installation of a new AV system is completed. Training is provided to those responsible for supporting the equipment. End users are trained by internal staff And all is deemed complete. Now, fast forward six months, or for that matter one month. Someone in your organization is setting up for a meeting in your conference room and makes an initial effort to make a simple laptop connection at the table to view their image on the screen. And, you guessed

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The Great AVR Easter Egg Hunt

Spring not only brings great weather to AVR, it also brings great food! Last Friday the back patio of AVR was buzzing with conversation, laughter, and a health conscious meal as we bid farewell to winter and look onward to warmer weather. Myself (Field Technician Tyler Larkey), Sara Obi from Purchasing and Cori Colebeck from Service were sporting our best spring outfits and aprons as we served breakfast to all of our AVR family. This year in keeping with the AVR Wellness Program we served a meal that was as light and healthy as it was delicious: eggs, turkey bacon, protein pancakes, yogurt and fresh fruit. While everyone was busy eating and enjoying the beautiful weather on the patio our stand in Easter Bunny and Office Manager Susan Smith set up an Easter Egg Hunt. No hard boiled eggs in this hunt! We were searching for eggs filled with candy, gift cards and other outstanding surprises. Breakfast on the patio is one of my favorite annual events, as we all have the opportunity to relax, eat and enjoy beautiful Arizona weather and the great friends we work along side every day. It’s a terrific break from the daily operations that make

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