12 / Sep / 2014

The Benefits of Laser Projectors

Lasers are changing the AV landscape and ushering in a new era for projector technology. Sony recently unveiled its newest entry in this field with a 7,000 lumen 3 LCD Solid State Laser Projector, the VPL-FHZ700L (video). What makes laser phosphor projectors like the VPL-FHZ700L so amazing is the range of advantages they bring over bulb based projectors.

High Color Light Output & Image Quality

Laser projectors offer superior brightness for applications like cinema, museums, and educational institutions projecting applications for long periods of time. Also, a single laser projector can define images and show 3D at a much higher brightness than bulb equivalents.  A lamp’s brightness decays quickly over periods of use from 100% to 50% to eventually needing to replace it. A laser, by contrast, decays in brightness over the full lifetime of the laser, up to 50,000 hours, to around 80% of original brightness.

Also, in addition to the constant brightness capability, “the laser light source is designed so that if one of the 168+ lasers should fail over the life of the projector it will not even be noticed as the projector has the capability to slightly increase the brightness of the remaining lasers.”

Up to 20,000 Hours Maintenance Free Use

For the Sony model, the manufacturer boasts guaranteed 20,000 hours of continual operation with only filter replacements. While initial costs are higher for a laser projector implementation, the savings over its lifetime are quickly realized by customers who have been through the process of deploying a large number of traditional lamp-based projectors and can see that the benefits and cost savings in not having to maintain them.

Eco-Friendly Design

Lastly, laser projectors provide both energy and cost savings compared to traditional bulb projectors. By using features like auto-dimming when signals are static or lost, instant on/off with no warm up or cool down, and as the technology matures efficiency gains are improving over bulbs, which remain constant.

About VSGi

VSGi is a nationwide leader in Video ConferencingTelepresenceAV Integration, and Hosted (Cloud) Video Services. VSGi leverages a cross-functional team of sales, engineering, project management and 24/7/365 technical support personnel to deliver the highest quality solutions to customers. VSGi’s unmatched experience in communications solutions provides its customers a fully integrated turnkey solution including design, configuration, project management and implementation, installation, testing, training and ongoing support.

VSGi is partnered with the world’s leading Video Conferencing Providers, including PolycomCiscoVidyo. For more information on VSGi, visit www.vsgi.com

 

25 / Aug / 2014

Video Conferencing Rescues Fire Departments

A frequent issue for fire departments has always been balancing training mandates and keeping firefighters close to their home stations in case of an emergency.  Several FEMA studies over the last decade have found that video conferencing is a highly successful tool in helping firefighters efficiently achieve both tasks.

Up to 2,000 hours of firefighter training is required per year, yet scheduled training sessions have always caused enormous logistical and budgetary challenges – jeopardizing response time to calls, and forcing firefighters to put in overtime in order to complete training mandates. While meeting training requirements is essential for certification, the costs of man hours and scheduling became a significant line item each year for municipal budgets everywhere.

To solve this problem, fire departments across the country have turned to the use of video conferencing. A 2009 FEMA study found that the technology “more than paid for itself” during its time in use. Trainers can reach firefighters and conduct sessions all over the region – all while stations remain fully manned.

Fire Departments of all sizes can benefit from the collaboration opportunities provided by a dedicated video conferencing unit. Firefighters have come to rely on the technology to make more effective use of limited resources. The federal government, through FEMA, offers grants for community fire stations to upgrade communications technology and implement video conferencing. To learn more about the program see FEMA’s page.

About VSGi

VSGi is a nationwide leader in Video ConferencingTelepresenceAV Integration, and Hosted (Cloud) Video Services. VSGi leverages a cross-functional team of sales, engineering, project management and 24/7/365 technical support personnel to deliver the highest quality solutions to customers. VSGi’s unmatched experience in communications solutions provides its customers a fully integrated turnkey solution including design, configuration, project management and implementation, installation, testing, training and ongoing support.

VSGi is partnered with the world’s leading Video Conferencing Providers, including PolycomCiscoVidyo. For more information on VSGi, visit www.vsgi.com

 

30 / Jul / 2014

Witness Preparation: How Law Firms Can Benefit from Video Conferencing

Video conferencing has long been used in the legal / judicial community to facilitate face-to-face communications between  judges and suspects — eliminating the the need for a costly and potentially dangerous prisoner transport.  Now, ACT of Communication, a California based company specializing in witness preparation, is adopting the technology to prepare witnesses for trial. ACT of Communication views video conferencing as the perfect tool to effectively and efficiently complete this important pre-trial stage, as it is often a huge logistical challenge without the use of video.

From an attorney’s perspective, one of the most difficult aspects of trial preparation is compelling potential witnesses to show up for preparation. It’s almost always a frustrating process to coordinate schedules, hire a stenographer, and arrange travel and meeting places & times. Now, through the use of video conferencing, law firms of all sizes can streamline the process of deposition or trial preparation by arranging to meet face to face with witnesses at a time convenient to them, without the need to take long periods of time away from work or to travel long distances.

Cross-country expert witness depositions can be done with ease. Every trial attorney knows the hassles of traveling long distances to meet with expert witnesses, the lost billable hours, and inconvenience of travel expenditures. Through adoption of professionally managed cloud based video conferencing, law firms can use a secure, reliable, and efficient network to engage with clients, witnesses, and to arrange depositions, all from the office. There is no such thing as too much preparation when preparing to go to trial. Witnesses and attorneys both benefit from frequent communication and preparation. With video conferencing, the ease of any device, anywhere connectivity provides a platform for communication that is quick and efficient. Because professionally managed cloud based video conferencing solutions offer innovative features, tracking billable hours, recording depositions, and maintaining a communication log are a breeze.

About VSGi

VSGi is a nationwide leader in Video ConferencingTelepresenceAV Integration, and Hosted (Cloud) Video Services. VSGi leverages a cross-functional team of sales, engineering, project management and 24/7/365 technical support personnel to deliver the highest quality solutions to customers. VSGi’s unmatched experience in communications solutions provides its customers a fully integrated turnkey solution including design, configuration, project management and implementation, installation, testing, training and ongoing support.

VSGi is partnered with the world’s leading Video Conferencing Providers, including PolycomCiscoVidyo. For more information on VSGi, visit www.vsgi.com

 

24 / Jun / 2014

Vidyo Shows Off New Ultra HD Soft Room System @ InfoComm 2014

At InfoComm 2014, some exciting new technology has been unveiled in the video conferencing space. Vidyo is shaking up the marketplace with a new Ultra HD Soft Room System. This is an amazing system that takes advantage of 4K display technology, which delivers an incredible, crisp, greater than HD image in native resolution. Now, remote participants can see shared content that needs ultra-detail, like CAD drawings or even medical images.

The the VidyoRoom SE (Software Edition) is an installable soft-client, turning off the shelf computing platforms into fully functioning group systems. “With the addition of VidyoRoom SE and 4K rendering to its product portfolio, Vidyo is leading the market by offering an unprecedented range of choices in price and functionality to meet the needs of individual in-room deployments. Software-enabled solutions for the conference room could significantly change the reach of video conferencing,” said Roopam Jain, Principal Analyst, Frost & Sullivan North America. “No other video communications provider offers such a wide selection of options – everything from dedicated appliances, to group-use licensed soft clients with essential in-room features and open access to sharable content on the same machine, to BYOD huddle spaces using VidyoDesktop on users’ laptops where traditional in-room features aren’t required.” Read more about how this systems works here.

About VSGi

VSGi is a nationwide leader in Video ConferencingTelepresenceAV Integration, and Hosted (Cloud) Video Services. VSGi leverages a cross-functional team of sales, engineering, project management and 24/7/365 technical support personnel to deliver the highest quality solutions to customers. VSGi’s unmatched experience in communications solutions provides its customers a fully integrated turnkey solution including design, configuration, project management and implementation, installation, testing, training and ongoing support.

VSGi is partnered with the world’s leading Video Conferencing Providers, including PolycomCiscoVidyo. For more information on VSGi, visit www.vsgi.com

 

16 / Jun / 2014

Telemedicine: The Indispensable Tool for Healthcare Providers

By 2020, according to the American Medical Association (AMA), $6 Billion will be spent on telemedicine solutions. During its 2014 annual meeting, the nation’s largest organization representing doctors endorsed the use of telemedicine and released guidelines for use and payment of its services. The proliferation of high-speed internet and widespread access to video conferencing technology has made telemedicine a more affordable and more efficient alternative to an emergency room visit for non-emergent care.

Telemedicine is an important tool for physicians in private practices, managed health organizations, and other health providers that want to compete in the marketplace. Businesses and non-profit groups providing community healthcare solutions can provide better patient care and realize significant cost savings by adopting a telemedicine option.  In fact, telemedicine is already in use at many hospitals and is endorsed by the US government, covered under Medicare and Medicaid – and its adoption only continues to grow.

An innovative study reported by the health policy journal Health Affairs found that using telemedicine in nursing homes could save $151,000 per home per year. Nursing homes rarely keep an on site doctor 24/7. Instead doctors are on call nights and weekends. “The controlled study involved 11 nursing homes in Massachusetts, all of whom contracted with the telemedicine service to provide real time video conferencing with physicians when a resident needed evaluation, consultation, or physician observation to determine if hospitalization was necessary.” Outcomes for patients improved, on call in person visits were reduced, and significant savings were realized for the homes.

About VSGi

VSGi is a nationwide leader in Video ConferencingTelepresenceAV Integration, and Hosted (Cloud) Video Services. VSGi leverages a cross-functional team of sales, engineering, project management and 24/7/365 technical support personnel to deliver the highest quality solutions to customers. VSGi’s unmatched experience in communications solutions provides its customers a fully integrated turnkey solution including design, configuration, project management and implementation, installation, testing, training and ongoing support.

VSGi is partnered with the world’s leading Video Conferencing Providers, including PolycomCiscoVidyo. For more information on VSGi, visit www.vsgi.com