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Advanced Inc. rolls out all-new, tailored telepresence suite for enhanced, virtual collaboration

Advanced Inc. is delighted to announce the availability of LifeSize® Conference™, the first telepresence suite that can be uniquely tailored to any customer environment.

With LifeSize Conference, Advanced Inc. can now offer a high definition video communications platform and comprehensive design guide to create telepresence solutions that are best suited to our customers’ environment.

Telepresence technologies are revolutionizing the way in which many companies now conduct business. There is a growing trend to hold meetings and exchange ideas by leveraging advanced methods of video conferencing that utilizes life-size, high-definition images and crystal-clear audio with fluid motion to produce a totally absorbing and engaging experience.

LifeSize Conference from Advanced Inc. delivers the following key features:

  • An immersive telepresence quality with high definition video, lifesize images, crystal clear, wideband audio and camera placement for natural eye contact
  • Unique flexibility to deploy telepresence tailored to the customer environment
  • A superior telepresence experience supporting 3 x video displays and a data display
  • An unmatched price-performance at a fraction of the cost of other telepresence solutions
  • A lower acquisition cost and lower total cost of ownership that makes LifeSize the telepresence solution of choice for our customers.

This new release symbolizes yet another milestone for Toronto-based Advanced Inc., leading specialists in audio visual (AV) solutions for business.

For more information on the new tailored telepresence suite or any of our comprehensive range of audio visual products and services, contact Advanced Inc. today.

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Advanced serves up a tasty AV solution for signature restaurant

Advanced Inc. delivered a custom design and installation to “Four” restaurant in Toronto. A sleek AV solution for a sleek new restaurant.

Toronto-based audio visual (AV) specialists Advanced Presentation Solutions and Advanced Products Group have delivered a sleek, custom design project to brand new city centre bar “Four”.

The new Bay Street restaurant, where everything on the menu is fewer than 650 calories, is one of SIR Corporation’s (Service Inspired Restaurants) ‘signature’ branded restaurants. These type of restaurants are typically one-of-a-kind that range in offerings from fine dining to active sports bar.

Located on the concourse level in Commerce Court South, “Four” holds up to 176 people (including 27 at the bar) and was recently opened by SIR Corp. CEO Peter Fowler who boasted that the restaurant “redefined the meaning of indulgence”.

A significant contribution to the ambience of the venue was provided by Advanced whose custom design and installation of four screens set beneath smoked glass provided a unique and stylish focal point at the back of the dining room.

Effective internal collaboration between Advanced Products Group consultancy service and Advanced Presentation Solutions project installation specialists, resulted in a successful, custom design solution for this venue in which the following specification was implemented:

  • 11 x 22” HDTVs around bar area
  • 4 x 40” NEC HDTVs in a line showing special digital signage videos
  • Up to 8 different sources can be show on TVs via 8×8 matrix switcher
  • All sources either HD or scaled up to HD
  • 10 audio zones throughout restaurant with 37 speakers and 11 sub-woofers resulting in over 7000 watts of audio power
  • Auxiliary DJ input into audio system for guest DJs
  • All controlled by dual, Crestron touchpanel controllers (1 x wired, 1 x wireless).

For more details on audio visual consultancy, design and installation services for corporate, government or education, contact Advanced today.

Photos courtesy BizBash.

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Giant Infinite plasma wall helps unveil Olympic uniforms

Infinite plasma screen helps unveil Olympic uniforms.

Infinite plasma technology from Advanced Products Group helped showcase the clothes that will be worn by Canada’s Olympic athletes at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Themed “The Olympic Games, Stylized”, this recent event took place at Muzik Nightclub on Exhibition Grounds in Toronto and took the form of a fashion show organized by APG’s client Hudson’s Bay Company to launch the Olympic athletes’ apparel – including the official Team Canada uniforms.

The show was greatly enhanced by an array of visually stunning audio visual effects including a highly visible backdrop provided by Advanced Inc. created using 36 seamless Infinite plasma panels wired with over 900ft of cabling. The panel display took around a day to set up. Placed at the top end of the stage, the display had a live HD camera feed of the catwalk models as well as pumping out custom-designed HD video material created over a two year period. Input was provided in HD-SDI format from ‘front of house’ and converted to DVI prior to being fed into the wall.

The over-size screen created a highly stylized atmosphere built like a sports stadium with the screen as the ‘scoreboard’. The stage resembled a figure-8 running track with the audience were seated on industrial, unfinished stadium bleachers and the floor covered in astro-turf.

The event passed off flawlessly which can be attributed to a dedicated sales team, impeccable project management and a skilled technical support and installation team willing to go over and above to make every request of the client a successful and stress-free reality.

For more information on large format / Infinite plasma audio visual (AV) solutions, contact Advanced Products Group today.

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Polycom delivers enterprise-class visual communications to SoHo environment

Polycom recently announced new and enhanced solutions that improve the quality and simplicity of visual communications in small businesses, satellite and branch offices of larger organizations, and home office environments for teleworkers.

The company have introduced the Video Border Proxy (VBP™) 4350W and 200 EW appliances, the first network appliances of their kind for small office and home office environments that combine NAT/Firewall traversal, wired and wireless routing, gatekeeping, traffic shaping, and bandwidth allocation capabilities that together can dramatically improve the quality and security of, and simplify the connections of, visual communications between different organizations and networks.

Polycom also announced new software for its popular Polycom VSX® and V-series group and desktop video conferencing endpoints that delivers breakthrough Lost Packet Recovery™ (LPR) technology to minimize the impact of common network congestion and packet loss, providing more consistent, high-quality video calls over IP networks. First introduced on Polycom HDX high definition telepresence solutions, the patent-pending LPR, which masks up to 10 percent of network degradation, is now extended throughout Polycom’s portfolio of video endpoints.

The Polycom VBP 4350W appliance is designed for small office environments, offering 3 Mbps throughput for video calls. The VBP 200 EW appliance is designed for home office environments, offering 1 Mbps throughput for video calls.

To find out more about Polycom video conferencing solutions for your office, contact Advanced Presentation Solutions

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