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October 11, 2017
Digital out of home technology has been growing rapidly, and it is now being rightfully recognized as an advertising medium and a media channel of its own—just like radio, TV, magazines, newspapers, and, more recently, social media. As a subset of digital signage specific to digital advertising, digital out of home (DOOH) happens to be the fastest growing media channel on the planet now—growing to the tune of $26B by 2023 according to a global forecast report produced by B2B research firm MarketandMarkets. Many of the most effective DOOH campaigns involve experiential elements that deliver the “wow” factor in extraordinary ways. T...
September 21, 2017
VCA is pleased to announce the appointment of Michelle Gunn as Senior Project Manager. Michelle brings over two decades of technical project management experience to VCA. She most recently leveraged her skills at Prysm, where she managed high-end video wall and collaboration solutions deployment for Fortune 500 clients.
September 11, 2017
Leading Digital Signage, IPTV and Video Streaming solutions manufacturer Tripleplay has accredited Video Corporation of America (VCA), as an authorized partner in the USA.
August 16, 2017
The ubiquity of digital signage today applies to every industry. Before making a purchasing decision or determining how to advertise on these systems though, there are a few key considerations. There are multiple uses for a digital signage system, from advertising and promoting products, sharing news, or simply showcasing goods and services more easily and with greater appeal. These uses mean that it’s no longer just a simple choice selecting the right screen size. Digital signage solutions have a broad range of options, so it’s important to thoroughly explore what these consist of to determine the best fit for your application and organization.
August 7, 2017
School’s out, and the work is well underway to update campuses with the latest technology. It’s always a delicate dance to balance the latest edtech tools to maximize learning experiences for students and instructors alike with the varying budgets of public institutions versus private. Oftentimes every dollar gets scrutinized, and there are various parties across the board fighting for every cent. There are many ways to approach these project goals of course, but here are three categories that are helping institutions invest wisely this fall.
July 21, 2017
Video Corporation of America (VCA), a leading AV/IT, unified communications, and broadcast/post-production systems integrator is pleased to announce the appointment of Lindsey Adler as Director of Marketing. Lindsey joins VCA from Systems Contractor News (SCN), where she served as editor of the commercial audiovisual business publication. Her depth of knowledge of the AV/IT systems integration industry and established relationships with key players will serve to bolster VCA’s position as a leading provider of innovative technology solutions and managed services.
May 25, 2017
VCA Cybersecurity Part 2 By Hailey Klein It may be an old country love song made famous by Willie Nelson, but “Always on My Mind,” could just as easily be a song about cybersecurity for those in IT and AV. With the proliferation of cloud services, video conferencing, and the internet of things (IoT), IT professionals can never rest easy about security. How much sleep has been lost over the unknown number of conference rooms containing video conferencing systems that still use the default logins and passwords? (Read part 1 of our cybersecurity blog here.) And according to a recent AvePoint survey, only 45% of IT pros say they are ...
April 3, 2017
Cisco Spark earns recognition for its newly released Spark Board 55 and the innovative way the touch-based collaboration device is integrated into the Spark platform. Cisco earns top honors in the annual Best of Enterprise Connect Award competition for exhibitors with products and services that best advance enterprise communications and collaboration. Evaluated by a panel of four judges, Cisco's Spark Board 55, announced in late January, was selected as the event's version of best in show from among six finalists. The Spark Board 55 is one of the latest additions to the growing Cisco Spark ecosystem, earning recognition from the judges ...
March 23, 2017
-- Benefits and Capabilities of ATSC 3.0 Take Center Stage -- Washington, D.C. -- With completion of a next-generation broadcast TV standard now in sight, broadcasters and equipment suppliers will be highlighting the diverse capabilities of the ATSC 3.0 standard in the “NextGen TV Hub” at the 2017 NAB Show at the end of April. Billed as the epicenter of next-generation television at the show, the NextGen TV Hub: Powered by ATSC 3.0 will prominently highlight the capabilities of the new broadcast standard, with a comprehensive display in the Grand Lobby of the Las Vegas Convention Center. During the 2017 NAB ...
March 21, 2017
This post comes from Cecilie Sindum, a co-founder of Orthodox Design. Based in Denmark, Orthodox Design is a homeware interior design studio for which she is also the creative director.     “If you wait for the perfect moment when all is safe and assured, it may never arrive. Mountains will not be climbed, races won or lasting happiness achieved.” —Maurice Chevalier, Parisian actor That quote echoed through my mind when my husband and I decided to create Orthodox Design in 2014. After running a design studio for five years, we decided to launch a collection of designs from our own signature brand on the...
November 8, 2016
Several months ago, I was having lunch with the CIO of a large financial firm in NYC and was reminiscing about the “old days” of when he was my customer.  In passing, I discussed the Acano acquisition by Cisco, bringing the most flexible and expandable software-based conference bridge under our roof.  Imagine my surprise when he replied that he would only be interested in new technology if it was offered as a cloud service!  Being the CIO of one of the world’s largest financial firms, I would have bet my house that security concerns would prevent him from looking toward the cloud.  Here he was as a friend, not a client, and he was i...
February 22, 2016
By May Chang Gone are the days of the office cubicle. Mobile devices and ubiquitous Internet connectivity have driven out partitions and wall panels, and ushered in a new era of the collaborative workspace. As companies redesign their offices for collaboration, they face a dizzying array of options. The key to creating collaborative workspaces, according to Polycom’s Amy Barzdukas, is to start with your people. Given the mobile, always-on nature of today’s workforce, it helps to stand back and consider the purpose of the workspace. For most companies, real estate is their second largest operating expense, and it behooves them to cont...
February 15, 2016
Collaboration in the workplace seems simple, but in practice, it tends to present some distinct obstacles. Many company departments are accustomed to working in silos, but success in the digital, global economy requires a different model. Here’s why. What Is Enterprise Collaboration? Workplace collaboration extends far beyond the cooperation of a project team or a department toward a specific goal. It includes an interdisciplinary approach to business that values knowledge sharing across departments so each team can work independently and cohesively toward overall business goals. Businesses actually run much smoother in an environment...
January 26, 2016
Information and Communication Trends to Look for in 2016 The days of being tied to one office location are long gone. Businesses of all sizes are expanding their networks without having to open new locations, thanks to videoconferencing technology. Enterprise-sized businesses in particular are expanding their reach, with employees able to work from anywhere in the world, often from home. Even small and mid-sized businesses are using the latest collaboration technology to expand their businesses without expanding their costs. However, collaboration is changing. What can we expect for the future of work? Distributed teams have more ways t...
December 21, 2015
Videoconferencing: Today’s New Normal for Every Business We know that human beings respond exceptionally well to visual images, and executives young and old agree, and see the value in video communication. The human brain processes visual content significantly faster than text, making audio-visual solutions a more effective mode of communication compared to email or phone call alone. With the emergence of cloud-based videoconferencing, businesses of all sizes have started to take advantage of the benefits it offers, including: Reduction of supply chain miscommunication. A successful supply chain hinges on communication in the form...
December 14, 2015
The Digital Trough and How to Avoid It Everyone in the business world is talking digital transformation. Now past the point of no return when it comes to the non-stop technology we all use every day, a business either makes the inevitable transition to interconnectivity or gets left behind. However, a digital transformation is a complex concept. It means making that initial leap into the digital world, but it also means committing to a natural progression or evolution toward technology-driven processes. That’s where the term “digital trough” comes into play. The Pitfalls of Digital Transformation: The Digital Trough  According...
November 30, 2015
How Digital Signage Helps Snag Millennials Millennials, or those born between 1980 and 2000, make up a consumer base heavily rooted in technology. These young men and women are members of the first digital age, using multiple electronic devices daily—and virtually from birth—to stay continuously connected with the people and companies they love. If your business is seeking to capture this demographic—and it probably should be—you'll need to use technology to stand out where they're already looking. Digital signage can lead the way. The Power of the Millennial Consumer Millennials are more than members of a key demographic—t...
November 16, 2015
What Keeps CIOs Up at Night? Shadow IT and Cloud Security As employees become increasingly dependent on cloud technology for work, using cloud-based solutions and applications is fast becoming “the new normal” for enterprise businesses. While this trend is catching on incredibly fast, with research showing that 63 percent of companies use cloud services, it’s also causing a big headache for CIOs and IT leaders. According to a recent survey by Fruition Partners, more than 80 percent of CIOs in the U.K. worry that cloud adoption is loosening their organization’s grip on IT. However, their biggest fear lies in the ever-growing Shadow ...
October 28, 2015
Social Graces and Our ‘Always On’ Mobile World Today, mobile devices have become such an extension of ourselves, that most people tend to feel lost and completely cut-off from the world if they leave their smartphone at home. The fear of missing out (FOMO in text speak) tops the list of anxieties for many smartphone users. This explains why people check their phone hundreds of times throughout the day and even sleep with their devices next to them. In fact, this “always on” reality has brought radical shifts in what is perceived as acceptable behavior in work environments where using mobile devices is becoming the norm. In 2012,...
October 19, 2015
Cloud Maturity: How Ready Are You for a Move to the Cloud? More than 90 percent of enterprises use at least one cloud-based application—and why not? Cloud computing offers cost reductions and efficiencies that are a draw for businesses of any size. But for too many businesses, that shift begins and ends with the impact on budget. The “Cloud Maturity Index 2015”—new research from market research company Radar and IT security company Tieto—found that a vast majority of companies are missing out. Just one in 10 companies are “cloud mature,” a reflection of how deeply a company has adopted cloud into its strategic and operatio...
October 7, 2015
Next-Generation Planar UltraRes Series 4K Displays Deliver the Ultimate Ultra HD Experience Best-in-class 75”, 84” and 98” LCD displays offer enhancements in multi-source viewing and 4K video support  Planar Systems unveiled the next-generation of its Planar® UltraRes™ Series 4K LCD display line, designed for ultra-high resolution commercial applications. The latest Planar UltraRes Series design combines the best of the current models with new features inspired by customers and trends in the emerging 4K ecosystem. The next-generation models also retain many of the high-value features offered by the industry-acclaimed ...
September 21, 2015
The Internet of Things is Changing Digital Signage Digital signage is already part of our everyday experience, but when paired with the Internet of Things, it can deliver a message that’s so interactive and direct it turns people's heads. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the connection between sensors—often in individual objects—via cloud-based applications or networks. Tech research company Gartner estimates that by 2020, 26 billion devices will be able to communicate with each other; it’s already having an impact on everything from our obsession with wearable devices and personal health monitoring, to manufacturing processes an...
September 15, 2015
NEW YORK, NY – September 15, 2015 - Video Corporation of America (VCA), a leading unified communications integrator and creator of post-production environments, has expanded its regional footprint by establishing a Southeast Region hub office location in Atlanta, Georgia. VCA, known for its innovative full-scale integrated technology solutions, chose to expand into the Southeast in order to empower the company to offer complete video communications solutions, from design to integration, while having a stronger local presence for continuing on-site client support. Joining the VCA management team to assist in building the Southeast Region ...
September 14, 2015
Why Video Collaboration is Taking Over Business Communications The global economy and rapidly evolving technology demands businesses to be more innovative than ever. However, the speed of innovation in business depends on how well teams can communicate and collaborate with each other. One of the biggest challenges in today’s business communication comes from having globally dispersed workforces. With remote teams, the chance of miscommunications and misunderstanding increases exponentially, and these types of potential errors can have an extremely negative impact on a business, from both a financial and a reputational perspective. As ...
August 26, 2015
How is your organization planning for the future? Let’s talk about it. By Annie Wiker anniew@vcaglobal.com I was born in the late ‘70’s and for most of my life technology has crept along with incremental changes, beyond the microwave, Camcorder, and VCR, there weren’t many things introduced during my childhood that my parents felt we NEEDED to have (they had that first microwave for nearly 30 years). Since I’ve hit adulthood, though, it seems things have changed drastically…it isn’t just a matter of our society’s need for instant gratification - technology really is changing so rapidly, upgrading to the latest and great...
August 24, 2015
Avid Everywhere – Addressing the key needs of media professionals Avid is undergoing a transformation and they are determined to bring the media industry with them into the future.  Avid Everywhere is their strategic vision for connecting content creators and media organizations with consumers in more powerful, efficient, and collaborative ways.  The Avid Everywhere vision is guiding the development of the most fluid end-to-end distributed media production environment in the industry.  The Avid MediaCentral Platform, in conjunction with the corresponding Artist Suite, Media Suite, Storage Suite, and the upcoming marketplace, will...
August 24, 2015
Why Video Should be Part of Your Unified Communications Plan With the arrival of high-quality, low-cost video technology, more companies are choosing videoconferencing over traditional methods to collaborate, stay connected, and conduct meetings. However, cutting back on travel costs is no longer the sole motivation for companies to adopt videoconferencing. Almost a third of the total global workforce will become mobile by the end of 2015, according to a recent IDG Connect survey. Remote work, mobility, and BYOD (bring your own device) policies are some of the factors driving video adoption in the enterprise. The need to collaborate fro...
August 21, 2015
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August 17, 2015
How Can the Mersive Solstice Pod Benefit Your Organization?  The answer to how the Solstice Pod will make your meetings better, great even,  is likely locked away somewhere deep in your memory. Remember the days before Power Point – where a group of people would bring in reports, charts, diagrams, PENS and PAPER? People would talk to each other as a group, pieces of paper would fly across the conference table, stacks were made, and notes were taken. As far as presenting ideas and content, the process was more organic, more democratic. Skip ahead a few years and technology makes its presence known in the meeting room, just like in ev...
August 10, 2015
Video Conferencing: Don’t Take Risks with Your Sensitive Data The way people work is changing: the use of video conferencing as a collaborative tool, married with the increasing acceptance of remote workers and flex-time is becoming the norm. Today, technology has advanced to the point where people aren’t chained to their desks from 9-to-5. Meetings can be held, and projects completed, from literally anywhere. From coffee shops to airports to subway systems, look around and you’re likely to see people hunched over, pecking away at their laptops or other mobile devices. Nine times out of ten, they aren’t checking their Facebook, the...
July 20, 2015
3 Biggest Small Business Tech Trends of 2015 By Sabrina Parsons CEO, Palo Alto Software Entrepreneurs are passionate about their businesses and are willing to do whatever it takes to succeed. They're smart, clever, and dedicated to meeting the needs of their customers with the best possible product or service they can offer. So it's no surprise that most have begun to realize that without a substantial investment in technology tools to help manage daily business operations, it will be difficult for them to take their businesses to the next level. Palo Alto Software surveyed approximately 500 small business owners about their tec...
July 13, 2015
The Evolution of Healthcare: Telemedicine and Videoconferencing  Technology has made healthcare easily available and accessible to everyone. Over the past few years, telemedicine and videoconferencing in medical practices has evolved. This evolution significantly improves patient health and continuity of care, while reducing healthcare costs. Telemedicine and Videoconferencing: A New Approach for Delivering Improved Healthcare In the late 1960s, medical services witnessed the adoption of a revolutionary approach by the physicians of the Massachusetts General Hospital. They ran a microwave line under Boston Harbor which connect...
June 22, 2015
Polycom introduces RealPresence Web Suite-advanced content sharing with the simplicity of enterprise-ready WebRTC. Learn more about Polycom RealPresence here Pexip enables videoconferencing for everyone Read more about Pexip Infinity https://youtu.be/qbtOqNV611c   Videxio Announces Full Interop with Microsoft Skype and Skype for Business on their Cloud Video Service Oslo, Norway, 9th June, 2015 – Videxio, a leading cloud video service provider, today announced new features that extend the interoperability of their service and will especially benefit Microsoft Skype for Business users. The Skype for Business co...
June 18, 2015
This is a product we're really excited about!  Crestron Introduces Turnkey Microsoft® Surface™ Hub Meeting Room Packages Microsoft’s premier large format collaboration device natively integrates with Crestron meeting room technology to maximize room usage, efficiency, and productivity The full power of the meeting space has now been unlocked. Crestron has extended the meeting room experience for Surface™ Hub users by natively integrating Microsoft’s large format collaboration device with Crestron control technology. The solution is available in two complete turnkey packages, plus optional accessories, to optimize the group collab...
June 15, 2015
6 Important Considerations For Lighting Design in Meeting Spaces  Every organization has a place (or often several) where they hold meetings and other important gatherings. But what many organizations don’t realize is how important the design of this space is to the work that gets done. In particular, the lighting of the room can either facilitate productivity or hinder it. How do you gauge the optimal lighting for your purposes? Here are 6 important considerations for lighting design in meeting spaces. -Room Size. How many people does the meeting space accommodate? Is it a small conference room or a large lecture hall? The size of t...
June 10, 2015
The Future of Unified Communications: What’s In Store for the remainder of 2015?   Even though it’s a technology that has been around for nearly a decade, Unified Communications (UC) has witnessed a widespread enterprise adoption only recently. In fact, 2014 was a landmark year for the UC industry that set the stage for better UC capabilities to make their way into the market. Riding on last year’s success, 2015 has been unanimously predicted as a year when UC will get bigger and better. We’ll have to wait until the end of the year to see how many of our expectations have been met, but for now one thing is certain – UC is beyond...
June 1, 2015
6 Ways To Make Video Meetings As Good As Real Life Meetings Video conferencing has changed the way we do business. Collaborations between people across the nation or across the world used to rely on expensive travel arrangements. Any real progress on a joint project was limited to a very brief window when someone from one organization could fly out to meet and talk with someone from the other organization. Now, however, you can hold meetings via video linkup and talk to someone thousands of miles away as if they were in the same room. But is it really the same? Can looking at a video screen have the same effect as looking someone in the ey...
May 27, 2015
How Secure is Your Web and Video Conferencing? Conferencing – both Web and video – is currently among the most used mediums of collaboration for enterprises of all stripes. Businesses rely on these technologies to communicate with their remote teams and clients, as well as to avoid travel costs. But are their conferencing activities secure enough? Can there be a risk of losing critical data through conferencing? Consider the ramifications of losing sensitive data like financial details, client information, or sales/marketing plans. Web Conferencing – Is your data at risk? According to a recent survey by Brother International C...
May 22, 2015
Periscope and Live Streaming Apps: Opportunity or Threat? After the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, many content owners saw mobile live streaming apps as a threat to their business, but the smarter move is to embrace them. By Stephen Smith In the aftermath of the May 2nd Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight, one of the biggest stories to emerge was not about the fighters themselves, but about two other players in the picture: Periscope and Meerkat, up-and-coming live streaming apps that allowed users to circumvent pay-per-view and watch the fight for free. Many stories said content rights holders were sucker punched by the apps, de...
May 18, 2015
Why Video Clouds Are the Next Big Trend in Video Conferencing By Annie Wiker Video collaboration transforms the way organizations communicate and share information. From the days of expensive room systems that required regular maintenance and a lot of dollars, it is now at a stage where it is one of the flag-bearers of enterprise mobility and the BYOD trend. We are talking about a shift from hardware centric videoconferencing to software and service centric solutions. Thanks to cloud video conferencing, businesses can focus more on the communication and collaboration and less on equipment cost and maintenance. Cloud-based video conferen...
May 15, 2015
Light Artists Utilize Video Projection for Peace By SCN Staff On May 12, 2015 The video animations, artfully executed by Cohen, create moving and interacting layers of the light images, many of which have starkly beautiful and vivid colors dancing in layers.  Photo Credit: Peter Rogina  On a cold Friday night in mid-January, digital projection artists Peter Rogina and Eileen Cohen presented their most recent work entitled, “Shuffled Light” at the Opening Ceremony Press Event for NYC Light 2015 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. This event ushered in a year-long celebration of light in the city. New York is one of several cities wo...
May 11, 2015
Five Trends in Business Communications Over the past decade, and with the arrival of new, disruptive technologies, enterprise communication has rapidly evolved. As a result, enterprise spaces have very different communication needs. With mobility becoming ubiquitous in workplace, business involves less face-to-face communication. It’s fairly common to have teams working round-the-clock across different time-zones. The onus is on us to use technology to improve communication among globally dispersed business units. Which technologies are impacting the way we communicate today? Here are five trends presenting new opportunities for business...
April 27, 2015
Mersive Publishes ‘The Truth about Meeting Culture’ Survey Results Survey Finds Content and Mobility at the Heart of Meeting Productivity April 16, 2015 » Denver, Colorado Productivity and meetings should go hand-in-hand but a new survey reveals that is not the case. Seventy-two percent of meeting-goers reported they felt half or less than half of their business meetings are productive. The Truth about Meeting Culture, a survey released by Mersive, reveals that the trends driving effective meetings are content sharing and mobility. Professionals spend enormous amounts of time in meetings – 33% of meeting-goers attend 10 or mo...
April 22, 2015
5 REASONS TELEWORK IS BECOMING THE RULE NOT THE EXCEPTION by Veronica Culver (Photo Credit: Cisco) For the last couple of years, we have been reporting on Telework Week, usually celebrated in March. The goals of this annual event were to demonstrate the benefits of telework and mobility for companies and their employees, but also for transportation infrastructure and the environment. This year, when we visited the MobileWorkExchange website to find the 2015 dates for Telework Week, we found this message: “Telework Week 2015 It's been five years since the Telework Enhancement Act was signed into law. We congratulate the Fe...
April 20, 2015
AV Power Up! – Episode IV: A New Hope – The NAB Show By Michael Williams Welcome to the episode of The AV Power Up! Show, where we dedicate the whole podcast to the #1 trade show for the broadcast industry — NAB in Las Vegas! Along with your regular hosts Christa (@AVChrista) Bender, Corey (@Cbmoss) Moss, Chuck (@madsoundguy) Espinoza, Stacy (@Vaddio_Stacy) Kringlen and Hope (@BeerAndPie) Roth we have calling in -Bruce MacLelland of Applied Video Technolog -Thom Calabro of Fujinon (Div. of FUJIFILM) -Devan Cress of Marshall Electronics -Achim Gleissner of Sennheiser Corp. -Craig Tepke of Video Corporation of Ame...
April 14, 2015
Imagine Communications and Disney/ABC Television Group Redefine Future of Broadcast Television April 13th, 2015 by Joe McGarvey, Director of Marketing Dylan goes electric. Warhol goes pop. Disney/ABC goes cloud. Sometimes it takes an icon to break the grip of the familiar, to pull free from the creativity crippling inertia of the way things have always been done. Time after time, progress in the arts and sciences has been marked by the actions of those who see the possibilities of doing things differently. The media industry witnessed one of those watershed moments at the opening of NAB 2015, when Disney/ABC Television Grou...
April 13, 2015
APRIL 13, 2015 By: Susan Ashworth, TV Technology The theme of this year’s show is “Crave More,” a message that reflects the passion of the people who make up the spectrum of industries represented under the media and entertainment umbrella. “The people in this business … bring an energy that is always palpable at the NAB Show, and this is a particularly exciting time in the industry’s evolution,” said Chris Brown, executive vice president, Conventions and Business Operations for NAB. “Things are changing rapidly and that means it is more important than ever to stay ahead of trends and to be...
April 13, 2015
Latest News from NAB 2015     Wondering what happened at Avid Connect? Check out some of the videos we've put together on our YouTube channel. http://bit.ly/1HktPl6 Our president, Dave Berlin and enterprise account manager, Charlie Ruban, at the Imagine booth hanging with Matt from Fordham  More from the show floor: Newtek showing Tricaster 8000 Advanced that has new DDR, virtual set and many more features, like publishing to social media( linkedin etc) live Our crew is learning all about the latest in resolution independence workflow and Media Composer Cloud from Avid​...Bringing home the knowledge ...
April 8, 2015
4 Key Features of Cisco Spark (Formerly Project Squared) By Veronica Culver The newly branded Cisco Spark was launched at Enterprise Connect 2015 last month. Originally introduced as Project Squared in November 2014, Cisco Spark is designed to make it easier for teams to connect, communicate and collaborate. Using the concept of a room, “Spark” brings together people and work into one place – this virtual room holds all the documents, messages, e-mails, notes, IM conversations in one place, everything a team needs to work better together. Plus, room participants can schedule and initiate meetings right from the room. Team + Wor...
April 6, 2015
How Mobile is Changing Employee Training A dedicated and well-trained workforce is crucial for every organization’s success. It is the productivity and performance of employees that sums up revenue and profitability for businesses. Proper employee training has a great impact on an organization’s bottom line. Despite the importance of proper training, a number of organizations fail to include it as one of their key strategies. This negligence is often attributed to a lack of training personnel, time constraints, lack of proper resources and educational materials, and so on. In today’s dynamic business environment, there are plenty ...
April 1, 2015
Organization: JetBlue Airways Corporation is a low-cost airline headquartered in Long Island City, NY. Its main base is JFK Airport in New York. It serves destinations in the US, various locations in the Caribbean, South America, Latin America, and Mexico. Challenge: Technology integrator VCA was selected to engineer, install and train Jet Blue staff on a number of Audio Visual, Unified Communication and Display Systems. The systems included conference and training rooms, a simulation room, a network operation center (NOC), Emergency Operations Center (EOC), digital signage and RF distribution network for their new corporate headquarters i...
March 4, 2015
The Next Frontier of AV/IT Managed Services In the past, AV managed services required onsite staffing. We supplied our own technician or employed a subcontractor with a team to manage AV presentations and rooms used for those presentations. Audio-visual service integrators have now taken the next step forward with AV/IT managed services, an even more thorough way to oversee AV/IT services. AV Managed Services to AV/IT Managed Services – The Evolution It was the most natural progression that two of the most advanced technologies, AV and IT, would merge to present an entirely new era of communication. The demand for AV design, integ...
February 19, 2015
Higher Education: Using Video for Guest Lectures, Speakers, and Collaboration While the corporate world is reaping the benefits of audio visual aids, videoconferencing, and cloud collaboration, the trend has touched higher education institutions as well. Classrooms have expanded beyond four walls, thanks to audio visual solutions. Teaching is more collaborative, and learning has become easier and more interactive, due to the ability to bring in guest lecturers from different parts of the world without having to stretch the budget. Ad-hoc meeting and Web RTC are powerful tools for adding guest speakers and other professors to the classroom....
February 18, 2015
With new technologies and solutions arriving at our doorstep more frequently, there has been a seismic shift in the way we communicate as individuals, businesses, governments, and societies. Today, much of our business communication is built upon the foundation of scheduled meetings and calls. However, we are always connected via text, social, and mobile. When it comes to business, improving the level of communication to increase productivity and performance is always a goal. Modern-day communication solutions are modeled on the need for increased productivity and are constantly being developed with the aim of combining all the scattered p...
February 5, 2015
A successful live concert is perhaps one of the best examples of what great AV integrators can do with sound, light, visuals, and video. The convergence of a well planned and executed stage show can take us to another world altogether. On the other hand, we have all experienced the the screeching halt that poor AV arrangements can create, leaving a bad taste in our mouth. Everyone has experienced that ear piercing, horrible shriek when the presenter’s mic gets too close to speakers. While it may be the fault of the presenter, often times it is a problem that could be resolved with the proper setup. People may love a high-resolution video an...
February 5, 2015
At an age where customer engagement has dictated brand visibility, digital signage has taken a step up from being just a vehicle for distributing information, to being a complete entertainment package, captivating the audience and engaging them at the purchase point. So, what does the year 2015 hold for the future digital signage? Let’s find out. Digital Signage – a New Age in Communication Technology Signage boards have long been a part of advertisement strategies. As of late, the inclusion of digital technology has made using signage more flexible and functional. Signs can be customized according to requirements and they can even disp...
January 15, 2015
After a brief period of dormancy, the unified communications (UC) industry took a healthy jump to life last year. What will this year bring for the industry? UC experts are predicting the biggest trends and what they mean for enterprises and institutions looking to expand and improve their collaboration experience in 2015. A recent article on TechTarget explored the top unified communication and collaboration trends of the last 12 months, which they predict will stay strong in 2015. Let’s talk about some of them. The Growing Popularity of UC-as-a-Service (UCaaS). 2014 witnessed an increased adoption of cloud-based UC. The article cited ...
January 9, 2015
This is an era where the role of enterprise communication is increasingly veering towards connecting with the remote operations of an organization – remote workers, telecommuters, online clients, etc. Most of today’s businesses have both an online location as well as a brick-and-mortar one, while many others run fully on a virtual basis. Many recent surveys show the growing popularity of remote business among organizations and their employees as a more preferred option of getting work done. According to the 2014 SHRM Employee Benefits Report, nearly three out of five (59%) organizations offered some form of telecommuting opportunity. The ...
December 3, 2014
As mobile devices and smart phones have become our second nature, it’s fast becoming a popular belief that content consumption will move to the mobile device in all its entirety.In fact, mobile has touched and transformed all forms of content consumption including the way video is being consumed today. According to eMarketer, video ad revenue is estimated to grow from $5.96 billion this year to $12.71 billion in 2016. While people are gravitating more towards mobile devices for watching online videos and streaming content, a recent study by Digitalsmiths shows that they prefer to do so on devices with comparatively bigger screens, which is ...
November 24, 2014
Technology has an impact on just about everything today, including meetings. Yet while times have changed and we’ve morphed from in-person meetings as technology has entered the picture, thepurpose of meetings has remained largely the same – solving critical problems, finding answers to common questions, collaboration, and knowledge sharing. Technology’s role in meetings can definitely make them more visually stimluating, but can also make them more effective as well. The changing face of meeting spaces Traditionally, meeting spaces were designed to meet the demands of large groups and allow for an exchange of information, knowled...
November 5, 2014
There’s an irresistible charm to anything free. The same can be said for our choice of video conferencing solutions. In the world of free video communication platforms such as Skype, Google Hangouts, and Facetime, most companies often make the mistake of not allocating a budget for video conferencing tools. And that’s understandable. What’s not to like about easy to install, easy to use and, most of all, free, video conferencing solutions? But, with this mindset, businesses often completely miss out on the downside and potential drawbacks of free products. Let’s dive a little deeper and explore why these free video conferencing pla...
November 5, 2014
As a way to capture, fascinate, and indulge human imagination, storytelling is at the heart of performing arts. While the essentials of performing arts – talent, knowledge, practice, inspiration, and passion – have largely remained the same over the centuries,the evolution of audio-visual technologyis transforming this field like never before. As such, performance arts technologies are creating remarkable new possibilities for enhancing creativity and audience experience across multiple platforms. Not only this, technology is constantly making way for more realistic and detailed audio experiences. So now audiences can fully be a part of t...
October 23, 2014
October 20, 2014, (New York, NY) Video Corporation of America is happy to welcome Tom Bigliani as VP of Sales.Tom recently joined the VCA team in September 2014 after holding key sales management positions at industry-leading solution providers over the past ten years. Tom is a proven sales leader who has developed, realigned and refocused large scale global direct and overlay sales teams. In his role of Vice President of Sales, Tom is primarily responsible for the continued growth, geographic expansion and strategic direction of the VCA sales team. He brings a particular focus on an insight selling in the constantly evolving AV integratio...
October 23, 2014
It goes without saying that social media is the most powerful means of communication any of us has ever known. If there is anyone left in the developed world questioning that statement, the stellar success of this summer’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge phenomenon should put those queries to rest. Not only was the challenge fun for everyone (ok, maybe not EVERYONE-I have seen a few of those Bucket Challenge fail GIFs), it raised massive amounts of money for ALS research, over $106 million to date, as well as educated countless people on a devastating disease. This viral phenomenon was uber successful because it was fun, it was easy, it spread kno...
October 22, 2014
September 24, 2014, (New York, NY) Video Corporation of America unveiled a redesigned website with a new URL, improved functionality, and an enhanced social media presence. VCA realizes what a vital role www.vcaglobal.com can play in our company’s relationship with our clients. The website is rebuilt from the ground up, featuring improvements including an updated design, simplified organization, and content which is updated daily. This has transformed the online user experience from navigating the website and researching products and services, to seeing the overall scope of solutions that VCA provides its clients. Success stories, best pra...
October 9, 2014
Sight, aesthetics, and layout are well-recognized considerations when planning a workplace environment. Put simply, employees thrive when they have a clean, safe, and comfortable environment in which to work. Noise is also an important consideration when it comes to employee productivity. Of course, it is hardly possible, or ideal, to eliminate all noise from the work environment. However, sound masking is one technique that businesses can use to reduce obtrusive noise, therefore creating a better work environment. Sound masking is a technique whereby natural or manmade sounds are introduced into an environment to cover up or mask pre-exis...
October 9, 2014
Digital signage is one of the most widespread types of technology available for organizations. As digital signage continues to become more sophisticated, its users are coming up with some very inventive ways to apply this technology. These unique applications for digital signage are sure to give others some inspiration for how this kind of signage can be applied. Ceiling-Based Signage Put a sign on the ceiling? With digital signage, this is very possible. Take a look at Oakley’s New York store, which includes a long series of displays on the ceiling to help inspire customers and better convey Oakley’s brand message. Signage on the c...
September 23, 2014
Global Law- BYOD and Display Connect Top Law Firm to World Offices Organization: Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP (Weil) is an international law firm headquartered in New York City. Founded in 1931, Weil is ranked as one of the top ten most prestigious US law firms, as well as one of the most respected law firms in the world. It is best known for its corporate and restructuring practices. The firm employs 1200 attorneys located in 20 offices around the world. In order to maintain the firm’s excellence, Weil adopts cutting-edge technologies to ensure its attorneys communicate more efficiently and have the best access to continued education....
September 8, 2014
Understanding Why Preventative Maintenance Of AV Systems Is Cheaper Than Break Fixes (Systems last longer when they are proactively maintained) Many organizations today depend on their AV tools to get things done. AV software and hardware are used very frequently for working on existing projects, brainstorming future directives, and interacting with customers. If something goes wrong with an AV system, it can cause many internal and external problems. To help cut down on your company’s AV costs, preventative maintenance is a much better solution than only fixing something when it breaks. Here are three reasons why preventative maintenanc...
September 8, 2014
Why Cloud Video Conferencing Is Gaining Popularity In The Enterprise In the tech world there has been much discussion recently about the Cloud. Businesses are still trying to figure out exactly how it can be used for their benefit. One of its most effective uses comes in the form of cloud conferencing, a method by which business professionals can communicate with each other using Internet-based software. Cloud video conferencing and the enterprise are very well suited for each other for several key reasons. Remote Working Remote working is becoming extremely popular in the modern business world. Statistics have shown that almost one ...
September 8, 2014
Understanding The Difference Between Digital Signage and Wayfinding Digital signage is an important element in all types of facilities, from hospitals to schools to gymnasiums. This type of signage allows facilities to provide dynamic information that can be changed based upon their needs. On the other hand, wayfinding refers to the way that people orient themselves while they are in a building or complex. While digital signage and wayfinding often go hand-in-hand, the main difference between digital signage and wayfinding is that digital signage can encompass more than just wayfinding technology. An Explanation Of Wayfinding And Digita...
September 8, 2014
Cloud Video Conferencing Infrastructure: When Does It Make Sense? The cloud has changed the way that many companies approach technology, especially when it comes to communication. Cloud video conferencing is just one example of how the prominence of the cloud has changed the way that colleagues and clients collaborate. There are some particular instances where creating a cloud video conferencing infrastructure is particularly important for companies in the private sector, as well as for other kinds of organizations that need seamless video conferencing. When Mobility Is Critical One of the biggest advantages of using cloud video conf...
August 27, 2014
Our clients want to have a conversation about their business, their pain points, not a presentation. They want to talk about the outcomes of technology deployments, not the products which might make it up, and this is where our efforts lie while advising our clients. At VCA it's about putting the technology aside for a moment and really understanding what the unique business need is, from creating the content, to sharing, interacting, viewing, distributing, managing and archiving that content. VCA remains more committed than ever to help its clients communicate from wherever they are and from whatever device they happen to have at that moment...
June 10, 2014
5 Ways BYOD Works With AV To Make A Smarter Classroom In many ways when we enter the classroom of today it still has the look and feel of the classroom of the past. With many rooms still sporting chalkboards, often a projector or Smartboard is the only thing setting us apart from the classroom of yesteryear. That and of course the fact that just about every one of our students is walking around with a smart phone, laptop or tablet to go along with their textbooks. (They still have those?) Over the past few years, with technology becoming such a day in and day out part of the student life, there has been a lot of discussion on how to mak...
June 9, 2014
Sound masking is the introduction of neutral sounds, such as white noise, into an environment in order to cover up other sounds in the area. It has a variety of applications, but perhaps the area in which it's most necessary is in open office environments. Let's take a look at some reasons why. Privacy and Productivity The main use for sound masking in open office environments is to ensure privacy. People often discuss sensitive issues in these environments. In, say, a law firm or a healthcare facility, client privacy is not just a priority, but a legal necessity. However, when conducting sensitive conversations, anyone can simply walk ...
June 9, 2014
Everyone talks about "The Cloud" as an option for virtual computing and storage. It's become a technological buzzword. But, in fact, there are all different clouds, and all different types of clouds, which have different uses depending on your needs. It's important to understand all of your options and know which one is right for you before jumping into a cloud computing solution. Let's take a look at private clouds, how they're set up, and some of their practical applications. What Is a Private Cloud? A private cloud is a virtual environment that's specifically tailored to meet the needs of a single organization. Unlike a public cloud,...
June 9, 2014
Topics: Video Walls, 4K, Digital Signage, Content There was a time in the not-so-distant past when seeing a video wall in person was a jaw-dropping, tell-your-friends type of scenario. That has changed as video walls -- once the exclusive domain of high-rolling casinos, Times Square and Superfriend’s Hall of Justice -- can be found at your local bank, the bar where you watch the game and the lobby of your doctor’s building. What has changed? Video walls have become far more affordable, more functional and easier to install and maintain. It’s good news for those of us who like to be informed and entertained. Meanwhile, it’s gr...
June 9, 2014
Topics: Collaboration, Video, Telepresence, Consumerization of Video Over the past couple of decades, conference calls) have become the standard for many companies seeking to get many people located in many places on the same page and even as technology has come along introducing more productive communication methods like web meetings, video conferencing and web real time communications, many companies have decided to stick with the old standby of conference calling. Perhaps this is a case of the “this is how we have always done it so we should keep doing it,” but if that was how companies truly made business decisions we would find...
June 9, 2014
In a recent survey performed by an industry magazine called System Contractor News, a report came out that showed that within the commercial integration business (Audio, Video and Collaboration), integrators by a vote of almost 3:1 valued quality technical support over any other vendor provided service. In short what the numbers showed was that as value added resellers, we are more interested in great service than low prices or specialized logistics support. While our industry, similarly to many other industries says we are more interested in service than price, we often find ourselves in a tough predicament of trying to have both. In fact...
June 9, 2014
Topics: Unified Communications, BYOD, Cloud No longer for just the largest enterprises, Unified Communications has no penetrated its way into education, government as well as the small and medium business markets (SMB). With the proliferation of internet and bandwidth coupled with powerful free applications such as Skype and Google Hangouts that allow for high quality real time communication, the bar for paid unified communication services is being set pretty high. It is without question that competing with “Free” is an uphill battle. But thanks to security, flexibility and unique business requirements the enterprise UC market is...
June 9, 2014
Topics: Future Technology, Emerging Trends, Video Conferencing, Evolving Tech Spaces As a technology industry, sometimes one of the hardest things to do is watch the things you have always done transform into something else. If you have been around AV long enough you have seen the technology evolve form film projectors to slide projectors to LCD to DLP and so on and so forth. Almost always left to wonder what is next? The only difference as we have evolved into the “nTH” generation of what is next, the amount of time between when something lands as the next big thing and when it retires continues to get shorter and shorter and shor...
June 9, 2014
Topics: Service Agreements, Service Contracts, Business best practices Picture the last time you made a technology purchase from a big box electronics store. Perhaps you purchased a refrigerator, television or a new computer. As you walk up to the register ready to pay, the cashier asks you if you want to include service with that. Subtly, yet with conviction letting you know that if anything at all happens to the product for the next year or more that the product will be covered. No questions ask. If you are like most consumers, you say no thank you and you go on your way. Most people tend to believe that their product will be okay,...
June 9, 2014
Topics: Presentation Rooms, Video Conferencing, Unified Communication, Tech Refresh Have you stopped recently to think about how fast technology is changing these days? Ask yourself how often you upgrade your PC, Television, Cell Phone or other tech devices? How about software, how often do you find yourself changing to a new version of an application or having to update your operating system? It seems like every few weeks and months something needs to be replaced. Now, stop for a minute and ask yourself the same question about some of your integrated systems? Go into one of your conference rooms, training rooms, classrooms or other ...
June 9, 2014
The line between outsourcing AV departments and contracting managed services can be blurred, at times. Managed services provides companies with affordable, cost saving, options for maintenance, repair and upkeep of audiovisual systems. Companies all over the world- small, medium and enterprise-level- can find value in bringing a managed service provider (MSP) on board to assist with audiovisual (AV) operations. Unlike outsourcing, managed services providers work alongside a company (or client’s) existing team to offer operational and maintenance support. Service providers offer a range of solutions for their clients, including routine sc...
June 9, 2014
It happens to everyone sometimes. You're sitting in a large room or auditorium, listening to someone give a talk... it sounds like they're saying something quite interesting, and possibly very important. But you can't understand a word of it, because the audio quality in the room is terrible. Maybe the mic isn't loud enough. Maybe they're not mic'd at all. Maybe there's feedback, or an echo, or some other problem that makes the words come out as an unintelligible mess. Whatever the issue is, though, it ruins the presentation, and reflects badly on everyone, from the people putting together the presentation, to the speaker themselves (even ...
June 9, 2014
Topics: HDBaseT, Networking, Home Theater, Video, Audio There may have been a collective “ugh” when the world learned of yet another electronics industry acronym -- HDBaseT – but the connectivity standard offers benefits for both consumers and businesses. For one thing, it’s simple. Picture how many cables you typically have to plug into the back of a high-definition video display – video, audio, control, power and sometimes Internet. HDBaseT, which is supported by an HDBaseT Alliance of several major manufacturers, keeps it simple by offering connectivity for HD video, audio, Ethernet, some control signals and even 100 watts ...
June 9, 2014
It is without a doubt that desktop and mobile video has fast become the hot topic for businesses and consumers alike. With services like Skype, Google+ and FaceTime perhaps being the most visible video technology to the consumer, who is also the business user, the landscape for video has changed. While some may think that the change that consumer video solutions like those mentioned above would erode the utilization of video for business and institutional deployments, it turns out that the awareness and popularity of video as a consumer tool is actually increasing the demand for video throughout the enterprise and while some small busin...
June 9, 2014
The analog sunset originally presented technology managers with a unique set of problems, essentially forcing them to change the conceptualization of what their audiovisual needs and system requirements were. All of the sudden, routine designs changed, prices were increased and signal flows between source and sink became completely different. Needless to say, not every organization flipped the digital switch early-on, and many are faced with an uphill last minute sprint to catch up and outfit their presentation systems to be digitally compliant. Electronics manufacturers deciding to no longer equip units with analog outputs, in hopes of cu...
May 20, 2014
Topics: Cloud, Unified Communications, Mobility, Video Conferencing More than just the ability to connect from the road, Mobility is about being able to connect from wherever you are. On any network, anywhere, we want to be connected to all of our communication tools. Right? Work is not where you go it is what you do! Cloud based Unified Communications (UC), from the enterprise down to the small business isn’t just about an advanced set of tools and features that work when we are plugged into the office. Rather it is about a set of tools that just plain work; regardless of where we are sitting. For instance, why should you have to go ...