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Nathan Barnes Leads Audiovisual in Arizona

At Spinitar, we know that one of our most important strengths is our people. From audiovisual technicians who help to install systems and keep them running to customer success partners who help consult on the right solution, each member of our team is important and appreciated. Our talented folks care deeply about our clients, and we care deeply about our Spinitar family.

Nathan Barnes is a key member of the Spinitar family, helping to manage projects for clients who need on-time, on-budget deployment of advanced audiovisual solutions. Barnes has recently relocated from sunny California to even-sunnier Arizona to head up our project management team in our brand new Tempe office. Spinitar appreciates the project management expertise and ultimate focus on customer success that Barnes provides. We celebrate him here by sharing just a bit more detail about this project management expert leading the charge for advanced audiovisual in Arizona.

About Nathan Barnes, PMP, CTS, LEED GA

Mr. Barnes joined the Spinitar team in July of 2011. Prior to coming to Spinitar, he worked for
another audiovisual integrator where he fulfilled different roles, starting as a Sr. Project Manager, moving into a Director of Project Management role and quickly being promoted to Director of Operations where he oversaw all project operations in Southern California. Barnes is a results-driven management professional with first rate skills in directing full cycle complex projects and initiatives; he values relationships with his colleagues and customers, and places a high emphasis on education, both in the project management profession and in the audiovisual integration industry.

How Nathan Barnes Leads Audiovisual in Arizona

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As a Sr. Project Manager for Spinitar, Nathan is responsible for managing, coordinating and
overseeing audiovisual systems integration projects. In this capacity, he manages project budgets, plans project timetables and coordinates personnel activities to ensure that required milestones are being met, integration teams are operating efficiently and clients are informed of project progress and completion timeframes.

Nathan also works closely with Spinitar’s system design teams and support personnel to verify that equipment and staff resources are properly allocated to each client project. As part of the Project Manager role and process, Nathan regularly visits client job sites to coordinate team direction, initiate system testing and oversees final commissioning procedures and training. Ultimately, all of Nathan’s efforts are focused around verifying strong system quality, functionality, and operability for the client.

Read Nathan Barnes’ Latest Blog, “Audiovisual Planning – How to Plan for Your AV Project

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Audiovisual Planning – How to Plan For Your AV Project

Knowing how to plan for an AV project means understanding your AV system needs at an organizational level, connecting with end users, and finding the right technologies. Naturally, audiovisual planning also involves identifying resources, incorporating important stakeholders, and choosing the right partners to help your vision come to life. Audiovisual systems design and integration can be a complicated process, but getting to a seamless end result is crucial for improving productivity and collaboration. This blog outlines some of the most important considerations when planning your next AV project.

Successful Audiovisual Planning Begins with a Well Defined Need

Successful AV projects start with a well defined need, or set of needs. If your project begins with a loosely defined need like “install some big screens in the lobby,” you may be headed for project failure. As the saying goes, “Begin with the end in mind.” Properly preparing for an AV project involves developing a plan that drives all efforts to satisfying the well defined need.

One example of a clearly defined project need could be:

“Provide a user focused solution to simplify presentations, collaboration efforts and room scheduling building-wide. Create a standardized experience across physical locations from disparate office locations to connected conference rooms and huddle spaces for collaboration. Produce an inspiring brand experience in lobby spaces through use of advanced technology.”

After defining the needs, some important questions to address may include:

  • Who are the stakeholders and decision makers involved?
  • What needs to be delivered as part of the project?
  • What internal and external resources are required for the project?
  • What learnings can be applied from previous projects?

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Involve the Primary User Group in the Audiovisual Planning Phase

Adding functionality at the end of an audiovisual project is a costly expense for all parties involved. Involving the people who will run, maintain, and use the systems (the “primary user group”) at the outset of AV system planning helps to ensure a positive impact for the project. A clear definition of needs from the primary user group aligns your audiovisual planning with end-user operational processes and day-to-day goals. A system that does not support the end users can quickly become just another piece of unused hardware and give the perception of a failed project or wasted expenses.

Talk to Qualified Experts During When Planning Your AV Project

Conversations with qualified AV experts, such as integrators, designers, or hardware manufacturers, are usually free. Having a strong technology partner, outside of your organization, is a very valuable resource for audiovisual planning. A strong AV integrator or manufacturer has the experience, knows the pitfalls, and can provide valuable insight, advice and resources to help you plan properly. In fact, you may want to discuss your project with an AV design-build expert at the beginning of your process.

Unlike IT, AV systems integration doesn’t have the same standardization rules and is therefore usually highly customized. This means that AV integrators must use their knowledge and experience to guide the project’s planning to ensure various components are designed to “play well” with one another. Working with a qualified audiovisual systems integrator can help you to figure out the level of involvement you will need from qualified experts.

Consider Infrastructure During Audiovisual Planning

AV systems planning, design and execution blurs the line between construction and technology. Planning for the AV system infrastructure such as conduit pathways, electrical, cooling and physical layer requirements are equally as important as planning for the type of technology to deploy. Consideration of physical infrastructure is especially important if you are deploying an AV system into an existing building, where the infrastructure is already in place and you have to work around existing conditions.

For example, you’ll need to consider, whether your project will have an IDF (intermediate distribution frame) room where the AV equipment is to be housed, or is each system physically local to each room? Perhaps a combination of both?

In addition to infrastructure requirements, there are likely to be network requirements, both physical and virtual. For example, If you are deploying a video conferencing system, you will need IP addresses ahead of time in order to set up the systems. If the equipment will sit on the owner’s network, then entire blocks of IP’s and VLAN’s may be necessary. These IP addresses should be set on the equipment during in-house testing and need to be coordinated ahead of time, during the audiovisual planning phase.

Common AV Planning Pitfalls to Avoid

  • Make sure you involve the correct stakeholders, including the primary user group(s) from the beginning! Important stakeholders who change the project scope late in the process can cause increased complication, which adds to project cost.
  • A common misconception exists that the furniture vendors are the last vendors to be in the building. In fact, most times the furniture must be in place before the AV integration can begin the final installation, because many endpoints route through, or end at, a piece of furniture such as a conference table.
  • AV integration projects bridge the world of construction and technology. Plan for physical layer requirement along with technology requirements.
  • A common audiovisual planning pitfall is skipping the network conversation. Oftentimes, AV systems commissioning cannot be completed until the owner’s IT infrastructure, network testing/verification and IP assignments are complete.

What Does Evolved Audiovisual Do for a Business?

  1. Maximizes employee efficiency by making it easier for users to interact more effectively, and streamline ability to collaborate with each other.
  2. Facilitates a culture of productivity by simplifying user workflow.
  3. Allows the company leadership to clearly communicate a message to the entire organization.
  4. Allows for an immersive user experience.

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Standardize Corporate AV to Achieve Gains in Communication and Productivity

Business leaders caught in a web of adapters and cables often wonder if it’s possible to standardize corporate AV to limit the time wasted in adjusting to different technologies and meeting rooms. Standardizing your AV system allows your business to become more connected, creating uniformity across offices and meeting spaces. Simplifying this major business asset or investing in your first standard AV system is a smart move for gains in communication and productivity.

Standardizing Corporate AV to Unite Multiple Locations

If you were an early adopter of AV solutions and have more than one business location, odds are that each office has its own unique setup. While this may have worked for the last several years, it’s likely decreasing your efficiency and ability to collaborate. Managing multiple teams across locations requires seamless collaboration. As you might have experienced, having a situation where every location has a separate AV system can lead to problems and delays. That’s where standardization comes in.

Standardizing your corporate audiovisual system can ensure that all your locations operate using the ideal AV solution. Managing multiple AV systems with many different components can lead to major system breakdown and expensive downtime. According to PSNI, the benefits of standardized AV include:

  • Increase team member mobility. Employees at one office no longer have to surmount the major roadblock of learning new equipment when they switch or visit locations. Instead, employees can immediately continue operations without interruption in the new office, using the AV system as he or she would at the original office. One cohesive system across offices enables greater employee mobility and flexibility.
  • Make troubleshooting a breeze. With just one AV system across all your office locations, individual IT teams will be able to troubleshoot problems with less hassle. Your IT workers will get to know your standardized AV system in and out and solve problems in any office location without having to investigate a brand new system.
  • Enjoy a cohesive system. It’s easier to manage one system compared to forcing two systems to work together. Uniform hardware, software, and operating systems boost business efficiency. One unified AV system optimizes disaster recovery solutions, technology upgrades, and employee training.

Standardize Corporate AV with Professional Help

In 2017, being able to communicate and collaborate quickly and efficiently is key to profitability. Choosing the right advanced audiovisual service provider takes assessing your current AV solutions, defining goals for a unified AV future, and finding a company that offers customized systems and services that fit your needs. Standardizing your audiovisual system will make your life easier. The right provider will make it possible.

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Why Corporate Spaces Need Evolved Audiovisual

Evolved corporate audiovisual brings together IT and traditional AV functions in order to foster streamlined communication, meaningful collaboration and increased productivity in corporate spaces. This audiovisual evolution mirrors the change in daily life where we have all gotten used to intuitive ways of getting what we want instantly. If we can buy anything we want with a few clicks around Amazon, or conjure up a private car to take us anywhere we want to go with a quick tap on our smartphones, why wouldn’t we want to have an effortless way to use av and communication technology at the workplace?

Evolved Audiovisual is Simple Audiovisual

Widespread integration of technology into our daily lives is driving innovation in corporate audiovisual system design for corporate spaces. Where there used to be racks of equipment and piles of cables and connectors, there is now cloud storage and wireless connectivity. Collaboration across disparate physical locations is easier than ever with remote conferencing and standardization. The workday flows smoother with simple solutions that are intuitive to end users who can now walk into a conference room and wirelessly cast a presentation from their laptops, or even their phones, onto an interactive display.

Unified Communication: AV and IT Converge

Forward-thinking corporate audiovisual companies have already shifted from “systems integration” to “unified communication.” This change in thinking reflects the convergence of IT and AV in the corporate context. Audiovisual is no longer only hardware based, and IT is no longer only software based. Now, as the Internet of Things (IoT) evolves, the way we communicate and collaborate at work is also evolving. At its simplest definition, unified communication integrates communication tools. From everything at your desk, to everything in your conference room and everything your team uses to work remotely, unified communication brings it all together.

Simplifying to Move Toward Evolved Corporate Audiovisual

Just like getting into a car with a touch screen display and knowing exactly what turn to make next, professionals want to be able to walk into a meeting room and be able to present, collaborate and complete any necessary work function with minimal set up or production, even when BYOD (bringing your own device). Anything an audiovisual system designer can do to make the experience of technology at work more like that device in everyone’s pocket, the more productive an office space can be. If it can’t be done in a couple of clicks, it doesn’t work.

The days of 4 different connectors sticking up out of a conference table, or waiting for the AV guy to bring the right analog cable are gone. Now, rather than talking about cables and connectors, audiovisual companies now talk about what types of devices are used and how people prefer to connect. So now, it’s about access, network security and bandwidth, versus how many pins you have in your connector. The conversation has changed, and evolved audiovisual is now standard for corporate spaces.

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Funding Your Makerspace

 

As you may know, schools throughout the United States are getting excited about the Makerspace as a place of creativity and expansion for students of all ages, but how do you fund your Makerspace? When it comes to improving education in STEM subjects, Makerspaces have been touted as a fantastic way to get students involved in hands on learning from physics to computer programming and much more. While it can seem daunting to get a new Makerspace up and running, there are actually many resources out there for funding your new space. From government grants to private sponsorship, this blog post takes you through some of the best ways to fund your Makerspace.

Funding Your Makerspace with Government Grants

The government is ready to help all students prepare for the STEM jobs that will help build our nation into a stronger, more competitive market in the fields of science and technology.

For example, Title I Funding gives financial assistance to elementary and secondary schools with low-achieving students to boost their ability to meet academic standards. For students with special needs, IDEA is a great resource to help fund projects that will go towards helping these students.

While it will take time and effort, government-sponsored grants can go a long way into helping provide resources for your Makerspace that will keep students engaged. Here are more great grant resources to explore:

Corporate Sponsorship and Competitions for Your Makerspace

Corporate sponsorship is a great way to get funding for your Makerspace. Searching online for local STEM competitions is a great way to showcase the potential of any Makerspace and a way to possibly win a monetary prize to boost student pride. National competitions include the Google Science Fair, and the STEM Video Game Challenge for middle and high schoolers.

Other corporate sponsorships come in the form of grants, such as the Lowe’s Toolbox for Education. A great place to start is to research local businesses, and larger corporations who have offices near you, to find out what types of programs may fit your needs. The next step is outreach. It can be an involved process, but corporate support is one of the best ways to get your Makerspace up and running.

Check out this great Blog Post on how to prepare applications and outreach materials for private funding.

Crowdfunding Your Makerspace

Students can be encouraged to take initiative and create a crowdfunding campaign with the help of their Makerspace leader. Usually this entails a creative video, which can be done on any smartphone, information about how the money will be used, and incentives for donations.

  • Kickstarter is the original crowd-funding website. Projects have 30 days to get a set amount of money or everyone gets their donation back. This gives the project a sense of urgency, which makes people want to invest sooner rather than later. Two tricks: be as specific as possible about what the money will be used for, and try to raise a lot of money upfront – the more money a project has within the first week, the better chances it will succeed.
  • GoFundMe does not have an all-or-nothing outlook nor does it have deadlines. However, this does mean that people may not be in a hurry to donate, and whatever you promise to them you must deliver, whether you are fully funded or not. There are also fees involved for using the service, so many programs ask that larger donations are made directly, rather than through a platform like GoFundMe.
  • On Indiegogo, you can choose to have a deadline or not. They have a more diverse base of donors, but statistically, people donate less than to other sites.

Go Out and Make!

Makerspaces are about being creative and getting into the DIY spirit. Not every Makerspace has to involve expensive tools and 3D printers. These types of spaces can provide a place to draw, sew, hammer, build or program. There are so many configurations and ideas to explore, and the ways in which funding comes together can depend on the specific plan for your Makerspace. We hope these resources help you to get started.




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How AV is Transforming U.S. Courtrooms

The days of old-fashioned, closed off courtrooms are over. While many perceive the legal industry to be lagging behind in technology adoption, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Integrated AV technology, used widely in courtrooms and law firms across the U.S., not only improves transparency in the judicial system, it improves courtroom efficiency, lowers overhead costs, and increases security.

Understanding the Role of AV in Court Proceedings

Historically, court proceedings required everyone involved to be present in the courtroom. Before, during, and after a trial, communication plays a huge role in the legal system. In addition to courtroom activities, depositions, training programs, and many client communications required in-person meetings. Even as some communications shifted to email interactions or phone conferences in recent years, AV technology has the potential to take communications to the next level.

AV technology meets the demand for broadcast trials as well as those behind-the-scenes interactions that take place in the legal field on a daily basis. Video conferencing and telepresence systems make it possible to accomplish many pre-trial tasks remotely, and even to call in witnesses who cannot be physically present in the courtroom.

Meanwhile, broadcast technology can bring trials to a broad television or internet audience. Interactive video monitors, microphones, speakers, touchscreen control systems, and internet-connected devices and networking all play a role in the modern, technology-driven courtroom.

AV setups in the courtroom often feature:

  • Videoconferencing equipment. Video conferencing and telepresence equipment enables courts to engage in remote arraignments and interact with witnesses or court officers who could not travel to provide testimony. Video conferencing technology also supports out-of-the-courtroom interactions such as depositions and client meetings. Remote interactions with defendants, legal counsel, and witnesses reduce overhead travel costs for individuals, government, and law firms.
  • Broadcasting equipment. To improve judicial transparency, many courts are broadcasting trials on local television or via other mediums. Instead of adapting to camera crews who need to set up equipment before each trial, some court systems are investing in their own broadcast equipment. Even if the trial isn’t immediately broadcast, the video serves as an important record of the events that took place and provides more in-depth data than a court reporter’s documentation.
  • Interactive display panels. Large screens placed in strategic locations throughout the courtroom often serve dual purposes as video conferencing screens and interactive whiteboards on which attorneys can display key pieces of evidence and use electronic pens to illustrate a point. Additionally, every important person in the courtroom can be provided with a display to ensure maximum visual intelligibility including the judge, clerk, attorneys, witnesses and jurors.
  • Audio integration. Microphones, digital signal processors and audio distribution such as speaker systems play a crucial role in the courtroom setting. Many courtrooms invest in audio technology before transitioning to video components. Microphones capture the information being shared to support court records, while connected speakers amplify communications and auditory evidence. Intelligible audio is critical for all participants to understand what is being said or presented.
  • Control and connectivity. In addition to these primary AV components, many AV companies are outfitting courtrooms with multi-functional access panels that may include laptop connections, document cameras, and other integration-friendly equipment. Judges, for example, often have access to control panels with intuitive functionality to manage the proceedings from the bench. The judge and/or lawyers may have the capability to turn on specific courtroom cameras, video sources, or displays, mute or activate microphones, and operate the video conferencing system from a touchscreen control panel or even a mobile device, such as an iPad, tablet, or smartphone.
  • Managed services. As AV technology and IT services intersect, many AV providers have started to offer managed AV services. Instead of installing the equipment and relying on the users to manage it, AV companies are remotely managing every component for reduced downtime and improved security, which is a crucial consideration in courtrooms.

AV technology clearly plays an important role in the legal setting, and government entities willing to adopt new technologies have a great opportunity for long-term positive impacts in their courtrooms.





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Building the Makerspace Curriculum

 

Makerspaces provide students the opportunity to create visuals for school assignments, perform science experiments, and even build robots. Projects are only limited by the space’s leader and students’ imaginations and ingenuity. Through Makerspace projects, students of all ages can learn problem solving, collaboration with others to work as a team, and job skills like computer programming, user interface design, and even social media networking. These skills can be applied to future STEM jobs, or at least prepare students for HOW to approach learning marketable skills. This blog shares some project ideas and curriculum examples to get you started with your Makerspace.

K-6 Makerspace Curriculum Ideas

Because they are still learning about how life works, elementary school students tend to be more curious and the most willing to try something, even if it fails. Getting them to try something isn’t going to be the hard part, but they may need some guidance. Setting up a project can be as simple as asking a question: What kind of building can you make out of cardboard? What is a tool that you need at home right now? What can you design using popsicle sticks, bottle caps, and/or water bottles? What problem would it solve?

One example of a ready made curriculum to try is a free program for elementary schoolers to learn about computer programming called Alice, a project developed by students at Carnegie Mellon. With plenty of people discussing Elementary Makerspaces and resources, these areas can create a fun and educational environment for any child.

Looking for More Ideas? Here are some great examples of Elementary School Makerspace Projects:

Middle School Makerspace Curriculum Ideas

Giving middle schoolers the ability to take charge of their own learning encourages engagement and active participation. At this level, competitions and scholarships can come more into focus, and higher stakes can often provide motivation for students.

One example of a way to get students excited in the Makerspace is to encourage participation in a science fair or competition. Science fairs have become more and more competitive, and the days of exploding model volcanos are long gone. Students can now program games, design smart phone apps, and make software with the right tools. With more access to resources, students can now win more scholarships and take their projects farther along than ever before possible.

Prestigious national science competitions include:

High School Makerspace Curriculum Ideas

With more schooling comes more elaborate projects. With more elaborate projects, having access to good equipment will ensure that the next generation will have the skills necessary to enter the job market, especially in STEM. Think of what these two self-taught brothers from Haiti could do with an equipped Makerspace.

Here are some of the most innovative science fair winners of 2015 in some of the most prestigious science competitions:

Imagine what these students can contribute to our world as they get older. With a good Makerspace, these and other students can go even farther and do more than before.

Whatever you decide to do with a Makerspace, the students will be sure to enjoy the opportunity for hands on learning. The Makerspace puts abstract applications into real-life situations, making it the best way to show, not tell.




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System Contractors News Names Spinitar Amongst Top 50 Integrators!

For Immediate Release

La Mirada, CA (December 22, 2016) – SPINITAR, an InfoComm APEX certified audiovisual and unified communications integrator, has once again been named as one of the Top 50 Integrators in North America by System Contractors News.

The SCN list continues to be an important bellwether of the commercial audiovisual integration industry. Rising from the number 30 spot in 2015 to number 26 today, Spinitar believes the climb can be attributed to significant growth within its federal government practice and to a strong economy that has encouraged growth in the construction sector.

Spinitar Co-Principal, Jeff Irvin, explains, “Our services first mentality, a simplified employee and customer experience, and relationships developed over our thirty years in business have led to a terrific anniversary year.”

Spinitar is honored to be included in SCN’s Top 50, and considers the nod to be a demonstration of our quality and tested competence. SCN notes the Top 50 list is “about history, innovation, and talent. There are qualities that are unquantifiable, but the SCN Top 50 is a benchmark for the business.”

For more information on the Top 50, please visit SCN.

About Spinitar

Since 1986, Spinitar has been designing, building, and servicing AV environments for corporate, government, and education clients. With offices throughout California, Arizona, and Florida, and through our affiliation with PSNI (Professional Systems Network International) Spinitar helps our North American and international customers share and disseminate information more effectively through the use of technology. We are proud to be an SCN top 50 integrator.

Connect with our press department today for more details.

 

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Owning the Makerspace: Take charge of student success

 

Makerspaces allow students to experiment with hands-on learning in an environment that encourages creativity and expands horizons beyond the classroom. This blog is all about owning the Makerspace – cultivating the leadership that will need to be at the helm to help you take charge of student success. As in any space with schedules to manage, equipment to maintain, and people to motivate, there’s got to be a competent, inspired leader to take the reigns. In a school environment, a motivated teacher or librarian usually leads the way for the Makerspace. Read on to find out more about owning the Makerspace.

Preparing to Lead a Makerspace

For any teacher, librarian, or community member who is interested in helping build or maintain a Makerspace at his or her school, there are webinars, seminars and workshops that give new Makerspace leaders guidance and support.

Here are some great resources:

  • Maker Ed, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to helping schools develop their own Makerspaces. They have received a $1 million grant from Google to help them do just that.
  • MakerSpace website is a site started by the founders of Make Magazine, who started the Maker movement. Makers from all over the world can share their ideas, insights, and innovations.
  • Edutopia has many articles on how to design, create and fund a Makerspace.
  • For K-6th grade teachers, the NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) has several articles about Makerspaces for young children.

Funding Your Makerspace

Spinitar understands how daunting it can be to implement a Makerspace, especially from a funding perspective. In fact, we wrote a blog post all about funding your makerspace, but here are a few good resources to get you started:

  • Competitions are a great way to get students involved and engaged with a Makerspace. Student Science and Science OC have lists of good local and national competitions.
  • There are government grants, such as Carl D. Perkins Act, who give money to schools looking to invest in students who would prefer technical programs to a 4-year college or Title I program that helps fund equipment that could help a school with low performing students.
  • Corporate sponsorship is a great avenue as well. Lowe’s Toolbox for Education, for example, will grant up to $5000 to a school for projects just like Makerspaces.
  • Students can participate actively with crowdfunding, using websites such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or GoFundMe. Students, especially with entrepreneurial spirits, can create videos using smartphones and write out guidelines to their specific needs.

 




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Spinitar — Merry Christmas 2016

Merry Christmas from Spinitar

 

2016 has been quite a year around here, and we are incredibly grateful for our employees, partners, and clients who allow us to do what we do best…audio, visual, and communication solutions! The holidays are always a great time to look back and appreciate the gifts of the year. This fun blog shares some of the highlights. Thanks for being a part of our journey!

30 Year Anniversary

Spinitar has been providing quality AV solutions for 30 years now. We celebrated this amazing milestone in May of this year, and are proud to work with all of our wonderful manufacturer partners and vendor partners to keep everyone connected and inspired.

We blogged about it here!

2nd Annual Golf for Hope Tournament

In October, we hosted our 2nd annual golf classic, benefiting City of Hope. In the end, we are incredibly grateful to have been able to support the cancer treatment and research organization through the tournament, including a fun raffle and silent auction made possible by our incredible friends, family, and partners.

Visit our Facebook album to see the fun!

Growing Federal Government Practice

This year, our service to federal government facilities, including design and installation of some very complicated mission control rooms, has expanded exponentially. We are proud to serve our country in this small way, and look forward to providing even more customized AV solutions for state and federal government spaces next year.

New Office Opens in Concord

The expansion continues! We were proud to announce the grand opening of our new office in Concord, CA this November. The new space will help us to serve our West Coast clientele even better, and is a testament to the wonderful successes of our team in California.
Visit our Facebook album to see who joined our office warming party!

Microsoft Surface Hub

The Microsoft Surface Hub is one of the coolest collaboration technologies to hit the market… ever. We are excited to be one of Microsoft’s exclusive dealers for the solution, and really enjoyed launching the Surface Hub at several events this quarter. Look out for your invite in 2017 for more opportunities to try out Surface Hub with your group.

Very Merry Christmas

Here at Spinitar, we place a high value on our business and manufacturer partners. In fact, our partners are one of the top reasons for our success. One way we show our appreciation each year is by celebrating the joy of the holiday season with our annual Partner Appreciation Day.

View our Facebook album to see the fun, food, fellowship and Christmas cheer!

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How it Works: Microsoft Surface Hub

 

Based on a Harvard Business Review study of meetings with remote participants, it takes an average of 12 minutes to get any session started. For people with busy schedules who already tend to view meetings as one of the least productive parts of their week, that 12 minutes can feel like an eternity of wasted time.

Finding ways to solve connectivity and content sharing issues for remote meeting participants, and figuring out how to make meetings engaging and productive became a major motivation for Microsoft in the development of its brand new Surface Hub solution. Read more about the basics of Surface Hub in our previous blog.

This post focuses on the details of how the Microsoft Surface Hub solution works to harness the power of the group, whether participants are in the room, or across the globe.

Easy Connectivity

Rather than spending valuable minutes figuring out how to connect, the Microsoft Surface Hub allows remote meeting participants to easily access any meeting from any Internet-connected device via Skype for Business. For those in the physical meeting space, connecting is as simple as a touch. The Surface Hub can also start and end meetings automatically for the ultimate ease of connectivity.

Content Sharing and Real Collaboration

Without the right collaboration technology, the flow of discussion can be interrupted when someone tries to share content or bring in external data, and faces unexpected technical delays. Most other meeting technologies have not been true content-sharing solutions. Too often, the presenter or those in the meeting room are the only participants who can share and modify content.
The Surface Hub solves this issue by allowing easy content sharing via Skype for remote participants, wireless connectivity to share content in the room from any device, and real time collaboration via touch screen technology.

Businesses have advanced their design, manufacturing and engineering processes and technology, but there is surprisingly still a demand for a tool in that delivers an effective way of accomplishing and advancing group communication goals.

100 Points of Touch

Microsoft acquired industry leading interactive display technology firm Perceptive Pixel in 2012, and has since advanced its own touch glass displays beyond any other offering on the market. The Microsoft Surface Hub includes an “infinite whiteboard” that allows for a fluid ink experience on an 84-inch interactive display. It’s a clever mix of technology and practical use that is designed to give educators and business professionals confidence expressing their thoughts immediately, and can be easily shared with participants electronically.

Runs Windows Natively

Powered by Windows 10, one of Surface Hub’s primary functions is to run Windows applications natively, eliminating the need for customization. Similar to how a smartphone operates, applications like Word, PowerPoint and Excel simultaneously run in their own windows. This means a remote user can present his/her screen via Skype for Business, and the people in the meeting room can still use the infinite whiteboard, web browser, or any other application. They can even clip the content from the presenter and interact with it on the whiteboard while the discussion is still happening.
When the meeting is finished, the Surface Hub can email everyone in the meeting with a OneNote and PDF file so the meeting is saved, meaningful, and actionable.

The Surface Hub is a powerful Windows computer mixed with a world class large, interactive display. It allows the end user to be as creative with their ideas as they can imagine, and harnesses the power of the group to create together!

Integrate with Professional AV Environments

The Surface Hub on its own is an excellent solution for huddle spaces and small conference rooms. Its connection ports are designed to integrate with a professional audio visual system. For a larger conference room or lecture hall, it can be complemented with an external audio, mic and camera systems to create a unified communication environment. Look out for our upcoming post on how to integrate MS Hub with your existing professional AV.

Unlocking the Power of the Group

The Surface Hub effortlessly harnesses the collective knowledge and skills of any group anywhere. It was designed as the best-in-class interactive display, a powerful team collaboration device that advances the way people work together naturally. We believe the Surface Hub can be as transformative to group productivity as the PC was for individuals.

To see the Surface Hub in action, connect with us for your demo today.

Microsoft Surface Hub

Microsoft Surface Hub Transforms Collaboration

 

From healthcare to education, legal, government, manufacturing, to construction and every industry in between, the Microsoft Surface Hub updates offices and other workspaces to inspire and engage employees and collaborators. Anyone who has training rooms, huddle spaces, conference rooms, classrooms or any other indoor collaboration space can benefit from Microsoft’s brand new technology that helps workers everywhere to “unlock the power of the group.”

As Forrester Research puts it, “Many enterprises struggle with gaps in their workplace collaboration technology, environments that are not built for collaboration, and cultures that do not fully support teams to achieve better outcomes. The result is teams that are not as effective as they could be.”
The brand new Microsoft Surface Hub addresses this problem with technology that transforms collaboration.

The Microsoft Surface Hub Encourages Productive Meetings

  • Surface Hub can detect when you’re in front of it and will start the meeting automatically as its admin.
  • Everything needed to present and capture information during a meeting is within the Hub, including an infinite whiteboard, presentation platforms like MS PowerPoint, video/audio playback, file sharing and much more.
  • Meeting invites can be sent from the Hub during a meeting as the conversation evolves.
  • The 84” Surface Hub plays video in 4k for stunning presentation of creative assets.

The Microsoft Surface Hub Manages Follow Up Automatically

  • Any information captured in a meeting can be sent automatically when a meeting ends.
  • Leaders can select specific individuals to send to, including those who weren’t able to attend the meeting.

Harnessing the Power of Collaboration

The modern workplace is fast-paced, mobile, creative and collaborative. Smart people working together to solve complex problems in business need technology than can unlock the power of their group. Too often, people view meetings as a time sucking journey away from productivity. The dreaded meeting reminder doesn’t have to be so dreaded anymore with Microsoft’s brand new Surface Hub technology, which assures meeting start and end on time, and provides the perfect tools to capture real time collaboration that moves the business forward.

Surface Hub is the Most Effective Touchscreen Ever Built

Microsoft created Surface Hub to work natively with Windows 10. As a result, it is the most effective version of any touchscreen platform ever created. The built-in computer eliminates the need to toggle through inputs when using third party apps. It’s familiar, it’s fast, and it’s backed by the trusted and relied upon Microsoft platform.

 

Microsoft Surface Hub

Unlock the Power of the Group with Microsoft Surface Hub

 

Microsoft Surface Hub is a brand new presentation and conferencing technology that will transform the way we work in groups. As you know, some of the most productive work happens when you make the most of the collective knowledge and skills of a group. However, effective collaboration can sometimes be hard, especially when some members of the team work remotely, or when a company has several physical locations, all with smart people who should be involved with creating the best work possible.

Microsoft Surface Hub is like an infinite whiteboard that helps unlock the power of the group.

From designers, to manufacturers, trainers, finance directors, marketers, product developers and so many others are singing the praises of the Microsoft Surface Hub.

Microsoft Surface Hub Brings Versatility On Demand

The 55″and 84″ Microsoft Surface Hub both create a true ‘wow’ factor in a room, but collaboration isn’t limited to meetings. A brainstorm can happen anywhere, anytime…and with a single tap on any device. It’s a unique technology that harnesses the power of collaboration through multi-touch, inking, voice commands, even communication capabilities like storing past iterations of ideas, and automatically sending meeting notes to participants.

Harness the Power of the Hub

Spinitar is pleased to host a special event on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 where you can experience this amazing new technology for yourself. Join us at our La Mirada offices, and find out how you can harness the power of the Microsoft Surface Hub.

Custom AV System Design Delivers Delicious Win for LBCC

 

Effective audio visual system design transforms student experiences, leading to increased retention of matriculated students, and improved reputation among potential applicants. In a hands-on environment like culinary arts, being able to see and interact with the material presented by the instructor is crucial especially. When classroom AV systems are well-designed, every student can see and hear. This makes current students stay, and future students feel impressed by the up-to-date look and feel of their potential school.

In partnership with AV system designer Waveguide, Spinitar recently helped Long Beach City College (LBCC) achieve the highest standard in AV System Design. LBCC needed a standardized and simple-to-use instructional media platform for use across all of their brand new Culinary Arts spaces. They wanted students to be able to hear and see the same instruction, whether in the front row of a test kitchen classroom, or the very, very back. The answer would be found in the custom AV System Design Waveguide would create.

Spinitar Audio Visual jumped on board to furnish all materials, labor, control system programming, installation, and implementation of custom AV systems for the LBCC Culinary Arts program.

“We do believe we have built one of the premiere culinary arts facilities in Southern California,”
Terri Long, VP of Academic Affairs.

To find out all the details on how Spinitar brought state of the art AV Systems to LBCC, download the case study.

Long Beach City College - Culinary Arts Case Study

Spinitar Golf For Hope

Golf for Hope 2016: Silent Auction & Raffle Goodies

 

Spinitar is pleased to present the 2nd Annual Golf for Hope Silent Auction and Raffle as part of our all-day golf tournament October 13, 2016 at Tustin Ranch Golf Club. Below is a growing list of fabulous donated auction and raffle items, so check back often and get ready to bid!

If you’re unable to attend our silent auction, you still have a chance to win! We will be accepting outside bids up until October 12th at 5PM PST. Please send us an email with your full name, the item you would like to bid on and how much you would like to bid.

Golf for Hope 2016: Silent Auction Goodies

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Christmas Duffy Ride

Enjoy 2 hours cruising Alamitos Bay in a Duffy boat with 5 of your closest friends! This package for 6 will dazzle and delight as you take in all of the beautiful holiday lights and decorations while tasting delicious wine and cheese, all included.

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Boat Trip to Avalon

Ever been to Catalina? This all-day boat adventure for 8 guests whisks you and your friends away to beautiful Avalon, CA and includes all food and drinks! Scenery included.

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100 Kids Meals at Chili’s

Take “kids eat free” to the next level with 100 kids meals from Chili’s! From burgers and fries to fresh, healthy corn on the cob, let the kids enjoy their food while you have one of Chili’s signature cocktails!

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10 Tickets to Laugh Factory

Ready to get some laughs in Long Beach? This package includes 10 tickets to the Laugh Factory, featuring some of the industry’s top comedians.

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2 Tickets to Aquarium of the Pacific

See the Shark Lagoon, Horses and Dragons, and the Vanishing Animals exhibits at Aquarium of the Pacific. Take your trip into the world of water with two tickets available at Golf for Hope 2016.

 

32” Samsung SyncMaster Display

Delphi has provided a beautiful, 32” Samsung Commercial Display with all the necessary accessories so you can view crisp, vivid images and video whenever you need!

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LA Rams Tickets

Cheer for the Rams (or against them) at an upcoming LA Rams home game. Get your jersey ready and head out to the field.

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Marshall Woburn Bluetooth Speaker

Rock out with this Marshall Woburn Bluetooth Speaker donated by Biamp. You’ll be the life of the beach, campsite, or tailgate!

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Trefethen Wine Basket

Indulge with a beautiful wine basket and tasting certificate for four from Trefethen Family Vineyards. Wooden logo gift basket includes two premium bottles of Trefethen wine!

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Big Bear Vacation Home

Enjoy 2 nights, 3 days at a luxurious Big Bear cabin, while you take in all the beauty of the surrounding mountains and lakes. (Additional nights are available at market rates, to extend your stay).

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Weekend in La Quinta

Plan your next weekend getaway in lovely La Quinta, CA in a gorgeous 3 bed, 3 bath vacation home with a private pool overlooking the golf course.

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Mt. Hood Getaway

Your 5-day, 4-night stay in a gorgeous vacation home nestled next to the 7th hole of Foxglove golf course in Mt. Hood, OR awaits. Enjoy golf, hiking, fishing, skiing, snowboarding, wine tasting and more while you luxuriate in the nature of the Oregon mountains.

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GoPro Camera

Capture footage of your adventures in stunning 4k video with this sought-after action camera.

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Signed Angels Jersey

Be sure to bid on this authentic Los Angeles Angels jersey, signed by third baseman, Yunel Escobar.

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iPad Air 2

Sleek, light and beautiful, the iPad Air 2 could be yours! Enjoy streaming video, games and all your favorite apps on this lightweight tablet with wireless connectivity.

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Apple Watch Sport

Here’s your chance to get into wearable tech! Bid on this Apple Watch Sport and stay connected wherever you roam!

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Disney Basket

Meet your favorite Disney friends with a two 2-day passes to Disneyland and California Adventure (one park per day). Enjoy cute basket stuffers, too!

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Anaheim Ducks Tickets

Get your game face on to see the Anaheim Ducks face off against the Edmonton Oilers January 25, 2017. Package includes two Ducks foam fingers and two Ducks water bottles, so you can show your team spirit!

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Movie Basket

Relax and enjoy a family and friends movie night, or save your $150 gift card to Cinepolis for several dates with a sweetheart. Your movie basket includes candy and 3D glasses, too!

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BBQ Basket

Grill up some fun with your new Weber barbeque, a gift card to Omaha Steaks, apron, and charcoal. The complete BBQ basket for you meat lovers out there!

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Lottery Basket

Try your luck with $100 in lottery tickets, and a bottle of champagne with two champagne glasses to celebrate your winning numbers!

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Toruk Drone Camera

Take spectacular photos and video with the Toruk AP10 Pro Drone. Features include 144 degree wide-angle HD lens, and 1080p video resolution.

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LA Kings Tickets

Check out the LA Kings as they get on the ice with the Carolina
Hurricanes October 25th. Includes two tickets, plus a $50 gift card to Flemings to help you with a nice pre-match dinner!