• Audio Visual Communications. Simplified

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Services We Offer

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    Video Conferencing Solutions

    We can set up even the most complicated video conferencing calls to keep you connected with employees, clients, or other offices.

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    Digital Signage

    An advanced alternative to static signage—our digital signage solutions provide customers with sharp interfaces for easy interactions, simplified content replacement, and a modern approach to business.

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    Projections Technology

    Make sure that your office is equipped with the most advanced in projections technologies to ensure that every meeting, presentation, and exhibition goes off without a hitch.

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    Service Calls

    It’s a fact that regular preventative maintenance can extend the life of your audio visual system. If you are in need of a technician, AV Planners can be onsite within 24 hours. We offer several tiers of maintenance service options to choose from.

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    Video Walls

    Help your company say what they want, how they want, with a state of the art Video Wall in your reception area or conference room.

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    Crestron Control System

    These rooms allow for full control of the audio visual system with a Crestron Control System. Touch System Panel controls are custom designed to allow for complete control of every device in the conference room.

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    Huddle Rooms

    Designed for small to midsize collaboration meetings. These rooms are usually equipped with LCD displays and an audio system that can tied into the tele and video conferencing system.

Case Studies

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    Christie Parker Hale

    Background

    Since 1958 the CPH law firm has provided legal representation for some of the leading companies worldwide.

    Byron Hibdon, Executive Director of CPH, cited the functionality and esthetics of the newGlendaleoffices. “We are currently operating on five floors in space designed over 15 Years ago in our Pasadena office. The new Glendale office will be far more efficient with all the personnel located on two floors, and updated as to design, functionality and technology.”

    Challenge

    The firm needed to work within a smaller space, update the technology, and increase the amount of meeting areas.

    Solution

    CPH and AVP created a Multi-Purpose room that can act as one large “all hands” meeting room or divided into two smaller conference rooms. This includes two audio zones that can be isolated or combined together. AV Planners also installed one 60” Samsung Screen and a NEC LCD Projector that can be displayed together in a video conferencing environment or can be used separately when the rooms are divided.

    Client Conference rooms were designed to maximize function and to accommodate CPH clients. The rooms have a 60” Samsung LCD screen mounted for presentations and the ability to use it with the Polycom HDX 8000 system. Another important factor is ease of control for the CPH, so AV Planners incorporated a Crestron System that enables users to control all of the AV functions from a simple touch panel interface.

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    Co-Opportunity

    Background

    Co-Opportunity has been providing natural, organic and local foods to the Santa Monica area since 1974. They have largest, freshest selections of certified organic produce, in addition to a wide variety of natural, healthy foods. This is the original Whole Foods!

    Challenge

    The original Co-op Deli and Juice bar menu board was a classic schoolhouse chalkboard, giving that traditional, home grown feeling when guests walked into the store. However, having to constantly manually update the board with changing pricing, menu items and store messaging was an issue.

    Reliability, for a display on up 15 hour days, 7 days a week, without being invasive required a low profile stand to hide cables while taking into account the ceiling height to mount the LCD screens.

    How to imitate the look and feel of traditional signage while allowing constant changes by the internal marketing team?

    Solution

    AV Planners created a high-tech menu board that gave the appearance of the original chalkboard menu. The template design was developed exclusively for Co-op, emulating the original static display that had been in the market since they first opened their doors.

    The upgrade would allow the Co-op marketing department to make changes to the sign remotely. In addition, the digital signage allowed additional space for Co-op to include social media and membership information as well as inform locals about what’s going on within their community,

    The task of installing the screens at a comfortable viewing height and taking into account the high ceilings was solved by the use of a long adjustable 17’ mounting system by Chief. This gave the illusion of a floating effect that blended into the environment for a clean installation you’d almost forget you’re looking at an LED.

    Equipment installed:

    • ADJ 48”-72 CMS0406 Pipe with the PCSU Chief Mount
    • Samsung 65” LED Screens
    • AV Planners proprietary Digital Signage Software and Media Player

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    MGM Constellation Place

    Background

    The MGM building is a high-profile building located in Century City CA. The building has more than one 1,000 tenants who pass through its lobby area daily. Constellation Place asked AV Planners to come up with a digital signage solution that was cutting edge, and needed to be able to with stand high levels of usage per day. AV Planners decided to utilize x2o media solution software suite which allowed for customization and easy access for the client to created updates.

    Challenge

    Lobby displays can be a challenging environment for any media technology. The system has to be reliable and easy to make quick changes for multiple users.

    Solution

    The x2o Media Player provided a robust player solution for the environment. And an x2o remote transfer system was just the ticket for a flexible, yet sophisticated content management system to meet the buildings scheduling demands.

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    United Nurses Association

    Background

    The United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Health Care Professionals (UNAC/UHCP) represents over 25,000 registered nurses and other healthcare professionals.

    Challenge

    UNAC has two meeting rooms in its San Dimas headquarters office that needed Audio Visual upgrades specifically designed for training sessions.  Both rooms had analog 4:3 projectors that were not quite bright enough and did not accommodate HDMI or other digital video sources.

    The wireless microphones in both rooms exhibited annoying feedback regularly and some screeching occasionally.  The client also desired to begin online conferencing (Webex, Skype), requiring a USB Camera and USB-capable Sound System.

    Solution

    AV Planners designed and integrated upgrades to both the Large and Small Conference Rooms by including the following:

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    VIDEO SYSTEM

    • Display Epson Pro G-series WUXGA high-resolution, high-brightness, 6000 lumen ceiling-mounted projector, enabling users to display video from virtually any Laptop or PC with a bright, clear image.

    AUDIO SYSTEM

    • Shure wireless Lapel and Microphones
    • Tannoy Ceiling speakers
    • Biamp Digital Signal Processor (DSP) with USB Audio, featuring Sona Automatic Echo Cancellation on all microphone inputs

    CAMERA SYSTEM

    • Vaddio 1-USB 3.0 HD Pan/Tilt/Zoom Webcam, 12x Optical Zoom, 73° wide Horizontal Field of view, ceiling-mounted to view presenter and room front area panel of participants.
    • 1-USB cable extender (over CAT5)
    • 1-USB 2.0 webcam (fixed) viewing audience for general online collaboration

    Presenters and trainers can now display any media from the corporate network using a laptop or online platform with superb picture quality and crystal clear audio. In addition, speech is now transmitted and received, both ways with amazing intelligibility and clarity.

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    Squire, Patton & Boggs

    Background

    Squire, Patton & Boggs is a law firm with offices worldwide. With many high-profile clients, Squire, Patton & Boggs is a prestigious company that is home to artwork from around the world. In fact, the law firm designed their entire Los Angeles downtown office to reflect and compliment their pieces from the early Ming dynasty.

    Challenge

    Squire, Patton & Boggs wanted an AV system that didn’t distract from their interior design. AV Planners designed a unique system to keep the technology well hidden, yet functional and easy to manage.

    Solution

    Two conference rooms, one Polycom HDX 8000 video conference system, audio system, eight Shure low profile microphones, Creston control, display systems, two LCD-mounted LCD projectors (both projectors were recessed into the architecture), two 70” Samsung LCD screens, and two Dalite electric screens.

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    Groupon, Inc.

    Background

    Groupon Inc., which launched in Nov. 2008, features a daily deal on activities, restaurants, and shopping in a variety of cities across the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Groupon has more than 300 people working in their Chicago headquarters, a growing office in Palo Alto, CA, and local account executives in many additional cities. AV Planners was asked to design and install a video wall that was both functional and aesthetically pleasing. This project was to be completed on a strict budget and timeline.

    Challenge

    Build a custom video wall that would be both functional and aesthetically pleasing. Groupon not only desired a technology installation that would make a bold statement to their visitors and employees but would be cutting edge and innovative. This had to be done within budget and in a short time frame.

    Solution

    We used our custom digital signage software rather than traditional hardware-based solutions. This allowed for us to provide the customer with a wall that could be updated remotely, and at a third of the cost to traditional AV technology. The video wall, which is located in the main lobby of Groupon’s headquarters, has the capability to display multiple images (done by isolating each NEC P461 LCD screen) or a single, seamless image by tiling screens together.

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    Southern Wines

    Background

    Southern Wines awarded AV Planners a contract to redesign and install Southern Wines conference rooms throughout California. Each of the conference room had to have the same basic design functions throughout each office. One of the main objective was to make sure that the each conference room was designed for ease of use for a simple presentation. Or having the ability to collaborate with all of the Southern Wines offices on a National level. With the first installation at the Cerritos office AV Planners made sure that each of the CA offices had the same consistent design.

    Challenge

    The Southern Wines Union city office in particular was challenging.  With three conference rooms that when the divisible walls open could seat up to 200 people. With A rectangular size of the room and standard ceiling heights and with all of three divisible walls opened seating was 200 people. and a with and unique to all of the offices because of the size of the main conference room when the divisible walls were opened.

    Solution

    AV Planners designed a system with a Creston Control system with a user interface that  allows for each of the presenter in each office to have the ability to control the conference room. With the ability to have a simple presentation to be able conduct a video conferencing call using the Polycom HDX 8000. At the Union City facility AV Planners installed two 90″ LCD screens at the front of the

    large conference room. In addition four 46″ LCD screen were installed on the perimeters of the rooms to maximize the viewing area all the way to the back of the room,

    As the country’s largest wine and spirits distributor, Southern is nationally recognized by its supplier partners as well as by its customers for its state-of-the-art distribution capabilities and its leading-edge information technology. And as the leader in the wine and spirits distribution business in the United States, Southern is committed to adhering to the highest professional and ethical standard in all of their corporate, civic and charitable activities.

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    Blue Haven Initiative

    Background

    Blue Haven Initiative in Boston, MA makes investments in profitable companies, nonprofit organizations and new ventures creating positive social or environmental impact. To enhance innovation, They invest using a variety of capital types, including equity, debt, and hybrid structures.
    Blue Haven strives to improve social and environmental performance across our portfolio while optimizing financial returns appropriate to each asset class.

    Challenge

    Having the unique challenge of large windows reflecting sunlight caused the option of a projection screen impossible, the alternative would be a large flat panel screen. However, the price and logistics of getting the screen up to the suite was cost prohibited.

    Solution

    The solution was a video wall. AV Planners created a 3D design where we are able to visualize the room with the nine screens that create one large 16:10, 144’’ diagonal display.

    Video walls configurations are practically limitless, having additional advantages to single large screens, including the ability to customize individual tile layouts with several sources from video to data, or overlap to form one large screen. AV Planners installed nine Samsung 46” displays that were tiled together to create a 144” diagonal screen.

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    McKesson

    Background

    As the oldest and largest healthcare company in the nation. McKesson  plays an integral role in healthcare  and has a unique vision for its future.  Mckesson  serves more than 50% of American hospitals, 20% of U.S. physicians and 96%  of the top 25 health plans, and deliver one-third of all medications used every day in North America.

    Mckesson busiest call center in the nation requested AV Planners to design and install three video walls to replace their projections system.

    Challenge

    The ceiling height was low and the system to able to be viewed from the far end and on either side of the room. Also during the installation of the video wall the projection system had to be online. AV Planners assembled each wall offsite and installed the system while the call center was still active. Installing each video wall separately to the call center would be able to still function.

    Solution

    AV Planners designed and  installed a video wall that would be used for command and control in a 24/7 application at the Alpharetta facility. The system consisted of three video walls. The center wall used four NEC 55″ LCD panels.

    The two perimeter screens consisted of eight 46″ NEC screen. AV Planners was able to install the screens within 24 hours and while the installation was in progress keep the front projection system online until the system was ready for commissioning.

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    Team One

    Background

    Team One, headquartered in El Segundo, CA., is a full-service marketing communications agency that provides comprehensive brand consultancy, strategic planning, advertising, media planning and buying, social media, brand advocacy, relationship marketing, event marketing/promotions, interactive/digital services, web development, public relations, and graphic design.

    The agency has regional offices in New York, Chicago, Atlanta and Washington, D.C. Current clients include: Lexus, the Lexus Dealer Association, The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Bombardier Flexjet, American Express, Northern Trust, Belkin Consumer Electronics, Häagen-Dazs, Edition Hotels, Renaissance Hotels, and Heal the Bay.

    Challenge

    Team One had two boardrooms with outdated rear projection technology that needed to be upgraded for better image quality and compatibility with digital signals. AV Planners designed a solution that stayed within the allocated budget and kept the room’s aesthetics intact.

    Solution

    Replaced existing rear screen projection systems with 70” NEC LCD displays that were recessed into the walls.

    AV Planners replaced the existing switching system with a Kramer digital scaling switcher that connects all sources (Macs, PCs, Blu-Ray and DirecTV) and outputs at 1080P via HDMI.

    We also reprogrammed existing control system to work with the new system’s simplified Creston Control commands.

Latest News

Time to Upgrade Your Conference Room Phone to a Polycom RealPresence Trio!

February 4, 2016
 Does your conference room phone still look like a calculator with a speaker attached to it? Here’s why it’s time for an upgrade! Ok, so we have amazing high definition displays and cameras that follow us around while we talk, but why do our conference room phones still look like an old calculator with a speaker attached to it!? When you first see the RealPresence Trio by Polycom, you kind get a ‘‘oh yeah duh that’s what a conference phone should look like!’’ sort of feeling… and it’s true! The ‘‘smart’’ phones we carry in our pockets has completely changed the way we place calls, that easy navigation is thanks to the slick interface we’ve grown accustomed to and now it’s a welcoming addition to any conference room here is why:   IT’S A SMART HUB The same way your cell phone is more than just a portable device to make calls, the Real Presence Trio isn’t just for phone calls, it’s a three-pack punch you could also use share content and video conference. USER FRIENDLY The 5-inch color touch screen completely simplifies the process. Similar icons we use every day on our smartphones are the status indicators on the RealPresence Trio that make the whole process much more effective.Green means call, red means hang up. Plus and Minus adjust the speaker volume, and on the display you know exactly who is on the call and their status at all times. BYOD It plays nice with all your devices… go ahead pair it via Bluetooth wirelessly with your mobile phone. It’s SmartPairing feature allows you to share content and video quickly and effortlessly. TOP NOTCH SOUND QUALITY With all the bells and whistles, the RealPresence Trio still manages to go above and beyond on the basic features; their audio technology is to be envied! With enhanced Polycom® HD Voice™ and the patented Polycom® NoiseBlock™ your calls have never been clearer. So are you ready to have your conference phone look like this?! To be honest, our love for the Real Presence Trio goes beyond looks and it’s intuitive design, it’s a reliable, powerful business tool that will change the way you conference. To learn more, contact us at [email protected], call us at 800-409-3587, tweet us @AVPlanners or fill out the contact form below.     Polycom RealPresence Trio  

AV Planners and Communications Link Service Corporation Announce Strategic Partnership in Boston, MA

February 3, 2016
LOS ANGELES, CA (PRWEB) JANUARY 24, 2016 — AV Planners, Inc. a leading provider of audio and visual communication solutions announces a key strategic partnership with Communications Link Service Corporation in Boston, MA. An award-winning regional telecommunications company. Recent trends in the AV industry point to a spike interest in corporate conferencing and internal AV solutions, AV Planners, who already serves eighteen major cities in the United States, now expands their services to the booming market in the Boston region, with the help of a trusted pioneer in the commercial communication industry. ‘‘Our partnership will meet the growing demand, while delivering the best service in the industry.’’ Say Craig Heiman, CEO of AV Planners. ‘‘We complement each other; their expertise lie in cabling and info-structure for both broadcast and data while we specialize in audio visual solutions which include planning, design.” The increase need for communication tools combined with the desire for a worry-free process, are the key factors this partnership plans to address, along with reliability and the delivery of the most advanced AV equipment on the market. About AV Planners AV Planners is an audiovisual solutions company that specializes in custom designed luxury installations for corporate and commercial settings. Servicing eighteen major markets in the United States, and with over a decade offering unique personal service for projection technology, video walls, digital signage, huddle rooms, and video conferencing solutions, AV Planners uses only the highest performance audio visual equipment from the most reliable manufactures in the industry. About Communications Link Service Corporation Founded in 1985, Communications Link Service Corporation was a pioneer in the commercial communication industry. Beginning primarily in the satellite field and paving the way for distant learning, it has remained a staple in the industry due to a progressive approach that’s helped them stay ahead of the trends. Trusted throughout the years by fortune 500 companies such as IBM, Ford, and Walgreens. [READ] http://www.prweb.com/releases/2016/01/prweb13179184.htm

Watching the big game, TVs THEN AND NOW!

February 3, 2016
#WayBackWednesday Oh 1949… the good old days of gathering around to watch the big game on that not so big 24 inch, black and white TV. Exciting right? NOT! Back then it was as if the TV was part of the living room furniture! Let’s take a fun flashback look at some vintage TV ads that will make you thankful to live in the future:   Although today there are plenty of big screen options to catch the big games this weekend at home, we’d like to take a look at some establishment that will make audio visual fanatics drool! Barney’s Beanery in Los Angeles shows off having over 40 HDTV screens of various sizes through the establishment. But it’s The Real Sports Bar and Grill in Toronto that really has it’s video wall game strong, with its gigantic 39 foot wide HDTV and 199 HDTVs!   Thirsty for more? Check out 20 Awesome Bars to Watch the Super Bowl via Commercial Integrator And if you’re looking to impress your guests or clients with a video wall or digital signage for your business, contact us at [email protected], call us at 800-409-3587, tweet us @AVPlanners or fill out the contact form below. Watching the big game THEN AND NOW! #WayBackWednesday

Ceiling or Tabletop Mics That is The Question…

February 2, 2016
Ceiling or Table Top Mics That is The Question If you can’t be heard clearly, your message won’t get across and the secret for clean audio is your microphone…or rather where you place it. The option of tabletop mics or ceiling microphones has been a topic of debate for those planning their tele or video conferencing audio setup, so, let’s take a look at some of the trade offs for each option: Placement It’s seems only natural that because tabletop microphones are placed closer to the speaker, they would sound better. In fact, having a shorter distance between the speaker and the microphone does reduce that sometimes hollow sound created from mics placed farther, such as the ceiling.  There is also the added benefit that a tabletop mic can easily be moved or repositioned. What if you just want it out of the way? Technology for ceiling mics has greatly improved, in fact they actually work to compensate the distance issue by fine tuning their sensitivity to vocal sounds as well as increase the mic gain. However, it does pick up a bit more background noise in the process and that sometimes could possibly increase the likelihood of feedback Ambient Noise There are numerous background sounds you might have never even noticed… until you do, and then it’s too late. Consider for example the sounds that comes from being close to the wall or ceiling, like air vents that cause vibrations or humming or perhaps the buzzing or interference of light fixtures. While tabletop mics aren’t in the clear, they can also sometimes pick up ambient noises like air conditioners because they are normally farther away it might not be as noticeable but what about the countless things that are up close! The tapping of a pen on a desk, the clicking of a keyboard, a phone vibrating, or the sound of paper shuffling… these common sounds are amplified when they are so close to the microphone. Design Tabletop Mics can be a distraction, people can be playing with or moving them around, or simply clutter a Boardroom table… They might not be aesthetically pleasing to look at. While, there are wireless options, you have to consider the complications of RF interference and having to change batteries or charge the microphone, and that can have limitations… besides, you wouldn’t want to have your power fail in the middle of  your meeting. Visually, ceiling mics are completely out of the way and out of site. You don’t have to think about them. They are hardwired, no need for charging or finding the right place to set it down, and with color options they almost blend into the room so, you won’t even know they are there. In the end, any microphone solutions will provide decent sound as long as you have a good Digital Signal Processor. At AVPlanners, we recommend Biamp’s DSP solutions, the Tesira Forté line offer tools that can help neutralize unwanted sounds in the environment. To learn more

Don’t forget about the AV guys! – AV Planning and Budgeting

February 1, 2016
Don’t forget about the AV guys! – AV Planning and Budgeting Yes, it happens all the time… IT, Electrical, Telecom, furniture… oh yeah Audio Visual! We might not be first on your list, but working in tandem with architects and interior designers, the best time to contact us is when you are just starting to plan your new space. When preparing budgets for a renovation or a new build out, people tend to overlook the audio visual aspect. Don’t worry we won’t be offended! But, it’s a costly mistake … especially when it’s such an important piece to conduct daily business and you need your system up and running ASAP! Luckily Adriana Sanches, our AV expert here at AV Planners, was open to sharing some tips on budgeting for communication tools, ‘’ When a client contacts AV Planners for the first time it’s usually me who determines what the client is looking to do. From a simple projection system to a completely automated video conference room with A Crestron Control system. The more we understand the client’s needs and their budget constraints the more we can customize the perfect audio visual system for them.’’ she says, ‘’I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ll get a frantic call from an IT person saying ‘Help me install a cop,eye system and I need installed by the end of the month. Time is money and proper planning is time well spent. TIMELINE It’s important to consider the timeline for installation; we recommend a minimum of 30 days to make sure all the details are taken care of since some custom built hardware can take up to 2-3 weeks to be delivered. Working with a timeline, as well as working with the various trades is important, for example, when we know what type of furniture is picked out and when they will arrive we can work out the right timing for the installation. We’ve had instances where we are doing a job we could have finished a month ago but can’t start because the furniture isn’t in yet… that can be very frustrating for the client. And when it comes to the guts of the system, when we have time to plan with the other trades, everything works with each other. Take for example a new construction project. When a building is being pre-wired, if we can work together with the telecom company we can run our cables in tandem. Which will save our clients on labor and materials. BUDGET Sometimes people don’t want to share their budgets because they think we’ll use up every bit of it, that’s simply not the case. We aim for what is best for the clients needs. At AV Planners we’ve worked with every budget, we’re here to make it happen. Give us a call at 800-409-3587, email us at [email protected], tweet us @AVPlanners or fill out the contact form below: