AV Technology Magazine Announces 2011 End-User Award Winners and Tech Manager Scholarship

First Annual Awards Program Recognizes Innovations that Specifically Benefit End-Users, Technology Managers, and Facility Directors

June 15, 2011 – The winners of the first annual 2011 AV Technology End-User Awards and Scholarship have been announced.

Margot Douaihy, AVT managing editor, states: “Our mission at AV Technology magazine is singular: to build community in the AV and IT Industries and create a forum for end-users to share best practices. Critical to AV Technology’s mission is empowering technology managers and IT directors in all commercial sectors–higher education, government, hospitality, and the corporate environment. We created the 2011 AVT End-User Awards and Scholarship to actualize this goal. We created this scholarship to support dedicated AV end-users as they advance to the next level of their career.”

The manufacturers who respond to and anticipate the needs of the end-user community also deserve recognition; this awards program shares their vision with the larger public. The Decision matrix for entries included: ease of use, reliability, overall network impact (if any), and ROI.

The panel of esteemed 2011 AVT Awards judges included: Phil Hippensteel, PhD, Penn State University, Harrisburg; Jan Ozer, Streaming Media and author of 11 books; Steve Cunningham, USC’s Thorton School of Music; and Christopher Maione, CTS-D, Christopher Maione Associates.

2011 AVT AWARDS WINNERS

AV Technology End-User Excellence Scholarship
WINNER: Michael Bialas, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, Woodlands,  Texas
THE 2011 AVT AWARDS JUDGES STATE: “Michael has taken a leading role in standardizing all technology across the global Anadarko enterprise. Users at any site, in any city or country, can confidently walk into a conference room and effortlessly conduct their business, leveraging the installed technology.” 

Best New Videowall Product  

Planar’s Clarity Matrix LCD Video Wall System 
THE 2011 AVT AWARDS JUDGES STATE:  “This all-in-one video wall solution provides the features, flexibility, and serviceability that end users expect from a state-of-the-art multi-monitor display, in a package that works right out of the box.”

BEST USER FRIENDLY DIGITAL SIGNAGE
WINNER: Minicom Digital Signage ScreenGate IP Streaming
THE 2011 AVT AWARDS JUDGES STATE: “The Minicom SreenGate family of products provide a complete line of well packaged, well engineered, cost effective solutions to meet the needs of the digital signage market.”

BEST MOBILE APP TO MANAGE AV SYSTEMS
Crestron Mobile Pro G 
THE 2011 AVT AWARDS JUDGES STATE: “This is a must-have standalone product that delivers simplicity and user convenience, along with that ‘gee-whiz’ factor that all good iPad apps must have.”

Best NEW USER-FRIENDLY Distance Learning System
Vaddio Tracking System WITH HD IR
THE 2011 AVT AWARDS JUDGES STATE: “The Vaddio Tracking system was intriguing and promised to solve one of the most significant streaming personnel issues – providing for camera operation.  By doing this automatically, scheduling the operator is eliminated and costs for that individual are eliminated.”

BEST USER FRIENDLY INNOVATION (GENERAL CATEGORY)
Crestron Electronics ADMS Intermedia Delivery System
THE 2011 AVT AWARDS JUDGES STATE: “The ADMS stands to entirely replace the personal computer in the home theater environment, for search, acquisition and streaming of multiple media sources and formats.”

BEST NEW SOLUTION FOR EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
The VBrick Mobile Broadcast System 
THE 2011 AVT AWARDS JUDGES STATE: “The final vote in emergency preparedness goes toVBrick because it provides the capability for an organization to stream a video description of a critical event within minutes from the campus where the event is occurring.”

Best AV over IP Distribution System
Wowza Media Server 2
THE 2011 AVT AWARDS JUDGES STATE
: “Wowza Media Server 2’s H.264 Everywhere is a revolutionary leap that lets video producers distribute H.264 video to range of platforms, including Flash, Silverlight, iOS, Android and others. Affordably priced, and straightforward to configure and operate, Wowza Media Server 2 is technically and economically accessible to all organizations who need to distribute streaming video to a broad range of target playback platforms.”  

Best Interactive & Remote Learning System

Atlona Technologies: UCSD Arts Library  
THE 2011 AVT AWARDS JUDGES STATE: “This project and product application truly defines what an educational, interactive learning facility should look like and how it should operate.”

Best Overall Digital Signage System
VBrick: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
THE 2011 AVT AWARDS JUDGES STATE: “This project represents a well-executed and deployed, complex, multi-faceted digital signage system.”

Best Use of AV in Emergency Preparedness

X2O Media: West Virginia University Digital Signage

THE 2011 AVT AWARDS JUDGES STATE: “This project represents a superb deployment of various technologies to meet a specific and critical need for emergency notification.”

Most Innovative AV Installation in Healthcare
VBrick Systems, Inc. Penn State – Hershey Medical Center Streaming Live Surgeries 
THE 2011 AVT AWARDS JUDGES STATE: “Real time streaming of video from the operating room – amazing! Recording, editing, and video on demand review. Superb.”

Most Improved AV Use in a Transportation Environment
Samsung: Videowall installation at McCarran Int’l Airport   
THE 2011 AVT AWARDS JUDGES STATE: “This is more than just a video wall. HD resolutions, seamless flat panels, 24/7 operation. What better way to say ‘Welcome to Vegas.'”

About X2O Media

X2O Media is a full-service provider of software, network management services, and content services for professional digital signage and corporate communication applications. The company offers a wide variety of software solutions for digital signage and interactive networks of all sizes. X2O’s award-winning Xpresenter(TM) provides an end-to-end platform for the creation, management, and distribution of content at broadcast quality, and at a fraction of the time of other solutions. In addition to technology, X2O offers content design, acquisition, management, distribution, and monitoring services for digital signage networks.

More information about X2O Media is available by visiting www.x2omedia.com or following@x2omedia on Twitter.

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