avt was proud to be one of the major sponsors for the 2018 AETM conference hosted by the University of Adelaide.  avt has been a proud sponsor of the event since its inception with our own Graham Barrett attending every event. A remarkable achievement by Graham and avt which demonstrates our long term commitment to the AV educational sector and the AETM.

The avt team of Gordon Howell, Graham Barrett, Dustin Marcus, Paul Dabrowski, and Niek Groot welcomed our university colleagues to a welcome avt reception at the “Press food and wine”, which has an impressive selection of cheeses and wines to complement the company of our University colleagues. For many this is the yearly opportunity to engage with University AV colleagues across the Australian and New Zealand extended AVT family.

We were particularly pleased to have an international speaker: Jorge Mata the CIO of the LA Community College district (LACC). Jorge provided a high level presentation and discussion of software defined AV (Utelogy) and how it enabled the LACC to deploy technology across 3000 rooms in a hardware vendor agnostic way. The presentation touched on how Utelogy provided a platform for enterprise level control, monitoring and reporting across LACC’s 3000 rooms in 12 college sites. The presentation generated considerable interest in the trade show area from both the users of our traditional  brands AMX/SVSi/JBL, and other universities who are struggling with being locked into any particular hardware vendor.

As well as Utelogy being presented at the avt stand, we were fortunate to have one of the new QUT teaching stations running Utelogy at the ProAV stand. The ProAV stand demonstrated a production teaching podium running both Utelogy and traditional control in parallel.

A first for the avt stand was the introduction of the mobile PanaCow. The cow was developed to enable all the functionality of a cow, which includes the one touch zoom and skype for business experience with the high quality PanaCast 2 camera, Acendo Vibe speakers, microphone array, height adjustable stand and battery capacity for up to 10 hours. The innovative design allows the battery power component to be sourced locally and easily added and removed from the stand allowing the cow to be easily converted back to normal mains operation.   This collaboration solution has now been productised making the acquisition of the PanaCow easy.

In addition to Utelogy, considerable interest was generated from the other technology solutions showcased at the stand, including Mimo touch panels, Mezzo, Tripleplay, Minrray, PanaCast and a range of audio options including the JBL range of classroom speakers.

The avt team was delighted that Terry Coe was awarded the Distinguished Service Award for 2018 at the Gala dinner.

The event was one of the largest AETM’s to date and it was a pleasure to attend as a member of the avt team.