Herman Announces New Partnership with AVNOC®
Offers New Annual Service Agreements that include AV Monitoring
TAMPA, FL., May 17, 2016 – Herman (www.Herman-is.com), the leading nationwide provider of professional AV products, procurement services and labor resources to systems integrators in the commercial AV and broadcast industries, announced a new partnership with AVNOC®, the ideal support management solution for today’s commercial integration service providers. With Herman’s new suite of service offerings for commercial integrators and AVNOC’s monitoring solution, the partnership will provide the commercial integrator a new opportunity to boost recurring revenue, the ability to strengthen customer loyalty and a way to improve margins.
Herman now offers warranty, priority service, and Herman Prime service. Herman Prime will include AVNOC® remote monitoring for a complete end-to-end solution for enhanced audiovisual support services. Commercial integrators will now have a way to monitor and address their customer’s pain points using a single-source service provider.
“With national coverage, Herman trained technicians, and AVNOC’s remote monitoring, we give integrators the reach they need and the protection their customers desire on their AV investments. We’ll provide coverage for the AV systems that we install for our customers or AV systems that integrators take under contract. By utilizing Herman, the integrator is able to offer a service plan without hiring additional staff,” said Chris Bianchet, President of Herman Integration Services.
Herman Integration Services partnering with AVNOC® creates a synergy of two forces in the audiovisual industry,” said Scott Allard, Managing Partner of AVNOC, LLC. Mr. Allard continues, “Our collaboration on a national scale provides a turnkey service solution for integrators and a solid growth path for both companies. We are excited to be a part of the Herman team.”
Herman Prime, the premiere service level, includes unlimited break/fix service with a 48-hour SLA as well as a preventative maintenance schedule. AVNOC’s remote monitoring tells us when there is an issue in real time. AVNOC® is a secure remote network agent, is scalable for unlimited customers, and monitors Crestron, AMX, Extron and more.
Learn more about our new partnership and our suite of services at InfoComm 2016. Information will be available at the Herman Booth #C6146. Check out our video.
Herman is a leading provider of professional AV products, procurement services and labor resources to systems integrators in the commercial AV and broadcast industries. With two distinct and complementary divisions – Herman Pro AV and Herman Integration Services – Herman is the single source for industry leading products, procurement and supply chain solutions, as well as technical labor resources. Systems integrators rely on Herman for complete project coordination and trained, experience personnel. Celebrating more than years in business, Herman has leveraged its industry experience to help integrators improve operational efficiencies and achieve cost savings related to the procurement and management of project materials and labor resources. Visit www.HermanAVGroup.com to learn more.
AVNOC® software is specifically designed for today’s technology providers to use as a core service management solution. The ability to quickly add remote monitoring and create new technology services is just a simple AVNOC® monitoring agent away. Our products are easy to use and have secure remote monitoring for corporate and commercial applications without VPN. We deliver real-time data for a NOC, technology help desk or service centers through our platform. Visit www.avnoc.com for more information.
AVNOC® Support Gateway provides remote audiovisual system management for improving customer support. Used in conjunction with AVNOC® monitoring solutions the Support Gateway can be utilized to perform program updates and diagnostics from a remote help desk.
- Port 443 or 8080 Internal Access
- Port 443 WWW. Remote Access
- HTML5 Remote Desktop Gateway
- Connection Notifications and Alerts
- Simple Navigation for Remote Support
- Access Remote Files and AV Applications
The AVNOC® Support Gateway offers a remote desktop for programmers and system managers to deliver multi-tiered support to customers. The AVNOC® interface gives the end customer control making it easier for in-house IT to restrict access to unauthorized users.
The new Support Gateway is another example of our continued progress in technology growth and stringent security practices. Gaining remote access to a corporate network environment is reserved for trusted knowledgeable professionals. The team at AVNOC® and the products we produce are a testament to the best practices in network security.
To learn more about AVNOC® and the solutions we provide to the enterprise customer contact us by visiting avnoc.com
Connecting AVNOC® to Crestron systems helps Integrator’s remote monitor those installs. AVNOC® captures details about the health of a system and attached outboard devices through the Crestron 2 & 3 series processors and Fusion. The data is delivered securely to the AVNOC® cloud software for accurate event management.
Through SIMPL Windows system programmers add AVNOC® to new and existing Crestron designs. By accessing the SNMP modules, programmers can connect outboard devices to AVNOC® for secure remote monitoring. The results are notices and log files directly from processors in the field delivered to your help desk for support diagnostics.
AVNOC® – Crestron Interface Supports:
- Direct Crestron Monitoring
- SNMP Data Translation
- Systems Current Status
- Most Recent Logs Files
- Automated Event Ticketing
- Device Setting Detection
- API Integration to Fusion
AVNOC® Quick Setup
Auto-population of outboard devices to AVNOC® gives a seamless transfer of system nomenclature. Retrieving customer demographics, room definitions and details assigned to assets are included in the data. AVNOC® prioritizes events automatically through presets and queues notices by level of importance.
AVNOC® – Crestron Fusion Integration
Through API AVNOC® integrates into Fusion providing resourceful tools to respond to events from outside of the customer’s network.
AVNOC’s success is partly driven by integrator’s around the globe wanting to have top-quality proactive services. Our solutions are a reflection of multiple companies in the industry who have different requirements for their customers.
AVNOC® has a broad-scope of software solutions in-house, plus API integration for 3rd party platforms. A rich database of manufacturers MIBS for SNMP translation puts AVNOC® way ahead of the technology curve. Using AVNOC® there’s no need to piecemeal multiple platforms together. AVNOC® is an easy solution ready-to-go anywhere you need it.
In SCN’s November 2015 article “Security in the Cloud” written by Steve Harvey, he approaches some of the security questions regarding remote monitoring and cloud platforms. Also he touches base on HIPAA compliant networks in financial and legal customers networks. As noted in SCN’s November 2015 Edition AVNOC® has become the focus as a secure remote AV monitoring solution for annual recurring revenue. Read what Crestron and AVI-SPL say regarding deployment of cloud services moving into the the future.
See the Full Edition of SCN November 2015
Integrating Audiovisual Service Operations
The forward momentum in the audiovisual industry is pushing towards creating a better overall service model. Looking back at the evolution of service it becomes evident there’s now a quality-of-service gap that exists between managed services and field service offerings. Combining AV monitoring with managed services is the natural progression in the networking age. Consider field service as a part of the remote monitoring equation and it becomes a more interesting proposition.
The need for Integrators to bring all of their customers into a help desk, both managed services and priority service is an important step forward. Being that audiovisual is more often integrated in the customer’s network today the opportunity for enhancing support has been completely activated. Easy enough for in-house managed services to be proactive, but now in field services it’s becoming the focus more than ever.
The progression results in audiovisual customers experiencing a higher level of service. There’s more choices of Integrators who provide remote monitoring and management in their service offering these days. Either through managed services or field service every customer can now enjoy the benefits of proactive support and remote AV monitoring.
By including AVNOC® in each customer’s network audiovisual systems are easily monitored remotely. AVNOC® creates a central management location for Integrators where procedure can be sourced more efficiently. The AVNOC® framework displays activity through cloud software providing important accurate data for every connected customer.
AVNOC® recently launched new software features that include a World Map view. The World Map is the easiest way to view updates of customer’s networks anywhere around the globe. Perfect for the Network Operation Center the World Map is an effective resource and an attractive presentation as a full-time video wall display.
AVNOC® increases the ability for Integrators to grow support services without limitations. Easy on-boarding, enterprise scalability, plus HIPAA compliance is a part of what makes AVNOC® the solution for leading Integrators around the globe.
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As Audiovisual Integrators research different options for remote monitoring they need to be leery of products that promote unchecked tunneling through corporate firewalls. In today’s climate of robust data security to suggest that someone can access a secure network by tunneling through a device via HTTPS is reckless. Although it may sound like a good idea for easy remote management, telling corporate IT you can gain access to their network through a device no one can track isn’t something they’re going to celebrate.
Understanding the differences in Residential and Corporate network security should be a straight forward conversation when selling AV in both markets. Residential is low to medium security that offers easy access to AV and home security systems. Asking for residential level access into a corporate customer’s network is unprofessional at the very least.
Best practice is to have a secure solution in place when offering remote monitoring to corporate customers. IT departments are very aware of monitoring their entire infrastructure and do not waiver on security. Bring IT a secure solution that allows you to see AV system details from the outside posing no threat to the IT infrastructure what-so-ever. That will help put the IT people at ease knowing you have knowledge about network security and the product to back it.
The ultimate goal is to have better customer service and generate more recurring revenue. Remote monitoring is designed to augment service sales and support by bringing a proactive solution to the table. No one needs to tunnel into a customers network to update a program. That’s not a good selling point. Trying to eliminate important customer visits should never be the target. Providing better service is the bulls eye and will ultimately yield the biggest rewards through more customer satisfaction.
AVNOC® is dedicated to providing secure remote monitoring solutions and delivering the confidence IT professionals expect. Put AVNOC® in your toolbox and the confidence of a secure monitoring solution.