ASG Host ‘Remote Control’ Webinar Interview Series for Silicon Valley Video

EMERYVILLE, CALIF., JUNE 29, 2020 – Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading media technology and engineering firm, today announced the launch of Remote Control, a webinar interview series for the new Silicon Valley Video (SV.V) association. The first episodes, featuring interviews with company representatives from iconik, Primestream, Qumulo, and other companies, are available on Silicon Valley Video’s YouTube channel.

Presented by ASG, B&H Photo Video, and Sports Video Group, Remote Control is hosted by members of the ASG and B&H B2B teams. Episodes focus on a variety of technologies to facilitate remote production. ASG expects to produce more than a dozen episodes of the Remote Control webinar series over the next few months. Episodes can be accessed at https://bit.ly/2Vjs0Ci.

ASG is producing episodes of Remote Control, a webinar interview series for Silicon Valley Video.

“Silicon Valley Video is here to help tech professionals improve their skills, but COVID-19 has delayed our ability to host live events,” said Dave Van Hoy, president of ASG. “Our new Remote Control webinar series provides us with a forum to discuss new workflows and best practices with manufacturers and other industry leaders.”

ASG is a founding member and sponsor of SV.V, which was established in February to develop educational resources for the video production teams of Silicon Valley tech companies. SV.V is produced in association with SVG, which has supported the professional sports production industry since 2006.

About SV.V:
Silicon Valley Video (SV.V) is the international information resource for tech industry leaders who are innovating the next generation video tools, platforms and production workflows. Wherever in the world Silicon Valley tech companies are producing and distributing content, SV.V is providing platforms for professional development and networking. SV.V is produced in association with SVG, the association for live video production. For more information, visit: siliconvalley.video.

About ASG:
Based in the San Francisco Bay Area with offices in the New York Metro Area, Los Angeles, and the Rocky Mountain Region, Advanced Systems Group LLC has provided engineering, systems, integration, support, and training to the multimedia creative and corporate video markets for more than 20 years. With unmatched experience in high-speed shared storage, media asset management, archiving, editing, color and VFX systems, ASG has become one of the largest installers of post-production and shared storage systems in North America. Highly focused on customer success, the ASG team has installed and supported more than 500 storage networks, along with production and post-production systems. As part of its complete solution approach, ASG also offers a range of managed services, providing expert staffing for media production and event management. For more information, visit www.asgllc.com or call 510-654-8300.

ASG Ships Remote Production Kits as Clients Face At-Home Content Creation Challenges

EMERYVILLE, CALIF., MAY 11, 2020 – Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading media technology and engineering firm, today announced it has shipped more than 175 remote production kits to its clients over the past two months, as content creators have continued to work from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“The broadcast technical community has stepped up with creative solutions to enable video production to continue outside of traditional studio environments, and corporate communications professionals have followed suit,” said Dave Van Hoy, president of ASG. “As an industry, we have learned the importance of providing high-quality equipment for content creators working from home. Our remote production kits are helping clients produce professional results despite the inherent limitations of at-home productions.”

Designed to accommodate various levels of expertise, ASG’s remote production kits collect the equipment necessary to produce and stream professional video content, including lighting kits, laptops, high-quality microphones, and DSLR cameras with desktop tripods and prompters. While working around current equipment inventory shortages, ASG works with clients to customize each kit to meet the workflow requirements of specific production team members. 

ASG also provides training and best practices as needed for on-camera talent who are now responsible for their own production support. Units are available now and can be shipped directly to the homes of content creators for immediate deployment.

About ASG:

Based in Northern California with offices in the New York Metro Area, Los Angeles, Pacific Northwest, Houston, and the Rocky Mountain Region, Advanced Systems Group LLC of Emeryville, Calif., has provided engineering, systems, integration, support, and training to the multimedia creative and corporate video markets since 1997. With unmatched experience in high-speed shared storage, media asset management, archiving, editing, color and VFX systems, ASG has become one of the largest installers of post-production and shared storage systems in North America. Highly focused on customer success, the ASG team has installed and supported more than 500 storage networks, along with production and post-production systems. As part of its complete solution approach, ASG also offers a range of managed services, providing expert staffing for media production and IT services on a temporary or ongoing basis. For more information, visit www.asgllc.com or call 510-654-8300.

VIDEO: Advanced System Group’s Dave Van Hoy Addresses Fate of At-Home Workflows in Post-Coronavirus World

ASG president Dave Van Hoy was interviewed by Kristian Hernandez of Sports Video Group (SVG) as part of their SportsTech On Demand video series. In this interview, Van Hoy addresses new at-home workflows for sports video professionals, the temporary and permanent impacts of remote production in live television, ways in which postproduction professionals are getting around the current limitations of using the internet to transport data, and how these workflows are speeding up the migration to the cloud.

ASG Strengthens Los Angeles Sales, Service Efforts with Industry Veteran Team of Kym Cannon and Kelli Clark

EMERYVILLE, CALIF., March 24, 2020 – Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading media technology and engineering firm, today announced it has added the team of Kymberly Cannon and Kelli Clark to enhance sales and service efforts across Southern California. Cannon, a regional sales manager, and Clark, a solutions engineer, worked together at Quantum before joining ASG earlier this month.

Before Clark was a solutions architect at Quantum, she served for 23 years as the senior SAN/fiber channel architect and supervising engineer for 20th Century Fox, and also held technical roles for Pixar Animation Studios and Skywalker Sound. Cannon spent seven years as a regional sales manager for Quantum, often partnering with ASG on top strategic accounts. Previously, she was an account manager for Dell EMC/Isilon, HP, CommVault, and HDS.

While ASG has been an established media and entertainment service provider in Los Angeles for almost a decade, the company also supports high-end corporate video clients representing a diverse group of industries in the region. The Los Angeles office is led by Andy Darcy, who relocated to the market in 2018 after previously handling business development for ASG’s New York-based operations.

“This was a rare opportunity to recruit a successful industry team to our Los Angeles operations,” said Dave Van Hoy, president of ASG. “With Kym and Kelli, we look forward to building our customer base across a number of vertical markets, growing our Managed Services efforts, and continuing to lead with service across Southern California.” 

Contact Kym Cannon at 310-562-4748 or via email at kym@asgllc.com. Contact Kelli Clark at 310-400-2404 or via email at kelli@asgllc.com

About ASG:

Based in Northern California with offices in the New York Metro Area, Los Angeles, Pacific Northwest, Houston, and the Rocky Mountain Region, Advanced Systems Group LLC of Emeryville, Calif., has provided engineering, systems, integration, support, and training to the multimedia creative and corporate video markets since 1997. With unmatched experience in high-speed shared storage, media asset management, archiving, editing, color and VFX systems, ASG has become one of the largest installers of post-production and shared storage systems in North America. Highly focused on customer success, the ASG team has installed and supported more than 500 storage networks, along with production and post-production systems. As part of its complete solution approach, ASG also offers a range of managed services, providing expert staffing for media production and IT services on a temporary or ongoing basis. For more information, visit www.asgllc.com or call 510-654-8300.

Avid Offers Free Temporary Licenses: Media Composer, Pro Tools, More

BURLINGTON, MASS., Mar 16, 2020 — Avid announced a generous offer today designed to help people who have been affected by the current COVID-19 outbreak. To allow professionals to continue delivering projects and assignments while working remotely, Avid is providing temporary licenses of their creative tools to customers at no charge. From now through Friday, April 17, users who are working from home may obtain 90-day licenses free of charge for Media Composer | Ultimate, Pro Tools, Pro Tools | Ultimate and Sibelius | Ultimate. In addition, any student of an institution who uses Avid products and can no longer attend school and/or access school facilities can receive a 90-day license of the same products.

For complete details and to check eligibility to obtain a free temporary license, please use the following link.

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ASG Welcomes Industry Veteran Steve Young to Lead Business Operations for Systems Integration

EMERYVILLE, CALIF., Dec. 3, 2019 – Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading media technology and engineering firm, today announced Steve Young joined the company on Nov. 4 to direct business operations and organizational development for the company’s systems integration business.

An industry veteran, Young spent more than 15 years with Sony Electronics. As the director of system solutions, he managed the Sony Professional Solutions Project Delivery Group, and was responsible for developing and deploying broadcast, media and entertainment, and enterprise AV solutions. Most recently, he spent two years as COO for David Carroll Associates.

“We are very excited to welcome Steve to the ASG team,” said Dave Van Hoy, president of ASG. “He understands how to maximize technology and manage projects to deliver the best results for our customers.”

Young is based in the company’s main office in Emeryville. Contact Young at 510-654-8300 or syoung@asgllc.com.

About ASG:
Based in the San Francisco Bay Area with offices in the New York Metro Area, Los Angeles, and the Rocky Mountain Region, Advanced Systems Group LLC has provided engineering, systems, integration, support, and training to the multimedia creative and corporate video markets for more than 20 years. With unmatched experience in high-speed shared storage, media asset management, archiving, editing, color and VFX systems, ASG has become one of the largest installers of post-production and shared storage systems in North America. Highly focused on customer success, the ASG team has installed and supported more than 500 storage networks, along with production and post-production systems. As part of its complete solution approach, ASG also offers a range of managed services, providing expert staffing for media production and IT services on a temporary or ongoing basis. For more information, visit www.asgllc.com or call 510-654-8300.

Michael Hession Joins ASG to Lead Financial Operations

EMERYVILLE, CALIF., Oct. 29, 2019 – Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading media technology and engineering firm, today announced Michael Hession joined the company on Sept. 25 to manage business and financial operations. 

An industry veteran, Hession spent several years handling the finances for AKG Acoustics. When the company was acquired by Harman International, he was named CFO, vice president, and general manager of the Orban Division, which included Studer North America. He also co-founded Octiv, Inc., which was acquired by Plantronics in 2005. Previously, he served as vice president for finance and operations for Klotz Digital. Most recently, Hession served as director of finance for Nutiva. 

“Through his diverse background, Michael has proven himself to be a strong leader in financial operations,” said Dave Van Hoy, president of ASG. “He understands both the business and technical needs of our customers, which make him a valuable addition to the ASG team.”

Contact Hession at 510-654-8300 or mhession@asgllc.com

About ASG:
Based in the San Francisco Bay Area with offices in the New York Metro Area, Los Angeles, and the Rocky Mountain Region, Advanced Systems Group LLC has provided engineering, systems, integration, support, and training to the multimedia creative and corporate video markets for more than 20 years. With unmatched experience in high-speed shared storage, media asset management, archiving, editing, color and VFX systems, ASG has become one of the largest installers of post-production and shared storage systems in North America. Highly focused on customer success, the ASG team has installed and supported more than 500 storage networks, along with production and post-production systems. As part of its complete solution approach, ASG also offers a range of managed services, providing expert staffing for media production and IT services on a temporary or ongoing basis. For more information, visit www.asgllc.com or call 510-654-8300.

Industry Veteran John Shike Joins ASG as Key Accounts Manager

EMERYVILLE, CALIF., May 1, 2019 – Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading media technology and engineering firm, today announced John Shike joined the company in late March as a key accounts manager. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, he will provide support to the growing list of top Silicon Valley companies that rely on ASG for video production, audio engineering, and media storage solutions. 

ASG Key Accounts Manager John Shike

Shike spent 18 years as a vice president with Snell Advanced Media, managing business development, marketing, and channel partners throughout North and South America. Previously, he served as the director of marketing and business development for Spruce Technologies, and was a board member for the Advanced Metadata Workflow Association during the creation of MXF and other file formats. Most recently, he was an account executive at VMI in Sunnyvale, Calif. Currently, Shike volunteers as the director of educators and educational institutions for SMPTE’s Membership Committee. 

“As we continue to grow our business in the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley, from systems integration to managed services, we’re very pleased to have someone with John’s experience to support the complex workflows for our high-tech clients in the area,” said Dave Van Hoy, president of ASG. 

Contact Shike at 510-654-8300 or jshike@asgllc.com

About ASG:
Based in Northern California with offices in the New York Metro Area, Los Angeles, Pacific Northwest, and the Rocky Mountain Region, Advanced Systems Group LLC of Emeryville, Calif., has provided engineering, systems, integration, support, and training to the multimedia creative and corporate video markets for more than 20 years. With unmatched experience in high-speed shared storage, media asset management, archiving, editing, color and VFX systems, ASG has become one of the largest installers of post-production and shared storage systems in North America. Highly focused on customer success, the ASG team has installed and supported more than 500 storage networks, along with production and post-production systems. As part of its complete solution approach, ASG also offers a range of managed services, providing expert staffing for media production and IT services on a temporary or ongoing basis. For more information, visit www.asgllc.com or call 510-654-8300.

Electronic Arts Calls On ASG for New eSports Broadcast Studio

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EMERYVILLE, CALIF., Mar. 27, 2019 – Advanced Systems Group (ASG) was integral in the creation of Electronic Arts’ recently-opened EA Broadcast Studio in Redwood City, CA. Previously, EA relied on third-party venues to host their esports operation, but the new state-of-the-art in-house production studio was built in just three months and was ready for their recent Madden NFL 19 Challenge in mid March.

Per an article in SVG News, ASG was brought into the project to assist EA in the creation of two main studios as well as a 1080p broadcast-control room, AR seamless green screen, and post production facilities. The entire facility was completed in just three months; construction began on Dec. 10 and the facility went live on March 10.

The studio deploys five Ikegami HDK-99 broadcast cameras with Fujinon lenses. Photo courtesy of Sports Video Group.

Joseph Lynch, head of broadcast, EA Sports says, “We were able to get this done on a really short timeline, which is a testament to how passionate our crews, contractors, production-management team, vendors, and integrator are. We worked with ASG because we knew they were a smaller sort of boutique shop and we really liked that personal relationship. We knew that we had somebody that we could grow and build a relationship with over time. They worked hard to deliver in a short time and put together a beautiful facility.”

Inside the new EA Broadcast Center, which launched during the Madden NFL 19 Challenge earlier this month. Photo courtesy of Sports Video Group.

Read the entire article here.

ASG Secures San Leandro Unified School District with Extensive IP-Based CCTV System

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EMERYVILLE, CALIF., April 23, 2019 – San Leandro Unified School District in San Leandro, Calif., is protecting more than 9,000 students with a new IP-based CCTV system designed and installed by Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading media technology and engineering firm. The system provides video support for the 13 schools in the district, as well as offices, a community center, and other district facilities.

The district was having issues with its previous camera system, which was a mishmash of analog and digital technologies that “just wasn’t working well,” according to Manuel Ruiz, CTO at SLUSD. Funded by a bond that generated monies for safety and technology, the $1.5 million system is being used regularly by administrators, who received training through ASG.

Rabinder Mangewala, senior director at SLUSD, said the new CCTV system can capture student disciplinary issues on video, so administrators do not have to spend as much time investigating what happened. “Because the system is so good, investigation time is greatly reduced,” he explained. “It can make a huge difference in investigations.”

School safety was the top priority, of course, but SLUSD had a number of requirements for its new CCTV system, including cameras with long lifespans and a non-proprietary, “virtual friendly” infrastructure that would work with the district’s existing virtual environment. Plus, neither the cameras nor the software could require annual licensing, as the district wanted to avoid ongoing costs to the general fund. “ASG understood that and obviously came up with a great solution for us,” said Ruiz.

Planning for the project began in October 2017, but new camera deployment did not begin until May 2018. Now, there are more than 750 new Sony CCTV cameras across the district, including a variety of 1080p indoor models and 4K outdoor models. ASG partnered with Walker Telecomm in Wheatland, Calif., for camera installation, while the district hired a security consultant to collaborate during the design process.

Mangewala and Ruiz praised ASG’s hands-on approach to the project, which included walking each site to help identify camera counts and optimal installation locations. “A public school district is often short of resources,” Ruiz added. “We don’t have extra personnel to manage these types of projects. Being able to find a vendor to provide us with that type of resource was incredibly helpful. Not only did ASG do that, but support was extremely personalized.”

Cameras are positioned to monitor hallways, building entrances, and exterior spaces, not classrooms. Mangewala said the cameras deliver exceptional coverage.

Bandwidth is not an issue, as SLUSD built out its network several years ago to support a massive expansion of services. In fact, its extensive array of CCTV cameras has its own VLAN, with video traffic separated from other traffic on the network. ASG selected an OnSSI open architecture IP video camera platform, which allows SLUSD to create firewalls to restrict access to CCTV cameras and footage.

“San Leandro was faced with replacing an inefficient CCTV system that had been expanded over the years with an assortment of analog and digital components. The best course of action was to start over – but the new system had to conform to a number of unique requirements,” said Dave Van Hoy, president of ASG. “Our solution provided a reliable and secure bridge between video technology and IP, and it’s delivering excellent results for school administrators.”

“Our new CCTV system is another example of our commitment to student safety at San Leandro,” said Dr. Michael McLaughlin, district superintendent. “Today, technology is a foundational component of any security plan. ASG and our other partners have made it much easier for our administrators to help maintain a safe environment at our schools.”

About ASG:
Based in Northern California with offices in the New York Metro Area, Los Angeles, Pacific Northwest, Houston, and the Rocky Mountain Region, Advanced Systems Group LLC of Emeryville, Calif., has provided engineering, systems, integration, support, and training to the multimedia creative and corporate video markets since 1997. With unmatched experience in high-speed shared storage, media asset management, archiving, editing, color and VFX systems, ASG has become one of the largest installers of post-production and shared storage systems on the West Coast. Highly focused on customer success, the ASG team has installed and supported more than 500 storage networks, along with production and post-production systems. For more information, visit www.asgllc.com or call 510-654-8300.