Altia Systems, known for the PanaCast 2 180° Panoramic-4K USB camera system, today announced the introduction of PanaCast 3, the world’s first UCC panoramic video system with 40 Megapixels capacity. PanaCast 3 integrates three 13-megapixel cameras, stereo microphones and advanced software to deliver 100 percent video coverage, 100 percent audio capture and 100 percent data sensing — in any room.
PanaCast 3 mounts on top of any digital display or on a wall with available mounting hardware. The USB-C connection allows connection to any compatible device or display for setup and mobile meeting capability. PanaCast 3 is compatible with all of the collaboration software providers including Microsoft Teams, Skype, Zoom, Cisco WebEx, Slack, Google Hangouts, GoToMeeting, join.me and more.
Launching at $895, PanaCast 3 uses three 13-megapixel cameras working as one via the PanaCast Vision Processor to capture the entire room on video, a digital signal processor and two omnidirectional microphones. PanaCast 3 is native 3840×1080 without the distortion of most ultra-wide angle or fisheye lens cameras.
PanaCast 3 adds a couple of new features. First is something called Intelligent Zoom, which autonomously adjusts the field of view to include everyone in the conversation. And then there’s something called PanaCast API, which enables developers and partners to query the system for real-time information, such as people count data. PanaCast Vivid, sort of like HDR for a UCC camera, will also be delivered at no additional cost for PanaCast 3 customers in an upcoming release — this is already available on the Panacast 2 system.
PanaCast 3’s built-in people detection technologies enable system-wide data analytics by capturing accurate usage and occupancy information that can be used to automate workflows. Altia Systems partnered with Intel to develop advanced people detection and counting technology and provides data free of cost via the PanaCast API or with built-in capabilities in the latest version of the PanaCast Vision app. The AI software utilizes a Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) to count the number of people on camera, up to 40 feet away, and provide searchable data which organizations can use to inform decisions on calendar management, room utilization and resource management or to automate facility assets such as TV monitors, lights, videoconferencing equipment and more. The CNN inference engine is highly optimized for Intel Core processor-based PCs and the Panoramic-4K video of PanaCast cameras. The technology is available through the PanaCast API built for the Windows operating system and can be used for large areas like classrooms, auditoriums and general gatherings.
Panacast 3 will ship this quarter and more details will be here, later.