Shifting to a Remote Collaboration World

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With everything that is going on around us, we are seeing plenty on the news and about folks having to work remotely. Over the coming weeks and months, we will see quite a bit about how we’re not keeping up and that business continuity is failing. Based on what I am observing first-hand from my […]

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Jabra Unveils New Range of UC Headsets

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Jabra announced its Evolve2 range of UC headsets this week. The new range consists of the Evolve2 85, Evolve2 65 and Evolve2 40 — all are aimed at the collaboration market. The headsets work with all leading UC platforms and are pending certification for Microsoft Teams. Evolve2 will integrate with software/monitoring vendors to allow IT […]

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ATEN Technology Offers New KVM-Over-IP Solution

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ATEN Technology released the CN9600 Wednesday. It’s a DVI KVM-over-IP switch with one local/remote share access port that allows for remote access of digital, video, audio and virtual media via remote control of a PC or workstation. Here’s how it works: a laptop is connected to the laptop USB console (LUC) port, which is then […]

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AVIXA Cancels InfoComm 2020 in Las Vegas

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AVIXA sent out an announcement this morning announcing that InfoComm 2020, originally planned to be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center June 13-19, 2020, has been canceled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Show organizers said it had remained optimistic that the show could go on, and was monitoring recommendations from the WHO […]

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Yamaha’s CS-700 Video Sound Bar Now Zoom-Certified

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Yamaha Unified Communications announced Thursday that its CS-700 Video Sound Bar is certified for use with Zoom Video Communications, Inc., Zoom Rooms. The certification verifies that the CS-700 is interoperable with Zoom. Designed for huddle rooms, the Yamaha CS-700 Video Sound Collaboration System is a wall-mounted unit that features an adaptive beamforming microphone array for […]

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Vaddio Ships AV Bridge 2×1 High-Definition Streaming Solution

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Vaddio is now shipping the AV Bridge 2×1, a solution designed to make it easy to record and stream high-definition video and Dante audio networking with two HDMI inputs and multiple outputs. With two HDMI inputs, you can connect either two cameras or a camera and computer, easily switch sources, set side-by-side or picture-in-picture for […]

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Nature, Nurture and Legacy Spaces: The Problem with Design

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So, unless you’ve been under a rock, you’ve seen hundreds of posts about remote work, video conferencing and collaboration in the last few days. The craziness of today’s events has forced companies to adopt video conferencing and remote collaboration solutions on a scale that we haven’t seen. Some think that this bodes well for the […]

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AtlasIED Drops New Sound-Masking Speaker

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AtlasIED has introduced the M1000A35 sound masking speaker to its M1000 lineup. The M1000A35 is powered by an internal 5-watt amplifier and produces 30W output to power additional M1000 passive speakers. The M1000A35 includes a non-repeatable pink noise generator and utilizes its EQ curves to make acoustical room calibrations accurate. If integration into an existing […]

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Peerless-AV Offers Bundled Solution in Response to COVID-19

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Peerless-AV is offering a bundled solution available immediately to deploy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As hundreds of testing and treatment stations are opening across the country to meet healthcare needs, the locations call for rapid triage and information sharing, often in inhospitable environments. The bundled solution includes a 49”, 55” or 65” UltraView […]

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Mersive Technologies Announces Solstice Active Learning and Solstice Cloud

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Mersive Technologies announced Tuesday the release of Solstice Active Learning and Solstice Cloud (aka Kepler). These products expand upon Solstice’s wireless content-sharing platform by providing software-based video routing for multiscreen environments and cloud-based management and analytics for administering global Solstice deployments. Mersive’s Active Learning solution brings collaboration to the forefront of the classroom experience by […]

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AI for AV Is Opportunistic for Service, Support and Sales

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Whether your firm has joined the chorus touting “AI” or is more conservatively accurate in the programming of “machine learning,” there’s a non-stop buzz in the industry around the advancements of computing power and advanced algorithms used to analyze dizzying amounts of data from an ever-expanding networked technology install base. Either way, an opportunity for […]

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Updated: Sharp and NEC to Merge Display Divisions Into Joint Venture

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This story has been updated to add a letter sent to NEC Display partners and customers. Below is the official press release from NEC Display today. Before you read it, here are my thoughts: Unlike nearly every merger in our industry’s history, this is a new display company that will be made up of two […]

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VuWall Debuts Free Pre-Populated Coronavirus Command Center App for ANY Device

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We’ve received many COVID-19 press releases — most of them self-serving. This one is NOT. Kudos to VuWall for offering this up. You don’t even have to have a VuWall system to use it (and it even works on a PC). VuWall is looking to partner with those who are on the front lines working […]

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AVer Integrates Crestron Application Ecosystem WIth Its PTZ Cameras

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AVer announced Wednesday the company has entered the Crestron Application Market ecosystem with its professional auto-tracking and livestreaming PTZ cameras. The integration of AVer Pro AV cameras and the Crestron 3-Series Controller is the first release in this technology partnership. The newly available Crestron module enables control of the AVer TR and PTZ camera models. […]

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My Day with Sharp and Its Windows Collaboration Board Launch, Plus an Interview with CEO Mike Marusic 

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I was honored to be the only member of the AV press invited to cover the live, global (it was streamed live from Seattle, Washington, New York City, Amsterdam and Madrid) streaming video launch of the Sharp WCD (Windows Collaboration Display) last week. Although those in attendance, live, saw it as a technical marvel (connecting […]

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Chief Expands TiLED LED Video Wall Mounting System to Support Samsung, Absen, Barco and More

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Chief has expanded its TiLED LED Video Wall Mounting System to include the Samsung IFH Series, Absen Acclaim Series (including Acclaim Plus and Acclaim Pro), Unilumin UpanelS and Barco XT Series and LG LAS Fine-pitch and Leyard TVF Series. Chief’s latest design for digital signage solutions, the TiLED Series, is a modular, LED mounting system […]

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Why the Mount Matters as Much as the PTZ Camera

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THIS IS A PROMOTED POST FROM HuddleCamHD By Paul Richards Director of Business Development — Chief Streaming Officer PTZ Optics Poorly-designed or poorly-documented mounting hardware can seriously disrupt an AV project’s installation schedule. When it comes to PTZ camera mounts, the engineers at HuddleCamHD and PTZOptics set out to make high-quality camera mounting hardware for […]

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SYNNEX Announces New COLLABSolv Division Supporting UCC and Business Collaboration Markets

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SYNNEX Corporation today announced the launch of SYNNEX COLLABSolv, a group designed to provide increased and specialized support for the UCC and business collaboration markets in the U.S. and Canada. SYNNEX COLLABSolv is designed to address AV, IT, CE, UC, cloud, mobile and secure networking technologies under one banner. The business supports a range of […]

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ClearOne Adds Two New Features to COLLABORATE Space Solution

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COLLABORATE Space, the cloud-based collaboration solution from ClearOne added two new features — webinar hosting and Web RTC. COLLABORATE Space Pro, and Enterprise meeting plans can now be upgraded to include the Webinar feature, allowing session hosts to conduct video and audio presentations. Presenters can share video and content to interact with the audience using […]

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A Letter to the AV Industry from AVIXA About InfoComm and COVID-19

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AVIXA CEO Dave Labuskes sent the following letter out to the AV industry today. My thoughts are below his letter. A Letter to the AV Industry I , as many of you, continue to watch the news on a moment-by-moment basis. As we are making decisions that affect our travel, business and family, I want […]

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BenQ Debuts InstaShow S WDC20 Secure Wireless Presentation System

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BenQ just launched the InstaShow S WDC20. Built from the ground up to eliminate security threats (thus, the “S” in its name) that most wireless presentation systems can introduce. BenQ says that the InstaShow is certified by Onward Security, a leading cybersecurity provider, as having no critical and high-risk vulnerabilities as based on the Common […]

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Enterprise Connect 2020 Postponed to Early August, Moved to San Francisco

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The show organizers of Enterprise Connect, the communications and collaborations show originally scheduled to be held later this month in Orlando, told exhibitors today that the show has been rescheduled for August 3-6, 2020, and will now take place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. This is due to the travel restrictions and uncertainty […]

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B-Tech AV Mounts Launches BT9910 Mount for Extra Large, Heavy Displays

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B-Tech AV Mounts just announced the launch of the BT9910, which is designed to mount and tilt (positions 0°, 5°, 10°, 15°) extra-large and extra heavy displays of 65″ up to 100″. First unveiled at ISE 2020 in Amsterdam (Feb 11-14), the new XL heavy-duty BT9910 supports screen sizes of between 65″ and 100″ and […]

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Updated: ClearOne Wins Another Patent Judgment Against Shure

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This story has been updated with a statement from Shure. ClearOne has announced that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“Federal Circuit”) issued a judgment last Friday affirming a January 2019 decision by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) confirming the patentability […]

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Lifesize and Serenova Merge, Thanks to the Same Company That Led AVI-SPL and Whitlock Merger Last Month

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Marlin Equity Partners is merging videoconferencing provider Lifesize and Serenova, a contact center-as-a-service (CCaaS) provider. Marlin Equity Partners, a global investment firm with over $6.7 billion of capital under management, is the financial sponsor of the merger and will continue to invest and support the growth of the combined business to address the $60 billion […]

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Magewell to Release Its Most Powerful Decoder Ever in April

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Magewell will unveil its most powerful decoder to date in April to support both Newtek’s NDI technology (for production-grade media transport) and the Secure Reliable Transport (SRT) protocol (developed and open-sourced by Haivision). For internet-delivered H.264 and H.265 streams, the Pro Convert for NDI to HDMI 4K transforms IP streams up to 4K@60Hz for baseband […]

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ClearOne Announces Zoom Certification for UNITE 200 PTZ Camera

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ClearOne announced its third Zoom Certification for its camera lineup, now for the UNITE 200 PTZ, its top-of-the-line model. The UNITE 200 PTZ professional conferencing camera is optimized for a wide range of applications and environments requiring professional-quality visual collaboration at an affordable price. The UNITE 200 provides four network connectivity options, supporting USB 2.0, […]

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ATEN Technology Announces Three Presentation Switchers

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ATEN Technology today introduced three presentation switches aimed at small- to medium-sized meeting rooms and educational spaces. The VP1420  is 4×2 4K presentation matrix switch and features include: Connect up to four sources (three HDMI, one VGA) to two HDMI outputs Control via front-panel pushbuttons, IR remote control, RS232, contact closure and web-based GUI through […]

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It’s 2020, And People Are Still Choosing Projectors Over Flat-Panel Displays

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THIS IS A PROMOTED POST FROM CASIO By: Wayne Borg Marketing Manager, Casio A familiar question in the AV industry: How do projectors compare to flat-panel displays? Before you answer that, first establish what kind of projector you’re referencing. Therefore, the better question is, How do lamp-free projectors compare to flat-panel displays? Because once you […]

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The 20th Annual Kayye’s Krystal Ball: 2020 Edition

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Welcome to my 20th Kayye’s Krystal Ball! I know, I was shocked too. Twenty years of this. But I love writing this annual predictions article. If you’re a regular reader, you already know this, but for those who don’t, my Kayye’s Krystal Ball piece is an annual article where I not only tell you what […]

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