BenQ Joins Microsoft Azure Certified Device Program

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BenQ has joined Microsoft’s Azure Certified Device program. The CP Series DuoBoard 4K UHD interactive displays are the first of BenQ’s display family to be validated as an Azure Certified Device. BenQ’s CP Series DuoBoard interactive displays and OPS slot-in PCs have been tested for functionality and interoperability, ensuring that these devices have used the […]

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AVer Conference Camera, Pro Conferencing System Receive Zoom Hardware Certification

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AVer Information has announced that its CAM520 Pro2 Conference Camera and VC520 Pro Conferencing system have been granted official hardware certification by Zoom Video Communications, Inc. Before approving the CAM520 Pro2 and VC520 Pro2 for official certification, Zoom put them through lab tests to verify its imaging quality and ensure that its intuitive features can […]

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Poly Announces Voyager Focus 2 Bluetooth Headset

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Poly announced the Voyager Focus 2, the latest addition to Poly’s line of stereo Bluetooth headsets. The Voyager Focus 2 is a smart, wireless headset with amazing audio that’s intuitive and easy to use, combining Poly’s next-generation Acoustic Fence technology with Advanced Digital Hybrid Active Noise Cancellation (ANC). Poly’s Advanced Digital Hybrid ANC comes with […]

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DPA Microphones Announces One-Size-Fits-All Headset Mics

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DPA Microphones just announced the 4466 CORE Omnidirectional and 4488 CORE Directional Headset Microphones. Based on the design of the company’s 6066 Subminiature Headsets, the new solutions feature the brand’s 5-millimeter round microphone capsule. These latest offerings provide the security, durability and flexibility necessary for use in theatre, broadcast, worship and corporate conferencing. With a […]

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ARX Launches USB Ultra I/O VSR Broadcast Pro Audio Interface

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Australian-based ARX just launched the USB Ultra I/O VSR Broadcast — a 24-bit USB two-channel play and record digital/analog pro audio interface. The USB Ultra I/O VSR Broadcast removes the need to use any existing sound card outputs in systems or live production. Designed for interfacing USB-equipped computers with the balanced inputs and outputs of […]

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Two Biamp Conference Room Audio Bundles for Zoom Rooms Are Now Zoom-Certified

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Biamp says that Zoom has certified two conference room audio bundles aimed at medium and large Zoom Rooms. Each bundle includes Parlé Beamtracking microphones for the ceiling and all the connectivity required. The system includes automated EQ, minimal cable requirements (with zero termination), zero network setup and what Biamp is calling a simper install aimed […]

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Beyerdynamic Adds Firmware Update for Phonum

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Beyerdynamic just announced a firmware update for Phonum, its wireless Bluetooth and USB speakerphone. This firmware update actually brings new features to its conferencing tool. One of the most notable updates is the improved button synchronization using Microsoft Teams when a USB connection is active (including easier answering/hanging up calls and synchronous mute functionality). It […]

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Global Supply Chain Issues

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In a recent blog, Gary Kayye wrote about the current global supply shortage of semiconductors. Take a moment and read the blog and the linked Wall Street Journal article. They both raise some important concerns about what the next several quarters will bring in regards to this shortfall. Unfortunately, my blog is not going to […]

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Audio-Technica Introduces New Microphones

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Audio-Technica has introduced four new condenser boundary microphones: the ES945O/FM3 omnidirectional, ES947C/FM3cardioid, ES945O/FM5 omnidirectional and ES947C/FM5 cardioid condenser boundary microphone. These mics feature a capacitive-type user switch that enables muting of the microphone – making them especially ideal for conferencing applications. The FM3 models replace the existing ES945/LED and ES947/LED and feature local muting, while the FM5 models represent an entirely new product for […]

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Kinly to Join Sharp NEC One Global Partner Program

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Sharp NEC Display Solutions has announced the first European partner to join the Sharp/NEC Global Partner Program. Designed for global enterprises, the One Global Partner Program adopts global performance standards and environmental sustainability to ensure a consistent experience across international locations via a single source, striving to make international enterprises more productive and efficient. The new partnership between Sharp/NEC […]

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ClearOne Announces CONVERGENCE AV Cloud

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Adding to the performance capabilities of its CONVERGENCE AV Network Manager solution, ClearOne announced the availability of CONVERGENCE AV Cloud which significantly expands AV Practitioner recurring revenue opportunities for remote, real-time Management as a Service (MaaS). AV Practitioners can now remotely support multiple clients such as corporate multinationals, universities and governments across local, regional and […]

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VR-Based Conference Rooms Debut to Augment UCC Meetings

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Modus VR today announces its latest upgrade with the addition of new Conference Technology objects, features and partners that specifically address the space-planning needs of enterprise technology integrators, designers, architects and customers. According to the company, the latest additions make it faster and easier than ever for all stakeholders to create conference rooms that precisely […]

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AVer Information Announces TR331 AI Auto Tracking PTZ Streaming Camera

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AVer Information today announced the company has released the TR331 AI Auto Tracking PTZ Streaming camera, the latest in its lineup of artificial intelligence tracking cameras. TThe TR331 includes 30X optical zoom, 12X digital zoom and a 2MP camera with 1080p full HD. Like the other newest TR models from AVer, it features built-in advanced […]

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Crestron Announces New Family of Microsoft Teams-Certified Desk Phones

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Crestron announced Crestron Flex Phones Wednesday, a new family of Microsoft-Teams-certified desk phones. The Crestron Flex Phones lineup features one-touch Teams accessibility to offer meeting experiences so users can instantly access any meeting, share notes and collaborate directly from the dedicated Crestron Flex device. This minimizes inefficient task-switching, streamlines ad hoc communication and allows users […]

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Jabra Announces New PanaCast Camera Lineup

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Jabra just announced a new Jabra PanaCast camera lineup including the PanaCast 50; a video bar-style mic array, and the Jabra PanaCast 20; a personal AI-based USB-C camera. Both were introduced, globally and exclusively, on rAVe’s own LAVNCH Platform Tuesday — you can watch the entire real-time launch here: https://lavnch.com/on-demand/ Jabra says its PanaCast range […]

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Worried About Extending USB? Worry No More as Extron Just Debuted Perfection

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Extron is shipping the new UCS 900 Series of fiber optic SuperSpeed USB extenders that extend USB data signals from peripheral devices to a host computer over fiber optic cable. These extenders are compatible with all USB standards up to USB 3.2 including previous standards, and support data rates up to 5 Gbps. The UCS […]

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Extron Now Shipping IPCP Pro xi Series Control Processors

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Extron is shipping its IPCP Pro xi Series high-performance control processors. According to Extron, the IPCP Pro xi control processors are designed to keep pace with the increasing size and complexity of today’s AV control systems. With up to four times more memory and significantly enhanced processing power for increased deployment speeds and improved runtime […]

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AVer Information Adds Certification With Barco’s ClickShare Conference

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AVer Information announced certification with Barco’s ClickShare Conference platform. Specifically, AVer’s VB130 video bar, CAM520 Pro 2 conferencing camera and Pro AV Auto Tracking and PTZ livestreaming cameras are easily paired with Barco’s ClickShare Conference (CX-20, CX-30 and CX-50). Integrators can select the optimal collaboration solutions based on the size and type of meeting space […]

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Alexa for Business Now Available for Zoom Rooms With Poly

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Poly announced a new venture Tuesday: Alexa for Business for Zoom Rooms with Poly, to provide customers with a hands-free, voice-activated, control experience for new wave meeting collaboration. (Insert nod to rAVe’s Gary Kayye and his knack for predicting upcoming trends here.*) This new offering enables Poly customers to set up Alexa for Business with […]

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Clevertouch Adds New Content Management Platform

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Clevertouch released ClevertouchLive, a new digital signage Content Management Platform (CMP). ClevertouchLive is basically a cloud-based application that includes a platform for creating and managing content in digital signage, room-booking and interactive collaboration panels. ClevertouchLive allows you to: Connect and manage all devices from a single cloud account Personalize dashboards to access frequently-used features Customize […]

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Extron Ships New Ultra-Wide TLP Pro Touch Panel

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Extron is shipping its ultra-wide touchpanel, the TLP Pro 1230WTG. Featuring a 12” 1920×720 resolution touchscreen, the ultra-wide format enhances user experiences since it allows multiple tasks to be seen and managed at the same time. The TLP Pro 1230WTG provides screen space to simultaneously display full AV system controls, video preview and annotation controls. […]

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FSR Intros Modular Linx System

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FSR has debuted the Modular Linx System (MLS), an expandable power platform that distributes two-20 Amp AC power circuits to create a relocatable and reusable modular power system. The MLS applications include classrooms, libraries, training and multi-purpose sites, ballrooms, conference rooms, data processing and call centers or any scenario that would benefit from daisy-chained power […]

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CTOUCH For Teams Go Supports Multiple UCC Apps and Tools on One Touch Screen

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CTOUCH just debuted CTOUCH For Teams Go, a platform that enables companies to support the use of multiple UCC applications and tools on a single touch screen. With the CTOUCH For Teams Go solution, you can launch Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Pexip or Google Meet directly from the CTOUCH touch screen’s whiteboarding interface. For teams using […]

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Barco Intros Next Generation of OverView LCD View Wall Displays

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Barco just announced the next generation of its OverView range LCD video walls. The new OverView LVD-5521C and OverView KVD-5521C evolve the existing Overview LCD range and can now be remotely monitored and controlled and support 4K streaming content. These new features make this series even more suitable for a wider range of applications, including control rooms, broadcast studios, corporate lobbies, experience centers and […]

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Epson Intros Three New EX-Series Business Projectors

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Epson today introduced three new business projectors – the EX5280, Pro EX7280 and EX9230. The 4000 lumen Pro EX7280 is native WXGA (1200×768), the 3500-lumen EX9230 is 1920×1080 and the 3800-lumen EX5280 is native XGA (1024×768) and are all designed for portable or fixed office applications. From home offices to video conference rooms, these compact […]

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Zoom Updates Zoom Meetings, Webinars Software, Hardware for Zoom Rooms

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Zoom just delivered a few new updates for the Zoom Meetings and Zoom Video Webinars application as well as announced new hardware solutions for Zoom Rooms. Adding something called “vanishing pen annotation,”a Zoom user can now highlight text or objects on the shared screen without having to undo or erase highlight annotations. Use the vanishing pen […]

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The Evolution of Videoconferencing

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Many years ago, I worked for a facilities-based CLEC selling POTS (plain old telephone services), DSL, T1 (1.5 Mbps), bonded T1 lines (3 Mbps), phone systems and VoIP (voice-over-IP) solutions. This experience helped me to really understand the business criticality of quality-of-service internet bandwidth and continues to help me to this day. After IT/telecom, I […]

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A Flexible Approach to a Hybrid Working Environment

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By Brian Rhatigan Almo Pro A/V Whether you have recently attended Almo’s E4v learning experience or have been keeping up on industry topic discussions — undoubtedly conversations about what the return to the physical office will look like have been in the forefront. If you are like me, you probably feel there are more questions […]

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Nureva’s HDL200 Audio Conferencing System Now Certified for Barco ClickShare Conference

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Nureva announced that its HDL200 audio conferencing system is now certified for Barco ClickShare Conference. In December 2020, the HDL300 and Dual HDL300 systems also received certification. Together, Nureva and Barco now bring a platform-agnostic collaboration systems in more sizes and configurations of hybrid meeting or classroom environments through Barco’s BYOM (Bring Your Own Meeting) […]

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How the Chip Shortage Could Decimate the AV, UCC and Digital Signage Markets and How You Can Avoid Its Effects

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Do not underestimate what I am about to tell you. In case you haven’t been reading the tech sections of the newspapers lately, there’s a global semiconductor shortage (branded as the “chip shortage of 2021”) and, although it hasn’t affected our market yet, it will, starting in late July. So, who cares? Well, you’d better, […]

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