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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ViewSonic Releases Series of Monitors to Support Working From Anywhere

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ViewSonic intro’d a series of monitors to support the work-from-anywhere including the VG2440V and VG2740V displays with built-in webcams; VG3456 for ultra-wide screens with USB-C docking; and VA1655 for portability. The ViewSonic 24” VG2440V and 27” VG2740V are 1080p monitors that both include a built-in USB webcam, a built-in speaker and microphone. With their vertical […]

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Aveo Systems’ Mira Connect Adds Support for 13 New Products

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Aveo Systems’ latest release to its Mira Connect smart AV control system has added support for 13 new products/product families. New capabilities extend Mira Connect’s control to ClearOne’s Converge Pro 2 family of DSP audio products; AV-over-IP systems from Just Add Power, Blustream, and AVPro Edge; Samsung Pro TVs, and more. Support for network-based AV-over-IP […]

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BenQ Partners With Meeting Room 365

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BenQ partnered with Meeting Room 365; the scheduling and productivity software suite is now natively integrated into BenQ’s corporate large-format displays, including its CP Series DuoBoard interactive displays and CS Series smart presentation displays. The partnership is an attempt to get enterprise and small- and medium-sized business-level UCC applications and tools into the BenQ platform. […]

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Extron LinkLicense and TLCA 1 Now Shipping

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Extron announced the immediate availability of Extron LinkLicense for TLP Control Processor and the TLCA 1 TouchLink Control Port Expansion Adapter. Extron says these Pro xi Series control options transform your wall mount, tabletop and Cable Cubby TouchLink Pro touch panels into powerful, all-in-one control systems. The control options were made to add flexibility and […]

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Bluescape Now Integrates With Amazon Chime SDK

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Bluescape, Gary Kayye’s 2021 pick for best collaboration software platform, announced its integration with Amazon Chime SDK to enable scheduled and ad hoc video meetings. This integration allows Bluescape customers to host and join video calls in Bluescape and schedule their meetings directly through Microsoft Outlook. Video meetings in Bluescape have been redesigned and re-architected […]

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Audinate Now Shipping Dante AVIO USB-C Adapter

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Audinate is already shipping the Dante AVIO USB-C adapter that allows the latest mobile devices and computers to connect to any Dante audio network for play-out or recording. Compact and rugged, the Dante AVIO family of adapters allow users to use non-Dante analog, USB, AES3/EBU or Bluetooth audio equipment with a Dante audio network. The […]

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Vanco International Intros Five New PulseAudio Products

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Vanco International just announced five new products in the PulseAudio line that addresses both residential and commercial spaces. The lineup includes: PulseAudio PAV1100 100-Watt Single-Channel Commercial Amplifier: Like the PAV140, the PAV1100 is a 100 Watt Class-D power amplifier that is marketed as a “plug and play solution” for any 70-volt/100-volt speaker application. It can […]

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MAXHUB Intros UC S10 USB-Based Conference Bar With Camera

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MAXHUB just introduced the UC S10 USB-based conference bar with camera. The UC S10 offers 1-click wireless screen-sharing for up to four devices simultaneously. The system works with the optionally available dongle and app, and even allows screen-sharing to a TV remotely. Further, the UC S10 provides parallel Wi-Fi networking and screen-sharing with its dual […]

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Pexip to Study AI, Deep Learning Via NVIDIA GPU-Accelerated AI Software

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Pexip announced it will explore the usage of NVIDIA GPU-accelerated AI software to understand how advanced technologies such as conversational AI and deep learning can create a more immersive and engaging video meeting experience for everyone, regardless of device. The GPU-accelerated NVIDIA Maxine SDK enables capabilities such as super resolution, artifact reduction, face tracking, body […]

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Lumens IP PTZ Camera Now Integrated With Bosch Conference Systems

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Lumens Digital Optics announced the new partnership with Bosch on the integration of Lumens IP PTZ cameras with Bosch conference systems. The Lumens VC-A71P 4K 60-frames-per-second IP PTZ camera, VC-A61P 4K 30-fps IP PTZ camera, and VC-A50P 1080p IP PTZ camera deliver an ultra-clear live video image quality. Its rotational ability allows it to horizontally […]

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Yamaha Unified Communications Adds RM-TT Wired Tabletop Array Mic As New ADECIA Option

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Yamaha Unified Communications has added the RM-TT wired tabletop array microphone as a new option to ADECIA, a family of install products for UCC spaces. The ADECIA tabletop solution, like the ADECIA Ceiling System, integrates the RM-CR remote conference processor, VXL1-16P Dante/PoE-compatible line array speaker, and SWR2311P-10G Yamaha’s long-trusted PoE network switch. Included within the […]

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Planar Releases MGP Series Fine-Pitch LED Displays

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Planar expanded its fine pitch LED display solutions with the release of the Planar MGP Series. With the new Planar MGP Series, Planar is trying to make fine pitch LED a closer alternative (cost-wise) to projection or tiled LCD environments including retail settings, classrooms, lecture halls and houses of worship, as well as digital signage […]

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Audio-Technica Now Shipping New Omnidirectional and Cardioid Condenser Mics

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Audio-Technica is shipping the new ES945O/XLR omnidirectional condenser boundary microphone and ES947C/XLR cardioid condenser boundary microphone — replacing A-T’s ES945 and ES947. The ES945O/XLR and ES947C/XLR add IPX4 water resistance, protecting the microphones from splashes of water and making them even more ideal conferencing and monitoring solutions for a wide range of applications. With their […]

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BTX to Distribute Newline Interactive

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BTX Technologies has been appointed by Newline Interactive to distribute its interactive touch screen displays, white-boarding software and wireless presentation solutions. “BTX is well known as a ‘grass-roots’ player in the distribution market,” said Chris Bradford, president of Newline Interactive. “Their broad reach within the AV community, strong technical knowledge and extensive offering of complementary […]

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AVer Information Intros VB130 USB-Based Camera and Mic Combo

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AVer Information just dropped might be the best work-from-home desktop USB-based camera/mic combo, ever; the VB130, a 4K resolution video bar with built-in “intelligent” lighting. Designed to upgrade your WFH meetings, the VB130 is engineered to literally be mounted on top of a desktop monitor. And, the VB130’s adjustable five-level fill lighting combined with an […]

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Verizon Business Introduces BlueJeans Telehealth

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Verizon Business today announced BlueJeans Telehealth, a way for providers and patients to conduct data-driven virtual care conversations. As healthcare organizations look to advance their telehealth practices post-pandemic by extending personalized care into the home, BlueJeans Telehealth gives healthcare providers and their care teams a new way to simply and securely connect with patients remotely. […]

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AVer Information Launches DL30 AI-Based Auto Tracking Distance Learning Camera

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AVer Information announced the launch the DL30, an Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based Auto Tracking Distance Learning Camera. Designed specifically for the K-12 distance learning classroom but can be used in training, houses of worship and UCC spaces, the DL30 boasts advanced AI to automatically detect the teacher’s movement in the classroom, allowing them to focus on […]

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Joining Google Meet Meetings With Pexip Just Got Easier

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If you’ve already been using Google Meet, you know that it’s difficult to find SIP join information on Google Meet meeting invitations as the join information was hidden away under “More joining options.” Google has made it simpler to join Google Meet calls from third-party conferencing systems by giving admins the option to automatically add […]

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Sharp NEC Display Solutions Upgrades E Series Stand-Alone Large Format Displays

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Sharp NEC Display Solutions announced its upgraded E Series stand-alone large format displays. Designed with corporate, education and indoor digital signage applications in mind, the improved E Series is native 4K UHD (3,840 x 2,160) resolution with a slim bezel design, giving users the opportunity to share content, whether in small information installations or built-in […]

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BenQ Adds CS Series Smart Signage Displays

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BenQ added the CS Series of high-end smart signage displays; available in 65″, 75″ and 86″ models, the native 4K UHD (3,840×2,160) CS Series includes built-in wireless screen-sharing, white boarding and collaboration tools. The CS Series features BenQ’s InstaShare 2 wireless presentation system that allows up to four participants to share their screen, with four […]

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Frost & Sullivan’s Global Video Conferencing Report: Global UCC Devices to Be Up 6x by 2025, With Revenues of $7.8 Billion

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As businesses and educational institutions prepare for the return to work, meeting rooms and classrooms will see heavy technology investments to support hybrid work and learning. Frost & Sullivan’s recent analysis, State of the Global Video Conferencing Devices Market, Forecast to 2025, finds that by 2025, the number of video conferencing devices, including room-based endpoints, […]

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LG Intros 15″ and 65″ Smart TVs with Built-In UCC for Hospitals

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LG Business Solutions USA has announced two new hospital TVs in the form of a 65- and 15-inch (models 65US772M and 15LS766A respectively) as in-room smart TVs that also support the major UCC platforms. LG hospital TVs have been certified by UL and are compliant with the general UL 60065 Standard (for Audio, Video and […]

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Resources for Becoming Your Best AV Self

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By Tom Kehr Almo Pro A/V During the spring E4v, I was asked about my resources. For me, that’s an almost overwhelming question. Yes, I’m a bit of a bookhound, but there are also people, organizations, websites and papers that I’ve found invaluable over the years. Like many of you, I tripped into this whole […]

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ClearOne Adds Voice Life to BMA 360 Ceiling-Tile Mic Array

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ClearOne has added Voice Lift technology to its BMA 360 ceiling-tile microphone array. ClearOne’s says the mic is integrated with technologies like FiBeam and DsBeam to allow greater Voice Lift gains to be realized than have been previously possible. The combination of ClearOne’s beamforming plus feedback cancellation technologies provide up to a 20 dB boost in gain before feedback compared to […]

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Mersive Technologies Expands Alliance Partnership Program to Include Huddly Cameras

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Mersive Technologies today announced that it has expanded its alliance partnership program to include Huddly cameras. This partnership combines Mersive Solstice, a touchless Bring Your Own Meeting (BYOM) room system, with Huddly’s meeting room camera. Mersive Solstice enables on-site users to host room-based meetings from their laptops, including sharing content to the room display and […]

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Squirrels Releases Reflector 4 Screen-Mirroring and Media Streaming Receiver App

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Squirrels released Reflector 4, a screen mirroring and media streaming receiver application for Mac and Windows that wirelessly receives content from AirPlay, Google Cast and Miracast devices. Reflector 4 is the first new iteration of the software receiver Reflector 3. Key improvements include better performance, new device frames for customizable content-sharing and a redesigned app […]

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SYNNEX Corp Purchases Tech Data — Creating a $57 Billion Tech Giant

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SYNNEX Corporation and Tech Data today announced they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which SYNNEX and Tech Data will combine in a transaction valued at approximately $7.2 billion, including net debt. The combined company, with approximately $57 billion in estimated pro forma annual revenues and a team of over 22,000 associates and […]

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