The Themes of InfoComm 2019

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Over the years I’ve been in this industry (this was my 33rd InfoComm — 34th annual show with InfoComm/AVIXA though as my first, back in 1987, the show was called COMTEC — before the name was changed to InfoComm in 1988), the show has evolved from a technology-based show to a product-based show and, more […]

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Conference Space Stakeholders — Trying to Please Everyone

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In my last article, I spoke of the need to design the spaces we deal with not by thinking about the tech stack, but instead from the perspective of an experience. But in order to do this, we need to understand WHOSE experience we are referring to. For the most part, when we design a […]

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Barco Debuts ClickShare Desktop App

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Barco will add both a Windows and Mac Desktop App to the ClickShare product line in July. Launching the ClickShare Desktop App for PC and Mac was a logical next step for Barco as now you can use the ClickShare via the Button, the Desktop App or both. The experience of sharing with the virtual […]

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Intel Unite Adds Cloud Option to Unite Collaboration Solution 

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Intel Corporation launched the Intel Unite Cloud Service today, which enables choice in deployment and management of Intel Unite solution for organizations of all sizes, from large enterprise to small businesses. Customers now have the ability to choose whether to host Intel Unite solution on premise or in the cloud to modernize their collaboration environment. Thus, Intel now offers the […]

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Commercial Content Sharing Booms, as Shipments Hit 1 Million in 2018

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AV collaboration is booming — that’s the word from Futuresource Consulting, the company that tracks this data. According to the latest Wireless Presentations Solutions (WPS) Market Report from Futuresource Consulting, WPS passed a major milestone in 2018 with shipments reaching 1 million units for the first time. This equates to about $2.6 billion in total […]

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Extron and Lifesize Announce Partnership in UCC Spaces

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Extron says that Extron AV control can now be part of any Lifesize videoconferencing room. You can now add Extron control to the Lifesize Icon meeting room systems, providing enhanced control functionality to their video conferencing solutions. This collaboration with Lifesize allows our TouchLink Pro touchpanels to provide a familiar Lifesize interface to control audio […]

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WolfVision Adds Room Scheduling, Wireless Presentation & Visualizer Solutions at InfoComm 2019

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WolfVision will be introducing three new product lines into the U.S. market at InfoComm 2019: the Cynap Pure, a 4K version of its wireless presentation appliance; vSolution Meeting, a room-scheduling and meeting management tool; and the VZ-8.UHD Visualizer, a native 4K UHD Visualizer system; their first foray into 4K document cameras. Cynap Pure is a […]

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DisplayNote and Newline Partner at InfoComm

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DisplayNote has announced today it has signed a four-year software partnership with display manufacturer Newline Interactive. The partnership will see DisplayNote create and supply Newline with a suite of Newline branded collaboration solutions for its touch and non-touch display. Each solution is designed to simplify how people in meeting spaces and classrooms share content, interact […]

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Don’t Bring Me Gadgets… Bring Me Data!

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By and large, our industry has four players… we have manufacturers, we have dealers/integrators and consultants (let’s be honest though, they are really two sides of a coin) and then we have the end user.Twenty years ago, a user would come to a consultant or a dealer and say… “I need a room built out!” […]

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The Evolution of Technology Spaces

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Evolving how we understand and design collaborative spaces One of the most consistent things we see in corporate facilities/classrooms/lecture halls worldwide is that they have been equipped with some manner of technology package that is there for the users of that space to better communicate with others. And one of the most consistent things about […]

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Yamaha Adds Wireless Mic Extension to the CS-700 Video Sound Bar

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Yamaha Unified Communications announced today a new wireless extension microphone for the Yamaha CS-700 Video Sound Collaboration System for huddle rooms. The new XW-CS-700 wireless extension mic uses a proprietary connection between the CS-700 connector and an HD Dual microphone receiver, which allows for a greater distance between the CS-700 unit and the microphone. A […]

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One-Gang Wallplate Transmitters Make Entry-Level Collaboration Systems from Extron

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Extron announced the availability of the HC 402 Series of Meeting Space Collaboration Systems. They combine video switching, scaling, signal extension, and system control into a one-gang wallplate transmitter paired with a receiver. Wallplate transmitters are available in decorator, EU and MK-style form factors suitable for professional installations, worldwide. Advanced Extron scaling technology ensures excellent […]

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Collaboration Squared Just Launched an ‘Always-On’ Video Conferencing Portal

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Collaboration Squared launched something called Video Window today, which the company is marketing as the world’s first immersive, always-on video conferencing portal for teams. Install and connect two or more Video Window devices in the common areas of your offices for up to 24 hours a day connectivity. The goal of Video Window is to […]

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BlueJeans and Dolby Partner, Simplify Purchasing with Rooms-as-a-Service

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Blue Jeans Network, Inc. today announced its plan to offer BlueJeans Rooms-as-a-Service featuring Dolby Voice Room in the near future. BlueJeans Rooms-as-a-Service featuring Dolby Voice Room will be a new service-based subscription model for quickly adopting Dolby’s hardware with BlueJeans’ enterprise-grade cloud meetings platform. The Room-as-a-Service model provides IT decision makers with the benefits of […]

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Nectar Intros Next-Generation Monitoring and Reporting Platform for Real-Time Collaboration

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Nectar Services today at Enterprise Connect launched its Nectar 10 solution, the most powerful and easy-to-use performance management, monitoring, diagnostics and reporting platform. The solution is purpose-built for the unique characteristics of voice, video and real-time collaboration applications, and enables enterprise businesses and managed service providers to harness the power of the cloud to streamline […]

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Oblong Targets Zoom Video with Debut of Rumpus Multi-Stream Collaboration Video System

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Oblong Industries just announced something called Rumpus, a new visual collaboration application for purely virtual teams. Oblong is marketing it saying that Rumpus makes web conferencing both content and context rich. It provides simultaneous access to shared screens from meeting participants, and delivers a new layer of communication with shared cursors, annotation and emojis for […]

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JOAN Teams Up with Amazon Alexa and Cisco Webex

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Joan officially announces its collaboration with Amazon Alexa for Business and Cisco Webex for the kick-off of the Enterprise Connect expo in Orlando, Fla. on Monday March 18, 2019. This collaboration brings together Joan and two of the most used communication smart devices in the world to offer high-end integrated solutions for the workplace. Companies […]

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ClearOne Combines New Beamforming Microphone Array Ceiling Tile and DSP Mixer Technology in New Collaboration Solution

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ClearOne today announced that the COLLABORATE Live 1000 system now includes the company’s new Beamforming Microphone Array Ceiling Tile (BMA CT). Designed for large conferencing space environments, it includes audio and video connectivity, interactive whiteboarding, presentation, recording, streaming and cloud connectivity — all in one. Designed for large-sized boardrooms, auditoriums, conference rooms, lecture halls, courtrooms, […]

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TrueConf Intros White Label Video Conferencing Apps

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TrueConf announced the introduction of white label video conferencing and collaboration apps. The new approach enables customers to fully customize video conferencing apps according to their needs and corporate identity. iOS users will be the first to tap into the next feature. TrueConf has released fully-customizable video conferencing app for iOS. The new offering allows […]

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Welcome to Gary Kayye’s 2019 Krystal Ball – What Will Happen in AV in 2019

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I love writing this annual predictions article. If you’re a regular reader, you already know this but for those that don’t, my Kayye’s Krystal Ball piece is an annual article where I not only tell you what I think is going to happen in the AV market for the upcoming year, but I also go […]

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Sony and UbiCast Join Forces

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Sony and lecture capture solution provider UbiCast have announced the launch of Miris Netcapture software and Miris Video Platform. The new network-based lecture capture solution integrates with Vision Exchange, Sony’s active learning and interactive lecture solution. While Sony’s Vision Exchange allows students and teachers to share and annotate content wirelessly from their laptop, smartphone or […]

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Extron and Logitech Team to Deliver Conference Room Experiences

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Extron announced that they will deliver some collaboration solutions stemming from its joint work with Logitech through the Logitech Collaboration Program. Logitech collaboration products can be equipped with Extron control systems, audio signal processors, and digital video switching and distribution. Meeting attendees will benefit from a significant expansion of meeting collaboration features and the convenience […]

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Logitech Tap Brings One-Touch Video to Collaboration Platforms

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Today, Logitech introduced Logitech Tap, a touch control display that makes collaboration rooms easy to deploy and use. Tap is part of pre-configured room solutions for major collaboration platform providers such as Google Hangouts Meet Hardware, Microsoft Teams Rooms (formerly Skype Room Systems) and Zoom Rooms. Like other Logitech conferencing equipment, Tap is built on […]

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CTOUCH Launches a Collaboration System for Microsoft Teams

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CTOUCH entered the UCC market with a collaboration system for Microsoft Teams called Leddura 2Meet Teams. Following up on their Leddura 2Meet Skype for Business back in 2017, CTOUCH aims to make the transition to Microsoft Teams collaboration easy. The integrated system allows you to draw, meet, share and book a room directly on a […]

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ClearOne Introduces COLLABORATE Space

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ClearOne today announced the COLLABORATE Space collaboration solution. With COLLABORATE Space, users can work together one-on-one or in groups of hundreds with integrated file sharing, searchable archives and user presence information. They can connect with colleagues and contacts, via audio and video. Users can meet immediately or schedule a meeting and access a full suite […]

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Futuresource Consulting on What New Tech to Expect at ISE

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ISE 2019, the world’s largest exhibition for AV and systems integration professionals, opens its doors in a few days and is expected to draw more than 80,000 visitors. As the industry gears up for the show, Futuresource Consulting has identified the key trends and technologies that you need to look out for, including: Digital Signage, […]

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Barco Intros Two New Models of ClickShare

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Barco has announced the release of two new enterprise products: a dedicated huddle proposition, the ClickShare CS-100 Huddle, and a 4K collaboration solution, the ClickShare CSE-200+. The ClickShare CS-100 Huddle, designed for huddle and small meeting spaces, brings “spontaneous, ad-hoc and swift content-sharing” to small businesses or teams. With the ClickShare CSE-200+, new ways of […]

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Extron Intros Collaboration Systems with One-Gang Wall Plate Transmitters

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In its second UCC announcement in less than seven days, Extron has introduced the HC 402 Series of Meeting Space Collaboration Systems. They combine video switching, scaling, signal extension, and system control into a one-gang wallplate transmitter paired with a receiver. Wallplate transmitters are available in U.S. decora style and international EU and MK-style form […]

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Top AV and Collaboration Predictions for 2019

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2018 has been an interesting and eventful year in the AV and collaboration industries.  We’ve seen a number of mergers and acquisitions, rebranding of products, new players big and small entering the market and an avalanche of new products. So what does 2019 have in store for us? I don’t have a crystal ball, but […]

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Security Through Light: The World’s First Quantum Secured Video Conference

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My readers will know that I tend to focus on topics related to collaboration, user-interaction, and generally building products that help us work together. You may be surprised to learn that a significant amount of my time is spent thinking about security. As devices become increasingly attached to our enterprise networks – those same devices must be […]

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