This Is What Disruptive Looks Like

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As part of my quest to better understand the UC/AV space – I’ve been reading a lot of research reports. This week I put two reports together to realize something pretty interesting: The professional video cable market is predicted to reach revenues of $2 billion by 2024. If you sell cable to the enterprise – […]

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More Control Plugins Released by QSC for the Q-SYS

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QSC has announced the availability of the latest round of Q-SYS Control plugins, offering native control integration of some of today’s most popular meeting room endpoints with the Q-SYS Ecosystem. Now available through the Q-SYS Designer Asset Manager portal within Q-SYS Designer Software, these plugins offer configuration and management capabilities for the following devices. Viewsonic […]

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AVI-SPL Opens NY Metro Office, Focuses on Telling Story of Company, Employees, Partners

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AVI-SPL officially opened their NY Metro Office in Lyndhurst, New Jersey today and rAVe was there to cover the launch event! The 20,000 square foot facility supports around 100 employees across sales, support, finance, project and fabrication teams. Not only is the office home to conference rooms, open-office seating, executive offices and a lobby gathering […]

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New Carousel Digital Signage Player Allows for Cloud Signage

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Carousel Digital Signage has extended player support for Carousel Cloud, its recently-introduced subscription-based SaaS platform, to Mersive Solstice wireless displays and BrightSign media players. Previously only available for Apple TV devices, Carousel Cloud users now have a choice of three suppliers for content playout to suit their requirements and preferences. Now shipping, Carousel Cloud brings […]

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Mersive Adds Miracast Screen Mirroring Support and New ADA-Feature to Solstice

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Mersive Technologies today announced support for Miracast screen mirroring on its Mersive Solstice wireless collaboration solution. With this addition, Solstice users can now wirelessly share content on all major operating systems -Windows, MacOS, Android and iOS. The Miracast screen mirroring protocol is a growing industry standard. It was ratified by the Wi-Fi Alliance in 2012 […]

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Mersive Technologies Launches Cloud-Based Software for Meeting Analytics and Room Monitoring

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Mersive Technologies today announced Kepler, a cloud-based software tool that centrally monitors Solstice-enabled meeting rooms to provide powerful analytics on user collaboration and room utilization. These insights empower organizations to optimize their common spaces for greater usability, productivity and ROI. By collecting data from Solstice Pods installed in meeting rooms and huddle spaces, Kepler provides […]

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Mersive Announces Release of Solstice Kepler for Enterprise Workspace Analytics and Solstice Pod Enhancements

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Mersive Technologies is announcing the release of Solstice Kepler, a cloud-based, enterprise workspace analytics solution as well as other enhancements to the award-winning Solstice platform. Solstice Kepler will add a whole new dimension to workspace planning and optimization by providing key insights on how meeting rooms and team spaces are used. Kepler allows AV and IT teams to view […]

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Mersive Selects ISE to Debut Meeting Analytics Engine

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Mersive Technologies announced that it will launch at ISE a new cloud-based room monitoring and meeting analytics service. Mersive (Booth 14-N130) will also unveil room scheduling, expanded language support and further new features to its Solstice Pod wireless collaboration solution. Mersive Solstice brings unlimited collaborative content sharing to ordinary meeting and education spaces, transforming how top organizations work and […]

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Back to College — Team Engagement Lessons for the Corporate Enterprise

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Productivity and engagement, collaboration, team cohesion – these are all topics that are important to a company’s success. These topics have come into focus as corporate enterprises look to adapt their culture to the ever-increasing millennial demographic. I’ve met with several Fortune 100 companies who understand that rigid company hierarchy, top-down management, and traditional meeting-driven culture […]

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What Does Market Disruption Really Look Like?

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You may have noticed it has been a while since my last post. I’ve been busy holding onto my proverbial hat as the collaboration market has gone from rapid growth to full explosion. I’ve been spending my time trying to understand how technology-based collaboration should evolve as our customers envision the future of their workplaces. […]

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Captured at #ISE2016 Part 2: The Show

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In Part 1 I explained that I’ve previously written blogs capturing Twitter and Facebook moments at InfoComm 2015, InfoComm Connections in NYC and other trade shows. This time I decided to do a “4000 mile” social media view of Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) in Amsterdam – the AV industry’s largest trade show event which takes place […]

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Forget Netflix – The Fifth Generation of Wireless Is About Connecting Everything

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I was on the phone last night with a colleague (who prefers to remain nameless) from the computer networking world. He’s both a scientist and an engineer I respect, so when the conversation turned to the future of wireless media and the wireless network in general, I grabbed a pen. We discussed the implications of […]

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Mersive Finally Does Android Mirroring on Solstice

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Mersive has added Android mirroring on their Solstice wireless presentation and BYOD collaboration system. Dubbed the Solstice Pod, the newest addition to the Solstice wireless presentation and collaboration product line combining Solstice Software with an Android-based hardware platform to create a wireless media streaming solution for collaboration in meeting rooms and classrooms. Both Solstice Software […]

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Mersive Announces Solstice Pod and New Pricing

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Mersive today announced the newest addition to its product line, the Solstice Pod, a wireless media collaboration system for meeting rooms and classrooms. Priced at $799 for the Small Group Edition (SGE) version and $999 for the Unlimited users version, the Solstice Pod is being marketed as an all-inclusive collaboration solution for any meeting space […]

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Activity Based Working: Enterprise Adopts Collaborative Models From Education

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In today’s new global economic state, many companies are looking to improve their bottom line through efficiency gains, productivity tools, and collaboration as opposed to more traditional models of market growth. Large companies are now seriously re-thinking just about everything in their business processes. In the quest to make a workspace more productive, almost nothing […]

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Software: The Next Opportunity for AV Resellers

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Software always eats hardware. What do I mean by that? Just that expensive and proprietary hardware evolves into software running on commodity platforms. This phenomenon is now happening with increasing speed in AV — and it’s a great opportunity for AV resellers. It’s a chance to leverage software for ease of use, deeper integration of […]

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InfoComm Offers a Plethora of Collaborations Solutions

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Practically everyone now offers a collaboration solution was the clear take away from my recent visit to InfoComm 2014. From telecons to document sharing; from video calling to video conferencing; solutions in all shapes and sizes could be had. I met with a number of companies at InfoComm and learned about many solutions, but clearly […]

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BTX Intros Solstice-Enabled Collaboration Appliance

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Distributor BTX Technologies announced this week that it has released a Mersive-approved appliance solution for Solstice collaboration software. Solstice enables multiple presenters to connect simultaneously to a shared display using a range of devices over an existing Wi-Fi or Ethernet network. With a Solstice-enabled display in a meeting room, any number of presenters can connect, […]

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Everything is Becoming Software (And That’s a Good Thing)

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I recently had an interesting conversation with someone in the product design space at a university that I wanted to share — and get your thoughts about. He asked, “You used to be a professor — should my students take computer science even if they don’t want to be programmers?” My answer probably won’t surprise […]

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Organically Certified Displays: OLED May Become Cheaper (And More Organic)

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Recent research has discovered a new approach to Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLED) that may reduce or eliminate the need for the rare (and costly) metals needed to manufacture OLED displays. Thanks to collaborative research at Regensburg, University of Bonn, University of Utah, and MIT — the cost and impact of OLED displays will be […]

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Mersive’s Solstice Display Software Integrates with AV Control Systems

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Mersive announced this week the availability of the Solstice Open Control Communication Protocol, which allows integration between Solstice Display Software with in-room AV control panels from vendors such as Crestron and AMX. With this integration interface, users can control their Solstice displays from their room control panel. Introduced in March 2013, Mersive’s Solstice software enables […]

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Hardware is Dead! Long Live Hardware! In Defense of the Appliance, and a Look Ahead at Software Solutions

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Last week Ryan Pinke joined a new tradition in proclaiming the video conference Codec dead. In my own look ahead I posited a potential future free of boxes, in which software solutions largely replace dedicated appliances. Is Pinke right on this one? Have we reached, or are we nearing the end of hardware? I don’t […]

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Mersive Takes on Crestron (and Barco)

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In a challenge to Crestron’s AirMedia wireless room system and Barco’s ClickShare, Mersive has taken an aggressive approach to marketing its Solstice software-based solution. In calling the Crestron AirMedia a, “proprietary piece of hardware” and “difficult to update or maintain,” Mersive is pitting itself against a giant in room control and signal distribution. Mersive even […]

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Mersive Solstice 1.2 Ships

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Mersive’s Solstice 1.2 will ship next week. It includes enterprise-wide display management and increased video performance, as well as these three features: Centralized Display Management: Solstice Dashboard enables IT administrators to configure, manage and monitor the status of Solstice displays throughout the enterprise from a central location. The dashboard provides control over license management, security […]

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The Multi-Projector Era has Arrived!

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By Christopher Jaynes, PhD Founder and CTO of Mersive The multi-projector era has arrived! The VESA standards organization recently voted to support the Multiple Projector Common Data Interchange (MPCDI) standard. This is the same organization that developed a majority of the video standards in use today including DisplayPort. Mersive and a host of other companies […]

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Mersive Debuts Solstice 1.1

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Yesterday Mersive announced a new version of Solstice software (version 1.1). Solstice enables multiple users to connect simultaneously to a shared display using a range of devices and applications over an existing Wi-Fi or Ethernet network, which fundamentally changes how people are able to use displays in meeting rooms. Three key new features of Solstice […]

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