AVI-SPL Buys Digital Video Networks

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AVI-SPL today announced the acquisition of Digital Video Networks (DVN) in the southwestern United States. A continuation of the company’s strategic growth plan, the merger will further strengthen AVI-SPL’s market leadership with additional talent and resources in a growing region while expanding the company’s leading global support and services delivery capabilities to current and prospective […]

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Brightline Ships cMe2 Lighting Kit for UCC spaces

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Brightline today announced its new cMe2 huddle room light is shipping. The compact fixture is specifically designed for spaces that have inadequate lighting for videoconferencing and other video recordings. We actually shot a video fo this at InfoComm and you can see if here: Providing pure white LED-based lighting, the cost-effective cMe2 offers on-board dimming […]

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MXL Offers Zoom Room Bundle of Camera and Mic

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MXL Microphones Unified Communications Division debuted the ACVC-360-Z Zoom Room Bundle at InfoComm. The ACVC-360-Z is composed of the AC-360-Z microphone, the CV610 HD PTZ camera and an assortment of USB cables and mounting accessories for an easy, out of the box installation. Here’s a product video we shot of the AC-360-Z microphone system at […]

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Crestron Upgrades AirMedia 2.0 Wireless BYOD System

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At InfoComm 2019, Crestron introduced enhancements to its AirMedia 2.0 Wireless Presentation Systems (AM-200, AM-300) including a better user interface, quicker connection via all operating systems and native integration with the Crestron AirBoard whiteboard capture system and Crestron Flex UC solutions. The AM-300 and AM-200 facilitate collaboration by turning lobbies, lounges and other open spaces […]

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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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Pexip Tries to Fend Off Giant Competitors by Focusing on Relationships via PexAdvantage

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Pexip has announced PexAdvantage — a partner program to help the channel. The unified communications (UCC) market value is expected to reach $45.7 billion by 2022, according to Gartner. By reselling Pexip’s cloud-native video conferencing platform, partners can increase their recurring revenue and help customers collaborate on any device, from any location. The PexAdvantage program […]

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Yamaha and Huddly Announce Partnership at InfoComm 2019

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At InfoComm 2019, Yamaha Unified Communications announced a partnership with UCC camera company Huddly. With the partnership, the new Yamaha ESB-1080 Enterprise Sound Bar will bundle with Huddly’s AI wide-angle USB camera to create the Yamaha Collaboration Kit. The Yamaha Collaboration Kit (currently available only in North America) combines Yamaha’s ESB-1080 Enterprise Sound Bar and […]

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Yamaha Unified Debuts YAI-1 XL Bundle for UCC

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Yamaha Unified Communications has broadened its offering of bundled professional audio conferencing solutions specifically engineered for installation out of the box into boardrooms and large conference rooms utilizing UC applications. Now organizations can select the YAI-1 with up to eight Executive Elite wireless microphones or the new YAI-1 XL with up to 16 microphones. Both […]

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Jabra Unveils Analytics Partnerships for Data-Driven Clients

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Jabra has opened up its software development kit (SDK) to external partners, allowing them to build Jabra data into their UC platforms and therefore provide detailed, real-time insight into factors affecting call quality. As a result, you would hope, both end users and business management can make better-informed and faster decisions that have a direct […]

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Yamaha Unified Communications to Demo First SIP-Compatible Video Sound Bar at Enterprise Connect

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Yamaha Unified Communications has announced that it will show the CS-700 SIP Video Sound Collaboration System at Enterprise Connect. Yamaha says that the CS-700 SIP is the first video sound bar to integrate PBX and UC applications to deliver audio from all communication channels and address video and collaboration requirements from one device. The CS-700 […]

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Extron Debuts Full-Featured AV Control with Integrated Dolby Audio Conference Phone

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Extron today announced it will work with Dolby on enabling the Dolby Conference Phone to operate seamlessly with the Extron Pro Series AV control solutions. This extends Extron control capabilities to the Dolby Conference Phone, providing complete AV and conferencing control for the modern meeting space. When incorporated with an Extron Pro Series control system, […]

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Vaddio Intros Next Generation of Professional PTZ Cameras

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Vaddio recently launched the RoboSHOT Elite Series of professional PTZ cameras, designed for university lecture halls, houses of worship, government chambers, corporate meeting rooms and UCC environments. RoboSHOT Elite Series cameras use a 1/2.5 Type Exmor R generation CMOS image sensor to deliver 8.5 megapixels of 1080p/60 video and more powerful image signal processing. This […]

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Unified Communications & Collaboration Market to Be $60 Billion by 2025

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Unified Communications & Collaboration Market is set to grow from its current market value of more than $32 billion to over $60 billion by 2025, according to a new research report by Global Market Insights, Inc. The unified communications and collaboration market growth is attributed to the growing penetration of mobile devices and increasing adoption […]

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Announcing New 1 Beyond Automate Multi-Camera Media Processing Solutions

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1 Beyond announces its newest product line — 1 Beyond Automate multi-camera media processing solutions for streaming, recording and video conferencing. Triggered by voice or simple selectable scenarios, the Automate product line automates camera motion and switching in addition to providing multi-window compositing and titling for meetings, conferences, panel discussions, lecture capture, distance learning and […]

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AtlasIED IPX to Debut 3rd Generation Audio-over-IP Line at Enterprise Connect

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AtlasIED will debut its new IPX Series of IP Endpoints in booth #1301 of Enterprise Connect this March 18 – 20, 2019, at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando, Fla. In partnership with Cisco, the IPX Series IP endpoints make VoIP (audio) communications for mass notification systems networkable. Aimed at the K-12 educational, healthcare and […]

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Can We Finally Throw Away the Dreaded Videoconferencing Remote?

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Videoconferencing technologies have improved tremendously over the past several years. Cloud services have made it possible to cost effectively scale deployments to thousands of desktops and conference rooms. Improvements in video encoding, compute power and broadband services mean anyone can join a video call, from almost anywhere, via practically any device. And USB conference cams […]

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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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Crestron Flex Unified Communications & Collaboration Solutions Debuted at ISE 2019

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The Crestron Flex Unified Communications & Collaboration solutions, which debuted at ISE 2019 this month in Hall-2, Stand C20, delivers a native Microsoft Teams, Skype for Business, and Zoom Rooms software experience, including one-touch join. The Crestron Flex includes: Crestron Flex P100 Series: Crestron’s first ever voice-over-IP desk phone, the P100 Series delivers the Microsoft Teams or Skype for […]

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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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Ten Months After Launching It, Yamaha Finally Ships CS-700 Collaboration Room Sound Bar

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Better late than never, right? Well, late is now! Yamaha UC is now shipping the Yamaha CS-700 Video Sound Collaboration System for huddle rooms. The all-in-one wall-mounted UC solution is marketed as a Video Sound Collaboration System for huddle rooms. It includes an adaptive beamforming microphone array, four Yamaha speaker elements and a wide-angle HD camera that captures every meeting participant. Through […]

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Revolabs ISE 2018 Lineup Focuses on UC Solutions

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Revolabs today announced its product lineup for Integrated Systems Europe 2018. Together at the world’s largest AV systems integration show, Yamaha and Revolabs will demonstrate their portfolio of market-leading unified communications (UC) solutions, with special focus on the Yamaha CS-700 Video Sound Collaboration System for huddle rooms and Yamaha’s YVC-1000MS Unified Communications Microphone and Speaker System. Demonstrations will take place […]

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UC By Any Other Name…

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By David Danto Director of Emerging Technology, IMCCA This week both of my boys head off to college, leaving my wife and I with the proverbial empty nest. While I know they’re as prepared as they can be to absorb all the higher education that they can access, I can easily recall the time when they […]

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Predictions for Unified Communications in 2015

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After a brief period of dormancy, the unified communications (UC) industry took a healthy jump to life last year. What will this year bring for the industry? UC experts are predicting the biggest trends and what they mean for enterprises and institutions looking to expand and improve their collaboration experience in 2015. A recent article […]

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Pexip Infinity Now Embedded Within Microsoft Outlook

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Pexip today announced that technology partner Covene, a unified communications and collaboration (UCC) consulting firm, has launched the Covene Cohesion Platform, which introduces Microsoft Outlook integration. Communicating with Pexip Infinity through an API, the solution’s Active Directory native plug-in for Outlook 2010 and 2013 allows organizations to provide employees with a branded button within the […]

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Pan Tilt Zoom

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We tend to forget that video conferences are supposed to be a technological way to have meetings. Gadgets, gadgets, more gadgets and expensive widgets are getting in the way of us just sitting down and having a meeting. The worst culprit of all is the PTZ camera. The PTZ, by its name alone reminds us […]

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Google Integrates Vidyo Technology in Professional Hangouts Feature

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Vidyo announced details of a partnership with Google – a software-based solution that enables H.323/SIP video conferencing and IP PBX systems to connect users into Google+ Hangout Sessions. The new product will extend usability by allowing connectivity with existing business voice and video solutions from Cisco, Polycom, Lifesize, Avaya and Vidyo. VidyoH2O for Google+ Hangouts […]

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ISE Becomes World’s Largest AV Trade Show and Has Six Clear Tech Themes

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Before the doors closed on the 2014 edition of the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) last week in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, nearly every exhibitor already knew it was a record show. NEC reported to us on Day 2 of the show that they’d seen a 40 percent increase on leads on Day 1 over 2013’s totals. […]

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Home Again After ISE 2014

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I arrived home last night after a whirlwind day of post-show meetings and goodbyes in Amsterdam. Now, with a profound case of jet-lag, I am sitting down with all my notes and recordings to put this year’s show into some perspective. First, however, let me say something about the effort in which I was fortunate […]

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