Mode-AL Debuts UCC-Focused Line from B-Tech

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Following its recent acquisition of Mode-AL Display Engineering Ltd., B-Tech AV Mounts announced the first in a range of Unified Collaboration solutions designed to make integration between technology and office space quick. Featuring a shallow profile, these solutions have a variety of wall or floor fixing options with a minimal footprint and provide hidden, easily […]

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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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Key Digital Enters the UCC Camera Market

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Key Digital just launched the KD-CAMUSB, a USB camera with pan, tilt and 10x zoom functionality aimed at video conferencing and capture applications in huddle spaces, conference rooms, board rooms, lecture halls, etc. The KD-CAMUSB features multiple mounting options on the wall and ceiling with included mounting hardware and may also be table surface mounted. […]

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Using Microsoft Teams? Sennheiser TeamConnect Ceiling 2 Is Certified

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The Sennheiser TeamConnect Ceiling 2 microphone is now certified for Microsoft Teams Rooms when deployed with Microsoft-certified DSPs. The ceiling array microphone, which offers easy installation and patented dynamic beamforming technology, will be available from Microsoft as a solution for Microsoft Teams Rooms complete with a Microsoft-certified DSP. TeamConnect Ceiling 2 delivers flexibility and performance […]

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Attero Tech Ships UCC Mixer/Amp

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Attero Tech is now shipping the Axon A4FLEX networked AVC interface. Combining four studio-grade microphone preamps, logic I/O, a USB audio interface and a two-channel power amplifier in a 1/3U form factor, the A4FLEX is designed for huddle rooms and small conference rooms in UCC spaces. When paired with an enterprise DSP, the A4FLEX can […]

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Webinar | Why UCC Spaces are Defining the Future of Interactivity Everywhere

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Interactivity used to be relegated to the most expensive plain-old whiteboard anyone ever purchased – the SmartBoard. As you know, most of them were installed with good intentions but ended up being used as, well, just a whiteboard. But, companies like Avocor and Zoom have simplified and amped-up interactivity starting with small meeting rooms and […]

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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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Panasonic Adds New 4K Displays Designed for UCC and and Business Applications

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Panasonic Business has completed the expansion of its 4K display range, originally launched at ISE 2019, with the CQ1 series featuring six new models for use in collaborative spaces. Available from 43 to 86 inches, the series is all native 4K resolution (3840×2160) and support 4K/60p signals and are spec’d to deliver 400 cd/m2 brightness […]

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Logitech Adds Salamander Designs to Collaboration Program

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Salamander Designs has joined the Logitech Collaboration Program (LCP) in the program’s complementary solutions track. Customers who purchase Logitech video collaboration products, along with Salamander mobile stands, credenzas and huddle tables from Salamander, now receive a solution that is optimized for groups to collaborate anytime and anywhere. Users can order custom technology furniture that seamlessly […]

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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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TOA Debuts AM-CF-1 Speaker Bar and Mic Array for UCC

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TOA Electronics Europe recently introduced a new digital audio conference dubbed the AM-CF1 — a microphone array and sound bar aimed at small meeting rooms and UCC applications. Combining eight beam-steering microphones with two active two-way speakers in a single device, the AM-CF1 is designed to assist in better web conferencing sound with built-in each-cancellation […]

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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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ScreenBeam Targets Education Market with ScreenBeam 1000 EDU 4K Wireless Collaboration Solution

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ScreenBeam today launched an education-focused solution to wireless BYOD called the ScreenBeam 1000 EDU. The new 4K wireless collaboration solution allows for content sharing, without apps, on all devices including student Chromebooks. Specifically designed classrooms, the ScreenBeam 1000 EDU has both a local Wi-Fi mode and a Miracast mode for connectivity or network bridge functionality […]

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Crestron Adds Microsoft Teams to Flex Line

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Crestron’s Flex platform grew this month, adding the M-Series and B-Series single display kits designed to integrate Microsoft Teams in UCC applications. The new Crestron Flex M-Series MX models combine BYOD connectivity and a native Microsoft Teams experience, providing users with multiple ways to collaborate within their space. They can either access Microsoft Teams with […]

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Crestron Updates Room Scheduling Platform

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At InfoComm 2019, Crestron updated its room scheduling platform. Ad Astra, CollegeNET, New Wave Apps and SpaceIQ now run on Crestron room scheduling touch screens. Crestron is also debuting the latest additions to its family of room scheduling touch screens with the TSW-560 and TSW-560P, both of which support direct connect scheduling. Crestron touch screens […]

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Intel Unite Solution Showcases Jabra PanaCast People Detection and Counting Technology at InfoComm 2019

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At InfoComm 2019, Intel Unite demonstrated the advanced room and resource management capabilities of the Jabra PanaCast People Detection & Counting (PDC) Technology that is integrated into all PanaCast devices and made available to Intel Unite solution users via a PanaCast plugin. The PDC technology is also available as an API for 3rd party Intel […]

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Lifesize Debuts Lifesize Go Aimed at Zoom

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Lifesize today announced Lifesize Go, a free video conferencing service that allows people to meet face-to-face, share content and collaborate across teams. Aimed at Zoom and built to work across used browsers and operating systems, Lifesize Go delivers a mobile-first group video conferencing experience for up to eight participants with no downloads, subscription requirements or […]

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Poly Is Still Trying to Convince People That Hardware-Based Conferencing Is a Thing with G7500

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Poly today announced the Poly G7500, which is basically a hardware-based VTC codec, an EagleEye IV camera (or EagleEye Cube USB), a Poly IP Microphone, a Bluetooth Remote control and cabling all packaged together in a way that integrates audio, wireless content sharing and 4K video for small and medium-sized meeting rooms for those that […]

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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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Crestron UCC-Based Mic and SpeakerBar with Built-in 4K Camera at InfoComm

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Crestron just launched three new SpeakerBars for the UCC market; the UC-SB1, the UC-SB1-AV and the UC-SB1-CAM. All three are SpeakerBars with built-in beamforming mic arrays that are designed for huddle rooms, UCC spaces and small meeting rooms — and use the same form-factor, 43″ wide, 3″ deep and 5″ high. The difference is: UC-SB1: […]

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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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Globally, NEC Is First to Platinum Partner With UC Workspace QuickLaunch for Collaboration Boards

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NEC Display Solutions of America and UC Workspace, creators of Quicklaunch, announced today that NEC Display Solutions’ has Platinum Partner status with UC Workspace Quicklaunch. The Quicklaunch meeting application is customized for use with NEC’s innovative InfinityBoard solution and is conferencing-provider agnostic. The solution is designed for easy use and delivers optimized integration with the not only NEC, but also its ecosystem […]

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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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Acoustic Magic Voice Tracker III UCC-Based Mic Array to Debut at InfoComm

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Acoustic Magic is using InfoComm to introduce the Voice Tracker III, which is based on the technology of the Voice Tracker I, but has 2 dB better signal to noise ratio and a flatter frequency response curve leading to a brighter sound quality. The $450 Voice Tracker III is designed for lecture and meeting recording […]

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New AC-360 From MXL Aims to Become the Only UCC Microphone You Need

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At InfoComm 2019 next month, MXL Microphones will debut its new universal USB-powered, table-top Web conferencing microphone, the MXL AC-360 in booth 3725. The AC-360 is a step-up from its predecessor, the AC-360-Z, which MXL says was co-designed with engineers from Zoom Video Communications to be a preferred hardware selection for Zoom Rooms and Zoom […]

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Extron Adds 5″ Cable Cubby Touch Panel to UCC Line

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Extron has announced the addition of the TLP Pro 525C, a five-inch Cable Cubby Series/2 TouchLink Pro touch panel with a flip-up touchscreen built into an all metal cable access enclosure. They designed this latest TouchLink Pro touch panel with a quad-core processor, more memory and a 800×480 capacitive touchscreen built with scratch and smudge-resistant […]

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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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New UCC-Based Audio Ecosytem Called Stem Debuts from Phoenix Audio

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Today, Stem Audio announced the launch of their “conference room ecosystem” aimed at conference rooms and huddle rooms. It includes five networkable products that can be mixed and matched into any meeting room aiming to solve audio connectivity and quality problems in UCC rooms. The Stem ecosystem includes three audio devices: Table, Wall and Ceiling, […]

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