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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Almo Spring E4v: How to UC & See Into the Future

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Last year, AV/IT distributor Almo Professional A/V pulled together a top-rate virtual experience for resellers and tech managers. E4v is a digital version of Almo’s in-person E4: a regional, industry-education-focused show that typically features Almo vendors and their offerings. This week’s event, the spring E4v (“v” for “virtual”), marked Almo’s third full E4v Evolution, the […]

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5 Technology Opportunities for AV/IT — Trends from SYNNEX Top Tech Day

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Did you catch SYNNEX’s latest LAVNCH event, Top Tech Day, this Wednesday? Yes or no, we tuned into all the live sessions to bring you this story on the technology opportunities, products and solutions of 2020, 2021 and beyond. Among Top Tech Day’s presenters, moderators and panelists included SYNNEX Vice President of Product Management Sandi […]

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LAVNCH EMEA Day 2: Hybrid Working Is Bursting With Opportunity

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We at rAVe were as excited about day two of LAVNCH EMEA — UCC Collaborative Day — as any other LAVNCH event we’ve hosted thus far. It’s like Chris Mcintyre-Brown of Futuresource said Wednesday on ProAV Day and reiterated this morning: UC&C (unified communications and collaboration) technology is intertwined into every AV discussion today. How […]

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ClickShare Conference Is As If the Barco UCC Engineers Saw COVID-19 Coming

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Like many of you, we’ve decided to keep THE rAVe Agency’s physical offices closed at least through the end of the summer, but I think it’s unlikely that we will actually gather our team together, physically, fall. In fact, nearly every business will face the significant hurdle of dealing with people who are creeped out […]

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UCC Day of LAVNCH WEEK 2.0: Revolution, ‘Next Normals’ and Marriage

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Wow, what a way to kick off LAVNCH WEEK 2.0 — the weeklong event’s UCC Day included three fantastic education sessions and amazing partner content from AVer, Nureva and Bluescape. There wasn’t a minute we weren’t learning, growing or soaking in something new related to the unified communications & collaboration (UCC) vertical of AV technology. […]

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A Conversation with Charmaine Torruella Ahead of LAVNCH WEEK 2.0

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Charmaine Torruella is the moderator for our upcoming panel on UCC (Unified Communications & Collaboration) Day of LAVNCH WEEK 2.0, a day of LAVNCH WEEK that we’re all really excited about, and not just because so many of us are working from home and constantly using Zoom/Teams/WebEx/BlueJeans/Google Meet (though video fatigue is now a thing) […]

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COVID-19 and the New Era of Online Video Conferencing

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By Adam Cox Futuresource Consulting Populations are adjusting to COVID-19, with social distancing orders having compelled people to find alternatives to face-to-face meetings. As a result, cloud video conferencing solutions have never been more popular. With hundreds of millions of people now working from home, vendors such as Cisco, Lifesize and Microsoft have responded to […]

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Our Favorite Moments From LAVNCH WEEK 2020

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I had the pleasure of providing live coverage for the first-ever LAVNCH WEEK, an all-digital event put on by THE rAVe Agency in partnership with Zoom last week. After five full days of education sessions, product launches and thought-leadership, I wanted to write a wrap-up story of my favorite moments, broken down by vertical: ProAV, […]

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Crestron Adds Crestron Flex MX, a New UCC Appliance for BYOD or Native Microsoft Teams, Zoom Rooms

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Crestron’s new Flex MX is a UCC appliance that offers both native and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) capability. Crestron Flex MX allows companies to run native Microsoft Teams (UC-MX150-T) or Zoom Rooms (UC-MX150-Z) software or switch to BYOD mode for all other conferencing software. For organizations standardized on Microsoft Teams or Zoom Rooms, Flex MX delivers those […]

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LAVNCH WEEK UCC Panel: “What’s Next for UCC Integrators and Power Users?” — The Blog Version

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The UCC Panel of our LAVNCH WEEK Wednesday covered some things that everyone has been thinking about but maybe not talking about. “What’s Next for UCC Integrators and Power Users?” It’s one hell of a title because it’s something that keeps us all up at night — we’re living in a weird world right now […]

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LAVNCH WEEK UCC Day Tech Talk — Blog Version: “Comparing UCC Options” with Dr. S. Ann Earon, the “Industry Godmother”

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By: Madelyn Welch and Leah McCann For today’s UCC Day “Tech Talk,” we were joined by industry veteran Dr. S. Ann Earon to compare unified communication collaborations options and discover where the battle lines are today. With more than 38 years in the industry, Dr. Earon has dubbed herself the “fairy godmother of the industry.”  […]

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Our One-on-One Session With Zoom — the LAVNCH WEEK UCC Day Keynote

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I was shaking in my boots (with excitement) to hear from Zoom for our LAVNCH WEEK UCC Day keynote. Zoom has been in the news a lot recently, but a lot of us think the platform has done a fantastic job of responding to criticism about its security measures, then directly addressing them with timeliness […]

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Webinar | UCC: Bring Your Own Meeting vs Room Based Meetings, Collaboration Spaces

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**Note: CTS RUs are not available for webinar or educational session recordings. Do you design, sell or use UCC-based collaboration systems like Zoom, Webex, Microsoft Teams or BlueJeans? Do you prefer one ecosystem over the other, or are you tired of interoperability problems? Are you thankful for Zoom’s simplicity and frustrated by Microsoft’s inability to […]

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Hypersign’s New All-in-One UCC Application Integrates With Zoom and Webex Teams

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Hypersign’s new Huddleup is a new UCC application for its all-in-one Hypersign+ system. It’s a single-tap wrapper that integrates with Zoom, Whereby (formerly appear.in) and Webex Teams. Features include: Interactive whiteboarding: Whiteboarding is built directly into the application, so you don’t need traditional whiteboards in the meeting area. Live TV: Huddleup brings live TV to […]

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Bose and Sennheiser Partner to Launch UCC-Based Audio Solution for Meeting Rooms

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Bose Professional and Sennheiser have teamed up to provide an in-ceiling unified communications solution and announced a new UCC-based ceiling mic system called the ES1 Ceiling Audio Solution aimed at conference rooms. Consisting of three Bose products: the ControlSpace EX-440C conferencing signal processor, the EdgeMax EM180 in-ceiling loudspeaker, the PowerSpace P2600A amplifier and the Sennheiser TeamConnect […]

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AVI-SPL Intros Symphony Adapter Marketplace at ISE 2020

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AVI-SPL will introduce its Symphony Adapter Marketplace at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2020 today. The marketplace will enable additional audiovisual (AV) and unified communication (UC) devices within an organization’s collaboration technology estate to be proactively monitored and controlled through Symphony. AVI-SPL’s Symphony Adapter Marketplace will expand accessibility to the catalog of Symphony certified devices, combining […]

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UC Workspace Just Launched the Best New Product for UCC Since Zoom

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UC Workspace’s new UCC product is called WEAV; more information is near the bottom of this product announcement but read this first to understand its positioning. UC Workspace jumped on the scene a few years ago with a universal UX for all collaboration boards. Called Quicklaunch, it’s the maiden product of UC Workspace that allows […]

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Barco Launches Canvas 3D Visualization System

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Barco has launched something called Canvas, a VR-based system that allows companies to conceptualize projects. The Canvas is applicable in all markets where 3D images are coupled with business objectives, with a focus on AEC (architecture, engineering and construction). Many VR users want to enhance their 3D visualization capabilities and shake off the disadvantages of […]

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Plantronics Releases Additions to Voyager 4200, Voyager 5200 Series

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Plantronics released today the Voyager 4200 and Voyager 5200 Office Series. These Bluetooth headset systems are an extension of the Voyager 4200 UC and Voyager 5200 UC Series. Both enable mobility and multiple connectivity options for office workers. The Voyager 4200 and Voyager 5200 Office Series will have a version available with a dedicated Microsoft […]

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New Atlona AT-DISP-CTRL BYOD Controller Ships

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Atlona just started shipping a controller aimed at UCC spaces dubbed the AT-DISP-CTRL. Aimed at controlling small rooms using BYOD, the AT-DISP-CTRL sends a control command to power the display, switches inputs and enables volume control automatically when detecting an HDMI source. Also, it can be programmed to turn display power off after a specified […]

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ClearOne Intros CONVERGENCE AV Network Manager

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ClearOne today announced the release of its new CONVERGENCE AV Network Manager, an AV network management platform-to-monitor control, and audit ClearOne pro audio and video products and services. Remote real-time system access provides network administrators at-a-glance and dashboard views. Two levels of access are available — a secure administrator level for full access and a […]

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Lifesize Releases Dash Software-Based Meeting Room Kit, Updates for App

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On the heels of the Zoom and Microsoft partnership — detailing complete interoperability between Zoom and Microsoft Teams coming in early 2020 — Lifesize announced an interoperable and cloud-connected Lifesize Dash software-based meeting room kit. These enhancements include a new free licensing model that allows organizations to immediately save up to $1,000 per room per […]

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DTEN Announces Subscription-Based Service Model for Collaboration Products, Including Zoom Room Kit

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DTEN has launched a new business model for its collaboration products for both personal and room-based video conference solutions, which combines hardware, software and support into the new subscription-based service model. Called DTEN Orbit Service, it’s now available with new product lines DTEN ON and DTEN GO. There’s no down payment required and there are […]

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Sharp Ships Windows Collaboration Display With Microsoft Skype for Business

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Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA) announced it’s shipping the world’s first Windows Collaboration Display (WCD) with Microsoft’s Skype for Business certification. The native 4K 70-inch is integrated with Microsoft Azure Digital Twins to monitor collaboration spaces. The Sharp Windows Collaboration Display is marketed as the world’s first large-format interactive display to achieve […]

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Bose Professional DesignMax Family Loudspeakers Now Shipping

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Bose Professional announced it is shipping the DesignMax family of loudspeakers. The speakers have begun shipping in Europe and will be available in the USA in November. DesignMax includes 10 loudspeakers and two subwoofers — there are ceiling- and surface-mounted options available in either black or white. Designers can tailor DesignMax to fit applications of […]

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Two Atlona Omega Switchers Shipping Now

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Atlona is shipping two new Atlona Omega switchers, including the AT-OME-MS42 4×2 matrix switcher with USB extension and the AT-OME-RX21 HDBaseT receiver and 4K/UHD scaler. Available on its own or bundled in the AT-OME-MS42-KIT with an AT-OME-EX-RX HDBaseT receiver, the OME-MS42 delivers exceptional performance and value for 4K/UHD presentation and video conferencing applications in small-to-medium […]

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Crestron Mercury Update Announced

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Crestron today announced a Crestron Mercury update for the tabletop meeting and UCC solution. Crestron says the new UI features a more modern-looking, cleaner design that provides users with a simpler experience, including more intuitive navigation. The redesigned UI will ship with all new Crestron Mercury units and is available for existing units via a […]

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