Zoom Partner Program Expanded, Integrator Certification Added

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Zoom announced they’ve changed its hardware and integrator partner programs and not only added a recertification program but also added tiers to it, too. Established in 2018 to help customers implement hardware and streamline the deployment of Zoom Rooms and other Zoom products, the Zoom partner program provides an ecosystem approach of Zoom solutions. The […]

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Nureva Updates Jira Software Integration In Span Workspace

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Nureva has announced an update to the Jira software integration with Span Workspace, Nureva’s expansive cloud-based digital canvas for visual planning and collaboration. Jira issues that are represented by digital sticky notes in a Span canvas can now be updated either in Jira or in Span Workspace, and the changes will be synchronized between the […]

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Utelogy Announces USB Device Monitoring

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Utelogy has announced that USB device monitoring has been added to its platform to allow IT departments to manage UCC systems (web-based conferencing software) easier and more quickly. How does it work? With companies rapidly moving to unified communications (UC) including Microsoft Teams, Webex, Zoom and Ring Central and other computer-based collaboration platforms, a growing […]

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ClearOne UNITE 50 4K ePTZ Camera for UCC Applications Ships

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ClearOne today announced the immediate availability of its new wide-angle (120-degree), USB video conferencing camera, the ClearOne UNITE 50 4K ePTZ camera. The UNITE 50 4K camera’s wide-angle field-of-view is designed for PC-based video conferencing, web conferencing and unified communications, and other collaboration experiences in huddle spaces and small conference rooms. The camera also supports […]

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The Ripple Effect — Your Premeeting Chatter Matters

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The science of meetings is fascinating. How do we best communicate with one another when we find ourselves sitting across from each other in a conference room? How do we solve problems, build confidence in one another, share? It’s an interesting area of our lives to explore — particularly because the workday is composed of […]

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IMCCA Details Collaboration Week Silicon Valley

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The IMCCA today announced additional sponsors, locations and program elements for Collaboration Week Silicon Valley. Scheduled for Oct. 28-30, 2019, the three-day event focuses on new solutions and trends in the UCC space and is aimed at end users, integrators, consultants and manufacturers. The three daytime programs will be hosted at three different sites – […]

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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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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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Yamaha Unified Communications Details InfoComm 2019 Plans

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Yamaha Unified Communications has announced it will show the latest additions to its broad portfolio of UC solutions at InfoComm 2019. At booth 4961, Yamaha UC will demonstrate the new wireless extension mic for the CS-700 SIP Video Sound Bar, new solutions for medium sized conference spaces and open spaces, along with the award-winning YVC-200 […]

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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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