TrueConf Announces TrueConf Group Videoconferencing Solution

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TrueConf announced this week a new offering called TrueConf Group, a videoconferencing endpoint with built-in MCU that boasts high-quality video and audio clarity. TrueConf Group will be available for shipping globally sometime this fall in multiple configurations as ready-to-use kits for meeting rooms. TrueConf Group includes: 1080p60 video and content and enables users to share […]

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Zoom Rooms Speaker Switching Adds Jabra PanaCast Compatibility

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Jabra announced today that Zoom Video Communications, Inc. selected the Jabra PanaCast as the video solution for its new telepresence capability, Zoom Rooms Speaker Switching. Announced this week at Zoomtopia, Zoom’s user conference, the Zoom Rooms Speaker Switching is an added feature to Zoom Rooms. (Zoom Rooms equips every sized conference room with all of […]

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Zoom Announces Expanded Platform, New Technologies at Zoomtopia 2019

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Zoom Video Communications just announced at Zoomtopia 2019 (its annual user conference) that major additions are coming to its software platforms. All of these, which are outlined below, will be become available on the platform by the end of January 2020. New Zoom Rooms Appliances: These are purpose-built Zoom Rooms hardware devices that Zoom is […]

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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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Jabra Releases Certified PanaCast for Microsoft Teams

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Jabra today launches the Jabra PanaCast, a smart panoramic-4K plug-and-play video solution certified for Microsoft Teams. Jabra PanaCast is aimed as a UCC camera for huddle rooms and meeting spaces as well as collaboration. Jabra PanaCast uses three 13-megapixel cameras that work together as one via core technology embedded in the built-in Jabra PanaCast Vision […]

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The Isolated Worlds of Video Conferencing

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I participated in a unified communications panel at InfoComm about three years ago. It was a great panel with representation from companies like Cisco, Polycom, and (the now defunct) Tely Labs. I was the oddball of the bunch; promising the audience that a focus on software to improve proximate meetings was needed at least as […]

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You Got Drones in My Huddle Room

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If you read our industry press at all (and I hope you do) you will note large numbers of articles on two subjects: 1. The “Huddle Room” and 2. Drones When two subjects like these fascinate an industry, it is almost inevitable that they combine in some way. (I consider this the “you got peanut […]

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Friction, SB-327 and Zoom’s Terrible, Horrible, No-Good Week

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Last week was an eventful one for Zoom. In less than twenty-four hours, we had: The revelation of multiple security vulnerabilities in the popular Zoom conferencing software A [now updated] defensive statement by Zoom, dismissing concerns related to same Public outcry A reversal of course and introduction of an immediate patch for one vulnerability and […]

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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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Extron and Lifesize Announce Partnership in UCC Spaces

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Extron says that Extron AV control can now be part of any Lifesize videoconferencing room. You can now add Extron control to the Lifesize Icon meeting room systems, providing enhanced control functionality to their video conferencing solutions. This collaboration with Lifesize allows our TouchLink Pro touchpanels to provide a familiar Lifesize interface to control audio […]

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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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The Evolution of Technology Spaces

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Evolving how we understand and design collaborative spaces One of the most consistent things we see in corporate facilities/classrooms/lecture halls worldwide is that they have been equipped with some manner of technology package that is there for the users of that space to better communicate with others. And one of the most consistent things about […]

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This Tweet Explains Why Zoom Is Dominating Meeting Rooms

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This is the tweet heard ‘round the AV world — or at least, it should have been: The March 21st tweet from R/GA read: A thousand years from now humans will have shed their physical form and ascended to a higher state of consciousness and conference room AV systems still won’t work. — R/GA (@RGA) […]

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BlueJeans and Dolby Partner, Simplify Purchasing with Rooms-as-a-Service

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Blue Jeans Network, Inc. today announced its plan to offer BlueJeans Rooms-as-a-Service featuring Dolby Voice Room in the near future. BlueJeans Rooms-as-a-Service featuring Dolby Voice Room will be a new service-based subscription model for quickly adopting Dolby’s hardware with BlueJeans’ enterprise-grade cloud meetings platform. The Room-as-a-Service model provides IT decision makers with the benefits of […]

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Oblong Targets Zoom Video with Debut of Rumpus Multi-Stream Collaboration Video System

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Oblong Industries just announced something called Rumpus, a new visual collaboration application for purely virtual teams. Oblong is marketing it saying that Rumpus makes web conferencing both content and context rich. It provides simultaneous access to shared screens from meeting participants, and delivers a new layer of communication with shared cursors, annotation and emojis for […]

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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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RTI to Show More Commercial Products at ISE 2019

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RTI today announced its product lineup for Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2019, taking place Feb. 5-8 in Amsterdam. In Stand 1-N85, the company will be showcasing media distribution and collaboration solutions for classrooms, lecture halls, and meeting spaces, including the new VXU-SC video conferencing system. In addition, the company’s Miravue VIP-1 video-over-IP system and VMS-741 […]

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Altia Systems Debuts PanaCast 3 Camera, Setting New Bar for UCC Cameras with 40 Megapixel Camera

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Altia Systems, known for the PanaCast 2 180° Panoramic-4K USB camera system, today announced the introduction of PanaCast 3, the world’s first UCC panoramic video system with 40 Megapixels capacity. PanaCast 3 integrates three 13-megapixel cameras, stereo microphones and advanced software to deliver 100 percent video coverage, 100 percent audio capture and 100 percent data […]

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QSC Awarded Patent for Web Conferencing Integration

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QSC just announced it has been awarded a utility patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office for its Q-SYS Web Conference Integration Solution. This patent (USA 9,973,638) recognizes the solution’s ability to bring an IP camera stream from Q-SYS PTZ-IP conference cameras into soft codec applications (like Zoom, Skype for Business, GoToMeeting, etc.) […]

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AV=Actual/Virtual

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Last week, I attended Oculus Connect, the conference for Facebook/Oculus virtual reality developers. It was one of the best glimpses I have yet seen into the uses of a new technology that will change the way we do business in industries with events or communication and collaboration with remote people (rental and staging, collaboration, education, […]

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Seven Best Practices for Huddle Room Collaboration

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Huddle spaces are the Goldilocks of meeting rooms: not so big and formal they stifle creativity, yet not too small for a team to get work done. And while they’re great at facilitating collaboration, it’s important to note that they’re not “just another meeting room” when it comes to implementing video conferencing. These ad-hoc collaboration […]

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Using 4K to Make a Better UCC Room (But Not Because of Resolution)

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Everyone who’s anyone in AV knows that 4K provides four times the resolution of 1080p. 1920×1080, commonly referred to as ‘Full HD’ was the industry’s high-resolution display platform for over a decade and has recently been usurped by 4K — which in ProAV-land is known as UHD, or 3840×2160 (or in DCI-world, 4096×2160) is, in […]

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How to Enable a Connected Campus

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By PanaCast College campuses around the world are enabling students to be more flexible with their learning by providing high-tech solutions that allow for more distance and remote learning opportunities, mixed in with traditional classroom learning. Many universities now have two or more campuses, further heightening the need to keep campuses connected. The good news […]

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New Avonic PTZ Camera Debuts

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Avonic today announced its completely redesigned PTZ camera, the CM40 — designed for fixed AV installations. The CM44 camera is specifically designed for video conferencing applications; this USB-based camera is compatible with the most used soft-codec conference tools like Skype, Zoom and GoToMeeting. Avonic says that their selling point is for the price of a […]

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IES, AVIXA Jointly Publish Standard on Lighting for Videoconferencing Rooms

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The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) and AVIXA have announced the release of the new standard Recommended Practice for Lighting Performance for Small to Medium Sized Videoconferencing Rooms (ANSI/IES/AVIXA RP-38-17). Created by lighting experts from IES and videoconferencing experts from AVIXA, the standard is ANSI (American National Standards Institute) approved, demonstrating that the development procedures meet […]

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