Cisco, Microsoft Teams and Zoom Will Be Totally Interoperable by Mid-2020!

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By Chris Mcintyre-Brown Associate Director, Futuresource Consulting As video conferencing solutions proliferate, remote working continues to rise and the number of inter-company video conferences increases, a lack of system interoperability has become a major pain point for many users. Internally focused video conferences are less problematic, as everyone is familiar with their system of choice. However, once […]

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Soon Zoom and Microsoft Teams Will Be Natively Interoperable

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Zoom and Microsoft have worked together to enhance conference room interoperability and simplify how you connect to third-party meetings. How? The companies are collaborating to provide interoperability between both conference room solutions and streamlined meeting experiences. Available in early 2020, Zoom Rooms will be able to join Microsoft Teams meetings, and Microsoft Teams Rooms will […]

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MXL AC-44 Audio Tracking System for Zoom Rooms Released

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MXL Microphones is coming out with the MXL AC-44 Audio Tracking System, which will integrate with most Zoom-certified cameras. The bundle consists of a three-microphone array utilizing MXL’s new AC-44 miniature USB microphone, which boasts an extra-small footprint, (measuring only 2.5” x 3”), while delivering exceptional sound clarity in a wide pickup arc. The three […]

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Zoom Is the Apple of AV, Cisco Is Microsoft and Poly Is Motorola

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I had this thought back at Zoomtopia 2018, but after Zoomtopia 2019, it’s clear: Zoom is the Apple of the AV industry. Zoom is what? All of the eyes in AV were looking at Zoom yesterday. If you don’t believe me, look at the social stats of tweets and LinkedIn posts about Zoom Video Communications, […]

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DTEN ON 55″ Zoom Rooms for Touch Appliance Announced at Zoomtopia

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Functioning as a Zoom Rooms for Touch Appliance, the DTEN ON 55’’ is a dedicated 4K resolution touch Zoom-based Collaboration Board (think Google Jamboard, but for Zoom) that includes video conferencing, a mic-array, speakers, a camera and interactive whiteboarding as well as annotation. But, instead of buying the board outright, you an lease it or […]

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Poly Studio X Series Video Bar Announced at Zoomtopia 2019

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Yesterday at Zoomtopia, Poly announced two new purpose-built, all-in-one video bars, the Poly Studio X30 and Poly Studio X50. The Poly Studio X Series does not require an external PC or Mac to drive the Zoom Rooms experience and features new Poly MeetingAI capabilities for audio and video experiences built on machine learning and artificial […]

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Zoom and Neat Launch a Meeting Room System

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Yesterday at Zoomtopia 2019, Neat launched a Zoom-certified meeting room system that it says was built from the ground up and developed in close partnership with Zoom. In fact, the company said that Zoom has financially invested and will actually handle technical support for it, too. Based in Oslo, Norway, Neat has offices in the […]

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Crestron Releases Flex for Zoom Rooms at Zoomtopia 2019

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Crestron debuted the Crestron Flex for Zoom Rooms at Zoomtopia 2019, Zoom’s annual user conference (Oct. 15-16 in San Jose, California). The Crestron Flex is a line of unified communications solutions that come with native Zoom Rooms software functionality. “Crestron Flex for Zoom Rooms raises the bar,” said Eric Yu, hardware partnership manager of Zoom. […]

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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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Yamaha YVC-1000 USB and Bluetooth Speakerphone Now Zoom Certified

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Yamaha just announced that the Yamaha YVC-1000 USB and Bluetooth speakerphone for Zoom Rooms are now Zoom certified. Designed for medium and large conference spaces and multipurpose meeting rooms, the Yamaha YVC-1000 USB and Bluetooth audio solution features a separate microphone and full-range speaker unit that can be placed close to a display for blended […]

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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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Jabra Teams up with Zoom to Offer a Fully Immersive Video Conferencing Experience

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LOWELL, MA, October 15, 2019 –– Jabra, a leader in audio and video communications solutions, today announces that the Jabra PanaCast, engineered to be the world’s first intelligent Panoramic-4K plug-and-play video solution, was selected by Zoom Video Communications, Inc. as the video solution for its new telepresence capability, Zoom Rooms Speaker Switching. The Jabra PanaCast was selected […]

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Almo ProAV Intros Zoom Room Certified Bundles

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Almo Professional A/V today announced it has joined forces with video communications leader Zoom to offer fully-kitted Zoom Room Hardware Bundles, all of which will be stocked and ready for shipping in the U.S. and Latin America, and designed to transform any area into a modern, easy-to-use power collaboration workspace. Almo has also entered a […]

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It’s Official: QSC Ships Q-SYS NV, Entering the AV-Over-IP 1G Market and Competing Head-On with Crestron

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QSC says the Q-SYS NV Series (NV-32-H) 1G-based AV-over-IP system (AES-128 encryption) is shipping. As a native peripheral to the Q-SYS Ecosystem, NV Series allows integrators to add HDMI video distribution to an existing Q-SYS system without any control programming. The NV Series video endpoint is software-definable as either a video encoder or decoder. The […]

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Cybersecurity Advice (for the AV Industry) from Robert Mueller

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By Paul Konikowski On June 24, 2019, former Special Counsel Robert Mueller III testified before the House Judiciary Committee and the House Intelligence Committee about his team’s Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election. Throughout most of the day, Mueller kept his answers brief and referenced the report. Oftentimes, he […]

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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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Cybersecurity Lessons Learned from Zoom, Logitech and Draper

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By Paul Konikowski, CTS-D Last week was a big week for cybersecurity news pertaining to the audiovisual industry. Vulnerabilities in Zoom’s Mac desktop client were disclosed, hijacking flaws in Logitech’s Unifying USB dongles hit the mainstream and Draper, Inc. announced that its computer systems and communications networks were being held hostage by ransomware. Let’s take […]

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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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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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Sennheiser and Zoom Partner

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Sennheiser has teamed up with Zoom Video Communications to provide customers expanded possibilities for virtual collaboration. The benefits of Zoom’s cloud-based enterprise video communications and Sennheiser’s premium HD audio quality for business and seamless call control management will now be combinable for customers. The users of Sennheiser’s and Zoom’s products and services will experience Zoom’s […]

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Audinate Adds Dante-As-Software Products for Manufacturers and Developers

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Supporting the AV industry’s shift from purpose-built hardware to software-based solutions running on standardized hardware, Audinate — developer of the Dante AV networking technology – today announced two new software-based Dante products. Dante Embedded Platform enables manufacturers to add full Dante functionality in software running on Linux for x86 and ARM processors. The Dante Application […]

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Zoom Debuts Zoom Phone – Attacking Slack and Microsoft Teams in the Process

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Simply put, Zoom Phone includes business phone system features that enable employees to talk anytime, anywhere. Conceptually, this isn’t new, but this is Zoom – the company that literally disrupted and took over the majority of the video conferencing market in less than four years of existence. So, don’t just blow this off as another […]

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Extron Ships HC 404 Integrated with Zoom Room Control

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Extron told rAVe that it’s already shipping the HC 404 Meeting Space Collaboration System, which extends control capabilities to Zoom Rooms. It provides a one-touch user experience for conferencing, collaboration and AV room control. A single interface on your Extron TouchLink Pro Series touchpanel is all you need to control every conferencing and audiovisual function. […]

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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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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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Theta Lake Announces Product Integration for Compliance AI Listed on Zoom App Marketplace

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Theta Lake has announced a new partnership with Zoom Video and the availability of Theta Lake for Zoom on the Zoom App Marketplace. The product integration enables regulated organizations to seamlessly archive Zoom video, chat, and audio to comply with long-term regulatory retention requirements as well as leverage purpose-built AI and ML to automatically detect […]

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Extron Adds More Control for Zoom Rooms

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Extron has announced a series of system enhancements and updates to Extron control for Zoom Rooms including a single user interface on an Apple iPad or Extron Pro Series touch panel. This latest release adds a number of enhancements, including improved GUI elements, contact presence information, content sharing, new camera controls and more. Extron and […]

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Aveo Systems Annouces Zoom Rooms Support

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Zoom Rooms make an off-the-shelf computer (PC or MAC) a video and audio-conferencing codec, replacing dedicated hardware-based video codecs. Mira Connect controls the Zoom Rooms codec and manages all the other equipment in the room including cameras, microphones, displays, video switchers, DSP audio products and more. Using Aveo Systems’ Mira Portal cloud-based platform, Mira Connect […]

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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 Expands Room Scheduling Platform at ISE

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At ISE 2019, Crestron debuted its latest hardware and software additions to its room scheduling platform. Two new scheduling panels — 5″ portrait and 5″ landscape — are now available, along with an optional room availability light bar. Like all Crestron scheduling panels, they connect directly to a Microsoft Exchange Server, Office 365 and G […]

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