By Ira Weinstein
Sr. Analyst, Consultant and Partner, Wainhouse Research
Monitoring / Management / Control Systems
As usual, AV control systems were all the rage at InfoComm. This year, we saw control system offerings from a large number of companies including anchor players AMX and Crestron, less known players like Arrive Systems, and control system newcomer QSC (see earlier post). Our booth visits revealed that both AMX and Crestron continue to make evolutionary enhancements to their offerings. And we discussed QSC’s offering within post #2 covering InfoComm. But at one tiny booth from a well-known show control company caught our attention because of its novel approach to room control.
The Medialon Overture Enterprise Class AV Control System is a 100 percent software-based solution leveraging standard servers that was designed for use by IT (vs. AV) professionals. Unlike competing solutions, Overture leverages a central, server-based control system instead of individual control systems located in each meeting room. And in the Overture environment, the user interface is an HTML5 page rendered on a user’s personal device or on a tablet (Android or iPad) located within the meeting room. Check out Ira’s discussion with Medialon below.
We also enjoyed a brief but interesting discussion with and demo from video conferencing analytics company Vyopta. At InfoComm 2015, Vyopta made two announcements. First, the company announced vAnalytics Real Time, an add-on to the company’s existing vAnalytics Historical offering that adds real-time video monitoring and alerts. Based on our experience supporting enterprise clients, we expect Real Time to be of great interest to organizations around the world. Second, the company announced Analytics WebEx, a cloud-service available in two versions (standard and professional) that connects to a company’s WebEx account and provides detailed usage analytics and business insight. For example, Analytics WebEx includes reports showing registered (paying) users who have not been using the service. The idea, of course, is to allow organizations to minimize cost by right-sizing their WebEx subscriptions.
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