Shure And Logitech Pair Up In Meeting Rooms

Shure is working with Logitech as part of the Logitech Collaboration Program on a solution that pairs the Microflex Advance Ceiling Array, Table Top Microphone, IntelliMix P300 Audio Conferencing Processors and Microflex Wireless microphone products with selected Logitech Video Collaboration products.

Customers will be able to choose from solutions that are scalable from medium to training rooms provided by Shure’s and Logitech’s global networks of channel partners. These solutions include the Logitech Rally Camera, and Logitech Tap base solution for Microsoft Teams Rooms or Zoom Rooms..

“Shure and Logitech working together in the video conferencing space creates exceptional new opportunities for our joint end customers and business partners,” said Chris Merrick, director of global systems marketing at Shure. “This brings together the quality of Shure’s audio ecosystem with the strength of Logitech’s video to provide options for the best virtual conferencing experience.”

“We see Shure as the pro-AV solution for conference rooms, providing excellent off-the-table and tabletop options for audio,” said Sudeep Trivedi, head of alliances and go-to-market at Logitech Video Collaboration. “By closely collaborating, we are able to offer a better user experience to customers.”

The benefits of the solution include:

  • Collaboration between two trusted brands
  • The same control/user interface regardless of meeting space (ranging from huddle/medium rooms to larger board rooms) combined with Shure premium audio
  • Faster room deployment, with consistent audio results from room to room, powered by Shure’s IntelliMix technology.
  • The power of Steerable Coverage technology — the ceiling array uses Shure’s Steerable Coverage with Autofocus technology: eight highly directional pickup lobes capture participant audio from overhead, continually fine-tuning the position of each lobe in real time as participants lean back in their chairs or stand up
  • Attractive and discreet microphone design for every type of environment while ensuring superb acoustical coverage
  • Better visibility of mute activation
  • Secure audio that prevents eavesdropping with Shure Audio Encryption
  • The ability to see everyone in every seat at the table—perfectly framed—with Logitech RightSight

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the office. So rest assured, Poly is prepared to continue providing the support that our customers  depend on.

New Clevertouch UX Pro – A powerful Solution For Powerful Communications

What makes the UX Pro unique? The clue is in the name. An interactive team display designed with the user experience in mind, it’s the most effective communications solution on the market.

Great technology isn’t about pixels and power. It’s about what it can enable the user to do. Using High Precision technology for pinpoint accuracy, the powerful UX Pro from Clevertouch also offers a complete UC platform to facilitate global meeting requirements. It’s more than just a touch screen, it’s a full communications suite.

Successful communications result in better engaged audiences – no matter where they are. 54% of all meetings host remote participants and so the software and hardware used has to allow them to participate and be integrated effectively. UX Pro provides flexibility of in-office and remote meeting solutions, allowing for seamless integration with UC platforms such as Stage, Microsoft Teams and Zoom.

Shaun Marklew, Group Sales & Product Director at Clevertouch says “We’ve listened to what users want, and created the best communications solution for them. Designed for the ultimate user experience, UX Pro uses technology to enhance performance and productivity for all organisations, no matter their size, location, or operations. Flexibility is at its core, and with the ongoing support from Clevertouch, it really does offer a lifelong solution.”

Assign NFC cards to your team so they can quickly log-in and access thier files, settings and cloud accounts. Work anywhere, on any file source, at any time. Files and applications can be shared seamlessly, allowing for a fully integrative setup that is ready to work in the way you need it to.

Multi modal, it carries instant messaging, streaming, digital signage, internal announcements and advertising. Whatever your communication needs, UX Pro can help enable you to share it.

The high definition 4K touchscreen can display content from any brand of device. UX Pro provides superior performance, allowing you to create the immersive experiences at a lower cost with no ongoing costs.

UX Pro comes with our highest audio spec yet of a built-in line array microphone, 45-watt max power (15-watt sub-woofer) of room filling sound. Our High Precision Super Glide Touch technology offers the most fluid writing experience on touchscreen, with no lag, whether you’re using fingers or the dual recognition stylus.

UX Pro is also environmentally friendly, using proximity sensors to boot up when someone enters the room, and switch off when the room is empty. As businesses seek to reduce their carbon footprint, it’s an ideal addition to communications infrastructure.

Unlike many systems, UX Pro comes at one fixed cost with support and a comprehensive industry leading warranty. There are no ongoing subscription charges, making it a more cost-effective option.

UX Pro is not just a singular product but a solution for communication and collaboration. In a business environment where ideas need to flow across dispersed teams, it offers the perfect user experience. Powerful communications need a powerful solution – UX Pro is it.

Officially launching at ISE 2020 on booth 13-C140.

New Kramer XSPerience For All Meeting Room Environments

Kramer has announced the Kramer XSPerience family of audio DSP solutions. At ISE 2020, Kramer demonstrated its wholly flexible approach to audio management, with a new range of Kramer XSPerience products that offer complete connectivity freedom, as well as all transfer technologies covered.

With new solutions for huddle rooms, conference rooms of any size, or large corporate connectivity, Kramer bring simplicity and ease to installers, end users and IT managers alike.

Designed specifically for huddle spaces, the DSP-62-AEC from Kramer is a brand new, easy to install and simple to use plug-and-play mini-audio DSP solution. Meeting the needs and demands of organisations that continue to invest in huddle spaces to complement their larger meeting rooms, the new DSP-62-AEC ticks all the boxes for quality and reliability to guarantee the huddle space experience is maximised – keeping participants connected and the conversation flowing in more compact areas.

All prime connectivity options are catered for, with bi-directional audio via USB, dual HDMI inputs and one HDMI output with de-embedding to manage any type of presentation. DSP-62-AEC can support 4 analogue microphones and an additional stereo audio input. Furthermore, DSP-62-AEC can route and mix any audio source, with a powerful DSP engine. Auto-switching HDMI, Class Complaint USB, AEC – Everything you need for any type of huddle space.

The latest AFM-20DSP audio matrix from Kramer does not limit integrators with fixed and rigid ports, but rather offers total compliance with whatever the system requires: “The most common size DSP in the market is 12X8 – one seen and used in the majority of pro audio applications. Kramer wanted to disrupt this standard to offer flexible inputs and outputs, meaning scaling of your audio management is now the easiest of processes.”

The benefits of flexibility that Kramer brings to pro AV’s audio professionals cannot be over-exaggerated. If a user had a 12 x 8 configuration and wants more inputs – no problem. With the integrated Kramer Flex I/O technology, users can configure the device to 14 inputs and 6 outputs from the built-in web-based user interface and be up and running almost instantly.

The integrated Kramer Flex I/O technology enables users to configure the analogue port configuration as they wish, using the default 12 x 8 I/O matrix configuration or selecting from one of the many other preset I/O configurations. Users can route any input to any output, even between different formats (for example, route an analogue input to an S/PDIF output). Control volume and DSP per port, and route any of the ports to the power amplifier.

JBL Professional Announces One Series 104-BT Desktop Reference Monitors with Bluetooth

NORTHRIDGE, Calif.—HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, today announced new JBL Professional One Series 104-BT and 104-BTW desktop reference monitors with Bluetooth.

JBL One Series 104-BT reference monitors enable content creators and audio professionals to stream accurate, studio-quality audio via Bluetooth or play back audio using a standard wired connection. Drawing from more than seven decades of JBL Professional engineering, JBL One Series 104-BT monitors deliver clear, detailed sound while mixing and editing. With an array of easily accessible input options, smart features and a sleek, compact design, JBL 104-BT monitors provide great sound in every listening scenario, with the added flexibility of wireless streaming. Black (104-BT) and white (104-BTW) finish options are available.JBL Professional Announces One Series 104-BT Desktop Reference Monitors with Bluetooth

“Music production has evolved beyond the recording studio, and today’s creative professionals and music lovers need reference monitors that deliver neutral, accurate sound to create mixes that translate well in a variety of listening environments,” said Chris Hansen, Director, Recording and Content Creation, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “With class-leading sound quality, impressive output and high-bandwidth Bluetooth 5.0 streaming capabilities, JBL 104-BT monitors provide an accurate, reliable sonic reference and a truly enjoyable listening experience. They’re perfect for musicians, producers, podcasters and professional audio engineers who want a compact reference monitor with the added benefit of Bluetooth at an accessible price.”

The JBL 104-BT reference monitor features a cutting-edge coaxial driver that pairs a contoured low-frequency woofer with a soft-dome tweeter, for accurate frequency response, superior imaging, crisp detail, and a wide sweet spot. The cabinet’s low-frequency port works with the driver to deliver impressive low frequency performance down to 60Hz. A powerful 60-watt Class D power amplifier distributes 30 watts per speaker for clear, undistorted, loudest-in-class output. And One Series’ innovative acoustic design, optimized for desktop use ensures accuracy without the need for additional EQ.

High-bandwidth Bluetooth 5.0 streaming, beyond offering the convenience of audio playback from mobile devices, provides audio professionals the ability to reference mixes over Bluetooth using a professional monitor, rather than a consumer portable device. This ensures that your audio will sound its best, no matter what the playback environment.

JBL 104-BT reference monitors integrate smoothly into any production workspace, thanks to smart features like a front-panel input control that selects Bluetooth, Aux, RCA, TRS or combines all inputs. Front-panel volume control allows convenient level adjustments without straying from the sweet spot, and a front-panel headphone jack conveniently mutes the speakers when you switch to headphones. Dual 1/4-inch balanced, dual RCA and single 1/8-inch inputs, along with Bluetooth accommodate a wide range of signal sources.

JBL One Series reference monitors were created with the modern production lifestyle in mind. With a sleek, elegant look and a compact form factor, creators can get legendary JBL sound while conserving valuable workspace. An optional protective carrying case will also be available for production on the go. Both the black 104-BT and white 104-BTW make stunning statements in any studio.

Availability

The JBL Professional One Series 104-BT and 104-BTW will be available first quarter 2020.

 

Poly Introduces Poly Studio X Series for Microsoft Teams

Poly Reinforces its Position as an End-to-End Solution Provider for Microsoft Teams with its Latest Video, Voice, Headset and Service Solutions Optimized for Teams

 

The Poly Studio X Series consists of two new video bars designed for small rooms, the Poly Studio X30 and Poly Studio X50. The Poly Studio X Series are purpose-built appliances that will run the Teams application natively.

The Studio X Series supports 4K Ultra high definition (UHD), advanced noise suppression and unmatched video production rules to improve all aspects of the meeting experience. Set-up requires a single power-over-ethernet cable. Users can choose to control the Studio X Series with the new Poly TC8 touch screen.

The award-winning Poly Studio, a plug-and-play USB video bar for small huddle rooms, is now certified for Microsoft Teams. The Poly Studio USB video bar features room-filling audio, a 4K HD camera with built-in speaker tracking and framing, as well as support for remote cloud management for ongoing updates and configuration. The Poly Studio is currently available worldwide.

“Whenever and wherever people connect with Microsoft Teams, we will be there to provide the best-in-class audio, video and voice endpoints to make the experience that much better,” said Joe Burton, president and CEO at Poly. “We deliver everything you need on the journey to transition to Teams.”

Ilya Bukshteyn, partner director, Teams devices, Microsoft Corp. said, “We’re pleased to partner with Poly on a range of Microsoft Teams solutions – from video conferencing, to headsets, to desk and conference phones, to services. Poly is a one-stop-shop for Teams users that need to communicate and collaborate from anywhere and with anyone.”

“The Poly Studio X Series devices take simplicity to the next level,” said Ira M. Weinstein, managing partner at analyst firm Recon Research. “These sleek, all-in-one devices include mics, speakers, and camera, and come pre-loaded with the Microsoft Teams application. No software to load. From the box to a high-quality meeting room video conferencing experience in just a few minutes. This is a job well done.”

Showcasing End-to-End Solutions for Teams

Poly will also showcase its industry-leading voice, headset and service offerings to support Teams at Microsoft Ignite in the Poly booth (#2349):

The Poly CCX Series – Poly’s native Teams phones, are sleek business desk phones that combine a native Teams solution with premium voice quality. Three models, the CCX 400, CCX 500 and CCX 600, integrate Teams contact lists, calendar, and meetings. The CCX 400 delivers a cost-effective native Teams experience for the cost-conscious end-user, while the more premium CCX 500 and CCX 600 models power productivity with Poly HD Voice, Bluetooth, and intuitive color touch displays. The CCX 600 features a larger seven-inch display and integrated 802.11 Wi-Fi support. The CCX 500 is available in December 2019 and the CCX 400 and CCX 600 will be available in January 2020.

The Calisto 3200 optimized for Teams – Announced today, Poly’s first native Teams personal speakerphone allows you to take conference calls anywhere. This plug-and-play portable speakerphone features 360-degree audio for outstanding sound no matter where you are working. The single touch of a button invokes the Teams app on a PC and makes for easy communication and collaboration. Available December 2019.

Voyager Office Series optimized for Teams – Poly will preview a new version of its highly popular Voyager 4200 and Voyager 5200 products for in-office mobile professionals seeking versatile connectivity options to desk phone, smartphone or computer. Available December 2019.

Poly Managed Service for Teams – Poly has introduced Poly Managed Service for Teams. The hosted service aims to accelerate Teams adoption in enterprises worldwide with a range of managed services to support enterprises on their entire Teams journey. These services include identifying the most effective way for customers to migrate from legacy platforms, to Teams, the provisioning of endpoints and licenses, the end-to-end deployment of Teams, adoption, training and change management, as part of the ongoing managed service. This Managed Service can work in conjunction with Microsoft’s calling plan or any Direct Route service offer. Available now.

Poly will preview the Studio X Series for Teams at Microsoft Ignite. Poly Studio X30 and Poly Studio X50 will be priced at $2,199 and $3,499 respectively, including the Poly TC8. The Poly Studio X Series will be available for pre-order in November with general availability in North America, Europe and select countries by December 2019. Native support on Teams will be available in 2020.

Panasonic Reduces AV Managers Workload With New 3LCD Laser Projectors

Panasonic has launched a new series of LCD laser projectors, with the PT-MZ16K range specifically designed to reduce the AV managers workload in businesses and universitie with simplified set-up, maintenance free operation, and countermeasures which mitigate the impact of technical faults.

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The PT-MZ16 series combines up to 16,000 lumens brightness (PT-MZ16K) and WUXGA resolution for high quality projection with silent (38dB in normal mode) and light construction (22kg) making it an ideal solution for lecture theatres and seminar rooms.

In addition, the laser maintenance-free design eliminates the need for continued visits from AV managers. This is guaranteed due to the projectors dustproof construction and Eco filter that extends parts replacement for safe and extended operation for up to 20,000 hours.

A range of countermeasures also reduce the impact of technical faults such as the secondary backup signal input or the monitoring function which informs operators when problems have arisen and displays the specific fault for smooth technical restoration.

System set-up is also simplified with a dual-system LAN which supports DIGITAL LINK allowing transmission of HDMI signals, video audio and control commands for up to 150m. Existing ceiling brackets can also be used alongside Corner Keystone Correction to improve the speed of installation and decrease its cost.

“The market for AV in universities has seen a dramatic increase in recent years, implicating a strain on AV and IT managers which are operating across campuses to maintain technical demand,” said Hartmut Kulessa, European Marketing Manager at Panasonic. “Our new series of LCD laser projectors are designed to mitigate this pressure, by ensuring that the technology seamlessly operates across longer periods of time with simple solutions should any faults occur.”

Announced at Infocomm 2019, the PT-MZ16 series is composed of PT-MZ16K (16,000 lm), PT-MZ13K (13,000 lm) and PT-MZ10K (10,000 lm) and is set to be released in November 2019.

NEC Launches New PE Series Of Laser LCD Projectors

NEC DISPLAY SOLUTIONS INTRODUCES NEW PE SERIES OF LASER LCD ENTRY-INSTALLATION PROJECTORS

The What: NEC Display Solutions of America has announced its new PE Series of entry-installation laser projectors, bringing 4,500 lumens, and advanced features like filter-free, maintenance-free design and ultra-quiet operation.

The What Else: The PE455WL and PE455UL both feature NEC’s patented sealed optical system that allows for a filter free design and results in what NEC calls “the only truly no-maintenance LCD laser projector in its class.”  While typical projectors in this range generate an average of more than 30 decibels, the PE455WL and PE455UL will generate just 24 decibels of noise in normal mode. This makes it ideal for higher education classrooms, conference rooms and other locations where a large, high-quality image is needed with as few noise distractions as possible, according to the company.

“In response to customer demand, we’ve expanded our entry installation laser projector lineup with the new PE Series to provide a low-maintenance and flexible solution for projector replacements or new installations in a wider variety of markets,” said Ryan Pitterle, product manager, NEC Display Solutions. “With advanced features like a sealed optical engine, extremely quiet operation, lens shift and 4K-ready processing, the PE Series is ideal for K-12 and higher education classrooms, as well as conference rooms or anywhere a large image is needed. The new PE Series models will be NEC’s most affordable laser projectors to date.”

The PE455WL features WXGA 1280×800 resolution, while the PE455UL projects a native WUXGA 1920×1200 image. The 4,500-lumen brightness enables both PE Series projectors to deliver large, clear, and dynamic images in medium to high ambient light situations, making this ideal for presentation applications in classrooms and conference rooms. In addition, the laser light source offers a minimum of 20,000 hours of reliable life, which combined with its filter-free and low maintenance design, lowers its total cost of ownership.

NEC says additional advanced features include:

– LCD technology for brilliant colors

– Manual horizontal and vertical lens shift for easier installations

– 1.6x zoom lens for flexible placement

– Quick start-up and shut-down

– LAN port for network control and asset management

– Optional Wireless Module (NP05LM1) with MultiPresenter capability for up to 16 simultaneous connections.

– Constant Brightness Mode for consistent light output for the life of the projector

Poly’s Moon Landing

 

“The Eagle has landed. That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Those were the first words spoken by Neil Armstrong following the moon landing on 21st July 1969. The sentences – which have gone down in history – were heard around the globe thanks to a headset from communications company Poly (formerly Plantronics and Polycom), a momentous achievement the company celebrated at an event to mark the 50thanniversary of the moon landing.

Held at The Science Museum in London, the event provided the perfect showcase for a replica of the Plantronics MS50 headset used in the Snoopy cap which is now on display at a special exhibition in the Exploring Space Gallery.

Poly’s role in space successes

Paul Clark, senior VP at Poly, gave an insight into the company’s innovation story and their involvement in the first moon landing as they look at the future of comms.

“The Apollo 11 landing was not only a momentous event in space history, but a pivotal moment for Poly,” he said. “Through our focus on research and development we are developing world-leading communication technologies that power human connection and collaboration — ideal for those who also carry out their own mission-critical tasks in their daily lives.”

Many technological challenges had to be addressed leading up to the mission to the moon. Never before had humans communicated or collaborated from so far a distance.

“Technology enabled that human connection during the first moon landing when those first words were transmitted back to Earth,” Clark added. “This was sorely tested a few years later during the Apollo 13 space mission with the words ‘Houston, we have a problem.’ A life or death situation that became testament to the power of crisp, clear communications, enabling dispersed groups to come together to solve complex problems.”

Poly has made a significant contribution to the technology that has enabled that crisp, clear and natural communication. The company’s headsets are used in many applications outside of aviation – mission critical, military, emergency services, police, customer services, marketing – with the products moving from mission critical to business critical applications.

“Poly was also the first headset manufacturer to join the Bluetooth consortium when it was launched. Yann Cheri, the inventor or Bluetooth was actually a Poly employee,” he said.

Mission-critical communications and extensive R&D

“Our unique heritage in mission-critical communication has laid the foundation for the technology we bring to market today. Poly’s focus on innovation is empowering people across the world by creating amazing ways for them to hear, see, work and collaborate in today’s increasingly digital world,” Amy Barzdukas, executive vice president and chief marketing officer at Poly said, taking to the stage.

The Plantronics MS50 headset was initially supplied to commercial airline pilots in 1962 before being implanted into an astronaut’s helmet by Pacific Plantronics (now Plantronics Inc.). It took only 11 days for the team and NASA to create a working microphone design, including noise-cancelling features, and it was used throughout the Gemini, Apollo and Skylab missions.

The Plantronics MS50 commercial aviation headset has been used by pilots for over 40 years and, with approval by the Federal Aviation Administration, a modified version was developed for air-traffic controllers. Since then, Poly has developed a full range of consumer and business communication products and its headsets, desk phones, and audio and video conferencing solutions are used worldwide.

Poly’s New Poly Studio for Huddle Rooms

Poly believes introducing high-end video and audio into small huddle spaces is important. Poly’s Brian Phillips tells Zoe Mutter how its latest release – Poly Studio – optimises collaboration in the working environments of enterprises of any size and with varying budgets.

The open office arrived with so much promise, with goals of improving spontaneous collaboration and enabling deeper connections with colleagues. However, the reality is that it’s also loud and full of distractions, which is impacting business efficiency, according to Brian Phillips, senior manager, product marketing. group solutions, Poly. “As a result, today’s open office spaces have started to see an explosion of smaller meeting spaces and huddle rooms as enterprises realise the value of spontaneous, creative environments that enhance close collaboration in small teams.

“Huddle rooms are gaining in popularity, but out of an estimated 32 million huddle rooms globally, only 2% include solutions for video conferencing. There is a huge opportunity for organisations to bring high-end audio and video into the small meeting space, increasing productivity and enabling a better use of limited and expensive office space.”

Poly Studio plug-and-play video bar has been introduced to meet this demand for HD audio and video capabilities in smaller spaces, creating a productive environment that does not require a sizeable installation of technology. Designed with the modern office in mind, it aims to transform small meeting spaces into collaborative huddle rooms that offer the power of a large conference room. Workers can hear, see, work and collaborate at the touch of a button and connect from multiple video platforms, including Microsoft Teams, Skype for Business, GoToMeeting and Cisco Webex.

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Video features include a 4K resolution and 5x electronic zoom camera and automatic group framing that focuses on speaking participants, adjusting the view if people enter and leave the room so everyone talking can be seen clearly. Intelligent features such as Poly NoiseBlock and Acoustic fence technologies can automatically mute and remove distracting background noises and other unwanted sounds to improve call quality.

“No matter where people are or what device they are using, workers can connect to any voice call or video meeting with ease, regardless of the different video and collaboration tools customers, partners and other organisations use, for ultimate productivity,” says Phillips. “Our customers are seeing the value in bringing a richer, more immersive experience to their huddle rooms and centralised manageability is enabling them to expand video to new spaces they hadn’t thought possible.”

Poly plans to add new capabilities to Studio through software updates as well as release complementary future solutions to enhance the room experience and enable IT to capture analytics that measure the use and effectiveness of their rooms to further optimise their investment in collaboration technology. The company is already developing the technologies with new integrations such as Google Voice and Alexa for Business that open up possibilities such as voice activation of tasks and AI setting up the call for a meeting.