The communication needs of enterprises are evolving at a rapid pace. There is a rising need for solutions that offer new functionality along with cost-effectiveness. Businesses need newer, faster and secure modes of communication to stay agile in this hyper-competitive era. This means the communication tools need to adapt to the growing business needs.
Here, we compile a list of groundbreaking and accessible solutions that are pushing the AV industry forward and helping enterprises overcome communication challenges with products and services that solve problems or find better, faster, or cheaper ways to deal with them. Our list contains world-class products from Cisco, Crestron, Lifesize, Logitech, Samsung and Shure. Read more to find out.
Cisco Spark Board – Cloud-based Interactive Collaboration
With the Cisco Spark Board, you can wirelessly present, whiteboard, and video or audio conference at the touch of a finger. Everything created on the Cisco Spark Board is stored in the cloud and associated with a virtual room. The 4K camera captures a high-resolution, wide-angle image of virtually the entire room. The built-in 12-microphone array ensures that meeting participants sound great. The system automatically wakes up when you enter the room and also detects your Cisco Spark app-supported device. This interactive whiteboard can be easily managed in the administrator portal in Cisco Spark, giving system status and overview, activation, configuration, metrics, and troubleshooting.
Crestron Mercury – Tabletop Conferencing System
Crestron Mercury is an all-in-one tabletop device that combines all the must-have collaboration tools into one easy-to-use solution. The Mercury is equipped with wireless connectivity to the room’s display via laptop, smartphone, or tablet; or directly via an HDMI cable. The precision-engineered speaker and microphones allow high clarity audio calls with mobile phones or the built-in full open SIP conference phone. You can use any softphone, video conferencing, or UC service, to collaborate right from your laptop. Additionally, the built-in occupancy sensor supports energy-saving automation as well as room-usage data collection. The Crestron Mercury is easy to deploy, use and manage communication solution for enterprises of any size.
Lifesize Icon 450 – HD Cloud Video Conferencing Solution
The Lifesize Icon 450 is a simple and scalable way to deploy integrated, plug-and-play conferencing solution for meeting and huddle rooms. It features Lifesize’s reliable cloud-based service and Phone™ HD that integrates audio, web and video conferencing service, programmable touchscreen control and exceptional performance into one package. It sports a pan/tilt/zoom camera and 82-degree wide-angle lens that captures everyone around the table. The smart-framing sensor automatically adjusts the camera to the optimal position. The Icon 450 easily syncs with your Microsoft® Office 365® or Google Apps for Work™ calendar.
Logitech SmartDock – Meeting Room Console For Skype Room Systems
The Logitech SmartDock transforms meeting rooms into a rich, collaborative Skype for Business experience. It works in all types of meeting spaces from huddle spaces to large conference rooms and empowers quick content sharing from your laptop via the built-in HDMI input. The clutter-free connectivity supports HDMI for 1080p displays, three USB ports, Gigabit Ethernet, and a headset jack. Additionally, an IR sensor conveniently wakes the system when motion is detected and enables energy saving hibernation mode when the room is empty.
Samsung UH55F-E – UHD Display for Video Walls
Designed to maintain performance in varying indoor conditions, this video wall produces an engaging viewing experience with a high brightness of up to 700 nits. Its ultra-thin bezel 1.7mm delivers a near-seamless appearance of the video wall and the LED technology generates low heat that allows 24×7 usage. The displays are factory calibrated for brightness uniformity and colour accuracy. Its highly configurable wall mounts can adapt to your desired layout. This anti-glare UHD video wall solution is ideal for auditoriums, control centres, reception spaces, visitor experience centres and much more.
Shure Microflex® Advance™ – High-clarity Ceiling Tile Microphone
The Microflex® Advance™ Ceiling Array is a premium networked array microphone that captures best-in-class audio in AV conferencing environments. The microphone array technology simulates up to 8 microphones and the built-in DSP AEC delivers echo-free audio pickup from each person in the room. The programmable lobes are customizable as per the room’s seating. It is available in white, black, and aluminium finishes and it unobtrusively flush mounts into standard ceiling tiles along with VESA compatibility or optional hanging mounts.
(Content and Image courtesy: Cisco, Crestron, Lifesize, Logitech, Samsung and Shure)