It’s a wrap on another successful InfoComm. It was great to meet so many customers and talk about ClearOne’s exciting new audiovisual products. Every company wants to simplify and improve collaboration and these products were designed to do exactly that.
Two ClearOne solutions received the AV Technology Best of Show Award: the new team collaboration solution, COLLABORATE® Space, and the cost-effective VIEW Lite AV over IP streaming solution.
Here’s some of what booth visitors had to say about these and other ClearOne product debuts:
AV Solutions that Simplify Connection and Collaboration
Ceiling Microphone Array Dante™
The best-selling Ceiling Microphone Array Analog got even better with the addition of a built-in Dante digital audio network interface. In addition to this unique Dante compatibility, users also liked the mic’s mute feature, the capability to daisy-chain up to four ceiling mic arrays, and the ability to bundle three microphones for full 360-degree audio coverage. This new ceiling microphone array is compatible with ClearOne and third-party Dante DSP mixers as well.
For the integrators and systems engineers, the most popular feature of the new CONVERGE Huddle conferencing solution was its ease of use. The solution is pre-programmed to work right out of the box, and installers make just a couple of physical connections. It is also a true BYOD solution, with the ability to connect to laptops, tablets, and smartphones with a single cable. Bluetooth connectivity will be available by the end of the year.
The award-winning COLLABORATE® Space combines multiple team tools in one place, including video conferencing, whiteboarding, real-time chat, and the ability to leave people messages when they are offline. COLLABORATE® Space also stores notes, recordings and chats related to the same task in a centralized place that can be made public or private. And, unlike other team collaboration tools on the market, it saves old conversations. The amount of information users need to keep track of is growing, and COLLABORATE® Space makes it manageable, searchable, and scalable. COLLABORATE® Space is the ideal solution for versatile meeting spaces as it can accommodate large meetings as well as one-on-one collaboration.
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The traditional workplace hierarchy, where individuals were assigned to specific functions, is rapidly fading. Today’s workplace is made up of dynamic teams, each organized around a specific goal or project. The number of teams in the workplace has doubled over the past five years and, according to Deloitte, only 38 percent of all companies are functionally organized today. However, today’s workplace solutions have not kept up. Most collaboration tools are still organized around meetings, not teams and projects. That means that documents, minutes and recordings created in a meeting about a specific project end up in one place, while all the other documents, emails, and instant messages not created in that meeting but related to that same project end up somewhere else.
The saying, “the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry,” rings true for anyone who has ever carefully planned a project only to have last-minute requests or changing requirements threaten to derail it. Take the recent FCC changes that limit the use of certain frequencies in North America, for example. These new rules mean that by 2020, the 614-698 MHz range will no longer be available to wireless microphones.
More Flexibility to Meet Wireless Requirements
Adapting to these types of changes while designing user-friendly and affordable collaboration spaces requires flexibility and choice. That’s why ClearOne is introducing the WS800 M550 Wireless Microphone System at InfoComm along with six additional solutions and a major software update.
The WS800 Wireless Microphone system includes tabletop, gooseneck, hand-held and belt-pack lavalier models of wireless microphones/transmitters and a base-station receiver with either 4 or 8 channels. With the addition of the new M550 model, the WS800 is now offered in eight frequency ranges, giving you mic options for any project need.
More Choice for Dante™ Installations
The only thing better than a ClearOne mic might be a ClearOne mic that is Dante-enabled. Giving your customers the benefit of Dante digital media networking technology no longer requires a tradeoff for mic selection or quality.
Like the other mics in the WS800 Wireless Microphone system, the new WS800 550 mic will also be available with built-in Dante technology that interoperates with other Dante devices from any supplier, including ClearOne’s CONVERGE Pro 2 and CONVERGE Matrix.
We will also debut a Dante version of our ceiling microphone array at InfoComm 2018, giving you more choice when your Dante design calls for a mic with unbeatable sound and unobtrusive placement. Like the Ceiling Microphone Array and Ceiling Microphone Array Analog-X, the new Ceiling Microphone Array Digital-Dante will include three wide-range microphones that are mounted together into a single unit array to provide the rich sound of three individual unidirectional microphones while maintaining full 360-degree coverage.
The Ceiling Microphone Array Digital-Dante works with any Dante-enabled DSP mixer and complements ClearOne’s CONVERGE Pro 2 DSP mixers.
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Huddle rooms are no longer a new concept. The dominance of this type of meeting space is well established. The marketplace is full of solutions designed to equip huddle rooms for collaboration. Yet challenges remain not only for end users but also for those who sell and integrate the solutions. There are many factors that contribute to these challenges, but this much is clear—there is still an opportunity to improve upon huddle room technology.
Why Huddle Rooms Remain Challenging
Collaboration is a broad category regardless of whether you’re equipping a huddle room or a conference room. Indeed, having such a wide range of choices can make it hard to determine which option will best meet your customer’s unique requirements. Commercial Integrator also finds that user demographic differences—which include technology preferences and work styles—add a layer of complexity that makes it difficult for one solution to meet every need.
For many organizations, the expectations for huddle room functionality far exceed simple audio conferencing. Wainhouse Research finds that typical expectations for huddle room use include audio conferencing, presentation capabilities, and video conferencing. While Wainhouse doesn’t emphasize the need for performance or flexibility, other analysts find that huddle rooms are now being used for serious collaboration, which means they need professional-grade audio and video and the ability to integrate with third-party applications such as Skype for Business, WebEx®, GoToMeeting™, and Spontania®.
But, as noted in a recent ComputerWorld article, today’s huddle room solutions often come with a trade-off or compromise. High-quality audio and video solutions tend to be expensive and more difficult to set up, while an inexpensive solution can cost you in user experience and ease of use. Wainhouse Research suggests the criteria for huddle room solutions be “low cost, ease of installation, ease of use, and availability.”
Why Huddle Rooms Mean Opportunity
Thanks to the shift to activity-based workspaces and the influx of millennial workers, the trend toward multi-use huddle rooms shows no sign of slowing down. This presents new opportunity to design huddle room environments that meet customers’ ever-increasing expectations for versatility, professional quality audio and video, third-party app integration, and ease of use. The key, however, to capitalizing on the opportunity will be delivering on these requirements at a price point that fits their budget.
To date, a huddle room solution that lines up where all these requirements converge has proved elusive. But that’s all about to change.
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ClearOne will be joining other AV industry leaders at the UC Expo May 16-17 to discuss the future of workplace collaboration technology and how businesses can use collaboration solutions to meet—and exceed—employee expectations.
Andrew Loadman, ClearOne ‘s EMEA sales director, will be on hand to provide demonstrations and answer questions about our complete end-to-end collaboration solutions that simplify and unify the user experience. ClearOne will be sharing a stand with RGB Communications, a technical AV distributor.
Stop by to see the Collaborate Pro product line, which brings videoconferencing, Skype for Business, Spontania cloud web conferencing and multi-user wireless presentation into a single appliance all with consistent user interface and user experience. Collaborate Pro allows teams to effectively collaborate no matter where they are located.
Workplace collaboration is increasingly critical to employee satisfaction and workplace productivity. Through the more than 100 seminars included in this year’s UC Expo, you can learn about the latest workplace collaboration trends and how you can leverage existing and evolving technology to the benefit of your organization and employees.
UC Expo is coming right up, so register today. We look forward to seeing you at Stand C102 to talk about how we can help meet your workplace collaboration needs.
Entertainment venues are always looking for the ways to improve their audience’s experiences which ultimately lead to increased sales from the higher value added of those experiences.
Dolphinaris Arizona was searching for modern methods that could help educate and amaze their guests and ClearOne was there to help transform their visitors from passive guest to interactive ones with the implementation of a large video wall streaming content driven with VIEW Pro encoders and decoders and flexible layout control with our PANARMA video wall software.
As a Technical Trainer here at ClearOne, I always ask my students what they are seeing as far as current market trends and requirements in their respective geographic areas.
Some responses are specific to their region, however the list of three trending topics below represent global trends as indicated by the multiple responses I received from many classes that I’ve taught.
The 2018 ClearOne Connections Tour has begun. We’ll be touring the Western U.S. visiting 18 cities from January through May 2018 in our 36-foot ClearOne Tour Bus that’s stocked full with our complete line of conferencing, collaboration and streaming solutions directly to you, our commercial AV practitioners and your customers.
VIEW ® Pro is an award winning line of video streaming products by ClearOne.
Using the free software, PANORAMA™, you can create any unlimited number of video layouts. In these layouts, users can augment any live video streams based on common requirements. For example, we have some casino customers who have large sports books and show live video throughout their facilities. Usually they’re showing live sports on these displays; and sometimes it’s just the highlight shows like ESPN’s SportsCenter. One requirement many of these gaming operators have is to minimize outside branding elements, including channel identifiers. Another requirement is to eliminate, wherever possible, any current time information such as clocks.
We see h.264 used in so many applications.
This is one of the most incredible things about ClearOne’s ViewPro AV over IP solution. ViewPro can decode streams that some other device encodes, or native H.264/265 devices like IP cameras. Or, send a stream to ViewPro directly from a PC/Mac, iOS or android device or others.