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InfoComm Recap: These Products Turned Heads and Earned Honors

Written on June 20, 2018 at 2:51 pm, by

 
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.
 
CONVERGE Huddle
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.
 
COLLABORATE® Space
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.
 
Whether you are a system designer, engineer, integrator, or IT pro, ClearOne has the simple, efficient and affordable choices you need. Check out our latest training schedule to increase your skill in acoustic design fundamentals, product knowledge, & configuring ClearOne Professional solutions.

 

The 2018 ClearOne Connections Tour for Commercial AV Integrators and End-User Customers has Begun!

Written on January 16, 2018 at 12:23 pm, by

 

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.

 

Here’s What You’ll Experience!

 

  • See live demos of our latest products.
  • Watch full product set-ups and configurations.
  • Meet with a ClearOne rep about new product features and benefits.
  • Get a hands on approach and interact with the products and see how they’ll fit into your next project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2018 ClearOne Connections Tour has been created to make it easy and convenient for systems integrators and end-users across the country who can’t always get to larger trade shows and conferences to experience first hand our entire line of diverse AV communications solutions.

 

 

Here’s What’s Installed

 

  • CONVERGE Pro 2
  • Beamforming Microphone Array 2
  • WS800 Wireless Microphone System
  • DIALOG 20 Wireless Microphone System
  • Ceiling Microphone Array
  • Touch Panel Controller for CP2
  • USB Expander for CP2
  • GPIO Expander for CP2

 

  • COLLABORATE Pro 900
  • COLLABORATE Pro 300
  • COLLABORATE Versa 150
  • COLLABORATE Share
  • UNITE Cameras
  • Spontania

 

  • VIEW Pro Encoders
  • VIEW Pro Decoders

 

  • INTERACT AT
  • MAX IP
  • MAX EX
  • CHAT 150
  • CHAT 50

 

 

 

 

 

The tour will include presentations, trainings, question and answer sessions, networking opportunities, and product demonstrations of ClearOne’s solutions in video conferencing and collaboration, pro audio and network media streaming.

 

 

The ClearOne Connections Tour Schedule:

 

Salt Lake City, UT January 4 – January 5
Sacramento, CA January 15 – January 16
Northern CA January 18 – January 24
LA Metro  CA January 29 – January 31
Orange County CA February 1 – February 5
San Diego, CA February 6 – February 9
Las Vegas, NV February 12 – February 15
Phoenix, AZ February 19 – February 23
Albuquerque, NM February 26 – March 2
Oklahoma City, OK March 5 – March 9
Dallas, TX March 12 – March 16
Austin, TX March 19 – March 23
Houston, TX March 26 – March 30
New Orleans, LA April 2 – April 6
Memphis, TN April 9 – April 13
St. Louis, MO April 16 – April 20
Kansas City, MO April 23 – April 27
Denver, CO April 30 – May 4

 

Eastern U.S. dates coming soon…

 

Visit the dedicated ClearOne Connections Tour web page where you can stay on top of where we are and where we’re going next..

 

Come Experience the Fun and We’ll See You There!

 

 

 

 

 

NOTES FROM THE ROAD… CLEARONE SALES ROADSHOW TOUR

Written on October 24, 2016 at 4:04 pm, by

 

We’re traveling the states showing off our newest products. Read about our adventure at each stop on the ClearOne Sales Roadshow Tour and be on the look out for us at a city near you.

 

HOUSTON – 1/12/17

This fabulous trek comes to an end in the Lone Star State. The Houston AV practitioners really helped us end on a high note, with unique interest in the Network Media Streaming solutions. The demos and even the networking of peers was a great ending to a productive series of meetings.  We hope to be on the road again in the near future, as we look ahead to more releases, and new innovations!

DALLAS – 1/10/17

 

We started off 2017 with the next-to-last Roadshow in Dallas – the mild weather in direct contrast to the high energy and interest of our attendees as we did hands-on demos of all the Pro Audio, Network Media Streaming, Wireless Mics, and Video Collaboration solutions. The UNITE 200 PTZ camera was of special interest, as well as the overall integration of products, bringing together the best in audio and visual communications with the flexibility to fit any environment!

 

SAN FRANCISCO – 12/8

Rainy San Francisco played home to our last Roadshow of 2016 (Seems strange to call it the last -but  we’ll  be back in January with more locations!)

 

Local Integrators and Consultants learned quite a bit about our latest solutions and found some very interesting possibilities with current projects that may now find some huge cost savings and a wealth of features with audio and video conferencing/collaboration. Many were introduced to the power of our streaming solutions, many not having previously done many of these types of installations. Wireless mics were of great interest with the simple integration and security offered with any pro audio installations.  The simplicity and flexibility of ClearOne’s integrated options really helped open everyone’s world to new solutions!

 ANAHEIM 12/6

Just next door to “the happiest place on earth” we found quite a few smiles of our own, as our local west-coast Integrators and Consultants were opening their worlds to all the newest ClearOne solutions.

 

The hands-on demos lasted quite a long time, as our attendees were finding more and more options for integrated solutions – adding industry-leading video collaboration to their pro audio installations, or vice versa, finding that video conferencing and media collaboration installations would be so much more natural and immersive with ClearOne professional audio integration.

 

Interest in streaming technology were answered with the unique ability to run powerful audio, video, and control over a single cable in a client’s existing TCP/IP network – something that opens up a lot of people’s worlds when no new wiring is required to have an easily installed mesh network for media streaming.

 

ClearOne’s wireless mics held everyone’s attention with the breadth of features and security found in such affordable packages. The flexibility of installations and the ease of use with field-upgradable products made the new wireless mics solutions a hit with everyone.

 

WASHINGTON DC – 11/10roadshow-dc

 

Our nation’s capital seems to be relatively calm after such a heated election season. We had a very productive meeting with attendees in Washington DC, with a session full of insightful questions and interactive dialogue. We heard from many consultants and integrators who were excited about all the newest ClearOne solutions and the expanded offerings they could provide for upcoming installations. Others now had the possibility of revisiting large projects already underway with the ability to offer clients solutions with the full range of features at a lower price than what may have been originally suggested.

All in all, we had a great time in Washington DC and will stay in close touch with our new contacts.  Will we see you at the next stop?

 


TORONTO – 11/1

 

Wroadshow-torontoe reached the far north this week with a visit to Toronto as our team of AV experts ran through the demos of the latest CONVERGE® Pro 2 Pro Audio DSP innovations, Spontania and COLLABORATE® Pro cloud-based videoconferencing and media collaboration (respectively), our affordable – and more importantly, highly secure – new wireless microphones, and the powerful flexibility of VIEW® Pro and its ability to stream across existing TCP/IP Ethernet networks.

 

The Canadian stop was very well-received and we thank everyone who attended! We’ll stay in touch with contacts old and new to support everyone with the latest solutions as a one-stop manufacturing resource.

 

Now it’s on to the next stop – hopefully we’ll see you there!

 

 


 

 

NEW YORK – 10/20

 

The “Big Apple” of AV practitioners’ eyes

 

 

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In the shadow of the Empire State Building, the historic Hotel Pennsylvania played host to ClearOne’s second Sales Roadshow.  High above the never-ending NYC  bustle, integrators and consultants learned all about ClearOne’s latest – ending with a hands-on tour of each major group of solutions.

 

Pro Audio has been redefined- AGAIN!  A live-listening demo of CONVERGE® Pro 2’s noise cancellation provided real-time examples of the latest and most powerful adaptive audio DSP algorithms, including acoustic echo cancellation, noise cancellation, feedback elimination, gain and level control, and microphone gating.

 

The Beamforming Microphone Array 2 raised everyone’s brows, representing the second generation of the most powerful beamforming & adaptive steering technology in the industry – something others are just beginning to explore.  The beautiful, sleek design was preserved, with some new back-panel updates and the  addition of color-matched “feet” to completely blend in with the entire piece. In addition, a standard projector mount option is now available with different suspension column lengths.

 

The affordable new DIALOG® 20 wireless microphone system proved that good things come in small packages. Just two channels, it is the affordable choice for smaller venues requiring few wireless mics – with the option to daisy-chain to expand with more channels- or even be combined with options such as the Beamforming Mic Array 2 & CONVERGE Pro 2!

 

VIEW® Pro again displayed the ease of use with auto-discovery and AV over IP streaming on existing networks. The idea of creating a full video wall and video windowing configuration using PANORAMATM in minutes without running any new cable was astounding.

 

COLLABORATE® and Spontaniatrade; video collaboration solutions fit the new work environments with their multi-use appliance and built-in cloud-based conferencing. Huddle rooms and large conference rooms alike can easily add everything from simple in-room wireless presentation to full, remote media collaboration, all with a single appliance.

 

The UNITE® 200 PTZ camera represented the most flexible and future-proof PTZ solution for video conferencing & media collaboration, with options for USB, HDMI, and IP connections.

 

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Our next stop will be Toronto – more updates to come!

 

 


 

 

BOSTON – 10/18

 

The ClearOne Sales Roadshow Tour is well underway, and Boston started off the series with a bang! Attendees learned all about the latest ClearOne solutions and experience hands-on demos of all the newest powerful technology.

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The CONVERGE® Pro 2 and Beamforming Microphone 2 led the charge, as a double-shot of redefined Professional Installed Audio, providing, respectively, a completely new DSP mixer line and next-gen beamforming technology when any others are just beginning to explore the possibilities. Attendees listened in with headphone stations to experience the true power of unbeatable noise cancellation and pristine clarity.

 

DIALOG® 20 2-channel wireless mics represented a new market solution for environments requiring few wireless mics,; but still with the need for professional-quality sound. The mics were not only there to experiment, but had a starring role in the sound reinforcement for all the presenters.

 

VIEW® Pro Network Media Streaming showed the agility and power of it’s single-cable audio, video, and control streaming – with the latest PANORAMAS software for video walls and video composition. The simplicity of the software and it’s powerful self-discovery on existing IP networks could be shown on a tabletop – creating a video composition setup in minutes.

 

COLLABORATE® and SpontaniaTM provided live demos of video and cloud-based web conferencing for all attendees. The hybrid appliances now provide a full spectrum of possibilities from wireless presentation and full video conferencing- all within a single box! Attendees could download the Spontania app on mobile devices and immediately join a live conference as ad-hoc attendees at any point.

 

It’s on to New York for October 20th and more live demos – we’ll see you there!

 

 

ClearOne is a rAVe 2016 WINNER!

Written on June 22, 2016 at 10:39 am, by

 

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You voted and they listened….or at least tallied the votes. Either way, ClearOne is a 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards Winner!

 

Favorite Manufacturer-Based Training Program

ClearOne University

 

 

Thank you to all the people who voted for us and a gargantuan, humongously colossal thank you to the valuable and wise ClearOne University trainers and staff.

 

 

 

 

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An Industry Outlook on The Future of AV Infrastructure

Written on June 16, 2016 at 12:33 pm, by

 

ClearOne CEO and Chairman, Zee Hakimoglu was recently discussing the direction of the AV industry with some colleagues and was asked an intriguing question that we felt should be shared with the AV community. Hopefully this sparks some positive dialogue between your own colleagues and is a catalyst for new ideas and innovative thinking that will lead to new opportunities.

 

What do you see as the biggest trends or challenges in the coming years for AV infrastructure?

 

“I think the greatest challenge is not the technology itself but the psychology of overcoming that AV and IT are really, Really, REALLY converging and going to continue to converge.  The AV practitioner may no longer find himself or herself in a safe zone of pure AV without IT.  Nor will the IT practitioner find himself or herself in a safe zone of pure IT without AV.  The trend for even islands (rooms) of Audio or just Video are disappearing.  Audio and Video systems are in themselves converging even tighter than ever thru cloud and other macro IT related systems.”
Zee Hakimoglu, President & CEO, ClearOne

 

The AV/IT practitioner now has more and more to choose from but most of it will be strung through standard Ethernet networks.  Lots of fun and business growth ahead for those who are willing to learn and have the courage to take the leap!

 

Open Your World to New Solutions – Video

Written on June 14, 2016 at 5:47 pm, by

 

View our InfoComm video again, and Open Your World to New Solutions. ClearOne provides the full range of conferencing, collaboration, and network streaming & signage solutions for voice and visual communications.

 

It takes a mix of personalities to make a neighborhood, a city, a nation, a world…. And it takes this same mix of products to make your offering complete. Make your offering as rich and diverse as your environment. ClearOne is adding the vibrancy to this AV ecosystem, and we’re here to support your efforts as you expand your offerings and your sales.

 

Open Your World to New Solutions… (we’re here.)

 

 

Back to the Basics – A Quick Glance Into Digital Signage

Written on April 21, 2016 at 3:07 pm, by

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One of the many challenges that an organization faces, is how to effectively communicate information to their customers, visitors, staff, and/or students. Additionally, that information needs to be current, consistent, and tailored for that organization’s targeted audience.

 

This is basically what digital signage does, it solves to communication dilemma by delivering highly engaging visuals and audio to a device that’s hooked up to a display for people to see. Humans are inherently attracted to images and sound; what better way to hold somebody’s attention than with millions of colors dancing across bright screens which can be accompanied by a rhythmic melody? This momentary hypnotic state has a purpose. It’s meant to form a relationship, connect with the person, persuade them, and to transfer information that will be remembered.

 

The essential elements that make up a digital signage network are:

 

  • A software platform for content creation, scheduling, monitoring, and managing of the devices
  • The media player or application for playing back the content
  • The monitor(s) that the content will show on (some media players are built into the display)
  • The network hardware used for communication between software and media player

 

As with the integration of any new technology into a space, there are bound to be some challenges that an organization will face―and digital signage is no different. These challenges range from initial cost of the software & hardware, installation, network configuration & monitoring, software training, content strategy, and devising business goals with digital signage.

 

To ensure a successful digital signage launch and overcome some of these challenges, there are some proven steps to take before any roll out:

  1. Be prepared and understand your business objectives with digital signage.
  2. Have a pre-deployment plan in place and follow it.
  3. Learn as much as possible about the system you want to implement.
  4. Test, test, test.
  5. Know your audience and formulate the content accordingly.
  6. Choose the right location for the screens for optimal traffic and views.

 

With so many applications and uses for digital signage, integrating this modern medium into an organization is a must. The benefits of enhanced communication, engagement of customers, staff, and students, and the ability to control the voice and brand of a company are fundamental and crucial for a business’s success in today’s modern landscape.

 

The complexities and nuances of digital signage have many layers and variables that are just too vast to cover here, so I’ll be writing more about those topics in the future.  I hope this “Back to the Basics” post provides some valuable information and food for thought before you embark on your digital signage journey.

 

I encourage you to take a look at our WebSuite Digital Signage solution and see if it’s the right fit for you and your organization. It’s competitive in price, easy to install, easily expandable & flexible, and simple to use. Our motto has always been, “Digital Signage Made Simple!“, because, with ClearOne’s MagicBox, it truly is.

 

Leave a comment below or contact us if you have any questions on how we can help you and your business with your communication needs.

 

 

 

U.S. Army Renews Certificate of Networthiness (CoN) For MagicBox Composer Software

Written on March 21, 2016 at 11:24 am, by

 

ClearOne has received an extension for a Certificate of Networthiness (CoN) from The U.S. Army for the MagicBox desktop Composer v4.08 software application ensuring compliance with the GNEC architecture.. This certificate allows ClearOne to easily offer a digital signage software solution to the military space.

 

“It is an honor and a privilege to continue working with our U.S. Military customers around globe” said Tom Searcy VP of Digital Signage for ClearOne. “The granting of the extension is a testament to the reliability and stability of the ClearOne Desktop Digital Signage Platform.”

 

The MagicBox Aavelin Desktop Composer 4.08  — the latest shipping version  — is an application used to allow users to quickly and easily create and schedule digital signage content.  Composer is designed for the ClearOne’s Aavelin line of digital signage media players which support a variety of video output signals, including: Composite, S-Video, VGA, and DVI-D at 1080P.  This latest version of Composer also supports MPEG4 and DivX video playback.

 

 

 

ClearOne Taking ISE 2016 Amsterdam by Storm

Written on February 9, 2016 at 5:40 pm, by

ClearOne is thrilled to kick off a fantastic week at ISE 2016 Amsterdam, meeting old friends and new, with some exciting additions to our product line.

 

ClearOne Booth at ISE 2016 Amsterdam

ClearOne Booth at ISE 2016 Amsterdam

First up, we’re showing off the latest addition to our professional HD video camera lineup, the UNITE® 200 PTZ camera. The UNITE 200 camera offers the same professional-grade HD video as the UNITE 100, but is now additionally an IP camera, so that you can both manage the camera and view its stream via the internet. Additionally, when using IP streaming, the camera supports H.265, for the highest possible resolution at the lowest possible bandwidth. Like its predecessor, it still has USB and HDMI outputs, and better still, all three outputs can be used simultaneously, making it perfect for the widest possible range of uses.

 

We’re also showing our incredible new product for creating video wall layouts and compositions, VIEW® Pro PANORAMA™. Using the latest generation of VIEW Pro products and PANORAMA, you can create complex video wall layouts or single-display video compositions in a matter of minutes. PANORAMA gives you a WYSIWYG interface for creating layouts by mixing and matching multiple source streams (you can mix video or audio from any source stream to your liking) and then send it to a video wall array of almost any size. With PANORAMA, a few mouse clicks gives you professional looking video walls with minimal effort but maximum effect.

 

We’re also demonstrating our Digital Wireless Microphone systems with built-in Dante™ audio over ethernet. Our wireless microphone systems offer advanced performance capabilities including:

  • Multiple RF bands – 900 MHz, 700 MHz, and 600 MHz
  • ClearOne’s advanced 24-bit digital signal processing for unmatched, crystal-clear audio
  • 256-bit encryption
  • Daisy-chain capability up to 32-channels for large venues
  • Rechargeable and field-replaceable AA batteries
  • Transmitters that can be recharged from a standard USB port
  • Docking station that provides convenient recharging and storage
  • Extension antenna kits that enable wider wireless coverage

 

If you’re already at the show, or anywhere near Amsterdam (or even if you’re not!), be sure to stop by the ClearOne booth, #7-M200, to see our great new products, meet some members of the ClearOne team, and to chat about the future of the industry. ClearOne will be leading the way!

 

ClearOne Booth at ISE 2016 Amsterdam

Come join the fun!

WebSuite Promo Video – A Web-based Digital Signage Platform

Written on July 17, 2015 at 4:54 pm, by

WebSuite is our web-based Digital Signage software platform and is perfect for individuals and businesses who are looking to increase their communication with their target audience. WebSuite makes it simple to create professional signage as well as schedule content and manage distribution over a network through an easy to navigate and user friendly interface.

 

Whether you’re showing upcoming events to your customers, displaying advertisements to the public, or sharing company information with your employees, WebSuite makes connecting and distributing your message effortless.

 

Take a look at our latest WebSuite video and let us know how we can help you and your business grow.