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ClearOne recently held their Asia-Pacific 2014 partner conference in Hong Kong, to discuss the company vision and market strategy. Over 75 partners attend the event, with some coming from as far away as Saudia Arabia, South Korea, and Japan. Many of the partners commented on how ClearOne has transformed from a simple audio company, into a global company that provides voice and visual communication solutions.
Zee Hakimoglu, President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of ClearOne demonstrated the latest innovations such as Spontania, COLLABORATE® Room Pro, and the VIEW® Pro, and discussed the strategies for the sales teams, and channel partners.
We want to thank all those that attended the conference.
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The world’s only professional beamforming microphone array is now available in both a glossy white and a new, glossy black finish. The ultra-sleek design fits room aesthetics as well as it solves difficult audio configurations.
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Companies are constantly searching for the smartest and brightest employees, and the modern workspace is becoming more and more crucial to help recruit and retain them. Gone are the workspaces of cubicles, blank walls and a small break room with a ping pong table. Employees today are looking for places to allow them to create their best work, to feel like an individual who matters and not just a corporate drone.
Airbnb is a community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world. They connect people to unique travel experiences such as spending a night in a cabin in Australia, a weekend get-a-way in a designer studio in the heart of Paris, or even a week in a windmill in the United Kingdom.
This unique company wanted to design their workspace to become a visual manifestation of their company brand. So their 200 San Francisco employees work in one of eight environments that replicate their exotic property listings— from a Copenhagen pad with faux timber beams, to Balinese home with potted palms and a woven grass ceiling.
So why is ClearOne, a global company that designs, develops and sells conferencing, collaboration, streaming and digital signage solutions for audio and visual communications talking about office design?
Well, we were already known as a game changer in the pro-audio industry. Our Beamforming Microphone Array is the first professional-grade microphone array with beamforming and adaptive steering technology and ClearOne’s next-generation Acoustic Echo Cancellation. It has twenty-four microphone elements steer pickup patterns towards participants and reject unwanted noise and reflections, offering superb and unmatched performance for group conferencing environments.
Lisa Bottom, a principal at Gensler, the global design firm behind the Airbnb and Facebook offices said that the design for Airbnb “…was to be an enabler of their company’s culture.” One of the conference rooms recreates one of the most iconic movie sets of all time — the War Room from Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 classic Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. The sleek Beamforming Microphone Array, with a high glossy white exterior made it a perfect choice for this unique room design. This single unit is able to cover all attendees in the room with pickup patterns that steer towards the speaker, and cancel out unwanted noise, echo, reflections, and more. It’s form matches the functionality perfectly, and give Airbnb the quality audio they need along with complimenting the design of the room. The War Room at Airbnb is so cool, it even has its own check-in on Four Square!
The design on the Beamforming Microphone Array also is a visual manifestation of our company brand. Its ultra-sleek and modern design reflects the pioneering and leading-edge thinking that defines ClearOne as a company. The Beamforming Microphone Array has a low profile that can subtly blend into the ceiling, or wall, or a clean and eye-catching display as a table microphone with its attractive blue LED lighting. Businesses no longer want dozens of ceiling mics creating a busy sightline in the executive conference room, and this one unit can replace up to ten traditional microphones. The unit’s flexible mounting allows designers to have the freedom to create a beautiful workspace, and the installer is able to produce the crystal clear audio that you expect from ClearOne, no matter where it is mounted in the room.
Read more about modern office design at Airbnb and other companies here: http://www.modernluxury.com/san-francisco/story/workspace-arms-race
Beamforming arrays date back over 100 years, and were first used in the military for determining the bearing and location of aircraft, ships, and submarines. Until the mid 1970’s, when microprocessors became widely available, these arrays were 100% acoustic and fairly primitive. Modern software development and digital signal processing techniques have substantially advanced the state of the art of this technology. With good design and engineering, it’s now possible to employ an advanced microphone array system to capture desired sounds and produce a highly intelligible, superior-quality audio signal.
Also known as spatial filtering, beamforming can be applied to both sound waves and radio energy, and thus is sometimes discussed in the context of cellular telephones, wireless networking, biomedicine, sonar, seismology, and even radio astronomy.
This paper focuses exclusively on beamforming as a method of sensing and filtering acoustic waves for enterprise video and telephone conferencing applications, and describes emerging techniques and technologies to improve the capture and processing of acoustic patterns, and the clarity of human speech in corporate conference rooms.
Acoustic Beamforming Theory
Research Scientist Andrew A. Ganse of the Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington explains that “The basic point in beamforming is, when you set multiple transducers next to each other sending out signals [or listening for sound waves], you’re going to get a kind of interference pattern, just like you see in a pond when you throw several stones in at once and create interfering ripples. If you select the spacing between your transducers and the delay in the transducers’ signals just right, you can create an interference pattern that’s to your benefit, in particular one in which the majority of the signal energy all goes out in one angular direction.”
By combining elements [i.e., antennas or microphones] in a phased array, so that signals at particular angles experience constructive interference while others experience destructive interference, beamforming can be used to achieve spatial selectivity and elimination of unwanted signals.
Beamforming microphones are part of a larger family of mics considered to be high-directionality, or perhaps ultra-directional microphones, due to their stunning sound quality, advanced performance, and similarities to phased-array radar.
As all sound professionals know, an omnidirectional microphone is one that picks up sound from all directions. The disadvantage of omni mics is that they often result in a sound feed that is reverberant, or hollow, and full of ambient noise from all directions in a room. A basic directional microphone still in common use today is the cardioid mic, perfected in the early 1940’s. Cardioid mics sound less reverberant and less noisy than omni mics because they attenuate off-axis reflected audio and noise by reducing sound pickup from the sides and rear. But cardioid mics have limited selectivity or filtering capabilities, which can be surpassed using beamforming technology.
Beamforming can be used to select, or focus on, just those sounds or voices that you want conference participants to hear, while rejecting all unwanted sounds. Selecting desired sound sources and rejecting undesirable sounds has been the goal of audio engineers for most of a century. With acoustic beamforming and integrated digital signal processing made possible by modern microprocessors and software, this is now technologically possible.
Traditional directional microphones may be used in conferencing applications to perform limited spatial filtering to improve audio quality. These microphones have an acoustic pattern that selectively picks up desired sound waves in one region of space and rejects others.
Beamforming is a signal processing technique carried out by a processor using input from the beamforming microphone array. The signals from the various microphones are combined such that signals at particular angles experience constructive interference, while others experience destructive interference.
Superior spatial selectivity can be achieved using beamforming techniques so that certain regions (sound directions) can be amplified, and other regions can be significantly attenuated. Beamforming processing components can also be configured to attenuate unwanted sounds originating from the direction of a door or window into the conference room.
To adjust and tune the directionality of the array to focus on desired sounds, a beamforming array system adjusts the phase and amplitude of the sounds reaching each microphone, to create a pattern of constructive and destructive interference in the wave front. Information from different microphones is then combined such that the expected acoustic pattern is preferentially processed and fed into the conferencing audio stream.
Advanced beamforming techniques employ interference patterns to change the directionality of the array, so that information collected from the various microphones can be combined to give preference to the expected acoustic patterns. Adaptive beamforming algorithms may also be included to automatically adapt to different situations and environments.
The most advanced, state-of-the-art enterprise video and teleconferencing systems today employ professionally engineered beamforming microphone arrays and associated components and processors.
The Emergence of Beamforming for Conferencing Applications
It’s common practice in audio/video teleconferencing systems to deploy a grouping of cardioid microphones, placed on a tabletop or mounted in the ceiling. When each directional mic is properly aimed at an individual and connected to a professional conferencing mixer, excellent audio pickup can be achieved. Similar results can be accomplished with wireless lapel or hand mics.
In a boardroom environment, however, there is frequently a desire to maintain a clean, cultured, corporate image, and a collection of microphones resting on tabletops or hanging from ceilings can be visually disruptive and damaging to interior designers’ esthetic goals. Integrated three-microphone arrays offer a reduction in the number of visible microphone elements, but nonetheless have a hard technical look that may also inhibit an ultra-clean, styled appearance.
Other disadvantages of tabletop and ceiling microphone strategies include the extra work that goes into maintaining numerous microphones, checking wireless batteries and sound levels, the inconvenience of worrying about whether everyone has remembered to clip on their wireless mics, whether any noise is being introduced, and constantly optimizing mixer levels. There are also high costs associated with mics, mounts, stands, cables, installation, and upkeep.
In contrast, a modern beamforming mic array delivers the ultimate in convenience, speech intelligibility, sound quality, and reliable communications. Beamforming arrays are less visually intrusive, and when mounted strategically, can disappear unobtrusively into the background.
With an array on a conference room table or mounted on ceiling or wall, the various microphone elements in the array, along with associated steering algorithms, digital signal processing, and echo cancellation can “zoom in” acoustically on individual conference participants and deliver sound quality that is superior to traditional conference room sound-gathering methodologies.
World’s First Professional-Grade, 24-Element Beamforming Microphone Array
The convergence of modern conference room interior design with advances in acoustic technology and digital signal processing is accentuated by the recent availability of the ClearOne 24-element Beamforming Microphone Array, the first solution of its kind in the professional audio industry.
Made possible by ClearOne’s beamforming technology, digital signal processing, adaptive steering – think of it as smart beam selection, and next-generation acoustic echo canceling processes, the 24-element Beamforming Microphone Array system is a groundbreaking, integrated teleconferencing system consisting of microphone capsules, on-board-processing, advanced software, and a connected digital electronics mixer stack.
As many as ten traditional microphones can be removed from a conference room and replaced by the sleek, attractive enclosure of the beamforming array. The on-board intelligence, spatial filtering, and signal processing capabilities of the integrated system give it twice the pick-up range of other microphones and significantly reduce height, distance, and angle constraints.
Each Beamforming Microphone Array unit operates in collaboration with a ClearOne CONVERGE® Pro conferencing system, which shares processing tasks and provides echo cancellation, noise cancellation, filtering, gating, level control, and adaptive acoustic modeling to deliver the most natural conferencing audio experience possible.
The combined beamforming and signal processing technologies automatically steer tightly-focused audio pickup beams towards people speaking, and filter out unwanted sounds and reflections to reduce room noises and eliminate those hollow reverberant sounds that commonly plague conference room environments.
Beams that would be aimed towards unwanted regions, such as windows, doors, or noise sources, can be disabled by the installer in software. Up to three beamforming arrays can be attached to each supported CONVERGE Pro system, and as many as sixteen beamforming arrays along with six required CONVERGE Pro conferencing systems can be networked together to provide coverage in multiple regions, rooms, or portions of a building.
Simplicity and Ease of Installation
The ClearOne Beamforming Microphone Array is a plug-and-play device that can be easily configured, customized and installed. Minimal configuration is required, since the technology is completely internalized. The array’s sophistication, and its associated software, processors, and electronics are so intelligently implemented, that a technician with average audio conferencing skills is capable of performing the installation and configuration.
+ The ClearOne Beamforming Microphone Array is no more complicated to install and setup than any other microphone. Integrators experienced in the installation and configuration of typical conference microphones can easily configure the array.
+ The only connections required are a single Power over Ethernet (PoE) and one audio connection to the expansion bus of the CONVERGE Pro unit. No custom cables, no wiring terminal blocks, or any other onnections are needed.
+ Although completely customizable to meet the needs of nearly every application, the ClearOne Beamforming Microphone Array default configuration works right out of the box. Unlike standard conference microphones which require experience in configuring proper gain structure between devices, the Beamforming Microphone Array is pre-configured to work directly with the internal gain structure of the CONVERGE Pro. When installed according to ClearOne guidelines, the only adjustments will be minor gain changes to customize levels for your application.
The Ultimate in Teleconferencing Sound Quality
In the world of professional audio and video teleconferencing – beamforming microphone arrays and their associated mixers, digital signal processors, and echo-canceling functions represent the newest, most advanced technological innovations, breaking new ground for teleconference sound fidelity, clarity, and intelligibility.
Modern beamforming technology has the proven ability to surpass traditional techniques for clearly capturing and reproducing human voices in conferencing applications, and rejecting unwanted sounds, to optimize collaboration and understanding among conference participants.
When conveniently installed in conference center ceilings, walls, or tabletops, beamforming microphone systems deliver the best, most unobtrusive options for the physical placement of microphones, making them the superior choice for flawless conferencing audio in any setting.
Last week, we discussed how the use of video conferencing has the potential of increasing productivity and efficiency by reducing unproductive travel time, preventing meeting delays, creating shorter & more structured meetings, and providing faster exchange of information. With video conferencing, and the data collaboration tools that are now used with it, individuals can get information when it is easiest for them, on a real-time or delayed basis. By increasing usage of video conferencing, organizations will quickly see a financial return on investment. This is part two of our series on driving video conferencing ROI. Part one can be found here.
Return On Investment
Understanding the value obtained by implementing video conferencing helps management understand why video conferencing should be viewed as a necessity, not just a nicety. While many view the benefits of video conferencing to be measured with soft dollars, in reality those who have identified useful applications have had no trouble developing a return on investment to justify both their initial capital expenditures and their ongoing recurring costs. By calculating a return on investment it is easier for management to see the value of video conferencing and, thus, understand the need to continue growing the use of the technology. Without understanding this value what often happens is that when one champion of the technology departs another is not easily found. When value is understood everyone wises to claim the deployment and usage of video conferencing as their idea!
Types of return on investment (ROI) calculations for video conferencing include travel cost savings, increased productivity, and time efficiency.
Travel Cost Savings
Using video conferencing can reduce travel costs. By using video, trips can be avoided, thus saving the cost of travel. For example, one company found they achieved a return on investment after only 67 days because they paid for their equipment by not traveling.
By increasing productivity an organization can improve their response time to market or the time it takes to handle repairs. A package goods company used video conferencing to increase productivity enabling them to get a product to market three months sooner, which resulted in productivity & cost savings of millions of dollars. The sooner they get their products to market, the greater the revenue.
Business Case Example
Using video conferencing to squeeze more hours into a day allowed one organization to accomplish more in a shorter time period. This improved time efficiency resulted in more business being accomplished and improved the bottom line impact for the firm.
Following is a sample business case formula for calculating the return on investment for video conferencing. This formula can be used in its entirety or broken apart, depending on the application requiring justification.
Videoconferencing Cost Justification Explanation of Categories and Formulas
A. The number of meetings held during the course of a year that could be displaced by videoconferencing is generally 20 to 50 percent.
B. Estimate the overall average meeting length. Videoconferences tend to be 20 to 30 percent shorter than in-person meetings.
C. Estimate the overall average number of attendees at a meeting. Videoconferences range from two to 20, but the average is four to six participants.
D. The number of meeting attendees who travel – usually 50 percent of the total number of participants.
E. Based on an overall annual remuneration of $60,000 (including bonuses) for the average attendee, add 30 percent overhead for benefits and divide by 1,900 hours worked per year. The average hourly compensation is $40 / hour.
F. Multiply the number of meetings by meeting length by average number of attendees by average wage per hour (A*B*C*E).
A. The total trips between two sites being analyzed (number of travelers * the number meetings or A*D).
B. Total travel costs including ground travel (personal mileage, rental car, taxi), airfare, meals and lodging.
C. Multiply number of roundtrips by the average cost per roundtrip (G*H).
A. The average length of time it takes a traveler to travel to and from the remote site.
B. The inverse of the time a traveler is actively pursuing work-related activities while traveling. If a traveler works 50 percent of the time, the traveler is non-productive 50 percent of the time.
C. Same as the average attendee wage (E).
D. Total trips between the two sites being analyzed (G).
E. Multiply the average travel time by the percent non-productive travel time by average traveler wage per hour by number of roundtrips (J*K*L*M).
A. Multiply number of meetings displaced by the videoconference meeting length (A*B).
B. Based on average facility / equipment costs of $100,000; a 50 percent utilization factor (4 hours per day); and with capital costs amortized over 5 years (includes accepted depreciation standards) – the cost per hour of one videoconferencing room is about $20 per hour (2 rooms are required).
C. Average cost per hour of usage is $75.
D. Add equipment / facility costs and transmission costs (P+Q).
A. Add annual meeting costs, annual travel costs and cost of non-productive time (F+I+N).
B. Add annual meeting costs and annual videoconferencing costs (F+R).
C. Subtract the cost of videoconferencing meetings from the cost of displaced conventional meetings (S-T).
Expanded Video Applications
Video conferencing technology provides a powerful communications tool. There are many ways to make the most out of the technology. It is not just a meeting tool. Once the equipment is in place, video conferencing can be used as a production facility. Use video conferencing equipment to record content, stream information to many, produce information, and create “webinars”.
Video conferencing sessions can be recorded for playback at a later date. This feature is useful for individuals unable to make the meeting or for archiving information to be viewed at a later date.
Meeting information can be sent (streamed) over existing networks to multiple sites, allowing them to view the meeting real time and not leave their work locations. This allows for increased meeting participation from those at a distance.
Video conferencing technology can be used as a production facility to produce content to be disseminated to employees and customers. The information produced can be archived for retrieval at a later date or streamed to individuals as needed. Save time with HR training by using video conferencing equipment to present and record company policies. Create a special CEO message and send it out to all employees.
Video conferencing systems can be utilized to create events over the web where the video, the audio and the content are shared with distant participants. Known as “webinars”, these events are often used to share information given by a subject matter expert or to provide training.
Video Conferencing Applications
The four top applications why video conferencing is installed are: management meetings, sales & marketing meetings, for engineering, manufacturing or production, and for training. This does not preclude other groups from using the technology (i.e. the HR department, the legal department, and finance), but studies conducted by TRI have shown the primary reasons why firms install video conferencing relate to the top four applications noted above.
Additionally, video conferencing has been used for a variety of other applications including product demonstrations to new customers, “townhall” type meetings and HR training. Given the longevity of video conferencing usage, all industries have developed useful applications for video conferencing. It is no longer a matter of if you will use video conferencing, it is only a matter of when. Make your video conferencing system work for you to get your message to everyone, internally and externally.
The future of video conferencing is bright. Dynamic changes in the global communications environment – decreasing network & equipment costs and the need for businesses to compete in a global economy – will help propel the adoption and usage of video conferencing at a rapid rate. It is important for organizations to develop a plan to efficiently and effectively measure the ROI for video conferencing to ensure its successful and ongoing usage.
Users need to the get benefit of quality technology that works flawlessly, is easy to use, and designed to meet ongoing needs. Management wants to quantify cost savings and feel the technology is positively impacting the bottom line.
S. Ann Earon, Ph.D., is president of Telemanagement Resources International Inc. and Founding Chairperson of IMCCA, the non-profit industry association for collaborative conferencing. She can be reached via email at email@example.com.
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If you are going to InfoComm India 2013, stop by the ClearOne stand #B105 and find out why Pro Audio and Video Conferencing will never sound – or look – the same.
The game-changing Beamforming Microphone Array is the Pro-Audio industry’s first professional-grade microphone array with beamforming and adaptive steering technology and ClearOne’s next-generation Acoustic Echo Cancellation.
COLLABORATE® soft-codec-based video conferencing is a complete VC portfolio featuring desktop video applications, room systems, infrastructure, and management solutions.
VIEW® multimedia streaming and distribution delivers a superior AV experience by streaming high-definition audio, video, and control over TCP/IP LAN networks.
MagicBox® digital signage is scaled and optimized for corporate or light commercial environments with entry-level solutions for comprehensive content management and cloud-based solutions.
ClearOne’s new Wireless Microphone System provides the freedom and clean installation of a wireless solution with the flexibility to expand up to 32 channels and the security of full 256-bit encryption.
CONNECT™ CobraNet™ and CONNECT™ AVB network bridges provide networked audio for CONVERGE® Pro devices without changing main mixer hardware
The new CONVERGE® USB network peripheral provides plug-and-play USB connectivity between popular desktop and laptop UC applications and CONVERGE Pro for full, rich, professional sound — without any firmware or software upgrades
It all comes together as ClearOne establishes its mark as the one-stop manufacturer for audio and visual communications.
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Recently, George Zimmerman was on trial for the death of Trayvon Martin in Florida. During the trial, there was a moment that encapsulated the way technology and social media played into the Zimmerman trial, and highlights the importance of picking the correct AV Streaming platform in the courtroom.
Assistant state prosecuting attorney, Richard Mantei, called Scott Pleasants to join via Skype. Pleasants, a former criminal justice professor who taught Zimmerman in 2011, was testifying for the prosecution from Colorado, an occurrence that shocked many viewers watching the broadcast.
Pleasants was about two minutes into his testimony when a steady barrage of incoming call boxes began popping up on the Skype screen. Each call was accompanied by a loud “pinging” sound. The reason? Pleasants’s username was visible on the screen, prompting online pranksters to call in to his account.
“I gotta tell you, there’s now a really good chance that we’re being toyed with,” remarked Zimmerman lawyer Mark O’Mara.
At one point, four separate incoming call boxes were stacked on the screen, covering Pleasants from view. Despite the seriousness of the proceedings — Zimmerman, Pleasants’ former criminal-justice student, faced life in prison for the killing of Trayvon Martin — the professor and courtroom observers were suppressing laughter, and as a giggling Pleasants tried desperately to decline the calls, Judge Debra Nelson ordered lawyers to “hang up the phone.” She added, “I don’t want those up on the screen.”
Judge Debra Nelson was not too happy about the prank, and she asked that counsel find some other way to continue Pleasants’ testimony.
Pleasants eventually resumed his testimony via a cell phone connection.
This situation illustrates that many of the current methods of presentation in the courtroom are inefficient and ineffective, and “free-use” applications can bring more problems than solutions. The modern courtroom requires that the functional sound system be precisely calibrated so that all voice and video – including that from the judge, legal counsel, witnesses, and the jury – is easy to understand. Courtrooms must have an integrated AV system for streaming and recording audio and video, as well as the ability to include remote participants in the legal proceedings.
StreamNet from ClearOne offers powerful new technologies that allow courtroom presenters to exhibit all manner of evidence to the court, and easily handle all audio and video content. From streaming video to multiple locations, to creating a white noise zone that allows for private bench side comments, to lowering transportation and security costs, ClearOne makes a clear case for why their technology is a must for the modern courtroom.
The verdict is in with this free application document called “Making a case for AV in the Courtroom.” from ClearOne. Our industry-leading audio and video streaming solutions are easily scalable to meet the needs of any courtroom or legal application, and this piece demonstrates the powerful advantages that StreamNet offers, as well as providing a potential layout of the equipment needed.
Pro Audio has never seen — or heard — anything like it, the industry’s first professional-grade microphone array with beamforming and adaptive steering technology and ClearOne’s next-generation Acoustic Echo Cancellation.
The ultra-sleek design fits into any conferencing environment and delivers the clearest audio pickup available with adaptive acoustic processing. Twenty-four microphone elements can steer its pickup pattern towards participants in the room and reject unwanted noise and reflections, thereby offering superb and unmatched performance for group conferencing environments.
- Beamforming & adaptive steering technology
- Next-generation Acoustic Echo Cancellation
- 24 microphone elements
- Mono and stereo modes for diverse applications
- Flexible mounting for ceiling
- Works with CONVERGE® Pro products: 880, 840T, 880T, 880TA
- Expandable for larger room applications by daisy-chaining up to three arrays per CONVERGE Pro unit
- Adaptive acoustic processing automatically adjusts to room configuration for best possible audio pickup
- Replaces up to 10 traditional microphones, with twice the pick-up range
Stop by the ClearOne booth #2059 and find out why Pro Audio will never sound the same.
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Q1 2013: RealPresence® CloudAXIS™ Suite (for B2B and B2C video conferencing)
What is it? This software suite, provides video conferencing via web browser.
What to know? This is not interoperability with Skype™ or Google talk; but basically a hosted/web form of the desktop software client, which simply sends meeting notification links to Skype™ or Google Talk users via IM. Ultimately, all users must have a Polycom web client.
ClearOne Solution ClearOne is in the process of enhancing the user performance of WebPoint — an existing product from the VCON acquisition — with a targeted release of Q2 2013, with true interoperability with Skype™ and Lync® users.
Dec 2012: RealPresence Collaboration Server 800s (software-based MCU using SVC & AVC)
What is it? Basically, this product is a “software-based MCU” with virtualization, supporting 1080p60.
What to know? Although a new and exciting development for Polycom, the industry has already been moving this direction for quite some time. Polycom’s software-based MCU solution is NOT PROVEN in the field, and faces a challenge to compete with other software-based MCU solutions.
ClearOne Solution ClearOne/VCON solutions have a track record of over 10 years as a pioneer in software-based videoconferencing, with a PROVEN software-based MCU solution. With ClearOne’s market leadership in professionally installed audio solutions complementing the software-based MCU video technology; it is clear that ClearOne has leading edge in this space.
RealPresence SVC Enhancements
What is it? SVC will be supported in Polycom’s new product and solutions to achieve 1080p60 resolution, higher scalability and capacity (3x HD).
What to know? This new level of performance is not supported in old or existing Polycom products. 90% of industry video conferencing solutions still don’t support SVC — which includes Cisco and Polycom’s existing product solutions. While SVC is becoming an important aspect of videoconferencing, the adoption may vary based on HEVC (H.265) enhancement and performance.
ClearOne Solution ClearOne already outperforms Polycom in this space by successfully achieving 1080p60 resolution with a bandwidth-efficient, network-friendly solution. The ClearOne solutions has higher scalability and capacity through H.264 High Profile together with ClearOne/VCON PacketAssist technology and software-based solution.
Nov/Dec 2012: Realpresence Group series (using SVC & AVC)
What is it? RealPresence Group is a new series of room videoconferencing systems competing against Polycom’s existing HDX room system with two options:
What to know? The solution is still a hardware-based room codec solution; which means even their high-end (Group 700) system can only acheive 8-way SD resolution maximum quality through its embedded MCU.
ClearOne Solution ClearOne has the leading edge and an unbeatable position in this videoconferencing space through its software-based room codec solution offering 9-way 1080p60 resolution quality through its embedded MCU.
Apr 2013: Realpresence VisualEdge
What is it? VisualEdge is an executive desktop solution with a 27-inch monitor (details and specs are not yet fully available).
What to know? This is certainly not the first executive desktop system of its type in the industry; many solutions have been present for quite a number of years. is there in the industry for quite a number of years. Polycom’s lack of software-based, embedded multipoint solutions will restrict this system; relying on the back-end server or cloud for multipointconferencing.
ClearOne Solution ClearOne has vast experience with all-in-one solutions, and now combines that track record with software-based embedded multipoint solutions; making such small-screen, all-in-one solutions easily achievable if the market demands.
What is it? A new user interface.
What to know? A change in UI is an obvious solution, as Polycom has been in the video conferencing industry for more than 10 years.
ClearOne Solution ClearOne values the “easy-to-use” interface, which is one of our priorities.
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