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CONVERGE Pro 2’s New Control Modules

 

As part of our ongoing commitment to provide commercial AV integrators with solutions that are easy to adopt and integrate into all of their AV system designs, we recently engaged Control Concepts, a leading AV software and services provider, to create a suite of AMX, Crestron and Extron control platform modules for our new CONVERGE® Pro 2 series of DSP Mixers, which we believe are the industry’s most advanced professional audio DSP platform for conferencing and sound reinforcement applications.

 

Control Concepts was uniquely positioned to support us in this capacity because of their ability to deliver a consistent solution across multiple control systems platforms precisely because they are an authorized solutions provider of Crestron, AMX, and Extron control systems.  The modules that were developed by Control Concepts allow our consultants, resellers, programmers and users to have a uniform and standardized experience regardless of the platform they prefer to work with.

 

The ClearOne CONVERGE Pro 2 outperforms in any size room, audio environment and application and is optimized to work with 2nd generation Beamforming Mic Array 2 and DIALOG® 20 2-Channel Wireless Microphone System through its native connection.

 

From the perspective of Control Concepts the newly developed modules help to simplify control system programming and integration of the CONVERGE Pro 2, ultimately

ClearOne CONVERGE Pro 2 Digital Signal Processor- Crestron Controller

creating more effective and adaptable solutions for consultants, integrators, and programmers working with the equipment.  In fact, this partnership provided Control Concepts with a valuable opportunity to collaborate with us during the critically important development stage, which helped to ensure that their clients’ control system needs are fully supported upon product release. Having multi-platform, consistent modules and a support relationship will help us to increase adoption and integration of their products.

 

The CONVERGE Pro 2 DSP mixers give further flexibility and affordability in choosing features and functionality. Scalable connectivity and powerful architecture provide up to 12 mic/line inputs, each with next-generation Acoustic Echo Cancellation®. Noise Cancellation with Adaptive Ambience with advanced microphone gating, and faster convergence span the full line, with different options for built-in VoIP, Telco, USB, and Dante. It creates a neat, economical solution to what might otherwise require a more expensive design.

 

 

ClearOne Highlights Another First – Beamforming Microphone Array Integrated Directly with New COLLABORATE Room Pro Media Appliance for the Ultimate Audio in Video Conferencing


 

Contact

Brent Johnson
Sr. Corporate Marketing Manager
801-303-3577
brent.johnson@clearone.com
 

New breed of group video conferencing adds Beamforming Microphone Array without the need for external mixing or DSP processing.

 

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH — June 16, 2014

 
Visitors to InfoComm Booth #N1827 will experience the first of a new line of media appliances from ClearOne (NASDAQ: CLRO). The new COLLABORATE® Room Pro all-in-one appliance combines high-definition 1080p60 video with ClearOne’s revolutionary and wildly popular Beamforming Microphone Array for the best audio available on any self-contained video conferencing solution. This new ground-breaking system, available with a 9-party MCU, also includes many media collaboration tools that must usually be purchased separately, such as: streaming, recording and content creation, presentation, and in a future free software upgrade, wireless projection and interactive white boarding.
 
“ClearOne is demonstrating a unique ability to understand the customer’s needs both in the conference room and at the desktop,” said David Moss, ClearOne’s Vice President of Media Collaboration. “The new COLLABORATE Room Pro with the Beamforming Microphone Array is the first in a series of new, fresh, and exciting solutions that will offer high-definition video and integrate the best of ClearOne’s audio capabilities while also delivering other media collaboration tools. With the introduction of our Spontania cloud service, the COLLABORATE Room Pro also integrates with the ClearOne Spontania cloud allowing users to join the meeting from PCs, Macs, and any mobile device easily and affordably.”
 
The COLLABORATE Room Pro with the integrated Beamformer Microphone Array is available in two models, 520 and 620. Additional models with other ClearOne audio solutions are also available. Future models will be introduced later this year.
 

About ClearOne

 
ClearOne is a global company that designs, develops and sells conferencing, collaboration, streaming and digital signage solutions for voice and visual communications. The performance and simplicity of its advanced comprehensive solutions offer unprecedented levels of functionality, reliability and scalability. More information about the company can be found at www.clearone.com.
 

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ClearOne is Changing the Game with a New Breed of Media Collaboration Platforms On-Premise and in the Cloud at InfoComm 2014


 

Contact

Brent Johnson
Sr. Corporate Marketing Manager
801-303-3577
brent.johnson@clearone.com
 

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH — June 16, 2014

 
The evolution of video conferencing and telepresence morphs to Media Collaboration as InfoComm 2014 attendees visit ClearOne (NASDAQ: CLRO) to explore an experience never before available. The company is introducing a full portfolio of media collaboration platforms— its new all-in-one COLLABORATE® appliances, and new cloud-based Spontania solutions— aimed at businesses that wish to enhance their audio and visual communications capabilities easily and affordably.
 
For the first time, customers can utilize a single appliance, a full-featured cloud service, or both, to fulfill all the media collaboration needs in the conference-room environment such as: videoconferencing, a 9-party MCU, streaming, recording and content creation, presentation, and much more. ClearOne will be demonstrating its new, comprehensive Media Collaboration solutions in booth #N1827 as well as a number of partner locations.
 
“It’s a fact that ClearOne, with its long experience as the global market leader in professional audio, understands the media requirements of both the conference room and the desktop,” said David Moss, ClearOne’s Vice President of Media Collaboration. “So it only made sense for us to leverage this experience into an innovative and otherwise unavailable solution that combines our unbeatable audio with video, adds other rich media functionality, and packages it either in an all-in-one media appliance or makes it available from the cloud on nothing more than a PC or tablet.”
 
“We know that businesses have heavy demands for high-quality audio, video, and multimedia collaboration tools. The problem has been that no single product or cloud solution has fulfilled all of those needs. Businesses were forced to compromise either by doing without or purchasing numerous products at high expense. Now, for the first time, businesses ranging from small, two-person shops to the largest enterprises can easily and affordably deploy and scale video conferencing or any other type of media collaboration,” Moss said.
 

Media Collaboration as a Service–

 
ClearOne’s Spontania Cloud service empowers customers to deploy video conferencing, web collaboration, high-quality audio, recording and content creation, and other media collaboration without the heavy burden of expensive equipment. Designed as a carrier-grade solution, it is available in an SaaS (Software as a Service) or a PaaS (Platform as a Service) model directly from ClearOne, utilizing the Spontania Cloud. For businesses hoping to ensure locked-down security in their own data centers, Spontania is also available as virtual software image to create a private cloud.
 

All-in-One Media Appliance–

 
The new COLLABORATE Room Pro replaces a host of traditional single-purpose products, each with their own price tag and maintenance requirements. The COLLABORATE Room Pro, as a single all-in-one solution, provides full, standards-based 1080p 60fps video conferencing, a 9-party MCU, both a streaming and content recording server, presentation, and, in a future free software upgrade, wireless projection and interactive whiteboarding from any device, including mobile systems. The new COLLABORATE Room Pro changes the game as a full-purpose media appliance with a complete range of built-in features and tools to meet the media needs of the conference room. With the introduction of our Spontania cloud service, the COLLABORATE Room Pro also integrates with the ClearOne Spontania cloud allowing users to join the meeting from PCs, Macs, and any mobile device easily and affordably.
 
It also brings together the most unique combination of pro audio with video conferencing by directly integrating with the award-winning ClearOne Beamforming Microphone Array. The Beamforming Microphone Array sets a new standard of world-class conference room audio. Now the best audio is easily combined with the best video to serve all the media needs of the conference or training room.
 

All-In-One Media Infrastructure–

 
For businesses who desire an on-premise infrastructure solution, ClearOne now provides the complete single-unit infrastructure server, COLLABORATE® Control. This all-in-one appliance serves the needs of both SMBs and enterprise at a price less than half that of the competition with a fraction of the complexity. The heavy burdens of adding video collaboration pervasively have always been complexity and cost of expensive infrastructure solutions. This will no longer be true, as the COLLABORATE Control single server includes an H.323 gatekeeper, SIP registrar, license server, directory services, firewall traversal, 24 port MCU, call control, streaming, recording and content creation, and a full management system.
 

About ClearOne

 
ClearOne is a global company that designs, develops and sells conferencing, collaboration, streaming and digital signage solutions for voice and visual communications. The performance and simplicity of its advanced comprehensive solutions offer unprecedented levels of functionality, reliability and scalability. More information about the company can be found at www.clearone.com.
 

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ClearOne to Enterprise Connect: Beam Us Up

Introducing the COLLABORATE® Video Conferencing System with its advanced Beamforming Microphone Array Technology.  
 
ClearOne is a global company that designs, develops and sells conferencing, collaboration, streaming and digital signage solutions for voice and visual communications. The performance and simplicity of its advanced comprehensive solutions offer unprecedented levels of functionality, reliability and scalability.
 
As a market leader, ClearOne is focused on developing cutting-edge conferencing and collaboration products. We are known for our industry innovation, committed to incorporating the latest technologies into our product lines.  We are bringing our most  recent technology enhancements to the Enterprise Connect Conference and Expo on March 17-20, 2014 in Orlando, Florida.  
 
The new COLLABORATE Room Pro is a complete video collaboration system with built-in features far beyond those of competing room systems at an affordable price point.  Add the game changing and award winning Beamforming Microphone Array to your video conferencing system, and you are taking your first step into the future!
 
Visit ClearOne at booth 942 at Enterprise Connect, and you will see how the Beamforming Microphone Array is now able to connect directly to the COLLABORATE Room Pro system without the need for a DSP mixer by using a standard USB connection.
 
The new COLLABORATE Room Pro SKU includes a 24-element Beamforming Microphone Array (either glossy black or white) along with the COLLABORATE Room Pro codec and 18x PTZ camera.
 
Standards-based COLLABORATE Room video conferencing solutions enable up to nine locations to be easily and inexpensively bridged together, with built-in video streaming, recording, and multicasting— all without the need for expensive infrastructure or media servers.
 
Download a free Wainhouse Research whitepaper: “Keeping Video Conferencing Simple”

 

The CONVERGE USB peripheral provides a standard USB connection between the Beamforming Microphone Array and COLLABORATE Room Pro without the need for a DSP mixer.
 
 


 
The 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.
 
Now available in both glossy white and black finishes, the array fits room aesthetics as well as it solves difficult audio configurations.
 
Download a free whitepaper: “Advanced Beamforming Microphone Technology for Corporate Conferencing Systems”
 
Watch a Beamforming Microphone Array demonstration below
 

 
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ClearOne Announces New Pan-India Distribution Agreement with Enkay Technologies for COLLABORATE Video Conferencing Solutions

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH — August 27, 2013

 
ClearOne (NASDAQ: CLRO), a global provider of audio visual communication solutions, today announced its new distribution partnership with Enkay Technologies. Under the terms of the agreement, Enkay will distribute the full line of ClearOne’s video conferencing solutions to its integrators and dealers throughout the Pan-India region.
 
“Enkay Technologies is a trusted Pan-India distributor with 30 years of experience representing a wide array of cutting-edge solutions, covering many vertical markets and applications,” said Zee Hakimoglu, Chairman and CEO of ClearOne. “Enkay’s position as India’s leading integrated converged solutions provider makes them a perfect partner for ClearOne’s soft-codec-based COLLABORATE video conferencing portfolio.”
 
COLLABORATE brings together ClearOne’s industry-leading professional audio with its cutting-edge video technology for a complete video conferencing solutions portfolio, spanning mobile and desktop applications, room systems, infrastructure and management.
 
“ClearOne represents global leadership in the AV industry,” said Mr. Dayal Hemrajani, Chairman, Enkay Technologies. “Partnering with a manufacturer of their reputation to introduce a best-in-class solution such as COLLABORATE to our partners will notably change the Indian video conferencing market.”
 
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About ClearOne

ClearOne is a global company that designs, develops and sells conferencing, collaboration, streaming and digital signage solutions for audio and visual communications. The performance and simplicity of its advanced comprehensive solutions offer unprecedented levels of functionality, reliability and scalability. More information about the company can be found at www.clearone.com
 

About Enkay Technologies

With over 30 years of experience and great collaboration with world leaders, Enkay Technologies has developed a wide array of cutting-edge products and solutions comprising of Data Networking, IT, Unified Communications, Contact Center, Audio Visual System Integration, Video conferencing, Security Systems & Solutions. More information can be found at www.enkayindia.com
 

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DRIVING VIDEO CONFERENCING ROI – Part One


In recent years, the growth of video conferencing has been driven by:
 
+ a drive to control costs
+ a need to reduce response times
+ decreasing costs of video conferencing technology
+ negative events (i.e. war, weather & illness)
+ mergers & acquisitions
+ corporate downsizing
 

Drive to Control Costs

 
Most organizations are interested in controlling costs to remain competitive and positively impact the bottom line of the organization. Using video conferencing helps control costs by minimizing the need to constantly travel and improving communications between sites.
 

Need To Reduce Response Times

 
As the economy has become more global, with workers doing similar jobs scattered locally, nationally or around the world, there is an increased need to reduce response times. This holds true both for completing work more efficiently, but also solving problems. Using video conferencing can allow work to be accomplished and problems to be solved without the need for travel.
 

Decreased Costs of Video Conferencing Technology

 
Since its commercial introduction in 1982, the costs of video conferencing have dropped significantly. Hardware prices have dropped, resulting in anyone being able to afford the purchase of video conferencing technology. In many instances video is available as a standard feature
in devices (think tablets and cell phones). Additionally, no longer must users pay a per minute charge to use video. Instead, the use of video is bundled with the cost of the device or as part of a telephone line used for many purposes. Connectivity costs for video have dropped significantly as video connections have migrated from ISDN lines to dedicated IP lines and the Internet.
 

Negative Events

 
As weather has become more violent (i.e. tornadoes, hurricanes, etc.), war has raged, and illnesses have become more global (i.e. H1N1 virus) the desire to find another means to communicate has become a necessity. Video conferencing allows people to stay connected without the need to travel.
 

Mergers & Acquisitions

 
Video conferencing is now being used by organizations as they acquire or merge with other firms. With a global economy, mergers & acquisitions are rarely between two organizations located in the same city. Video conferencing has allowed easier transitions and reduced the need for everyone having to travel to complete a merger or acquire another organization.
 

Corporate Downsizing

 
As organizations have seen the need to decrease in size, video conferencing has proven a useful technology to communicate between sites. Understanding the current state of video conferencing and focusing on return on investment can help organizations increase usage of the technology and better understand its benefits. In many organizations, video conferencing is being viewed as a business necessity and efforts are in place to drive adoption and optimize usage of equipment.
 

The Current Situation

 
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. Users want technology that is transparent to them and easy to use, allowing them to conduct business independently and efficiently. Users want to improve productivity, increase access to subject matter experts, and allow meetings to be held when and where needed. While these factors may be difficult to quantify and place a dollar value on, there are return on investment formulas that can be used to cost justify the deployment and usage of video conferencing.
 
We’ll continue our discussion of driving the ROI of video conferencing in next week’s blog. In the meantime, we want to know how do you judge the ROI of video conferencing? What techniques do you use to drive the implementation of video conferencing into the workplace?
 

ClearOne Introduces Game-Changing Innovations in Audio Visual Communications at InfoComm 2013

ClearOne showcases its cutting-edge solutions for professional audio systems, enhanced video conferencing systems, and new streaming and signage products at InfoComm, June 12-14, 2013.

 

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH — June 3, 2013

 
Visitors at InfoComm 2013, June 12-14, in Orlando, can expect to see the latest innovations from ClearOne (NASDAQ: CLRO) in professional audio and video, including: new professional microphones and networked audio solutions, powerful standalone soft-codec-based video conferencing, and enhanced IP streaming and signage technologies. It all comes together as ClearOne establishes its mark as a one-stop manufacturer for audio visual communications.
 
“The Beamforming Microphone Array is truly a game-changer for Pro Audio. We continue to lead the industry with innovative products. We are consolidating our market-leading audio and video technology into fully-integrated solutions for effortless and affordable collaboration to give ClearOne partners distinct competitive advantages,” said Zee Hakimoglu, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of ClearOne. “No one in the AV industry can provide the breadth of ClearOne’s AV product offering under a single brand.”
 
• COLLABORATE® software-based video conferencing solutions provide the capabilities of an embedded MCU with up to 9 participants, built-in streaming and recording, and multicasting without the need for a server. Solutions with up to full 1080p60 resolution are now bolstered by newly introduced audio bundles ranging from the most portable desktop audio to fully installed professional systems.
 
• The Beamforming Microphone Array, the only product of its kind in the Pro Audio industry, now supports tabletop and wall applications. A “must-see” at InfoComm, you won’t find anything like it on the show floor. It’s the 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 adaptively delivers the ultimate in voice pickup available on the market today.
 
• 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. Four additional professional microphone options optimized for CONVERGE® Pro and INTERACT® Pro solutions join the ClearOne lineup: tabletop, gooseneck, handheld, and belt-pack lavalier and single-ear headset.
 
• The new CONVERGE® USB network device 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. This versatile new audio conferencing peripheral will be shipping in Q3 2013.
 
ClearOne plans a tour for members of the press to cover these new solutions in-depth, at booth #2059 on Wednesday, June 12 at 11:30 AM EST.
 

About ClearOne

 
ClearOne is a global company that designs, develops and sells conferencing, collaboration, streaming and digital signage solutions for audio and visual communications. The performance and simplicity of its advanced comprehensive solutions offer unprecedented levels of functionality, reliability and scalability. More information about the company can be found at www.clearone.com
 
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