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A better Video Conference User-Experience with Spontania’s Simultaneous Four-Camera Support

 

With video conferencing becoming a necessity for most corporate, SMB, education and other organizations, how do the various Video Conferencing solutions really differentiate themselves from one another?

 

They all make the promise of being simple and intuitive; allowing you to save money and time by avoiding hundreds of miles of travel. They offer popular features like content sharing, recording, and even whiteboarding.  But despite the promises, the reality was, for many remote participants, these solutions just weren’t maximizing on the video conferencing experience. Many participants found that by being remote, it was easier for them to become distracted and lose focus. Some users were so busy, they often found themselves multi-tasking and weren’t even focused on the meeting. And for others, doing a remote video call was just plain boring.

 

 

So how can you eliminate that feeling? What if you were able to provide your remote users a feeling of being on-premises, of actually being there in that conference room or classroom with everyone else,so that they could see everything and everyone, and truly feel like part of the meeting?

 

How do you create that feeling for remote users, all hundreds of miles away?

 

 

We do this with Spontania’s ability to capture 4 simultaneous camera views. Far-end participants now see everything that’s going on, giving them the feeling of actually being there in the classroom or conference room.

 

Here’s a training scenario for using 4 cameras:

 

One camera is pointed toward the front of the room, to see the instructor’s every move.

 

A 2nd camera is pointed at the attendees, so if a question is asked, the remote participant can see who’s asking it instead of just hearing it.

 

A 3rd camera can be pointed at a whiteboard for instructors who prefer to make quick notes by hand, an ASL interpreter, or any other angle that adds to the overall experience.  The participant now can see what’s written in real time and take notes accordingly.

 

The 4th camera can be a document camera. So, if the instructor needs to show an object to the class, the far-end participants won’t struggle with just having a minimal view. The instructor simply positions the object under the doc cam and the remote participants see it up-close; as if they were there in the room.

 

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This is just one use-case example ; you can use 4 cameras to provide a multi-view product demo or even set them up for a full 360 degree views.

 

The possibilities are endless.

 

Whether you’re a business, a university, a law firm, or just have a huge conference room, the 4-camera support included with the Spontania Video Collaboration platform is an instant professional experience for your participants, clients, students, colleagues, and end-users.

 

Video conferencing software and hardware is an investment, so why not take advantage and get the best value with that investment?

 

Your far-end participants will thank you.

 

If you’re interested in learning more about Spontania as a video collaboration solution, contact us today and let’s discuss how we can help you and your organization be the best video collaborators on the planet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can A Conference Room Be Intelligent?

 

Can a conference room truly be “intelligent,” to accommodate your connection, communication, and collaboration needs? Does such a conference room actually exist?
A conference room has to accommodate people at different levels, different skill sets, with different types of connection and communication needs – it could be a local connection point to locally present from your own device, or to bridge someone at a remote location for audio/video conferencing. The life of a conference room is always busy…it must be set up efficiently to accommodate a variety of user needs. This new conference room model has become known in the industry as the “all-in-one conference room”.

 

As an AV Integrator, what does it take to cover all these possibly functions of the all-in-one conference room? You may want to ask yourself the following questions:

 

In-Room Local Meetings
One of the major applications of these all-in-one conference rooms is local, in-room presentations and sharing. Wired connections are a thing of the past, legacy systems which also have the challenges of different formats, types of connectors, etc. Wireless collaboration technology has taken over the way participants share and collaborate information.

 

• Does your conference room support cross-platform Windows, Mac, iOS, Android devices for presentation?
• Can multiple users share and collaborate information simultaneously? 4-6 simultaneous participant connectivity is common.
• Do you need white boarding / annotation functions?
• Is your conference room content secured? Can it generate a dynamic PIN for your session?
• Can your conference room capture the content from this meeting? Does this capture include audio, video camera and data for future use?
• Can your room stream this content live and/or on-demand?

 

 

Audio Conferencing
Audio calls are still a favored method of communication, to join a webinar or to connect with someone who does not have a video-enabled device.

 

• Do you have a professional audio system to handle modern room acoustic challenges?
• Is it designed to cover participants who stand/sit away from the conference room table?
• Does it support PSTN and/or VOIP Connectivity?

 

 

Web Conference
Can this all-in-one conference room host a web conference? Times have changed. Web conferencing is now much more productive with video and media collaboration, rather than simply being an audio call. The true advantage of web conferencing is its ability to accommodate a large number of participants.

 

• Does your room support simple plug-and-play connectivity from your laptop to host a conference?
• Does your cloud application support cross-platform BYOD?
• Do you have a professional camera and professional audio support to deliver your message loud and clear?

 

 

Video Conferencing
Video conferencing adoption has grown immensely in recent years and it will continue to do so. All of us are aware of the benefits of video conferencing.
• Your room must be capable of interoperating with other manufacturer’s solutions.
• H.323/SIP and H.460 support is required to ensure a smooth connectivity to legacy systems.
• Modern-age conference rooms require recording and archiving of conferences for future use.
• Streaming of conferences is often required for overflow rooms.
• Conference rooms must be equipped with multi-party capability to connect multiple locations at the same time.

 

 

ClearOne COLLABORATE® Pro 900 offers a complete media collaboration solution to meet today’s diverse organizational demands for conferencing, collaboration, and communication.

 

Its versatile design makes it ideal for multiple applications including videoconferencing, professional audio conferencing, wireless presentations and collaborations, training, corporate announcements, etc.

 

Key Highlights
• Brings traditional SIP/H.323 videoconferencing and cloud video collaboration into a single appliance for multi-site collaboration with up to 25 sites.
• Award-winning Beamforming Microphone Array and market-leading CONVERGE® Pro DSP mixer for best-in-class professional audio.
• Perfect for both single-site and multi-site interactive collaboration.
• Multi-purpose solution for multiple applications – videoconferencing, professional audio conferencing, wireless presentation and collaboration, capture and recording station, streaming and distribution.
• Multi-source collaboration with simultaneous capture of up to 4 video input sources.
• Single point of support and maintenance for your complete collaboration and conferencing needs.

 

Interested in learning more about the COLLABORATE® Pro 900 conference room solution, contact us today and let’s chat.

 

 

 

 

 

Video Collaboration Adoption – Hurdling Like an Olympian

 

Video conferencing technology has been around for many years, yet many organizations have not adopted this tool for daily use. Some organizations may have the technology available, but users are finding it either unreliable or difficult to use.

 

What are the common issues that have prevented the masses from adopting video conferencing and collaboration?

 

  1. Cost – Traditional H.323/SIP video conferencing & collaboration has been expensive to design and scale.

 

The average cost for a point-to-point video codec is approximately $4500 USD. Multipoint MCUs for 6 to 9 participants can cost more than $16,000 USD without installation and additional room integration.  Many cloud-based services require a minimum 1-year contract and as much as a $10k USD minimum investment.  All cloud services require additional room-based integration, including professional-grade cameras and professional sound to provide an immersive, room-based video conferencing experience.

 

 

  1. Complexity – Traditional conferencing & collaboration is difficult to use, requiring IT support to place a call.

 

Traditional H.323/SIP systems require you to “aggregate” bandwidth for each participant to host an H.323 video call. To make matters more complex, they usually require additional firewall configuration and bandwidth provisioning.

 

 

  1. Interoperability – Traditional conferencing & collaboration lacks features & interoperability with other video conferencing platforms.

 

Users want to migrate from traditional H.323/SIP to cloud-based services with one platform; leveraging the existing video conferencing equipment in a conference room or huddle space.  Traditional systems have proprietary (dedicated) PTZ cameras and conference phone connectivity; meaning users can’t simply connect to a PC with proprietary system peripherals to place Skype for Business, Google Hangouts, WebEx or any other cloud-based calls. This limits the use of a very large investment if users can’t repurpose the existing PTZ cameras and professional sound already in the room.

 

 

The problem with legacy video conferencing systems is that there will always be a need for individual user flexibility. No matter what features and functionality a vendor aspires to provide, each user may have a different demand. Users want to walk into a conference room or huddle space, simply connect their own devices right at the conference table, and the existing TV monitor, PTZ camera and audio input to place the cloud call of their choice.

 

The ad-hoc nature of huddle rooms and on-demand video conferencing and collaboration – including local, wireless presentation and sharing – can greatly enhance quick meetings to the benefit of all participants.

 

ClearOne’s hybrid video collaboration platform integrates legacy H.323/SIP interoperability with our Spontania cloud-based service. We also leverage our USB PTZ cameras and USB conference phone connectivity along with wireless presentation, recording, & streaming to provide “any to any” device connectivity. We can connect USB PTZ cameras and audio right to our COLLABORATE® Pro multi-purpose appliance; then connect directly to any PC in the room with the click of a button it’s that easy!

 

 

Why I Get Dressed Up For A Wedding

 

I hate wearing a tie!  No…I REALLY hate wearing a tie.  Recently I was getting dressed up for a wedding.  My wife told me I had to wear a tie.  I reminded her that I was not the one getting married. So who cares what I am wearing?  I was comfortable.  She reminded me that we don’t get dressed up for ourselves, but for those around us.  What we wear sets the tone of the event, and reflects on ourselves.  It actually does nothing for the individual, it’s for the others around us that we get dressed up.

 

The same holds true when we set up our conference rooms for video conferencing.  Better audio and video does not just improve our experience.  It improves the experience for the people on the other end.  The meeting is so much more enjoyable and productive when everyone can see and hear.

 

So much has changed in video conferencing over the past five years, or so.  Before the advent of cloud based services, video calls were very expensive due to the cost of the hardware.   And most calls were point-to-point.  Once the cloud services made it into our conferences rooms, it was easier and cheaper to have a video call, and include multiple parties from all over the world.   That is why it is being used so much more everyday.  Since most people didn’t know much about video conferencing, the hardware products we used were very low-quality, at least in terms of use in a professional setting.  A consumer web cam with a built-in pinhole mic, mounted on top of a consumer TV set is what most people used.  The picture was fuzzy, and the audio was hard to understand.  It was good enough for a consumer application, but not for office use.   But that is all that was available.

 

The improvement in the hardware we use is in a state of accelerated evolution.  Better cameras with HD resolution have become popular as bandwidth has expanded, allowing a better picture to be transmitted.  Participants are demanding better audio, which has created a demand for better mics, and audio DSPs.  As demand exploded, there was now a market for more expensive, and better hardware.  Manufacturers started to design better cameras and microphones made specifically for video conferencing, because they could sell enough of them to justify the cost of research and development of targeted products.  Video conferencing went from niche to widespread use almost overnight.

 

Adding video to our calls really touches the soul.  It affects us in a way that audio calls never did. It is human nature to want to look at the person you are talking to.  Seeing the person you are talking to makes that experience so much more powerful.  And now, we can look at everyone on the call, regardless where they are located in the world.  The desire to see someone when we talk to them is so powerful, we have been willing to spend extra time and money to fly someplace to see them in person.  Audio just isn’t good enough for some conversations.  Now that it is possible to hear, and see the person we are communicating with, without having to actually travel to see them, we want to improve that experience with better video and audio.  The goal is to make the experience as close to an in-person visit as possible.

 

And that is why ClearOne is taking the position of industry leader in video conferencing.  We recognize the importance of video conferencing in business.  Creating products that transmit the best video with our unbeatable audio will improve the experience, which improves the overall results of those calls.  Creating the best cloud-based conferencing system like Spontania gives participants a wide range of tools they can integrate into the call.  Multiple cameras and shared whiteboard & documents allow the participants to collaborate in ways they could only previously do in person.  It’s just like being in the same room with everyone, with the exception of the box of donuts!

 

That is why it is so important for companies that are just adding video calls to their communications to buy the best system they can.  It reflects on their businesses, and shows that they care about the people they are communicating with.  Imagine how great it will be when all sides of the video call has top quality equipment.  Then, the only thing left to do is to put on that tie!

 

 

The One Brand System – A Consumer Electronics Concept Makes Its Way To Video Conferencing and Media Collaboration

 

We are all familiar with the “Home Theater In A Box (HTIB)” product.  Many of us own them ourselves.  The idea was born of the desire to make it easier for the consumer to buy and operate a home theater system.  In an HTIB, the components are prepackaged, which means they are all designed to work together and look the same.  End users are confident in what they have purchased is the best system for the price.

 

The same concept has made its way to the pro AV industry, and is used for web and cloud videoconferencing and media collaboration systems.  ClearOne has a line of prepackaged media collaboration solutions, called COLLABORATE®, which hits key price points.  Each solution is designed for a specific size room, and application, from cloud videoconferencing and small huddle rooms to full media collaboration and presentation options with integrated pro audio and large conference rooms.  From plug-and-play, to a more sophisticated system, there is something for every application.

 

The idea of a “Conference-Room-In-A-Box” makes a lot of sense in today’s business environment.  Integrators are often busy with multiple jobs at one time.  Buying a one-brand system rather than piecing something together for each job saves time.  When installing it, they can go in, feeling confident that everything they will need is included, and will work perfectly together.

 

COLLABORATE Products

 

But the most important aspect of this concept addresses the end user – who is probably not the person who has made the actual decision and purchase. It is more likely an employee of the company who may not have the technical skills of an AV/IT manager.  Many times it’s the administrative assistant or executive who will be operating the system.   For them, the system has to be uncomplicated.   I believe most of us have been on the receiving end of a video conference where it took the other side 20 minutes to get the system going.  When the meeting is scheduled for 30 minutes, a 20 minute set-up time is a huge waste, and can cost the company dearly, in many ways. Just like with an HTIB, the consumers (or end users) do not need to spend a lot of time familiarizing themselves with various components from different companies.  They will be operating a system in which each component works in concert with each other.

 

 

One-brand solutions are an excellent way to specify, purchase, install, and operate a conferencing system.

 

That is why ClearOne has created the COLLABORATE videoconferencing and media collaboration solutions.  They are easy to understand, easy to order, cost-effective, and easy to operate. They have been carefully matched, and aggressively priced to fit most any conference room.  And when Spontania Cloud-based media collaboration is a part of the system, the end user will be able to confidently walk into a room and quickly get the meeting started.

 

What Home-Theater-In-A-Box has done for home entertainment, ClearOne’s COLLABORATE has done for the conference room.

 

 

 

The Premiere Group Hooks up Sigma Chi, Purdue with COLLABORATE Pro Media Collaboration

 

Sigma Chi Fraternity  – Purdue University

 

Established in 1875, Sigma Chi is the one of the oldest Fraternities at Purdue University.  With the expertise of The Premiere Group, the frat house solved their unique needs for flexibility and dependable video communications with two systems that fully support ad-hoc video and media collaboration meetings.

 

It was essential for the group to be able to host meetings where they could really connect with the audience. The fraternity needed to hold regular fireside chats with Alumni and provide mentoring to remote members. To achieve maximum impact it was clear that Sigma Chi required face-to-face communication, far beyond a simple teleconferencing system. To make these meetings truly effective, the audio needed to be crystal-clear. Moving from room to room, meant smart audio, with the ability to configure itself to ever-changing conditions without losing quality.

 

The solution consisted of two portable AV set-ups: a larger system for use in the Grand Hall, and a smaller, PC-based system for easier ad-hoc video conferencing.

 

The larger video collaboration system includes a 65” screen and ClearOne’s  COLLABORATE Pro 900, which features the CONVERGE Pro DSP mixer, and the industry’s first professional Beamforming Microphone Array, in a sleek, black finish.  The microphone is mounted on the cart, horizontally, just below the screen, and provides they clearest audio pickup possible with it’s 24 microphone elements, intelligently steering pickup patterns in real time. Set up in the presentation room, this system provided the most professional and natural interactions for remote, one-on-one meetings with potential employers, or with anyone requiring more information from the fraternity.

 

The second PC-based system utilizes Clear One Spontania cloud-based collaboration.  This system is the ultimate in portability, usually seen in corporate “huddle room” settings for ad-hoc video conferencing meetings.   The Spontania system includes a smaller 50” screen, camera, and microphone for those quick gatherings and more informal conferences.

 

Purdue Sigma Chi Install

 

‘There are challenges with all portable systems, due to the fact the environment in which they are used is variable”  states Todd Walker from the Premier Group. “What was great for us was the consistent level of support from Clear One, especially when dealing with stakeholders. From an engineering perspective, Jim Mergens was always there to brainstorm and implement new solutions, for non-traditional applications, and that’s what really made all of the difference.”

 

Sigma Chi has already reported a positive return on investment following the implementation of the video collaboration systems, with greater participation from remote members at board meetings, increased donation support from benefactors following fireside chants and many of the Alumni utilizing the Spontania system for job interviews.

 

Collaborate 900 offers a complete media collaboration solution.  It’s a great solution for multiple applications – videoconferencing, professional audio conferencing, wireless presentation and collaboration, capture and recording station, streaming and distribution, all from a single appliance.

http://www.clearone.com/products_collaborate_900

 

 

Spontania is ClearOne’s cloud based software solution. It allows dozens to thousands of users to collaborate in real-time, sharing high-quality voice, video and data on any device they choose— from cell phones to standards-based group systems.

http://www.clearone.com/products_spontania

 

 

 

ClearOne Finalizes Spontania Acquisition to Offer a Full Range of Video Collaboration Solutions

ClearOne now offers the industry’s most complete video collaboration portfolio

 

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH — April 1, 2014

 
ClearOne (NASDAQ: CLRO) announced today that the company has finalized the acquisition of Spontania cloud-based technology from Spain-based Dialcom Networks, S.L. The addition of this technology completes the company’s strategy to build an all-inclusive video collaboration portfolio.
 
Spontania complements ClearOne’s existing premise-based, enterprise video collaboration portfolio and makes ClearOne the only company offering an entirely software-based video conferencing product line from the personal client to the conference room, with a complete set of virtualized infrastructure. The complete ClearOne video portfolio now can serve a full range of video collaboration needs for Enterprise, SMB, Healthcare, Education, and other customers, whether they are seeking those solutions deployed in their private data centers or in the ClearOne Spontania cloud.
 
“We are now positioned to execute on our strategy by offering a complete and competitive suite of video collaboration products that appeals to varied customer needs and uniquely leads the way for our partners to take advantage of cloud offerings and capture down-stream revenue opportunities,” said Zee Hakimoglu, Chairman and CEO of ClearOne. “With the acquisition of Spontania, ClearOne now offer its partners and end users a clear choice between public cloud, private cloud, and on-premise solutions, replacing the need for expensive infrastructure. Combined with our industry-leading voice solutions, the ClearOne video collaboration portfolio leads the market in scalability, return on investment, functionality and quality.”
 
ClearOne’s Spontania total video collaboration portfolio empowers customers to deploy video collaboration without the heavy burden of expensive infrastructure. It also allows service providers and partners to expand their offerings by deploying the technology within their own networks, building on ClearOne technology to further their current solutions and offerings.
The solution is available through ClearOne authorized partners as either as a Platform as a Service (PaaS) or as a cloud-based Software as a Service (SaaS). The company complements this infrastructure offering with a host of software-based endpoints that spans mobile devices to laptops to telepresence group systems. ClearOne will bring the entire line of solutions to market exclusively through an authorized partner program, which offers partners an attractive, next-generation model to capitalize on business migration to software- and cloud-based solutions.
 

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.
 
This release contains “forward-looking” statements that are based on present circumstances and on ClearOne’s predictions with respect to events that have not occurred, that may not occur, or that may occur with different consequences and timing than those now assumed or anticipated. Such forward-looking statements, including acquisitions or investments the company may make to fuel growth, the purchase of common stock under the company’s stock repurchase program and any statements of the plans and objectives of management for future operations, are not guarantees of future performance or results and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from the events or results described in the forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are made only as of the date of this release and ClearOne assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances. Readers should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.
 

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Please find the printable release in our Investor Relations area at http://investors.clearone.com.
 

ClearOne Announces New Video Collaboration Solutions for Small-to-Mid-Sized Businesses (SMBs) at Enterprise Connect 2014

ClearOne, Booth #942, to display new on-premise, single-server video infrastructure solution, specifically focused on the needs of SMBs for affordability, ease-of-use, and rich functionality

 

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH — March 13, 2014

 
ClearOne (NASDAQ: CLRO) will showcase its new line of video collaboration solutions in Booth #942, aimed at helping SMBs to adopt video collaboration for the first time. The solutions are part of a complete portfolio of products that extend from the mobile device or desktop to the conference room.
 
“The ability for a customer to deploy a fully functional video collaboration network has always been hindered by the expensive and complex network and infrastructure needed,” said David Moss, ClearOne’s Vice President of Video Collaboration Products and Services. “ClearOne is delivering on our customers’ needs with solutions that are easy to acquire, use and maintain.”
 
The new portfolio provides features not found in competing solutions. Spanning the full range of SMB needs, from mobile to desktop and infrastructure, a standards-based approach provides total compatibility with existing equipment, and the ability to scale a solution with a business.
 
As a highlight to the new portfolio, ClearOne is introducing COLLABORATE® Control. This single, 1U server unit solution provides the entire network infrastructure necessary to enable video conferencing within a company at an unbelievably low price. The functions include directory services, firewall traversal, 24 port MCU, H.323 gatekeeper, SIP registrar, interworking between H.323 and SIP, call control, licensing management, and a full management system. General release of COLLABORATE Control is slated for May 1st, 2014. Prices start at $9,999.00 for 200 registered users and 25 concurrent users, and can extend up to thousands of participants.
 
ClearOne is committed to closing the gap, allowing video collaboration to become ubiquitous without extensive costs or complexity. The company’s standards-based video collaboration portfolio furthers ClearOne’s movement towards a convergence of audio and visual communications– with video collaboration, streaming and digital signage endpoints functioning to serve all communications needs whether on public or private cloud-based servers.
 

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.
 
© Copyright 2013, ClearOne, Inc. All rights reserved. ClearOne ®, the ClearOne logo, and the names and marks associated with ClearOne’s products are trademarks and/or service marks of ClearOne, Inc. and are registered and/or common-law marks in the United States and various other countries. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.
 
Please find the printable release in our Investor Relations area at http://investors.clearone.com.
 
 

CLEARONE SHOWS THE RESULT OF ITS VIDEO COLLABORATION ACQUISITIONS BY LAUNCHING INDUSTRY-LEADING PORTFOLIO OF ON-PREMISE AND CLOUD-BASED SOLUTIONS AT ENTERPRISE CONNECT 2014

New breed of on-premise and cloud-based video collaboration solutions combine rich functionality with affordability and flexible deployment options.

 

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH — March 13, 2014

 
Visitors to Enterprise Connect 2014 Booth #942 will experience the future of video collaboration from ClearOne (NASDAQ: CLRO), a portfolio of solutions that extend from the mobile device or desktop to the conference room. This suite of new products will expand the video collaboration market affordably for small-to mid-sized businesses (SMBs) with self-contained network or cloud solutions. Flexible deployment options allow the solutions to be hosted with ClearOne on-premise infrastructure or to be fully functional without infrastructure, utilizing the ClearOne Spontania cloud.
 
“ClearOne has a balanced approach to the future of video collaboration and the AV industry as a whole,” said David Moss, ClearOne’s Vice President of Video Collaboration Products and Services. “Our complete line of video collaboration solutions spans mobile, desktop, group, and infrastructure; allowing customers to deploy locally or within the cloud. With these flexible options and a feature set far beyond competing solutions, every customer whether a small business or a large enterprise can easily— and more importantly afford to— deploy and scale video collaboration.”
 

Video as a Service (VaaS)

Video as a Service (VaaS)– ClearOne’s Spontania cloud service empowers customers to deploy video collaboration without the heavy burden of expensive infrastructure. It also allows service providers and partners to expand their offerings by deploying the technology within their own networks, building on ClearOne technology to further their current solutions and offerings as either a SaaS or PaaS model.
 

Infrastructure

For customers who desire an on-premise infrastructure solution, ClearOne now provides COLLABORATE® Control, a single-unit infrastructure server that will serve the needs of both SMBs and enterprise customers hoping to expand locations. The heavy burden of adding video collaboration pervasively has always been the cost of expensive infrastructure solutions. COLLABORATE Control provides the infrastructure component at an unbelievably low price, including directory services, firewall traversal, 24 port MCU, H.323 gatekeeper, SIP registrar, license server, call control, and a full management system.
 

Desktop and Mobile

ClearOne now offers a host of desktop and mobile solutions that provide an easy-to-use and scalable multimedia collaboration experience on virtually any device, including Windows®, iOS, and AndroidTM applications. Our solutions allow for high-definition video conferencing, web collaboration, streaming, and recording.
 

Group Room Solutions

ClearOne is introducing a new generation of room-based endpoints that leverage our VaaS offerings and our scalable infrastructure solutions, and can be used behind any industry standard H.323 or SIP-based network. The COLLABORATE Room Pro provides a superior video experience at up to 1080p60 with a host of features not available on competing products, including: built-in streaming and recording, dual camera support, connecting nine locations in a single conference, and more. One of the most exciting functions of COLLABORATE Room Pro is the direct integration with ClearOne’s Beamforming Microphone Array, providing professional conferencing audio without the need for external processing.
 

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.
 
© Copyright 2013, ClearOne, Inc. All rights reserved. ClearOne ®, the ClearOne logo, and the names and marks associated with ClearOne’s products are trademarks and/or service marks of ClearOne, Inc. and are registered and/or common-law marks in the United States and various other countries. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.
 
Please find the printable release in our Investor Relations area at http://investors.clearone.com.
 
 

ClearOne Launches the First In an Industry-Leading Portfolio of Group Conferencing Solutions with Advanced Beamforming and Cloud Service

New breed of group video communications solution endpoints sport advanced features and functions unique to the videoconferencing industry.

 

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH — March 13, 2014

 
Visitors to Enterprise Connect 2014 Booth #942 will experience the first of a new line of video collaboration products from ClearOne (NASDAQ: CLRO). The new COLLABORATE® Room Pro group video conferencing system combines high-definition 1080p60 video with ClearOne’s revolutionary Beamforming Microphone Array for the best audio available on any self-contained video solution. This new, ground-breaking system has the ability to conference nine locations in a single call, stream the video meeting to a larger audience, and even record it for future reference.
 
“ClearOne is demonstrating a unique ability to understand the customer’s needs and provide features and functions for which the market is asking,” said David Moss, ClearOne’s Vice President of Video Collaboration Products and Services. “The new COLLABORATE Room Pro is the first in a series of new, fresh, and exciting products that will offer high-definition video and integrate the best of ClearOne’s audio capabilities. Additionally with the introduction of our Spontania cloud service, we will fully integrate the endpoint directly into the cloud, allowing our customers to scale video easily and affordably across their enterprise environments. This upgrade will be a no-charge update when ready.”
 
The COLLABORATE Room Pro is the first of many new systems that ClearOne will bring to the market this year. The products have features and functions not available on competing systems without heavy infrastructure or peripheral investments. These features include the industry’s best balanced audio, up to nine-way multipoint conferencing capability, recording, streaming, simultaneous two-camera operation in a single call, and soon, the full integration into the ClearOne Spontania cloud.
 

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.
 
© Copyright 2013, ClearOne, Inc. All rights reserved. ClearOne ®, the ClearOne logo, and the names and marks associated with ClearOne’s products are trademarks and/or service marks of ClearOne, Inc. and are registered and/or common-law marks in the United States and various other countries. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.
 
Please find the printable release in our Investor Relations area at http://investors.clearone.com.