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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.
 

A Sneak Peek into ClearOne’s booth at Enterprise Connect 2014

Visitors to Enterprise Connect 2014 Booth #942 will experience the future of video collaboration from ClearOne, 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 with self-contained network or cloud solutions. As we count down the days to Enterprise Connect 2014, we wanted to give a sneak peek on some of what the attendees will be seeing in Florida.

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.

ClearOne wants to see you at booth #942 at Enterprise Connect in Orlando, Florida and we are giving you a FREE expo pass or $500 off a conference pass! Register with discount code: XYECG036

Please contact us with any questions: sales@clearone.com

Watch the ClearOne blog all this week as we continue to give you the inside look, and we will see you in Orlando soon!

* $500 off discount applies to Entire Event and Tue–Thu Conference Passes only. Discount calculated based on the current price and not combinable with other offers. Offer good on new registrations only. Proof of IT industry involvement required.

THE VALUE OF STANDALONE VIDEO ENDPOINTS – Part Two

This post continues our discussion on the value of standalone video endpoints.
 

 

Cloud-based Conferencing

 
Cloud-based video conferencing gives organizations the benefits of video conferencing without major investment in infrastructure or network that is often required for many deployments. Cloud-based services deliver the value of high-quality video conferencing without the upfront costs for equipment and staff that are usually needed to set up and manage video calls.
 

Cloud-based conferencing is cost effective and easily accessible from anywhere


 
Cloud-based services make video easily accessible to anyone, anywhere whether they are using video in a room, at the desktop or on a mobile device. Video service in the cloud offers opportunities for businesses of all sizes to access video conferencing technologies in a way that is easy to use, affordable, and not dependent on in-house IT resources.
 

Applications For Standalone Systems

 
A large pharmaceutical firm used a standalone video unit when there was a need to have a subject matter expert, located in a foreign country, participate in a seminar held in the United States. The availability of a standalone video unit made it easy for the firm to connect the individual into a call. A phone line was used as a backup in case the video call failed. There was no worry about in-house infrastructure or the need to find a firm to host the call.
 
The value of a standalone video unit was useful to engineers from a packaged goods company who needed to immediately focus on an assembly line problem. In the past, traditional video conferencing units and in-house infrastructure issues made it difficult to handle problems with a moment’s notice. Video conferences had to be planned.
 
Standalone video units, with an embedded MCU, recording & streaming capabilities, make it easier to hold a video call when needed. Cloud service offerings can be used to reach outside firms (B2B) or consumer locations (B2C). Now true video conferencing portability is a reality.
 

ClearOne’s COLLABORATE® Room Advantages

COLLABORATE Room, soft-codec based video conferencing


 
ClearOne COLLABORATE® room solutions are standalone, serverless video units that offer best-in-class video conferencing and collaboration at a price-point and feature set vastly superior to competing room conferencing solutions. Collaborate Room systems are available for small to large sized rooms. These systems are plug & play devices that are easy to set-up, operate and upgrade. ClearOne’s COLLABORATE® offers the following advantages:
 
+ Self-contained, Serverless
+ Multi-standard – H.323 and SIP
+ Embedded MCU
+ Embedded Recording
+ Embedded Streaming (both uni-cast & multicast)
 

Summary

 
Deployment and usage of video conferencing systems no longer need to be difficult. No longer is there a need to invest in cumbersome in-house infrastructure, nor is there a need to deploy systems that are time consuming and difficult to install when considering video conferencing at secondary sites. Standalone, server independent deployment is now available to allow organizations to grow their adoption of video conferencing and offer easy to use, full-featured, technology. These systems are designed for small and medium-sized organizations or for secondary sites of larger enterprises.
 
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 annearon@aol.com.
 

THE VALUE OF STANDALONE VIDEO ENDPOINTS – Part One


 

Introduction

 
As organizations continue to deploy video conferencing units in a wider variety of conference rooms there is a desire to install systems that are standalone endpoints, which don’t require the need to invest and deploy a cumbersome in-house infrastructure. Additionally these server independent units provide flexibility, immediacy and portability.
 
Even though there is a growing trend to desktop and mobile video conferencing, there is still significant demand to conduct conferences in pre-set rooms or executive offices equipped with dedicated devices with higher quality audio systems and cameras.
 
Standalone video systems can be used to host small conferences with their embedded MCU (multipoint control unit) and provide recording and basic streaming services. When needed, these systems can use cloud services for better reach and capacity for both B2B (business-to business) and B2C (business- to- consumer) use cases.
 
The concept of standalone endpoints marries well with the BYOD (bring your own device) trend and can reduce cost and complexity for SMB (small/medium businesses) and secondary sites for larger organizations.
 

History

 
In the earlier days of video conferencing many room systems were large and unwieldy appliances with complex user interfaces. This resulted in video conferencing being cumbersome and not user friendly. The appliance was eliminated from room based systems when video conferencing set top boxes were introduced. These units were easier to install and sat on top of a television monitor. Eventually there was a drive to PC-based systems with self contained codecs that worked with web cams. Software based video conferencing products were bundled with a camera and microphones.
 
Standalone video endpoints were initially designed to sit on the desktop for personal participation in a video call. Today these standalone video endpoints are useful in any room, on any desktop and as a mobile app. for a variety of B2B and B2C applications.
 
The technology has evolved from large, cumbersome systems to systems that are stand-alone and portable with all functionality bundled into the system. This evolution now makes it possible to install self-contained, full-featured video conferencing systems wherever they are needed.
 

Videoconferencing is now just a click away


 

The Value

 
Standalone video endpoints are inexpensive and easy to set up. They provide flexibility and allow for instantaneous meetings in the office or away from work (mobile and serverless), since the technology is easy to install and inexpensive enough to allow installation at secondary sites (i.e. home and smaller office sites). Users like the immediacy of the technology and are using these units for a variety of applications. No longer is there worry about cumbersome in-house infrastructure or the need for a multipoint control unit.
 
Until the advent of self-contained systems, organizations wishing to connect more than two sites together had to use a multipoint control unit (MCU) to make these connections. Standalone systems now have an MCU embedded in them, thus reducing the complexity and cost of using an external MCU and avoiding firewall issues.
 
Additionally, these units offer the value of recording and basic streaming services so information from meetings can be saved and others, at a distance, can view the meeting either as it happens or afterwards.
 
We’ll continue our discussion of the value of standalone video endpoints in our blog next week. In the meantime, what are your thoughts about Video endpoints? What value does it add to your clients? We’d love to read your thoughts in our comments section.

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?
 

Free webinar: “Hard Facts about the Software Age – Video Conferencing Evolution”

ClearOne invites you to attend the FREE webinar “Hard Facts about the Software Age – Video Conferencing Evolution” on Thursday, August 1st at 1:00-2:00 EST with Adi Regev ClearOne, Vice President, Video Conferencing Business.
 
Video Conferencing continues to evolve. Knowing today’s trends and tomorrow’s direction is the key to providing future-proof solutions. It’s all about the user perspective – the roadblocks to adoptions and the solutions to true ROI. Software-based solutions provide affordability and flexibility beyond hardware-based counterparts; opening the way future-proof scalability – the solutions ClearOne offers. Register to attend for FREE at: http://www.vci-group.org/events/vcigspot.aspx
 
For more information about how your organization can benefit from video conferencing, visit us at: http://www.clearone.com/products_video_conferencing or read about the top benefits of video conferencing for your business.
 
 

The Top Benefits of Video Conferencing for Your Business

We all know that a picture is worth a thousand words, and crystal clear HD videoconferencing from ClearOne is the perfect example of how true that statement is. A live video conference is much more effective than a phone call in many different situations. For example, you may need to visually demo a new product with your international sales team or troubleshoot an issue with a client which requires data sharing. Literally seeing what you are discussing is far more effective and meaningful than trying to describe it verbally with an audio conference. Listed below are the some of the top benefits of video conferencing, based on conversations with customers, analysts, and value-added resellers:.
 

Reduced Travel Costs

 
The ability to be in several places at once without leaving your office is the next frontier and driving business productivity. Though face-to-face interactions with your customers, partners and colleagues will never be replaced, the huge leaps in quality, availability, and ease-of-use makevideoconferencing the closest thing to being there. When you calculate the number of trips taken annually and determine the associated costs (transportation to and from the airport, the cost of plane tickets, meals, time lost in travel, etc.) it is clear why videoconferencing is such an attractive alternative. Businesses often see that the cost of travel for just one employee can far outweigh the expense of a video conference system that can be used by the entire company. With ClearOne’s software-based COLLABORATE® video conferencing solution, your investment is future proof; compatible with existing infrastructure, and growing with your business without the need for since you can download software updates, instead of buying entirely new hardware.
 

Increased Productivity Among your Customers and Teams

In today’s market, it’s not unusual to have satellite offices across the country, or even the globe. Most of these offices will communicate with phone calls, email, or instant messages. The lack of face-to-face communication can cause misunderstandingswithn your teams, and worse, can result in lost or nonexistent communication. When video is implemented, participants are more likely to stay alert and focused on what is being discussed. As a result, projects are completed faster, productivity increases, and participants feel more in synch with each other and the message you want to convey.
 

Improves Communication & Reinforce Relationships

 
During a videoconference you can see the facial expressions and body language of conference participants, leading to faster and more effective collaboration. These are both important aspects of communication that are lost with a basic telephone call. Allowing a CEO to hold a company-wide meeting in real time with offices across the globe makes employees feel closer to the home office. Imagine being able to speak with a manufacturer in China, displaying the prototype you want them to duplicate in crystal clear HD quality. What would have required an expensive and time-consuming trip, can now be down in minutes from the comfort of your own desktop computer.
 

Competitive Advantage Over Your Competition

 
There is no benefit for being second in bringing new products or ideas to market, and video communication creates and maintains competitive advantage for your business. Teams that communicate through video, will share knowledge faster and will be more informed, which reduces the time required to bring a new product or service to your customers. Support departments using videoconferencing can establish more personal relationships with their customers, which encourages a much deeper loyalty than just speaking on a phone with a call center. If you need to manufacture a product, you can verify the quality, make changes, and ensure accuracy through your product’s life cycle. You can accomplish in less than an hour, what it takes your competition to do in a week via shipping the product for review.
 
With a variety of video conferencing solutions, ClearOne provides a powerful way to enable conferences and other video content to be streamed live or on demand around the world, employees, customers, partners, and students can use video to communicate, engage and interact with others across distance at any time, from wherever they are.
 

Learn More

 
Attend the FREE webinar “Hard Facts about the Software Age – Video Conferencing Evolution” on Thursday, August 1st at 1:00-2:00 EST with Adi Regev ClearOne, Vice President, Video Conferencing Business. Description: Video Conferencing continues to evolve. Knowing today’s trends and tomorrow’s direction is the key to providing future-proof solutions. It’s all about the user perspective – the roadblocks to adoptions and the solutions to true ROI. Software-based solutions provide affordability and flexibility beyond hardware-based counterparts; opening the way future-proof scalability – the solutions ClearOne offers. Register to attend for FREE at http://www.vci-group.org/events/vcigspot.aspx
 
For more information about how your organization can benefit from video conferencing, visit us at: http://www.clearone.com/products_video_conferencing
 

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InfoComm 2013 – Great First Day, Busy Booth and New Products

InfoComm 2013 is underway and ClearOne is excited to be back with our friends and fans in Orlando, Florida. Our team arrived on Sunday, June 9th to start assembling our booth and to get all of the new products ready for their debut on the show floor.
 

 
After several days of hard work, all the boxes had been unpacked, the products were on display, monitors were showing videos of our product line, and visitors to our both had a live video conference feed with our office back in Salt Lake City, Utah! Watch the video below to learn more about our perfect HD-1080p60 system.
 

 
InfoComm 2013 continues through Friday, June 14th at 4:00 p.m. EST, so there is still time to visit booth 2059 and experience the must sees of InfoComm like the Beamforming Microphone Array that is revolutionizing professional audio world with beamforming and adaptive steering technology and ClearOne’s next-generation Acoustic Echo Cancellation. Now with ceiling, wall and desk mount options, you have to see it, AND hear it, to believe it. You can chat live with our Salt Lake City office with our state of the art, perfect HD – 1080p60 videoconferencing software. Listen to the quality of our new wireless microphone system which is optimized to work with CONVERGE® Pro and INTERACT® Pro products and perfectly complements ClearOne’s professionally installed audio conferencing product lines. Questions about streaming and signage? Our talented team is waiting to give you the solutions you have been looking for.
 

 
Come see us at Booth 2059 – Here’s an interactive map to find us easier.