Month: March 2017


The Huddle Room Camera Problem – Solved

Not the kind of “huddle” experience you had in mind?

The falling cost of hardware and the growth in cloud video services has led to smaller and smaller rooms and spaces being equipped with video collaboration facilities.
This trend, referred to as the Huddle Room market by industry analysts, in turn has led to a problem around camera field-of-view (FOV). Standard pan, tilt and zoom (PTZ) cameras or low-cost, fixed webcams typically have a FOV of less than 90° which, when deployed in small rooms with the participants close to the display, means that some participants will always be out-of-shot.

The Revolutionary PanaCast 2 Camera

PanaCast 2 camera

The PanaCast 2 camera meets and overcomes this challenge by employing three horizontal, miniaturised cameras, each with a FOV of 60° and stitching these live video streams together in the camera.  The resulting UHD (4K) resolution output stream delivers a stunning image of the room with an ultra-wide view of up to 180° which ensures that everyone, even in a small group sitting close to the display, is in-shot.

The PanaCast 2 180°, 4K panoramic camera with Intelligent Zoom


Intelligent Zoom

The addition of the Intelligent Zoom feature completes the solution in a novel way. Intelligent Zoom uses advanced in-camera video analytics to detect the faces of participants in the room and frames the transmitted video appropriately for the individual or the group. This framing happens dynamically and automatically and adjusts for people joining or leaving the room in mid-call. The combination of the camera and the Intelligent Zoom feature removes any concern by the local participants about whether or not they are being seen by the far end and greatly enhances the user experience of the video collaboration session at both ends.

Finally, the PanaCast 2 does all of this for around the same price as a standard electro-mechanical PTZ camera.

See PanaCast 2 and Intelligent Zoom in action

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The PanaCast 2 Camera System could save you time and money

These days it seems that every time you get in your car you are faced with traffic jams, road works and unpredictable incidents.

In fact, UK drivers spend an average of 30 hours a year in traffic congestion, with Londoners spending a whopping 100 hours! But drivers in Belgium get an even worse deal, as Belgium is Europe’s most gridlocked country with drivers spending an average of 44 hours a year in traffic jams!

Being stuck in traffic is not only extremely time-consuming, expensive and frustrating, but it can also seriously affect health and businesses!

Stress

Long car journeys, whether commuting to work or for pleasure can lead to stress. Drivers may not get home in time to put their children to bed, miss an important appointment or crucial meeting at work, all of which can be stressful.

Air Pollution

Drivers are exposed to more air pollution the longer they sit in traffic. Research from the University of Surrey revealed that pollution levels inside cars were found to be 40% higher whilst in traffic jams or stopping at red traffic lights, compared to when in free-flowing traffic conditions.

Lack of sleep

Drivers who get home from work late, or who get up early to drive to work to miss the traffic queues will almost certainly be deprived of sleep. Lack of sleep can affect performance, attention and long-term memory.

Cost to industry

When employees are affected by traffic congestion it could mean that they are late to work and miss important meetings, or have to leave work early to avoid delays, so are less productive during the day. There may also be financial costs to the business, such as the extra cost of fuel for company vehicles and the cancelling or rearranging of meetings.

If you have employees that have problems getting to work on time and are also looking at reducing your costs, then holding online web meetings could be the answer. You don’t even need to have a big conference or board-room to carry out your web meetings, as with the right equipment you can turn a little room into a video room!

To find out how the PanaCast 2 Camera System can be a productivity booster for your business and save you money – click here.

The PanaCast 2 Camera System the world’s first 180° 4K video camera for personal and room–based video communications.


Is this your experience of a video conference meeting?

If you work for an organisation, whether an SME or a large corporate, you’ll probably have colleagues based in lots of different locations so you will know first-hand how frustrating it can be if you don’t have the right video conference equipment in place for your meeting!

You may have experienced one or all of the following:

  • Your meeting not being as productive as it could be
  • Not being able to see any documents or presentations clearly
  • Not being able to see or hear who is talking

Well – It doesn’t have to be this way!

Watch the video below to see the fantastic  PanaCast2 camera system with Intelligent Zoom in action.  It’s the world’s first 180° 4K video camera for personal and room–based video communications and it will revolutionise your video conference meetings!

Hope you enjoyed watching the video? If you would like a personal demonstration of the PanaCast2 in action, please contact me by clicking here. 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Research reveals increasing number of organisations using Huddle Rooms for meetings

Research reveals increasing number of organisations using Huddle Rooms for meetings.

The world is changing rapidly and this is particularly true within the conferencing, collaboration and audio-visual industry. Recent research by Wainhouse (WR) has identified three key drivers behind these changes, regarding how people now meet and work together. They are:

  • People
  • Business Environment
  • Technology Advancements and Dependency

The study which was sponsored by cloud conferencing provider Zoom,  also revealed that many organisations are now looking to make the most of their smaller meeting rooms, which Wainhouse Research refers to as “Huddle Rooms.” Click here to learn more from the Wainhouse Research.

More information on Huddle Rooms?

To find out how our Huddle Room technology can help your meetings run smoothly and productively, so you and your colleagues will gain the most from them please click here.

 


The PanaCast2 – a video camera suitable for all locations!

The PanaCast2 – a video camera suitable for all locations!

These days it seems that dispersed team working or virtual teams are becoming commonplace, as organisations look for varied ways to become more competitive and find new ways to provide flexible working for their employees.  As with anything there are advantages and disadvantages.

Enabling people to communicate successfully at meetings when in different locations and time zones can be challenging.

FedEx Cup Commercial – Video Conference

But, organisations of all sizes can make a success of virtual team working with the help of the PanaCast 2 – the world’s first 180° 4K video camera for personal and room–based video communications.  Check out how the PanaCast2 can revolutionise virtual team meetings here. 


"More than 2500 organisations in 38+ countries are using the PanaCast daily to improve their communication and productivity.

Over 200 universities are now adopting the PanaCast for lecture capture and huddle room deployments."

What our clients say!


  • “(PanaCast 2) is a very different form factor than the usual 1080p camera that we are using elsewhere in the lab. You can see it has no seams and it’s a very good picture quality.”

    Robert
    ScobleFuturist / Rackspace

  • “PanaCast…actually seems like something that would be both fun and exceedingly useful.”

    Michael
    SeoWriter / TechCrunch

  • “The actual image captured by the camera when we tried it in a lecture theatre (300+ seat) was perfect. Every seat in the frame, handled the lighting conditions well, good focus, seamlessly stitched. Very impressed.”

    Geoff Lambert
    Sr. Project Manager of IT & Digital Services / University of Western Sydney

  • “… a great improvement over standard video chat experiences.” Read article

    Michael Gorman
    Editor-in-Chief / Engadget

  • “The panoramic view allowed me to see all five remote participants at the same time, and the 4k resolution provided great visual detail – allowing me to feel ‘connected’ to everyone in the meeting.”

    What Ira M. Weinstein thinks about the PanaCast 2
    Senior Analyst & Partner / Wainhouse Research

  • “We chose the PanaCast 2 video camera because it gives an immersive sense of participation to remote meeting participants. With PanaCast 2, there is no need to squeeze together to get into the scene or waste time panning and zooming like with a typical conference room camera.”

    Jolean De KortJolean De Kort
    Director Employee Technology / GoDaddy

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