Month: February 2019

6 Reasons Why You Need to Know Your Meeting Room Headcount

The Jabra PanaCast camera delivers a true 180° view of your room and its sophisticated Artificial Intelligence can be polled for a live headcount. Here’s why that’s important.

Intelligent Room Booking and Granular Room Analytics
  1. No-shows: The camera detects no-one in the room 10 minutes after the reservation start time and the room is released back into the available pool
  2. Squatting: People take a free room without booking it.  The camera will see them and advise the booking system to remove the room from the available pool.  When the participants leave, the room will be released again
  3. Over-running: If a meeting overruns, the booking system will know the participants are still in the room and extend the booking if the room is available
  4. Early Finishes: If a meeting concludes and the participants leave, the reservation will be cut short and the room released to the available pool
  5. Room utilisation data: can be captured over time providing more granular detail about the average and peak participant numbers in your rooms and so inform the planning of new builds and refits.  With this data, you may decide to build more and smaller rooms in the same floor space further enhancing room availability, reducing user frustration and leading to a better overall experience.
  6. Social Distancing Compliance: In order to maintain a safe working environment in meeting rooms, occupancy will need to be limited and employers will need to know if the rules are being followed.  The room utilisation data available from the Jabra PanaCast can provide this information.

Combining the camera with an intelligent room management system that can read and interpret this headcount data like Visionect’s excellent Joan system, can lead to more efficient and safer use of existing meeting rooms and a much-enhanced user experience – an essential requirement especially when rolling out self-service huddle rooms in large numbers.

Jabra PanaCast from Intermedia

The Jabra PanaCast camera delivers a stunning 4K, 180° view of the room and 180 degree people sensing.  (There’s no point in asking a video camera for a room headcount if it can’t see the whole room).

Jabra PanaCast from Intermedia

And, just by deploying the Jabra PanaCast instead of the traditional, legacy PTZ or webcam, you could be creating even more space efficiency by removing the inherent wasted space in traditional video room design – see how

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AI Auto-Tracking Lecture Capture Camera at ISE 2019

If you work in higher or further education these days, you’ll probably have an interest in lecture capture.  Universities and colleges now understand that every lecture is a valuable asset and, instead of that asset disappearing into the ether every time it’s delivered, they are using recordings of their subject experts’ presentations for remote learning and to co-operate, sell or trade with affiliate education establishments around the world. 

However, the technical challenges around practical lecture capture are significant, creating a need for new camera solutions that require minimum user intervention and which can effectively replace a human camera operator.  Camera manufacturer iSmart, has been creating solutions for education for many years and they are showing their new, sophisticated tracking and lecture capture camera at:

ISE 2019 show on stand 13-B175

What makes a great Lecture Capture Camera?

As universities and colleges introduce flipped classroom and blended learning techniques, the need for a cost-effective lecture capture solution has become critical. Key to this solution is a camera that can reliably and consistently lock on and track the lecturer, accurately emulating a live camera operator.

Watch how the iSmart LTC-A2001N does this

The new iSmart LTC Series 2nd Generation HD-SDI Lecturer Tracking Camera System offers a whole host of benefits and is already being used by the top tertiary education establishments.

The LTC Series offers:

  • Artificial Intelligence to provide a seamless, user-friendly experience.
  • Easy set-up; it’s literally plug n’ play
  • Lecturer tracking capability means no need for an operator
  • Locked tracking unaffected by in-room distractions like others walking across the field of view or moving video projection
  • Smooth visual performance thanks to AI face and motion detecting technology
  • Works smoothly with lecture capture platforms such as Panopto, Echo 360,  Galicaster/Opencast and others

Optional whiteboard detection – board-writing triggers tracking.  A seperate board-writing detection camera triggers the lecturer tracking camera to move to a predefined board position and start tracking the lecturer there.

Come and see this breakthrough in lecture capture camera technology at the iSmart stand 13-B175 at ISE.  So we don’t miss you, please book an appointment by clicking here:  Hope to see you there!

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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.”

    ScobleFuturist / Rackspace

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

    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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