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Boosting Meeting Room Availability

January 20, 2020

The modern workplace is changing as never before …

  • a younger workforce adopting new work practices
  • constant demand for ever-more-efficient use of office space
  • office designers and estate managers challenged to deliver digital transformation in the workplace

Ad hoc collaboration space is high on the list of requirements in modern offices and the technology becoming available to meet this demand is evolving by the day.

But to misquote George Orwell, some technology is more equal than others and sometimes the benefits are not intuitively obvious.

Take the humble video meeting camera, for example.  All much of a muchness, right?  They’re all PTZs, about 12 times optical zoom, about 90° field-of-view so job done, next.

Well, no.  Cameras are changing from the dumb, light-gatherers of old to innovative devices employing advanced artificial intelligence and revolutionary optics and they bring important implications for the office estate.

Making the right choice of video camera could boost your available meeting room hours by up to 50% for a given floorspace

A Wider View of the World

Jabra PanaCast from Intermedia

The Jabra PanaCast is one such newcomer.  It’s the world’s first and only camera array for video meeting rooms employing three camera elements and providing a field-of-view (FoV) of up to 180° but without the distortion usually associated with such a wide angle.

Why is this important? Having such a wide FoV means the camera can be placed nearer the table – about 1 meter or more closer.  In a small huddle room, that can save up to 30% of the floorspace normally required for a 5/6 person room (see figure 1 below).

Jabra PanaCast from IntermediaSee: http://bit.ly/space_calc for more on this

Who’s in the Room?

The Jabra PanaCast camera also has built-in AI capabilities employing advanced video analytics to provide a live room headcount.

Most room reservation systems are dumb and blind.  They rely on the calendar to let them know if a room is occupied or not.  The PanaCast’s headcount facility can inform your room reservation system of the real occupancy status, reducing phantom bookings by up to 70%

See more about this: http://bit.ly/5rcount

These two properties of this remarkable camera together can offer almost 50% gain in meeting room space efficiency.

Here are the numbers:

Think outside the PTZ box – try the Jabra PanaCast today

"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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