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Protecting Precious Meeting Room Availability

The modern workplace is changing as never before …

  • the global COVID-19 lockdown has had a profound impact on attitudes towards remote working
  • the workforce is having to adopt new work practices as never before
  • there is a constant demand for ever-more-efficient use of office space
  • office designers and estate managers are being 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 maturing by the day while, at the same time, the cost is dropping.

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 benefits 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 – typically 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 Jabra 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

Jabra PanaCast in the Huddle Room


Protecting Precious Meeting Room Availability

The modern workplace is changing as never before …

  • the global COVID-19 lockdown has had a profound impact on attitudes towards remote working
  • the workforce is having to adopt new work practices as never before
  • there is a constant demand for ever-more-efficient use of office space
  • office designers and estate managers are being 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 maturing by the day while, at the same time, the cost is dropping.

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 benefits 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 – typically 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 Jabra 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

Jabra PanaCast in the Huddle Room

To find out more information, please fill out the form on our contact page.


Jabra PanaCast with avt mezzoCast makes AV Awards 2019 Finals!

We are delighted that the amazing Jabra PanaCast with avt mezzoCast has been shortlisted for the prestigious 2019 AV Awards!

Up against a record 700+ entrants, Jabra PanaCast has been selected as finalist in the Communication Technology of the Year category.

Jabra PanaCast is the latest iteration of the world’s first 180°, 4K, Panoramic, Plug-and-Play video camera that delivers big benefits in the huddle room and classroom where its industry-leading wide-angle view ensures that everyone and everything is visible to the far end.

The camera’s 180° field-of-view allows participants to sit very close to the display/camera without that closeness being apparent to the far end (a trick of the unique triple-camera array technology).  The wasted space (needed between legacy cameras and the closest participants) is no longer necessary saving at least 30% of the floorspace.

More on this: Use Our Floor-space Calculator to see how much space you can save with the right camera!

AI-Enabled Headcount Sensor

The Jabra PanaCast intelligent vision system provides a live room occupancy count (even when it’s not streaming).  This may be polled via its API.

The Jabra PanaCast camera sees a 180° view of the room.  There’s no point in asking a camera with a lesser field of view for a headcount.

avt mezzoCast is a cloud service and middleware application that ingests people count data from each room’s Jabra PanaCast camera and logs it into the cloud allowing reporting of each room’s utilisation data over a period of time.

avt mezzoCast can ensure that the client’s room reservation system accurately reflects the true occupancy status of the meeting room estate.  Some organisations report that phantom or ghost meetings can account for over 25% of their total room reservations!

Through software integration with Office 365 and/or Microsoft Exchange (other reservation systems coming), mezzoCast will create, modify and/or delete room reservations allowing users to have a live and accurate view of the availability or otherwise of a room.

W‌hy is this important? – 5 Reasons Why You Need to Know Your Meeting Room Headcount‌


More information about Jabra PanaCast

More information about avt mezzoCast

More information about the AV Awards


PanaCast 3 – Brilliant video. Clear audio. Serious intelligence

We are excited to announce a new camera in the PanaCast Intelligent Vision series.

Having its European Debut at the ISE 2019 show in Amsterdam, the new camera consolidates and extends the PanaCast’s class leadership as the only camera that captures and senses everyone even in the smallest huddle room or the widest classroom.

“With the ability to upgrade the internal PanaCast Vision Processor, and being the only device to deliver 100% room visibility and 100% AI enablement, the PanaCast 3 is ready for artificial intelligence advancements,” says Aurangzeb Khan, President & CEO of Altia Systems creators and manufacturer of the remarkable PanaCast product line.

The PanaCast 3 sees the whole room and everyone in it providing you with an intelligent collaboration experience:

  • Brilliantly crisp video and pin-sharp, clear audio quality.
  • Wall-to-wall video coverage.
  • Every person is visible, with an ultra-wide 180º field of view.
  • See every detail as PanaCast allows you to read the whole room, from an individual’s body language to group dynamics.
  • Built-in stereo microphones so that you can hear everyone.
  • Cameras which act as AI sensors, ie.they capture everything with zero scale distortion and no missing data for advanced analytics.

Come and experience the future of video meeting cameras, now for yourself at ISE 2019

PanaCast 3 at ISE 2019

It’s a big show so let’s make a firm appointment and make sure we don’t miss each other

Or download the product overview here and complete the form on our contact page and we’ll be in touch


PanaCast 2 Shortlisted for AV Awards 2018 – Collaboration Product of the Year

We are delighted to announce that PanaCast 2 with Intelligent Vision 2.0 has been shortlisted for Collaboration Product of the Year in the 2018 AV Awards

PanaCast 2 is the world’s first 180° 4K Panoramic Plug-and-Play video camera that delivers big benefits in the huddle room and classroom where its industry-leading field-of-view ensures that everyone and everything is visible at the far end.

Intelligent Vision 2.0 is the latest development from the PanaCast development team.  A powerful AI tool, IV2 identifies people in the room and provides a live headcount for third-party applications.

The AV Awards are now in their 20th year and this is the 2nd year that the PanaCast 2 Camera has featured in the final.  We narrowly missed out on winning last year, but our hopes are high for a win in 2018.

The AV Awards were established to recognise excellence across the Audio Visual Industry.   The aim of the AV Awards is to reward innovation and best practice, whilst encouraging others within the industry to raise standards across the board.

PanaCast 2 – 180° 4K Panoramic Video Camera

PanaCast 2 with Intelligent Zoom has been recognised for providing a new and innovative solution to meeting the challenges created by modern huddle room and classroom deployments where a much wider field-of-view is demanded than can typically be achieved using legacy PTZ (pan, tilt, zoom) cameras or low-cost webcams.  WIth PanaCast 2, everyone in the room is always in shot with whiteboards or flip-charts being clearly visible thanks to its industry-leading 4K (UHD, 4 megapixel) resolution.

And PanaCast 2 can capture a best-in-class 180° field-of-view without the excessive fisheye-type distortion typically created by single-lens, wide-angle cameras.

Introducing the New Intelligent Vision 2.0 Suite

The Intelligent Vision 2.0 suite is based on cutting-edge AI employing convolutional neural networks (CNN) and machine learning techniques that can analyse the live video and provide on-the-fly information about what the camera is seeing.

Features of the Intelligent Vision Suite

The Intelligent Vision product suite includes:

  • Intelligent Zoom 2.0: Intelligent Zoom 2.0 for the Panacast camera runs in the host PC and delivers significant enhancements over the in-camera capability with a new AI head detector and temporal filtering added.  The system automatically zooms in and out on the video frame to include all meeting room participants, so it’s easier to enjoy a more immersive and consistent video conferencing experience.
  • Head counting AI (People detection): In-camera detection technology in the PanaCast system is available through the PanaCast API.  This allows 3rd party software apps to poll a count of the number of people in the room at any given time.

The key applications for this data are:

  • Room booking systems may monitor the live usage of rooms, detecting no-shows and enabling an empty room to be released back into the available room pool improving availability for users and enhancing room utilisation.
  • Rooms that are not in use may be powered down to save energy and CO2 emissions
  • Room system monitoring and management systems can capture utilisation data over time providing insight into room usage patterns. This data can then be used to inform decisions regarding future refits and new builds and to optimise room design and utilisation.

180° Vision means 180° Sensing

PanaCast detects everyone in the room.  There’s no point in sending a head count of people that happen to be in the field-of-view of a camera that can only see part of the room.

For more information about PanaCast 2 please click here 

For more information about the AV Awards please click here


We won the Collaboration Product of the Year award at Install Awards UK 2018

We are very proud to announce that we won the Collaboration Product of the Year Award at Install Awards UK 2018.  Receiving this award was a great boost for Intermedia Communication Solutions and Altia Systems.

Doug Pidduck, Managing Director of Intermedia Communication Solutions said:

“It is great to be given this award and it justifies all the hard work that has gone into the Panacast 2, to make it the best Video and Conferencing Camera in the world. It is great to be working with Altia Systems, and their team of experts, to bring this technology to the UK, Europe and Middle East”.

Install award winners

Project Excellence Awards


Big Savings on Office Space – from a Video Camera??

Great teams form the heart of an effective business. Unfortunately, as the business world transforms with organisations spanning across different geographical boundaries, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for the average business to stay connected.

Video conferencing and web-conferencing services are helping to bridge the gap between dispersed teams as remote working trends by providing companies with the face-to-face interactions they need for effective collaboration. However, the choice of meeting room equipment can have unexpected consequences on wasted floor space leading to unnecessarily excessive office rental costs.

With the average cost of office space in the City of London coming out at about £84 per square foot*, is it worth a moment to look at a video meeting camera that can save you 40 sq ft of floor space per room?

How Your Choice of Video Camera can Slash Real Estate Costs

The ROI of video conferencing has earned plenty of attention in recent years as trends like digital transformation and the rapid growth of Millennials in the workplace demand more effective collaboration than the standard audio call. For instance, 56% of global CFOs have stated that they’d invest more in video assets to reduce the cost of travel for their employees. After all, businesses using video strategies can see a 30% reduction in travel costs.

What is less well understood is that the choice of video camera in small to medium rooms or so-called “huddle rooms” can deliver a much bigger ROI by cutting the amount of space required for each room deployed. This means, for example, that companies can spend less on expensive offices in the heart of London without compromising on the relationships built with employees. (Global surveys have found that 55% of non-teleworking respondents crave the ability to work remotely).

Jabra PanaCast from Intermedia

The New Jabra PanaCast Meeting Room Camera

How the unique Jabra PanaCast camera Banishes Wasted Office Space

Imagine setting up a standard meeting room with five participants seated around a small table. With a typical meeting room camera featuring a 72° field-of-view, you’d need around 40 square feet of additional space between the camera lens and the table to ensure that everyone in your meeting is captured in the image. To put that into perspective, in the average London business centre, you’d be wasting £3,255 per room on space that’s used for nothing but giving your camera a better view. If you are planning to deploy 100 rooms, that’s £335,500 of wasted space per year.

Jabra PanaCast from Intermedia

Check out our floor space savings calculator here

Even if you are comparing the Jabra PanCast with a single lens camera with a 120° field-of-view, using the Jabra PanaCast will still save you over £120,000 in regained floor space in our example and the unique, triple lens solution in the Jabra PanaCast minimises the “fish-eye” distortion that typifies all single-lens solutions creating a natural-looking, immersive user experience.

Up until now, companies have had no choice but to pay the extra cost for larger meeting rooms than they actually need but, with the Jabra PanaCast, its unique 180° field-of-view means that there’s no need for any additional space between the camera and the participants around your meeting room table. Every executive and employee becomes part of a clear, carefully-constructed image regardless of how small their meeting or huddle room space might be.

The camera is designed to provide clear and efficient video with human perspective in mind. The result is a more immersed experience, happier employees, and reduced costs for real estate. What’s more, the system works seamlessly with a range of popular collaboration apps like CISCO WebEx™, Google Hangouts®, Skype for Business®, Microsoft Teams, BlueJeans™, Zoom® and GoToMeeting®.

Stop Wasting Cash on Real Estate

In today’s competitive business world, companies need to keep overheads low and profits high to stay ahead of the game. The Jabra PanaCast cameras offer a new kind of visual collaboration experience to users, with a panoramic image that clearly conveys 180 degrees of vision to the end user.

Whether you’re cutting costs with huddle rooms, or you’re avoiding over-spending in today’s flexible working environment, you can instantly reduce your expenses in real-estate space. No matter how small your conference room might be, you can rest assured that your coworkers and clients will get a riveting, high-quality experience with every call.

Want to know more about Jabra PanaCast Intelligent Cameras? Contact us now for a no-obligation conversation.

  • Average Rent, Rates and Services per sq ft in the City of London 2018

Demo of The PanaCast 2 Video Camera

Buying a Panacast 2 Video Camera

Watch this video and see the true value of buying a PanaCast 2 Video Camera.  The PanaCast 2 is the world’s first 180° 4K video camera for personal and room-based video communications.  It is a plug-and-play device that works with popular enterprise collaboration services such as Skype® for Business and Zoom without requiring any driver or software installs.

The revolutionary PanaCast 2 has many fantastic features including:

  • An ultra-wide, natural looking field-of-view
  • Unparalleled visual clarity
  • 180º wide by 54º tall field-of-view with 3840 x 1080 pixels per frame
  • The ability to greatly reduce the optical distortion
  • A natural choice for small, so-called Huddle Rooms
  • No participants remaining out-of-shot
  • Being able virtually to ‘look around’ the room
  • Multi-touch gestures on personal devices, creating custom views without disturbing those of other participants.

If you want to find out more about buying the PanaCast 2 Video Camera, then simply click on the link below and gain access to further details and information.

Click here for further details.


Black Friday Special offer on PanaCast 2

If you’ve been dying to get your hands on the remarkable PanaCast 2 Video Camera (and who hasn’t?), now’s your chance to do that and save £240!

From this Friday the 24th until Monday 27th November 2017, you can claim this state-of-the-art video camera to enhance your online meetings for a massive 25% discount!.

Remember – PanaCast 2 is the world’s first 180° 4K panoramic video camera designed specifically for the huddle room or classroom; in fact for any use case where the field-of-view of legacy PTZ or web cameras will just not get everyone in the shot or distorts the image so badly as to make it unusable. PanaCast’s pin-sharp, low distortion, wide-angle video outclasses any other room camera available today – at any price.

The plug-and-play device works seamlessly with popular video collaboration services such as Skype® for Business and Zoom without requiring any driver or software installs.

To secure your 25% discount, use the promotional code BLK17 in the checkout process before the end of Monday 27th November 2017.

30 Day Money-Back Guarantee

So confident are we that you will be completely delighted with PanaCast’s stunning performance, we back every purchase, even with this discount, with our 30-day, no-quibble, money-back guarantee so there’s almost zero risk to trying it out!

So what are you waiting for? Click the button to claim your discount!


PanaCast 2 Special offer (free postage costs)

PanaCast 2 Special offer – Thinking of Purchasing a PanaCast 2 Video Camera?  Get free postage!

Great news!  We just wanted to announce that we have removed all postage charges on the PanaCast 2 Video Camera.  Note – This is a time limited offer!

This applies to both the stand-mounted and wall-mounted versions, as well as our black and silver models.

Free postage applies to the UK, Europe, Middle East and South Africa – Saving up to £100 on postage costs.

So, if you are serious about improving the quality of your online meetings, now is the time to take action and move into the world of 21st Century video technology.  Get your PanaCast 2 Video Camera today by clicking here.

PanaCast 2 Special offer



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"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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