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ALTIA SYSTEMS ANNOUNCES PANACAST WHITEBOARD, A COMPUTER VISION-BASED COLLABORATION TOOL FOR WHITEBOARD SHARING, AVAILABLE IN THE UK THROUGH THEIR PARTNER INTERMEDIA COMMUNICATION SOLUTIONS.

June 12 2017 Altia Systems, creators of PanaCast 2, the world’s first Panoramic-4K plug-and-play video camera system, has worked with Intel® to launch PanaCast Whiteboard, a computer vision software application that detects content on an existing whiteboard and sends it as a separate video stream within a video conference. The software automatically improves image quality and corrects distortion to produce a clear whiteboard image, enhancing the video collaboration experience for remote participants in various business and education settings.

“Intel and Altia Systems have collaborated to deliver innovative computer vision algorithms that run on the Intel® Core™ i-series processor family to detect whiteboards, rectify and enhance images to produce high-quality, orthogonal whiteboard views” said Praveen Vishakantaiah, VP and GM of Intel Client Computing Group R&D division.

Users can access Whiteboard via the free PanaCast Vision app, where users can adjust a camera’s field of view. PanaCast Vision delivers the full 180° Panoramic-4K camera view while simultaneously sharing whiteboard content as a virtual webcam stream or content-shared window, giving remote participants a virtual seat at the table and creating a natural viewing experience.

“The standard whiteboard is the simplest collaboration tool available for meetings and classroom settings,” said Altia Systems President and CEO Aurangzeb Khan. “However, the rise of remote workers and education programs creates an urgent need for technology to keep the video collaboration process running smoothly. With PanaCast Whiteboard, people can brainstorm, host planning sessions, teach online courses and more from anywhere in the world, all while engaging your team and keeping the communication simple and natural.”

PanaCast Whiteboard is currently compatible with PCs running quad-core Intel Core i7 processor and above and can be viewed by participants on any video collaboration app via laptop, tablet or phone.

  • Streams whiteboard to remote participants
  • Improves image quality and corrects distortion using computer vision
  • Produces a legible whiteboard that can be shared with your team or classroom
  • Can be used with any video conferencing application

“My clients are sometimes more interested in my whiteboard sketches than seeing my face,” said Dean Heckler, President of PanaCast Whiteboard beta user Heckler Design. “When using PanaCast Vision, our whiteboard becomes an active meeting participant, creating another powerful communication tool for Heckler Design.”

“Once again, Altia Systems has shown the way for the modern visual collaboration camera” said Doug Pidduck, CEO of Intermedia Communication Solutions, EMEA Distributor for Altia Systems’ products. “From its launch, PanaCast 2 delivered industry-leading field-of-view combined with minimal lens distortion and it’s still the number one. However, it’s in the field of video analytics and image processing where Altia absolutely excels. With this new Whiteboard app, PanaCast 2 will also deliver big cost savings in huddle rooms and classrooms by avoiding the need for expensive electronic whiteboards”

ALTIA SYSTEMS APPOINTS INTERMEDIA COMMUNICATION SOLUTIONS AS EMEA DISTRIBUTOR FOR THE REVOLUTIONARY PANACAST 2® VIDEO CAMERA

PanaCast 2 – The world’s first 180° Panoramic-4k plug-and-play USB video camera now ships from Europe following distribution agreement.

In December 2016 – Intermedia Communication Solutions, specialist supplier of video equipment for the small videoconferencing room or Huddle Room, today announced that it had completed a distribution agreement with Altia Systems or Cupertino, California, USA, makers of the PanaCast 2® 180° Panoramic, 4k plug-and-play USB video camera.

The highly disruptive PanaCast 2 video camera is transforming the way people engage and collaborate over video. The many features include:

An ultra-wide, natural looking field-of-view with unparalleled visual clarity and immediate control over direct interaction.

A camera that delivers a 180º wide by 54º tall field-of-view with 3840 x 1080 pixels per frame.

The ability to greatly reduce the optical distortion normally associated with such a wide field which makes it a natural choice for small, so-called Huddle Rooms with no participants remaining out-of-shot.

Being able to virtually ‘look around’ the room by navigating through video stream with familiar multi-touch gestures on personal devices, creating individual views instantaneously from anywhere, and without disturbing other participants.

The PanaCast 2 camera works plug-and-play with popular collaboration services such as Microsoftand Skype®for Business without requiring any driver or software installs. It also works in concert with Altia Systems’ PanaCast® Experience software which is integrated with collaboration platforms like Microsoft®Skype®for Business and Intel Unite®.

Co-founder, President and CEO from Altia Systems, Aurangzeb Khan says, “We are delighted that a company with Intermedia’s experience has joined the rapidly-expanding PanaCast channel community to represent the product in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. I am pleased that Intermedia will now be able to provide the product in EMEA along with the strong regional support that this remarkable camera deserves”.

Doug Pidduck, founder and CEO of Intermedia Communication Solutions added, “From first sight, I knew that the PanaCast 2 would fill a much needed gap in the fast-growing Huddle Room segment of the video collaboration marketplace. The trick to successful video meetings has always been to create an outstanding user experience and a big part of that is to make the technology transparent. The PanaCast 2 frees the user from the tyranny of the much-disliked Pan, Tilt, Zoom or PTZ camera removing one big inhibiting factor to a relaxed and productive video meeting”.

”Organisations in 36 countries are using PanaCast 2 daily to improve their communication and productivity.

Over 75 universities are now adopting the PanaCast 2 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 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.”

    Ira M. Weinstein
    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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