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Aspiring to be an InAVation Awards winner!

We’re absolutely delighted to announce that Altia’s PanaCast 2 has been shortlisted in the Collaboration and Conferencing category of the forthcoming InAVation Awards 2019. It’s great to have the opportunity, as a finalist in this category, for Altia’s exciting technology and all of its partners to be recognised in such an incredibly innovative industry.

Vote for PanaCast 2 for the InAVation Award 2019

The PanaCast 2 video camera’s technology can be used to create top-quality, online video meetings, which also helps to reduce operational costs, enhance the user experience and improve productivity.

As you know, the InAVation Awards provide a platform where manufacturers, integrators, distributors and consultants compete for the most highly regarded prizes in the professional AV industry. The winners of all categories will be announced at the ISE show in Amsterdam on 5th February 2019 when pioneering product development and outstanding integration skills will be rewarded.

So, you can vote for Altia and The PanaCast2 RIGHT NOW by clicking here to put them in with a chance of winning this InAVate award! We know that the competition in this category this year is very tough so we’re unashamedly asking you to spread the word and encourage your colleagues to vote too!

However the voting goes, we’ll look forward to seeing you at another exciting ISE in February and the annual gathering of AV industry luminaries.

Vote for PanaCast 2 for the InAVation Award 2019

Come and see PanaCast for yourself at ISE 2019
Stand 13-B150 

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


PanaCast 2 with PanaCast Whiteboard: Finalist for the Install Awards 2018

PanaCast 2 with Whiteboard Makes the Final!

The Install Technology Excellence Awards are just around the corner, and we’re thrilled to announce that PanaCast 2 with the PanaCast Whiteboard Application has been picked as a finalist for the category of “Collaboration Product of the Year”.  The short-listed finalists for the award were revealed on the 26th of April, in preparation for the ceremony taking place on Thursday the 28th of June, in London.  

The PanaCast’s small footprint makes it a natural for Huddle Rooms

Previous winners of the Install Awards include Sahara Presentation Systems, Shure and Antycip Simulation.  We’re excited to say that we’re competing in one of the newest categories for the Technology Excellence Awards, which focuses on the rising importance of collaboration in the workplace.  

PanaCast 2 field of view
PanaCast’s 180° field-of-view ensures everyone and everything in the room is visible to the far end

The PanaCast 2: A Collaboration Leader

Altia Systems’ PanaCast 2 Intelligent Camera System is the collaborative camera experience that earned its entry as a finalist to the Install Awards category for Collaboration Product of the Year.  Ever since Altia came up with the idea for the ultra-wide view camera for meeting rooms, huddle spaces, classrooms and lecture theatres, they’ve been focused on developing state of the art video experiences for organisations in today’s rapidly-evolving communication environment.  

PanaCast Whiteboard

PanaCast Whiteboard is an advanced machine intelligence application using state-of-the-art video analytics to detect any type of standard whiteboard or writing wall in the room.  The application extracts the image of the whiteboard from the main video feed, corrects for geometric distortion removing any keystone or radial distortion and applies contrast and brightness enhancement to present a perfect image of the whiteboard which it then makes available as shareable content in the video call alongside the main room/presenter view.

PanaCast Whiteboard extracts the live whiteboard image and makes it available for shared content

 

In situations where the need is for the far-end to see clearly what is being written on the board or wall, Whiteboard provides an attractive solution compared with costly electronic smart boards especially where the far-end may not have access to a compatible (or any) board equipment.

We’ve entered an era where collaboration is critical to the performance of any company.  As remote working grows increasingly popular, it’s crucial for today’s organisations to be able to interact with their employees, clients, and shareholders in an immersive, and fully engaging format.  The PanaCast 2 camera supports this vision with 180-degree image coverage, a panoramic 4K resolution and a state-of-the-art human visual perspective that makes everyone feel like they’re right there in the room.  

And because PanaCast 2 complies with the industry USB Video Class (UVC) standard, it works seamlessly with your web and video collaboration apps, including Microsoft’s Skype Room Systems, Zoom, BlueJeans Network, Cisco WebEx and many more.

Many HE/FE clients are also successfully using PanaCast 2 for lecture capture with applications like Panopto™.

The Install Awards 2018 

For the last 5 years, The Install Awards have recognised and celebrated the contributions made by innovators in the technology space.  There are accolades available for single product solutions, as well as product families and complete AV installations.  With 18 categories available, the awards focus on drawing attention to some of the most intuitive and thoughtful projects in the technology environment, showcasing the very best that the pro-AV space has to offer.  

This year, we’re thrilled to be considered alongside outstanding contributions from brands like Clevertouch, Harman Professional Solutions, Oblong Industries, Vivitek, and ViewSonic Europe. 

We’ll See You at the Install Awards!

As EMEA distributor for the PanaCast Product range, Intermedia is thrilled that this state-of-the-art camera system has earned recognition for the part it plays in developing enhanced collaboration experiences for our customers.  With this remarkable plug-and-play USB camera and its intelligent applications, we hope to give all organisations the chance to discover the true potential of the huddle room, the lecture theatre or collaborative spaces in general.   


Turbo-Charge your Surface Hub Video Meetings

Collaboration is key to success in today’s competitive landscape.  The easier it is for team members from every background to work seamlessly together in an enhanced collaborative space, the quicker you’ll achieve incredible results with every meeting and conference.

Innovative new technology like Microsoft’s Surface Hub Interactive Touchscreen is making it simpler for organisations to bring the right team together for the most creative brainstorming and meeting sessions possible.  Surface Hub allows users to redefine their meeting experience by introducing next-level collaboration where attendees can design, sketch and share their ideas.

The question is can you take your Surface Hub video meeting experience to the next level?

Download our latest tips and ideas guide containing a few key steps that you can take to enhance the video meeting room experience and unlock your team’s true potential.

Download the guide now by filling in your details in the form on our contact page.

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PanaCast 2s 5K 180° Camera and PanaCast 3D Demonstrated at CES 2018 Las Vegas

Altia Systems, creators of PanaCast 2, the world’s first 180° Panoramic-4K plug-and-play video camera system, will demonstrate PanaCast 2s and the PanaCast 3D live streaming solutions at CES 2018.

CES 2018 – Booth MP 25953

PanaCast 2s, the first software-defined Panoramic-5K intelligent vision platform which enables 4x lossless digital zoom up to 16 feet at 720p, was recognized as a CES 2017 Innovation Awards Honoree. The PanaCast 3D VR kit, another CES 2017 Innovation Awards Honoree, delivers real-time stitched 180° 4K video directly, with no post-processing requirement. The kit now brings production-grade real-time immersive 3D video through the company’s in-device video stitching technology.

 

Altia Systems will be present at booth MP 25953 at CES 2018, which takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 9-12, 2018. In addition to its PanaCast 2 Panoramic-4K camera system, the team will be exhibiting the following products:

  • PanaCast2s: the first software-defined Panoramic-5K (5120 x 1440 pixels per frame) video camera system that delivers 4x lossless digital zoom up to 16 feet at 720p and 30 frames per second. PanaCast 2s is a software-scalable intelligent vision platform, and is currently the only panoramic video solution designed for use in medium to large conference rooms. PanaCast 2s also enables content creators to deliver Panoramic-5K videos.
  • PanaCast Intelligent Vision products add unique capabilities to enhance participants’
    collaboration experience. The suite includes
    Intelligent Zoom, PanaCast Whiteboard and PanaCast Vivid. The software products autonomously act upon intelligence generated from the real-time, immersive PanaCast video stream.
  • PanaCast 3D VR Kit delivers 180° 3D content with full 4K resolution in real time, with
    in-device panoramic stitching that eliminates the complex process of post-production stitching. The broadcast-ready kit creates Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and mixed reality experiences with point-and-shoot simplicity.
    The fully stitched and synchronized content is available in real-time to help content creators see and adjust the video instantly. The kit has been used by early adopters and customers to bring natural looking 3D video in broadcast,
    sports and education.

Contact Intermedia for more information in Europe


Why build a Video-First Culture?

Video has risen to the very top of the list as the communication method of choice for the corporate and business environment.  As the use of video continues to grow, it is essential that companies build a culture that has bought into this form of communication.

Why build a Video-First Culture?

Looking at communication methods among different age groups, show that 87% of younger respondents would prefer to work for a more “video-enabled” organisation or business rather than one that limits its investment in video conferencing and external and internal meetings.

This tells us that video will continue to gain in popularity as the younger generations work their way up to holding more senior roles.

Future-proof your communication

In case you still need to be convinced, here are a few benefits of video communication:

  1. Choosing to schedule your meetings via a video conferencing platform instead of a traditional conference call can help you develop more meaningful relationships with colleagues, business partners, clients, investors and more.
  2. Video can help to reduce the cost of both time and money in travelling to and from meetings.  Your most expensive asset is probably your people.  Do you really want them to spend their time stuck in traffic when they should be working productively for you?
  3. Setting up a meeting lightening fast – Using something like Zoom which is low-cost, reliable and secure, with your PanaCast 2 Video Camera, you can set up a meeting and have 10 groups of people spread out all over the world in that meeting in less than 1 minute.

Humanise your interactions:

Video allows participants to pick up the nonverbal cues, that make up to 93% of standard communication.

When using the right technology, video communication has the potential to mimic face-to-face interactions. Seeing someone while they are speaking transforms the nature of the conversation, for the better.

Cut travel costs:

Video calls allow you to schedule regular meetings, internal or external, without having to physically travel to another location. This helps to cut travel costs and time.  This enables your business to allocate that budget elsewhere (perhaps for some new video conferencing technology!).

Enable remote work:

Last year, about 43% of management and director level people spent at least part of their time working remotely.

In order to keep all of these remote employees engaged and feeling as though they are part of the team, video communication can be used to coordinate check-ins and to give remote employees the opportunity to have some valuable face time with the rest of the team.

Video communication will continue to rise in the coming years, which makes the case to start building your video-first company culture now.

So, if you are going to use video, why not do it professionally?

To find out how click here.

Source – Altia Systems


Thank you to everyone who took part in our two recent PanaCast 2 Video Camera webinars

We would like to thank everyone who joined one of our two recent PanaCast 2 Video Camera webinars.  The webinars included a live demonstration of the outstanding PanaCast 2 Video Camera showing how the PanaCast technology can improve your online meetings.

Javed Tufail, Director for Global Sales and Business Development from Altia Systems, did a fantastic job explaining and demonstrating how to use the PanaCast 2 Camera, including the remarkable Intelligent Zoom and PanaCast Whiteboard features which improve the quality, professionalism, and effectiveness of online meetings.

We had lots of great feedback after the webinars from the globally based attendees and many questions from them throughout.  For those of you who couldn’t make the webinars we have collated a list of the most popular questions asked below:

  • Will the PanaCast 2 Camera work in different size rooms?

The PanaCast Camera is perfect for small rooms as well as large rooms, including auditoriums.  In fact, it is currently being used by more than 130 universities for both their huddle room deployments and lecture theatres.

  • Does the whiteboard feature also work with an electronic whiteboard?

Yes, it does.  The PanaCast Whiteboard application will capture an image displayed on a smartboard display.

  • Do I need to download any software for the camera to work with my PC?

There is no need to download any additional software or drivers.  The PanaCast 2 Video Camera is UVC compliant and connects to any computer (including Google Chromebook) via standard USB (either USB 2.0 or 3.0) for up to 4K plug-and-play operation.  HDMI connection is also possible via an adaptor.

  • Is it best to have a desk stand or a wall mount?

It depends, but 70% of our sales have been for wall mounts for permanent installation.  The desk stand version is useful if you need to move the camera between rooms.

  • How quickly can I receive a Panacast 2 Video Camera?

We have the cameras and accessories ready in stock in the UK.   UK orders will be shipped within 24 hours for next working day delivery.  Most European destinations will be reached within 2-3 working days.

  • How can we purchase a PanaCast 2 Video Camera? 

For customers in the USA, cameras may be purchased from Altia Systems.  Details can be found by clicking here.

For customers in the UK, Europe, The Middle East and Africa, cameras may be purchased from Intermedia Communication Solutions.  Details can be found by clicking here.

Please keep an eye out on our website for further webinars that we will be running in the future.


Our Next Webinar – Can a Better Camera Improve Your Video Meetings?

Our Next Webinar – Can a Better Camera Improve Your Video Meetings?

Just a quick reminder to check out our next live demonstration webinar and see the remarkable PanaCast 2 180°, 4K, plug-and-play USB video camera in action.

 

PanaCast for Huddle Rooms

 Webinar Details:

  • Title:   Can a Better Camera Improve Your Video Meetings?
  • Date:  Wednesday 6th September 2017
  • Time:  London (BST) – 5.30pm / Paris (CEST) – 6.30pm / New York (EDT) 12.30pm

The session will demonstrate:

  • PanaCast 2: Experience the 180° field-of-view for yourself
  • The ePTZ app: See how PTZ can be achieved with no moving parts!
  • Intelligent ZoomLet the camera automatically and dynamically frame the room participants
  • PanaCast Whiteboard: See how the PanaCast 2 can pick out a standard whiteboard or wall and send it as a separate, shareable image.

PanaCast Webinar

 


Join the Webinar – Can a Better Camera Improve Your Video Meetings?

PanaCast 2 Video Camera – Webinar on Wednesday 16th August at: 5.30pm BST / 6.30pm CEST / 12.30pm EDT

REGISTER NOW

This live demonstration webinar will show how to use the PanaCast technology to improve your online meetings.  Javed Tufail from Altia Systems and Steve Mills of Intermedia Communication Solutions will be explaining how to use the outstanding PanaCast 2 Camera including the remarkable Intelligent Zoom and PanaCast Whiteboard features to improve the quality, professionalism and effectiveness of your online meetings.

You will be able to ask questions and receive personal responses from the team during the live session.

The best way to make an informed decision about investing in a product or service is to see it in action.  So we hope that you will find the time to attend our short webinar.

Details of the webinar are as follows:

  • Date – Wednesday 16th August
  • Time – 5.30pm BST / 6.30pm CEST / 12.30pm EDT
  • Venue – Online meeting
  • Price – Free

 REGISTER NOW

Panacast webinar

For further information click here


Monitor makers finally catch-up with the PanaCast 2 Camera!

We are really excited to let you know (in case you missed the announcement) that Samsung are now offering their amazing ultra-large, ultra-wide monitor, the CHG90, with a screen size of 49 inches (124.5 cms) and aspect ratio of 32:9 – equivalent to two 16:9 monitors side by side! 

This screen, the largest aspect ratio available in the industry, is intended for the gaming community but could be an extremely useful display for the huddle room and could herald the availability of larger, more mainstream 32:9 displays.

Built with Quantum Dot technology, the monitor delivers a billion shades of accurate colour plus support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) providing mind-blowing detail across the total brightness range of the picture.   Built very much with high frame-rate video in mind, the curved monitor has super-fast 1ms MPRT (motion picture response time) to add to an unprecedented all-round picture performance.

PanaCast 2 with the Samsung CHG90 800 32:9 monitor
The Perfect Huddle Room Match? – the Samsung CHG90 with the PanaCast 2 180° Panoramic Camera

The PanaCast 2 camera, launched in May 2015 by Altia Systems, is the world’s first 180° 4K Panoramic Plug-and-Play camera to deliver video with a natural human perspective and also uses the same 32:9 aspect ratio!  The combination of the PanaCast 2 and 32:9 displays promises an affordable, immersive, telepresence-like experience at the desk or in the video meeting room. 

The PanaCast 2 with Intelligent Zoom provides 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.  It ensures everyone in the room is always in shot and whiteboards or flip charts are clearly visible thanks to its industry-leading 180° field-of-view and 4K (UHD, 4 megapixel) resolution.  

For more information about the groundbreaking PanaCast 2 camera and to see it in action please click here.

For more information about the Samsung Monitor please click here.

 



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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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