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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


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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 

Congratulations to all the winners at the AV Awards 2018

The AV Awards are over for another year

Well done to everyone who attended, got to the finals, supported the awards and helped.  Well done also to the organisers for arranging such a great celebration in the 20th anniversary of the awards.

It was great to be rewarded and recognised in such an incredibly innovative industry and we were delighted to be given a Highly Commended Award in the Collaborative Produce of the Year category.  

But most importantly, it was great to be there and to support best practice and help raise industry standards in our industry.

We had an incredible night and one that we will certainly remember for a long time to come!

AV Awards 2018 winners

Congratulations to all the AV Awards winners!

The competition in every category this year was extremely tough.  Each and every entrant can be so proud of what has been achieved this year.


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 

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The PanaCast 2 with Intelligent Zoom is an AV Awards Finalist!

We are delighted to announce that PanaCast 2, the world’s first 180° 4K Panoramic Plug-and-Play video camera along with its ground-breaking Intelligent Zoom feature, has been shortlisted for an AV Award in the Collaboration Product of the Year 2017 category.

Now in its 19th year, 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.

The Not-So-Dumb Light-Gatherer

The video meeting camera is changing its role from a dumb light-gatherer into the intelligent heart of the meeting room.  In-camera video processing capability (the PanaCast 2 has nine on-board processors) presents opportunities for new functionality based on advanced video analytics and processing algorithms that can greatly enhance the user experience.

Intelligent Zoom

Intelligent Zoom, recognised in this shortlisting, is a case in point.  Intelligent Zoom (IZ) detects participants in the room and automatically and dynamically zooms and pans to present the most appropriate framing.  If additional people arrive or someone leaves the room, IZ will adjust silently and unobtrusively in the background without the need for user intervention of any kind.

PanaCast Whiteboard Application

The just-announced PanaCast Whiteboard app extends this concept of camera intelligence even further to automatically capture a standard whiteboard (or wall), correct for keystone and radial distortion, enhance contrast and brightness for improved readability and present that image as a separate source that can be sent as shared content in a video call.   In many cases, this can obviate the need for an expensive interactive “smart” board, an important budget consideration especially when large numbers of huddle rooms are planned and where a Microsoft Surface Hub™ or a Google Jamboard™, for example, would be expensive overkill.

For more information about PanaCast 2 please click here 

For more information about the AV Awards 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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