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Say Hello to Huddle Hub One – Touch-Free Presentations and Conferencing

When your users walk into a meeting room do their hearts sink at the thought of sharing content from their mobile device?

Would you like to be able to offer them the ability to present their smartphone, tablet or PC content to their colleagues in seconds without cables or hassle?

Would you like to offer them this productivity advantage from anywhere on your premises not just in designated meeting rooms? 

Read on…

No cables from the user’s device to the AV equipment – get your meeting up and running in seconds.  Connecting any mobile device is via your enterprise wi-fi or via Huddle Hub One’s optional (secure) wireless access point.  No hassle with finding/connecting/touching common cables, wrong sockets, display set to wrong source etc. etc. 

Shared Content on All Logged-In Devices – the shared content from the sharer can be streamed back to other participants’ personal devices (PC, Mac, iOS, Android) so you are not relying on everyone having to see the room display (in fact there doesn’t even have to be a display in the room).

No USB dongle required – enterprises regularly disable the USB ports on laptops to guard against data loss plus no problem with lost dongles!

No Client Download Required on PCs or Mac’s – Apps are available for all major platforms but, for PCs, the HHO also supports a superb sharing experience just through your usual browser – no admin rights required.

Simple BYOM Video Calling – the room AV (display, camera, speakerphone, all-in-one USB device etc.) can be connected to the HHO making a BYOM (bring your own meeting) connection to the AV in the room completely wirelessly.  The current sharer simply makes a video call using their preferred video client (e.g. MS Teams/SfB, Zoom, Cisco Webex, GotoMeeting etc)

Multi-Session Smart Room Support – the Huddle Hub Enterprise model can support up to six separate and isolated sharing sessions called “Smart Rooms”.   So a group of users who need to meet, say, in a room without a Huddle Hub One or for ad-hoc gatherings in casual huddle or rest areas, for example, can grab a Huddle Hub virtual room and immediately start sharing content between their devices.

Huddle Hub One Touch-free Wireless Content Presentation and Sharing Solution

Every Meeting Needs a Huddle Hub One‏

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The Huddle Room Camera Problem – Solved

Not the kind of “huddle” experience you had in mind?

The falling cost of hardware and the growth in cloud video services has led to smaller and smaller rooms and spaces being equipped with video collaboration facilities.
This trend, referred to as the Huddle Room market by industry analysts, in turn has led to a problem around camera field-of-view (FOV).  Standard pan, tilt and zoom (PTZ) cameras or low-cost, fixed webcams typically have a FOV of less than 90° which, when deployed in small rooms with the participants close to the display, means that some participants will always be out-of-shot.

The Revolutionary PanaCast 3 Camera

PanaCast 3

The PanaCast 3 camera meets and overcomes this challenge by employing three horizontal, miniaturised cameras, each with a more modest FOV and stitching these live video streams together in the camera.  The resulting UHD (4K) resolution output stream delivers a stunning, natural-looking image of the room.

PanaCast 3

The ultra-wide view of up to 180° ensures that everyone is in-shot, even in a small group sitting close to the display.  Even so, the undistorted view delivered to the far end belies the closeness of the local participants to the camera.


Intelligent Zoom

The addition of the Intelligent Zoom feature completes the solution in a novel way. Intelligent Zoom uses advanced in-camera video analytics to detect the faces of participants in the room and frames the transmitted video appropriately for the individual or the group. This framing happens dynamically and automatically and adjusts for people joining or leaving the room in mid-call.
The combination of the wide-angle camera with the Intelligent Zoom feature removes any concern by the local participants about whether or not they are being seen by the far end and greatly enhances the user experience of the video collaboration session at both ends.

Finally, the PanaCast 3 does all of this for around the same price as a standard electro-mechanical PTZ camera.

See PanaCast 3 and Intelligent Zoom in action

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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.   


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.


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


PanaCast 2 demonstrated at the Royal Society of Medicine Technology Showcase

This week, I was delighted to be asked by the Royal Society of Medicine in central London to demonstrate the PanaCast 2 camera system with Intelligent Zoom.

The Technology Showcase Day was organised by Kevin McLoughlin, Audio Visual Manager at the Royal Society of Medicine, who invited 13 companies to demonstrate and present their emerging, innovative technologies. Presentations included new solutions in virtual reality, digital signage, lecture capture and new products aimed at the burgeoning huddle room market including audio, video and innovative furniture designs.

The audience included representatives and senior stakeholders from the Royal Society of Medicine itself plus a number of London-area universities including Greenwich, Hertfordshire and the London College of Fashion.

I received great feedback following my presentation and significant interest in the PanaCast 2 camera system and its ground-breaking features and benefits.

For more details regarding the PanaCast 2, to watch a video of the camera in action or to contact me, please click here.

I would also like to thank Kevin McLoughlin for his invitation and the opportunity to present the PanaCast 2 camera on the day. The Royal Society of Medicine is one of the UK’s major providers of postgraduate medical education and a non-profit organisation. For more details please click here.

Doug Pidduck, CEO, Intermedia.


The Huddle Room Camera Problem – Solved

Not the kind of “huddle” experience you had in mind?

The falling cost of hardware and the growth in cloud video services has led to smaller and smaller rooms and spaces being equipped with video collaboration facilities.
This trend, referred to as the Huddle Room market by industry analysts, in turn has led to a problem around camera field-of-view (FOV). Standard pan, tilt and zoom (PTZ) cameras or low-cost, fixed webcams typically have a FOV of less than 90° which, when deployed in small rooms with the participants close to the display, means that some participants will always be out-of-shot.

The Revolutionary PanaCast 2 Camera

PanaCast 2 camera

The PanaCast 2 camera meets and overcomes this challenge by employing three horizontal, miniaturised cameras, each with a FOV of 60° and stitching these live video streams together in the camera.  The resulting UHD (4K) resolution output stream delivers a stunning image of the room with an ultra-wide view of up to 180° which ensures that everyone, even in a small group sitting close to the display, is in-shot.

The PanaCast 2 180°, 4K panoramic camera with Intelligent Zoom


Intelligent Zoom

The addition of the Intelligent Zoom feature completes the solution in a novel way. Intelligent Zoom uses advanced in-camera video analytics to detect the faces of participants in the room and frames the transmitted video appropriately for the individual or the group. This framing happens dynamically and automatically and adjusts for people joining or leaving the room in mid-call. The combination of the camera and the Intelligent Zoom feature removes any concern by the local participants about whether or not they are being seen by the far end and greatly enhances the user experience of the video collaboration session at both ends.

Finally, the PanaCast 2 does all of this for around the same price as a standard electro-mechanical PTZ camera.

See PanaCast 2 and Intelligent Zoom in action

Contact us
for more information

 


The PanaCast 2 Camera System could save you time and money

These days it seems that every time you get in your car you are faced with traffic jams, road works and unpredictable incidents.

In fact, UK drivers spend an average of 30 hours a year in traffic congestion, with Londoners spending a whopping 100 hours! But drivers in Belgium get an even worse deal, as Belgium is Europe’s most gridlocked country with drivers spending an average of 44 hours a year in traffic jams!

Being stuck in traffic is not only extremely time-consuming, expensive and frustrating, but it can also seriously affect health and businesses!

Stress

Long car journeys, whether commuting to work or for pleasure can lead to stress. Drivers may not get home in time to put their children to bed, miss an important appointment or crucial meeting at work, all of which can be stressful.

Air Pollution

Drivers are exposed to more air pollution the longer they sit in traffic. Research from the University of Surrey revealed that pollution levels inside cars were found to be 40% higher whilst in traffic jams or stopping at red traffic lights, compared to when in free-flowing traffic conditions.

Lack of sleep

Drivers who get home from work late, or who get up early to drive to work to miss the traffic queues will almost certainly be deprived of sleep. Lack of sleep can affect performance, attention and long-term memory.

Cost to industry

When employees are affected by traffic congestion it could mean that they are late to work and miss important meetings, or have to leave work early to avoid delays, so are less productive during the day. There may also be financial costs to the business, such as the extra cost of fuel for company vehicles and the cancelling or rearranging of meetings.

If you have employees that have problems getting to work on time and are also looking at reducing your costs, then holding online web meetings could be the answer. You don’t even need to have a big conference or board-room to carry out your web meetings, as with the right equipment you can turn a little room into a video room!

To find out how the PanaCast 2 Camera System can be a productivity booster for your business and save you money – click here.

The PanaCast 2 Camera System the world’s first 180° 4K video camera for personal and room–based video communications.


Is this your experience of a video conference meeting?

If you work for an organisation, whether an SME or a large corporate, you’ll probably have colleagues based in lots of different locations so you will know first-hand how frustrating it can be if you don’t have the right video conference equipment in place for your meeting!

You may have experienced one or all of the following:

  • Your meeting not being as productive as it could be
  • Not being able to see any documents or presentations clearly
  • Not being able to see or hear who is talking

Well – It doesn’t have to be this way!

Watch the video below to see the fantastic  PanaCast2 camera system with Intelligent Zoom in action.  It’s the world’s first 180° 4K video camera for personal and room–based video communications and it will revolutionise your video conference meetings!

Hope you enjoyed watching the video? If you would like a personal demonstration of the PanaCast2 in action, please contact me by clicking here. 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Research reveals increasing number of organisations using Huddle Rooms for meetings

Research reveals increasing number of organisations using Huddle Rooms for meetings.

The world is changing rapidly and this is particularly true within the conferencing, collaboration and audio-visual industry. Recent research by Wainhouse (WR) has identified three key drivers behind these changes, regarding how people now meet and work together. They are:

  • People
  • Business Environment
  • Technology Advancements and Dependency

The study which was sponsored by cloud conferencing provider Zoom,  also revealed that many organisations are now looking to make the most of their smaller meeting rooms, which Wainhouse Research refers to as “Huddle Rooms.” Click here to learn more from the Wainhouse Research.

More information on Huddle Rooms?

To find out how our Huddle Room technology can help your meetings run smoothly and productively, so you and your colleagues will gain the most from them 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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