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.
Recent research has discovered that long commutes to work can cause depression, obesity and money worries. The research was undertaken by Vitality Health and its partners – the University of Cambridge, RAND Europe and Mercer*. They surveyed over 34,000 workers and identified links to health and well-being, obesity, money worries and even depression.
Spending two hours commuting each day is a reality for many workers in the UK, with lots of people travelling much further and longer. The office for National Statistics (ONS) figures show that 3.7 million workers travel for two hours or longer every weekday (compared to 2.8 million in 2010). In 2015, the average daily commute lasted 57.1 minutes. Long commutes – particularly into London are blamed on stagnant wages, high property prices and rental costs.
On a positive note, with today’s technology, non-driving commuters can now make the most of the downtime by catching up with work and personal tasks on laptops, smartphones and tablets to and from work.
For commuters who are looking to reduce the amount of time they spend in the office and have negotiated some ‘working from home time’ with their employer but don’t want to miss any important meetings, the revolutionary PanaCast 2 Camera System with Intelligent Zoom is the answer.
The PanaCast 2 camera delivers a professional web meeting and is a class-leading 180° field-of-view ensuring everyone in the room is visible to the far end. The Intelligent Zoom feature automatically adjusts framing to make sure that no participant is ever out-of-shot making it perfect for small/huddle rooms making home-workers feel part of the meeting rather than being just a remote, passive observer.
The PanaCast 2 Camera, is the world’s first 180° 4K plug-and-play video camera for personal and room-based video communications that could help say goodbye to lengthy commutes and in turn improve health and bank balances!
For more details about the fantastic PanaCast 2 Camera, to watch a video of the camera in action or to contact us please click here.
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.
The PanaCast 2camera, 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.
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 2017category.
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, 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.
We are really pleased to announce Altia System’s newest product – PanaCast Whiteboard– has been voted Number One by rAVe publications. rAVe reviewed 90 new products, 10 of which were nominated for the Top 10 ‘must see’ innovative products at the InfoComm 2017 event in Florida last week. PanaCast Whiteboard was then selected for “best of show” award by rAVe.
rAVE commented, “PanaCast Whiteboard will get you hooked!” To read why rAVe chose our product as their Number One product please click here.
PanaCast 2 is the world’s first Panoramic 180° 4K plug-and-play video camera system. Now Altia Systems has worked with Intel® to launch PanaCast Whiteboard, a computer vision software that detects content on an existing whiteboard and displays it as an individual screen 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.
To watch this outstanding product in action, please play the video.
For more details about the fantastic PanaCast 2 Camera, to watch a video of the camera in action or to contact us, please click here.
PanaCast 2, the ground-breaking video camera for Huddle Rooms, meeting spaces and lecture capture, has disappeared (well, almost).
Video adoption and high utilisation levels of video meeting-places depend on delivering the best user experience possible. And a big part of that ideal user experience is making the video meeting technology disappear.
The PanaCast 2 – now available in black!
Already the smallest 180°, 4K panoramic camera available, PanaCast 2 in black now makes the unobtrusive almost invisible.
A range of mounting solutions (including a new self-adhesive monitor mount) together with a video inversion software switch, combine to allow flexible and rapid installation compared with bulky, legacy PTZ cameras.
Shane Morley, IT Manager, Turnitin “We recently installed several of the PanaCast 2 panoramic cameras in our Zoom meeting rooms. Prior to that, we’d been using an industry-leading PTZ-based conference kit but the camera just couldn’t cover everyone in the small rooms we’re using so we looked for a better solution and the 180 ° PanaCast solved the problem perfectly.
One big thing we noticed was how easy the PanaCast was to install. The old, heavy PTZ kit took most of a day due mainly to the challenge of mounting the camera. As we couldn’t invert it, we ended up having to engineer our own camera bracket! The PanaCast, being smaller, lighter and able to be inverted, cut installation time to just two hours and resulted in a much neater install”
Still also available in Silver!
For more details about the fantastic PanaCast 2 Camera, to watch a video of the camera in action or to contact us, please click here.
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.
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
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 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.
"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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