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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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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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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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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.


The Room Camera as Sensor. The Future of AI in the Meeting Room

Your choice of video room camera is already critical to a great meeting experience.  Now, with the advent of artificial intelligence or AI in the room camera, that choice can realise productivity gains, inform on your future room design and maximise floor-space efficiency.

Altia Systems, the developer of PanaCast 2, the world’s first 180° panoramic 4K camera system, has recently announced “Intelligent Vision 2” which radically elevates the video meeting camera from a dumb light-gatherer to an intelligent sensor capable of delivering valuable data about how your rooms are being used.

AI in the Meeting Room – Introducing Intelligent Vision 2.0

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 Intelligent Vision 2.0 

    • 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.
    • Advanced Detection: Based on the new AI head detector CNN developed alongside Intel, the PanaCast camera’s advanced detection features can find people in a meeting room from all directions, covering a range of up to 40 feet.  The system works perfectly in crowded situations, and the interface engine is optimised to work seamlessly with the Intel Core Processor and Panoramic Video used in the PanaCast camera system.

Why do we need People-Counting?

    • Room booking systems can 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 and user behaviours. 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.

As the business environment continues to evolve and innovate, we believe that a strong AV system with AI integration could be the key to making everyday conferences more engaging driving utilisation and productivity improvements.  For those interested in upgrading their meeting room today, the PanaCast API is free to use and available.  Intelligent Zoom 2.0 features and people detection software will be available as free upgrades for your Intelligent Zoom 1.0 package. 

Please contact the Intermedia team if you would like to explore options for building commercial systems on the PanaCast API. 

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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.

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What Use is a 5K Camera in a 720p World?

Altia Systems, the makers of the industry-leading PTZ-killer, the PanaCast 2 180˚ 4K conference camera, has just announced the availability of the PanaCast 2s, the world’s first 5K 180˚ panoramic conference camera.

That’s 5120 x 1440 pixels or 7.4 megapixels at 30 frames per second; a 76% increase in pixel count over its little brother the 4K PanaCast 2.

But why, in a world that rarely uses video meeting resolutions of more than 720p, would you want to use a 5K camera?  The answer is the lossless zoom.

The PanaCast does away with the traditional pan, tilt and zoom (PTZ) camera, a legacy, dumb light-gatherer compared to the sophisticated, 9-processor intelligent vision system that is the PanaCast. The PanaCast cameras provide a low-distortion, 180˚ field-of-view which means you will see everyone in the room, be those close-up participants in a small huddle room or a roomful of students in a wide
classroom, and at extremely high edge-to-edge optical quality.

Now, of course, you won’t always want to see the whole 180˚ view.
For example, when a couple of people sit at the far end of a conference table, standard cameras would just present these participants as tiny, perspective-shortened individuals stuck at the end of a massive table.

So the PanaCast has another trick called Intelligent Zoom (or IZ for short). IZ detects faces and, when activated, will zoom and pan the view to optimally frame
the detected participants. If someone enters the room mid-call, IZ will dynamically reframe the transmitted image to include them. Similarly, it will automatically adjust if someone leaves the room.

What has all this to do with 5K? Well, the larger the resolution of the captured image, the greater the zoom capability without any apparent loss of resolution at the far end.  Actually, with 5K captured video working over a 720p connection, you can
(losslessly) zoom by a factor of 4.  It’s like having a standard camera with an optical zoom of 4 times but with no moving parts and delivered in a considerably smaller footprint.

This makes PanaCast 2s a great  solution for all sizes of conference room and classroom.


It’s not 1988 it’s 2018!

Wow, the world is changing and it’s changing at a pace that’s tough to keep up with.

We’re hurtling towards a world of driverless cars, artificial intelligence and greatly enhanced communications that’s going to change the way we work, play and live our lives.

In the future, some jobs (and whole companies) will disappear, new ones will be created and technology will continue to change the way in which most of us do everything.

Can you remember the day’s when a phone was just a phone and you paid for things using something called cash!  The fact is that, if your business is going to stay ahead of your competition, then it needs to stay ahead of the curve in terms of communications technology.

One example of this change is in the conference room.  It’s time for the 1980s technology of the old pan, tilt and zoom (PTZ) camera to be put to its final resting place and to welcome in its successor, the PanaCast 2 Intelligent Vision System.

Watch this short demo of how the PanaCast 2 can help to improve the quality and professionalism of your meetings:

If you want to know more simply call us on +44 (0)1992 878312.


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.

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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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