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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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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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Demo of The PanaCast 2 Video Camera

Buying a Panacast 2 Video Camera

Watch this video and see the true value of buying a PanaCast 2 Video Camera.  The PanaCast 2 is the world’s first 180° 4K video camera for personal and room-based video communications.  It is a plug-and-play device that works with popular enterprise collaboration services such as Skype® for Business and Zoom without requiring any driver or software installs.

The revolutionary PanaCast 2 has many fantastic features including:

  • An ultra-wide, natural looking field-of-view
  • Unparalleled visual clarity
  • 180º wide by 54º tall field-of-view with 3840 x 1080 pixels per frame
  • The ability to greatly reduce the optical distortion
  • A natural choice for small, so-called Huddle Rooms
  • No participants remaining out-of-shot
  • Being able virtually to ‘look around’ the room
  • Multi-touch gestures on personal devices, creating custom views without disturbing those of other participants.

If you want to find out more about buying the PanaCast 2 Video Camera, then simply click on the link below and gain access to further details and information.

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Black Friday Special offer on PanaCast 2

If you’ve been dying to get your hands on the remarkable PanaCast 2 Video Camera (and who hasn’t?), now’s your chance to do that and save £240!

From this Friday the 24th until Monday 27th November 2017, you can claim this state-of-the-art video camera to enhance your online meetings for a massive 25% discount!.

Remember – PanaCast 2 is the world’s first 180° 4K panoramic video camera designed specifically for the huddle room or classroom; in fact for any use case where the field-of-view of legacy PTZ or web cameras will just not get everyone in the shot or distorts the image so badly as to make it unusable. PanaCast’s pin-sharp, low distortion, wide-angle video outclasses any other room camera available today – at any price.

The plug-and-play device works seamlessly with popular video collaboration services such as Skype® for Business and Zoom without requiring any driver or software installs.

To secure your 25% discount, use the promotional code BLK17 in the checkout process before the end of Monday 27th November 2017.

30 Day Money-Back Guarantee

So confident are we that you will be completely delighted with PanaCast’s stunning performance, we back every purchase, even with this discount, with our 30-day, no-quibble, money-back guarantee so there’s almost zero risk to trying it out!

So what are you waiting for? Click the button to claim your discount!


PanaCast 2 Special offer (free postage costs)

PanaCast 2 Special offer – Thinking of Purchasing a PanaCast 2 Video Camera?  Get free postage!

Great news!  We just wanted to announce that we have removed all postage charges on the PanaCast 2 Video Camera.  Note – This is a time limited offer!

This applies to both the stand-mounted and wall-mounted versions, as well as our black and silver models.

Free postage applies to the UK, Europe, Middle East and South Africa – Saving up to £100 on postage costs.

So, if you are serious about improving the quality of your online meetings, now is the time to take action and move into the world of 21st Century video technology.  Get your PanaCast 2 Video Camera today by clicking here.

PanaCast 2 Special offer


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.

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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

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Long commutes can be bad for your health

Professional Web Meetings could be an answer…

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.

click here for more about the research

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.

professional web meeting
The PanaCast 2 180° panoramic camera empowers participants joining from home through its high definition, immersive field-of-view of the meeting

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.


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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