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Videoconferencing solutions { }Polycom introduces immersive VC

Videoconferencing is no longer limited to boardroom-to-boardroom sessions. With the proliferation of BYOD and a rise in working from home or on the move, VC has moved beyond corporate spaces. James McGrath looks at some of the latest solutions on offer

A host of new videoconferencing solutions introduced by video comms specialist Polycom has eased the strain on organisations when it comes to selecting the most suitable product for their budget.

The most comprehensive of those newly introduced solutions is the RealPresence Immersive Studio. The next- generation collaboration environment is geared towards providing the complete solution for companies by offering a floor-to-ceiling videoconferencing system. It is said to make an ideal think- tank for the meetings that matter the most, including creative brainstorms or crisis management sessions. Three 84in ultra HD

screens are fitted at the front of a room to display material in 1080p60 that can be collaborated over between parties at (possibly) opposite sides of the world. Polycom says the choice of UHD ensures the studio is

future proof, as it can harness additions and modifications to visual technology. A 55in content-display monitor is installed above the three-screen layout so that the other immersive VC room is in sight – something that the company believes will allow the sharing and collaborating process to be a natural one. Sound-wise, Polycom

operates its 3D voice technology, which is rendered from microphones fitted in the ceiling, delivering audio ‘far more life-like than stereo “spatial” audio’. This set- up removes anything that may make the room appear less organic by eliminating the need for any intrusive microphones. Like all Polycom products,

the system’s open standards- based technology and native interoperability simplifies integration with existing video solutions and UC platforms. Polycom offers a broad portfolio of over 40 video and voice solutions that integrate

{ }Crestron RL Lyncs rooms

Crestron is a company that continues to embrace the convergence of AV and IT. Its RL platform combines the intuitive room control solutions of Crestron with the full collaboration features of Microsoft Lync 2013, which has become ubiquitous with business communications. The system includes high-definition multiparty video and powerful collaboration capabilities like presenting PowerPoint, sharing of desktops and applications as well as interactive whiteboarding. Crestron RL is the only

fully integrated Lync Room System solution. As well as providing the full Microsoft Lync experience, users can create the system to match their needs by choosing specialist audio solutions, different cameras and displays (as opposed to being required to select only from predefined manufacturer packs).

66 June 2014 Thanks to Crestron’s

expertise in room control, RL also integrates with additional AV equipment as well as HVAC controls, blinds and lighting – to provide full control from a tabletop touchpanel. As a scalable, appliance

grade, turnkey solution, Crestron RL can be implemented in practically every conference room across a global enterprise. Anyone can walk into a

conference room and, with just one touch of a button, instantly start a collaboration session. This full-featured Lync-based system enables video, voice, Lync meetings or Instant Messaging from multiple devices.

Users can view, edit or annotate any document, file or video remotely. Sharing ideas and notes collaboratively with partners, colleagues and clients anytime, anywhere with any device is also possible.

natively with Microsoft Lync. This means that Lync-enabled desktop or room clients can join video calls with the studio, and can share content back and forth with Lync via the optional Content Sharing Suite.

Flexible configuration lets users see content on any of the large displays in the studio, and support for BYOD enables the sharing of content from mobile devices such as tables and laptops.

Polycom’s VisualBoard virtual whiteboard also lets users engage in interactive note taking on critical content such as business documents, CAD drawings, blueprints or maps.

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