Biamp Acquires Huddle Room Technology (HRT) SRL

On February 11, 2020 Biamp announced that it will acquire Huddle Room Technology (HRT) SRL based in Modena, Italy.  The acquisition adds HRT’s innovative family of Huddle Hub wireless USB and content sharing products to Biamp’s extensive range of meeting room solutions.

HRT is a leader in wireless USB technology that powers its products and improves the user experience in bring-your-own-device (BYOD) spaces. Its flagship product, the Huddle Hub, allows computers and mobile devices to connect to room peripherals including displays, speakers, microphones, and cameras without any physical connection. Once connected, users can display content, launch applications, and engage in soft codec UC meetings on their personal device.

“HRT has demonstrated impressive vision and technical expertise in designing the Huddle Hub, a truly unique and potent BYOD meeting solution,” said Rashid Skaf, President, CEO, and Co-chairman of Biamp. “Huddle Hub provides wireless USB, screen sharing, screen rebroadcasting, and smart room integration all from one platform, and when combined with our solutions, allows us to create truly extraordinary experiences for our customers. When we introduced our first USB collaboration hub, Devio, it was met with tremendous success and proved the appeal of high-performing, easy-to-use BYOD room solutions. The Huddle Hub’s wireless USB capability targets these same applications and is a natural and complementary addition to Biamp’s portfolio that we’re certain will be well received by integrators and end-users alike.”

Unlike competing wireless USB solutions, the Huddle Hub adds multi-user screen sharing, which allows several users to share content to the room display simultaneously. Meeting attendees can also request that the displayed content is broadcast back to their laptop or mobile device, permitting them to view content locally rather than relying on the room display. This is a great feature when in-room displays are small, far away, obstructed, or if the viewer simply has difficulty seeing content clearly. This unique combination of capabilities means the Huddle Hub delivers three complementary experiences from a single device.

To read the full press release, including information about the newly announced corporate cloud-based version of Biamp HRT’s collaboration technology, click here.

New Partnership with Philips Professional Display Solutions

Philips Professional Display Solutions

Connect West is now proud to represent Philips Professional Display Solutions. Philips has along and impressive history of AV technology, from the first Philips Hotel TV over 40 years ago, to today’s range of powerful, versatile Professional Displays. They now bring us innovative products like their latest bezel-free LED wall.

Android Integration

Philips utilizes the world’s most developed operating system to power displays which are fast, versatile, and secure. Whether you’re using a Signage Display or a Professional TV, built-in Android OS delivers blazing performance and unmatched flexibility.

From interactive welcome pages to smarter retail signage. Android-powered Philips Professional Displays are optimized for native Android apps, and you can install web apps directly to the display too. Bringing a tailored experience to every audience.

Android’s powerful security and open-source design protocols give you immense flexibility when implementing networks.

Contact Mike Upright for more information on Philips Professional Displays for your next project.

New Partnership with Bluesound Professional

Connect West is proud to now represent Bluesound Professional. Bluesound is an award-winning wireless hi-res sound system that lets you play music in any and every room throughout your home.

Users can control where, at what volume, and when music plays with a free BluOS app for smartphone, tablet, or desktop computer. Bluesound delivers Getting crisp and detailed sound that only an audiophile-grade system can deliver. Click here to learn more about the Blusound product lineup including wireless speakers, home theatre, and wireless stereo components.

Contact Mike Upright to see if Bluesound Professional has the right solution for your space.

Biamp’s TesiraFORTÉ® Now Certified for Microsoft Teams

PRESS RELEASE —

Biamp Brings Certified Plug-and-Play Pro AV Audio to Microsoft Teams Rooms

Biamp’s award-winning TesiraFORTÉ® is now Certified for Microsoft Teams, delivering Biamp’s legendary professional audio quality to Microsoft Teams Rooms in medium and large conferencing spaces. 

Biamp’s TesiraFORTÉ AVB VT4, when combined with Sennheiser TCC2 microphones, now provides professional audio quality with a simple plug-and-play installation experience that Microsoft Teams customers expect.

“Achieving Microsoft Teams Rooms certification uniquely positions Biamp to serve the needs of our customers,” said Joe Andrulis, Executive Vice President, Corporate Development, Biamp. “As a certified DSP, Tesira is easy to deploy, delivering professional-grade AV faster and more efficiently for enterprises using Microsoft Teams Rooms in medium and large meeting spaces.”

“Having the Biamp TesiraFORTÉ DSP now be Certified for Microsoft Teams is an important milestone for Microsoft Teams Rooms,” says Ilya Bukshteyn, Partner Director, Microsoft Teams Devices, “Certified DSPs enable Microsoft Teams Rooms to deliver superior audio experiences, compatibility, and reliability in a broad range of rooms and complex environments, including customized environments such as executive boardrooms and multi-purpose rooms.”

Tesira DSPs use Biamp’s advanced Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC) technology to eliminate common sources of echo during videoconferencing in medium-to-large collaboration spaces. Tesira also supports bidirectional mute synchronization to share mute or unmute commands with Microsoft Teams Rooms. This means the microphones accurately display mute status (red or green) and pass mute commands to the overall system with the push of a button.

To learn more about Microsoft certification, or to contact a reseller for more information, please visit www.biamp.com/microsoft.

Biamp’s combination of advanced technologies, elegant industrial design, and integration of the entire audio signal path – from microphone to speaker – onto a single cable type, ensures that Tesira conference rooms sound better, look better, and are easier to install than any other system.

Information on Biamp’s full product portfolio is available at www.biamp.com.

Mira Connect Now Supports Zoom Rooms

Mira Connect is a control system and intuitive user interface designed to simplify collaboration in conference rooms, meeting spaces, and huddle rooms.  Mira Connect’s user interface is automatically generated based on the equipment and capabilities of your room for a professionally designed user experience.

Why complicate the room with multiple controllers?  Mira Connect is the only control system you need to manage Zoom Rooms and all of the other equipment in your room, including cameras, displays, video switchers, audio processors, and more.

Visit the Aveo Systems website to learn more about why Mira Connect is the smart choice to control your Zoom Rooms.

Parlé Beamtracking Mics Now Support Devio 

New for Summer 2019, Biamp has expanded the spaces in which its award-winning Parlé™ Beamtracking™ microphones can be deployed by adding support for Devio®.

The Devio small conference and huddle room system, will now be available with the new TCM-X ceiling or TTM-X tabletop Parlé microphones in addition to the existing TCM-1 pendant option. This combines Devio’s easy, single-cable connectivity to all room peripherals with Parlé’s industry-leading audio quality, delivering Biamp’s full conference room audio and video in an elegant unified communication solution that is easy to install, manage, and control.

“We have received an extraordinary response to our Parlé microphones. Our Beamtracking technology provides unparalleled coverage that naturally complements Devio and the needs of huddle room environments,” said Biamp’s Executive Vice President, Corporate Development, Joe Andrulis. “By adding Parlé X-series support to Devio, we are delivering on our promise to provide customers with end-to-end solutions that meet the entirety of an organization’s AV requirements in all space types.”

The TCM-X is a low-profile, ceiling mounted microphone housed within a discrete enclosure that blends subtly into the ceiling. For rooms where a tabletop microphone is desirable, the TTM-X is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, minimizing the amount of table space it occupies. Both models feature four 90-degree Beamtracking zones, delivering dynamic 360-degree room coverage, while granting participants freedom of movement throughout the room. The Parlé mics use only one channel of acoustic echo cancellation (AEC) for a far more efficient processing resource utilization than competing beamforming microphones.

The DTM-style tabletop microphone will continue to be available for customers using that model.

Designed for BYOD spaces, Devio is a cost-effective, easy-to-use platform that gives full access to a room’s peripherals to all common computers and phones. A single cable connects a meeting participant’s laptop to the technology within the space, providing instant access to the room’s displays, speakers, microphone, web camera, and other tools. Integrators and technology managers will benefit from the Auto Setup feature that quickly validates device connections, adjusts room levels, and sets speaker EQ to optimize audio quality. Delivered as a bundled professional audio and video package, Devio eliminates all the pain points of system design, installation, and programming.

The Parlé TCM-X and TTM-X microphone bundles for Devio will be available in Q3. For more information on Biamp’s full product portfolio visit www.biamp.com. 

Community Loudspeakers & Apart Audio Acquired by Biamp

Biamp has announced the acquisition of Audioprof Group International, parent company of Community Loudspeakers Apart Audio from 3d Investors of Gent, Belgium.

Founded in 1968 by speaker design pioneer Bruce Howze, Community Loudspeakers has a long history of speaker design firsts. Today, Community Loudspeakers is a well-established and respected manufacturer of a broad range of premium speakers targeting demanding indoor and outdoor applications including commercial, leisure, stadiums, and other large venues.  Most recently at InfoComm 2019, Community Loudspeakers introduced the new L SERIES LVH-900 Beamforming Venue Horn, continuing its tradition of innovation.

Apart Audio is a strong competitor in full signal path functional and commercial and leisure audio solutions for small and mid-size venues including retail, food service, education, and small offices. It offers a broad array of speakers as well as amplifiers, mixers, controllers, and paging stations to make Apart Audio a single vendor solution for these markets. Apart has a well-established business in Europe and just entered North America in 2018, a market in which Biamp’s extensive distribution system can provide an immediate boost.

Rashid Skaf, Biamp President, CEO, and co-Chairman commented, “I am tremendously excited to complete this transaction. Building a comprehensive lineup of speakers has been a priority of mine as we move to position Biamp as a full line provider of professional audiovisual solutions. Acquiring Apart Audio and Community Loudspeakers was my preferred route to accomplishing that quickly with incredibly strong and respected brands. The many products added to our portfolio give us powerful positions in several key growth markets for Biamp — most notably retail, hospitality, restaurants, stadiums, and outdoor venues. With this move, Biamp has clearly established itself as a leader in the pro AV market.”

“I am thrilled that Community Loudspeakers and Apart Audio are joining the Biamp family. The great product complementarity and geographical fit strengthen my belief that we are now part of one of the strongest and most respected AV solutions providers and that we will be able to offer best in class solutions to our channel partners and end users. I want to thank 3d Investors for their hands-on support and guidance during the last ten years that helped our company grow into a worldwide installed sound specialist,” added Kris Vermuyten, CEO of Apart Audio.

Biamp is a leader in professional audio systems for business, education, and government facilities. Under Skaf’s direction, Biamp has charted an aggressive growth strategy that blends organic product line and distribution expansion with entry into new markets via acquisition. The addition of Audioprof Group International comes just seven months after the company acquired Cambridge Sound Management, which made Biamp the world leader in sound masking systems. Biamp currently offers a wide range of audiovisual solutions that facilitate communication and collaboration in conference rooms, lecture halls, auditoria, and now hospitality and retail, as well as paging and notification for open areas like offices, concourses, stadiums, retail centers, and casinos.

Community Loudspeakers and Apart Audio will join Biamp as product families within the company’s portfolio, with business functions gradually blending to form a single Biamp business. For more information on Biamp, please visit www.biamp.com. For more information on Apart Audio or Community Loudspeakers, please visithttp://www.apart-audio.com or https://communitypro.com, respectively.

Read the full press release at https://www.biamp.com/company/press-releases/press-release-detail/2019/07/10/biamp-aquires-community-loudspeakers-and-apart-audio

Pan/Tilt/Zoom Cameras Now Supported by Mira Connect

Mira Connect’s latest software release supports controlling VISCA-compatible pan, tilt, zoom (PTZ) cameras over RS-232 or Ethernet, allowing designers to add one or more cameras to their room and have Mira Connect control the camera.

 

Why PTZ Support is Important

Adding direct support for PTZ cameras allows Mira Connect to be used with many soft codec applications, including our upcoming release supporting Zoom Rooms.

Mira Connect can also control the display’s source selection, power, along with the room’s microphone mute, and volume levels.

 

Click here to learn more and try it yourself with the MiraConnect UI Preview.

Biamp Introduces Web-Based Monitoring & Management Tool for Tesira® and Devio® Platforms

Announcing Biamp SageVue™, a web-based monitoring and management platform for the Tesira® and Devio® product families. Deployed at the end-user site, SageVue enables technology managers, integrators, and end users to review a system’s status and perform several administrative tasks easily and efficiently.

“With the addition of SageVue, users gain the essential information and tools for their connected Tesira and Devio devices right from their web browser,” said Chris Fitzsimmons, product manager for video products at Biamp. “This simplifies system monitoring and management, helping to increase productivity.”

SageVue uses a browser-based interface to provide users with a single, comprehensive overview and status of all Tesira and Devio devices connected to the network. SageVue is also equipped with a full-featured RESTful API, giving technology managers the ability to pull information into custom dashboards or be directly integrated with third-party monitoring applications. To streamline user access and setup, SageVue intelligently interfaces with LDAP infrastructure, allowing IT managers to use existing data to control access to the software.

For Tesira devices, users can access the functions associated with the device maintenance table and the configuration functions of VoIP-enabled devices. Remote firmware updates are also supported. For Devio devices, SageVue provides integrated access to the existing Devio device webpage.

SageVue will be available at no cost in Q3 of 2018. More information on Biamp’s full product portfolio is available at www.biamp.com.

Aveo Systems Announces Connect-West Representation

Aveo Systems and Connect-West Marketing are pleased to announce our partnership representing Aveo Systems products in Western Canada including British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Now available to Connect-West clients is Aveo System’s star product, Mira Connect- winner of rAVe’s 2017 Best Meeting Room Product award.

Mira Connect is a tabletop touch interface and controller for conference rooms, huddle rooms, and collaboration spaces. This technology supports hundreds of products from more than 20 manufacturers. It includes Microsoft Office 365® calendar integration and will soon offer Zoom Room integration, enabling users to start meetings quickly and efficiently.

Learn more about Mira Connect here.