Conferencing Solutions Without Major Renovations

A high-resolution, touch-screen enabled display is obviously great; but if it’s paired with a 10-year old phone set-up that makes speakers on the other end sound like they’re shouting into a tin can, how effective can your overall conferencing actually be?

The aesthetics of modern workplaces and conference rooms have arguably never been better. Walls of glass, smooth surfaces, and open office plans serve to create contemporary, sophisticated environments. 

Yet as attractive as these designs can be, they often neglect basic elements to serve their employees’ needs. This tendency to emphasize style over substance is often applied to AV decisions as well; but a state of the art video conferencing display can’t compensate for poor aural conditions.

If you think your conference rooms could use a little more function to go with their form, don’t break out the wrecking ball just yet. Many solutions exist for addressing these issues without requiring a drastic renovation.

Check out Biamp’s Blog for suggestions on improving conference room functionality.

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.

Introducing the Second Generation from Clockaudio: CDT100 MKII

Clockaudio, a global leader in pro-AV microphone technologies based in the UK and with offices in North America and Asia, has officially launched their newest addition to the Clockaudio family, the CDT-100 MKII.

The CDT-100 family is built to streamline data and power cables for boardrooms, conference rooms and video rooms, reducing the cabling requirements from multiple and individual microphones from the conference table to the AV cabinet.

Offering several more options than its CDT-100 predecessor, the ‘second generation’ CDT-100 MK II Dante device has been upgraded with an extra output pin – in preparation for the arrival of Clockaudio’s new RGB control devices. The extra output pin, located on the RJ45 ports, is positioned for lighting up the blue LED on the TS003. In addition, all three LED colors can individually be set from ‘off’, to ‘full brightness’ in 256 steps, offering the full range of the color spectrum.

Furthermore, the two remaining pins on the RJ45 ports can now enable the hook up of two extra contact closures, such as the REED switch on Clockaudio’s CRM series microphones and/or ANY dry contact closure of additional control devices. Of the CDT-100 MK II, Managing Director of Clockaudio North America, Robert Moreau says: “With the Mark II version of our CDT-100, we continue to invest in product evolution to offer integrators and their clients more options when it comes to microphone controls and customization.”

Learn more on the Clockaudio website.

Powersoft Extends Duecanali Amplifier Platform

This year at InfoComm, Powersoft introduced new products aimed at the fixed installation and OEM markets.  Most notably, the popular Duecanali two-channel amplifier platform received a significant extension.

New to the Duecanali lineup are Duecanali 804 and 4804, perfectly suited for retail, leisure and hospitality fixed installations that require both pristine and reliable sound. The Duecanali 804 offers 2 x 400W and represents a lower total power solution for installations in retail, as well as bars and restaurants where a single two-channel amplifier is required — without the need for additional channels or power. The range is completed by the existing Duecanali 1604 launched last year, which sits between the two new products in the Duecanali range.

The newly completed Duecanali range, which boasts an unmatched power to size ratio, is able to drive low impedance loads (2/4/8 Ohm) and 70V/100V distributed lines selectable per channel. It also provides more than 16 different possible output configurations per channel. The Duecanali range also delivers on control and interoperability with DSP onboard, third-party plug-ins, networking and remote control.

“With DSP onboard, interoperability created via third-party plug-ins, networking and remote control, Powersoft amplifiers have been converted into smart controllers of the future,” said Francesco Fanicchi, Powersoft’s brand and communication director. “This has great bearing on integrators involved in multiple disciplines like audio, video, ETH cabling, power distribution and UPS provision, meaning that the future becomes a whole lot easier.”

Read the full article from AV Magazine.

See more about Duecanali on the Powersoft website.

Download the Duecanali data sheet.

New Video: Intelix FLX-64

The Intelix FLX-64 was designed for use in conference rooms that have two in-room inputs extended to the rack, a few local sources at the rack, two discrete displays, a VTC codec, and a recorder.

Features and Benefits

  • 4 HDMI inputs (2 w/ audio embedding) and 2 HDBaseT Lite inputs w/ PoE
  • 4 HDBaseT Lite outputs w/ PoE & 2 mirrored HDMI outputs
  • 60 m (200 ft) maximum extender distance
  • Audio de-embedding on each output, including breakaway
  • Front panel, IR, TCP/IP, and RS232 control
  • IR and RS232 routing
  • IR and RS232 tunneling over HDBaseT (inputs and outputs)
  • Control page and configuration accessible from web browser
  • Advanced HDCP management

Applications

  • True matrix routing and distribution of HDMI signals
  • A/V routing in environments with demanding control system
  • Ideal for houses of worship, corporate video conferencing

For more information, visit Liberty online or contact Mike Upright.