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June 09, 2012

TMCnet Conferencing Week in Review


By Ashok Bindra
TMCnet Contributor

As more and more options are being offered for video and audio conferencing, novel and improved products and technologies continued to emerge from the conferencing space. Reports suggest this trend will continue into the foreseeable future. This week had the latest evidence of this trend.


Next week at InfoComm in Las Vegas, Fontel (News - Alert) will introduce its new Acoustic Conditioning Panels using the Yamaha product line, reported by TMCnet web editor Amanda Ciccatelli. Panels measure just three centimeters deep and provide a balance of acoustic absorption and acoustic scattering, resulting in clear sound. They are aimed at meeting rooms that experience poor acoustics, such as an echoic room with glass or bare concrete wall rooms.

The report indicates that the Yamaha acoustic conditioning panels are easy to install in small spaces, and do not require professional knowledge or expertise with room acoustics for set up. The panels maintain sound brightness and enhance sound clarity, balancing from low to high frequencies through the panel’s unique acoustic absorption and scattering properties.

While most of the mobile video solutions work well inside the user’s network, they typically collapse in the B2B environment. To address this issue, unified communications provider Applied Global Technologies (AGT) has integrated Microsoft (News - Alert) Lync into its mobile video conferencing platform, reported TMCnet contributor Madhubanti Rudra.  According to AGT, the EncoreB2B has been developed as a mobile video platform that attaches to existing Cisco and Polycom (News - Alert) infrastructure, and supports scalable mobile video conferencing and B2B connectivity with the Mobile Pathway Protocol. “These enable secure connectivity and interoperability between mobile devices and HD video systems, regardless of location or device,” wrote Rudra.

Likewise, Brother International Corporation rolled out its new Web and video conferencing service, OmniJoin, which offers video image (up to HD) and audio quality, along with an intuitive interface for businesses, reported contributor Jyothi Shanbhag. As per this report, the new cloud-based system is targeting both small and medium businesses. It offers users a secure, encrypted connection and free customer support for the life of their licenses, claims the service provider.

Another report from contributor Rudra indicates that conferencing and digital solutions provider, ClearOne, is planning to unveil its latest innovation at next week’s InfoComm in Las Vegas. The company will demonstrate a professional-grade microphone system, featuring patent-pending audio beamforming with adaptive steering and next-generation AEC technology.

Based on latest market report from IDC (News - Alert), TMCnet contributor Narayan Bhat reported that global market for enterprise videoconferencing and telepresence is shrinking gradually as there many options available today. Even though enterprise videoconferencing revenues grew 14.4 percent year-over-year, it is well below 23-25 percent year-over-year growth in last three consecutive quarters, wrote Bhat.

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With 35 years of experience in the communications industry and a true understanding of the ever-changing advancements in technology, Fontel is positioned to deliver its customers cutting-edge solutions that carry them into the future. With a specialized focus on conferencing, Fontel has partnered with major manufacturers to offer revolutionary voice and data communication products and services. Our discussion today will highlight Fontel and its affiliation with Yamaha and focus on Yamaha's Projectphones, a series of arrayed microphones that feature an acoustically-engineered structural design, as well as its echo canceller, a technology that eliminates audio cut-out and echo for smooth performance.