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Revolabs Unveils FLX UC 1000 IP Conference Phone

March 17, 2015

Clutter is one of the major things that can have a profound effect on productivity. If you have to rely on various pieces of equipment just to accomplish one task, not only will it take longer to achieve, there is also the possibility that you will postpone it as long as possible. In a way, phone systems fall under this category.

The goal of unified communications (UC) is to integrate real-time, enterprise, communication services such as instant messaging, presence information, voice, mobility features, audio, Web and video conferencing, fixed-mobile convergence (FMC), desktop sharing, data sharing, call control and speech recognition with non-real-time communication services such as unified messaging (integrated voicemail, e-mail, SMS and fax).

The problem is that UC is not necessarily a single product, but rather more of a set of products designed to provide a consistent unified user-interface and user-experience across multiple devices and media types. If you need to use your desktop phone for some of the functions, your computer for others and possibly your smartphone as well, then I believe that the word clutter will come to mind.

Revolabs is described as a leader in the UC audio market with its products that range from the desktop to the boardroom. An article appeared this week in Home Toys, which features AV Systems Mag, announcing that Revolabs is now shipping its FLX UC 1000 VoIP Conference Phone. What makes this device stand out is that it has Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) and USB audio support.

The new FLX UC 1000 features first-class sound components and multiple communications channel integration, which brings users a simple and powerful solution for desktop and small room conferencing applications. To me, this sounds like the elimination of clutter!

Tim Root, who is Revolabs CTO and executive vice president of new business development, said, "In the past, enterprises were forced to use separate solutions for connecting participants calling in on VoIP and third-party softphone applications. What sets the FLX UC 1000 apart is its ability to easily bridge conference members from software-based conferencing solutions with traditional PBX-based participants. This feature, coupled with premium sound components, enables enterprises to increase the efficiency of their calls while adding amazingly clear audio to their conversations."

The clear audio comes from the FLX UC 1000’s premium tweeter and mid-woofer elements, four microphones and an ultra-wide frequency response. It is equipped with full-duplex technology, providing an increased frequency range up to 20,000 Hz designed to deliver superior sound performance in any audio setting. In the conference room the unit's four microphones and integrated echo cancellation provide best-in-class audio pickup to ensure that participants can hear every word.

Root added, "As HD audio becomes available across so many platforms, customers need a UC solution that can support the same fidelity requirements as high-end speaker systems. Our audio technology already drives the leading IP conference phone on the market today. The FLX UC 1000 combines high-fidelity sound with outstanding microphone and echo cancellation technology while dual USB and IP telephony communication channels allow users to take full advantage of unified communication capabilities without any compromises to audio quality or protocol flexibility."

As Root mentioned earlier, there are a lot of third-party softphone applications, having the ability to connect the USB port to a Mac or PC allows the speakerphone to take advantage of these capabilities. This makes it an ideal device for huddle rooms, executive offices, as well as small-to-medium-sized conference rooms.

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino