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Array Telepresence Equal-i System Makes Big

March 18, 2015

All around the world, businesses are discovering the value of conferencing and telepresence systems. Allowing staff to more readily intermingle with colleagues and customers alike, without a large portion of the expense that such moves can entail, telepresence and conferencing can be useful tools in a business' lineup. But a new such tool from Array Telepresence recently got its debut, and it's looking to kick things up a notch in the field.

Array Telepresence debuted the Array Equal-i DX Dual Camera Module, as well as the Array Equal-i 2S Image Processor, tools designed to work together and make videoconferencing better as a result. Both tools, as the names imply, use the Equal-i system as a basis, a set of image improvement algorithms, camera and image processor systems that improve the quality of video transmitted and make it more accessible. With Equal-i, an image processor is put between the camera and the videoconferencing codec, and runs its algorithms over a set of components that alter geometry enough to make an elongated room seem rounder and more personable. The camera module needs only four millimeters of space between a set of dual displays, and can be placed at a perfect vertical eyeline hidden by display bezels, making it a space-saving solution as well. It's a process known as “Equal-i-zing”, and it's providing an experience that Array says is “measurably superior to three-screen telepresence environments” for a significantly lower price.

Howard Lichtman, who serves as the company's chief creative/commercial officer, commented on the new system:“The Equal-i system will allow organizations that use video to dramatically improve the quality of the experience for users which has proven to improve satisfaction which improves usage which translates into improved ROI for videoconferencing. For the Pro-AV community and systems integrators it gives them the opportunity to upgrade or refresh existing videoconferencing systems which drives associated spending or design telepresence environments which delight users at 1/20th the cost of existing telepresence solutions.”

There are plenty of choices out there when it comes to telepresence and videoconferencing. Starting with full-room systems and working all the way down to cloud-based systems designed to work on a standard PC, or even like Origibot's system of turning a tablet into a telepresence robot, there is no shortage of options in the field. Systems like Array's certainly look to offer a quality alternative to the full-room system, but considering that even the full-room system needs to compete effectively against the shockingly price-effective alternative of Skype and an aftermarket webcam—or worse, a plain old app on a tablet with a front-facing camera—being able to come in at 1/20th the cost of a complete telepresence solution may not have the desired impact. 

Still, for those looking for the complete telepresence setup, the Array Telepresence solution may be exactly what the doctor ordered, a high-quality experience on a shoestring budget. That's certainly a point a lot of businesses will consider in figuring out which route to go, and could make the Array system a welcome addition.

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino