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Vaddio's ConferenceSHOT AV Brings Conferencing to Small Rooms

March 06, 2017

Back when conferencing was first getting started as a technology, it—much like the history of full-scale computing systems—often required entire rooms full of equipment. Companies would devote entire conference rooms to be video conferencing spaces, and those who wanted smaller options either had to engage in massive overkill or just be left out. With Vaddio's new ConferenceSHOT AV system, though, users can bring the power of conferencing to some of the smallest spaces, like huddle rooms.

Huddle rooms are a comparatively recent innovation, a small conference space designed to give smaller groups a place to physically collect and engage in various activities.  Conferencing often steps in as one of these activities as those small groups need to connect with other groups of various sizes elsewhere, and that means a clear demand for the small conference room to have conferencing technology on hand.

That's where the ConferenceSHOT AV system can deliver significant value. With a 10x pan tilt zoom (PTZ) camera as its centerpiece, it brings in an audio conferencing mixer for support, incorporating the whole thing into a USB 3.0 device. That allows two microphones at once to be included in the system, and an external speaker all in the same place. Most unified communication and collaboration (UCC) products can be used with the ConferenceSHOT AV on a plug-and-play basis, including most of the major systems like WebEx, Skype for Business, and Google.

Users can further customize the system based on the size of the room involved, as the Conference SHOT AV system can be expanded as

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needed using a different number of MicPOD USB microphones. Throw in the Vaddio Remote Management system and users get access to an array of functions from remote monitoring to full control of a distributed camera network.

Having an easy way to establish conferencing operations can be a huge point going forward for businesses of most sizes, since it allows for easy contact between branches, within an office, or even with suppliers and customers elsewhere. Though it's odd to see Vaddio step into the market at this stage of the game; there are already a lot of alternatives out there in setting up conferencing operations for the huddle room and similar small-scale applications; we're to a point where there are video cameras built into the bezels of computer monitors, even laptops, and that's before the notion of smartphones gets involved.

Still, it's clear that Vaddio's ConferenceSHOT AV system has quite a bit going for it, and it might well be able to make a case for its value, especially among current Vaddio customers. It might be a more upward slog to break into established markets, but there's certainly something to be said here.

Edited by Alicia Young