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New Yamaha CS-700 Makes Powerful Conferencing a Breeze for Small Teams

March 27, 2017

It’s not very farfetched to say that today’s business world looks totally different than just a decade ago. Thanks to technological advancement and a shift in work-life expectations, our workplaces look and function very differently today. No longer are people tethered to their desks, phones and PCs on a routine schedule. Instead, they are working from locations across the globe, at varied hours throughout the day – and they are doing so more effectively and efficiently than ever before.

Internet connected technologies, next gen communications and a host of new tools for the office worker are making this new way of working a reality. Companies once needed lots of employees and large capital to invest if they wanted to survive in the competitive marketplace. Not today. Smaller businesses, start-ups and teams with just a handful of people are getting work done, and profitably.

Huddle rooms are one of the trends that have emerged as small work groups increase in popularity. The small designated meeting spaces are being used to bring together groups for collaboration and idea sharing on an as-needed basis. And they are seeing a lot of success.

A new joint product development between Yamaha and Revolabs is now also offering high-quality conferencing possibilities for these small spaces.

Yamaha announced today from Enterprise Connect, the CS-700. This new, first-of-its-kind, wall-mounted, all-in-one collaboration solution, offers

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best-in-class audio and high-quality video for huddle room spaces.

Together with Revolabs’ microphone technology and the company’s own expertise in loudspeaker engineering and high-quality video and screen sharing capabilities, CS-700 makes it possible to gain all the benefits of teamwork and collaboration from a single USB connection.

“The Yamaha CS-700 is the first of many solutions that combine the market expertise of Revolabs with the product expertise of Yamaha to deliver a excellent audio, video, and collaboration capabilities,” said Yoshi Tsugawa, Director, Yamaha Commercial Audio Department.  

The unit includes a special wide-angle video camera so all meeting participants in the room, regardless of where they are sitting, can be captured clearly on video so nuanced facial expressions are also conveyed. PTZ camera capability and controls are no longer needed to see everyone in the room.

If you’re having a conferencing session, the most important thing outside of being able to join the group together is being able to clearly hear everything that’s being said. The CS-700 boasts a beamforming microphone array to ensure every word is perfectly captured and delivered and includes four speaker elements to offer the highest degree of audio coverage for all the participants in the room.

This has been the goal since 2014, when Yamaha acquired Revolabs – to deliver solutions that ensure participants in remote conferences can hear and be heard clearly in every meeting environment.

Connecting to these sessions is easy by using the USB connection on laptops or tablets – plug and play – saving valuable time to focus on core competencies. IT Staff can also use the integrated network management system to remotely manage each unit and save time assisting as needed.

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What’s more, the CS-700 can also connect to an organization’s UC platform via a USB port; this includes Microsoft Skype for Business, Cisco Spark, GoToConference, Google Chromebox for Meetings, Vidyo, WebEx, Zoom, BlueJeans and more.

“What this means for IT teams is a simple to use, set-it-and-forget-it meeting room audio and video system,” said J.P. Carney, CEO of Revolabs. “No longer will they get calls asking how to connect to meeting room equipment, how to use camera controls, or worry about control pads walking out the door. The remote monitoring and provisioning of this unique system simplifies installation and control, reducing the number of IT service tickets and enabling simple collaboration for their customer base.”

Revolabs will have a booth at Connections this week to demonstrate the Yamaha CS-700 for attendees. 

Edited by Alicia Young