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Frost & Sullivan Recognizes Yamaha's Audio Conferencing Leadership

June 05, 2017

The huddle room has become an important new venue for conference calls. This type of setting is smaller and typically more informal than the traditional conference room. And it’s meant to encourage more ad hoc conversations.

But while huddle rooms themselves are intended to support smaller groups of people, the number of huddle rooms has quickly expanded, as has the collection of suppliers that are working to provide communications equipment to these locations.

There were between 30 and 50 million huddle rooms globally as of early last year, according to Wainhouse Research. And that has prompted many communications systems suppliers to introduce solutions aimed specifically at the huddle room.   

But, according to Frost & Sullivan, one of the companies that is particularly noteworthy in this realm is Yamaha. In fact, the research and consulting firm recently presented Yamaha with its Growth Excellence Leadership Award in Global Tabletop Audio Conferencing Endpoint Market.

“Over the years, Yamaha Corp. successfully expanded its portfolio of audio conferencing endpoints to become a true one-stop-shop of tabletop audio conferencing devices,” said Alaa Saayed, ICT principal analyst for connected work digital transformation at Frost & Sullivan. “With a high degree of innovation evident in its entire product portfolio, Yamaha Corp. efficiently addresses key customer pain points and helps business users to be more efficient and productive.”

Yamaha, which is ranked as the second top global provider of tabletop audio conferencing solutions, in the last four years has tripled its revenue share. And the company brings to the table 48 years of experience in professional audio systems.

“As the market becomes increasingly crowded, we are focused on engineering solutions that solve the unified communications and productivity challenges of remote meetings through superior audio solutions,”  said Hirofumi (Hogan) Osawa, executive officer, and senior general manager of the audio business division and general manager of the UC Department, at Yamaha. “By enabling natural, clear conversations in any environment, we can help businesses connect and be more successful well into the future.”

Yamaha’s CS-700 video sound collaboration system powers Revolabs' newly launched product in the huddle room arena.

The Yamaha CS-700 delivers ultra-wideband audio with high-quality video in one simple, wall-mounted system. Its 120 degree ultra-wide angle camera captures all meeting participants in one field of view, eliminating the need for panning and zooming cameras to see everybody in the room.

It supports BlueJeans, Google Chromebox for Meetings, GoToConference, Microsoft Skype for Business, Vidyo, and Zoom. And the Yamaha CS-700 provides a SIP interface to the corporate call manager. So there’s no need for a separate conference phone in the huddle room.

The solution also enables remote monitoring and management of the units. And that allows for the configuration of units automatically and in bulk.  

Edited by Alicia Young