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What's in Google's New Hardware Kit

November 10, 2017

There’s never a dull moment in the business communications arena these days.

In September, cloud business application provider Intermedia bought web conferencing company AnyMeeting. In October, Cisco announced plans to purchase unified communications leader BroadSoft. And at the turn of the month, Google unveiled new gear to enhance Hangouts Meet experiences for its G Suite subscribers.

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Google’s new corporate conferencing package includes a camera, a Chromebox, a controller, and a speakermic. This kit, which sells for $1,999, was designed for conference rooms of any size.

The camera, from Huddly, crops and zooms based on the number of people in the room. The Chromebox is from ASUS.

 “The new controller provides a modern, intuitive touch-screen interface that allows people to easily join scheduled events from Calendar or view meeting details with a single tap,” writes Katie Roberts-Hoffman, Product Manager for G Suite, in a recent blog. “You can pin and mute team members, as well as control the camera, making managing meetings easy. You can also add participants with the dial-a-phone feature and present from a laptop via HDMI. If you’re a G Suite Enterprise edition customer, you can record the meeting to drive.”

And the speakermic, which leverages Limes Audio technology, removes ambient noise. Limes is the outfit Google bought earlier this year.

The total solution, available only through Google, can be configured in minutes. It allows for remote device monitoring and management by administrators, and can do self diagnosis. And it automatically updates component firmware of all the piece parts.

Fortune reports that this kit is an upgrade to what Google introduced in 2014. And it notes that the solution is in the same realm as Cisco’s Spark Board,

Facebook’s Workplace software, and Microsoft’s Skype for Business.

Edited by Mandi Nowitz