I received a press release today from Krista over at Logitech.
If you've considered video conferencing, this might be a great time to jump in. This setup integrates with Microsoft Lync, Skype for Business, Cisco Jabber, WebEx, and more.
Here's their press release:
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Logitech Transforms the Way Teams Use Video
GROUP Works with Video Conference Apps You Already Use
NEWARK, Calif. — Feb. 8, 2016 — Today
Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) announced a transformation in team
collaboration. LogitechGROUP provides crystal-clear
audio and high-quality HD video conferencing for groups of up to 14
people, or up to 20 with the optional expansion microphones. Logitech GROUP is
affordable and enables organizations to use the same room system configuration
for whichever unified communications, web conferencing or video conferencing
application you already use. The solution deploys in minutes and is simple to
use, allowing any meeting space to be a flexible multi-use video collaboration
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Logitech GROUP, for mid to large
“Until now, people looking to collaborate over
video were faced with a choice between installing high priced purpose-built
systems or crowding around a laptop that’s placed at the end of a table. This
resulted in a poor experience with coworkers packed together like sardines or
falling out of the frame,” said Scott Wharton, general manager of the Logitech
video collaboration group. “Logitech GROUP provides the best of both worlds, an
affordable solution optimized for large rooms with a wide field of view and
crystal clear audio quality. Plus, it works with virtually any UC or video
collaboration software and is so easy to use that you don’t need IT support to
help get your meeting started.”
“Traditional video conferencing systems are no
longer the only option for enterprises. We see an expanding variety of
category-defying solutions using audio video peripherals in the meeting room to
connect to a PC or mobile device,” said Andrew W. Davis, senior partner at
Wainhouse Research. "This fast-growing class of easy-to-use and low-cost
solutions is creating a new market that traditional solutions could never
reach. With its ConferenceCam portfolio, Logitech has a strong leadership position
in this emerging market."
Logitech GROUP, the successor to Logitech’s
popular ConferenceCam CC3000e, has a full-duplex, sleek speakerphone delivering
sound that is crisp, clear, and can be heard by everyone in the meeting. Its
metal case helps improve acoustic performance, and by isolating the microphone
and speaker it provides premium audio quality. The combination of four
omnidirectional microphones, acoustic echo and noise-cancelling technology
delivers conversational realism. Conference participants can converse within a
20-foot diameter around the base, or extend the range to 28-feet with optional
expansion microphones. It can also be used with a Bluetooth® enabled
mobile devices for audio calls.
The 1080p video quality brings full HD video to
conference calls, enabling meeting participants to clearly read expressions,
non-verbal cues and movements. A wide 90-degree field of view and smooth pan
and tilt controls enhance collaboration by making it easy to see everyone in
the room. On-board H.264 with scalable video coding frees up bandwidth by
putting video processing within the camera, resulting in a smoother video
stream. And the 10x lossless HD zoom allows participants to zero in on
close-ups of objects and whiteboard content with outstanding detail and clarity.
GROUP helps businesses
facilitate collaboration between distributed workforces with certified software
applications (Optimized for Microsoft® Lync® 2013, Certified for Skype for
Business, Cisco Jabber® and WebEx® compatible) and enhanced integration with Logitech Collaboration Program members, ensuring a
seamless experience with virtually all video conferencing platforms. GROUP
works with any computing device with a USB connection (PC, MAC® or Chromebook™).
Logitech GROUP can be seen in public for the
first time at ISE 2016, February 9-12, in booth #9-B125.
Logitech GROUP is expected to be available
worldwide in March 2016 at a suggested price of $999, €1199 or £999. The
expansion microphones will be available for $299, €299 or £249. Purchased as a
bundle, GROUP with two expansion microphones will be available in the U.S. for
$1249. For more information, please visit logitech.com or
the Logitech blog.
Logitech designs products that
have an everyday place in people's lives, connecting them to the digital
experiences they care about. Over 30 years ago, Logitech started connecting
people through computers, and now it’s designing products that bring people together
through music, gaming, video and computing. Founded in 1981, Logitech
International is a Swiss public company listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (LOGN)
and on the Nasdaq Global Select Market (LOGI). Find Logitech at http://www.logitech.com, the company blog or @LogitechVC.
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