- Category: June 2014 - Video Marketing
ClearOne, a company that designs, develops and sells conferencing, collaboration, streaming and digital signage solutions for voice and visual communications introduced its new all-in-one COLLABORATE® appliances and new cloud-based Spontania solutions— aimed at businesses that wish to enhance their audio and visual communications capabilities easily and affordably.
The new COLLABORATE Room Pro is an “All-in-One Media Appliance” that-replaces a host of traditional single-purpose products. For the first time, customers can utilize a single appliance, a full-featured cloud service, or both, to fulfill all the media collaboration needs in the conference-room environment such as: videoconferencing, a 9-party MCU, streaming, recording and content creation, presentation, and much more.
"We know that businesses have heavy demands for high-quality audio, video, and multimedia collaboration tools. The problem has been that no single product or cloud solution has fulfilled all of those needs. Businesses were forced to compromise either by doing without or purchasing numerous products at high expense. Now, for the first time, businesses ranging from small, two-person shops to the largest enterprises can easily and affordably deploy and scale video conferencing or any other type of media collaboration," David Moss, ClearOne's Vice President of Media Collaboration Moss commented.
With the introduction of the ClearOne Spontania cloud service users can even join the meeting from PCs, Macs, and any mobile device easily and affordably. Media Collaboration as a Service– ClearOne's Spontania Cloud service - empowers customers to deploy video conferencing, web collaboration, high-quality audio, recording and content creation, and other media collaboration without the heavy burden of expensive equipment. Designed as a carrier-grade solution, it is available in a SaaS (Software as a Service) or a PaaS (Platform as a Service) model directly from ClearOne, utilizing the Spontania Cloud. For businesses hoping to ensure locked-down security in their own data centers, Spontania is also available as virtual software image to create a private cloud.
It also brings together the most unique combination of pro audio with video conferencing by directly integrating with the award-winning ClearOne Beamforming Microphone Array. The Beamforming Microphone Array sets a new standard of world-class conference room audio. Now the best audio is easily combined with the best video to serve all the media needs of the conference or training room.
Besides that, for businesses who desire an on-premise infrastructure solution, ClearOne now provides an “All-In-One Media Infrastructure”– the complete single-unit infrastructure server, COLLABORATE® Control. This all-in-one appliance serves the needs of both SMBs and enterprise at a price less than half that of the competition with a fraction of the complexity. The heavy burdens of adding video collaboration pervasively have always been complexity and cost of expensive infrastructure solutions. This will no longer be true, as the COLLABORATE Control single server includes an H.323 gatekeeper, SIP registrar, license server, directory services, firewall traversal, 24 port MCU, call control, streaming, recording and content creation, and a full management system.
And last but not least, VIEW Pro provides unsurpassed high-profile, 4:4:4 multimedia streaming with lossless compression. Content can be distributed via IP to virtually an unlimited number of displays, and VIEW Pro is compatible with ClearOne's StreamNet® technology for auto discovery and control of all networked StreamNet products.
"We've actually eliminated the need for costly hardware matrix switching and the limitations of cabling with VIEW Pro," said Michael Braithwaite, ClearOne's Sr. Vice President of the Multimedia Streaming Business. "The technology is pushed to the edge of the network. Using TCP/IP to stream multimedia provides enormous benefits over traditional AV streaming and distribution methods. Users have new levels of flexibility, scalability, and performance with the price that makes it a reality."
ClearOne's VIEW product line is truly differentiated in the market by providing a complete AV distribution solution that can scale to any project size, from light commercial to stadium. VIEW AV encoders, decoders, amplifiers, and Ethernet switches provide complete flexibility and scalability of networked audio and video, perfect for corporate communications, hospitality and entertainment, education, telemedicine, houses of worship, digital signage and more.
The included VIEW Virtual Matrix Software displays a simple snapshot of the entire system on a single screen, as well as providing simple source & destination selection and control options in Windows, Android & iOS for StreamNet encoders & decoders. Users have control access from any number of input devices, including wall touch-screens, desktops, laptops, tablets, and other mobile devices.
The performance and simplicity of ClearOne’s advanced comprehensive solutions without doubt offer unprecedented levels of functionality, reliability and scalability.