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Yamaha UC Releases Holiday Gift Guide for Remote Workers and Learners
Yamaha Unified Communications has compiled a list of gift ideas for remote workers and virtual learners to help create a more comfortable and productive workspace from home. The gift guide includes unique and affordable ideas, including Yamaha's YVC-200 speakerphone for pristine conferencing audio. "This year, so many people are in unique situations when it comes to work or school," said Meghan Kennelly, Yamaha UC's director of global marketing and communications. "Our list gives some practical, yet thoughtful and fun gift ideas that will serve the recipient for years to come." The official list includes 12 gift ideas all under $200 that are available from a variety of companies, from gifts that enhance the workspace, to those that maximize comfort and efficiency, to those that encourage relaxation and fun. Ideal for remote conferencing, the YVC-200 portable speakerphone was specifically designed to provide superior audio when conducting calls from a laptop or smart device. High-quality audio is critical for productive meetings and classes. However, laptop audio is known to deliver a poor audio experience. Over time it can cause audio fatigue, misunderstandings, and a frustrating experience overall. The YVC-200 personal speakerphone easily connects to a laptop via USB cable or a device via Bluetooth®/NFC. Available in black or white, it features a portable, low-profile design and a 10-hour talk time, allowing users to take their most important conversations and classes anywhere.
Yamaha ADECIA Ceiling Audio Solution Now Available for Preorder
Yamaha Unified Communications is now taking preorders for its new ADECIA, a family of communication products designed to work together seamlessly to provide a complete and customizable audio solution for any enterprise or meeting space. Comprising the brand-new multi-beamforming RM-CG ceiling microphone and RM-CR audio processor, as well as Yamaha's long-trusted PoE switches and VXL Series line array speakers, the comprehensive solution will ship in Q1 2021. "Superior, dynamic audio quality and touchless technology is a must have in today's meeting-intensive environment, but it can be difficult to balance quality and the time and costs involved to design, install, and set up an audio system for large conference rooms and boardrooms," said Michael Fitch, vice president of sales and marketing. "ADECIA checks all the boxes for users, designers, programmers, and integrators. As organizations look ahead to the new year, they can welcome employees back to the office with a new product engineered to overcome all the challenges to a successful meeting experience." ADECIA enables organizations to overcome implementation, configuration, and room acoustic challenges by providing all the equipment required for a successful installation with the highest audio quality. Every component of the system, from the microphones to speakers as well as the required networking and communication equipment, automatically integrates thus reducing time, costs, and installation complexities. The complete solution immediately detects all components of the system and configures them to be optimized for the room environment, accounting for the location of speakers and microphones, reverberation, and echo behavior. Setting up a room is done through the system's configurator in four effortless steps. With USB, Bluetooth®, Dante, and analog connections, this flexible system can fit a variety of enterprise or meeting spaces.
Portland Barber Shop Enhances Services With Glory Star TAURI Temperature Check Tablet
Glory Star, the leading provider and manufacturer of commercial-grade tablet solutions, is helping barber shops and salons welcome back clients with worry-free, noninvasive temperature scans. Using the patent-pending TAURI Temperature Check Tablet, Northwest Barber Association in Portland, Oregon, eliminated anxiety-inducing temperature guns and uniquely enhanced its safety protocols with the intelligent, contactless self-service solution. "Like many small businesses, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we've had to rely on a temperature gun to scan our clients," said Cory Lee, barber and co-owner of Northwest Barber Association. "However, we have a lot of customers who have mental health conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder. Using a temperature gun raised their anxiety level. We're in the business of self-care and helping people feel good about themselves. With TAURI, we're able to provide a safe, comfortable experience without interrupting the flow of business." Prior to installing the TAURI, when a patron walked into Northwest Barber Association, staff had to interrupt service to a client already in a chair, disinfect their hands and the temperature gun, and check the temperature of the new arrival. Now, guests simply walk up to the screen and it immediately scans their temperature, completely contact free. TAURI features a professional, high-quality infrared sensor that immediately detects and issues an alert when a person is running a temperature and, therefore, should leave the premises. The system has different chimes and messages depending upon the person's temperature. If a fever is detected, owners can customize the message according to their response plan. For example, it might read "Please wait for one of our barbers or service providers." TAURI combines a best-in-class sensor and body heat algorithm for fast temperature accuracy with a tolerance of +/- 0.5 degrees Fahrenheit (+/- 0.3 degrees Celsius) and a refresh rate of 64Hz. Based on a vast amount of biological and environmental factors that can impact temperature data, the system's self-calibration feature automatically attunes to the environment of the room. Guests are scanned in three seconds and from up to 3 feet away, providing an efficient process. TAURI is available in 7-inch, 10.5-inch, 15.6-inch, and 21.5-inch models and can be deployed anywhere using Glory Star's VESA standard wall mounts, desktop mounts, or floor stands, which are available as options. Each tablet is embedded with the TAURI Application, which immediately launches upon start-up. Northwest Barber Association was able to set it up in minutes using the clear and simple interactive user interface. It also has intelligent features, such as face detection and optional face recognition. The company's team of engineers continuously writes free firmware over-the-air updates, which add new tools to address arising concerns and recommendations. To provide greater ROI, TAURI is also designed as both an immediate and long-term communications tool. When not being used to scan customers, it doubles as a contact-free, affordable digital signage screen. Businesses can run their own advertising or feature their products and services. "Barber shops and hair salons are in a unique position to help customers feel safe in resuming their self-care regimen," said Cindy Cheung, chief commercial officer of Glory Star. "Northwest Barber Association is a great example of how community businesses can reopen while keeping physical health, safety, and mental health in mind."
RTI VXP-82 All-in-One Presentation System Now Shipping
RTI today announced that it is now shipping the new VXP-82 All-in-One Control Processor and Presentation Switcher, a single-box presentation solution for conference rooms, meeting spaces, classrooms, and lecture halls. The all-in-one device combines an 8x2 multi-format video switcher with an RTI control processor, achieving exceptional performance while simplifying installation. The VXP-82 handles video signals from up to eight sources and enables presentations on two monitors or in two rooms simultaneously, making it ideal for BYOD settings and social distancing office configurations in the COVID-19 world. "The VXP-82 is designed for integrators to quickly deliver a common installation configuration in boardrooms, lecture halls, classrooms, and conference rooms," said Neal Ellsworth, RTI Director of Product Management, AV. "The combined control processor and 8x2 switcher reduces cabling, plus its preprogrammed APEX file significantly reduces on-site configuration, minimizing setup time in the customer's facility." With its built-in video switching, 4K downscaling, audio mixing, HDBaseT extension, and a control processor in a single 2RU rack-mountable chassis, the VXP-82 provides exceptional value for integrators and their clients. With the new presentation system, meeting presenters simply plug in a laptop or other source, which can then launch preset adjustments to the room's lighting, HVAC, external audio amplification, video conferencing, and more. Its easy interface makes it simple for users to route sources and outputs without relying on the IT department. The VXP-82's two microphone inputs are ideal for large spaces and those with partitions. KVM control over USB allows for multiple presentation control options using USB keyboards and mice in different areas of the same room or a secondary room. Existing in-room USB web conferencing cameras and speakers can be connected and switched, as well as traditional analog or digital audio and video sources such as laptops, media servers and streamers, DVD players, and microphones. "Ultimately, we're making the presentation space more intuitive by combining control and video switching in a single unit," concluded Ellsworth. "From the boardroom to the lecture hall, the VXP-82 allows integrators to elevate the experience while minimizing the installation time." To extend the reach of the VXP-82 Presentation Switcher & Control Processor, RTI has also introduced the VXP-T (transmitter) and VXP-R (receiver). These two new units extend high-resolution video, audio, Ethernet, control, and KVM signals over long distances up to 492 feet (150 meters) via a single Cat5e/Cat6 cable.
Chili-shaped device could reveal just how hot that pepper is
Some people love spicy food –– the hotter, the better. Others go out of their way to avoid the palate-singeing burn of capsaicin, the compound that gives chili peppers their kick. Now, researchers have developed a portable device (whimsically shaped like a chili pepper) that can reveal how much capsaicin a pepper contains, before biting into it. They report their results in ACS Applied Nano Materials. Chili peppers are a popular food ingredient around the world. In addition to imparting a spicy flavor, the capsaicin in chili peppers has several health benefits, including anti-oxidative, anti-carcinogenic and anti-inflammatory activities. Therefore, the demand for capsaicin as a food additive and pharmaceutical agent is growing. Warakorn Limbut and colleagues wanted to develop a simple, accurate and cheap method to quantify the capsaicin content of chili peppers and food samples. Other methods that have been developed for this purpose are complicated, time-consuming or require expensive, bulky instrumentation. The researchers made a portable device shaped like a small chili pepper that could be connected to a smartphone to display the results of the analysis. The paper-based electrochemical sensor within the device consisted of graphene nanoplatelets doped with nitrogen atoms to improve their electrical conductivity. When the team added a drop of diluted capsaicin to the sensor, the compound underwent oxidation and reduction reactions, producing an electrical current that the device detected. After optimizing the sensor, the researchers used it to determine capsaicin concentrations in six dried chili samples. They added the chilies to an ethanol-containing solution, shook it up and then introduced a drop of the sample. The device accurately measured capsaicin concentrations from 7.5-90 μM in the six samples, and could detect down to 0.37 μM in the diluted samples.
Yamaha YVC-330 Speakerphone Certified by Zoom
Yamaha Unified Communications has announced that its YVC-330 portable USB and Bluetooth® speakerphone is certified by Zoom Video Communications Inc. for use with Zoom. The certification verifies that the YVC-330 is interoperable with Zoom, making it seamless for users to connect and control audio directly from the Zoom interface while benefiting from crystal-clear, natural conversations. "These days, everyone is spending more time on Zoom conference calls, and it's important that users feel supported and be productive," said Michelle Baeza, Director of Strategic Partnerships for Yamaha UC. "The YVC-330 allows users to conduct calls in places they normally wouldn't have been able to, which is especially important during this time, while benefiting from a simple Zoom experience." The YVC-330 features various expandability and connectivity to fit any Zoom collaboration situation with USB, Bluetooth, NFC, and audio in/out connections. Its portable design makes it the ideal communications solution for setting up high-quality calls from any area or workspace. The YVC-330 virtual meeting solution features SoundCap technology, Yamaha's innovation that converts background noise prevalent in open workspaces into a signal that makes the meeting sound as good as being in a quiet conference room. The device also features an automatic mute function, which engages when participants are not speaking. This self-silencing feature enhances the performance of Yamaha's Human Voice Activity Detection technology, which instantly distinguishes human voices from other sounds. In addition, the SoundCap technology offers an auto-speaker volume adjustment, which regulates the volume to ambient noise levels and is suited for maintaining speech privacy. With the self-volume balancer function, remote conferences can be conducted seamlessly without being intrusive to those in the vicinity. "I've been using the Yamaha YVC-330 conference phone for the past six months now. It has great sound quality on the far and near end, and it works seamlessly with Zoom," said Dave Lewis, Channel Account Manager at Zoom. "It was extremely easy to install, and I love the large control buttons on the front of the device as well as the modern design. There's no need to use a headset anymore. It gives me a ton of flexibility around my workspace. I highly recommend the Yamaha YVC-330 to my partners, colleagues, and end customers."
Huddly makes smart cameras for new Google Meet Series One room kits from Lenovo
Two smart cameras made by Huddly are going to feature in the Google Meet Series One room kits, a new generation of meeting room devices announced by Google Cloud and Lenovo. With cameras for large, medium, and small room kits, and Power over Ethernet technology, the kits can be tailored to fit all of your rooms. TJ Varghese, Group Product Manager at Google, comments: “For the Series One, we wanted cameras that help us enable immersive, lifelike experiences and are able to capture high-fidelity images of all participants in any scenario, including large rooms. We worked with Huddly to build these Smart Cameras, which deliver this in the elegant Series One design that has no moving parts and blends into any office.” Stein Ove Eriksen, Huddly CEO and Co-founder, adds: “This is an exciting next step in our longstanding partnership with Google Cloud, building upon our previous successful collaborations on the previous Google Meet kit with Asus and the IQ mounts for Jamboard. The Series One room kits provide the kind of inclusive user experience that is at the heart of everything we do here at Huddly, and we are excited to work with Google Cloud and Lenovo to bring these high-quality video experiences to everyone.” The Series One Smart Camera XL for large meeting rooms, and the Series One Smart Camera for small and medium rooms are two new cameras which are both made by Huddly. Both cameras use Power over Ethernet technology to make setup easy and flexible, with no limits in regards to the distance or cable length. With the Series One Smart Camera XL, Huddly's advanced software enables a high-quality video experience in large rooms. Thanks to a large one-inch sensor, the camera can cover large boardrooms and capture everybody in high quality, including the people on the far end of the room. Its fixed lens enables it to always see the entire room, detect and frame participants, and capture movement and facial expressions as they happen. With beautifully designed, easy-to-install devices that blend into office environments, the Series One Google Meet hardware kits in partnership with Lenovo put people first by making sure they can do what they do best without having to worry about adjusting the camera, muting to type, or crinkling a snack while someone else is talking. It’s the next best thing to actually being in the same room.
Yamaha CS-700 Video Sound Bar Now Available With Promethean Collaboration Tool
Yamaha Unified Communications is partnering with Promethean Interactive Displays and DisplayNote to outfit conference rooms with a three-for-one enterprise-grade plug-and-play collaboration tool. Exclusively available from Promethean, the display system simplifies meetings, making them more productive than ever before. It provides conference and collaboration spaces with high-quality, professional audio, video, and meeting room software. Featuring Yamaha's award-winning CS-700 all-in-one Video Sound Bar, Promethean's ActivPanel™ Titanium Pro, and DisplayNote Launcher application, the solution is fast and simple to deploy, set up, and operate. "Think of this system as your next enhanced collaboration solution, bringing together three of the industry's leaders in interactivity and superior communication," said Michelle Baeza director strategic partnerships, Yamaha Unified Communications, Inc. "Our solution is affordable, easy to deploy and operate, providing organizations with everything they need to launch a collaborative meeting with one touch." Engineered from the ground up leveraging Yamaha's years of audio and UCC expertise, the CS-700 Video Sound Bar integrates an adaptive beamforming microphone array for perfectly captured conversation; four Yamaha speaker elements to provide the highest degree of audio intelligibility; and a wide-angle HD camera that captures guests and the room in clear detail. The solution eliminates the inherent inefficiencies of operating disparate video and audio during calls and the eye sore of cables snaked around the room. The collaboration solution is available with a 65+-inch, 75-inch, or 85-inch Promethean ActivPanel Titanium Pro 4K interactive display. The display delivers the latest in touchscreen collaboration and uses fast and accurate Vellum™ Writing Technology for an intuitive, collaborative writing experience. The included DisplayNote Launcher software allows meeting participants to launch meetings using the most popular video conferencing platforms — including Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Cisco WebEx, and Google Meet — with one touch or using the Launcher mobile app from their mobile device. Users can easily sign in using their iOS or Android device to access Office365 calendars, and OneDrive files the display. The one-touch three-in-one tool also integrates with any existing IT stack for reliable and secure remote management. Westchester County Police Department in White Plains, New York, recently selected and successfully deployed the 3-for-1 system. "This solution not only met all the criteria we were looking for, but was the best value," said Lieutenant Michael Cindrich, Westchester County Police Department. "Now we can remotely collaborate with other government officials and conduct video interviews without the need to be in the same room. It will change how our department operates for the better."
Glory Star Helps Businesses Safely Reopen With Contactless TAURI Temperature Check Tablet
Glory Star, the leading provider and manufacturer for commercial-grade tablet solutions, is helping businesses and organizations safely reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic with its popular self-service solution, the patent-pending TAURI Temperature Check Tablet. Designed to screen people noninvasively when entering healthcare, manufacturing or government facilities, hotels, restaurants, conference centers, retail stores, schools, and gyms, TAURI is a touch-free, highly accurate, quick, and private temperature check and messaging system in one tablet. "In response to COVID-19, businesses and organizations are grappling with choosing temperature check products that don't induce anxiety or put people at greater risk of exposure," said Cindy Cheung, chief operating officer of Glory Star. "The idea for TAURI came to us after going out to eat and realizing how threatening gun-style readers are when they're aimed at you. They also require extremely close contact with the operator. Because people are accustomed to tablets in their daily lives, TAURI makes temperature screening a more positive, calm, and familiar experience. Patrons only have to stand in front of it momentarily to have their temperature taken. It's more welcoming and doesn't require additional staff to operate it." Glory Star's TAURI Temperature Check Tablet was built leveraging the same expertise and technology the company uses in its successful self-service tablet-based NEBULA Total Kiosks Series. TAURI ensures customers, employees, and guests who need access into a facility can be swiftly and safely scanned. It features a professional, high-quality infrared sensor that immediately detects and issues a customizable alert when a person is running a high temperature, and therefore should not enter the premises. To ensure a positive, anxiety-free experience, the system's result message can be customized. For example, if a high temperature is detected, the tablet can display a message such as, "Please step aside for a customer service agent to assist you." The tablets are also equipped with an HDMI output, allowing results to be mirrored on a second screen, such as one located behind a reception or security desk. Both features keep health data private and secure. TAURI is available in 7-inch, 10.5-inch, 15.6-inch, and 21.5-inch models and can be deployed anywhere using Glory Star's VESA standard wall mounts, desktop mounts, or floor stands, which are also available as options. Each tablet is embedded with the TAURI Application, which immediately launches upon start-up and doesn't require operators to sift through menus or additional applications. Initial setup and calibration take only seven minutes using the clear and simple interactive user interface. Glory Star's mission is to respond to customers' needs with new solutions in unprecedented times. To solve evolving concerns for businesses as they reopen and return to normal operations, the company's team of engineers continuously writes free firmware over-the-air updates, which add new tools to address arising concerns and recommendations. TAURI combines a best-in-class sensor and body heat algorithm for fast temperature accuracy with a tolerance of +/- 0.5 degrees Fahrenheit (+/- 0.3 degrees Celsius) and a refresh rate of 64Hz. Based on a vast amount of biological and environmental factors that can impact temperature data, the system's self-calibration feature automatically attunes to the environment of the room. Guests are scanned in three seconds and from up to three feet away, providing an efficient process. The tablet also includes face detection and optional face recognition. Face detection differentiates a human face from other objects. Companies also can activate facial recognition capabilities, which detect if a person is not protected with a face mask and issue a reminder. It can also take a picture of the people with a high temperature reading and send an email notification to select personnel. The open-based API is also designed for greater system integration. The data collected from TAURI devices can be sent to a designated server. In addition, the device can be connected to control door access via USB relay. TAURI is designed as both an immediate and long-term communications tool. It can share personalized messages or act as signage. When the organization no longer needs to scan temperatures, that feature can be deactivated while the message feature can continue to be an integral component for welcoming guests into the building or for advertising. The result is greater long-term ROI.
Innovation uses ‘stethoscope’ to monitor machine quality, functionality
Researchers at Purdue University have developed a system for efficient, low-cost monitoring for machine health, including overall quality, condition and operation status. The Purdue team’s innovation uses audio-based artificial intelligence technology to monitor the overall conditions of machines in factories, hospitals and other locations. The Purdue system uses a stethoscope-like system as a sensor and analyzes the data with a neural network-based framework. “Our solution is to use the concept of doctors listening to a body to assess the initial condition or experts listening to the machine sounds to know what is going on,” said Martin Jun, a Purdue innovator and associate professor of mechanical engineering. “We are using artificial intelligence to train a wide range of sounds from the machine and determine many things about the machine or process autonomously.” Jun said this system can detect anomalies without being fed a training set and is easier and more cost-effective than accelerometers or acoustic emission sensors. The Purdue technology is designed to use internal sounds from a machine to determine the machine status, assess process conditions, diagnose machine condition and predict machine failures. “Since only sound is used, it can be used for a number of different applications,” Jun said. “Having one low-cost sensor for many different purposes can address the current challenges in the area where most of the solutions are quite customized to specific problems.” Maijker Corp., a startup created to commercialize technologies involving sensors and artificial intelligence.
New Line of HD Webcams Launched, Geared to Work at Home Market at a Low Price
Ausdom introduced today a new line of HD Webcams, essential gear for the work at home market at a low price -- perfect for Zoom video conferencing, Skype recording, remote education, live streaming, gaming, and Youtube videos, as well as contacting friends and family while social distancing. Ausdom goes far beyond standard laptop webcams, so you can look and sound your best while working at home, with sharp, smooth video, automatic lowlight correction, and clear noise-canceling audio for smooth communications, no matter what’s going on at home. Best HD Webcams for Video Conferencing, Remote Education, Online Courses, Live Streaming, Gaming, & Online Chat Affordably priced from $79.99-$99.99 SRP, the Ausdom webcam line includes the AW615, AW635, and AF640 webcams that provide amazing widescreen picture quality with HD 1920 x 1080P video, Noise Canceling audio and Plug and Play ease. The widescreen full HD video webcams have a full HD glass lens and 2.0 aperture to provide HD quality widescreen video calls. Clear Video in Dim Light with Automatic Low-Light Correct Technology & Clear Sound with Omni-Directional Mic The Ausdom webcams record clear videos, even in dim light, with Automatic Low-Light Correct Technology that instantly reacts to low-light conditions to create a bright image for a better looking video presentation – key for YouTube and Zoom videos without dark shadows. The webcam’s high pixel count CMOS sensor also ensures high definition with a stable performance. The built-In noise reduction omni-directional mic captures sounds and automatically filters out external background noise for clear sound in noisy environments. Easy to Set Up - Plug and Play Just plug the Ausdom webcam in your PC or Mac desktop or laptop, or Smart TV box via the USB port to instantly make video calls with friends, family, and co-workers or live broadcast anytime. The webcams support streaming video on OBS, Zoom, Skype, Facebook, YouTube, XSplit, Mixer, Twitter, and other social gaming and media platforms, including Google Hangouts, Amazon Chime, and FaceTime, etc.; and are compatible with Windows, Mac OS, Chrome OS, and Android. The Ausdom Webcam product line includes: • Ausdom AF640 Widescreen Webcam: the sleekest Ausdom webcam - available immediately, priced at $99.99 • Ausdom AW615 Widescreen Webcam: available immediately, priced at $79.99 • AW635 Widescreen Webcam: available immediately, priced at $79.99
HID Global Collaborates with Fidesmo to Expand the Use of Wearables for Access Control and a Wide Range of New Applications
HID Global, a worldwide leader in trusted identity solutions, today announced a collaboration with Fidesmo, a provisioning company that makes it possible to connect contactless services to wearables. Fidesmo has integrated HID’s next generation Seos® credential technology into secure element chips that are used in a wide variety of wearables. “As wearables grow in popularity, organizations of all types will be confronted with the need to support new form factors for physical access and other popular applications,” said Steve Currie, VP and Managing Director of Extended Access Technologies with HID Global. “Working with Fidesmo to bring more use cases to wearables delivers on the promise of Seos credential technology to provide users the freedom to use their preferred device, whether it’s a phone, card or wearable, to easily navigate their daily life.” Because Seos credential technology is designed for flexibility, Fidesmo can load the Seos applet into the tamper-resistant secure elements (SE) produced by the most prominent chipmakers in the world. This will enable wearables manufacturers using the broadest range of SE chips to add building and parking access as well as complimentary applications to their smart watches, watchbands, rings and other devices. Authentication to PCs, IT systems and cloud applications, secure print job collection, time and attendance, point of sale, and automated cashless vending, are some of the numerous additional applications supported by Seos credential technology. “The Fidesmo team is honored to join HID’s partner network and looking forward to our mutual journey as we provision HID’s secure access credentials over our platform,” said Mattias Eld, CEO, Co-Founder of Fidesmo. “Working with HID we are forwarding our vision to enable people to choose their favorite wearable and connect and use it with any contactless service they need – anytime, anywhere.” The partnership makes it possible for employees to use their personal wearable device to add the access control service, and companies can also order a number of wearables for their dedicated use, in special areas or even adding more services to them, like payment or their employees' public transit job ticket. Fidesmo’s integration process allows wearables manufacturers to add contactless services to the tamper-resistant secure element in their devices. This also makes it possible for contactless service providers to distribute their services to many devices without the need for hardware. For wearables users, no pre-configuration is needed. They simply connect to the services and applications that have been provisioned to their wearable, easily and securely. Adding access control capabilities to wearables also addresses environmental constraints, such as a clean room with specific gear and uniforms that preclude using smart cards and/or biometric identification—making it ideal for pharmaceutical production environments, as well as operations rooms, mining, car and food production, and anywhere where sanitization compliance is a priority.
Zoom Certifies Yamaha UC CS-700 Video Sound Bar
Yamaha Unified Communications today announced that its CS-700 Video Sound Bar is certified for use with Zoom Video Communications, Inc., Zoom Rooms. The all-in-one video conferencing system passed Zoom's extensive testing process, ensuring the audio, camera, and USB interface seamlessly integrates with the video conferencing software. The certification verifies that the CS-700 is interoperable with Zoom, making it even easier for users to connect and control the Video Sound Bar while benefitting from the highest quality audio and video. "With Yamaha's exceptional audio and video technology and expertise, the CS-700 will help us transform any huddle space or meeting room into a modern, easy-to-use, and powerful collaborative workspace to our customers' Zoom Rooms experience," said Eric Yu, Hardware Partnership Manager, Zoom. Designed for huddle rooms, the Yamaha CS-700 Video Sound Collaboration System delivers the highest quality audio, video, and collaboration capabilities in a simple and smart wall-mounted unit that is easy to install and deploy. It features an adaptive beamforming microphone array for perfectly captured conversation; four Yamaha speaker elements to provide the highest degree of audio intelligibility; and a wide-angle HD camera for the far-end participants to see everyone in clear detail. Users can quickly connect to any UC platform, including Zoom, via a single USB, eliminating the frustrations and inefficiencies of operating disparate video, audio, and collaboration components. With Zoom certification, the software automatically detects the CS-700, enabling mute sync and optimizing the audio in the Zoom cloud. The CS-700's integrated network management system allows IT staff to deploy and remotely manage each unit from one location, increasing service response and efficiency. Along with the certification, Yamaha is releasing new firmware (version 1.4) for the CS-700, allowing all existing devices to upgrade to the new version with audio and video quality enhancement, and usability improvements. The update will also provide Bluetooth connection, mute sync, and in-app optimizations for more comfortable and intuitive huddle room collaboration.
Barstool Sports Forms Unique Technology and Marketing Partnership With Yamaha UC
Yamaha Unified Communications has announced a partnership with Barstool Sports, an influential sports and lifestyle multimedia company, to deploy its broad portfolio of conferencing solutions in the media company's new headquarters in New York. Yamaha UC is also sponsoring Barstool's podcasts and videos, targeting the company's millions of monthly subscribers, which include end-users as well as IT and AV professionals who may benefit from superior quality meetings within their own organizations. With this strategic partnership, Yamaha UC aims to bring greater awareness of how its solutions transform the meeting experience into a clear, natural, and user- and IT-friendly event. "We have people not only in the office but also out in the field," said Pete Overmyer, head of media technology and production at Barstool. "It's vital that we are able to quickly and easily communicate with them, whether that's in meetings at headquarters or on a sales call taken on the road. Yamaha UC's commitment to quality and its support reflects the same values of the Barstool brand." Yamaha UC provided the company with a customized conference package to address a variety of meeting spaces. The sales team was provided with YVC-200 portable USB + Bluetooth® personal speakerphones. The portable, yet professional, conference phone delivers high-performance audio anywhere. User-friendly, the phone allows sales members to simply pair it with their laptop or mobile device via USB or Bluetooth to hear and a be heard clearly. Yamaha UC's Revolabs FLX UC 1000/1500 USB and VoIP conference phones were installed in 10 private call rooms and four conference rooms in the new facility, meeting Barstool's criteria for simple, effective, and clear communication and collaboration. In addition, two CS-700 Video Sound Collaboration Bars were installed, providing a powerful combination of industry-leading audio and video conferencing technology integrated into one user-friendly and easy-to-deploy system. In addition, Barstool is currently testing Yamaha UC's latest UC solutions, the SIP CS-700 Video Sound Bar and the ESB-1080 Enterprise Sound Bar and Collaboration Kit. The SIP model of the CS-700 integrates PBX and UC applications, allowing Barstool to bridge telephone calls and web conferences while achieving the same high-quality audio from all communication channels from one easy-to-use system. The Yamaha Collaboration Kit bundles the ESB-1080 Enterprise Sound Bar with an AI wide-angle USB camera from Huddly, a leading manufacturer of award-winning, AI-powered conference cameras. "Barstool's audience is made up of commercial AV users who are wrestling with evolving workplace and technology meeting expectations," said Michael Fitch, vice president of global sales and marketing at Yamaha Unified Communications. "By partnering with the company, we can reach those users and educate them on the benefits of UC technology that delivers intuitive and superior quality meetings. The deployment at Barstool's headquarters is the perfect use case for them to learn more."
Telent and Tait Communications Enable Improved Firefighter Safety on the Ground for East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service
Tait Communications has been chosen by East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service (ESFRS) to provide a new safety critical fireground communications solution, improving firefighter safety. The equipment will be supplied and installed by telent, its long-term IT partner and a specialist in the effective operation of the UK’s critical national infrastructure. Fireground radios provide a vital safety critical communication tool for local communications between firefighters and on-scene incident commanders. They are used by firefighters in breathing apparatus when operating hoses, scaling ladders and entering buildings. ESFRS’ current radios are aging and require urgent replacement. The solution, developed by operational teams at ESFRS working with Tait Communications, in collaboration with telent, overcomes these challenges by providing better compatibility with firefighters’ breathing apparatus for improved voice and audio performance in digital mode. In addition, new audio accessories with large buttons are incorporated for easier use when wearing protective gloves and an enhanced digital communications range allows multiple radios to be used together over both long and short distances. When the “Push To Talk” button is pressed on the digital radio, it sounds an alert tone indicating to the firefighter to start talking, increasing usability and user confidence especially for breathing apparatus wearers in zero visibility, high stress conditions. Following successful simulated incident trials, telent will supply 350 Tait handheld digital radios to ESFRS. These will be a mix of ATEX units for use by firefighters and non-ATEX units for use by incident commanders, with both units sharing a common battery. Ongoing support and maintenance of the radios will be provided by telent. “Crucially, this solution will enhance communications between firefighters on the ground, providing them with better protection and ensuring they can carry out their vital work safely,” said Richard Fowler, Assistant Director, Operational Support and Resilience, at ESFRS. “As the radio was designed specifically to meet the requirements of our fire service, it targets the key areas that needed to be addressed to improve our operational capabilities.” The solution runs on pre-defined operational channels and uses a 4-Watt ATEX radio transmitter, a four-fold increase over typical analogue devices, providing increased operational range. It has been developed to work with Dräger breathing apparatus, retaining the benefits of the Lung Demand Valve (LDV) noise suppression, while optimising the clarity and volume of speech on the digital channels. With the radios able to operate in close proximity, each firefighter may be issued with a radio, eliminating the need for sharing radios at an incident, providing a major safety benefit. To further enhance the coverage range, telent will provide ESFRS with portable repeaters that can be deployed – for example, in a high-rise building – enabling coverage throughout the incident area on demand. Further digital communication options are available to link the fireground radio solution to the Incident Command Unit using the Tait Unified Vehicle solution which integrates fireground radio with 4G/LTE, including Wi-Fi connectivity and Bluetooth for hands-free voice operation. It will enhance Incident Command Unit (ICU) operators’ freedom, enabling them to move about and increase productivity and efficiency, with the added benefit of voice recording of radio communications on the channel. Barry Zielinski, Operations & Services Director at telent, said: “We are delighted to expand and continue our work with ESFRS. Providing safety critical solutions as a trusted IT partner to the emergency services sector is a key focus for telent and we’re proud to be able to deliver communication services to support fire and rescue services across the country as they carry out their crucial work.” “Tait is committed to providing enhanced safety critical radio communications products and solutions to vertical markets including fire and emergency response,” said Andrew Gill, Managing Director EMEA at Tait Communications. “Along with ESFRS and our long-term partner, telent, we have developed an easy-to-use, high-capability solution that is suited for the intensity of fire and rescue situations. We look forward to continuing our work developing and delivering mission-critical products and services to the sector.”
Capture One Update Brings First Fujifilm X-T4 Support
Capture One, the leading name in photo editing software, celebrates the release of Capture One version 20.0.3 which sees the company offer the first official support to the Fujifilm X-T4 – plus support for additional new cameras and lenses from other brands. Since 2018, Capture One and Fujifilm have enjoyed a unique collaborative relationship; working together to further develop the software, and to enable Fujifilm users to get the most out of the X-Trans sensors. This service release also includes bug fixes for Capture One 20. Capture One offers Fujifilm photographers a suite of tools unmatched by other photo editing software, including the ability to utilize Fujifilm’s critically acclaimed and globally beloved Film Simulations such as Acros, Provia, and Classic Chrome. With Capture One, these Film Simulations are not restricted to JPEGs, but can be used with RAW files, allowing for the most powerful and flexible image processing ability, and one that is distinctly Fujifilm. The collaboration also allows Capture One and Fujifilm to support the photographic community by providing full tailored support to Fujifilm’s newest cameras upon launch. From the moment it is released, X-T4 owners can rely on Capture One 20’s industry-leading image quality, tethering, and precise lens correction. Unlike other RAW processors, Capture One’s camera profiles are individually measured, a process that requires the use of the camera in and out of the controlled lab in Copenhagen, where a team of specialists engage the camera in numerous different scenarios. The team then evaluates performance parameters such as color, sharpness, and noise across hundreds of images and uses that data and experience to provide a truly tailored profile, ultimately providing the best post-processing experience possible, and one that is distinctly Fujifilm. New camera and lens support New camera support: o Fujifilm X-T4 o Fujifilm X-T4 o Fujifilm X100V o Nikon D780 o Nikon D3500 o Canon EOS M100 o Canon EOS M200 o Olympus TG-6 New lens support: o Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GM (SEL24F14GM) o Sony FE 600mm F4 GM OSS (SEL600F40GM) + 1.4X Teleconverter (SEL14TC) o Sony FE 600mm F4 GM OSS (SEL600F40GM) + 2X Teleconverter (SEL20TC) o Nikon AF NIKKOR 24mm f/2.8D o Nikon AF-S DX Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G o Pentax D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6 ED DC AW
Idemitsu Kosan and Toray Create TADF and Red Fluorescent OLED Device Delivering World’s Best Luminous Efficiency and Lifetime
Tokyo, Japan, November 25, 2019 – Idemitsu Kosan Co.,Ltd., and Toray Industries, Inc., announced today that they have jointly developed an organic electroluminescent (EL) device offering the world’s highest luminous efficiency, with a near practical range of 46 cd/A. The new device employs thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF, see note 1) and red fluorescent materials. This new technology could help reduce the costs and energy consumption of organic EL displays while enabling wide color gamuts. It is the result of combining Idemitsu Kosan’s development of TADF material, offering an exceptional luminous efficiency and lifespan, and Toray’s development of new red fluorescent material with a narrower emission spectrum (see note 2) compared to conventional counterparts, which provides high color purity. Organic EL displays comprise red, green, and blue light-emitting components. The devices emitting red light mainly employ phosphorescent materials. These materials can convert 100% of electricity to light and enhance luminous efficiency. The downside is that they are expensive because they incorporate rare metals and suffer from low color purity due to wide emission spectra. Those drawbacks have spurred interest in TADF materials in recent years. Technologies employing TADF materials can convert all power to light, as do phosphorescent ones. Another advantage is that they can attain high color purity when used in combination with fluorescent materials, which have narrow emission spectra. TADF materials also are free of rare metals, so they can help to reduce costs. Both companies concluded a technical alliance for organic EL materials on September 26, 2017. They have since collaborated in developing new materials by drawing on each other’s organic EL materials, technologies and expertise. The red organic EL device employing TADF materials that the companies developed together attains the same results as mainstream red phosphorescent devices and represents significant progress towards a swiftly materializing new technology. The two companies plan to drive forward to secure adoption of their materials and technologies in mobile and television applications. Idemitsu Kosan and Toray plan to present the results of their work on the new device during the 26th International Display Workshops at the Sapporo Convention Center on November 27.