At Zoomtopia 2023, Crestron announced Zoom certification for its Videobar 70 and intelligent video cameras. In addition, the Rockleigh, N.J.-based provider of workplace collaboration technology introduced a new Zoom Phone Appliance and Scheduling Panel with Zoom Rooms software. The company says that these latest updates are part of its commitment to developing a portfolio for Zoom customers with new options that ease their daily workflows.
Brad Hintze, EVP global marketing at Crestron, says, “With Crestron and Zoom, our shared customers know they can expect a high-quality and reliable collaboration experience throughout their enterprise, and Crestron continues to evolve our native Zoom solutions to add even more offerings.”
Zoomtopia 2023 News: Crestron Videobar 70 Approved by Zoom Team
Crestron’s all-in-one collaboration bar, the Videobar 70, has been approved by the Zoom team as a high-performing audio and video device for the Zoom Rooms software. Built on Android OS, the collaboration bar packs four high-resolution cameras with intelligent video capabilities, enabling speaker tracking, group framing, conversation mode, and beamforming microphones into one front-of-room solution. The Videobar 70 can detect speakers up to a 30-foot distance, making it ideal for medium and large conference rooms. Paired with a Crestron touch screen native to the Zoom Rooms platform, one-touch meeting joins and in-meeting control are a tap away for users.
For rooms that require optical PTZ cameras for presenter tracking and group framing, the AutoTracker and AutoFramer intelligent video cameras are now certified for the Zoom Rooms collaboration platform. Ideal for training rooms and classrooms, the AutoTracker cameras enable presenters to speak and move around naturally. Remote participants will be able to see them within the frame of the presentation area. The AutoFramer camera automatically adjusts the camera to frame all in-room participants
Within this quarter, Crestron says, Zoom will also certify the Hawk, which features dual 12x optical PTZ cameras that seamlessly show the active speaker by automatically matching audio location to the closest detected face.
Zoom Phone Appliance
Crestron’s phone product line now includes a Zoom Phone Appliance optimized for individual desktop use in the office or at home. Available in 8-inch and 10-inch touch screen models, the display provides a dedicated meeting device with a camera and 360-degree audio pickup, allowing users to keep their desktops available for other focused work. With the rise of hot desk stations and permanent remote workers, the Crestron Zoom Phone Appliance offers both populations a companion device to reduce overloading their PC for task-switching and improve their productivity.
Scheduling Panel with Zoom Software
Crestron will now offer a native Zoom Scheduling Panel for a consistent user experience both inside and outside of the room for organizations standardized on the Zoom Rooms platform. Crestron has historically offered certified scheduling solutions for Zoom, but this new product SKU will simplify and streamline the ordering process, the company says.
Another version of this article originally appeared on our sister-site Commercial Integrator on October 3, 2023. It has since been updated for My TechDecisions’ audience.
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