Collaboration solutions provider Poly continues to lean into its portfolio of hybrid work solutions with a trio of products designed to deliver professional-grade collaboration experiences for distributed employees, including the Studio R30 Video Bar, new smart video bar for small meeting rooms.
The Poly Studio R30 is a USB video bar designed for smaller meeting spaces that features Poly DirectorAI technology for accurate group and speaker framing to ensure all in-room participants are seen and heard equally.
The Studio R30 is part of Poly’s expanded lineup of devices for Microsoft Teams Rooms on Windows via the Poly Studio R30 Small Room Kit, and is also certified by Zoom. Microsoft Teams certification will come by June 2022, the company says. However, the R30 works with any cloud-based video provider of the user’s choice.
The Studio R30 video bar, an evolution of the company’s P15 video bar for personal use, includes a 4K camera with a 120-degree field of view. In addition to intelligence speaker tracking and group framing technologies via Poly Director AI, the device features Poly’s NoseBlock AI and Acoustic Fence to block out unwanted background noise.
For easy IT management, the Studio R30 is Wi-Fi capable, and end users can personalize the settings for the specific workspace.
The Poly Studio R30 video bar is available now at the company’s website and select resellers worldwide, starting at $799 USD. The Poly Studio R30 Small Room Kit for Microsoft Teams Rooms is now available for purchase on the website and with select resellers worldwide, starting at $2,099 USD.
Beau Wilder, senior vice president and general manager of video collaboration at Poly, said during a recent event unveiling the company’s new Poly Experience Center in New York City that the R30 is purpose-built for the small conference room or huddle space.
“What we’re hearing from customers is they’re wanting Poly to get a lot more prescriptive about what is the right solution for the right room at the right price,” Wilder said.
For larger meeting rooms, Poly is adding its DirectorAI people framing technology to the Poly Studio E70 camera and Studio X70 video bar to provide close-ups for each meeting participant in the room, which will be displayed in gallery mode. This feature will be available on those devices in June 2022.
Poly is also adding new flexibility for its entire lineup of Teams Rooms on Windows, including a USB extender for bring-your-own-device options for any video app and a camera control app for users to adjust the camera experience or change Poly DirectorAI modes.
For IT management and control, Poly offers Poly Lens, a holistic cloud-based platform to manage all Poly gear, including the R30 video bar and Sync 10 speakerphone (introduced last month). Via the platform, IT or end users can provision, manage and troubleshoot Poly devices and keep software and firmware updated. A mobile app will also be available soon, the company says.
Poly Lens and the Poly Lens App for desktop are currently available worldwide at no extra cost.
In a statement, Wilder said delivering a seamless and equitable experience for the modern, distributed workforce is critical for business success, as well as happier and productive employees.
“Although organizations have started to announce return-to-office plans, relying on solutions that were successful pre-pandemic will no longer cut it,” Wilder said. “At Poly, we’re dedicated to investing in pro-grade tools that make sure all employees have equal opportunity and experience – whether in the office, at home or on-the-go.”