Videoconferencing platform Zoom has certified Yamaha Unified Communications’ CS-700 Video Sound Bar, allowing the audio, camera and USB interface to seamlessly integrate with Zoom’s software.
Yamaha UC, based in Sudbury, Mass., announced the certification in a Thursday press release, saying the certification verifies that the sound bar is interoperable with Zoom and allows users to connect and control the device while benefiting from high quality audio and video.
The company is also releasing new firmware that allows all existing devices to upgrade to the new version to enhance audio and video quality along with Bluetooth connection, mute sync and an in-app optimization. The firmware compatible with Zoom Rooms will be provided for free staring this month.
According to Yamaha UC, the CS-700 Video Sound Collaboration System is designed for huddle rooms and comes in a wall-mounted unit and features an adaptive beamforming microphone array, four speaker elements and a wide-angle HD camera.
With this new certification, Zoom software automatically detects the CS-700, enabling mute sync and optimizing the audio in the Zoom cloud, Yamaha UC says.
An integrated network management system in the CS-700 allows IT staff to deploy and remotely manage each unit from one location.
“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 at Zoom.
The certification comes as the world grapples with COVID-19, the novel coronavirus that is sickening thousands and leading to a drastic increase in remote work and employees working from home. As such, Zoom and other unified communication and collaboration platforms have reported a spike in usage over the last few months.