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Videoconferencing has changed a great deal since we installed our first system for Southwestern Bell in 1988. At the time, the hardware for each site cost $80,000 and video could be choppy and low quality. Now, most smartphones and tablets are capable of high-definition videoconferencing for free.

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  • Custom Boardroom Table with Integrated Microphones
    Custom Boardroom Table with Integrated Microphones

    Custom Boardroom Table with Integrated Microphones

    This boardroom table has a "trough" that contains cabling for power and network connections along with microphones and push-to-speak buttons. The gooseneck microphones pick up the voices of each participant without amplifying FAR-SITE audio and room noise. The cable management trough provides a convenient place to route cables in order to keep the table surface clear for working.
  • Multi-Screen Distance Learning Auditorium
    Multi-Screen Distance Learning Auditorium

    Multi-Screen Distance Learning Auditorium

    This distance learning system uses the Internet2 AccessGrid® Network to simultaneously collaborate with up to 40 partners across the US and around the world. The five projectors support the group-to-group collaboration as well as a dual-screen presentation mode for traditional videoconferencing and lectures.
  • Small Videoconferencing Conference Room
  • Interactive Whiteboard with Videoconferencing
    Interactive Whiteboard with Videoconferencing

    Interactive Whiteboard with Videoconferencing

    This interactive whiteboard (IWB) is connected to a videoconferencing system with a camera mounted above the screen. The sound bar below the screen provides enhanced sound.
  • Wall-Mounted Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) Cameras
    Wall-Mounted Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) Cameras

    Wall-Mounted Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) Cameras

    These pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras are mounted to wall plates that have pass-throughs for the cables. With these cameras, two videoconference participants can be displayed simultaneously on the far-site system.
  • Equipment Racks In Cabinet Below Dual 70-inch LCD Monitors
    Equipment Racks In Cabinet Below Dual 70-inch LCD Monitors

    Equipment Racks In Cabinet Below Dual 70-inch LCD Monitors

    All of the equipment for this dual-screen videoconferencing system is located in the cabinets below the screen. This provides easy access to media devices and reduces the need for a separate closet or storage room space.
  • Dual-Lectern, Dual-Screen Combining Room
    Dual-Lectern, Dual-Screen Combining Room

    Dual-Lectern, Dual-Screen Combining Room

    When the partition wall down the center of this room is in place, the system works as two separate systems. When the wall is removed, the system is combined and presenters can present from either lectern or at both lecterns. When combined, each projector can display a different image. Videoconferencing capabilities make the room even more powerful.
  • Auditorium with Three Document Cameras and Rear Projection
    Auditorium with Three Document Cameras and Rear Projection

    Auditorium with Three Document Cameras and Rear Projection

    This auditorium features three document cameras which can be simultaneously displayed on the rear-projection system. The cameras mounted on each side of the screen allow students to interact with the far site during videoconferences. In regular presentations, the instructor can use the camera to display students on the screen as they ask questions and communicate with the class.
  • Dual-Lectern Combining Classroom
    Dual-Lectern Combining Classroom

    Dual-Lectern Combining Classroom

    When the movable wall down the center of this room is in place, the system works as two separate systems. When the wall is removed, the system is combined and instructors can present from either lectern or at both lecterns. When combined, each projector can display a different image. Videoconferencing capabilities make the classroom even more powerful.
  • Distance Learning Auditorium
    Distance Learning Auditorium

    Distance Learning Auditorium

    The confidence monitor at the back of the room has a camera mounted above it to transmit images of the presenter to videoconferencing partners. Each participant position is equipped with a push-to-speak microphone.
  • Boardroom with Dual-Screen Videoconferencing and Interactive Display System
    Boardroom with Dual-Screen Videoconferencing and Interactive Display System

    Boardroom with Dual-Screen Videoconferencing and Interactive Display System

    This boardroom features dual 70-inch LCD monitors for videoconferencing. An interactive whiteboard allows participants to annotate and share content with the far-site.
  • Built-In Lectern with Chroma Key Screen
    Built-In Lectern with Chroma Key Screen

    Built-In Lectern with Chroma Key Screen

    The lectern in this room features a touch panel, interactive video screen, microphone, and nearby document camera which are all neatly integrated. The monitor well provides a location to place a computer monitor. The cart-mounted pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) camera works with the chroma key (green screen) background. This allows presenters to stand in front of, and interact with, content just as a television meteorologist does in front of maps and other graphics during a broadcast.
  • Classroom with Videoconferencing
    Classroom with Videoconferencing

    Classroom with Videoconferencing

    Videoconference systems can be very complex, but not always. This classroom features a videoconferencing system that is controlled by a touch panel on the lectern. In addition to the videoconferencing capabilities, the classroom system can work as a traditional presentation system for displaying PCs and media playback devices.
  • Dual-Screen Distance Learning Auditorium with Studio Lighting
    Dual-Screen Distance Learning Auditorium with Studio Lighting

    Dual-Screen Distance Learning Auditorium with Studio Lighting

    This dual-screen system allows presenters to show two sources at one time. In a distance learning auditorium like this one, far site video can be shown on one screen while a PC or other source is displayed on the other. The rear-facing light fixtures are designed to illuminate audience members when they interact with the far site. These shine on the front of the participant like studio lighting. This eliminates facial shadows that are a typical result of down-facing, overhead lights. Studio lights also illuminate the presenter and, optionally, different parts of the stage.
  • Videoconferencing Seminar Room with Lectern, Low-Profile Speakers, PTZ Cameras, and Push-to-Talk Microphones
    Videoconferencing Seminar Room with Lectern, Low-Profile Speakers, PTZ Cameras, and Push-to-Talk Microphones

    Videoconferencing Seminar Room with Lectern, Low-Profile Speakers, PTZ Cameras, and Push-to-Talk Microphones

    This seminar room can be used in many configurations. In this round-table setup, each participant has a Beyerdynamic push-to-talk microphone that allows his or her voice to be reinforced in the room and to be sent to the far site during videoconferences. The pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) camera next to the screen can automatically focus on activated microphones so that speakers are seen by far-site participants. The low-profile line array speakers from K-array provide exceptional sound. An additional PTZ camera is mounted on a wheeled camera stand so that it can be positioned as needed.
  • Small Videoconferencing Boardroom with Document Camera and Touch Panel
    Small Videoconferencing Boardroom with Document Camera and Touch Panel

    Small Videoconferencing Boardroom with Document Camera and Touch Panel

    This small boardroom is in a satellite office in Northwest Arkansas. The touch panel simplifies presentation controls. The microphone cable is installed neatly through a table grommet to prevent clutter. With the document camera, participants can easily share "hard copy" documents with colleagues in Central Arkansas. Auxiliary components are located in the small credenza below the flat panel.
  • Confidence Monitors in a Distance Learning Auditorium
    Confidence Monitors in a Distance Learning Auditorium

    Confidence Monitors in a Distance Learning Auditorium

    At the rear of this auditorium are two projectors which serve as confidence monitors. A confidence monitor shows the same content that is on the main screen. By orienting the monitor(s) towards the presenter, he or she can face the audience rather than constantly looking backward at the main screen.
  • Boardroom with Videoconferencing System
    Boardroom with Videoconferencing System

    Boardroom with Videoconferencing System

    This boardroom features dual 70-inch LCD monitors with dual pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras. Each seating position has a mini voice-directional microphone to pick up the speaker's voice without also amplifying unwanted sounds. Push-to-speak buttons are located next to each microphone.
  • Cart-Mounted Videoconferencing System
    Cart-Mounted Videoconferencing System

    Cart-Mounted Videoconferencing System

    This cart features a flat panel display, media players, and videoconferencing components like the camera mounted above the screen. This compact system allows our client to conduct videoconferences from any location with power and network connections.
  • Videoconferencing Auditorium
    Videoconferencing Auditorium

    Videoconferencing Auditorium

    Each participant position is equipped with a push-to-speak microphone. When the microphone is activated, the camera under the screen automatically focuses on that position.
  • Videoconferencing Seminar Room with Lectern, Low-Profile Speakers, and PTZ Camera
    Videoconferencing Seminar Room with Lectern, Low-Profile Speakers, and PTZ Camera

    Videoconferencing Seminar Room with Lectern, Low-Profile Speakers, and PTZ Camera

    This seminar room can be used in many configurations. This photo provides an up-close look at lectern, pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) camera, and low-profile line array speakers. The pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) camera next to the screen can automatically focus on videoconference participants. The speakers from K-array provide exceptional, room-filling sound in a small package.

Videoconferencing and remote collaboration have become the most rapidly changing technologies we work with. The emergence of Skype For Business, WebEx, and similar services has put remote collaboration within the grasp of nearly every industry and organization. Many companies find that software-based solutions like these fulfill all of their needs while others are better off with hybrid or hardware-based solutions.

Although new technologies have made videoconferencing more accessible than ever, they have also made it difficult to determine the best solutions. Consumers must now decide if they want hardware or software systems, whether to use the internet/cloud or a private network, the quantity and types of devices they want to connect, and more.

These decisions can have a major impact on cost and quality. For casual collaboration and conferencing between teams of coworkers or partners, quality may be unimportant: a little “voice echo” or a brief video interruption will be relatively insignificant. During a conference with a potential customer, however, issues like these could lead to miscommunications, misunderstandings, or lost business.

Large spaces and large numbers of participants can also present challenges. Problems with audio, video, lighting, and room attributes can be multiplied in situations like this. Many audiovisual firms cannot offer the high level of experience that we have in solving and preventing these problems.

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