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Biamp launches Devio collaboration tool

Biamp has unveiled its Devio collaboration system created specifically for huddle rooms, as part of the company’s activities to celebrate its 40th anniversary.

The Devio solution includes Devio CR-1 back panel and Devio DTM-1 advanced beamforming microphone to ensure meetings are equipped with high-quality, laptop-based audio and video conferencing.

“As our work spaces continue to migrate toward open office floor plans, employees need spaces where they can gather and brainstorm without disturbing co-workers,” said Rob Houston, product manager, unified communications products, Biamp Systems. “Devio provides a very unique solution, in that it enables people to quickly transition from their desks or cubicles to a collaboration space; connect their laptops to the technology in that room; and start collaborating with colleagues in person and via soft-codec conferencing systems such as Skype for Business, GoToMeeting, WebEx, and more.”

Using a single USB 3.0 connection to a Windows or Mac OS X-based computer, Devio brings high-end audio input and output as well as easy connectivity to in-room technology including displays, and web cameras. Once connected to the CR-1, end users can share content locally and initiate their preferred soft codec from their computers, with no additional software requirements. With embedded DisplayLink USB graphics technology, Devio is able to send and receive audio and video over USB and extend the computer desktop to two displays.

The CR-1 back panel includes two HDMI outputs to support in-room displays, a USB 2.0 port for USB web camera connectivity, and a four-pin headset jack for phone bridging. Audio output options include an integrated 20W powered two-pin connector for rooms using passive speaker options or an RCA-out for amplifier connection. Multiple CR-1 units in an installation can be managed centrally using the Devio software administration utility (SAU) or via SNMP, and firmware and configurations can be mass deployed.

To deliver clear intelligibility, Devio comes with the eight-element DTM-1 beamforming microphone, which features 360° coverage collected from three 120° zones, tracking voices in each zone and mixing audio from multiple zones.

“Our 40th anniversary will usher in a new era of innovation at Biamp,” said Graeme Harrison, executive VP of marketing at Biamp Systems. “Now is the perfect time to unveil Devio and show our customers how Biamp continues to deliver first-class, reliable, and forward-thinking solutions to rooms of all sizes, with an eye on simplicity, ease of install, management, and control.”

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