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ISE 2017: education and unified communications preview

With ISE opening its doors tomorrow, we present some of the highlights from exhibitors in unified communications/conferencing and education.

Education technology

ISE 2017 sees the addition of a dedicated hall for education technology for the first time.

Angekis will show two new 1080p PTZ cameras, the Blade and Curtana models. Both are full HD USB 2.0 output videoconference cameras, with RS232 connections and 10 presets. The Curtana has a wide 105º field of view without distortion; the Blade’s features include 10x optical zoom, excellent low-light capabilities, FECC, reverse mountability and 3D noise reduction.

Interactive touchscreen technology manufacturer Avocor will showcase its new AVX display series. The range delivers UHD image clarity, with 20 precise and fast points of touch using high-resolution InGlass touch technology. An integrated Microsoft Windows 10 operating system offering an instantly recognisable interface. Initially shipping in 75in, the panel will also come with an active pen, allowing for increased pressure sensitive input, side buttons to enabling switching between functions as well as an integrated sound bar for an improved audio experience.

ISE 2017 will see the European launch of the next generation of FrontRow’s ezRoom classroom AV systems. The new systems are meant for schools that want not only voice or media amplification, but also advanced connectivity for AV control, remote management, or integration with IP-based paging and bells.

ezRoom systems now feature a dramatic boost in audio quality, a programmable Smart Button for the teacher microphone that can be used for alerting, improved microphone coverage, new voice command control options, and digital feedback suppression, all in an architecturally appealing enclosure that’s built to order before shipping.

Veo Stream – a complete hardware and software solution for recording and streaming events, conferences, and training courses – is being launched by Veo-Labs. Based on Veobox hardware, this solution is embedded in a complete mobile rack with two monitoring screens, audio mixer, full HD professional SDI box camera and wireless microphone. The user has just to connect a laptop, the camera, and start the reach media recording and streaming session.

Unified communications/conferencing

Four new wired Dicentis devices are to be released at ISE 2017, expanding Bosch’s IP-based conference system portfolio. The Dicentis multimedia device offers a 7in touchscreen interface for accessing and sharing meeting content and offering internet access. The system is capable of connecting a network of up to 750 conference devices and seamlessly integrating with other systems sharing the network such as IP video streams or content management systems.

ISE 2017 will see Crestron presenting its new Skype Room System in partnership with Microsoft. This brings an HD audio-video experience to small and midsize meeting rooms and spaces, as well as conference rooms. The system comprises a touch controller that manages the Skype Meeting; HDMI and Crestron DigitalMedia inputs and outputs; six USB ports to connect audio devices, a camera, and other accessories; and a Cresnet port to add an occupancy sensor.

Cloud-based VC company StarLeaf will show the StarLeaf Ensemble, a new integrated meeting room solution. Offering plug-and-play installation, it includes 4K displays and a choice of a cloud-connected or Skype for Business integrated video endpoint. Customers can also choose a dual or single screen configuration, making the solution appropriate for spaces from huddle rooms to boardrooms. The Ensemble is also available with StarLeaf’s cloud-connected meeting room system, the GT Mini.