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Nureva introduces new tech to rid conferencing calls of irritating background noise

New feature takes a "breakthrough approach" to managing undesired sound sources in audio conferencing sessions

Nureva Inc, an award-winning collaboration-solutions company, announces the addition of intelligent sound targeting (IST) to its Microphone Mist technology platform that powers its HDL300 and Dual HDL300 audio conferencing systems. 

This patent-pending technology adds new intelligence to the thousands of virtual microphones that fill the meeting space and provide full-room audio coverage. 

“Achieving rich, full-room audio pickup in noisy meeting spaces has always posed a significant and stubborn technical challenge,” said Nancy Knowlton, Nureva’s CEO. “We are very excited about intelligent sound targeting to address this issue and deliver the audio conferencing experience that organisations are looking for.”

Using IST, the system identifies and ignores persistent undesirable sound sources that can disrupt the efficiency and flow of audio conference sessions. 

Typically, several noise suppression techniques are required via post-processing methods to reduce undesirable sounds. IST preemptively identifies and ignores these sounds in real time through the virtual microphones that are always listening throughout the room. This eliminates the need for complex post-processing algorithms to filter and reduce unwanted sounds, thereby improving overall system performance and the audio conferencing experience.

The introduction of intelligent sound targeting brings a fresh approach to addressing the issues caused by undesired sounds during audio conference sessions. HVAC systems, display fans and active cooling systems are just a few of the distracting sounds that can cause frustration and reduce productivity. 

Building upon the concept of virtual microphones that create a listening grid throughout the room, IST addresses the issue while providing a natural listening experience for meeting participants. Instead of attempting to suppress undesired sounds completely, it uses its intelligent sound identification capabilities to mitigate the negative impact of those sounds in an elegant and efficient manner. Visitors to InfoComm in Las Vegas, June 6–8, 2018, can learn more about IST in Nureva’s booth N1276.

Availability and pricing
Intelligent sound targeting is part of a firmware update to Microphone Mist technology that will be available to all Nureva audio conferencing system customers at no additional charge at the end of July.