Emerging bridging solutions from Polycom remove the need for six-figure bridging investments on premises.
The disruption due to Microsoft Skype for Business can’t be overlooked. Many organizations with traditional video systems froze further rollouts when Microsoft announced the Lync/Skype Room System. Polycom, Crestron, and SMART’s Lync/Skype systems register and behave natively as a familiar Lync/Skype endpoint. The Skype for Business A/V MCU is scalable (with meetings of up to 1000), interoperable (with Polycom, LifeSize, and others), and accepted by the Gartner Group and other analysts.
More Choices Now Available for Buyers:
When selecting video solutions, enterprises now have at least five endpoint categories to consider:
1) High end immersive telepresence system
2) Traditional multi-codec (i.e. SIP, H.263, H.264) based room system
3) Single codec systems optimized for a specific platform (i.e. Skype for Business Room System)
4) Huddle room video assemblies
5) End-user systems (desktop, mobile, browser)
While desktops are the most commonly used endpoint, according to a study done by Wainhouse, the two trending growth areas are in single codec systems and in huddle rooms.
Huddle rooms are typically small 3-8 person rooms meant for ad-hoc collaboration. We are seeing them equipped with a standard flat-screen display, VGA/HDMI cable, a webcam, a USB speakerphone, and a USB hub. Users enter the room with their laptop and plug into the USB hub (to connect the camera and speakerphone to the PC) and VGA/HDMI (to display their laptop on screen). They launch a Skype4B meeting and start collaborating. Other enterprise Lync/Skype4B users join and share audio/video/content, and external attendees can join via the Skype4B Web App. Excluding the furniture and floor space, these small systems cost only ~$1000 USD to construct, so it lowers the investment significantly. We’ve seen Jabra Speak 410s and Logitech 900s being deployed (with its wide angle lens well-suited for small rooms). The laptop controls the meeting, so IT support is rarely needed. Since many expensive video rooms end up being used for standard (non-video) meetings much of the time, the use of floor space is more efficient. Even though the webcam’s fixed lens makes for a second rate video experience compared to a traditional room system, but it’s “good enough” for the situation.
Enabling offers immersive and traditional room systems
from Polycom, Skype4B Room Systems from Polycom, SMART, and Crestron, huddle room
systems from various manufacturers, and full Skype4B solutions to provide the
backend MCU. We also supply design and training services to help optimize
your video investments.