More and more businesses are opening back up their offices for employees but they are suddenly finding that their old ways of working just aren’t cutting it anymore. Jabra today announced a new camera lineup designed specifically for post-COVID office life that doesn’t sacrifice on high-definition video or outstanding audio.
The Jabra PanaCast camera lineup consists of the Jabra PanaCast 50 – a plug and play solution coined the world’s first new-normal-ready intelligent video bar, and the Jabra PanaCast 20 – a ground-breaking intelligent personal camera. Together, the range provides businesses with the flexibility they need to balance their new hybrid workflow with world-leading audio technologies and cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence (AI).
The PanaCast 50 is essentially the “director” of the meeting with the ability to adjust the video stream to follow the action. Three 13-megapixel cameras mounted in a high-precision multi-camera array create an immersive 180° field of view in Panoramic-4K that spans the entire room, ensuring everyone is in full view without people having to sit too close together.
Jabra PanaCast 50 features nine powerful Edge processors, including two state-of-the art Edge AI processors. This ultra-advanced system architecture enables the intelligent video bar to carry out real-time integration of audio, video and data. The PanaCast 50 also features eight beamforming microphones with precision voice detection, backed up with intelligent algorithms that remove disruptive noise. Four powerful Jabra-engineered speakers – two 50mm woofers and two 20mm tweeters – in a zero-vibration stereo setup fill the room with premium, high-definition audio, while the latest two-way audio technology allows for more natural conversations.
The Jabra PanaCast 50 can deliver two video streams simultaneously, allowing the speaker to remain on screen while sharing whiteboard content in real time. It also delivers an independent data stream which provides anonymous people count meta-data as real-time numerical information. The PeopleCount feature enables the system to compare that count with a customer-defined room capacity limit number to determine if the room utilization is over capacity. If the number of people exceeds the capacity limit, the PanaCast 50 provides visual and aural cues to the people present, enabling them to adjust their positioning for a safer experience.
Additionally, through the network interface, longer-term analytics data is available for IT administrators, enabling the business to make data-driven decisions about how they’re utilizing their meeting spaces. Organizations will have an overview of how many rooms are being used, even when there is no active meeting, helping inform decisions on office space.
With the Jabra PanaCast 20, flexible workers can benefit from high-quality, secure video collaboration – even when they’re not in the office. The device features AI that is managed on-device with Edge processing – and advanced experiences are generated directly on the device without extra data being sent to the cloud for processing, or the need to install additional software. For those using the camera, it has a built-in lens cover for added privacy, and peace of mind that the camera will not accidentally be left on.
The PanaCast 20 delivers 4K Ultra HD Video, HDR video as well as personalized Intelligent Zoom, which always frames the main user properly, regardless of their surrounding. It also features automatic lighting correction.
“Extraordinary times call for extraordinary solutions and we believe the new Jabra PanaCast 50 and PanaCast 20 deliver just that,” says Aurangzeb Khan, Senior Vice President of Intelligent Vision Systems at Jabra. “We are happy to present the PanaCast 50, the first video bar to combine world-leading Jabra audio with our unique 180° field of view and unique room usage insights, for inclusive, collaborative meetings in the new normal. The time is now to start thinking about future-proofing offices, creating optimal collaboration circumstances for flexible hybrid workers and to ensure maximum productivity as your teams return. We invite businesses, organizations and institutions all around the world to experience audio and video like never before with the Jabra PanaCast intelligent devices.”
The Jabra PanaCast 50 will be available beginning on June 15 in black and grey for $1,195 while the Jabra PanaCast 20 will be available beginning on Aug. 1 in black for $299.
Jessica is the Chief Digital Editor for CT Lab Global Media, the North American platform for IFA Berlin.