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Draxxon Designs New Mobile Virology Testing Center With Yamaha CS-700 Video Sound Bar™

Posted by Press Release on Jun 24, 2020

SUDBURY, Mass. — June 23, 2020 — Yamaha Unified Communications CS-700 Video Sound Bar™ is now an integral solution within the new DX-1000 Advanced Virology Testing Platform (AVTP) from Draxxon, a leading mobile command center equipment manufacturer. Designed to provide an instantaneous response during COVID-19 and similar outbreaks/events, the AVTP is a self-contained, easy-to-operate mobile testing truck. The CS-700 AV collaboration device allows medical personnel working at rapid testing sites to interact with each other inside and outside the unit safely while speeding up setup, operation, and data collection.

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Yamaha UC Helps Connect Assisted Living Facility Residents to Loved Ones

Posted by Press Release on May 7, 2020

SUDBURY, Mass. — May 7, 2020 — Yamaha Unified Communications is helping the residents of Cornerstone at Milford Assisted Living & Compass Memory Support in Milford, Massachusetts, stay connected during the coronavirus and beyond. The company donated a CS-700 Video Sound Bar™ to the facility as way for residents who struggle to see and hear calls on smartphones and tablets to have a more comfortable and enjoyable audio and video experience.


"Staying connected while apart is vital to mental health, especially for those who are living in retirement and care communities and aren't able to see their loved ones now," said Meghan Kennelly, Yamaha UC's director of global marketing and communications. "While mobile devices are convenient, they don't always provide sufficient volume or a large enough picture to see clearly. I saw how much my grandmother and others at Cornerstone were struggling with mobile devices, and Yamaha immediately wanted to help. The CS-700 was built around the idea that conversations — whether they happen in a meeting room or in a care facility — need to be clear and stress-free to be effective and enjoyable. We love hearing all the stories of the residents who now look forward to this time with their families."

After Cornerstone had to close its doors to visitors due to COVID-19, the senior community naturally turned to FaceTime, Zoom, and Skype calls via iPhones and iPads to connect residents with their families and loved ones. However, many of the residents had to hold the device close to their face in order to clearly hear the conversation and see their families. As a result, their families couldn't see or hear them well. Kennelly, whose 93-year-old grandmother is a resident of the Milford assisted living facility, reached out to the facility to see if Yamaha could help by donating a CS-700 all-in-one collaboration system.

"Our residents are really enjoying seeing and hearing their loved ones more clearly on the big screen," said Michelle Hamilton, director of community relations, at Cornerstone. "We are so appreciative of Yamaha's generosity to help enhance their virtual visits with their friends and families."

Perfectly suited for quickly adding natural collaboration amenities to nursing, retirement, and care facilities, the Yamaha CS-700 is designed to deliver the highest quality audio, video, and collaboration capabilities. The simple and smart wall-mounted unit is easy to install, deploy, and use. It features an adaptive beamforming microphone array for perfectly captured conversation; four Yamaha speaker elements to provide the highest degree of audio intelligibility; and a wide-angle HD camera for the far-end participants to see everyone in clear detail. Building managers simply connect the system to a display and any UC platform via a single USB. The CS-700 is also Zoom certified, which simplifies the call experience even further by automatically detecting the CS-700, enabling mute sync, and enhancing the audio in the Zoom cloud so background noise doesn't interfere with calls.

For any institutions interested in a CS-700 for their facility, Yamaha UC is offering the CS-700 at a 15% discount. Please reach out to uc-sales@music.yamaha.com for purchasing info.

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About Yamaha Unified Communications
Audio and video conferencing solutions from Yamaha Unified Communications, Inc. streamline collaboration and boost productivity wherever people work. Yamaha's renowned and rigorous approach to development and manufacturing of enterprise-grade microphone systems, conference phones, and video sound bars ensures superior audio quality, reliability, and flexibility. With both wired and wireless options, Yamaha's unified communications (UC) products enable users to have natural, clear conversations in every meeting space.

More information can be found at uc.yamaha.com.

All trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

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BenQ Adds Budget-Friendly, Filter-Free Laser Projector Models to BlueCore Family

Posted by Press Release on Apr 15, 2020

COSTA MESA, Calif. — April 15, 2020 — BenQ, an internationally renowned provider of visual display and collaboration solutions, has expanded its BlueCore laser projector lineup with the launch of new 4,000- and 5,000-lumen models. The LU710 and LU930 offer WUXGA resolution while the LH710 and LH930 boast 1080p resolution, allowing organizations to update their meeting rooms with state-of-the-art BlueCore laser technology that fits the budget. Furthering the value of the LU and LH series, they eliminate the cost of replacing lamps used by lamp-based projectors, as well as the time spent cleaning filters with an IP5X-sealed and certified filter-free chassis that protects against dust.

"BenQ created the first-available commercial laser projector in 2012," said Carly Burton-Sallay, digital marketing manager at BenQ America Corp. "Since that time, our engineers have worked tirelessly to develop higher-quality images at more affordable prices. Our LU and LH BlueCore series projectors enable every IT manager to swap out their legacy projectors and affordably upgrade to a high-brightness laser. With the same dust-protection certification earned by the most popular mobile and smart watch technology, they offer the the ultimate package for superior presentations and collaboration with the benefit of a lower total cost of ownership."

Laser Focused on Brightness, Performance, and Durability
BenQ's LU710, LU930, LH710, and LH930 all feature BenQ's renowned BlueCore IP5X-certified, dustproof, filter-free laser engine for long-lasting brightness, durability, and precise color that boosts productivity and efficiency. Each projector features BenQ's precision-aligned high-output laser source, which is guaranteed for 20,000 hours of maintenance-free operation, saving costs for lamp replacement and maintenance. Based on the average brightness cutoff of typical long-life lamps, BlueCores's value exceeds that of 10 lamp replacements over the life of the projector. The projector's DLP chip is hermetically sealed so that it can resist heat for over 100,000 hours without degradation. In addition, the engine has earned an international dustproof protection rating of IP5X, ensuring dust doesn't damage the projector.

Built for Users
The new BlueCore laser projectors also feature Rec. 709 color coverage. By increasing color ratios, they dramatically enhance color saturation to ensure superior presentation quality. The laser-enabled high contrast furthers color performance, creating strikingly clear images for true deep blacks, vividly rich colors, and fine subtle details.

It's a well-known fact that light helps keep meeting participants alert and attentive. With the LU710 (WUXGA) and LH710 (1080p) offering 4,000 ANSI lumen brightness and the LU930 (WUXGA) and LH930 (1080p) delivering 5,000 ANSI lumens of brightness, these projectors are capable of producing clear images in both dark and well-lit spaces. Further enhancing presentations is BenQ's new LumiExpert™ technology, which automatically detects the ambient light conditions of the room and adjusts the projector's brightness to maximize clarity and comfort.

In addition, colorful presentations with abundant visual aids can help employees retain meeting content up to 82% more effectively, while text that's clearly legible can boost focus and increase attention spans. This is why each projector features an advanced Infographic Mode that's perfect for enlivening the graphics and stylish text used in modern presentations. Infographic Mode offers enhanced brightness and better color gradation for eye-friendly presentations that are guaranteed to make idea-sharing more precise. Meanwhile, the Vivid Mode is a great choice for emphasizing colorful imagery when displaying video or photos. The BlueCore laser projectors power up in half the time and with less power consumption versus lamp-based projectors. The signal power-on feature turns the projector on automatically once an input signal from VGA or HDMI is detected. Users don't have to wait around and can get started right away.

Wireless Capability for Enhanced Flexibility
Compatible with BenQ's InstaShow wireless presentation system, organizations can also instantly turn any meeting room into a wireless-friendly environment for everyone to collaborate onscreen. BenQ's InstaShow is a plug-and-play, zero-software solution that allows up to 32 participants to present from any device — PC, Mac, iOS, Android, and more. InstaShow also supports both the 128-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) and WPA2 authentication protocol to ensure that corporate intellectual property remains private and safe from tampering or unintended disclosure.

Designed for Easy, Centralized Control and Management
With BenQ's exclusive centralized control software, IT personnel can remotely manage an entire network of projectors from a single centralized location via the local network. Offering powerful scheduling and configuration features and remote on/off capabilities, BenQ's centralized control software makes it easy to monitor and control the projectors as a group or individually. They're also compatible with an assortment of control systems, including AMX, Creston, Extron, and PJ Link. This makes it easy to integrate each of these projectors into existing systems and ensure they're running smoothly.

More information on the full line of BenQ products is available at https://business-display.BenQ.com/

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About BenQ America — Business, Education, and CinePro Solutions
The number-one-selling global projector brand powered by TI DLP technology, according to Futuresource, the BenQ digital lifestyle brand stands for "Bringing Enjoyment and Quality to Life," fusing ease of use with productivity and aesthetics with purpose-built engineering. BenQ is a world-leading human technology and professional solutions provider serving the enterprise, education, and entertainment markets. To realize this vision, the company focuses on the aspects that matter most to users, redefining traditional technology with innovative capabilities that increase efficiency, enhance learning, and amplify entertainment — all while ensuring a healthy, safe, and intuitive user experience. BenQ's broad portfolio of professional installation solutions includes digital, laser, and interactive projectors; premium flat panels; and interactive large-format displays that take visual enjoyment to new heights in corporate offices, classrooms and lecture halls, and home theaters. The company's products are available across North America through leading value-added distributors, resellers, and retailers. Because it matters. More information is available at www.BenQ.com.

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Zoom Certifies Yamaha UC CS-700 Video Sound Bar™

Posted by Press Release on Mar 26, 2020

SUDBURY, Mass. — March 26, 2020 — Yamaha Unified Communications today announced that its CS-700 Video Sound Bar is certified for use with Zoom Video Communications, Inc., Zoom Rooms. The all-in-one video conferencing system passed Zoom's extensive testing process, ensuring the audio, camera, and USB interface seamlessly integrates with the video conferencing software. The certification verifies that the CS-700 is interoperable with Zoom, making it even easier for users to connect and control the Video Sound Bar while benefitting from the highest quality audio and video.

"With Yamaha's exceptional audio and video technology and expertise, the CS-700 will help us transform any huddle space or meeting room into a modern, easy-to-use, and powerful collaborative workspace to our customers' Zoom Rooms experience," said Eric Yu, Hardware Partnership Manager, Zoom.

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VuWall Responds to COVID-19 With Free Visualization Tool to Help Coordinators on the Front Lines

Posted by The UC Buyer on Mar 25, 2020

MONTREAL — March 24, 2020 — As the current situation caused by COVID-19 remains fluid, managing the overflow of information has become a complex challenge. VuWall is looking to partner with those who are on the front lines working to keep communities safe and healthy by offering its VuWall2 visualization tool as a free download, allowing organizations to create a temporary video wall solution.

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Cisco and Equinix Partner to Accelerate Connections Between Private and Public Clouds

Posted by The UC Buyer on Sep 30, 2014

 30 September 2014  SAN JOSE, Calif. and REDWOOD CITY, Calif. -Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO) and Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), today announced that they will jointly develop enterprise customer solutions that utilize Cisco's Intercloud technologies and the Equinix Cloud Exchange to deliver more secure, resilient and efficient interconnection to public clouds.

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Unify Announces City of Mannheim as Germany's first "New Way to Work Global Ambassador"

Posted by The UC Buyer on Sep 30, 2014

Munich, Sep 30, 2014

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8x8 Issued Two New Communications Patents by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Posted by The UC Buyer on Aug 13, 2014

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- 8x8, Inc. (NASDAQ: EGHT), a provider of cloud-based unified communications, contact center and collaboration services, today announced that it has been awarded two new patents related to its communications technologies. On August 12, 2014, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued United States Patent number 8,804,704 entitled "Method and System for Updating Physical Location Information" as well as United States Patent number 8,804,940 entitled "Networked Contact Center." The ‘940 patent is a continuation of United States Patent number 8,619,967 which was awarded to 8x8 on December 31, 2013.

The ‘704 patent relates to a method and system for updating physical location data associated with a voice over Internet protocol ("VoIP") endpoint that is associated with an Internet service.

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BroadSoft Extends Unified Communications Services To The Hospitality Industry with the Acquisition of SDD

Posted by The UC Buyer on Aug 4, 2014

 GAITHERSBURG, Md., August 4, 2014 – BroadSoft, Inc. (NASDAQ: BSFT) today announced a new, hosted Unified Communications offering for the hospitality industry, UC-One Hospitality. The acquisition of Systems Design & Development, Inc. (SDD), a software and services provider to many of the largest and most prominent global hotels, resorts, convention and meeting facilities, extended stay, and fractional ownership properties, enables this offering.

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Tely Labs Recognized by CRN as a 2014 Emerging Vendor

Posted by The UC Buyer on Jul 30, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, CALIF. – July 30, 2014 – Tely Labs, the leader in simple, secure and affordable video conferencing systems, announced today that it has been recognized as one of 2014′s hottest emerging technology vendors by CRN, the top news source for solution providers and the IT channel. The annual Emerging Vendors list identifies up-and-coming technology vendors that have introduced innovative new products, creating opportunities for channel partners in North America to create high-margin, cutting-edge solutions for their customers.

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