Jabra PanaCast 50 Video Bar System is the Rolls Royce of videoconferencing solutions

A videoconferencing bar with just about everything: high quality video with an ultra-wide field of view, along with a host of quality of life features.

by Justin Choo

Jabra has launched the PanaCast 50 Video Bar System, an integrated solution with an Android compute unit for small and medium-sized rooms.

This is the third variant of the PanaCast 50 system; also available are the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) version that connects via USB and the Room System, powered by a Lenovo ThinkSmart solution for a laptop-free experience.

What the Video Bar System (VBS) brings to the table is an all-in-one, easy-to-install system that anyone can manage and use. It also offers flexible deployment options and a one-touch start (or join) experience via PanaCast Control (control unit with a touchscreen) for Microsoft Teams Rooms and Zoom Rooms. Kind of like a Rolls Royce experience, if you think about it. 

The Panacast unit is slightly longer than its counterparts because the Android-based compute unit is built in. It also has built-in real-time air quality monitoring sensors (for the Zoom Room monitoring feature) and ultrasonic motion sensors for occupancy detection; it can also provide anonymous headcount data for room usage monitoring.

Aside from that, the VBS version of the PanaCast 50 has pretty much the same audio-visual hardware: a high-resolution 4K output created by seamlessly compositing footage from three cameras–you can only detect the ‘seams’ when you move across the cameras about 20 centimetres away, and no one will be doing that consciously. It also offers a vast, 180-degree field of view and captures the entire meeting room without undue visual distortion of its participants.

It also features a variety of meeting room experiences, such as Virtual Director for speaker tracking and Intelligent Zoom that frames all visible people within 4.5 metres.

The ensemble comprises eight professional-grade microphones with voice detection and algorithms to remove static noise and residual echoes, along with four speakers (two 50mm woofers and two 20mm tweeters) in a zero-vibration stereo setup.

Other quality-of-life features include HDMI-wired content sharing, proximity join (auto-detect your device for easy joining and sharing), and dual display support.

The PanaCast 50 Video Bar System is now available for SGD6,670.