Jabra PanaCast 50 brings videoconferencing into the new normal

Jabra's solution has algorithm-powered features to make conference calls more productive.

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The new Jabra PanaCast 50 is a unique videoconferencing solution designed specially around the new normal.

And that new normal has created a unique set of prerequisites: a limited, controlled number of attendees, and as the primary form of collaboration, the quality of the stream has to be of a reasonable standard to be effective and be able to facilitate presentations if any.

The PanaCast 50 addresses these needs in its unique way. This videoconferencing device features an immersive 180-degree field of view in Panoramic-4K that covers the whole room. The 3080 x 1080 resolution, low latency video output is stitched together in real-time with video streams from three 13-megapixel cameras. An intelligent digital zoom (up to 6x) automatically detects people so as to keep everyone in the frame. For best results, Jabra says the ideal room size is 4.5 x 4.5 metres.

The PanaCast 50 also has eight beamforming microphones coupled with algorithms to remove background noise. And with Virtual Director, the device can discern whoever is speaking and makes the cameras focus on that person. Also part of the ensemble (that you can’t find on the original PanaCast and Panacast 20) are four speakers – two 50mm woofers and two 20mm tweeters – in a zero-vibration stereo setup for high-quality audio.

To facilitate collaboration, the PanaCast 50 supports Real-time whiteboard streaming, which also works with leading video conferencing platforms such as Teams and Zoom.

Administrator-friendly features include the ability to keep track of the number of people allowed into the room. Because of the wide-angle view, you can essentially see everyone in the room, and the PanaCast 50 uses that as the means to track the number of people in the room. Administrators can set the PanaCast 50 to set off an alarm when the headcount exceeds the pre-determined number of attendees to comply with COVID regulations. They can also access anonymous room occupancy data to make data-driven decisions on how to better utilise meeting spaces.

The PanaCast is also certified for Microsoft Teams, Zoom and Zoom Rooms, and works with Microsoft Teams Rooms and optimised for all leading UC platforms.

The PanaCast doesn’t come with a stand, but you have three options: wall mount, table stand, or screen mount (VESA standard). With the table stand, you have the flexibility of moving it around. Do note that the table stand and screen mount are sold separately. The Jabra PanaCast 50 is available at $1855 in Black and Grey from all authorised Jabra distributors and resellers.

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