Jabra Panacast Adds AI-infused Panoramic-4K Video to Huddle Rooms

Jabra PanaCast is a smart panoramic-4K Plug-and-Play video solution. Its real-time immersive intelligent vision system offers 180-degree panoramic vision, which ensures everyone in the room is seen. Jabra PanaCast provides unique value for huddle rooms and spaces, delivering wall-to-wall video, audio and data, which is critical for modern video collaboration.  

The announcement follows the recent acquisition of Altia Systems. Jabra’s portfolio has always focused on solutions that enhance productivity through improved concentration, conversation and collaboration.

Some of the things which impressed us are the Intelligent Vison AI which senses, anticipates and adjusts automatically as well as intelligent zooming. We also are impressed with Jabra PanaCast Vivid 2.0 which automatically adjusts the video properties to optimize the video experience under varying light conditions. Many conference rooms with windows make such a feature extremely useful!

Another impressive feature – the upcoming open and standards-based API provides data for companies and ecosystem partners to build value-added services that can help optimize workflows, automate room/calendar management and enable green energy initiatives, such as automatically turning off unused equipment (smart building capabilities enablement)

Jabra PanaCast is the world’s first intelligent panoramic video collaboration device with three 13 megapixel cameras, working together as one via core technology embedded in the built-in Jabra PanaCast Vision Processor. The multi-camera array solution offers a full 180-degree panoramic field of view, delivering a naturally immersive experience – a key element in building trust, driving higher engagement and ultimately achieving better business outcomes faster. The panoramic video enables everyone to participate equally, fostering healthy discussion and true collaboration – despite not being in the same room.

Jabra PanaCast’s leading-edge cameras and microphones, fourth-generation stitching technology and Intelligent Vision software work as one to ensure optimal performance. Now any room can be used to video conference with wall-to-wall coverage in Panoramic-4K video. Jabra PanaCast enables companies to make use of their full meeting spaces, eliminating the approximately 40 percent room wastage seen with conventional camera solutions.

Jabra PanaCast’s built-in people detection technologies provide the possibility of system-wide business intelligence by capturing accurate usage and occupancy information. As AV and IT become increasingly integrated, the need for accurate data and metrics increases. The upcoming Jabra PanaCast API will allow developers and partners to query the system for real-time information, such as people count data.

The advanced AI utilizes a Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) to count the number of people in the field of view, up to 36 feet (12m) away, and provide numeric data that organizations can use to inform decisions on calendar management, room utilization and resource management, or to auomate facility assets’ power management, such as TV monitors, lights, videoconferencing equipment and more. The technology will be available through the Jabra PanaCast API built for the Windows operating system and can be used for large areas like classrooms, auditoriums and general gatherings.

René Svendsen-Tune, CEO at Jabra, said: “We have always valued the importance of sound and personal interaction in every product within our Jabra portfolio. The introduction of Jabra PanaCast shows our commitment to enable businesses to achieve optimal collaboration and productivity through both sound and video technology. Now is the time to bring remote workers and huddle room participants closer together through the addition of high-quality, plug-and-play video to your huddle rooms.”
Jabra’s leading conference speakerphone series “Speak” can be integrated with PanaCast to further optimize the UC experience, enabling users to hold meetings wherever they may be without having to compromise on clear audio quality. Jabra’s unique technology boasts an omni-directional microphone and HD Voice – providing 360-degree coverage and picking up sounds from any angle.

The solution is compatible with popular cloud-based solutions including Microsoft Teams, Skype, Zoom, Cisco WebEx, Slack, Google Hangouts, GoToMeeting, Unify Circuit, BlueJeans and more, so workers can plug-and-play in seconds with their existing collaboration services by simply plugging the device into the computer USB port.

“We want to challenge the market in both video and audio solutions with a solution that offers the best in audio, video and data. And the first responses are promising: users report a four-time growth in video-based meetings and a nearly 20 percent reduction in meeting duration,” Svendsen-Tune said.  

Lots of impressive features – open APIs, light detection and adjustment, AI, zoom, a plethora of high-resolution cameras… At $895 it seems like a solid value.


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