Logitech has announced a new addition to its video conferencing suite of tools as it hopes to fill the millions of office rooms currently lacking video kit.
The Logitech ConferenceCam CC3000e expands the company’s product line after it introduced the entry-level BCC950 in 2012. The £199 BCC950 device was designed for five people or fewer, while the new device is the next stage up, for between six and 10 people, and will cost £699.
The firm said it estimates that there are 60-70 million rooms in offices around the world that would be suitable for holding video calls, but that a lack of affordable easy-to-use tools stops many firms from embracing the benefits of video.
It claims the CC3000e will change this by offering an affordable and simple system, that can run through all major video tools such as Google Hangouts, Skype, Lync, Vidyo and LifeSize.
The system includes a camera and control unit, which also acts as a speaker and can be used for audio conference calls. Both are connected via a hub that uses a USB connection to plug into a PC or Mac.
The camera runs with H.264 video quality and has a 90-degree field-of-view, 10x lossless zoom, and pan and tilt controls.
Senior business-to-business video product manager at Logitech Ziva Nissan told V3 the company was confident there would be strong demand for the product.
"IT budgets are slowly opening up as the recession fades and many companies also now have better infrastructure to meet the bandwidth they need for these types of products," she said.
"Both enterprises and SMEs would be interested in the product as it offers the benefits of full-room video conferencing, but without large costs or the need for lots of maintenance, support and training, as you can just use the systems you're comfortable with and it can be run through your existing laptop."
Additionally users can host calls on their own smartphones, as voice-only calls can be made through the speaker hub via Bluetooth with devices such as the iPhone.
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