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Altia Systems' PanaCast Plug-in Enables One Click Panoramic Video within Intel Unite

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Altia Systems' PanaCast Plug-in Enables One Click Panoramic Video within Intel Unite

August 24, 2015
By Michael Guta
TMCnet Contributing Writer

Since 1997 the Intel (News - Alert) Developer Forum (IDF) has been showcasing the latest innovations in IT with truly innovative products and services. The 2015 IDF held in San Francisco last week didn’t disappoint, as Intel introduced a wide range of technologies, including different video capture and delivery platforms. This includes how the recently released Intel Unite Plugin Software Development Kit (SDK) was being applied by vendors. One of the companies to do so was Altia Systems, creator of the PanaCast cameras and PanaCast Experience.

The company demonstrated the integration of the Intel Unite software with a one click video collaboration solution. With video conferencing (VC) now becoming an integral part of the work environment, companies of all sizes are deploying the technology to more effectively interact with their customers, employees and others. Some of the biggest drivers of VC adoption are smart mobile devices, wireless broadband, video technology and new generation software.

Intel Unite is designed to harness the hardware technology available in the marketplace and give vendors software that can power secure connected meeting spaces no matter where they happen to be. Using the SDK, Altia can offer:

  • Safer meetings
  • Protect data
  • Seamless collaboration
  • Simplified IT management
  • Remote manageability
  • Lower total cost of ownership and future-forward extensibility

By integrating the Unite features in its panoramic video cameras, Altia is one of the first companies that has developed a plug-in using the Intel application.

The PanaCast 2 camera is a panoramic-4K Plug-and-Play USB device that connects directly to your PC or Mac. It provides a 180º wide by 54º tall panoramic video stream with high fidelity stereo audio. The utility of the solution is that because of the camera’s plug-and-play capability you don’t need to install any drivers or software. It can be used with Skype, Skype for Business, Cisco (News - Alert) WebEx, Citrix GoToMeeting, Google Hangouts, Facebook, and more.

As Alia notes, this type of panoramic or immersive view of video conferencing participants has historically on been available in expensive on premises enterprise installations. The company delivers a natural human field of view bringing together the video streams from three imagers at the same time. It processes the images to dynamically stitch, optimize and render the video with a latency of <~15ms. That means it is all happening in real-time.

The PanaCast Experience lets the host see the entire room by letting them control the pan, tilt and zoom functions. The three different imagers can be used to highlight different participants that are speaking or making a presentation in a different part of the room.

“PanaCast’s objective is enabling more effective and productive meetings,” said Aurangzeb Khan, Co-Founder, President & CEO of Altia Systems. “Our PanaCast plug-in for Intel Unite demonstration at IDF is a step forward in delivering simpler and more immersive collaboration.”

Businesses are prioritizing collaboration across their entire organization as well as the people and companies they do business with. This is necessitating conferencing technologies as part of the overall communications solution. The Altia PanCast system along with the Intel Unite software provides an affordable and proven platform almost any business can deploy. 

Edited by Peter Bernstein

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