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Ricoh unveils a portable, self-contained videoconferencing system for business
May 8, 2012 | Hogan Keyser
WEST CALDWELL, N.J., May 8, 2012 -- Ricoh Americas Corporation today announced a breakthrough in videoconferencing, the Ricoh P3000 Unified Communication System: a portable, sleek, self-contained videoconferencing system as easy to use as a mobile phone. Connecting up to 20 participants at once with the push of a button, the device provides the security and audiovisual quality of much more expensive, fixed-room videoconferencing systems at a fraction of the cost and complexity.
The P3000 Unified Communication System allows users to create a video conference room wherever they are, and puts secure, encrypted, high-end conferencing in the hands of small and medium-sized businesses. It offers far more flexibility than large, permanently installed videoconferencing systems that can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and can be complicated to operate. The P3000 only takes about 30 seconds to start a video conference. Just select participants from the address book, push connect and begin conferencing. It offers secure video, voice and data communication capabilities that consumer conferencing tools simply do not.
The P3000 Unified Communication System is a thin (1.6 inches, or 40 mm) tablet-sized package containing a camera, microphone, speaker, network connectivity and a push-button console. It lets users quickly and easily initiate a real-time video and audio conferencing session in the cloud, from wherever they are, whether a traditional office, meeting room or home office. The high resolution 94-degree wide angle lens allows multiple people to be viewed in a room. All they need is a P3000, a display (e.g. PC monitor or projector) and an Internet connection, wired or wireless. A variety of screen layouts are available and up to nine participants can appear on the screen at one time.
Lightweight (3.5 pounds/1.6 kg) and simple to operate, the P3000 lets conference participants share documents, spreadsheets, presentations and desktops as they confer. A sales organization, for example, can hold quarterly meetings online yet collaborate as closely on sales reports as they would in person. By combining the P3000 with Ricoh's PJ WX4130/PJ WX4130N Ultra Short Throw projector, users can quickly create an impressive video conference room where and when they need it. Because it's a portable, self-contained unit, any meeting room, business office, or even a home office can become a video conference room. Secure portable group videoconferencing also offers tremendous value for a wide range of applications such as education, construction, healthcare, government and many other industries.
"The P3000 is an integral piece of Ricoh's Unified Communications Strategy, which is a pillar of Ricoh's commitment to help companies get the right information to the right people at the right time," said Shun Sato, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation. "The unit interoperates seamlessly with another key piece of the Unified Communications strategy, the PJ WX4130/PJ WX4130N Ultra Short Throw projector, to create life-sized images of conference participants on a wall, screen or whiteboard. Together, these solutions help create the business environment of the future, high-powered yet fully mobile, to reduce costs and streamline processes."
The P3000 ensures a high-quality videoconferencing experience via the H.264/SVC video compression standard, which adjusts resolution, frame rate and compression to accommodate available bandwidth.
The P3000 has a street price of $1,650 (USD), plus a subscription to a cloud service. Anticipated US release is fall 2012.
Ricoh will demo the P3000 at InfoComm 2012 in Las Vegas, June 13-15, in booth C5735.
To learn more about Ricoh's full line of products, services and solutions, please visit http://www.ricoh-usa.com .
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group, operates in more than 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2012, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 1,903 billion yen (approx. 23 billion USD).
The majority of the company's revenue comes from products, solutions and services that improve the interaction between people and information. Ricoh also produces award-winning digital cameras and specialized industrial products. It is known for the quality of its technology, the exceptional standard of its customer service and sustainability initiatives.
Under its corporate tagline, imagine. change. Ricoh helps companies transform the way they work and harness the collective imagination of their employees.
For further information, please visit www.ricoh.com/about/
(C) 2012 Ricoh Americas Corporation. All rights reserved. All referenced product names are the trademarks of their respective companies.
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