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AVer VC520: Enterprise-class video conferencing for SMBs

July 22, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Jason Perlow / ZDNet

Large room video conferencing traditionally has been a tool that has been restricted to enterprises due to the need for compatible supporting infrastructure at each conference room endpoint, often necessitating single-vendor solutions which until recently, could run up into the many thousands of dollars.

In the past two years there have been a number of products released to the market to try to address SMBs in order to bring that enterprise-like video conferencing experience using open protocols, standards and off-the-shelf software such as Skype, Google Hangouts and WebEx.

However, for the most part, while effective for small "focus" rooms of two or three people, such as Logitech's excellent low-cost ConferenceCam BCC950 ($250 street) they really are not good for groups of six or more people in a larger conference room as they lack the optics, zoom capability as well as multi-directional speaker pickups and Polycom-style speakerphone setups that are expected for larger meetings.

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