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Logitech introduces video collaboration system for huddle rooms


Logitech introduced the Logitech MeetUp, a conference camera system designed for small conference rooms and huddle rooms.

Companies are moving to open floor plans and cutting up their conference rooms to make smaller meeting rooms or huddle spaces. According to Wainhouse Research, there are an estimated 30-50 million huddle rooms globally.

Logitech MeetUp angle view“Until now, devices in these meeting spaces have been scaled-down versions of large room systems, offering a subpar video experience,” said KP Sim, Logitech country manager for Malaysia, Philippines and Brunei. “Logitech MeetUp is purpose-built for the huddle room and its unique video and audio requirements, making sure everyone at the table is clearly seen and heard.”

In smaller spaces, users sitting close to the camera are usually not visible due to the camera’s limited field of view. MeetUp’s super-wide 120-degree field of view solves that limitation. It also has the option to pan an additional 25 degrees to the left and right. Users can preset three camera angles and magnification.

Logitech MeetUp front and backThe device uses a Logitech-engineered low-distortion lens and supports UltraHD 4K optics. MeetUp also comes with integrated audio, comprising three sound-isolating microphones and a voice-optimised speaker to ensure everyone is heard clearly. MeetUp is Microsoft Cortana-certified for precision voice commands.

For larger meeting rooms where participants may be more than eight feet away from the device, a Logitech Expansion Mic for MeetUp may be attached to extend the distance. According to Logitech, this is a custom-built mic optimised to work with MeetUp – standard microphones cannot be used.

Logitech MeetUp peripheralsThe MeetUp is designed to work with practically any video conferencing software application and cloud service, including Skype for Business, Cisco collaboration applications and all Logitech Collaboration Program partners such as BlueJeans, BroadSoft, Vidyo and Zoom. It connects to a computer via a USB 2.0 port as per a regular webcam.

The device is operated with a remote control for pan, zoom, mic mute and others. “However, remote controls are usually one of the first things that get misplaced,” said KP in jest. “Therefore, Logitech is also introducing ConferenceCam Soft Remote, a mobile app that can turn a smartphone or tablet into a remote control for MeetUp. It is compatible with Android and iOS devices and will be available in July free-of-charge from Google Play and Apple Appstore.

Logitech MeetUp will be available end-July and sold through Logitech’s Video Collaboration reseller network at a suggested retail price of RM4,799 (inclusive of GST). The Expansion Mic for MeetUp will also be available at a suggested retail price of RM1,169.

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