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The Logitech ConferenceCam Family of Products

The Logitech ConferenceCam Family of Products

Logitech Conference Cameras

Logitech is the leading manufacturer of webcams and gaming peripherals. The company has a reputation of making reliable products which last a lifetime and do not compromise on performance. Logitech makes products for individuals but with the introduction of Skype for Business, the company has also introduced three new video conferencing cameras for businesses. The new line of video conferencing cameras are Skype for Business certified and are ideal for small group meetings.

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Skype for Business certified Webcams and Room Systems

Skype for Business certified Webcams and Room Systems

Skype for Business Room System Review

Skype for Business certified Webcams and Room Systems

 

Microsoft updated Lync to Skype for Business a few months ago. The software provides an all-in-one solution for video conferencing and meeting rooms. Skype for Business features the simple UI of Skype integrated with professional services of Lync. Microsoft also partnered with several hardware manufacturers to develop Skype for Business certified webcams and room systems for an optimal experience.

SMART Skype for Business certified Webcams and Room Systems
SMART is an official Microsoft partner for Skype for Business room systems. The company has introduced several video conferencing systems with single as well as dual displays. SMART is the only manufacturer that offers a massive 84-inches display and a camera with 4K resolution. It’s a perfect combination but it will require a lot of bandwidth as well. SMART systems start at the price of $17,999 and go all the way up to $40,999. They are definitely not cheap but it is a onetime investment for your ultimate meeting room.

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SIIG powered USB extensions

SIIG powered USB extensions

 

USB Extension

 

USB 3.0 Extension cables

Providing a transfer speed powered by the USB 3.0 technology, these extension cables are able to provide super speed connectivity to devices without having to reach behind your computer. Increasing the quality of life for household consumers while reducing the workload on your business IT staff by simplifying the process of connecting various USB devices.

Working distance

Clocking in at a length of 15 meters, these cables are capable of moving your USB ports from the back of your computers to any spot in the room, but that's not all. These extension cables are also able to fully function in a daisy chain of up to 30 meters, so you can connect two of these together without losing any significant amount of power.

Data transfer speeds

Staying true to the USB 3.0 name, these extension cables are capable of transfer rates of up to 5 Gbps. Making sure that when it comes to extending USB 3.0 ports from the back of your computer, you're not missing out on any benefits.

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A new evolution of UVC Control: Camera Presets!

A new evolution of UVC Control: Camera Presets!

 

UVC Control InterfaceThe Interface:

In a nutshell, the PTZOptics UVC Controller is a remote control for your camera that you can access from any computer or device on your internal network. Under the hood you will find access to advanced features such as: a camera manager, web server and preset visualizer which we will talk about in the “advanced features” section below. The top portion of the GUI interface includes a “Home” button along with 8 direction keys, which you can use to control your camera with a mouse, keyboard or USB joystick.  Below the control section you have access to zoom and focus controls along with a camera selection bar. Yes, this software can control up to 8 cameras with one computer! Next, we have control of the presets which include the ability to name presets.

I can’t stress enough how important it is to name presets. Once your presets are named you have a easy to use solution that is easy for others to pick up where you left off. Below the presets is where we have the “PresetVisuallizer” which open the PresetVisualizer and includes the ability to have live video preview and take a room snapshot to use for setting up visual presets. Below the PresetVisualizer we have “Web Control” which allows you to turn on/off your webhosting which allows other computers and smart phones to take camera control. Finally we have SkyPTZ which is a service that allows you to provide far end camera control outside your network. 

The PresetVisualizer:

UVC Camera PTZ Control Visual App

            The best way to grasp how people are using this technology is to look at a few examples of the PresetVisualizer in action. In essence the PresetVisualizer can be used with any photo (ideally the room you are using your camera in) to overlay your preset positions visually. For use in a conference room or distance learning/classroom setting the ability to add headshots with name tags is also available. Once you have your room photo in place and your presets lined up you only have to align your camera presets with the actual corresponding locations and your done.

            Let’s look at the above classroom example. Actual student photos can be used and placed as preset or we can simply mark out the important areas for a distance learning video call. Since we are using a USB camera with UVC control we can assume that we are using a cloud based video conferencing software like Adobe Connect. The PresetVisualizer is our visual layout of the cameras views we will want to use during our video call. One preset is on a SmartBoard, another is on the teachers podium and another is on the classroom full of students. If we have multiple cameras in use we can use select between them in the main panel and use the visualizer to easily select between presets.

            Let’s take the conference room example where we have 8 people sitting around a table on both sides of a video call. The PresetVisualizer can be used to allow users from both sides of the video call to easily select who they want to see on the main screen. This set up works well for telepresence and video conferencing applications.

Advanced Features: 

PresetVisualizer from PTZOptics using UVC Control

            The PTZOptics UVC Control software offers many advanced features that are hidden from view to simplify the interface.  One of the advanced features is WebPTZ Remote Control. This feature allows for Far-end IP control of the PTZOptics cameras from the web browser of any mobile device or computer over any LAN, Wi-Fi, and WAN IP Network. If you would like to provide access to a far-end outside your network we have two options. The first option is free and it allows you to open up your firewall to a outside IP address which will serve up the WebRemote to a far side. The second option is called SkyPTZ which is a service that sets up everything for you without any configuration. Simply give the far end computer (outside your network) the camera name and SkyPTZ will take care of everything else.

Top features:

  • ·      Video Preview
  • ·      Call Camera Presets (This is the world’s first UVC camera that can call presets)
  • ·      Provide Remote PTZ Web Server (Host a IP Address on your network and server a optimized “Web Remote” to users)
  • ·      Provide Far End Camera Control outside your network (Additional Service called SkyPTZ)
  • ·      Name Presets (Handy for complex scenarios and ease of use)
  • ·      Preset-Visualizer (Patented technology for laying out visual previews of camera presets)
  • ·      Pan Tilt Zoom (I know it’s been done before, but worth noting)
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USB 2.0 vs 3.0 vs USB C

USB 2.0 vs 3.0 vs USB C

USB 2.0, USB 3.0 and USB-C

The Universal Serial Bus, or USB for short has been used over the past two decades in devices of all sorts, whether it's used to connect printers, portable storage devices or even modern smartphones, one can find the USB symbol on the connectors of countless household devices even today.

The original USB technology soon got overrun with devices which were interested in using it on a whole new level. A transfer rate of 1.5 Mbps - 12 Mbps for low bandwidth and high bandwidth devices respectively was nowhere enough to satisfy many manufacturers. This lead to a series of upgrades which took place over the last two decades and have brought us better, more efficient and more reliable versions of the USB connector.

Let's take a look and compare some of the more well known versions, the USB 2.0, USB 3.0 and the USB-C.

The USB 2.0

Being an upgrade to the standard USB cable and connector (now called the USB 1.0), USB 2.0 added more bandwidth to satisfy manufacturers who were interested in making large portable storage devices.

The default USB 1.0 was still capable of running input devices such as a keyboard, mouse and various controllers but when it came to storage devices, the time it took to copy data to your USB drive also increased as people started asking for more storage capacity.

To solve all these issues, the USB 2.0 increased the full-bandwidth limit to 480 Mbps theoretically while most modern USB 2.0 devices perform at 280 Mbps (35 MB/s) due to limitations and energy losses. This solved the issue of having to reduce data transfer times as it put the USB connector on-par with most hard drives of the time.

The USB 3.0

Then came another upgrade in 2008, the USB 3.0, further increasing the maximum theoretical bandwidth from 480 Mbps to 4.8 Gbps (400 MB/s is a reasonable realistic speed to achieve provided that the device itself is capable of functioning at that speed).

As USB devices started getting more complex since the introduction of USB 2.0, power requirements also increased for certain devices. Mobile phones, even modern smartphones and other handheld devices currently use the USB ports to charge themselves.

This caused the manufacturers to increase the maximum power output which the USB cable can provide from 500 mA (USB 2.0) to 900 mA (USB 3.0). This additional power makes the USB 3.0 port the preferred option for setting up USB hubs as they'll be able to support and provide power to multiple devices without failing.

Another significant advancement between these two models was the introduction of full-duplex communication, making it possible to both send and receive data at the same time whereas the USB 2.0 worked on a half duplex mechanism.

The USB-C

The USB-C connector looks towards the future and aims to replace all the different USB connectors we see around us in our daily lives. Ranging from the USB-B, a square-shaped large connector for printers, the standard USB-A connectors we use for our computers as well as the various mini connectors used for handheld and smaller devices across the world.

The USB-C itself provides us with a relatively small connector but being small isn't its most important characteristic. The USB-C ends the need to flip your USB connector at least three times before it fits in the slot by being completely reversible, capable of connecting no matter how you align it.

Another advantage is that the small size lets manufacturers use it on devices of all sizes and when it comes to speed itself, the USB Type-C connectors are capable of running at whatever speed it's designed for. Many current connectors run on the USB 2.0 spec but as time goes on, we can be sure to see Type-C connectors which use the USB 3.0 or even USB 3.1 technology, giving us access to transfer speeds of up to 10 Gbps.

And in terms of power, when used these cables are more than capable of carrying 1.5 A to 3 A, making it possible to charge modern notebooks with a USB wire while also supporting the 900 mA power which smartphones and many other devices prefer to have.

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