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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.

 

 

SMART Extra-Large Room System

SMART SRS for Microsoft Lync – Single Display

SMART Room System for Microsoft Lync

SMART SRS for Microsoft Lync – Dual Display

SMART SRS for Microsoft Lync –

Small Room

Manufacturer

SMART

SMART

SMART

SMART

SMART

Camera

Wide Angle Fixed View

N/A

Tabletop Active Speaker Tracking / Panorama

Tabletop Active Speaker Tracking / Panorama

Wide Angle Fixed View

Resolution

4K

N/A

1080p

1080p

1080p

Lens

TrueColor

N/A

Carl Zeiss Optics

TrueColor

TrueColor

Field of View

90° field of view

N/A

90° field of view

98% field of view

98% field of view

Pan, Tilt, Zoom

Digital

N/A

Digital

Digital

Digital

Microphone

Directional (Multiple)

N/A

Omni-directional

Directional (Multiple)

Directional

Display

Dual 84”

N/A

Single 84”

Dual 55”

Single 55”

Room Size

Extra Large

N/A

Medium

Medium

Extra Small

Connectivity

Ethernet

N/A

Ethernet

Ethernet

Ethernet

Audio

HD Audio

N/A

HD Audio

N/A

HD Audio

Mount

Universal

N/A

Universal

Universal

Universal

USB Port

Yes

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Price

$40,999

$19,499

$24,999

$24,999

$17,999

Warranty

1 yr.

 

2 yrs.

2 yrs.

1 yr.

Crestron Skype for Business certified webcams and room systems

Crestron is also Microsoft’s trusted partner for Skype for Business room systems. Crestron also offers single and dual displays configurations but users who want to use their own displays are also accommodated. Crestron systems feature Carl Zeiss Optic lens with 1080p resolution. The price starts at $13,995 up to $27,995.

 

Crestron RL Group Collaboration System Lync – Dual Display

Crestron RL Mobile Cart

Crestron RL Group Collaboration System for Lync – Single Display

Crestron RL System for Lync (No Display)

Manufacturer

Crestron

Crestron

Crestron

Crestron

Camera

Tabletop Active Speaker Tracking / Panorama

N/A

Tabletop Active Speaker Tracking / Panorama

Wide Angle Fixed View

Resolution

1080p

N/A

1080p

1080p

Lens

Carl Zeiss Optics

N/A

Carl Zeiss Optics

TrueColor

Field of View

90° field of view

N/A

90° field of view

360° Panoramic View

Pan, Tilt, Zoom

Digital

N/A

Digital

Digital

Microphone

Bi-directional

N/A

Bi-directional

Bi-directional

Display

Dual 65”

N/A

Single 65”

Supply Own Display(s)

Room Size

Large

N/A

Small

Large

Connectivity

Ethernet

N/A

Ethernet

Ethernet

Audio

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Mount

Universal

Universal

Universal

Universal

USB Port

Yes

N/A

Yes

Yes

Price

$27,995

$700

$19,995

$13,995

Warranty

1 yr.

1 yr.

1 yr.

2 yrs.

Logitech Skype for Business certified Webcams and Room Systems

Logitech is not a Microsoft partner but all of its offerings are certified to use with Skype for Business. The webcam company does not make huge systems compared to SMART and Crestron but rather it concentrates on individuals or extra small meeting rooms. Logitech video conferencing cameras are priced at $249 to $999.

 

BCC950 ConferenceCam

CC3000e Conference Camera

ConferenceCam Connect

Manufacturer

Logitech

Logitech

Logitech

Camera

N/A

Tabletop Active Speaker Tracking / Panorama

Tabletop Active Speaker Tracking / Panorama

Resolution

1080p

1080p

1080p

Lens

Carl Zeiss Optics

Carl Zeiss Optics

Carl Zeiss Optics

Field of View

78° field of view                 

90° field of view                

90° field of view                

Pan, Tilt, Zoom

Motorized

N/A

N/A

Microphone

Omni-directional

Omni-directional

Omni-directional

Display

N/A

N/A

N/A

Room Size

N/A

Medium

Medium

Connectivity

N/A

USB/Bluetooth

Ethernet/Bluetooth/USB

Audio

 

Full Duplex Audio

Hi-Fi Audio

Mount

Universal

Desktop

Universal

USB Port

Yes

Yes

Yes

Price

$249

$999

$499.99

Warranty

N/A

2 yrs.

2 yrs.

Polycom Skype for Business certified webcams and Room Systems

Polycom is also a certified Microsoft partner for Skype for Business room systems. The company does not provide any display units with its room systems instead it encourages users to supply their own displays. The cheapest room system from Polycom costs $5,624 while the most expensive is available for $19,599.

 

CX5100

CX8000 for Microsoft Lync Front of Room Camera Bundle

CX8000 for Microsoft Lync Center-of-Table camera bundle with CX5100

Manufacturer

Polycom

Polycom

Polycom

Camera

Tabletop Active Speaker Tracking / Panorama

Tabletop Active Speaker Tracking / Panorama

Tabletop Active Speaker Tracking / Panorama

Resolution

1080p

1080p

1080p

Lens

Carl Zeiss Optics

TrueColor

TrueColor

Field of View

360° Panoramic View

98% field of View

90° field of view

Pan, Tilt, Zoom

N/A

Digital

Digital

Microphone

Omni-directional

Directional

Directional

Display

Supply Own Display(s)

Supply Own Display(s)

Supply Own Display(s)

Room Size

Medium

Large

Large

Connectivity

Ethernet/USB

Ethernet

Ethernet

Audio

Full Duplex Audio

N/A

N/A

Mount

Universal

Universal

Universal

USB Port

Yes

Yes

Yes

Price

$5,624

$14,279

$19,599

Warranty

1 yr.

2 yrs.

1 yr.

SMART has an advantage of bringing the latest technology since it is the only manufacturer that provides a 4K camera and display model. Crestron, Polycom and SMART are certified Microsoft partners so their room systems are optimized for Skype for Business. These systems will offer hassle free experience during meetings and can cater to extra small, small, medium, large and extra-large meeting spaces. Logitech on the other hand is capturing the individuals market by offering high-quality cameras at low cost. These cameras lack big systems compared to other three manufacturers but for an individual it’s more than enough and he/she does not need to spend thousands of dollars on video conferencing equipment.

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