Logitech this week launched its new conference camera, the ConferenceCam Connect, aimed at small conference rooms catering up to around five people.
According to Logitech representatives, 21 million "huddle rooms" exist globally designed for small groups of people to have meetings or conferences, but only around 1 million of these are video enabled.
But as the world is becoming more and more mobile, and you can't always go a day without having to speak to a customer or colleague who is based away from the office, so having a collaborative environment is quite important.
Smaller businesses can't afford to have all of these rooms kitted out with large telepresence suites to solve this solution, making smaller portable solutions such as this conference camera more popular.
The number of ways to communicate by video has also grown, and now includes applications such as Skype, Jabber and GotoMeeting, with everyone having their own preferred method.
The ConferenceCam Connect aims to cater to some of the needs laid out by research into collaboration and communication in enterprises by providing a portable chassis that is able to connect to any mobile device to run a call, like the Logitech Mobile Speakerphone P710e, and can also connect to many of the available video presence applications people like to use.
Last year a survey by Ovum and LogMeIn found 92% of employees in the UK stated the number of meetings they attend is going up, but 70% of the meetings attended were marked as a waste of time.
Logitech has found the increased mobility of many firms is leading to employees preferring to use a video application to join a meeting from home where they can multitask while taking in the information as opposed to making the commute for a meeting that may not require all of their attention.
So while large businesses might still invest in things like telepresence, it's expensive, it's not portable and there's no flexibility, and most people prefer to use anything, anywhere to bring remote workers together and increase the time which can be spent face-to-face, without physically having to be in the same room.
Specs at a glance:
- PC and Mac compatibility
- Miracast support
- 90 degree field of view
- 4x digital Full HD zoom
- ZEISS glass lens with autofocus
- 360-degree sound with 12-foot diameter range
- Battery life 3-15 hours depending on activity
- Kensington security slot
What platforms does it support? Cisco Jabber and WebEx, Citrix GoToMeeting, Blue Jeans, Google Hangouts, Lifesize, Microsoft Lync and Skype, Vidyo, Zoom and others. The product will be available worldwide with a suggested price of £449.