• AVer's new camera makes conference calls easier

    POSTED January 28, 2016

Conference calls in a room of co-workers can be counterproductive when everyone is huddled over one speakerphone, and software updates and firewall issues can cause problems.

AVer Information Inc. recently launched a new conference camera, the AVer VC520, making it easier to set up calls with groups of six to 20 people. This is the first camera that caters to groups of this size while maintaining professional qualities of 1080p video.

This camera, which costs $999.99, is a plug-and-play device that operates with Skype for Business, Google Hangout, Zoom, WebEx and GotoMeeting. It also comes with a speakerphone that connects with other speakers in the office, and three microphones with a 360-degree pick-up in a 30-foot-diameter range.

“Millennials in the workplace will account for more than 46 percent of the workforce by 2020,” says Kevin Dorgan, national sales and marketing manager, video conferencing division. “This is the kind of device they will expect in the work environment.”

When executed safely, in-person meetings and events are possible. But it’s been tough for meeting planners across the nation, due to differing state-by-state and even county-by-county guidelines. In some areas, meetings and events have returned a while ago, but for others, it’s hard to imagine what planning a meeting would be like.


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