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BUYER’S GUIDE: Videoconferencing & Telepresence

Pexip, RUSHWORKS, Vaddio, DVIGear

Pexip Infinity platform


Pexip says its Infinity platform allows organizations to offer video, audio and Web-based collaboration to employees via their existing IT and cloud infrastructures. The platform is built on a software-based and scalable architecture; Pexip describes it as quick and easy to install, deploy, operate and manage, allowing customers to capitalize on existing investments to create seamless virtual collaboration environments. “As a result, users can collaborate using any platform including Microsoft Lync, Skype for Business, Skype, other soft clients, audio or videoconferencing systems, major Web browsers or personal devices such as smartphones, tablets and PCs — providing high-quality visual communications to any user working from anywhere.” Info and test drives are available at


RUSHWORKS now offers TALKTAKE automated video switching based on active microphone detection.

RUSHWORKS integrated PTZ production system

The company specializes in television production, automation and streaming solutions; this feature is now included with its VDESK and REMO portable Integrated PTZ Production Systems. It detects when a person is speaking into a microphone and selects the corresponding input on the PROGRAM Video switcher for output to air.

“In many venues this means that a meeting or multi-person interview can literally produce itself with no camera or switcher operators,” said President Rush Beesley. “The more people with microphones, the more of a challenge it becomes to make appropriately timed switches. We use what programmers call ‘fuzzy logic’ to emulate how a director would make shot selections.”

The company’s clients include city and state governments, court systems, school districts, houses of worship, radio stations and entertainment venues. Info:


Vaddio recently introduced the RoboSHOT 12 USB camera, which it describes as the first enterprise-class HD conferencing camera with simultaneous USB 3.0 and IP (H.264) streaming, complete with an HDMI video output.

The RoboSHOT 12 USB video stream is uncompressed, which provides for high resolution and high-frame-rate video, up to 1080p, without a loss of signal integrity that the company says is found in most USB webcams.

Vaddio RoboSHOT

Vaddio emphasizes the camera’s focus on IT management across the enterprise. It accomplishes this through its embedded Web server, IP Streaming capabilities and PoE+ GB port built into the camera. “Simply type the camera’s IP address to any Web browser on any device and you can now see your live video stream and control functions simultaneously,” it states. “This is ideal for remote management and IT control.”

President/CEO Ed Ellett said enterprise adoption of unified communications has driven the need for a higher-quality HD USB PTZ camera. “We believe this camera is a huge improvement over any other conferencing camera in today’s UC and AV markets,” he stated in a product announcement.

The camera features a 12x optical zoom with a 73-degree wide horizontal field of view, suitable for small to medium-sized conference rooms, training rooms or classrooms in a variety of applications including UC conferencing, videoconferencing, distance learning, lecture capture, telepresence and pro AV.

It is equipped with Tri-Synchronous Motion technology, a silent, direct drive motor system that allows the three axes of the camera (pan, tilt and zoom) to move simultaneously for smooth, natural camera motion. Info:

DVIGear DisplayPort v1.2 Fiber Optic Cables

Digital connectivity product manufacturer DVIGear offers version 1.2 of its DisplayPort Fiber Optic Cable, which is part of its DVI-26xx-FO series of cables. DisplayPort v1.2 can extend DisplayPort signals with resolutions up to 4K/60 Hz (4:4:4) to a distance of up to 130 feet.

The DisplayPort v1.2 cables use high-speed electro-optical converters integrated within the cable. The transmitter module converts the electrical signals from a DisplayPort source device to optical pulses that are transported over the fiber optical cable to the receiver. The receiver module then converts the optical pulses back to the original signal for display.

Video signals from the DisplayPort v1.2 cables are transmitted over four optical fibers, preventing interference from environmental noise sources. The optical transmission path provides a low RFI/EMI profile. Power is drawn from a connected DisplayPort source.

DisplayPort v1.2 signals can be sent via cable lengths of less than 50 feet with DisplayPort High Resolution Copper Cables. Constructed with 24 AWG copper wires, these cables can transport high speed digital DisplayPort v1.2 signals with 4K resolution and bit rates up to 21.6 Gbps. Info: