Altia Systems, creators of PanaCast 2, the world’s first 180° Panoramic-4K Plug-and-Play video camera system, has announced the introduction of PanaCast 3, the world’s first intelligent panoramic video system. The PanaCast 3 has a 40-Megapixels capacity and integrates three 13-megapixel cameras, stereo microphones and advanced software to deliver 100% video coverage, 100% audio capture and 100% data sensing.
The portable, easy-to-use system made its formal debut at Pepcom’s Digital Experience event and was on show at CES 2019, recently held in Las Vegas.
PanaCast 3 easily mounts on top of any digital display or on a wall with available mounting hardware. The USB-C connection allows connection to any compatible device or display for instant setup and mobile meeting capability. PanaCast 3 is compatible with all of today’s leading collaboration software providers, including Microsoft Teams, Skype, Zoom, Cisco WebEx, Slack, Google Hangouts, GoToMeeting, join.me and more.
“From huddle rooms to Fortune 500 boardrooms and auditoriums, PanaCast 3 provides the ultimate video collaboration experience to help teams communicate better, build trust and accelerate business. In addition to enhanced video and audio performance, the PanaCast 3 system provides accurate AI data, which is critical for companies to improve participants’ experience autonomously, automate workflows, and generate data lakes of valid information.”
– Aurangzeb Khan, President and CEO of Altia Systems
PanaCast 3 uses three 13-megapixel cameras working as one via the PanaCast Vision Processor to capture the entire room on video, a digital signal processor and two omnidirectional microphones with 40% better separation for enhanced audio and an advanced multi-sensor AI array that has built-in capabilities to detect people. PanaCast 3 delivers crystal clear video over a 180-degree field of view at Panoramic-4K resolution (3840×1080), without the distortion of ultra-wide angle or fisheye lens cameras. PanaCast 3 lets users include all team members in their conversations and utilise every seat in their rooms or collaboration spaces, with lossless zoom up to 6x and real-time video stitching just 18 inches from the camera.
Representing outstanding value, PanaCast 3 is the company’s first model to come standard with Intelligent Zoom, which autonomously adjusts the field of view to include everyone in the conversation, and the PanaCast API, which enables developers and partners to query the system for real-time information, such as people count data. PanaCast Vivid™, which maximises video performance from rooms with widely varying light conditions, will also be delivered at no additional cost for PanaCast 3 customers in an upcoming release. Intelligent Zoom, PanaCast Vivid and PanaCast API are part of PanaCast’s Intelligent Vision 2.0 suite of edge AI software products for the PanaCast line of camera systems.
To deliver the most accurate data, Altia Systems partnered with Intel to develop advanced people detection and counting technology and provides data free of cost via the PanaCast API, or with built-in capabilities in the latest version of the PanaCast Vision app. The AI software utilizes a Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) to count the number of people on camera, up to 40 feet away, and provide searchable data which organizations can use to inform decisions on calendar management, room utilization and resource management, or to automate facility assets such as TV monitors, lights, video conferencing equipment and more. The CNN inference engine is highly optimised for Intel® Core™ processor-based PCs and the Panoramic-4K video of PanaCast cameras. The technology is available through the PanaCast API built for the Windows operating system and can be used for large areas like classrooms, auditoriums and general gatherings.
More than 1,600 companies have already chosen PanaCast as their video collaboration technology solution, including Uber, which last year deployed more than 850 PanaCast cameras in huddle rooms and conference rooms to connect employees in hundreds of offices around the world.