By Eric Kintz // Senior Vice President and General Manager, Logitech for Business
@EricKintz on January 18, 2012
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Some 65 percent of companies that have deployed Unified Communications (UC) have only been able to service half or less of their employees, according to recent research. To help accelerate adoption of desktop videoconferencing and UC in the enterprise, Logitech is introducing the next generation of webcam technology with full 1080p HD video, onboard H.264 compression and USB Video Class (UVC) driver-less install.
Many UC solutions have been slow to gain widespread adoption because users felt the quality was too low, legacy hardware wasn’t able to support new technologies and IT managers struggled with deployment time. To address this, Logitech is webcams that offer a more life-like experience, easier installation and lower PC processor burden for enhanced desktop videoconferencing and UC.
In collaboration with Skype™, Logitech is the first to offer true 1080p videoconferencing at a maximum 30 frames per second for fluid motion and vivid colors. These enhancements help overcome the barrier to acceptance for UC solutions when video quality is too low to keep employees engaged.
Rather than slowing down the PC’s processor, advanced H.264 hardware encoding manages video compression inside the webcam when paired with a compatible videoconferencing client. Because of the reduced CPU load, H.264 webcams better enable desktop videoconferencing on older and low-end PCs – a major cost-savings for businesses that want to move up to UC without having to replace legacy hardware. Also, since video is captured natively in the H.264 format, there is no extra compression step when sharing video clips – reducing upload time.
Logitech, along with the USB Implementers Forum, has been actively involved in developing a UVC standard that allows for driver-less plug-and-play installation – slashing deployment time in large enterprises that may need to simultaneously install hundreds or even thousands of webcams. Logitech HD webcams are also compatible with all major UC applications.
The combination of 1080p, H.264 compression and UVC driver-less install will help accelerate adoption of desktop videoconferencing and UC in enterprises of all sizes. It’s never been easier for video communications and collaboration to become part of everyone’s work life, whether connecting with colleagues down the hall or partners on the other side of the world.
More information on Logitech webcams and other Logitech products for business is available at www.logitech.com/business.