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Ricoh Unveils New Group Videoconferencing System

June 23, 2014

Tech company Ricoh Americas Corp recently unveiled a new group videoconferencing system that is made by integrating the Unified Communication System P3000 (built on the VidyoWorks platform from Vidyo) and the PJ WX4141N Ultra Short Throw Business Projection System. Showcased at InfoComm 2014 in Las Vegas, the solution allows the individuals and groups to come together and easily capture, transform and manage information.

The P3000 solution integrates video, audio, text and interactive media in a lightweight, compact design that can be transported easily for highly collaborative meetings anytime, anywhere — with anyone. The solution uses an Internet connection and features an easy-to-use interface similar to a smart phone, so users can set up and operate the device within moments. With its compact footprint, the lightweight system can be transported easily with minimal effort. The portable laptop-sized system includes a small camera, microphone and speakers that can be tucked away in a special soft-sided case for convenient video communications on the go.

The RICOH PJ WX4141N includes network connectivity, remote management and optional interactive features. The ultra-short throw projector can be placed within inches of any flat, vertical surface in offices, classrooms and public spaces for bright, crisp displays up to 80 inches diagonal without shadows, noise or glare. Its compact, lightweight design simplifies transport, or clients can easily mount it on a wall or set it on a table for everyday convenience. The PJ WX4141N produces at least 3,300 lumens with 1280 x 800 WXGA resolution for exceptional clarity.

"Companies are continually forced to choose between pricey permanent videoconferencing rooms or consumer-class apps they find online," said Matt Sakauchi, VP of Technology Marketing at Ricoh Americas. "Consumer apps are really designed for one-to-one versus many-to-many calls, and they often lack the security capabilities a business requires. The P3000, on the other hand, hits the sweet spot between the two extremes, meeting the needs of today's more fluidly collaborative work styles. Because the solution is a portable, self-contained unit, any office, meeting room or home office can instantly become a videoconference room."

In related news, Ricoh Americas Corp. said it is offering an alternative to flat panel digital signage systems with a new digital signage solution that is mobile and produces a larger image than conventional flat-panel displays. According to a company release, this projector-based system can provide the creative freedom to project onto curved, conical and even spherical surfaces -- a way to transform and share information in today's changing work environment.

Edited by Rory J. Thompson

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