Altia Systems Takes Its PanaCast Plugin to Intel Developer Forum
It was about three weeks ago when we heard about Altia Systems' upgrade to the PanaCast 2 system, adding a new app called the PanaCast ePTZ system to offer better control over panning, tilting and zooming the camera remotely and improving the immersion factor of its operations. But Altia is scarcely resting on its laurels, and is taking its PanaCast plugin to the Intel Developer Forum, where it will show off an even more impressive proposition for users.
The PanaCast plugin offers further refinement for the PanaCast system by giving it the ability to access panoramic video collaboration tools on the strength of a single click, as part of Intel Unite. It's said to be one of the first such plugins released as part of the Intel Unite Plugin software development kit (SDK), and is geared to work on mini PCs running at least Intel Core vPro processors.
Working with the PanaCast 2 camera, which already has a truly immersive perspective—including a 180-degree x 54-degree field of view, plus the benefits added by PanaCast ePTZ—the combined result generates a powerful videoconferencing solution. It's as simple to start as clicking an icon in the Intel Unite application, and makes it easy for participants to join in, whether on site or working remotely, a development that bolsters its usefulness in driving the remote workforce. Further helping out is a use of wireless technology that allows for quick connection to new displays, or displays currently active. This means there's not a lot of time lost to plugging in cables or checking these connections for a failure point when something goes wrong.
This of course isn't all that came out of the Intel Developer Forum. Starting from the keynote, there were a host of developments regarding the ability to wake up a system using voice commands, leading up to Intel's next generation of processor with the impressive name of “Skylake.” While the ability to get more immersive and better quality videoconferencing may sound mundane against systems that wake up when told to and a processor that can handle a triple-screen racing game at resolutions nearing photo-quality, it's still going to be a powerful development, especially given the state of the mobile workforce.
The mobile workforce needs certain tools in order to operate effectively, and videoconferencing is one of these tools. Videoconferencing helps keep the various parts of the remote workforce together and operating in sync, as well as keeping said parts accountable for various tasks. It works like an actual meeting does, except it doesn't require all the participants to be in the same room. Thus, those tools that make videoconferencing better—like Intel Unite and the various PanaCast tools—help make the conference feel more like a physical one, thus giving it more impact for participants.
It goes beyond videoconferencing, of course, but the simple truth is that in an environment that's increasingly drawing on remote talent and offering employees the flexibility to do the job at hand from just about anywhere, tools like these will go a long way toward making the mobile workforce everything it can be.
Edited by Dominick Sorrentino