First announced at InfoComm in June but now available as a product update, Jabra’s video bar solutions have just become smarter. Jabra made its PanaCast 50 professional video bar a little too good at picking up every face. So, particularly in glass-walled meeting rooms but also for open-plan spaces, there’s a chance people outside a meeting could find themselves on screen for remote participants.
Jabra’s new Intelligent Meeting Space feature enables users to customize a meeting space so that only people inside a specified area are included in the meeting. The Jabra PanaCast 50 and PanaCast 50 Room System simply allows for definition of room boundaries of the virtual meeting space, so only people within this area are included, whereas bystanders and people walking by are excluded.
PanaCast 50 and PanaCast 50 Room System are the first front-of-room devices to be certified for Microsoft’s new Intelligent Speaker functionality, which identifies who said what in a Microsoft Teams Room meeting and allows each person to have their spoken words accurately attributed to them in the transcript. Intelligent speech recognition identifies up to 10 individual speakers’ voices, adding names of in-room participants to the live transcription so that you know exactly who’s said what.
Voice recognition functionality — upon individual enrollment — enables in-room participants to maintain their identity in the meeting transcript, enabling more precise intelligent recaps for users with a Teams Premium license.
Intelligent Speaker is proprietary Microsoft technology to uniquely identify a person’s voice to have accurate speaker attribution. When multiple people are speaking in a conference room, and the transcription feature in Microsoft Teams is enabled, it makes sure the sentences and words of each attendee be attributed to them as opposed to being generically attributed to the meeting space.
Jabra PanaCast 50 is the first and only Microsoft Teams Rooms video bar that supports Intelligent Speaker right in the bar, without having to purchase a secondary device just to enable this capability.
As explained by Microsoft, announcing the general availability, Intelligent Speaker will bring people identification in live transcription in a shared environment enabling clear voice capture of participants in the meeting room. Allowing everyone in the meeting to spend less time taking notes and easily follow along who said what in the room. Intelligent speakers include a seven-microphone array to identify voices, so whether you are working remotely or in the conference room, you can effectively see who said what during and after the meeting.
“No-one likes taking minutes, and now, no-one has to,” said Josh Blalock, Microsoft MVP and chief video evangelist at Jabra. “We are proud to be the first to bring Intelligent Speaker for Microsoft Teams directly to a video collaboration bar, expanding the ROI for our PanaCast 50 customers, and eliminating the need for them to further complicate their meeting room deployments At Jabra, we are always looking for ways to harness the power of cutting-edge AI technologies to revolutionize hybrid and remote meetings, and this is a major step.”