Logitech expands its portfolio of video conferencing systems with three more devices: Rally Bar, Rally Bar Mini and Logitech RoomMate. After laptops, headsets and video cameras boomed in the first wave of mobile working, videoconferencing vendors are now seeing a growing market. This is due to the fact that in the vast majority of meetings, when employees return to the office, they also want to be connected to the meeting when they are elsewhere.
Rally Bar is designed for rooms of medium coarseness and will be released at the end of the quarter
A flat screen then hangs on the wall in the conference room, with a video bar with camera, speakers, and microphones below it. The first product in Logitech’s new portfolio to be released in the first quarter is Rally Bar. The special thing is the combination of two cameras. Left of center is a wide-angle camera that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to recognize the shape of people and control the orientation and zoom level of the main camera in the center.
If another human enters the room, the AI can zoom in on the main camera without having to search the room first. This is to avoid wild panning. The main camera records 4k and can zoom in three times optically and five times digitally. The microphones can also focus on the active speaker.
A second camera helps to monitor the room and control the image section of the main camera.
The Rally Bar is built on an Android platform and integrates as a Microsoft Teams Room for Android and as a Zoom Rooms appliance. Optionally, the Rally Bar can also be connected to a conference PC or ad hoc to an employee laptop via USB.
Rally Bar Mini does not have a swiveling camera
Later, the simpler Rally Bar Mini model for small rooms will be released, as well as the RoomMate control device, which will provide larger rooms with Rally Camera and remote Rally Mic pods. All components will be managed through Logitech Sync or other management platform. Rally bars can report room occupancy and even the number of people in the room, so that meeting rooms can be better utilized.
Prices for the Rally Bar start at 4.000 Euro, for Rally Bar Mini at 3.000 Euro and for Logitech RoomMate at 1.000 Euro. These devices will be compatible with GoTo, Pexip and RingCentral.