ATLONA SHIPPING INTEGRATED 4K COLLABORATION SYSTEM
Atlona is now shipping its AT-UHD-HDVS-300-KIT HDBaseT-equipped collaboration system that provides 4K AV switching, USB and HDMI extension, and system control for PC-based conferencing using Skype for Business, WebEx, and GoToMeeting cloud services. Atlona says the new two-piece system is the industry’s first to enable a single category cable connection between a conferencing hub and a 4K display together with a USB-equipped video conferencing camera.
“This is a simple, elegant solution that eliminates a kluge of components and cabling that complicate system design, degrade reliability, and confuse users,” said Joshua Castro, Atlona product manager. “One key innovation is using HDBaseT to carry video from a display-mounted camera back to a hub that supports PC-based conferencing codecs. As a result, we can use just one category cable between the hub and the display and camera. Integrators are looking for this degree of simplicity in systems that support Skype and other PC-based cloud conferencing services.”
The product consists of the AT-UHD-HDVS-300-TX, which serves as the conferencing hub, video switch, and HDBaseT transmitter, and the AT-UHD-HDVS-300-RX, which receives the HDBaseT signal and delivers an HDMI signal to the display. The kit extends AV, Ethernet, control, and USB, and includes a USB hub at both the transmitter and receiver. For the AT-UHD-HDVS-300-RX, USB connectivity is ideal for carrying camera video back to the hub. Additionally, a local HDMI input is available on the receiver.
“Our hub provides inputs for HDMI, DisplayPort, VGA, and USB microphone, as well as for USB peripherals. Our receiver, co-located with the display, provides inputs to support a USB camera, such as one of the latest generation PTZ models for video conferencing. This new kit is going to have a lot integrators taking a long, hard look at Atlona for their huddle space solutions,” added Castro.
The AT-UHD-HDVS-300-KIT is compatible with sources and displays up to 4K/UHD @ 60 Hz with 4:2:0 chromasubsampling. Automatic input selection allows for hands-free transitions between presenters, and integrated display control enables automatic display on/off control as well as volume adjustment from the AT-UHD-HDVS-300-TX. The kit supports TCP/IP and RS-232 control for compatibility with advanced control systems, and it supports the Atlona Management System (AMS), which enables remote access for product configuration, troubleshooting, and system updates.
The AT-UHD-HDVS-300-KIT is currently available with a suggested end-user price of US$1899.