First announced at InfoComm in June but now available as a product update, Jabra’s video bar solutions have just become smarter. 

The new Intelligent Meeting Space feature for the Jabra PanaCast 50 professional video bar enables users to customise the meeting space so that only people inside the specified area are included in the meeting. The Jabra PanaCast 50 and PanaCast 50 Room System allows for definition of room boundaries of the virtual meeting space, so only people within this area are included and 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.

Using intelligent speech recognition identifies up to 10 individual speakers’ voices, adding names of in-room participants to the live transcription. 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 licence.

When multiple people are speaking in a conference room, and the transcription feature in Microsoft Teams is enabled, it ensures the sentences and words of each attendee can 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 in the bar, without having to purchase a secondary device to enable this capability. 

Microsoft MVP and chief video evangelist, Josh Blalock said, “No one likes taking minutes – and now, no one has to. 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 revolutionise hybrid and remote meetings, and this is a major step.”