On October 7th Polycom celebrates its 25th year of operations and celebrates the culture of innovation by launching the next wave of innovative products that move the technology and workflows beyond the current defined boundaries of unified communications and collaboration. Exclusively to VUC on October 9th we take a deeper dive into the new product launches with Sam Kennedy, Polycom’s Director of Worldwide Consulting Engineering and VUC (semi)regular and longtime friend Jason Bordujenko to understand the solution set as well as discuss Polycom’s vision for the Workplace of the Future.
Earlier this year Grandstream Networks Inc. upped their game in the video conference space, launching the GVC3200, an enterprise video conference system. Friday, October 2nd Phil Bowers, Global Marketing Communications Manager for Grandstream Networks Inc. will join us to profile this new device.
The GVC3200 is a potent and affordable solution built upon Android. The device has a feature set longer than can be listed here. It’s SIP capable, but also supports Hangouts, GotoMeeting, Skype and Skype-for-Business. It even includes a built-in-MCU!
We’ve been playing with the technology since the VoIPathon last year (many of us way before then).
What is SDR?
“Software-defined radio (SDR) is a radio communication system where components that have been typically implemented in hardware (e.g. mixers, filters, amplifiers, modulators/demodulators, detectors, etc.) are instead implemented by means of software on a personal computer or embedded system.” (wikipedia)
Here’s how the ARRL defines it:
“In its purest form, and SDR receiver might consist simply of an analog-to-digital convert chip connected to an antenna. All the filtering and signal detection can take place in the digital domain, perhaps in an ordinary personal computer. While there are still good reasons to use some analog components in high-performance gear, the SDR approach is becoming more common in Amateur Radio.”