As employees return to the office, many organizations are planning a mix of remote and personal work environments where video conferencing software will be used to communicate between teams. That’s why Google introduced its new Series One meeting room kits for Google Meet. .
Through the company’s partnership with Lenovo, each Series One kit will include a regular or oversized 4K smart camera, a computer system, a smart audio bar, and a 10.1-inch touchscreen controller or remote, depending on the size of the bundle.
The computer system in Series One is purpose-built for Google Meet on Chrome OS, making it easy to install and keep up to date. All equipment and software used in Google’s new conference room kits are securely managed through the Google Admin console and this includes device configuration, health checks, and minor troubleshooting without ever having to visit the room itself. To help organizations monitor room usage and enforce security protocols when returning to the office, each kit also has the ability to anonymously detect the number of room participants and visits.
Power is supplied to the computer system and Smart Audio Bar using a single power architecture with Power-Over-Ethernet. At the same time, a color-coded component cable management system helps reduce clutter and simplify installation. However, as the room size changes, kits can be expanded with additional microphone pods and an additional audio bar for room-filling stereo sound.
Sets for a room from the series
While Google’s new offering may at first glance look similar to Microsoft Teams Rooms devices, there is one big difference. The company’s Meet Compute System and Smart Audio Bar from Series One room kits use the same technology used in its data centers.
Both devices feature a Coral M.2 accelerator module with Google Edge TPUs that enable AI-powered audio and video processing. Series One devices can take advantage of future machine learning innovations while maintaining both high performance and reliability for AV workloads. The Coral Edge TPU also enables multi-channel noise cancellation technology called TrueVoice, which allows any voice to be heard loud and clear while filtering out distracting noises such as sirens, typing and more.
In a blog post, hardware lead for Meet devices at Google, Milton Ribeiro explained why Coral’s energy-efficient processing is perfect for meetings, saying:
First, the Coral chip’s low wattage doesn’t produce enough heat to require fans for cooling. No fans means no extra noise to disrupt meeting audio. Second, the energy-efficient processing allows for minimalist, hassle-free installation of the new system. It runs on Power over Ethernet or PoE, reducing the number of cables and freeing up power outlets. “
Companies that want to equip their conference room with a Series One conference kit can contact Lenovo about pricing and availability, as neither Google nor Google have announced these details yet.