Dolby Introduces New Dolby Voice Huddle Conferencing Solution with Automatic Acoustic Optimization

May 21 2020, 02:10
Dolby Laboratories announced a new Dolby Voice Huddle, a conferencing solution designed specifically to address the challenges of video meetings in smaller – and often custom – spaces. This compact solution features Dolby intelligent acoustic technology which calibrates based on the TV and room space to deliver optimum audio quality without the need for additional speakers and soundbars. Dolby Voice Huddle joins the previously released Dolby Voice Room and Dolby Voice Room Pro solutions to complete the Rooms with Dolby Voice video conferencing product portfolio.

Businesses today face the challenge of preparing for sudden, unpredictable situations and events that both jeopardize continuity and necessitate a shift from mostly on-premises to largely distributed operations. Dolby Voice Huddle can help employers empower remote workforces to be as effective working from the home office as they would be face-to-face with more natural and productive meeting experiences. Dolby’s video and audio technologies combine to capture details as vividly as if everyone is in the same room, whether calling from a flex room, a board room, or even a home office.

Dolby Voice Huddle combines a wide-angle 1080p camera, spatial microphone array and processing into one compact device. This affordable solution includes an intuitive touch controller for easy meeting management, satellite microphone for balancing voices in challenging room environments, and free enterprise management tools. The flexibility of the new Dolby Voice Huddle solution addresses business needs around shift to distributed and remote workforces.

Audio specifications detail the use of advanced audio processing, including noise suppression, acoustic echo cancellation, voice separation. The full duplex solution supports DVC-2/G.711a/G.711u/G.722/G.729ab and Opus audio codecs with a frequency response from 160Hz to 16kHz . The system's microphone is able to capture voice within a 4.5m (15ft) range. There's also an audio output through HDMI.

“It’s never been more critical for businesses to enable lifelike communications that keep people engaged,” says Andrew Border, Vice President, Communications Business Group, Dolby. “Dolby Voice Huddle plays a crucial role in our mission of providing exceptional meeting experiences for meeting spaces of any kind and size by equipping huddle rooms and personal offices through our valued partners.”
As with the Dolby Voice Room and Dolby Voice Room Pro solutions, Dolby Voice Huddle will be seamlessly integrated with leading service providers and OEM partners, such as:
· LogMeIn – expected to expand their GoToRoom with Dolby Voice offering with both Dolby Voice Huddle and Dolby Voice Room Pro solutions by the end of Q2, 2020
· Amazon Chime – currently offers an integrated room experience on Dolby Voice Room and is expected to extend the offering to Dolby Voice Huddle by the end of Q2, 2020
· BlueJeans by Verizon – Rooms service featuring Dolby Voice Room and Dolby Voice Room Pro is already available and is expected to offer BlueJeans Rooms featuring Dolby Voice Huddle in Q3, 2020
· AudioCodes – expected to integrate the Dolby Voice Huddle into the AudioCodes RX Suite to deliver the RVX80 Video Collaboration Bar, with planned availability in Q3, 2020
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