CASE STUDY: Summit Public School, California and Washington

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Administrators at Summit Public Schools, a public charter school with 10 locations across California and Washington, felt poor-quality audio was preventing the school’s faculty and leadership team from successfully utilizing its videoconferencing solution. Deploying the Yamaha YVC-1000 conference phone throughout many locations, Summit Public Schools was able to resolve the audio issues and achieve its vision for a system that would offer a successful remote collaborative environment.

“Our old conference phone just wasn’t reliable. The quality was horrible, echo was coming off the system, and it was constantly shutting off when it was turned up too loud,” said Bryant Wong, CTO, Summit Public Schools. “All these issues were inhibiting the ability of my teachers and leadership to meet and collaborate effectively. The YVC-1000 delivers the high-quality audio I expect and provides a better experience that’s consistent and reliable.”

With the help of IT solutions provider Virtual Graffiti, the school initially brought in the Yamaha YVC-1000 for a test run. It took very little instruction to get the device up and running; they just plugged it in and it was ready to go. The phone picked up voices clearly and the audio was audible to everyone in the room. It provided a better experience for everyone, in every location, including one with an acoustically challenging concrete wall, where they noticed a massive improvement.

A USB- and Bluetooth-enabled conference phone, the Yamaha YVC-1000 features a separate microphone and speaker unit ideal for video conferencing solutions. The speaker can be placed close to the video display so that audio and video from the remote location blend naturally, while the microphone is placed near the in-room participants for the best pickup of their voices.

Having had such a successful 30-day trial, Summit Public Schools bought additional units to replace the old conference phones. The Yamaha YVC-1000 has given the organization peace of mind and allowed the leadership team to resume its high-impact, collaborative meetings. Today, the video conferencing rooms are in use eight to 12 times a day across the school’s many buildings. Additional units have been purchased and are being deployed in multiple locations across the nation, expanding Wong’s collaboration vision even further.

“The audio challenges Summit Public Schools faced are a prime example of what drives our company to engineer UC solutions that enable the collaboration experiences people expect,” said Nick Emoto, VP of business strategy, Revolabs.

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