Established in 1912 and serving more than 20,000 individuals annually, the Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo is the largest and oldest provider of legal services to the indigent in Western New York. Their Civil Legal Services Unit provides a range of services for domestic violence victims, abused and neglected children and children facing a multitude of challenges in obtaining equal access to education.
Much of this important legal work is done in a large, uniquely-shaped meeting room that now prominently features solutions from ClearOne (NASDAQ: CLRO), the leading global provider of audio and visual communications solutions.
Brian O’Leary, Account Executive at VeraView LLC, designed and specified ClearOne’s patented Beamforming Mic Array Ceiling Tile (BMA CT) for the room’s drop ceiling, along with a ClearOne CONVERGE® Pro 2 48V to provide different combinations of audio inputs, audio outputs, network interfaces, peripherals, and software for configuration and control. Both were chosen specifically because they performed well in overcoming the room’s acoustical challenges and are aesthetically pleasing, even in a room of irregular shape.
“The legal professionals at the Bureau wanted everyone to be involved in meetings, even if they can’t be there in person, so having a reliable conferencing system was a huge factor,” O’Leary said regarding the choice to opt for the ClearOne BMA CT and CONVERGE Pro 2 48V. “The system needed to be able to clearly capture all the audio and make sure to mitigate the issues caused by the room’s noisy HVAC system.”
The BMA CT proved to be the perfect solution for the room. Its form factor was ideal, given the room’s low ceiling and irregular wall shape. Meeting participants can be clearly heard, even if moving freely about the room, and can sit/stand in any location without compromising audio quality.
Coupled with the BMA CT, the Converge Pro 2 DSP mixer is a powerful signal processor that adapted to the existing audio characteristics of the room and provided crystal clear audio quality, even for conferencing sessions with 20-30 participants.
“This was our very first installation utilizing the BMA CT and Converge Pro 2 DSP together and it definitely was the right choice,” O’Leary explained. “With the room’s ceiling height and unconventional layout, it made a world of difference to have a solution that blended right in, without sacrificing audio performance.”
O’Leary also specified the Unite 150 PTZ cameras in the 20X20 conference room, citing their unparalleled versatility as a key element. Supporting USB 3.0 or 2.0 interfaces, it’s compatible with popular applications such as COLLABORATE® Space, Microsoft® Teams, Zoom, WebEx, GoToMeeting, and more.
The Unite 150 cameras also feature full HD video quality with 1080p video, 12x optical zoom for close-up views and a 73-degree wide-angle view to capture all participants across the entire conference room.
Along with the high-quality audio and video recording that VeraView has continually relied on ClearOne for, O’Leary added that the customer support they provide keeps them coming back each time.
“Since we started working with ClearOne we’ve come to expect a great product and even better support,” O’Leary concluded. “Their consistent knowledge and accessibility is a huge part of the partnership and something we truly appreciate.”
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