Frost & Sullivan recognises ClearOne
Mon, 11 Sep 2017 23:04
ClearOne cited by Frost & Sullivan for effectively leveraging the synergy effect of
audio and video convergence to position itself as a holistic provider with end-to-end
ClearOne recently announced that it is being recognised with the 2017 Frost &
Sullivan Award for Converged Audio and Video Conferencing Competitive Strategy
Innovation and Leadership. The recognition stems from Frost & Sullivan’s ongoing
analysis of the unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) market, which cites
ClearOne’s diverse video collaboration product and services portfolio for its ability to
cater to businesses of varying sizes, industries, and technology requirements with a
high degree of customisation.
According to the Frost & Sullivan award citation, while many vendors now
acknowledge the opportunities arising from growing demand for video collaboration
and cloud video services, there are few that offer a tight integration between audio
and video endpoints and cloud video services. ClearOne’s ability to deliver this tight
audio and video integration gives it an edge over many competing conferencing
vendors, and the value customers demand.
“We are honoured to be recognised by Frost & Sullivan for the investment we make
every day in bringing meaningful collaboration solutions to systems integrators and
end-users around the world,” said ClearOne President & CEO Zee Hakimoglu. “I
accept this honour on behalf of our employees and partners who make possible our
A pioneer in the audio conferencing endpoint space, ClearOne has a versatile portfolio
across tabletop and installed audio conferencing endpoint markets. More specifically,
ClearOne’s flagship products, including the CONVERGE® Pro series and Beamforming
Microphone Arrays, have deeply penetrated large boardrooms and conference rooms
worldwide. ClearOne announced and started shipping its 2nd generation of its flagship
products – CONVERGE Pro 2 DSP mixers and Beamforming Microphone Array 2. Based
on Frost’s analysis, ClearOne has been recognised as a global market leader in the
installed audio conferencing market.
“ClearOne is leveraging its long track record and experience in the industry to hone its
audio portfolio and build up advanced features and functionalities to more effectively
accommodate evolving customer needs in video solutions,” says Frost & Sullivan
analyst Vaishno Devi Srinivasan.
As ClearOne continues to innovate in the professional audio space, the provider
recognises that businesses today are increasingly demanding video collaboration
solutions. As such, ClearOne is anchoring on its strong foundation in audio to
increasingly focus on developing a sound video strategy to complement its audio
endpoints. The company has successfully expanded its solution set to execute audio
and video convergence through both internal development and acquisition. Its video
catalogue is comprised of:
• The COLLABORATE® Pro is a complete series of media collaboration solutions
that enable cloud and traditional video conferencing, Skype for Business meetings and
in-room meetings, as well as other visual collaboration capabilities such as wired and
wireless presentation sharing, live streaming, and recording.
• Spontania® is a stand-alone feature-rich Web and video conferencing service
that can be deployed on-premises or in the cloud, and it can be used with ClearOne or
third-party audio and video peripherals.
• COLLABORATE Versa 150 is for “bring your own” video and Web conferencing
and includes a USB PTZ camera, speakerphone, and central hub for connecting
laptops to conference rooms where popular third-party video and Web conferencing
applications are utilised.
• The UNITE® 200/150 is a professional pan/tilt/zoom camera series with multiple
connection interfaces including USB, HDMI, IP, 1080p HD resolution, and 12X optical
zoom to support a wide range of meeting spaces.
Currently, ClearOne’s portfolio consists of a robust breadth and depth of audio
conferencing solutions, visual collaboration systems, and feature-rich cloud unified
communications and collaboration services. With an emphasis on high quality, ease of
use, and powerful functionality, ClearOne is able to offer end-user organisations the
flexibility to implement next-generation capabilities as they wish—on-premises, as
cloud services, or a hybrid mix of the two. These characteristics enable customers to
move at their own pace in an increasingly competitive digital world.
“A comprehensive portfolio, compelling features, affordable prices, and unified
solution capabilities are key criteria for vendors to gain share in the future,” explains
Frost & Sullivan analyst Srinivasan. “With a comprehensive audio and video
conferencing endpoints and peripheral portfolio, ClearOne is well positioned to grow
further and achieve larger customer mindshare.”
Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has developed a
comprehensive product line that caters to the breadth of the market it serves. The
award recognises the extent to which the product line meets customer base demands,
the overall impact it has regarding customer value, as well as increased market share.
Frost & Sullivan Best Practices awards recognise companies in a variety of regional
and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior
performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service,
and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants
and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive
secondary research to identify best practices in the industry.
read the full Frost & Sullivan Award description.