With employees returning to the office, many organizations are planning a mix of remote and personal work environments where video conferencing software is used to communicate between teams. That’s why Google launched its new Series 1 meeting room kits for Google Meet.
Through the company’s partnership with Lenovo, each Series One kit becomes a full-size or extra-large 4K smart camera, computer system, smart audio bar and, depending on the size of the bundle, either a 10.1-inch touchscreen controller or include a remote control.
The first series computer system is specially designed for Google Meet on Chrome OS and makes it easy to install and update. All the devices and software used in Google̵
The computer system and the Smart Audio Bar are powered by a single power supply architecture with Power-Over-Ethernet. At the same time, a color-coded cable management system for components helps to reduce cable clutter and simplify installation. If the room size changes, however, the kits can be expanded to include additional microphone pods and an additional audio bar for room-filling stereo sound.
Series One room kits
While the new offering from Google looks similar to the devices from Microsoft Teams Rooms at first glance, there is one big difference. The company’s Meet Compute System and Smart Audio Bar from its Series 1 room kits use the same technology as its data centers.
Both devices have a Coral M.2 acceleration module with Google Edge TPUs that enable AI-based audio and video processing. Series 1 devices can leverage future machine learning innovations while ensuring high performance and reliability for AV workloads. The Coral Edge TPU also enables TrueVoice multi-channel noise cancellation technology, which allows any voice to be reproduced loud and clear, while filtering out annoying noises like sirens, typing and more.
In a blog post, Meet Device Hardware Manager at Google, Milton Ribeiro explained why Coral’s low-power processing is perfect for meetings, saying:
“First, the low power of the Coral chip doesn’t generate enough heat to need fans for cooling. No fans mean no additional noise to clutter the meeting audio. Second, the power-saving processing allows the new system to be set up in a minimalist and hassle-free manner. It runs on electricity via Ethernet or PoE, which reduces the number of cables and frees up power outlets. “
Companies interested in adding a Series One meeting kit to their conference room can contact Lenovo for pricing and availability, as neither Google nor Google have disclosed these details.