New Camera Options for SMART Room Systems

The SMART Room System for Skype for Business (Lync) is a turn-key, self-contained solution for content sharing and video collaboration.  It was originally designed for small, medium and large standard conference rooms.  Although the product design is relatively new, the challenges of configuring standard systems for one type of room design have been around for decades.

There are now some new camera options for the SMART Room System that allows the system to be used in much larger spaces, lecture halls, and the classic “bowling alley” video conferencing room.  Video conferencing solutions were typically installed in larger rooms which are longer and thinner designs using a very long conferencing table. Typically, when one person uses the room they sit in the seat furthest from the camera and displays on the wall.   This chair is sometimes called the “power chair” because it is usually occupied by the most senior manager or executive in the conference room.

In order for the camera to cover the optical zoom from the front of the room to the people at the other end of the room, the lenses of the camera have to be mechanically adjusted to focus on the area of focus called the depth of field.  This capability is known as a mechanical pan, tilt, zoom camera (Mechanical PTZ).  A mechanical PTZ design requires power for the mechanical motors and a larger design than an electronic PTZ camera.

Two new mechanical PTZ cameras have entered the market and have
excellent designs for the SMART Room System: Vaddio RoboSHOT 12 PTZ and Logitech Pro PTZ.Vaddio Roboshot



Logitech PTZ Pro

Vaddio RoboSHOT 12 PTZ


Logitech Pro PTZ

Contact AVI-SPL to discuss your collaboration goals and receive our expert assistance: and 866-559-8197.

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