Video Conferencing Equipment includes hardware needed to conduct a conference, webinar or distance learning class, such as webcams, microphones, speakers and displays (from phone or laptop screen, to TV or projection screen). The hardware requires a computer, network connection and conferencing software, such as Zoom, Skype for Business, Microsoft Teams, Google Hangouts, etc.
|Ideal Function||Examples of Video Conferencing Equipment||Where can I use this?||Approximate Cost||Images|
|Personal meeting or recording; Huddle space; Conference room||Logitech c930e USB Webcam. can be used with any laptop or desktop PC. Includes built-in microphone.||Installed in various conference rooms and small classrooms; also available for temporary checkout through Media Services in the Jackson Library.||$70-$100|
|Classroom meeting, recording, or distance learning||Samsung Document Camera on the Teaching Station, paired with two wireless Revolabs HD Dual microphones (shaped like lipstick tubes); requires the desktop PC||1 at each of these education centers (CLEC, DYEC, FWEC, IECN, IECW, KEC, LVEC, LXEC, NGM 104, 300); 2 available for temporary checkout through Media Services in the Jackson Library.||no longer available for purchase. Originally $1,792|
|Conference room; small classroom; meeting, recording, and distance learning||Jabra Panacast 180-degree Auto-tracking webcam. The internal microphone is sufficient for people speaking within about 10'. When used at distances greater than 10', pair with any microphone, such as the Jabra Speak 710. Connects via USB. Speak 710 can connect by either USB or Blutooth.||3 Panacast available for temporary checkout at Jackson Library.||
|Classroom; meeting, recording, and distance learning||VC Cart 1.0 from 2013-2016 (a.k.a., Adobe Connect cart, or Zoom cart); stored elsewhere, must be rolled into the classroom and connected to specific audio and network jacks in the rear of the room, which connect the VC cart to the desktop PC in the teaching station, which detects the VC cart as a webcam. 8 wireless microphones make this a great solution for a meeting or collaborative discussion. It is a great choice for social distancing within a classroom.||Cincinnati and Indianapolis North education centers, also available at IWU Marion's Ott and Burns Halls of Science and Nursing. See the VC cart-compatible rooms here||
No longer available for purchase. Instead, see Zoom Cart (below)
|Small classroom; meeting, recording, and distance learning; digital whiteboarding, annotating||Zoom cart (2019), Newline TruTouch. A 55" interactive display on a mobile TV cart, with built-in PC, WiFi, mirroring, webcam, microphone, speakers and touch-screen.||1 at Florence; 2 at Marion's Elder Hall||$6,000|
|Conference room, small collaborativeclassroom; meeting, recording, and distance learning||Meeting Owl. An all in one audio and video solution, in the appearance of an owl. Place it on the table in a location where all of the people in the room will be facing, and the 360 degree camera will pick up whomever is speaking. It has an 8-microphone array, built-in speakers, and the camera automatically tracks where the voice is coming from, providing a side-by-side view of the current and previous speakers, as well as a panoramic strip of the entire room. It connects to a desktop PC or a laptop via USB cable. It requires an included power cable, and a USB to mini USB cable.||1 at each regional education center; 3 available for temporary checkout through Media Services in the Jackson Library. Several departments, and department conference rooms have Meeting Owls.||$630-800|
|ZoomRoom. A meeting space with a shared Zoom license. Any user can press a button to start a meeting. Components include a TV, computer, webcam, sound system and iPad controller. No cables on the table. Wirelessly mirror the content displayed on your laptop or phone to the TV. Requires annual license.||1 at NGM 130 (Administrative conference room); 1 at JWAB 201 (Executive Conference Room)||
$2,000-$12,000 for equipment;
$499 annual license
There is no One-Size-Fits-All in video conferencing!
Many options are available for purchase or short-term demo.
Consult with Institutional Media Technologies (call extension x2209, option 9, or email firstname.lastname@example.org) for the best solution for your intended application and/or environment.