Ricoh Unveils ‘P3000’ Portable Videoconferencing System

Provides the security and audiovisual quality of fixed-room videoconferencing systems, but users can create a videoconference room wherever needed
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Ricoh Americas Corp., which produces office-imaging equipment, unveiled the Ricoh P3000 Unified Communication System, a portable, videoconferencing system “that is as easy to use as a mobile phone,” the company says.

Connecting up to 20 participants at once with the push of a button, the P3000 provides the security and audiovisual quality of fixed-room videoconferencing systems, but users can create a videoconference room wherever needed, the company says.

Weighing 3.5 pounds, the P3000 is also a thin (1.6 inches) tablet-sized package containing a camera, microphone, speaker, network connectivity and a push-button console. It lets users quickly and easily initiate a real-time video and audio conferencing session in the cloud, from wherever they are, whether a traditional office, meeting room or home office, and they can share documents, spreadsheets, presentations and desktops while conferring.

The P3000 only takes about 30 seconds to start a videoconference, for the user just needs to select participants from the address book, push connect and begin conferencing, Ricoh says. In addition, the system provides secure video, voice and data communication capabilities that consumer conferencing tools simply do not.

A high-resolution, 94-degree wide-angle lens allows multiple participants to be viewed during the conference. To participate, users only need a display (e.g. PC monitor or projector), an Internet connection and a screen. (a variety of screen layouts are available and up to nine participants can appear on the screen at any single time).

“The P3000 is an integral piece of Ricoh’s Unified Communications Strategy, which is a pillar of Ricoh’s commitment to help companies get the right information to the right people at the right time," said Shun Sato, Ricoh’s senior vice president, marketing.

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