The premium audio brand, EPOS – part of the Demant Group – has announced the launch of EXPAND Capture 5, a new Intelligent speaker for Microsoft Teams Rooms that will enable professionals to meet the reality of the hybrid workplace and unite colleagues efficiently by taking virtual meetings to the next level.
A new smart audio solution for Microsoft Teams Rooms, the EXPAND Capture 5 levels the playing field and empowers professionals whether they’re working remotely or from the office. Now, meeting participants joining from an onsite meeting room can have a high-quality speaker that automates live transcriptions, allowing remote participants to follow what is being said and by whom - for optimal collaboration and communication.
As the latest addition to the Microsoft Teams Rooms experience, the EXPAND Capture 5 combines advanced audio with innovative communication, AI and collaboration technology. The speaker features a premium speaker driver and a seven-microphone array that all together enable superior audio and voice recognition to ensure a natural lifelike conversation as if all meeting participants were in the same room.
The intelligent speaker is designed for meeting rooms for up to 8-10 people, and identifies in-room participants by their voice, attributing their remarks to their name in the automatically-generated meeting transcript.
Theis Moerk, Vice President of Product Management at EPOS said, “we are thrilled to launch the EXPAND Capture 5 together with Microsoft. Being one of the first of its kind on the market, the EXPAND Capture 5 rethinks the modern meeting room at a crucial time where we all adapt to a more hybrid way of work and ensure that our joint customers can be productive as never before regardless of their location.”
Ilya Bukshteyn, General Manager, Microsoft Teams Devices at Microsoft Corp. added, “Microsoft Teams is helping our customers to adopt remote and hybrid work models across different meeting rooms and meeting spaces, and the EXPAND Capture 5 will enable our joint customers to deliver even richer experiences for remote and in-room meeting participants. We are grateful to EPOS for their collaboration in bringing the EXPAND Capture 5 to the Microsoft Teams Rooms ecosystem and look forward to seeing how customers will use Teams rooms with the EXPAND Capture 5 to connect and collaborate in a rapidly changing world.”
Building on EPOS’ EXPAND product line, EXPAND Capture 5 is designed to address the varying needs of professionals working together across workspaces, locations and time zones. Certified for Microsoft Teams Rooms and suitable for up to 8-10 in-room participants, the EXPAND Capture 5’s core focus is on medium-sized meeting rooms, and support EPOS’ ambition to empower businesses to better communication and collaboration between customers and colleagues.
The EXPAND Capture 5 will be available throughout North America as of April 2021 through EPOS sales channels and a newly established relationship between EPOS and Lenovo. The speaker is expected to launch in EMEA and APAC during 2021.