Would one brand cannibalize the other?
So far there has been a little from column A and a little from column B.
The most recent result of Samsung’s acquisition of Harman, however, is a sign that the adjoined brands are beginning to hit their product development stride. In December, Samsung announced Samsung-Harman Huddle Room Solutions for small- and medium-sized collaboration spaces.
“These huddle room bundles are exactly the type of synergies that AV professionals probably hoped would stem from Samsung’s acquisition of Harman,” says Almo Pro A/V Melody Craigmyle.
“The unparalleled combination of Samsung’s industry-leading visual displays and Harman’s pioneering audio and video technology produces the most complete, high-performing solutions available for the modern huddle space,” said Kevin Morrison, senior VP, customer solutions for Harman Professional Solutions, at the time.
“These fully integrated meeting systems provide everything necessary to conduct a seamless and efficient meeting, reducing setup time and ensuring that meetings start and end on time, including video conferencing support, document sharing and more.”
The four-tiered bundles — Huddle Standard, Huddle Premium, Huddle Enterprise, and Huddle Enterprise Plus – are now shipping.
Distributor Almo Pro A/V is enthusiastic about offering the Samsung-Harman collaboration solutions to its dealers who can save up to 20 percent by purchasing the bundle versus buying the components separately.
“These huddle room bundles are exactly the type of synergies that AV professionals probably hoped would stem from Samsung’s acquisition of Harman,” says Melody Craigmyle, VP of marketing, Almo Pro A/V. “We’re excited to be able to deliver these solutions to our dealers to help them solve their customers’ huddle room needs.”
Inside Samsung’s and Harman’s Huddle Room Collaboration
Huddle Standard, Huddle Premium, Huddle Enterprise, and Huddle Enterprise Plus are fully integrated meeting solutions, according to a brochure put out by Samsung.
They “provide everything necessary to conduct a seamless and efficient meeting, reducing setup and ensuring that discussions start and end on time,” as well as a range of features that include video conferencing support, document sharing, and more accommodates any desired meeting type.
The idea behind the tiered solution is that Samsung-Harman delivers a bundled solution for whatever meeting room size or collaborative technologies the customer needs.
Here’s how Samsung-Harman breaks down the bundles:
Designed for small huddle rooms and communal workspaces, Samsung and HARMAN’s Huddle Standard solution accommodates fundamental collaborative needs at a modest price point. Facilitators and participants can leverage Samsung’s professional grade DCJ Series display (43- and 49-inch models) to deliver laptop-based business content at high picture quality and clarity.
The DCJ Series displays work in conjunction with HARMAN’s AMX Sereno video conferencing camera and users’ laptops to gather live and virtual participants through an ultra-wide 120-degree field of view.
With the AMX Sereno’s built-in shutter and electronic microphone disconnect, the Huddle Standard solution also fortifies meetings with an added layer of security.
Intuitive and sophisticated, Samsung and HARMAN’s Huddle Premium solution creates new opportunities to customize collaboration.
The combination of Samsung’s UHD-quality QMH Series displays (49- and 55-inch models) and HARMAN’s AMX Acendo Vibe conferencing sound bar brings meeting content to life in ways not previously possible with a basic laptop. This solution offers Bluetooth and USB connectivity that allows facilitators and participants to enjoy seamless audio, video and content streaming using their own devices.
This compatibility, along with remote-free activation and crystal-clear engagement, make Huddle Premium the best choice for BYOD-friendly small- and mid-sized meeting spaces.
A premium option for customer-facing collaboration, the Huddle Enterprise solution eases both preparation and execution within mid-sized huddle spaces. The Huddle Enterprise solution builds upon the Huddle Premium solution through the integration of HARMAN’s AMX Acendo Core business communication platform, enabling users to book rooms from within the meeting space.
Once meetings initiate, the Acendo Core platform facilitates convenient document exchange, multi-screen sharing and one-touch Skype for Business interaction to keep all participants informed and engaged.
By condensing all required equipment to a single solution, Huddle Enterprise allows users to participate in local and remote meetings without bringing anything into the room.
Huddles Enterprise Plus
The Huddle Enterprise Plus solution offers an all-inclusive, interactive collaboration system for C-suite executives who prefer the flexibility to hold meetings within their own office or collaborative space.
The Huddle Enterprise Plus solution brings HARMAN’s AMX Acendo Vibe sound bar and AMX Acendo Core meeting platform together with Samsung’s touch-enabled PMF-BC Series displays (55-inch model) for a truly interactive space. This solution elevates the traditional meeting experience with multiple touch points and a wide-view camera, allowing all meeting participants to engage in real time.
As a result, neither facilitators nor participants need to bring any external devices or materials to the meeting, making Huddle Enterprise Plus the optimal solution for convenient, rich impromptu collaboration.
“The Samsung-HARMAN Huddle Space Solutions offer the widest range of all-inclusive huddle room solutions available from any manufacturer—and at a great price,” said Ron Gazzola, senior VP of B2B IT sales & marketing, Samsung Electronics America.
“The solutions feature a range of different features and multiple display sizes and soundbar colors, meeting the needs of any size huddle space. With advanced display technology, legendary JBL sound, and open-platform conferencing capabilities, these solutions offers capabilities not available anywhere else.”
The Samsung-HARMAN Huddle Room Solutions are available now via U.S. channel partners and integrators as well as from select distributors such as Almo Pro A/V.
According to Samsung, the packages will help integrators address escalating demand for both collaboration and huddle room solutions. The bundles offer “excellent value to our customers and end users,” said Morrison.
“We are improving productivity and the overall communication experience at a compelling price point, and because the solutions do not require ongoing licensing fees, there is a tremendous potential for cost savings over time, making them a great option to address any room size or collaboration requirements.”