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March 18, 2013

SMART Technologies and Microsoft Unveil The Lync Room System



SMART Room System for Microsoft Lync


 Interaction Design
SMART Technologies Inc. unveiled the SMART Room System for Microsoft Lync unveiled today at Enterprise Connect conference  SMART worked directly with Microsoft to develop the turnkey solution for meeting rooms that simplifies the collaboration experience for both virtual and face-to-face participants and provides seamless online collaboration through sharing of real-time video, voice and data.
Collaboration for businesses and organizations may involve less travel in the future if Microsoft and SMART Technologies have any say.

The SMART Room System for Microsoft Lync unveiled today at Enterprise Connect Conference. SMART worked directly with Microsoft to develop the turnkey solution for meeting rooms that simplifies the collaboration experience for both virtual and face-to-face participants and provides seamless online collaboration through sharing of real-time video, voice and data.

Unlike other teleconferencing systems, the SMART Room System uses SMART's interactive whiteboard technology to bring data collaboration to the forefront.

The solution was previewed on the keynote stage at the Microsoft Lync conference in San Diego earlier this year and emphasized the Lync experience that is created through SMART's unique interactive technology components.

"The SMART Room System combines SMART's industry-leading visual collaboration solutions with Microsoft Lync, to provide customers the advantage and choice that meets their specialized communication and collaboration needs to help increase productivity, efficiency and organizational flexibility," says Giovanni Mezgec, General Manager for Lync Product Marketing at Microsoft.

The comprehensive SMART Room System includes one or more SMART Board interactive displays, an ultra wide-angle, high definition camera offering 109-degree field of view, customized speakers and microphones along with an extra-large room control console with an 11.6" (29.5 cm) display.

SMART Room System™ for Microsoft® Lync®


An ultra-wide-angle, high definition camera with a 109° field of view enables remote participants to see the entire room without the need for pan/tilt/zoom functionality. Created by SMART, the camera offers the widest field of view of any high definition video conferencing camera.

The echo-cancelling table microphones and speakers provide crystal-clear 3D audio. Up to four microphones can be daisy-chained together to support a wide variety of meeting room size and configurations.

A custom-designed codec is housed within the display enabling native connectivity to Microsoft Lync. Simply install and configure the SMART Room System and connect to Microsoft Lync. No additional hardware or software required.

An optional customized wall stand and cable routing system simplifies installation and eliminates the need for wall reinforcement.

The largest interactive display option – 84" (213.36cm) – ideal for viewing highly detailed content and provides an unparalleled collaboration space.

With the largest array of interactive display options – 1 x 70" (177.8 cm), 1 x 84" (213.36cm) or 2 x 70" (178.6 cm) – the SMART Room System accommodates room sizes ranging from 100 ft2 to 300 ft2 for 2 to 16 participants.

According to Microsoft's internal studies have indicated that it takes on average of 8 to 12 minutes to begin a meeting using technology, but with the SMART Room System for Microsoft Lync the start-up time for an active session with full access to audio, video and presentation data is reduced to a single click ensuring optimal use of meeting time.

The 65"interactive displays utilize SMART's proprietary touch and camera technology, which enables participants to switch seamlessly between writing with a pen and erasing with the palm of their hand. Collaboration is intuitive and the system makes it easy to capture and email meeting notes to all participants as soon as the session has ended.




SOURCE  SMART Technologies

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