Barco Intros NRC-200 for Large-Scale Collaboration and Content Sharing

barco-nrc-0515Collaboration in meeting and training rooms has evolved over the past couple of years — thanks, in part, to Barco’s ClickShare. Most often in the past, just one person brought the content to present or discuss — either on paper, as a PowerPoint presentation or in any other carrier — and the others would listen. But the introduction of a wide variety of mobile devices (including laptops, smartphones and tablets) has introduced a new challenge: now, every meeting participant brings his or her own content to the table, and might want to share it with the other attendees, in a quick and easy way.

To meet these needs in large systems, Barco is introducing its interactive collaboration platform for meeting and training rooms. According to Barco, this platform allows users to enrich the meeting with content from any digital device – not only laptops, smartphones and tablets, but also document cameras, networked sources, IP cameras, and more. The meeting participants have total freedom over what and how to share, making meetings ever more collaborative and engaging.

The platform’s power not only lies in the range of devices supported — it also facilitates structuring in the collaboration mix. With an easy-to-use touch-screen interface, a moderator selects which content is shown on the large screen. This is especially useful in large meeting rooms or training rooms, where a lot of people want to share their views at the same time. Moreover, the touch-screen interface can also be used to select the layout of one or two central screen(s). This allows the moderator to highlight certain content windows by making them larger than the others. The system’s intelligence proposes layouts to make sure the screen’s pixel estate is used optimally.

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Barco’s networked collaboration solution for meeting and training rooms is composed as a modular system. This means additional equipment and technology can be added at any time, making it an extremely future-proof system. At the heart of the system is Barco’s new NRC-200 networked room compositor. This device receives all input sources (up to eight), does the necessary processing, and can drive two screens of up to UHD (4K) resolution. Both screens are controlled by a user interface on a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) touch-enabled PC and can show completely independent content. Moreover, the solution also includes a ClickShare CSC system to connect laptops, tablets and smartphones. Optional AV-to-IP encoders can be added to connect non-networked sources.

All components of the solution, including the new NRC-200, are currently shipping and here are the details.

Gary Kayye

About Gary Kayye

Gary Kayye, founder of rAVe Publications, is one of the most prominent personalities in the audiovisual industry. He has been a contributor to WIRED magazine and a technical advisor and columnist for Sound & Communications magazine as well as an opinionated columnist for rAVe [Publications] since 2003. In addition to his writing and market analysis, Gary has been a product, marketing and business operations consultant to dozens of AV companies in the U.S. and overseas. Clients have included companies such as Sony, Sharp, Epson, Lutron, InFocus, Sanyo, Mitsubishi, NEC and Philips.   Gary, who has been involved with the audiovisual market for over 20 years, was the recipient of the InfoComm 2003 Educator of the Year Award and the 2007 NSCA Instructor of the Year Award. Over the years, he has donated much of his time as an active volunteer in the AV industry’s trade association and served as chairman of InfoComm’s Professional Education & Training Committee (PETC), chairman of the ICIA Design School Committee and chairman of InfoComm’s Installation School Committee. In addition, he has served on the InfoComm board of governors. He also helped grow the InfoComm Projection Shoot-Out as the premiere AV industry trade show special event serving on the committee from 1991 through 1997, and was instrumental in launching the Shoot-Out in the European market at the Photokina Expo in 1994 and 1996 as well as the Asian market at the 1995 and 1997 INFOCOMM Asia shows.   Prior to founding his own company, Gary was vice president of sales and marketing for AMX Corporation (www.amx.com), a manufacturer specializing in professional AV and residential AV control systems. Prior to AMX, Gary spent nine years at Extron Electronics (www.extron.com), rising to the position of vice president of sales and marketing. Gary earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1987 from the University of North Carolina and is currently Adjunct Faculty at UNC in the School of Journalism teaching a class on how future technologies will affect the future of advertising, PR and marketing.   He is also the founder of Swim for Smiles, a non-profit that raises money for the N.C. Children’s Hospital through swimming and other fitness-related events for kids. You can contact him at gary@ravepubs.com..