Barco today launched the updated weConnect 1.2. But the big story here is in the details that are buried in the press release. The collaborative cloud-based learning solution is aimed at higher education and now has two new use cases and new upgrades.
- Adding interactive huddle space and lecture hall as brand-new use cases
- Modular cloud-based solution which enables customers to customize rooms
weConnect expands its possibilities to premium huddle spaces and lecture halls next to connected classrooms and collaboration rooms. Adding these two new use cases, Barco enables universities to implement the BYOD-centered active learning solution in different set ups all over the campus, where teachers and students can collaborate and interact, using their own devices and connecting to the system via the campus Wi-Fi.
But here’s the big news (read carefully!!!): weConnect 1.2 will be offered as a SaaS (Software-as-a-Service), subscription-based business model enabled by Barco’s new web-based Digital Engagement Platform. This platform will be open to US-based partners and customers from today onwards and in a later stage in countries in Europe. It will serve as a digital collaborative portal allowing them to manage their subscriptions in an easy and efficient way.
Barco’s weConnect 1.2 also offers innovative, flexible configuration, which gives universities the opportunity to adapt the classrooms depending on the lecture needs. Automatic reconfiguration, the possibility to add overflow rooms and room role options add a new dynamic to the room management on campus. Ease-of-use and intuitive interfaces guide facility managers and teachers with confidence towards the classroom they need, adapted to the way they teach.
And, now, weConnect includes single sign-in! Barco’s collaborative learning solution uses the physical infrastructure of the existing campus network. With the upgrade it offers a custom university URL and allows a Single Sign-on.
Barco’s weConnect is here.