Panasonic Finally Decides to Compete With Barco’s ClickShare With PressIT; And, Adds New Projectors and an IFP, Too

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Panasonic announced several UCC-based solutions Tuesday, along with technology configurations to address the need for flexible remote work and learning environments.

Addressing the migration challenge of classroom learning to distance learning, Panasonic is offering a solutions-based architecture that simplifies the process and encourages remote collaboration between educators and students while replicating the in-class experience. The “Virtual Experience” is being provided in “Entry, Standard and Advanced” configurations and configurations include Panasonic’s displays, a pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) camera, wireless microphones and mounting accessories.

PT-LRZ35 Series 1-Chip DLP RGB LED Projector: The PT-LRZ35 Series claims to be the smallest and lightest R/G/B LED DLP projectors in the 3500-lumen class. The filterless design in a sealed optical unit and dust-resistant cabinet ensures reliable 24/7 operation for up to 20,000 hours of virtually maintenance-free operation. The PT-LRZ35U WUXGA resolution (1920 x 1200) and PT-LRW35U WXGA resolution (1280 x 800) LED projectors will be available August 2020.

PT-FRZ60 Series 1-Chip DLP SOLID SHINE Laser Projector: The PT-FRZ60 Series DLP SOLID SHINE laser projectors are compact, lightweight and feature a 2.0x optical zoom to increase throw-distance range for 360° installation. To assist collaborative and group work conditions, the PT-FRZ60 projectors support a 4K signal input via DIGITAL LINK and HDMI terminals with CEC compatibility. And, the PT-FRZ60 projectors provide a filterless cooling system, sealed optics along with a dust-resistant laser drive for virtually 20,000 hours of 24/7 maintenance-free operation. Offered in black or white cabinets, customers can choose the best model for their brightness needs from 5,000-lumen to 6,000-lumen. All models provide WUXGA resolution (1920 x 1200) and will be available November 2020.

CQE1W Professional Displays: The new CQE1 Series professional displays offer numerous connection points for multi-device ecosystems with four HDMI connections for CEC-compatible devices and a standard USB-C terminal for mobile connectivity. Available in seven models, from 98-inch to 43-inch sizes, the displays offer 4K picture quality for highly legible images to meet the viewing needs of any user. Its continuous operational capability of up to 16 hours a day makes it reliable and ideal for everyday use in corporate facilities and higher education institutions. Built to VESA Standards, suspension from the ceiling or mounting on a wall is simple using a standard mounting bracket. The CQE1W Series will be available beginning October 2020.

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BQ1W Professional Displays: The BQ1W Series displays can be leveraged as a screen and whiteboard. Offered in 75-inch and 65-inch sizes, the BQ1W Series 4K displays are simple to use and encourage collaboration with the option to switch effortlessly between display and whiteboard mode. All touch and writing capabilities are built directly into the display for easy annotation, so there is no need to load software or have additional components. Integrated with the Intel Smart Display Module, the displays can be enhanced with third-party applications for other interactive capabilities. The BQ1W displays will be available June 2020.

“PressIT” Wireless Presentation System: The new PressIT Wireless Presentation System is marketed as a plug-and-play wireless presentation system designed to eliminate the need for cables and facilitates sharing content between different PCs. Attendees simply connect the transmitter button to their PC’s USB and HDMI ports and press the button to share their content on the room’s display. No setup, software or driver installation is required allowing up to four presenters at a time to display visual and audio content. Think ClickShare, kinda.

The PressIT Wireless Presentation System offers two versions: basic with the set-top-box or cable-less with the SDM receiver. The SDM receiver was designed to fit perfectly inside the Intel SDM expansion slot of the displays, so no cable connection is needed between the PC and display. For displays and projectors without an SDM slot for the receiver, a set-top-box version can be connected to the device. Unlike other systems in the market, no dedicated software installation is necessary. The PressIT Wireless Presentation System will be available October 2020.