The SMART Room System, the integrated hardware and software solution that supports Microsoft Lync in the meeting room, is now shipping. SMART claims it already has hundreds on back order. SMART says the conferencing solution simplifies the collaboration experience for both virtual and face-to-face meeting participants and provides a seamless online experience through sharing of real-time video, voice and data. The system automatically turns on when you enter the room.
The SMART Room System for Microsoft Lync is available in three sizes. The SMALL system is for six people and uses a 70″ IP-based VTC system, the MEDIUM system is for up to 12 people and uses an 84″ monitor and the LARGE system is for up to 16 people and uses two side-by-side mounted 70″ displays. All the displays are SMARTBoard enabled with touch and collaboration software. The displays also offer integrated ink controls for color selection and proximity detection, an innovative feature enabled by sensors that automatically detect user movements to turn the display on when you enter the room and power off when not in use. The SMART Room System includes an ultra wide-angle, high definition camera offering 109-degree field of view and room grade optics, customized speakers and microphones along with an extra-large room control console with an 11.6″ (29.5 cm) display.
Microsoft’s says its internal studies have indicated that it takes an 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 touch, with the meeting starting in less than a minute.