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Barco begins shipping Interactive Collaboration Platform

Duncan Proctor 19 May 2015
Barco begins shipping Interactive Collaboration Platform

Barco has begun shipping all components of its new Interactive Collaboration Platform that allows participants to share documents, images and videos from any digital device. There is also moderation and layout selection functionality, which makes the system suited for large meeting rooms, conference theatres, and training rooms.

The platform, which won an InstallationBest of Show’ award at ISE 2015, allows users to enhance meetings with content from any digital device, including document cameras, networked sources and IP cameras.

In addition to the range of devices the platform supports, it also adds structure through a touchscreen interface, which a moderator can use to select which content is shown on the large screen and the screen’s layout. The system’s intelligence proposes layouts to make sure the screen’s pixel estate is used optimally.

Barco’s collaboration solution is also modular, which allows additional equipment and technology to be added at any time. At the heart of the system is Barco’s NRC-200 networked room compositor. This device receives up to eight input sources, does the necessary processing, and can drive two screens of 4K resolution. Both screens are controlled by a user interface on a commercial off-the-shelf touch-enabled PC and can show completely independent content. Moreover, the solution consists of a ClickShare CSC system to connect laptops, tablets and smartphones. Optionally, AV-to-IP encoders can be added to connect non-networked sources.

“This solution, featuring the new NRC-200, is a great addition to our meeting room collaboration offering,” said Romeo Baertsoen, VP strategic marketing Corporate AV at Barco. “It really focuses on the particular needs of large meeting rooms, training rooms and conference theatres, preparing them for the BYOD era. The system was first shown at the ISE 2015 tradeshow in Amsterdam, and responses were overwhelmingly positive. This has further convinced us that the market is hungry for the unique features we cover with this networked collaboration solution.”

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