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ISE 2017: Smart Building and collaboration preview

In the first part of this ISE 2017 preview we looked at some of the highlights from the new audio and displays/digital signage products being exhibited. Here we present a selection of the innovative Smart Building products being showcased as well as those in unified communications and collaboration.

Smart Building

Developer Busch-Jaeger says its new ControlTouch KNX (pictured) can be deployed anywhere from detached houses to large residential complexes, offices and commercial properties. ControlTouch KNX transforms iOS and Android smartphones and tablets – and even the Apple Watch – into remote controls for all KNX system building functions, allowing a building and all its KNX components to be controlled completely free of fixed control elements and panels. It also means that a KNX infrastructure can be controlled remotely.

Lighting, blinds, and entire scenes can be controlled with just the swipe of a finger. ControlTouch KNX also allows access to IP cameras, Sonos wireless speaker cabinets and Philips hue lighting.

Designer and manufacturer of professional lighting control systems Lite-Puter is to highlight its recently launched PLCMobile app, which allows smart portable devices to control lighting, curtains, and air conditioning. Available for both iOS and Android, the app allows scenes to be scheduled, thereby enabling the simple control of multiple lighting fixtures simultaneously. The app also features timer, alarm and emergency response functionality to put the user in control even when away from home.

The company says that the ORBIT LED driver meets the standard required to achieve a professional dimming curve: it remains non-flickering when only in 1% of dimming output.

Unified communications/collaboration

InFocus is to show a new line of giant collaboration touchscreens, Mondopad Ultra (pictured), for the first time in Europe at ISE 2017. The touch-enabled screen combines an HD videoconferencing system, an interactive whiteboard, a 4K presentation screen, audio conferencing, and a powerful PC. Mondopad is designed to allow team members in multiple locations to see and hear each other while brainstorming on a shared whiteboard. Users can collaboratively edit documents by drawing directly onscreen to enable real-time collaboration and more effective meetings. Documents can be saved to the Mondopad for future access, stored to the network, or emailed to anyone directly from the device.

Aimed squarely at the rapidly growing market for collaboration solutions, Intel Unite combines an Intel Core vPro processor-based mini PC with the company’s software. It is designed to deliver virtually seamless collaboration from any location; fast, simple meeting starts; and to use existing wireless networks within the business to connect PCs to existing displays, projectors or interactive whiteboards.

Peer-to-peer sharing capabilities allow users to collaborate outside the meeting room, and each can interact with the content and annotate the image in real time, and quickly and easily share files.

Meeting organisers share a unique, rotating PIN with users to allow them to join a session quickly.

On show from Polycom is RealPresence Trio, described as the first smart hub for group collaboration that transforms the three-point conference phone into a voice, content-sharing and video system for any team environment.

The hub provides one-touch integration with calendars while allowing participants to easily pair mobile devices or laptops and share content in HD quality. The addition of a simple webcam turns the RealPresence Trio into a full visual collaboration solution.

The product is designed to have broad interoperability and deep integration across multiple UC platforms, including Skype for Business and Microsoft Lync and BroadSoft.