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InFocus launches rival to Surface Hub

InFocus has unveiled its ConX communication and collaboration ecosystem, pitched as a rival to Microsoft’s Surface Hub, Cisco Spark and Google Jamboard.

ConX includes cloud-based videoconferencing services, a broad array of software and hardware endpoints and is claimed to enable real-time collaboration between anyone, anytime on virtually any device.

ConX Cloud connects with ConX display hardware solutions ranging from Mondopad touch-enabled displays and ConX video phones to scalable ConX videoconferencing walls supporting up to 96 displays, as well as ConX software and web apps for laptops, iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. The ConX system also supports H.323 and SIP industry standards, allowing businesses, schools and government agencies to connect to anyone using standards-based third-party devices.

The combination of ConX Cloud and ConX devices and software from InFocus provides an unparalleled, integrated collaboration experience, while built-in support for industry standards provides the freedom to connect with people using legacy systems and other videoconferencing services both inside and outside their organisation

“Our intention is to propel the collaboration market to the next level of possibility and affordability,” said InFocus CEO Mark Housley. “The ConX ecosystem leverages our three decades of leadership in touch-enabled display solutions and collaboration software with cloud services that allow anyone to connect on virtually any device. With ConX, InFocus provides a complete end-to-end universe of solutions meeting all of the communication and collaboration needs of businesses, schools, and public agencies. Unlike every other hardware or software communication solution out there, we’re not locking you into a proprietary, limited system.

“We’re also not going to make our customers pay for the things that should be included like support for industry standards. Our ConX Cloud service is boundless and available at prices unmatched in the industry. We think this kind of connectivity should be available and affordable for every entity, large and small. But if your business prefers other communication services or you have legacy display equipment, that’s fine too. InFocus ConX works seamlessly with all of it.”

The new ConX Cloud was designed and built to enable powerful, reliable videoconferencing and collaboration from anywhere. Instead of presenting one-way data during a meeting, ConX Cloud provides dual-stream data and video allowing everyone to see both faces and information at the same time. With ConX endpoints from InFocus, users on the video conference can present, annotate, whiteboard, create, edit, share, save and send information in real-time.

Housley concluded: “With ConX Cloud, people can video conference and collaborate in boardrooms, in huddle rooms, at their desk and on-the-go more powerfully, easily, and more affordably than ever before. Combining the aggressively priced ConX Cloud service with our uniquely expansive and complete range of ConX hardware and software solutions, people can see each other and collaborate easily, reliably and more effectively than ever before.”