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ISE 2019: Sharp to launch first Windows Collaboration Display

At ISE 2019 Sharp will launch its first Windows Collaboration Display (WCD) - a 70in 4K interactive display that combines Sharp’s touch technology and an Internet of Things sensor unit.

At ISE 2019 Sharp will launch its first Windows Collaboration Display (WCD). The 70in 4K interactive display is aimed at enterprise and SMB offices and combines Sharp’s touch technology and an Internet of Things sensor unit to help monitor meeting environments. 

The sensors can feed data back to the Microsoft Azure Digital Twins platform to help facilities managers monitor meeting occupancy, air quality levels, ambient light, temperature and humidity.

These advanced features are part of Microsoft’s vision to bring the power of the cloud into the workplace, using a mix of AI, IoT, and productivity tools to create a more productive and collaborative environment. Businesses will be able to use this data to improve the management of heating, cooling and room booking systems based on how the space is really used.

As well as the IoT solutions, the Sharp WCD has been designed to work with the familiar Microsoft tools that organisations will already be using, such as Office 365.

Birgit Jackson, commercial director of Visual Solutions, said: “Sharp’s WCD is crucially easy to use and easy to connect to – you simply walk in, plug in and work together – but it also monitors your environment and will help to make those conditions optimal. It’s the next evolution of the interactive display, the first to be smart-building ready and the first that explores the potential of IoT to make our meeting rooms more productive places.

“We’re proud to be working with Microsoft to develop this part of the Sharp smart office strategy. A display is the ideal device to become more intelligent. It’s the centrepiece of the meeting room and your window to the rest of your team and the rest of the world.”

Sharp’s stand will include several WCD’s set up for visitors to experience different types of meeting and collaboration environments. For videoconferencing, the display includes an integrated 4K camera, far field microphone and speakers, while USB-C provides single connection, reducing the amount of time spent setting up meeting equipment. Integrated wireless casting also makes it easy to share information from PCs, laptops, mobiles and tablets without the need for cables.

The 70in interactive display also offers Sharp’s Pen-on-Paper experience, an instant and accurate writing feel close to using a real pen on writing paper. The 30-point P-CAP capacitive touch and four-button active pen help to create an intuitive touch experience, which means users feel more confident when presenting.

At ISE Sharp will be showing its full range of interactive and non-interactive displays designed to support better meetings, including its flagship 80in 4K BIG PAD.

The stand will also feature a prototype of a new digital display designed to replace a traditional flip chart. The display can be used in portrait or landscape mode, for quick and easy note taking in brainstorms.

The Sharp WCD will be available to buy in spring 2019.