We’ve all been there – arriving at a meeting to discover that the presenter is unable to share their presentation, the remote participants are struggling to dial in and the meeting consistently starts 10 minutes late.
To address this issue, consumer, commercial, and data centre technology provider Lenovo has developed the ThinkSmart Hub 500 – a Skype Room Systems device that manages collaboration within modern meeting rooms.
The company says the ThinkSmart Hub eliminates the hassle of sharing personal laptop screens and messing about with cables, by simply connecting local and remote participants and sharing content at the touch of a button. Developed in co-operation with Microsoft, the Hub is an all-in-one device, with a 360º rotatable 11.6in (29.4cm) display, and runs Microsoft Windows 10 IoT Enterprise.
The Hub 500 features Dolby Audio Premium sound experience, 360º array microphones and a touch display to control the meeting and large external displays, and can make any space a Skype for Business meeting place, says the company.
According to Forrester in a 2016 report, 92% of businesses are planning workplace transformation initiatives (WTI) to build smart offices that enhance individual and collaborative work experiences for local and remote users. The exponential growth of smarter offices creates opportunities for hardware and software vendors, resellers and systems integrators as customers look to fuel investments into WTI.