As we approach the end of 2020, we look back on a year full of trials and trepidations punctured by waves of uncertainty. Costs to businesses are stratospheric and the human impact is unmeasurable. Throughout the ongoing crisis, users have embraced video conferencing and collaboration to stay productive and stay engaged with colleagues and customers like never before. As a result, businesses have accelerated digital transformation initiatives to facilitate short term work-from-home policies and envisage longer term hybrid working models.
As one of the leading smart collaboration businesses, Lenovo is focused on offering purposeful solutions to address today’s and tomorrow’s conferencing needs, whether they are for personal use or for scalable meeting spaces. Today, we are further expanding our solutions portfolio with the addition of new accessories, updated management software and a platform-agnostic compute device with Intel Unite.
ThinkSmart Cam and ThinkSmart Bar are our first branded accessories with our familiar design and optimized for ThinkSmart solutions but can be used with most meeting room offerings1. ThinkSmart Cam is a smart meeting room 4K HDR (High Dynamic Range) capable camera suitable for huddle, small and medium rooms with AI and Smart capabilities. Easy to setup and power efficient, the Cam support high resolution frame rates with a wide field of view and provides advanced features such as active speaker tracking, autozoom, auto framing and people counting. ThinkSmart Bar is a lightweight standalone premium sound bar with four built-in beamforming microphones for an immersive meeting room audio experience. The Cam and Bar are equally efficient in large meeting rooms as they are in a dedicated home office offering scalable flexibility. ThinkSmart Cam and Bar can be centrally managed using ThinkSmart Manager.
ThinkSmart Cam key features:
- USB 3.2 cable providing up to 4K HDR resolution at 30 frames per second (fps), or USB 2.0 with up to 1080p at 30fps
- Camera field of view – 100 degrees horizontal, 68 degrees vertical and 125 degrees diagonal
- Built in VPU (Vision Processing Unit) and Neural Network for AI conference meeting feature providing autozoom, auto framing, people counting, speaker tracking and whiteboard awareness
- Compact and lightweight design at just 242g can be standalone or wall and TV mounted
- Microsoft Teams Rooms and Zoom Rooms specifications compliant
- Centrally manageable via ThinkSmart Manager
ThinkSmart Bar key features:
- Delivers up to 100dB sound through four speaker units rated at 20W+20W
- Four beamforming microphone array with 180-degree coverage and includes two additional satellite microphones for a ten-meter range
- Built-in digital signal processor for echo and noise-cancellation
- Supports USB-C or USB 2.0 connection and includes Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity
- Weighing under 8 pounds, its compact dimensions (800x56x90mm) allow standalone, wall or TV mounting
- Microsoft Teams Rooms and Zoom Rooms specifications certified
Platform Agnostic Collaboration Solution
The new ThinkSmart Edition Tiny for Intel Unite offers a robust and intuitive compute solution for meeting and learning spaces that will help unlock productivity and collaboration experiences. Purpose-built running Windows 10 IoT, this version of ThinkSmart Edition Tiny is powered by a 10th Gen Intel Core processor with vPro and comes pre-loaded with Intel Unite to enable a smooth deployment process and help IT departments manage collaboration infrastructure regardless of unified communications platform2.
Simplify Meeting Device Management in Hybrid Environments
As we predict greater flexibility to enable a distributed and hybrid workforce, office spaces are being redesigned with health and safety in mind and headquarters are becoming business centers to ensure seamless transitions between work-from-home and work-from-anywhere. Collaboration technology tools remain at the heart of user productivity and engagement, but these tools need to be supported, often remotely. ThinkSmart Manager 2.0 delivers a single console remote management utility to ease burden on IT admin staff by minimizing local high-touch service of devices, and to ensure ThinkSmart collaboration technology continues to operate with high availability. Software-as-a-Service solution with Basic and Premium configurations to manage end-to-end, support deployment and analytics of select ThinkSmart assets including ThinkSmart Hub 500, Hub, Cam, Bar, ThinkSmart Edition Tiny and supported Logitech peripherals.
The latest version 2.0, coming soon, adds executive dashboard in-meeting analytics for Microsoft Teams Rooms, user configurable email notifications and bulk claiming technology. Also new is a mobile app for iOS or Android devices that provides status, claiming and push notifications with a dashboard view of deployed devices.
ThinkSmart Manager is available today for use with your ThinkSmart device. Simply visit https://console.thinksmart.lenovo.com, create your organization, claim a device and then you are off!
“2020 has demonstrated that technology can foster effective collaboration in a distributed working environment. As we turn the corner and assess new purposes for office spaces, the ability to meet and be creative with colleagues and customers wherever they are highlights the need for easy to use, deploy and manage collaboration solutions,” said Joseph Mingori. “Continuing to expand our smart collaboration solutions is fundamental in our ambition to offer customers the best user experiences for productive meetings. Whether it’s a flexible compute device, meeting room accessories or end-to-end managed services, Lenovo can help customers accelerate digital transformation in the new normal.”
Pricing and Availability3
ThinkSmart Cam and Bar will be available in January and February 2021 respectively.
ThinkSmart Edition Tiny with Intel Unite will be available in January 2021.
ThinkSmart Manager 2.0 will be available in March 2021.
Please contact your local Lenovo Smart Collaboration representative for pricing details.
Visit www.lenovo.com/ThinkSmart for more information.
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1 Check with Lenovo for supported unified communications platforms
2 Unified Communications platform support may vary and may incur additional costs. Check with Lenovo for latest supported platforms
3 Prices do not include tax, shipping or options and are subject to change without notice; additional terms and conditions apply. Reseller prices may vary. On-shelf dates may vary by geography and products may only be available in select markets. All offers subject to availability. Lenovo reserves the right to alter product offerings, features and specifications at any time without notice.
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