Microsoft Teams is helping enterprise employees around the world stay connected and productive throughout the coronavirus pandemic, and we’ve seen hardware manufacturers buy into Microsoft’s certification program and release devices certified for the company’s flagship unified communications and collaboration app.
That now includes collaboration display firm Avocor with the release of the AVW-6555 Windows collaboration display certified for Microsoft Teams and Microsoft Azure IoT. The display feaures an advanced interactive display and IoT sensor technology to provide analysis of meeting space utilization and enhance collaboration.
According to Avocor, the display is the first Windows collaboration display certified for Teams.
The display will be available globally in the third quarter for $6,999.
Users need only connect a computer with Teams installed via a Type-C single cable solution to enjoy video and audio conferencing on the display. Users can also control the integrated camera and far-field mic array and charge their laptop via a hardwired Ethernet connection.
Using a laptop unlocks the bring-your-own-meeting feature and allows third-party videoconferencing and collaboration apps like Zoom, Google Meet, GoToMeeting, Slack and others to be used on the display.
Users can also use Microsoft Teams Rooms solutions like the Logitech Tap or Lenovo Hub 500.
According to Avocor, the touch display is more precise than many other interactive displays. A fine-tipped stylus and eraser are also included for more accuracy. That precision is down to the pixel thanks to the display’s native 4K resolution optically bonded glass-surface display.
Customers can also make use of the display’s built-in IoT sensors via Avocor’s Aquarius Workplace Intelligence, the company’s Azure-based subscription service that can help enterprises manage and utilize collected data to plan future room investments. It pulls data from Avocor’s displays and Microsoft 365 meeting data to give customers insights into meeting room utilization that can help inform decisions on room hardware and ROI.
In a statement, Avocor CEO Scott Hix said both companies share a goal of providing technology to customers to help them be productive from wherever they are working.
“As Microsoft Teams is well-established and continues rapid adoption, we’re seeing a market demand for collaboration technology that can support it,” Hix said. “Being certified as a Teams device means that we’re enabling seamless communication from a device standpoint, by developing simple and easy-to-set-up solutions that reduce time spent on troubleshooting. From a collaboration standpoint, Avocor is accelerating teamwork and bringing teams together to get more done in the Microsoft ecosystem they already know and use.”