Barco Expands its Portfolio for Hybrid Meetings with ClickShare Present Range

Barco has announced the expansion to its ClickShare family with the addition of the ClickShare Present range. With the ambition to enable businesses to prepare for a smooth return to the office and step into the new reality of the hybrid workplace, Barco is expanding its wireless presentation range with two new models. The wireless presentation & collaboration solution offers customers worldwide the freedom to equip hybrid meeting rooms according to their own requirements, existing ecosystems, and company IT policies.

Mixed working and collaboration solutions like ClickShare are taking centre stage in this new era of working. Reinforcing the capabilities of high-end video technology and bringing meeting participants closer together, ClickShare enables seamless, highly engaged collaboration no matter where employees are working. With a full range of wireless solutions, Barco aims to encourage businesses to re-enter the hybrid workplace safely and effectively and offer technology that fully matches their business and IT requirements. ClickShare puts the employee at the heart of every meeting and fosters both engagement and connectivity.

Wim De Bruyne, VP Meeting Experience at Barco said, “There’s no going back to the way we worked before. We’re no longer prepared to slog to every meeting in person. And the virtual meeting has its shortcomings too. Instead, we’re going for something better than both, which we call hybrid; a seamless blend of the physical and the virtual, of in-office and remote. In the past, technology has tried to recreate real-life meetings. But in-person meetings aren’t perfect. At Barco, we have a different approach. We start with people, and how every person can be at their very best, engaged, agile, fully involved, and inspiring each other. Only then can we create the tech that makes that happen.” ​

With the introduction of ClickShare Present to the meeting room ecosystem, Barco now offers a solution for any customer wanting to turn existing conference rooms into fully-equipped hybrid collaboration rooms. ClickShare Present is a seamless extension to wirelessly share content in any meeting room setup. Customers with existing Microsoft Teams, Zoom or Webex conference rooms can benefit from adding easy, wireless content sharing. ClickShare completes the collaborative experience with full BYOD, interactivity features, and workflow integration. The focus shifts from mainly conferencing to true hybrid collaboration.

“With ClickShare, our wireless presentation & conferencing hub for the hybrid workplace, we give frictionless entry for all, whether you’re at your desk in Brussels or on a mountain top in Patagonia. From simple screen sharing to running the meeting from your laptop, all it takes is one click. Everyone’s part of the conversation, everybody feels welcomed and valued,” Wim De Bruyne, VP Meeting Experience, explains what the ClickShare offering is all about.

On the other hand, the fully agnostic ClickShare Conference models, launched successfully last year at ISE in Amsterdam, unleash the power of BYOM (Bring Your Own Meeting) by bridging to remote participants through your video service of choice. ClickShare Conference gives users the freedom to organize hybrid meetings the way they want and where they want. They host calls from their laptop, use their preferred UC&C platform, and wirelessly connect to the meeting room display and AV peripherals. Any meeting room can easily be redesigned into a wireless hybrid meeting room by adding ClickShare Conference.

The new ClickShare Present range consists of 2 different models for wireless presentation in existing video conferencing rooms. The entry C-5 is ideally suited for huddle spaces and small meeting rooms, offering the key functionalities of wireless 4K content sharing. The high-end C-10 is the perfect companion for interactive collaboration in any meeting space, adds enhanced video performance and a set of interactivity features such as touch-back support, moderation, blackboarding, and annotation to make users truly connect and click in meetings.

ClickShare offers IT managers the freedom to choose between plug & play collaboration with the ClickShare Button or powerful workflow optimization with the ClickShare Desktop App. Both empower hybrid meetings through the same, simple, intuitive experience. The Button is an instant plug-in for both employees and guests, while the App can be pushed through an MSI to all employee laptops. ClickShare is the perfect match for any digital workplace strategy. Touch or touchless, Button or App. It’s the customer’s way of working, the customer’s decision.

“Within seconds, users wirelessly connect to your hybrid meeting, with both Button or App. They work perfectly together and offer a single unified, intuitive user experience throughout the entire enterprise, in any type of room. Gone are the days of poor AV quality and troublesome set-ups of room devices,” Michaël Vanderheeren, Product Management Director explains.

The entire ClickShare family is connected to the user’s IT grade and matches their network configuration, whether in standalone, connected, or fully networked mode. As ISO 27001 certified product, A key focus for Barco has been on security and central management, which is essential for IT compatibility. Using ClickShare’s XMS management dashboard, the user can easily manage and update their units and receive useful insights into workplace behaviour. All units feature Barco’s SmartCare offering, including five years of coverage, advanced access to Barco’s helpdesk, and a license to the XMS Insights module.

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Chris Fernando

Chris N. Fernando is an experienced media professional with over two decades of journalistic experience. He is the Editor of Arabian Reseller magazine, the authoritative guide to the regional IT industry. Follow him on Twitter (@chris508) and Instagram (@chris2508).

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