Polycom introduces whiteboard collaboration

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Polycom has entered the whiteboard market with an eBeam portable solution branded the Polycom UC Board. Polycom has concluded, rather belatedly, that whiteboards are an important communication tools, but says that when  traditional whiteboards are used in a video conference, it’s a common problem that remote participants have trouble seeing the whiteboard content. This, says Polycom, undermines teamwork and participation.

Polycom's UC board

Polycom claims that the Polycom UC Board is “The first integrated video collaboration whiteboard technology of its kind,” and is “a simple, elegant and cost-effective solution combining a plug-and-play receiver and stylus for ease-of-use, and a compact design for portability.” The solution is said to transform LCD monitors and display surfaces into a video whiteboard space so every participant can stay fully engaged.

The Polycom UC Board software integrates with the latest Polycom RealPresence Room HDX solutions to share content. Users participating in a video meeting can also share content such as a presentation, and use the Polycom UC Board to write, annotate or highlight key points, on top of the presentation for everyone to see in real-time.

“The Polycom UC Board is the first integrated video collaboration solution to make sharing whiteboard content as easy as picking up a pen,” said Sudhakar Ramakrishna, executive vice president and general manager of UC solutions and chief development officer, Polycom. “That’s great news for organisations of all kinds looking to bring remote employees and customers in a sales presentation, brainstorm, planning meeting, or training class with clear access to all the visual content being presented and discussed.”

Organisations can also record and stream whiteboard content using Polycom RealPresence Platform solutions for applications such as training and education. The Polycom UC Board solution is available now and priced at £1,114.


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