Global technology company Lenovo added the new ThinkSmart View and ThinkSmart Manager in its expanded solutions portfolio in time for the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show 2020 (CES2020) in Las Vegas.
The all-new ThinkSmart View is a dedicated personal business communications device for conducting Microsoft Teams audio and video calls. Lenovo also introduced that select solutions can now be fully managed by ThinkSmart Manager, a proprietary software application for IT departments to easily manage their fleet of ThinkSmart devices.
“A meeting of interconnected technology and working cultural changes is enabling transformations towards smarter workspaces,” said Joseph Mingori, general manager, Lenovo Smart Office business.
“By leveraging the next wave of smart office technology, such as ThinkSmart View, companies can design and equip a workplace for greater agility, creativity, and engagement. Working with an eco-system of partners is crucial in empowering end-users and enabling closer collaboration around the world.”
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Lenovo believes that by designing specific solutions to address different collaboration needs will drive real-world benefits. The solutions themselves can include hardware, software, and services, including Lenovo’s own Smart Office Professional Services, to help customers become adept with new interconnected technologies. ThinkSmart also provides users from every angle with ThinkShield portfolio of security solutions that offer a fully customizable suite of processes and capabilities that protect the full lifecycle of their assets.
The new ThinkSmart View, powered by Qualcomm APQ8053 system-on-chip (SoC), provides users a dedicated device screen for Teams audio and video conferencing. One-touch meeting starts through the built-in display also means employees can join meetings in seconds rather than minutes, and by pairing a Bluetooth headset, they can virtually eliminate background noise and improve confidentiality. A physical camera shutter and device lock by PIN provides welcome security.
ThinkSmart View can function in hot-desking environments. Its flexibility could even introduce a new wave of smart phone rooms for public spaces.
The existing purpose-built ThinkSmart Hub 500 solutions with either Microsoft Teams Rooms or Zoom Rooms empower smaller groups to be highly productive through efficient meetings in dedicated small to medium conference spaces.
ThinkSmart Edition Tiny for Zoom
Zoom Rooms bundle kits for small, medium and large meeting spaces featuring the ThinkSmart Edition Tiny for Zoom (based on ThinkCentre M920q) are now available. Including the Lenovo Tab M10 controller and Heckler stand and featuring Logitech audio and video peripherals, the kits can be purchased through Maverick AV Solutions in the United States, Canada, and select countries in Europe and Asia.
Lenovo said it will expand ThinkSmart Edition Tiny kits with partner Logitech to include Microsoft Teams Rooms.
Lenovo Smart Office Professional Services offer end-to-end services from consulting through deployment and management, the team can build a tailored smart office solution.
The new ThinkSmart Manager software, manageability of select ThinkSmart devices now allows IT departments to remotely deploy, manage, configure, update and resolve issues across those ThinkSmart devices within the cloud-sphere of influence. A single console provides real-time status by individual devices and can generate reports on issues and usage trends to help maximize smart office solution efficiency. Protected by Lenovo Secure Authentication, ThinkSmart Manager can also remotely change BIOS and supervisor passwords on ThinkSmart devices and prevent unwanted USB port use for enhanced protection.
Pricing and Availability
ThinkSmart View is expected to be available this month starting at $349 or $449 with a ThinkPad X1 ANC Bluetooth Headset.
ThinkSmart Tiny kits are available now from Maverick AV Solutions.
ThinkSmart Manager is available now with the first year’s subscription included. Contact Lenovo representative for further details.