Device manufacturer Lenovo and communications technology company Zoom Video Communications Inc. (Zoom) announced their partnership that will provide businesses with video conference solutions.
At Zoom’s annual user conference Zoomtopia, the two companies revealed that Lenovo ThinkSmart Hub and ThinkSmart View will be offered with Zoom Rooms and Zoom for Home, respectively.
The new Hub announced last month offers smarter collaboration for conference rooms of all sizes with richer audio featuring full duplex speakers and four omnidirectional microphones integrated into an all-in-one personal device. Built on the Zoom Rooms platform, the Hub allows participants to communicate through video or voice and content can be easily shared in real-time.
“With increased demand and expansion of use cases for video collaboration in recent months we see the need for more tailored unified communications solutions,” said Jeff Smith, head of Zoom Rooms at Zoom. “We are excited to partner with Lenovo to deliver ThinkSmart Hub for Zoom Rooms and ThinkSmart View for Zoom for Home. These devices, built for Zoom, can help businesses and end users be more productive and efficient in today’s highly distributed global workforce.”
ThinkSmart View is a dedicated personal business collaboration device announced in January this year and is designed to enhance a home office setup. View is now available with Zoom for Home to help unlock individual productivity by enhancing the Zoom experience in a purpose-built solution. View can sync with a user’s calendar and status, share content, and includes a whiteboard function for live annotations.
Video collaboration has seen exponential increases in user demand with Zoom’s daily meeting participants reaching an all-time high of 300 million by April 2020. An increasingly distributed workforce will only see demand increase as remote workers require more efficient home office unified communications devices and companies accelerate digital transformation strategies providing more intuitive and efficient meeting room tools that are easier to set up and manage.
Zoom Rooms tackles the three primary pain points of meeting room collaboration: By focusing on usability that helps users quickly join meetings with one-touch conferencing start, offering high quality video and providing easy content sharing, Zoom Rooms delivers an effortless user experience in the workplace.
Zoom for Home on ThinkSmart View brings that intuitive and immersive collaboration into the home through the dedicated personal device.
ThinkSmart Hub for Zoom Rooms
The all-in-one design Hub offers a one-cable system I/O function that provides power, ethernet, USB, and display connections. With current social distancing measures in place, Alexa for Business voice capability with the Zoom Rooms version adds a layer of protection and easy interaction, allowing users to control meetings simply through the power of voice.
In addition to being built on the Zoom Rooms platform, ThinkSmart Hub includes built-in protection with ThinkShield security solutions and is easy to manage using the custom-built ThinkSmart Manager software. The company also offers tailored and personalized guidance throughout Smart Collaboration Managed Services to ensure customers have the tools to help teams of all sizes connect, share, and collaborate efficiently.
ThinkSmart View with Zoom
ThinkSmart View now leverages the powerful Zoom for Home platform bringing Zoom Meetings into home workspaces. As a purpose-built appliance that can be easily managed and provisioned, View includes an 8-inch HD touch screen with a wide-angle camera and privacy shutter, dual-microphone array, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth that allows the pairing of a compatible headset.