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How interactive flat panel displays are elevating the conferencing and collaboration experience

March 04, 2019

Move over, whiteboards. Make way for interactive flat panel displays, which are quickly becoming the new darlings of classrooms and boardrooms.
 
The global market for flat-panel display technology is expected to reach over $29 billion in 2020, having grown at a CAGR of 84.31% since 2015—and for good reason. In K-12 classrooms, for example, this technology is already reaping rewards, including improved social-emotional development and higher rates of class participation.
 
Why the transition from interactive whiteboards to interactive flat panels?
  • Better access to advanced technology—Since interactive flat panels take advantage of many of the technological advances found in tablet devices, touch-screen capabilities are greatly enhanced—and image quality is significantly better that what’s displayed on whiteboards. What’s more, the image quality doesn’t degrade over time.
     
  • Long-term cost—By moving to interactive panels, organizations pay significantly less in ongoing maintenance costs, including bulb and cord replacements. Interactive panels also use less electricity, which is good for the environment as well as the pocketbook.
A look at some of the leading flat-panel display solutions
 
Lots of leading vendors are getting into the interactive flat-panel display market. Here are some of the most popular solutions.
 
Microsoft Surface Hub
It looks like a big screen TV and a giant tablet rolled into one. But the Surface Hub doesn’t really function like either. It’s what Microsoft calls a “collaboration kiosk”—perfect for a conference room or workspace where people can easily hop on and off the device for whiteboarding sessions, demonstrations or videoconferences.
 
The Surface Hub has two wide-angle cameras, one on each side. Infrared presence sensors can identify where the speaker’s face is and adjust the camera input accordingly. If the presenter happens to be blocking one camera, the other one kicks in—ensuring no one’s view is impeded. What’s more, the Surface Hub’s big screen can be segmented into three smaller ones for greater flexibility.
 
Research shows its effectiveness as a collaboration tool. According to a Forrester Total Economic impact study, businesses using Surface Hub may achieve up to a 138% ROI over a three-year period.
 
Cisco WebEx Board (formerly Cisco Spark Board)
Widely used in corporate boardrooms, K-12 classrooms and Hollywood production studios, the Cisco WebEx Board is a wireless presentation screen, digital whiteboard and audio and videoconferencing system all in one.
 
A powerful 4K camera provides a high-resolution, wide-angle image of the meeting room and a 12-microphone array automatically amplifies and modulates participants’ voices for crisp, clear audio. Three models (55-inch, 70-inch and 85-inch) accommodate a variety of room settings.
 
Infocus Mondopad
This interactive whiteboard and multi-touch videoconferencing system is known for its versatility. Since it runs on Windows 10, users can launch any app that runs on Windows, like Skype or Google Hangouts.
 
Large, intuitive icons run across the multi-touch high-definition display, making the unit particularly easy to use. And wireless connectivity allows users to share, view or control the unit from a PC, tablet or smartphone, Android or iPhone. Emails can be sent directly to the Mondopad, too. Everything about the Mondopad has been designed to make teamwork less work.
 
Customers interested in elevating team collaboration in their organizations may want to take a closer look at these or other interactive flat-panel solutions. For more information, contact our UCC expert, Curt Vurpillat.