Technology Record - Issue 30: Autumn 2023

83 conversation. Solutions using artificial intelligence-enabled cameras with automated focus and framing, along with more immersive, intelligent audio experiences, help ensure every meeting participant is seen and heard. And AI-driven features like transcription, chat, polling, handgesture support and whiteboarding let everyone engage. In addition, making every moment productive is critical for hybrid meetings. That means being able to start and join meetings without time-consuming technology issues. Collaboration solutions must also be simple to use and easy for IT to manage for a consistently positive experience. World-class reliability – along with easy intuitive interfaces and standard software applications – lets workers and the IT personnel supporting them avoid the productivity-killing chorus of “How does this work?”, “Can you hear me?” and “Do you see my screen?” Leveraging decades of enterprise IT experience across more than 180 global markets, Lenovo is rising to the challenge of assisting customers in transforming their meeting spaces with a wide range of purpose-built collaboration solutions for Teams Rooms. For example, ThinkSmart Core Kits are modular kits scalable to any size room with or without audio and video already installed, while the ThinkSmart One + Controller is an integrated front-of-room collaboration system for simplified meeting spaces. With computing now at the core of the UC, Lenovo offers the ThinkSmart Hub, an all-in-one touchscreen control with computer and audio for outstanding user experiences. The ThinkSmart Hub also features fully immersive 360-degree sound with four built-in full duplex speakers and four built-in dual array microphones. Lenovo’s latest solution is the ThinkSmart View Plus, a stand-alone collaboration device with premium audio, video and whiteboarding features that runs Teams Display. The smart collaboration solution is purpose-built for hot desking, phone booths, executive desks and homeoffice use cases. In addition, Lenovo collaborates with Microsoft, Biamp, Jabra, Logitech, Q-SYS and others to combine the best audio and visual technologies with its computing expertise to enable it to continually address customers’ needs with advanced UC experiences. As companies build the new hybrid working model, collaboration remains an essential part of organisational success. Teams require the flexibility to collaborate anytime and anywhere, physical spaces for in-person connections with colleagues, and the technology to support it all. Shannon MacKay is general manager of worldwide smart collaboration business at Lenovo “ Effective collaboration enables diverse teams to learn, problem solve and innovate together” Lenovo’s ThinkSmart collection is helping customers to transform their meetings spaces