WyreStorm to showcase huddle rooms at ISE 2017

posted on Thursday, 22nd December 2016 by Geny Caloisi

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WyreStorm will be introducing a new corporate AV solution at ISE 2017 that combines WyreStorm products within a single, all inclusive, competitively-priced kit for meeting room and huddle room environments that make things effortlessly simple for user and integrator.

WyreStorm’s huddle and meeting room concept was born out of the recognition that the majority of the more complex solutions on the market require significant configuration and are capable of far more functionality than the majority of customers will ever use.  Similarly, the leaner solutions available don’t quite offer enough. 

Adrian Ickeringill, WyreStorm EMEA General Manager, explains why this is problematic for the customer: “For customers, the choice is typically to either go big and pay big for a system they will not fully use, which offers a poor return on a considerable investment.  Or mix and match separate products from different manufacturers to try and create a system that meets their requirements, which complicates specification and installation; increasing the chance of compatibility issues and potential points of failure.” 

Ickeringill continues, “With the WyreStorm Meeting Room Pack, we wanted to offer an unrivalled ease of use and connectivity for the end user, with seamless switching, enhanced audio simple room control using a static in-wall touch screen and more advanced control with customers’ own mobile devices.  This simplicity extends to the integrator, with ease of specification, installation and configuration thanks to one product code ordering with one-price.” 

The Meeting Room Pack itself is cantered around the WyreStorm SW-0501-HDBT 5x1 HDBaseT presentation switcher featuring WyreStorm’s own ScreenLink screen sharing and collaboration software supporting both wired and wireless screen sharing from up to 26 Windows and Mac laptops/computers simultaneously.
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The SW-0501-HDBT offers compact, high performance switching and auto scaling of 4x HDMI, 1x VGA sources to the display or projector up to 100m/328ft with HDBaseT or the mirrored HDMI output for local connection.  Included in the pack are a WyreStorm in-desk connection plate, 2m and 10m pre-made Cat6 cables for HDBaseT transmissions and a selection of high quality WyreStorm HDMI cables to cover all connections needed between sources, switcher and display.

Features of the SW-0501-HDBT include support for 1920x1200p @60Hz, microphone input with phantom power, stereo inputs and auto-mix stereo audio output, which make it ideal for the connection of laptops, Macs and computers, as well as media players such as Apple TV or media streaming devices, such as Google Chromecast.

In contrast to many meeting room solutions, the SW-0501-HDBT includes both the convenience of wireless network streaming for viewing spreadsheets and documents to the room as well as hardwired VGA and HDMI connections for fully uncompressed, zero-latency sharing - important with applications such as video conferencing, high quality video, interactive software demonstrations and trainings.

The ScreenLink collaboration software was designed to enable all users to start sharing screens in seconds regardless of technical expertise thanks to its simple three-step onscreen set-up.  Up to four computers can be displayed at the same time through a variety of configuration options; including single, dual and quad-view modes.

Audio quality is a feature often overlooked in meeting room solutions, and a characteristic that can lower the user experience.  Included in the WyreStorm system is the AMP-001-010 HDBaseT receiver with Class D digital audio amplification for connection to wall or ceiling speakers for improved audio capabilities within the meeting room, as well as avoid the lip-sync issues typically experienced when collaborating wirelessly. 

In terms of control, a variety of options are available for the SW-0501-HDBT, including front panel, built-in Web User Interface (UI) and CEC support for on/off commands for screens and projectors.  RS-232 inputs on the SW-0501-HDBT connect to the pre-programmed WyreStorm touch screen keypad with the 10m cable included in the Meeting Room Kit for simple, no-nonsense in-room control of the presentation switcher. 

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But meeting room control is more than just device connectivity. It’s about options and flexibility of what can be controlled. The SW-0501-HDBT features IP and RS-232 to manage and control the switcher or external devices, with WyreStorm’s award-winning Enado browser-based control system and a wireless router both included in the Meeting Room Kit. 

Enado enables the integrator to provide powerful, hardware and intuitive cross-platform control software that works seamlessly with any operating system or internet browser on literally any web-enabled user device. Mac OS to Windows, to Android, to iOS – Enado just works. 

The simplicity of Enado enables true BYOD connectivity, with the customer able to add their own personal control devices themselves, such as smartphones, tablets or laptops, using simple in-room QR code scanning or clicking an email or web link.  The result is one-touch system control of not only sources, projector and presentation switcher, but also audio settings, room lighting, blinds and room temperature to make sure precious meeting time is not wasted configuring the room.  

“We wanted a system where you don't need training to use the training room”, concludes Ickeringill. “Whether in a company, hotel or business centre, meeting rooms and huddle spaces are constantly in use by staff, visitors and vendors who all want to make the most of their time.  Imagine entering a room, immediately scanning a simple QR code on a wall or desk with your smartphone and in 30 seconds having full control of the room and its technologies to begin your meeting.  That kind of experience is priceless for both customer and user.”

The WyreStorm HDBaseT Meeting Room Pack will on show at ISE 2017 and launch Q1 2017.  

Geny Caloisi

Geny Caloisi is an accomplished technology journalist who has worked in a variety of AV industry publications. 

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