Lenovo launches the ThinkSmart Hub 500 in South Africa
Lenovo Group has launched The Lenovo ThinkSmart Hub 500, a Skype Room Systems device that manages collaboration within modern meeting rooms, was launched in Johannesburg, on 11 September 2018 with regional sync-ups with Cape Town and Durban.
With the ability to connect remote and local participants to Skype for Business meetings and shared content, it eliminates the hassle of sharing personal laptop screens and messing about with cables. Developed in cooperation with Microsoft, the ThinkSmart Hub 500 is an all-in-one device, with a 360-degree rotatable 11.6-inch display, that runs Microsoft Windows 10 IoT Enterprise and uses Logitech cameras.
The Smarter Office is Today
The continuing evolution of technology and the focus on digital transformation brings smarter devices to enable improved collaboration spaces and meeting environments. 92% of businesses are planning Workplace Transformation Initiatives (WTI) to build smart offices that enhance individual and collaborative work experiences for local and remote users. The exponential growth of smarter offices creates opportunities for hardware and software vendors, resellers and systems integrators, as customers look to fuel investments into WTI.
Efficient Conference Room Meetings
Most of today’s meeting rooms have projectors or displays and audio speakerphones. There is rarely video conference support and participant hardware is not connected to any collaboration platform. Meeting set up time can often exceed ten minutes, which wastes valuable creative time.
The ThinkSmart Hub 500 can transform meeting rooms. Easy to deploy and simple to manage, the Hub 500 can make any space a Skype for Business meeting place. Featuring Dolby Audio Premium sound experience, 360-degree array microphones, and a touch display to control the meeting and large external displays, the Skype Room Systems purpose-built device is the ideal conference companion for huddle and medium-sized meeting rooms.
“Workplace transformation begins with collaboration. As workforces are changing, businesses need to provide tools to enable efficiency and teamwork in the office and with colleagues around the world. One obvious need for change is in how meetings are conducted, including the ongoing issue of the wrong technology to get meetings started quickly. This wasted time can cost businesses millions in lost productivity, so we’re thrilled that the ThinkSmart Hub 500 can help solve that issue,” says Julian Pienaar, Lenovo’s Pre-Sales and Product Technologist. “In addition, the ThinkSmart Hub 500 is also a very affordable video conferencing facility; competitor products with similar capabilities are around 5 times the price of our device, even though they are far less user-friendly. Together with Microsoft, we are excited to combine our skills and expertise to help customers enable smarter meeting rooms with devices like the ThinkSmart Hub 500.”
Pricing and Availability
The Lenovo Smart Hub 500 is priced from R30,000 to R35,000, depending on the type of Logitech camera selected. It is available through all Lenovo’s PCG distributors, including Axis, and can be bought online on Takealot. It can also be purchased directly from Lenovo.
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