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Sharp Australia releases first Windows Collaboration Display device

Sharp Australia releases first Windows Collaboration Display device Courtesy Sharp Australia

Sharp Australia, the local arm of the Japanese electronics firm, has released the first Windows Collaboration Display, a 4K 70" display that is certified for Skype for Business, is smart-building ready and also explores the potential of IoT devices to make meetings more productive.

In a statement on Wednesday, the company said the new display was designed to be plug and play and connecting to the WCD was merely a matter of connecting by using the supplied USB-C cable.

The single cable covers all the video, touch and network data needs and also charges the connected devices. Integrated wireless casting made it easy to share information from connected PCs, laptops, mobiles and tablets with no need for extra cables.

The company said the WCD had in-built sensors that could work with the Microsoft Azure Digital Twins IoT platform to better monitor and manage collaboration spaces.

The sensors fed back data to Internet cloud-based services, helping IT administrators and building managers monitor a wide range of options, including meeting occupancy, air quality levels, ambient light, temperature, and even humidity.


Courtesy Sharp Australia

This information would help businesses optimise the conditions of meeting rooms. For example, the display would provide information about how often a meeting room is used and when the peak hours are, Sharp said.

The WCD also offers easy video conferencing and remote working. For video conferencing, the display was equipped with an integrated 4K, 120˚ FoV (Field of Vision) camera, and a variable vertical tilt for pin-sharp image quality.

The double array far field and near-field microphones were optimised for voice commands and could collect sound from four to six metres away.

And the twin 12-watt rear-facing speakers helped deliver good audio quality for meetings.

The WCD is designed to work with Windows 10 and Microsoft Office 365. It can be purchased from selected resellers or from Prices will be provided on application.

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