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Earlier today, I posted this Microsoft Project Rigel news.

Certain hardware partners were introduced as a part of Microsoft’s Project Rigel announcement in March,* one of those being Logitech. Coinciding with this announcement, Logitech published a blog  Logitech and Microsoft to Transform the Conference Room with Project Rigel which stated how the company had made great strides transforming the video collaboration space with enterprise quality tools priced for businesses of all sizes. In addition, Logitech pointed to their understanding of the importance of remote collaboration for effective teamwork, as well as how the company had designed and produced audio and video hardware solutions that enhanced collaboration for personal workspaces up to large-sized conference rooms.

It was also specified how Logitech and Microsoft had been long-time strategic partners in the UCC space, and the fact that the company had sold over 18 million AV devices certified by Microsoft. It was at that time that Logitech announced, as a part of Project Rigel plans, its plans to deliver a purpose built smart-dock to seamlessly connect the system elements in a meeting room.

In addition, Logitech also announced that the company would certify certain portfolio solutions for use with Project Rigel systems, including the Logitech ConferenceCam Connect, ConferenceCam GROUP and PTZ Pro Camera.

Those who have been following Logitech Video Collaboration closely this year, along with seeing them at Enterprise Connect in March and InfoComm in June, have no doubt seen the company’s rise in the UCC market with their ConferenceCam and PTZ Pro products, to go along with a well established LCP Partner Program. This article in UC Buyer 5 Takeaways from Enterprise Connect 2016 pointed to how Logitech (along with Polycom) in collaboration with Microsoft on Project Rigel, would provide Microsoft the major push needed to bring Skype for Business to every meeting room.  

Today, on the first day of Microsoft Ignite, the company announced the release of the Logitech ® SmartDock, an AV meeting room solution designed in collaboration with Microsoft. SmartDock works with Skype for Business and qualified devices, including Logitech ConferenceCams, to provide a seamless, user-friendly touch-screen console to launch and manage video calls in any meeting space – from the huddle room to the large conference room.

With SmartDock, people can start meetings on time with one-touch join, then instantly project to the display in the room and share to remote participants via their Skype for Business clients on a smartphone or laptop. The Skype Room System also includes the ability to place or join an audio-only call. Now with the new Skype for Business meeting experience, users can leave their laptops behind, walk into a SmartDock-equipped conference room, and work together as if they were in the same room.

Features of SmartDock:

  • SmartDock works with your existing video displays and video cameras certified for Skype for Business, making it easy to launch a meeting with a single touch.
  • Secure tablet mount with Kensington® security slot for added protection. You can confidently leave a SurfacePro 4 unattended in any conference room where SmartDock is installed.
  • SmartDock adds connectivity including HDMI for 1080p displays, three USB ports, Gigabit Ethernet, and headset jack. The optional Extender Box keeps conference tables clean and clutter-free.
  • Share a presentation, demo, or other content on your laptop, simply connect through the HDMI input built into SmartDock and begin presenting from your personal device.

“Logitech and Skype for Business have teamed for many years to deliver high-quality, easy-to-use devices that provide our customers with a premiere audio and video conferencing experience,” said Scott Wharton, general manager of the Logitech video collaboration group. “With Logitech SmartDock, Skype for Business users can easily start video calls with one touch, share content in a meeting, and streamline the overall collaboration experience. Plus, Logitech SmartDock combines multiple components into a purpose-built, Skype Room System-certified solution, taking the guesswork and clutter out of the conference room.”

 

All details and specifications can be found here.

Here is the Logitech press release.

*This and other announcements were made in the Microsoft Office Blog Expanding the reach of Skype for Business meetings and voice services in Office 365