Mitel Addresses Small Group UC with All-in-One Appliance
Mitel knows there’s nothing more annoying than having to host a small group meeting in your office to take advantage of unified communication (UC) and collaboration technologies. The thought of four our five people crowded around a PC to view an annotate a document or use videoconferencing can be downright claustrophobic, let alone an invasion of privacy.
That’s why the company has created the Mitel UC360 collaboration point, an all-in-one multimedia collaboration appliance aimed at small conference rooms or group meeting areas. Mitel is positioning the device at the “personal office meeting space,” which makes it perfect for times when there are too many meeting members to crowd around a desk and too few to book a telepresence room.
“Right now there is a collaboration gap — you have personal collaboration tools which are great for individual use and cost-effective, and then you have the high-end room-based videoconferencing and telepresence units that are great for large groups but can be expensive and usually are deployed in only a few meeting rooms in an office,” said Wendy Moore-Bayley, director of Solutions Marketing at Mitel. “This addresses that space in between.”
The UC360 enables up to four different audio and/or video connections, and connects to any HDMI-enabled presentation device for large-screen viewing of documents or other visual materials. Its open standards-based design makes it interoperable with any SIP-based desktop and mobile clients as well as room-based clients.
The unit includes a touchscreen keyboard and two USB ports. It supports remote desktop functions or users can access files via a USB stick, and documents can be viewed and edited with the included Microsoft Office viewer/editor suite.
And, Moore-Bayley said, it’s easy to deploy — just plug the UC360 into an IP phone and you’re ready to go.
For the channel, the UC360 represents an opportunity to initiate or extend conversations with customers looking for a UC solution larger than a personal UC systems and smaller than room-based systems.
The UC360 is available now and is priced at $1,995.