Whenever I contemplate a major purchase – whether a car or a laptop – third-party reviews and customer feedback has the most sway in my decision. When it’s a brand new product category, initial reviews and awards are critical in helping me reach a buying decision. And I know this holds true for many of you as you think about how to collaboration-enable meeting spaces.
We wrapped up a busy week at InfoComm 2017, one of the AV industry’s largest events. I’m happy to share that AV Technology Magazine awarded Cisco Spark Board with InfoComm Best of Show 2017. This follows our recent best-of-show award at Enterprise Connect.
To me, these awards are less about celebrating Cisco and more about giving you peace of mind as you explore the benefits of our products.
We developed Cisco Spark Board to meet the needs of the vast majority of conference rooms around the world that lack collaboration tools. And for the minority of rooms that have tools, Cisco Spark Board improves over the mess of wires, remote controls, projectors, analog whiteboards, phones, etc., that often make other conferencing technology too difficult to use.
As a three-in-one collaboration device, Cisco Spark Board provides wireless presentation, digital whiteboarding, and video/audio conferencing. Since it is wireless and fully touch-enabled, it’s also intuitive to use. You no longer have to figure out which dongle to plug in where or which remote goes with which device. We want the Cisco Spark Board to be the answer to the complexity of today’s meeting rooms.
This is why we believe AV Technology selected Cisco Spark Board as one of its InfoComm best of show winners. Judges remarked that it is a “Great conference room collaborative tool with easy controls… and easy wireless content sharing.”
Cisco Spark Room Kits
Not to be outdone, the new Cisco Spark Room Kits received Sound & Video Contractor Magazine’s Best of InfoComm award. I like to call the Cisco Spark Room Kits “video innovation in a box.” They integrate with any third-party screen to bring more intelligence and usability to all sizes of conference rooms. You can add advanced features such as speaker tracking, wireless sharing, and 4K content — previously the domain of high-end video conferencing rooms — to every room and for every team.
Into the Classroom
We saw a lot of enthusiasm for the Cisco Spark Board within the education community attending InfoComm. And Tech & Learning Magazine backed that up with its own InfoComm Best of Show award for Cisco Spark Board. Cisco Spark Board provides a physical portal into the virtual classroom, working hand-in-hand with the Cisco Spark app to connect physical and virtual classrooms. This allows teachers, students, and classmates to take part in continuous learning environments – before, during, and after class – remotely or in the classroom. Consolidating this functionality into a fully integrated software and hardware solution provides the capabilities in one easy-to-use interface.