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Lenovo collaborates with Jabra to introduce new ThinkSmart Bar 180 solution

Using AI-enabled video and audio streams, the new co-branded ThinkSmart Bar 180 delivers a more seamless, inclusive, and premium collaboration experience.

Lenovo announced the new ThinkSmart Bar 180 bar for small and medium meeting spaces. The integrated room system, offered in collaboration with Jabra, combines an intelligent video bar with the Lenovo ThinkSmart Core and Controller for a complete, intelligent room system.

Using AI-enabled video and audio streams, the new co-branded ThinkSmart Bar 180 delivers a more seamless, inclusive, and premium collaboration experience.

Lenovo also announced Windows Autopilot support for the full portfolio of Lenovo ThinkSmart collaboration devices.

AI Enabled Audio/Video for Small and Medium Rooms

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The small, easy to manage form factor of the ThinkSmart Bar 180 features a 180-degree field of view achieved through an innovative three camera system unique among front of room solutions. The camera provides full room coverage in panoramic 4K resolution through seamless real-time video stitching, creating a more natural visual experience for remote meeting participants. The wide visual field, combined with world-class audio capabilities and onboard intelligence, create three configurable video modes— Intelligent Zoom, Virtual Director, and Dynamic Composition.

With Intelligent Zoom, meeting participants are always presented with an optimal view, as the smart camera frames all of the people present within that 180-degree field of view and dynamically adjusts as people enter, leave, and move about the room. Virtual Director provides a different perspective, focusing on the active speaker and changing the focus from person to person as the conversation flows naturally. And with Dynamic Composition meeting participants have better context for what is happening in the room both audibly and visually as people in the room are automatically detected and prioritization is given to recent speakers.

The smart collaboration system also features intelligent microphones that identify the voices of up to 10 meeting participants in a room for applications such as live transcription. And dual-stream whiteboard makes collaboration easier, displaying both whiteboard content and in-room participants simultaneously without the need for a dedicated content camera.

The ThinkSmart Bar 180 intelligent video bar integrates seamlessly with the Lenovo ThinkSmart Core and Controller — devices developed for small and medium meeting spaces and engineered for teamwork. The ThinkSmart Core features 11th generation Intel Core vPro processors and runs on Windows 10 IOT Enterprise, it is designed for performance as well as a long lifecycle and offers hardware-based security features through Lenovo ThinkShield.

The ThinkSmart Bar 180 is also available as a standalone device for a smart, flexible bring-your-own-meeting (BYOM) solution. Certified for both Microsoft Teams Rooms and Zoom Rooms, the ThinkSmart Bar 180 is ready to use with the customer’s platform of choice, so teams can connect, share, and collaborate easily and securely.

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“The meeting and collaboration experience of today’s corporate world needs constant evolution,” said Yves Dupuis, SVP of Global Sales operations at Jabra. “We are thrilled to further unite Jabra’s unique capabilities with Lenovo’s innovative solutions to equip offices with solutions to foster inclusive and interactive meetings for everyone.”

Global Services That Make Collaboration Easier

Lenovo’s ThinkSmart portfolio of collaboration devices are now supported with Windows Autopilot, a collection of technologies that help accelerate set up and pre-configure new devices, getting them ready for productive use. Using cloud-based services, Windows Autopilot reduces the time IT teams spends on deploying, managing, and retiring devices, as well as the infrastructure required to maintain the devices—helping maximize ease of use for all types of end users.

The combined power of Lenovo Services and Windows Autopilot lets IT departments reduce tedious manual configurations and enables installers to consistently deploy systems from the cloud.

“With the addition of the ThinkSmart Bar 180 to our portfolio, and the support of Windows Autopilot for Lenovo’s smart collaboration devices, customers now have even more options to intelligently design, build, and configure meeting spaces at scale across their global office footprint,” said Shannon MacKay, General Manager of Worldwide Smart Collaboration Business, Lenovo. “As businesses of all size continue to adopt and adjust hybrid working models, Lenovo is delivering flexible, smart solutions that enhance collaboration and minimize complexity.”

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As with all Lenovo ThinkSmart meeting room products, the ThinkSmart Bar 180 comes standard with three years of Lenovo’s Premier Support, providing access to advanced technicians 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.

Availability

The ThinkSmart Bar 180 will be available in select markets worldwide from the first quarter of 2024.

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