Intel announced the addition of new capabilities to its collaboration solution Unite.
The Unite solution is a combination of an Intel Core vPro processor-powered hub running in the meeting room that communicates with a small client app running on devices like a PC, Mac or tablet, and a small server component that orchestrates and manages the solution across devices and hubs throughout the network.
New capabilities include advanced meeting room analytics for IT pros to get right insight on meeting room usage helps
Intel has developed a new telemetry plug-in to track usage. This gives IT pros insight into how often meeting spaces are utilized, for how long they are used and data on the health of the technology in the meeting space.
This plug-in helps IT and facilities management make better decisions based on how meeting spaces are used.
Further, Intel extended Unite’s availability for iPad and Android tablets. It was already available on Windows (7, 8.1 and Windows 10) and Apple Mac OS X.
The chipmaker added that device support for Chromebooks is not far behind. (The app will be available at the beginning of the second quarter of this year.)
Intel also added new meeting controls so users can choose the meeting permissions that make the most sense to them. This is aimed at industries like education, health care and retail.
For example, in a classroom environment, this gives meeting controls to teachers to enable them to moderate and control who presents content. This feature will be available early in this year’s second quarter.
A Static PIN is also introduced to Unite to more securely connect authorized devices to the client hub. This is in addition to the rotating personal identification number.
This is well-suited for education as it creates a simple connection for teachers and students to always use the same PIN to start a sharing session, or to alternatively maintain a PIN that stays the same throughout the duration of an active session.
Intel has nearly 100,000 Intel Unite hubs deployed around the world. For less than a $1,000 per room – and no recurring monthly licensing fees – customers can take advantage of the capabilities in Intel Unite.