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April 2017, Vol. 8, No. 3

Cisco melds Spark collaboration with interactive display screen

Corporate teams work together online and in meeting rooms. On Tuesday, Cisco married virtual and physical collaboration with the launch of a revamped Spark and a tightly integrated electronic whiteboard. The Spark Board, unveiled at a kickoff event in San Francisco, takes Spark's version of team collaboration into the meeting room, where the cloud-based application becomes an in-room group experience on the interactive display screen. "It's a bit surprising Cisco has created such a significant endpoint just for Spark," said Dave Michels, an independent analyst focused on unified communications (UC) and collaboration products. "It really shows a commitment to the new [Spark] service." Cisco is marketing Spark Board as a three-in-one interactive touchscreen. The wall-mounted device can be used as a whiteboard, a video conferencing system or presentation screen for a laptop or mobile device. The device includes a 4K high-definition display, microphones and video camera. "Spark Board is like a tablet on the wall," Jens Meggers, ...

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