As many of you know, the Barco ClickShare technology has been a resounding success since its launch early 2013. I have spent a significant amount of time working very closely with our sales staff and our dealer channel in selling, designing, training and supporting the implementation of this product in just about every application you could think of. I’ve come to highly appreciate the strengths of this technology across the board. Its brilliance is only outshined by its simplicity.
Over this period of time, Barco has made continuous improvements and performance enhancements to the technology and has pushed these out via firmware updates. Many of these updates have essentially flown under the radar. While some were significant in nature, none nearly as impactful as this most recent release on the CSC-1.
Of the many demands on a collaboration system, none have been more consistently prevalent than these two…
- IT Flexibility with Minimal Intrusion
- Full Support of BYOD
And yes, while the ClickShare wireless architecture is head and shoulders above the competition when it comes to minimizing impact on IT infrastructures, it has never addressed how to at the same time allow for greater flexibility in this regard. And because of Apple legal limitations (not Barco’s fault), BYOD support with iOS was limited.
All of this has changed… the proverbial gloves have officially been taken off! As of this latest release (which actually came out end of December) the CSC-1 now supports full mirroring from any iOS device by embedding native Airplay into the CSC-1 unit. Here is a YouTube video showing you how it works. This is a game changer!! With the MirrorOP app supporting full mirroring from Samsung tablets and phones and now with full iOS mirroring, true BYOD support is fully implemented.
The other very powerful feature that has been launched in this release is the CSC-1 now has the ability to be integrated into a corporate network environment. What this means is IT departments, if they so choose, can now control the connectivity, security and throughput of the CSC-1 by pushing all the wireless traffic of the ClickShare buttons thru access points in the building and then over the base unit across the corporate network. Up until before this release, the ClickShare buttons were completely locked down. There was no option to deviate from this connectivity path.
There are a number of other very important improvements that may be of interest. Here is a link to Barco’s website that calls attention to all of these updates.
Please post your take on what your experience has been so far if you’ve had the chance to implement the new software. We’d love to hear from you.