The Conference Room Just Got Smarter: Introducing Intel® Unite™

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New solution by Intel designed to modernize existing meeting spaces and offer a better way to work

Conference rooms are intended to encourage and facilitate collaboration, but how many times have you been in a meeting where someone wasn’t able to connect their laptop to a projector because the correct type of cables were missing, or attendees participating outside the room couldn’t see what was being shared? The traditional conference room setup can be complex and can impede teamwork and productivity; that is the antithesis of collaboration.

The workplace is changing and businesses need to transform to foster innovation and also stay competitive. Intel is leading the way with technologies ranging from new wireless capabilities to business-ready form factors to leading-edge security to help organizations modernize and develop a better way to work. As part of our continued vision to help organizations transform their workplace, announced today, Intel is now offering a product enabling a cost-effective and easy way for employees to collaborate and spend more time getting work done and less time fumbling with wires and equipment.

Unite for a Better Way to Work

With the combination of select Intel® Core™ vPro™ processor-powered mini PCs and the Intel® Unite™ software product, collaboration and meeting productivity is taken to the next level, transforming existing conference rooms into smart and connected meeting spaces with enhanced security.

The Intel Unite solution offers virtually seamless collaboration from any location, and fast, simple meeting starts. Instead of having to rely on adapters or dongles, this new solution uses the existing wireless networks within the business to connect PCs to existing displays, projectors or interactive whiteboards via an Intel Core vPro processor-based mini PC with the Intel Unite software.

Peer-to-peer sharing capabilities allow workers to collaborate outside the meeting room. Everyone, regardless of where they are in the world, can interact with the content and annotate with the image in real time, and then quickly and easily share files.1

Enhanced Security and Improved IT Manageability

With the Intel Unite solution, meeting organizers share a unique, rotating PIN with users to allow them to join a session quickly, with security in mind. The PIN helps to identify proximity and owner, so organizers can determine who they will or won’t allow onto their corporate network. The data is encrypted with 256-bit Secure Sockets Layers (SSL) ensuring that it remains in the conference network. The solution stays within the virtual walls of your business and is not dependent on additional vendor solutions.1

Making the Intel Unite solution easy to deploy in corporate environments is key to ease of use, not only by end users but also by IT departments. Intel Unite software is designed to slot into existing IT client deployment models and client software distribution methods. This design offers convenience to IT from a deployment and management standpoint. With Intel vPro technology built into the mini PC, IT can also control, patch and repair the device, even when the system is offline.

The Smarter Conference Room Is Available Today.

The Intel Unite solution easily works with most existing setups and will transform traditional conference rooms into modern meeting spaces affordably and without a massive overhaul. There’s no need to buy or install a whole new infrastructure when the Intel Unite solution offers interoperability with popular platforms already in the market. IT shops with Intel vPro technology can use many of the existing management tools, systems and policies already in place, decreasing the total cost of ownership.

Intel Unite was designed to bring together existing conferencing solutions, both hardware and software, into a simple and intuitive user experience. With a built-in extensibility plug-in design, IT can connect existing conferencing solutions, room controls and more. Intel intends to publish reference plug-ins to help customers see the benefits and possibilities with usages like guest access, Cisco* Telepresence integration and lighting controls. Intel Unite supports multiple operating systems, including Windows* and Mac OS X*, with other operating systems to be added in the future.

Better Conference Rooms, Better Ideas, A Better Way To Work

With Intel Unite, we have strived to modernize the conference room into a smart and connected meeting space with enhanced security. Technology should never be an artificial barrier to human creativity so we’ve worked to create a collaborative platform that enables rather than disables. Intel Unite is an innovative solution that we believe will help businesses improve how work gets done.

Intel is working with a number of OEMs (including ASUS, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, and Lenovo) as well as customers and partners on the Intel Unite solution offering.

Please visit www.intel.com/unite for more information and updates. To continue this conversation on Twitter, please use #WorkingBetter.

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Tom Garrison

About Tom Garrison

Tom M. Garrison is vice president in the Client Computing Group and general manager of the Business Client Platforms Division at Intel Corporation. Garrison has held a variety of management roles since joining Intel in 1994, most recently as general manager of the Data Center Engineering Group. For the seven years prior to that position, Garrison was general manager of data center planning in Intel's Data Center Group. Garrison holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Portland State University in Oregon.