It goes without saying that globalization has made communication an even more demanding area for businesses. Everybody understands the difficulties that can occur when communicating with business partners, employees or customers in writing alone - far too much non-verbal communication is lost, making exchanges more fraught and tricky. Fortunately, the market for videoconferencing is developing at a breathtaking pace, and it's a market where both Microsoft and the peripherals experts at LOGITECH want to increase their share. While the software giant from Redmond already has a tried-and-tested platform in Skype for Business, LOGITECH has set out to develop a hardware infrastructure that it hopes will revolutionize collaboration using Skype for Business. Now visitors to CeBIT 2017 in Hannover can see for themselves what the new LOGITECH SmartDock can do in live demonstrations.
Developed in partnership with Microsoft, the SmartDock is designed to work with a Surface Pro 4. It also has two HDMI outputs and three USB 3.1 ports and a Gigabit Ethernet port for connecting more peripherals such as LOGITECH ConferenceCams. Integrated presence detection activates the system as soon as anyone enters the room, while an HDMI input and capture at 1080p60 make it easy to share content via a notebook. Thanks to the optional Extender-Box, the SmartDock can be installed neatly on the conference desk using just a single cable. The rotating metal base of the device also provides a safer housing for the Surface Pro 4. A combination of tamper-resistant screws and a K-lock ensures that the tablet is always in place and ready for the next meeting.