For years Prysm has been considered a top player in the collaboration space. The company’s visual workplace solutions, powered by its Synthesis software, offer customers the ability to customize the collaboration experience in a number of ways. Virtually any piece of content can be sent to a Prysm display, repositioned, resized, and rearranged as the user sees fit. Features include real-time, multi-site mirroring, powerful and easy to use administrative tools and lightning fast cloud-based services. Prysm’s laser-phosphor display creates a unique advantage, as the technology creates virtually no heat while displaying what is on screen. If you’d like to learn more, we’ve written plenty about Prysm’s video wall in the past.
At InfoComm, Prysm is more concerned with moving into the future. That means mobility.
Prysm rolled out its mobile access feature several weeks ago. “It extends the ability to access the collaboration experience to any device,” says Paige O’Neill, CMO of Prysm. “iPad, Mac, PC, iPhone – you’re able to log into the app and access Prysm.com, and once you log in there you have access to all of your projects and content stored in the cloud. You can participate with others that might be in the conference room on a bigger screen, you can collaborate purely with people that are remote, you can add content from your device, you can edit content – you can do pretty much everything you can do on the big screen.”
Obviously, this means that there will be times when mobile participants are connected alongside participants using a big screen that can house multiple pieces of content simultaneously. Mobile users can scroll back and forth on the screen to cover the real estate of the big screen piece by piece without losing the layout of the big screen.
The big announcement coming out of InfoComm isn’t mobile connectivity, however.
“We don’t necessarily want corporations to have to change the investments they’ve made. We’re just looking to make it all work better together and work at the same time,” says O’Neill. “To that end, one of the things we’re announcing at the show is that we’ve done some integration with Microsoft 365 and Skype for Business.”
On the Skype for Business side, that means native integration with the menu of Prysm’s large displays. A user can pull up the Skype login, which looks exactly as it would on a desktop. Once logged in, users can do anything they can do in Skype for Business on the wall – initiating chat sessions, videoconferencing with contacts, etc.
Prysm has integrated into its software what they are calling the “broadcast zone.” It’s a square section on the big screen that acts as a representation of the viewable spectrum for Skype for Business. Dragging a piece of content into the broadcast zone makes it visible to those using Skype for Business, and those using Skype for Business that want to show content can pull it up on their screen to be displayed within the broadcast zone on the big screen.
Office 365 is also integrated into Prysm menu. Log in to Office 365 on a Prysm wall and you can do anything you can do with Office 365. Check your email, leverage any Office 365 application, open files and save them back to OneDrive, work within Office 365 applications online and save them back to the OneDrive system, and download files straight into the Prysm software.
“We’ve taken what we think are pretty important high value enterprise applications and integrated with them to make them work effectively in the Prysm environment,” says O’Neill.
If you want to learn more, visit Prysm’s booth, N305.