Barco, Microsoft Reach Agreement to Extend Remote Device Management

Meeting room technology company Barco formally entered into an agreement with Microsoft regarding Teams devices.

With this deal, Barco will enable ClickShare devices to provide data that will be available through the Teams Rooms pro management portal, as well as through tPro portal, to offer IT managers rich insight into room and device utilization.

With today’s workforce accustomed to the bring your own meeting (BYOM) or bring your own device (BYOD) concepts, the Barco ClickShare solution allows users to host calls from their own laptop with a preferred video conferencing platform, using the audio and video equipment in the meeting room.

With over 240,000 ClickShare conference devices in the field, ClickShare will be a data source for Teams rooms management capabilities, and will feed into future initiatives. This first step provides valuable insights for IT decision makers without changing the user experience. When initiating a Teams call, the user’s Teams desktop client identifies the connected microphone, speaker and camera via the ClickShare base unit and button, passing the data into the Teams pro portal. Once multiple users have connected to the same ClickShare base unit, the information is populated for IT managers as a potential shared space within the pro management portal, enabling registration and management of the meeting space.

“ClickShare has always put the user at the heart of the experience, while guaranteeing IT managers have the necessary insights to equip meeting rooms in the most optimal way,” said Jan van Houtte, head of product, Barco. “Through this integration, Microsoft and Barco will work together to build easy management systems at scale for their customers. The joint forces in the Shared Spaces initiative are a first yet crucial step to explore market opportunities and establish a future portfolio.”

“Barco shares a clear focus with Microsoft on creating the best meeting experience. This focus drives our decision making, strategy, and partnerships, which has led us to take this step,” said Dan Root, head of global strategic alliances with Barco. “We are very pleased to be a part of the Microsoft Teams devices ecosystem, and to bring Microsoft into our partnership program. Through this collaboration we will work together to build industry-leading solutions that take collaboration to the next level.”