Thought Leadership

Building a Better Meeting Experience

Cisco, Oblong, and LG come together to optimize the enterprise meeting experience through a new ScanSource bundled offering.

For the first time ever, our flagship product Mezzanine, the groundbreaking platform for content-rich visual collaboration, will be available through distribution to the ProAV market. In association with ScanSource, a packaged product for collaboration is now available to AV integrators and their customers that leverages the power of advanced commercial displays from LG Electronics and Webex Room Kit Series from Cisco for the Mezzanine immersive meeting experience. 

With this more seamlessly integrated joint offering – Cisco Webex for virtual meeting excellence, LG for visual display excellence, and Oblong Mezzanine for a content-rich and immersive experience – collaborators in enterprises around the globe will be more productive and engaged. Together these vendors have focused on providing through ScanSource a modern meeting room solution for more effective teamwork that is simpler to specify, swifter to install, and easier to use. 

A preview of this offering debuted at InfoComm 2018 with the Mezzanine 200 Series, and just won recognition from AV industry journalists at rAVe, as‘Best Collaboration Packaged Product.’ 

‍‍Best of InfoComm 2018

Mezzanine joins the ScanSource line card with its entire product family, including the Mezzanine 600 Series for larger conference rooms and briefing centers, and the Mezzanine 200 Series solution for smaller teams and spaces. Mezzanine is defined by its unique user interface that makes it easy for collaborators (wherever they are) to share and control multiple content streams simultaneously. Mezzanine enables users to do this easily across Cisco’s Webex virtual meeting platform. 

“End users are continuing to look for innovative UC solutions, and Mezzanine delivers a content-rich workplace collaboration experience that enables resellers to meet this growing demand,” said Brian Cuppett, senior vice president, ScanSource KBZ. “We look forward to providing this content-centric conferencing solution, in addition to support, training, and services for our reseller partners’ continued success.” 

Initially, this product bundle will be offered in two sizes mapped to Oblong’s popular Mezzanine 200 Series with dual LG displays for smaller team collaboration, and the Mezzanine 600 series for more immersive environments wrapping a room in an LG pixel-rich canvas for high-value work. The new product bundle brings the Cisco Webex Room Kit and Cisco Webex Room Kit Plus Collaboration Endpoints into the Oblong Mezzanine content collaboration platform and utilizes LG UH5C series commercial UHD displays to share information, video, graphics, and data from multiple sources simultaneously. 

By collaborating on this specific product bundle at ScanSource, market leaders Cisco, Oblong, and LG signal their intent to work together on streamlining the technical details of the installation process with components optimized prior to arrival on the job site for a conference room build or refresh. Installation wizards will facilitate the process for AV integration specialists and will reduce the time it takes to get systems up and running. “The introduction of this new product bundle means that it is now easier to specify and install a state-of-the-art system for immersive visual collaboration utilizing our popular Webex Meetings and Teams platforms with Webex Room Kits to bring people together,” said Finn Helge Lunde, Director of Product Management, Cisco.

Clark Brown, vice president, digital signage, LG Business Solutions, concurs. “Driven by advances in display technologies, more visual and collaborative experiences are redefining today’s workplace. LG commercial displays, bundled by ScanSource with Oblong and Cisco technologies, exploit the rapid expansion of information, graphics, and data, creating new ways for people to meet and collaborate,” he said. 

Stephen Vobbe, VP of Business Development at Oblong Industries, concludes, “With the finest collaboration endpoints and displays combined with Mezzanine, which sets the bar for multi-screen collaboration as noted by Gartner analysts, organizations have a new and extremely engaging standard of excellence for their meeting spaces.” 

To see this award-winning packaged product in action, contact your AV integrator or get in touch with us.

Working with Watson

The goal of each Watson Experience Center—located in New York, San Francisco, and Cambridge—is to demystify AI and challenge visitor’s expectations through more tangible demonstrations of Watson technology. Visitors are guided through a series of narratives and data interfaces, each grounded in IBM’s current capabilities in machine learning and AI. These sit alongside a host of Mezzanine rooms where participants further collaborate to build solutions together.

The process for creating each experience begins with dynamic, collaborative research. Subject matter experts take members of the design and engineering teams through real-world scenarios—disaster response, financial crimes investigation, oil and gas management, product research, world news analysis—where we identify and test applicable data sets. From there, we move our ideas quickly to scale.

Accessibility to the immersive pixel canvas for everyone involved is key to the process. Designers must be able to see their ideas outside of the confines of 15″ laptops and prescriptive software. Utilizing tools tuned for rapid iteration at scale, our capable team of designers, data artists, and engineers work side-by-side to envision and define each experience. The result is more than a polished marketing narrative; it's an active interface that allows the exploration of data with accurate demonstrations of Watson’s capabilities—one that customers can see themselves in.

Under the Hood

Underlying the digital canvas is a robust spatial operating environment, g‑speak, which allows our team to position real data in a true spatial context. Every data point within the system, and even the UI itself, is defined in real world coordinates (measured in millimeters, not pixels). Gestures, directional pointing, and proximity to screens help us create interfaces that more closely understand user intent and more effectively humanize the UI.

This award-nominated collaboration with IBM is prototyped and developed at scale at Oblong’s headquarters in Los Angeles as well as IBM’s Immersive AI Lab in Austin. While these spaces are typically invite-only, IBM is increasingly open to sharing the content and the unique design ideas that drive its success with the public. This November, during Austin Design Week, IBM will host a tour of their Watson Immersive AI Lab, including live demonstrations of the work and a Q&A session with leaders from the creative team.

Can't make it to Austin? Contact our Solutions team for a glimpse of our vision of the future at our headquarters in the Arts District in Los Angeles.

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