On the heels of the Zoom and Microsoft partnership — detailing complete interoperability between Zoom and Microsoft Teams coming in early 2020 — Lifesize announced an interoperable and cloud-connected Lifesize Dash software-based meeting room kit. These enhancements include a new free licensing model that allows organizations to immediately save up to $1,000 per room per year as compared to alternatives like Zoom Rooms. The company also released an updated tablet-based Lifesize Room Controller application for Dash and expanded Dash compatibility with PC-based meeting room kit solutions. The updates enable customers to repurpose existing hardware investments and migrate to Lifesize without incurring additional costs, resulting in substantial savings across all video-equipped rooms.
Beginning Wednesday, Nov. 6, customers can implement Lifesize Dash on Chromebox or Windows PC-based meeting room kit devices (with support for Mac room kits coming in 2020). Customers then preserve their hardware investments while delivering a superior video conferencing experience through Lifesize.
Each free Dash license enables organizations to register one meeting room to the Lifesize cloud service, supporting scheduled or instantaneous group video calls with up to 25 participants. Lifesize Dash customers also benefit from native interoperability and support for incoming calls from external SIP/H.323 meeting room endpoints at no additional charge.
Additionally, Lifesize introduced a new Room Controller app that can be used with Dash and an Android/Apple room kit tablet to enhance the meeting experience. The new app enables camera controls, at-a-glance integrated calendar views, one-touch join for active meetings and intuitive access to essential collaboration features. Meeting hosts and participants can leave laptops at their desks, relying on the Room Controller app and Dash to facilitate their meetings.
A free Lifesize Dash room license is here.