How does Airtame 2 compare with Barco ClickShare?

On fora Airtame is often being suggested as an alternative for ClickShare. High time to shed some light on the fundamental differences between the 2 products and on the different use cases for each of them in this comparison article. What are the major differences between Airtame and Barco ClickShare?


ClickShare is a long-lasting enterprise-grade collaboration product, meeting the requirements mid and large enterprises have in terms of reliability, security and user experience, for both wireless presentation as wireless conferencing.

Airtame, on the other hand, is an entry-level wireless streaming solution, for learning and business environments.

Enterprise-grade reliability

Product reliability

As part of ClickShare’s commitment to business, customers not only receive continuous, free firmware updates but also complimentary management tools. These include Button Manager and XMS Cloud Management Platform, an administration tool that updates and manages ClickShare devices remotely – and conveniently. With the XMS Cloud Management Platform, customers can enjoy an easy installation of software updates (either manual or scheduled) and improve their meeting room usage with useful analytics. XMS guarantees a continuous flawless experience for meeting participants, because it gives the certainty that the latest software is always installed on the units. Should anything go wrong, customers get an immediate warning, they can monitor health status and pro-actively take action.

Airtame focuses on the opportunities for optimized workflows and teamwork, rather than on seamless deployment and management of installs. Airtame offers Airtame Cloud and a mass deployment installer.

Video

ClickShare was the first wireless presentation product on the market for screen sharing. Since it was launched in 2012 video performance has gone through some major changes. End 2017 a software update brought perfect lip-sync at 30 fps on all ClickShare devices. 

Warranty

Barco believes this strongly in the reliability of its products that it offers a three-year warranty on all ClickShare models for wireless presentation. For extra piece of mind there is the option to extend warranty for an additional two years. For the ClickShare Conference range the coverage is five years. The R&D team has the highest focus on reliability and quality so ClickShare customers can be sure that their investment is both long-term and futureproo


Airtame offers a two-year warranty in Europe and only a one-year warranty outside Europe. No opportunity for extension.

Choose your way of sharing

Hardware or software. Or why not both?

Airtame uses an application to connect a device to a display or projector. ClickShare consists of a Base Unit that is connected to the meeting room display or projector and offers both a Button, an App to share content or a combination of both for an even richer sharing experience.

The ClickShare Button is a device that needs to be plugged into your computer to make the connection with the screen but that does not require you to download any software on your laptop. The ClickShare Button is available in a USB-A or USB-C version. For the Conferencing range there is a new Conferencing Button available.

The benefit of the Button is that it is extremely easy to use. No training needed, no software needs to be downloaded. Just connect, click, share. What’s more, it enables enterprises to allow multiple users and guests to share content without compromising the security of the company network.

The ClickShare Desktop App is software that connects wirelessly to the Base Unit and is ideal for organisations that prefer not to plug a device into their users’ computers.

Mobile app

Enterprises prefer offering their users a consistent user experience, so for them it is crucial to have screen mirroring across devices. For mobile users, the ClickShare app for mobile devices allows mirroring of static documents such as Word documents, PDFs or images. Full screen mirroring, including video streaming (so static and dynamic content) can be done both on iOS and Android devices via respectively Airplay and Android mirroring apps such as Google Cast and, Miracast (only on the CSE-200+). Read on...

Airtame’s mobile mirroring, on the other hand, is very limited. The Airplay iOS mirroring is still in beta so the functionality is very basic. Mobile mirroring for Android is not available. The Airtame app is available for both iOS and Android devices, but only allows mirroring of static content.

Guests

Great meetings are all about sharing and working together. So, if you’ve invited guests to contribute, it’s important they feel at ease so that they can give their all. More and more organizations are prohibiting their users to download software on their computers because of security reasons. So it might be impossible for them to join the conversation. With Airtame, guests will have to download an app on their laptop before being able to participate. The app does not require admin privileges however the users will be asked for firewall access.

With ClickShare, your guests get exactly the same experience as your employees: fast, wireless, hassle-free collaboration. They just ‘plug and play’ with the ClickShare Button.

Seamless match with enterprise IT standards

Security

With so many people bringing their own devices to meetings (BYOD), and so many threats to counter, security is more important than ever for enterprises. That is why ClickShare offers the possibility to run in standalone or connected mode. Your security preferences prevail. This means that ClickShare offers complete confidentially, integrity and availability of data. ClickShare even offers three levels of security to cater to the needs of every business. This is also the reason why ClickShare  was granted a ISO27001 certification for all its processes.

On the other hand, the Airtame stream runs on your network, the stream is not encrypted. Airtame relies on the encryption of your own network. This means if someone is already on your network they could pose a threat and compromise security.

Read more on security

Network

The ClickShare portfolio has been developed for large installs, offering a dedicated ClickShare unit for each type of meeting room within an organization. Needless to say that ClickShare also offers a device management platform, the XMS Cloud Management Platform that allows enterprises to easily manage and update their units from a central location. For this, the ClickShare Units need to be integrated in your company network or connected to the on-premise XMS Edge, in case you prefer not to integrate ClickShare into your network.

The ClickShare Units also work stand-alone and don’t need to be connected to the company network. However, it is advised to connect and enable auto-update to ensure you always have the latest firmware on your Base Units.

Airtame offers a remote management platform Airtame Cloud for which organizations need an organization account. This can be used to monitor the status of your devices, manage settings and perform reboots and to control the digital signage of devices.

Collaborate creatively, brainstorm better

With specific features, ClickShare aims at enriching collaboration, making meeting room interaction highly engaging and interactive. These allow customers to use touch back function and control a pc from a touchscreen display when sharing. With a few touches on the screen, you can control a presentation, open other documents, share mails, start a video. Additionally there is the option to use blackboarding and annotation. With the moderation feature, customers can monitor and select what is shared on screen (not available on every ClickShare model).

Airtame keeps the focus on presentation rather than on collaboration and therefore they only offer basic features like digital signage and app sharing.

Reliability, security and user experience matter

Simply put, Airtame’s offering is a budget-friendly wireless streaming solution that comes at a cost of  399 USD (excl. VAT). That includes basic security and management features. 

ClickShare has been developed for mid and large enterprises, with reliability, security and user experience as key drivers of success. It has built an extensive portfolio for both wireless presentation as wireless conferencing, ranging between 750 USD/EUR and 3950 USD/EUR, to ensure there is a device suited for every type of huddle, meeting, collaboration or conference room within the organisation.

What’s more, it delivers the richest user experience in the market by offering both a Button and App to share content on the main screen. And it is continuously working on an easy management across your entire organisation. In short, a few important things to know before buying:

ClickShare Conference is the answer

Collaboration via the quick Button

Access a set of collaborative features. Get a copy of the main screen on your laptop & easily view content in full detail. It also opens up a range of advanced functions.

Triple agnostic

ClickShare can be used on your laptop or desktop, connects instantly with your brand of peripherals  and works with your conferencing platform (UC).

ISO 27001 certified

As first wireless collaboration technology to obtain ISO 27001 Certification, we commit to the right processes and structures for the highest international security standards.

Management dashboard

Managing ClickShare across your business is simple with our XMS (Cloud) Management Platform.

SmartCare

Includes five years of coverage and a license to the XMS insights module, as well as increased service levels.

Network integration

Whether you want to connect one unit to the network via ethernet or create a dedicated VLAN for all ClickShare units, you can integrate seamlessly within your network. For  questions on network deployment of ClickShare Conference, get in touch with your Barco contact.

Product brochure

Be sure to download the ClickShare brochure to share freely with your colleagues or to consult later.
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