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Why choose Barco ClickShare over Mersive Solstice?

To a degree, meeting-room technology should be almost invisible. Meetings are all about exchanging ideas or data and coming to decisions. They should not be about technology. So the goal is absolute simplicity, not complexity.

If you consider that the majority of meeting room users are not tech savvy- they just want to plug in their device and go – then there are fundamental reasons for choosing ClickShare as preferred wireless collaboration solution when looking for wireless presentation and/or wireless conferencing.

Let’s look at these two systems from the perspective of a system owner in this comparison article on Barco ClickShare and Mersive Solstice.

ClickShare: intuitive by design

Mersive Solstice is marketed as a collaboration solution. But it’s worth remembering that deep down it’s actually a custom design for a more technical and educational environment. This has consequences as we will see below.

This is not to say the software doesn’t enable users to share content: it just hasn’t been designed with the needs of consistent business experience in mind. Which means sharing is not that simple.

Compare it to Barco’s ClickShare, which was designed from the floor up for people attending meetings. It’s a bespoke, wireless presentation solution that’s been created by – and for – people who are frustrated by unnecessary technical complexity in meetings. It has been engineered off the back of user research and is experience-focused. And it’s designed for actual human interaction. ClickShare had no long list of over-engineered features but focused entirely on the experience of the user. 

Tailored to your environment

Barco ClickShare is a connected, IT grade solution that supports any infrastructure configuration that a company might deploy: whether standalone, hybrid or fully networked. This flexibilty allows customers to tailor their ClickShare setup to their preferred IT infrastructure setup. Moreover, as ISO 27001 certified product, the focus is entirely on security, which is essential with network integrations. 

Solstice: consider the total cost of ownership

Like any technology that one buys these days, it’s important to consider the total cost of ownership. In the case of Solstice, your business will have to pay 20 percent of the purchase price again, every year, just to keep the technology up to date.

As part of its commitment to business, ClickShare customers not only receive free firmware updates but also complimentary management tools. These include the XMS Management Platform, an administration tool that updates and manages your ClickShare Present and ClickShare Conference room systems remotely and conveniently and gives you insightful analytics to further improve your collaborative meeting room solutions.

Here’s how the total cost of ownership for ClickShare and Solstice breaks down:

Collaboration is all about the experience

ClickShare’s user experience is simple and intuitive. There are no multi-step instructions. No training. No manuals. Just seamless connecting to the room's AV setup and easy content sharing to the meeting room screen. The clue is in the name: you simply click the Button or ClickShare App and start your meeting instantly. This ease of use saves time and helps you make the most of the time you’ve booked for meetings, inculding your remote and hybrid meetings. Acceptance by your visitors is pretty much instantaneous. Since ClickShare offers free updates, you are always sure to have working units available in your meeting rooms. With ClickShare users have the freedom to chose between plug & play sharing with a Button or work flow integration with an App (for both laptop & desktop as for mobile devices). In fact combining both in one and the same meeting offers a richer and interactive way of collaboration.

The Solstice approach is to be as feature-rich as possible. Unfortunately, many of these extras mean little to the user and don’t make collaboration any easier. By overloading the user with complicated or distracting features, like room scheduling, complex lay-outing, the need of mobile apps to be able to annotate and RSS feeds, the sharing experience becomes more confusing than it needs to be. The  danger to have obsolete units is real if your business doesn’t keep up its subscription to firmware updates.

Warranty? What warranty?

With Barco ClickShare, you know that the technology was designed with user experience at its core and that the product will continue to perform. However, for extra peace of mind, Barco offers a free five-year coverage on new ClickShare ranges, wheres Mersive Solstice offers a three-year warranty.

Only the best for your guests

With Mersive, guests either have to download the Mersive client online or use one of the native mirroring options. 

With Barco, the ClickShare Button offers a 100% secure connection for guests and employees, with no security threat to you or your company – something worth considering in this day and age. Guests just plug the ClickShare Button into their device, start the application and share their content using the room’s audio-visual equipment. Nothing could be simpler – or more secure. No wonder ClickShare is the most popular, agnostic wireless presentation & conferencing room system on the market. 

And what about remote and hybrid meetings with wireless conferencing?

Next to offering the option to install a wireless presentation solution like ClickShare Present in fixed conference rooms like a Microsoft Teams or Zoom Room, we developed a new range to cater for  BYOM (Bring Your Own Meeting) needs and create flexibility in every room of your enterprise. With ClickShare Conference, simple and agnostic wireless conferencing room solution you can easily connect and collaborate with remote colleagues or satellite offices. Mersive launched a similar - be it a bit more complex - solution, Solstice Conference. When considering to optimize your hybrid meetings and enable BYOM (Bring Your Own Meeting), the same requirements apply as for wireless presentation. Tech should be easy-to-use, easy-to-deploy and cost-effective. On these, ClickShare scores high.

  • Ease-of-use has always been at the heart of  ClickShare, and this is especially true for the new range. Simple, easy, wireless. That’s how ClickShare Conference shares the apps from your laptop on the room display and connects them to the camera, mic and speakers in the room for better meetings. The user experience is straightforward: you only need one-click to join the videocall, sync and share content. Both employees and guests have easy access to the ClickShare App or Button  and don’t need training before use.
  • There’s no installation required of applications or drivers to support ClickShare. Unlike for Mersive Solstice that requires the installation of additional services on your network to support the one-step-start and additional drivers. Which makes set-up  and management more time-consuming and complex for IT-managers. 
  • When you consider a large deployment, the impact with ClickShare Conference is limited, as there is no additional network load on the corporate network. That’s not entirely the case for the Mersive Solstice. 
  • Finally, with ClickShare Conference, you have complete peace of mind: updates and SmartCare are included in the product, you are covered and are sure of your ROI upfront.
 
  It is very easy to connect and display content, from whatever laptop. We truly feel like ClickShare raises the productivity of our meetings. We no longer waste time on technical hiccups.
Jan Leuridan, CEO, LMS (a Siemens company)

Korzyści z ClickShare

PROWADZENIE Z LAPTOPA

Wystarczy jedno kliknięcie, aby bezprzewodowo rozpocząć spotkanie wideo z laptopa przy użyciu dowolnej platformy UC&C. Łatwe przełączanie platform. Zawsze takie samo, spójne doświadczenie z urządzeniem ClickShare Button lub aplikacją, nawet z gośćmi. 

WSPÓŁPRACA HYBRYDOWA

Zmień z dnia na dzień dowolną salę w hybrydowe pomieszczenie do współpracy, korzystając z bezprzewodowego systemu ClickShare, który umożliwia prowadzenie ciekawych, produktywnych spotkań hybrydowych niezależnie od tego, gdzie znajdują się ich uczestnicy.

BEZPRZEWODOWE

Organizuj prezentacje i prowadź współpracę z laptopa w dowolnym pomieszczeniu bez kłopotów z kablami. Urządzenie Button lub aplikacja — to Ty decydujesz. 

POŁĄCZENIE JEDNYM KLIKNIĘCIEM

Wejdź do sali i natychmiast połącz swojego laptopa ze znajdującym się w niej systemem. Zacznij działać w ciągu kilku sekund dzięki możliwości współpracy za jednym kliknięciem za pomocą urządzenia ClickShare Button lub aplikacji ClickShare.

UNIWERSALNE

Bezproblemowo współpracuje z Twoim urządzeniem, Twoją platformą UC&C (komunikacji i współpracy) oraz kompatybilnymi rozwiązaniami globalnych partnerów i marek.

ROZWIĄZANIE DLA PRZEDSIĘBIORSTW

System ClickShare to przyjazne rozwiązanie klasy IT z certyfikacją ISO27001 — bezpieczne, sieciowe i zarządzane w chmurze. Pięcioletni pakiet wsparcia, dostęp do szczegółowych analiz i narzędzi analitycznych oraz regularne aktualizacje oprogramowania. Gwarancja SmartCare w zestawie — dla Twojego spokoju ducha. Potwierdzony zwrot z inwestycji.

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