Lifesize has announced significant enhancements to its interoperable and cloud-connected Lifesize Dash meeting room kit software solution.
These enhancements include a new free licensing model that allows organisations to immediately save up to £800 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. This enables customers to repurpose existing hardware investments and migrate to Lifesize without incurring additional costs, resulting in substantial savings across all video-equipped rooms.
“Video conferencing is a critical component of organisations’ long-term communication strategy; however, the cost and complexity of getting started remain significant barriers to adoption,” said Michael Helmbrecht, chief operating officer for Lifesize.
“Lifesize Dash represents the highest quality, most scalable path to capitalise on meeting rooms and the existing hardware kits within them, unlocking the potential for organisation-wide video collaboration.
"By making Dash available to customers at no cost, we aim to help them mitigate their frustrations with competitive solutions, reduce per-room licensing and interoperability fees – the ‘room tax’ or ‘Zoom tax’ – and achieve higher ROI from video initiatives.”
“With these Dash enhancements, Lifesize has addressed several longstanding barriers to adoption – cost, compatibility and ease of use,” said Ira M. Weinstein, managing partner at analyst firm Recon Research.
“The free meeting room software license is especially interesting. Many providers offer freemium models for personal conferencing, but freemium for meeting room video conferencing takes things to the next level. Lifesize continues to challenge the status quo, and its users (including the folks at Recon Research) reap the benefit.”
Lifesize Dash Licensing and Compatibility
Beginning today, customers can implement Lifesize Dash on Chromebox or Windows PC-based meeting room kit devices – with support for Mac room kits coming in 2020 – preserving their hardware investments while delivering a superior video conferencing experience through Lifesize.
Each free Dash license enables organisations 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 for no additional charge.
Additionally, Lifesize introduced a new Room Controller app that can be used together with Dash and an Android or Apple room kit tablet to enhance the meeting experience by enabling 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 their laptops at their desks, relying on the Room Controller app and Dash to facilitate their meetings.