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Polycom Pano: Content Sharing, Simplified

Polycom Pano: Content Sharing, Simplified

Jay Brant • Jun 13, 2017 •

Polycom Pano is the easiest way to share content at work.

That’s Polycom’s claim. But what do they do to back up this claim?

Well, let’s think about what businesses are looking for when it comes to sharing content. What would the ideal content sharing solution look like? It’s actually not too long of a list when you think about it:

  • Simple to set up and manage
  • Enterprise-grade security
  • Quickly connects to all devices
  • Excellent wireless connectivity
  • Supports all types of content you want to share
  • Intuitive content sharing process
  • Top-class display resolution
  • Enables interactive collaboration
  • Remote parties can collaborate just as well as local parties
  • Saves the results

That seems like a pretty full list, right? And the Polycom Pano checks all the boxes. Don’t believe us? Read on!

Polycom Pano

Polycom Pano

Polycom Pano is a wireless presentation solution in a compact package. Best thought of as a hub for collaboration, Pano sits between devices and a display, effortlessly connecting all of them.

Connecting Pano

All your devices connect to Pano, which connects to a display.

Because Pano connects to the display via HDMI or USB 3.0, you’re able to connect it to almost any HD display on the market. Pano even has support for multitouch interfaces, so you can connect it to a compatible touchscreen display. It can display up to four streams of content simultaneously, and can stream content in up to 4k Ultra HD resolution with rich RGB 4:4:4 color depth.

It’s just as easy to connect devices to Pano. We say “devices” because you can connect almost anything to Pano: smartphones, tablets, PCs, Macs. Mobile devices mirror content using Apple AirPlay or Windows Miracast. Pretty much all Apple devices support AirPlay, and there are lots and lots of great options for Miracast apps on the Google Play Store for Android users. This means that whatever you can share via AirPlay and Miracast can be shared via Pano. In other words, you can share pretty much anything from a mobile device to an HD display using Pano.

Polycom Pano In Hand

Pano App

For computer users, Polycom provides the free Pano App for Windows or macOS. You don’t need to use this app at all if you don’t want to; it’s entirely optional. But you’ll probably find yourself wanting to use Pano App. It’s a lightweight, dead-easy program. You can connect to the conversation with just a single click! Pano App allows a user from a single workstation to share up to four streams of content at once.

What can you share? Pretty much anything you want, including your computer desktop. Presentations, videos, documents, pictures, applications: you can share all of them using Pano App. It allows you to save anything shown through the Pano device to either local or shared storage. And it integrates beautifully with Polycom RealPresence solutions like the popular Polycom RealPresence Group series of video conferencing systems, making collaborative sharing even easier.

All these connections are wireless using either WiFi or Bluetooth, so you never have to worry about cords. And because it’s connected through the network, even remote users can display content, for example, as part of a video conferencing session.

Polycom Pano with Display

Multitouch Collaboration

One of the most amazing features of Pano is its support for touch interface. When connected to a compatible touchscreen display, Polycom Pano lets teams collaborate intuitively using a thoughtful selection of tools.

Manipulating content becomes like what we’re all familiar with from smartphones, with multitouch gestures like pinch to zoom or pan. But instead of a tablet-sized display, you get a full HD display for everyone to see.

On the side of the display, Pano displays a toolbar. There, you’ll get excellent collaboration features. For example, there’s a magic highlighter that’ll draw a temporary line on the content to call attention to something. Or, you can swipe all five of your fingers to make a big eraser. Or, you can take a snapshot with a single tap. There are lots of intuitive features to take advantage of.

You can even manipulate and annotate four live streams of content, taking snapshots of progress for later reference. It’s an infinite whiteboard!

Pano Security

Polycom Pano is an enterprise collaboration device, which means that it comes with enterprise-grade security. Polycom’s Information Security Management System is ISO/IEC 27001:2013 Certified, which means they are independently audited to ensure they follow information security best practices. And this certification means you can trust Pano.

Every session using Pano is protected by a novel four-number PIN Code, which every participant must enter, removing the possibility of accidentally showing important material. This PIN Code is randomly generated for every session, so old ones can’t be passed along. But security doesn’t end there. (You can disable this protection, if you want.)

No content is stored on Pano. All streams are closed at the end of the session. So no one can steal your information by stealing Pano.

All the media streams can be encrypted via SRTP, and you can certify devices or software by using standards-following cryptographic signatures. You can ensure data integrity. The WiFi stream can be encrypted using WPA2-Enterprise with 802.1X authentication. Pano is provisioned using a web-based interface using the secure HTTPS protocol.

So, if you go back to the initial list of what businesses are looking for in a collaboration device, you’ll just how Pano checks every single box. Polycom Pano: the easiest way to share content at work.

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