Intel Brings More Security, iPad Support to Unite Conferencing Product
Initially developed for internal use, the chip maker's collaboration solution is now being used by such vendors as HP Inc. and Lenovo.An internal technology that was developed by Intel engineers to help them better collaborate hit the market last year, and it's putting the chip maker into an unusual market for it. Intel introduced the Unite technology a year ago during the Computex 2015 show, and now the company is adding a new range of features that brings new security enhancements and broadens the systems it can run on. The new capabilities include a feature that "locks" a conference call or video meeting to ensure that additional attendees can't join in, which is important for conferences in which sensitive topics are being discussed. In addition, Intel is offering a native mobile app for Apple's iPad tablet. Other features enable in-room participants to display video content that is accompanied by audio, and now users can more easily book a room and create a shortcut URL to the meeting invite, according to Intel officials. They also plan to integrate the technology further with Microsoft Exchange and Outlook to bring more scheduling capabilities, and the guest plug-in was improved to enable guests to be present wirelessly without them being able to access the corporate network.
These features add to the capabilities already in Unite, including peer-to-peer sharing, wireless connectivity to office devices and a rotating PIN for improved security. The conference room platform was developed as a way of enabling employees—both within the office and those working remotely—to collaborate and share content in a secure environment, officials said. Unite enables businesses to use a mini-PC powered by an Intel Core vPro chip in the conference room and the Unite applications running on devices to wirelessly connect to displays and projectors.