Prysm Moves Into Enterprise Collaboration Space

The company, best known for its displays, is offering Prysm Enterprise, a hardware-and-software platform that includes cloud and mobile capabilities.

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Prysm over the past 10 years has made its name with displays used in collaboration settings that spanned everything from large-scale video walls to boardrooms to two-person "huddle rooms."

The company's products were built on its Laser Phosphor Display (LPD) technology and based on the Prysm Application Suite that gave users control of the collaboration session, from resizing images to annotating documents and presentations.

Now Prysm is taking a significant step into the enterprise collaboration space with a hardware-and-software platform that expands the reach of its technology to mobile devices and the cloud. Prysm Enterprise lets users collaborate from anywhere and on any device through cloud-based visual workspaces where they can create, edit and share work. The work also can be stored in the cloud and is available to users who want to reaccess it.

The new offering, which is part of Prysm's Visual Workplace portfolio, is designed to address the ongoing transition in the video collaboration space toward software- and cloud-based solutions. Businesses are trying to manage a number of trends that are playing into the evolution, including the increase in the number of mobile devices being used, an increasingly mobile workforce, bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and security. At the same time, younger employees coming into the workplace are demanding enterprise collaboration tools that are as easy to use as those on their consumer devices.

Analysts with IHS Infonetics said late last year that they expect the cloud video conferencing service market revenue to hit $281 million in 2015, a 25 percent increase from the year before.

"This market is changing rapidly," Paige O'Neill, chief marketing officer at Prysm, told eWEEK.

Prysm in 2014 bought Anacore, a company that created software for touch-screen programs. The move brought greater software capabilities to Prysm and helped set the stage for the introduction of Prysm Enterprise, O'Neill said.

Prysm Enterprise is designed to bridge the gap between in-house employees and remote workers. Through the platform, workers can create cloud-based visual workspaces that include everything that collaboration sessions may need, from video and audio conferencing to content, applications and the Internet. Within those workspaces, participants can create, share, edit and store data and content, and access it again later though the cloud.

Included in the features of Prysm Enterprise is Prysm Mobile, a technology that enables browser-based access to the Prysm Application Suite through any mobile device and allows up to 25 users to participate in real time. It supports Apple iOS devices as well as mobile systems that run Google's Android and Microsoft's Windows operating systems. In addition, Prysm Enterprise includes an integrated experience for Skype for Business and also works with video conferencing systems from other vendors.

There also is Prysm Cloud, which enables application servers with dedicated or multitenant options. In addition, Prysm now is offering its software in a new software-as-a-service (SaaS) pricing model.

Sizes for Prysm displays run from 65 inches to 190 inches. The company this week introduced a new 98-inch LCD display that—along with Prysm Enterprise and the Skype for Business integration—is on display at the Integrated Systems Europe 2016 show, which runs through Feb. 12 in Amsterdam.

Prysm Enterprise is available now, and Prysm Mobile will be available in the second quarter.

Prysm Visual Workplace and the new Enterprise offering are available immediately. Prysm Mobile will be available in Q2 2016. The new 98-inch display will be available in the spring.