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A new unified communications connectivity solution bridges the gap between BYOM applications and USB-C devices. Taurus UCX is a universal matrix switcher that enables users to easily share their content, switch hosts and control their meeting room easily and intuitively.

Lightware’s Taurus UCX is designed to tackle meeting room and collaboration challenges. The solution offers USB-C connectivity for simplified audio, video, power and control signal handling via one cable. It allows seamless connectivity across various video conferencing applications including Cisco Webex, Microsoft Teams, Zoom and others. It simplifies switching between video conference sources depending on the needs of a particular meeting.

Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta needed a collaboration solution to overcome Covid distancing requirements and the physical limitations of spaces not traditionally used as gathering spaces. 

“We wanted something that could be wheeled into any space across the School of Medicine’s campus and could be operational within 10 minutes,” said Jon Hamilton, audiovisual manager for Emory University School of Medicine. “No matter the setting, we required a solution that was plug-and-play.

“For connectivity, we decided on a dedicated computer that enabled users to run a Zoom meeting seamlessly. We recognize the growing need for bring your own meeting functionality. While we considered a standard USB cable, it would require users to select the appropriate camera, microphone and speaker from the computer. It would be a tedious process and require some experience. We wanted to utilize USB-C to streamline the connectivity once users plug in their device.”

“At the time, Lightware was the only company offering a USB-C switcher. I first heard about Lightware’s technology during LAVNCH WEEK. They were highlighting new products. One product that struck my attention and pinned my interest was Lightware’s Taurus UCX. We wanted USB-C because it makes everything native to a device. It truly catered to a seamless end-user experience.”

“Lightware solved a problem that I didn’t know I had before I had it,” said Hamilton. “I solve end users’ problems, and I like it when other people do that for me. Most importantly, the end user does not know about the technology behind the experience, but it all works the same, no matter what they’re connecting.”

Lightware Visual Engineering is a high fidelity signal management specialist in  design, manufacture and delivery of  a comprehensive portfolio of matrix switchers, extenders and AV-over-IP systems. Lightware’s devices are powering a wide range of AV projects from large-scale live events to collaboration spaces to mission-critical operations across four continents.

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