Lightware’s Enables BYOD Connectivity for Teams Rooms

Taurus Switcher solutions now integrate with Teams Rooms on Windows

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Published: May 3, 2024

James Stephen

Technology Journalist

Lightware Visual Engineering has announced a new integration between its Taurus Switcher solutions and Microsoft Teams Rooms on Windows that facilitates bring your own device (BYOD) connectivity.

The Hungarian audio-visual automation device provider, Lightware, reportedly developed the solution for systems integrators, meeting room users, and IT professionals to offer advanced BYOD functionality and room control capabilities.

The bedrock of the solution, Taurus UCX/TPX Series Universal Switchers, allows Teams Rooms users to easily connect their personal laptops to the room’s meeting system, enabling content sharing and access to lighting, projector, and shade controls.

Gergely Vida, CEO of Lightware Visual Engineering, commented on the new Microsoft Teams Rooms integration: “This solution is ideal for corporate office spaces, education facilities, conference venues and any environment with dedicated Microsoft Teams Rooms capabilities.

“It not only simplifies the technical aspects of running meetings but also enhances the overall user experience, allowing participants to focus on the agenda rather than the technology.”

Universal Switchers for Teams Rooms

Lightware Taurus switches differentiates itself to typical Teams setups that use local PC or Codec by adding further connectivity options through multiple source inputs and USB peripheral support.

As a result, users can take part in meetings, use their own devices, and integrate with the room’s audio-visual infrastructure.

Taurus provides integrated laptop charging and Ethernet connectivity. Furthermore, with the Lightware Companion App configured and the Companion module integrated within Lightware Advanced Room Control (LARA), further functionality can be added to improve meeting room capabilities.

Lightware Taurus Switchers have been certified for use by a range of meeting  room manufacturers, such as Poly, Logitech, Lenovo, Yealink, and Barco.

The advanced universal switcher, Taurus UCX, is a compatible option that  delivers both USB-C and HMI connectivity in a single device, turning meeting  spaces and huddle rooms into what Lightware describes as a “unified communication powerhouse”.

The Taurus TPX is an innovative signal management solution that can grow USB-C and HDMI signals to up to 100 metres and is already used worldwide to facilitate digital collaboration.

Lightware introduced Taurus UCX variants at InfoComm 2023, which it wrote about in an article published in the lead up to the event: “Lightware listened to the professional AV community and identified a growing demand for USB-C extension to tackle the challenges many system designers and integrators face in today’s meeting room environments.

“As a natural progression of the widely popular Taurus UCX platform, Lightware will introduce the new Taurus UCX variants at InfoComm 2023.

“These market-leading devices allow users to extend USB-C signals over longer distances, empowering system architects with more flexibility for designing collaborative spaces.

“Lightware’s world premiere of USB-C extension at InfoComm 2023 will allow visitors to learn more about simplifying and future-proofing their meeting rooms with Lightware’s technology and ask questions from Lightware’s dedicated team.”

Last month, UC Today’s Rebekah Carter compiled a list of the top Microsoft Teams Rooms vendors for 2024 based on Microsoft’s certified solutions page.



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