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Ricoh Unveils Secured Interactive Whiteboard

Networked collaboration for more than 160 users

Ricoh D5510 interactive whiteboard

MALVERN, Pa. — Ricoh announced a new big-screen interactive whiteboard enabling collaboration with more than 160 onsite and remote participants at once.

The new Ricoh Interactive Whiteboard D5510 is targeted at presentation and collaboration activities, including corporate strategy sessions, architectural reviews, education, interactive training sessions, legal team case development and more.

Presenters can create drawings, review designs, edit documents and share meeting notes on a 55-inch-diagonal HD screen, incorporating interactive content from their PCs or thumb drives. The Ricoh D5510’s streamlined tablet-like design enables even first-time users to easily write, draw, edit, move, resize and save content via touch-screen controls. No software downloads, calibration or training is required.

Presenters can invite up to 168 participants to view images and information via a virtual private network connecting up to eight Ricoh D5510s. Annotations made on one D5510 appear instantaneously on the other seven and throughout the audience connected to them.

“In this new world of work, presenters need to share their best ideas instantly, broadly and securely in whatever way best enlightens the audience,” said Matt Sakauchi, vice president of the visual communications group for Ricoh Americas Corp. “With the new Ricoh D5510, workers can collaborate and interact using multiple whiteboards connected over a virtual private network, or via their PCs and mobile devices.”

Participants log into Ricoh D5510 whiteboard sessions via password, and all data is erased from the whiteboard after the presentation is closed, helping protect critical business information. Other interactive whiteboards are essentially full-blown computers, not only making them complex to use but vulnerable to viruses and intruders. The RICOH D5510 is a simple-to-operate firmware-based system that is more resistant to intrusion.

The Ricoh D5510 improves on its predecessor, the Interactive Whiteboard D5500, with new HDMI inputs for true HD video playback and audio ports for speakers. New intelligent character recognition capability now captures words on the screen as searchable text in password-protected PDF documents. The new interface includes intuitive nested commands arranged according to common workflows as well as a new set of auto shapes, including lines, arrows and stamps.