Chromebox for meetings were announced two years ago and introduced the constantly updating Chrome OS model to corporate video conferencing. Previous hardware included a Chromebox and a camera, but required companies to supply their own monitor. Today, Google is announcing a more complete package that features an all-in-one Acer Chromebase that runs the enterprise software.
The Acer Chromebase hardware was announced earlier this year at CES, but has been re-purposed to run Chrome for meetings. This model is meant more for smaller two person meetings rather than large team conference calls. The 24-inch touchscreen display is adjustable and features an HD camera, four microphones, and two stereo speakers.
Like other Chromebox devices, this Chromebase runs software that keeps track of meeting schedules and Hangouts. On that front, Google Apps has been updated to allow for up to 25 participants in a video call. Additionally, new remote fleet management tools allow administrators to receive alert notifications when issues arise and remotely troubleshoot audio, video quality, and bandwidth issues.
At $799, the Acer Chromebase for meetings includes a year of management and support fees. It will be available in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, and Australia.