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augmented reality (AR), Internet of Things (IoT) and security solutions highlighted
at this year's event, Lenovo had a lot to show at their annual Transform 3.0 Accelerate event
Using the Business Potential of AR/VR
Created as part of Lenovo's smarter business initiative, ThinkReality is a newly launched sub-brand that brings businesses a solutions-based approach comprised of both software and hardware. It is designed to help enterprise workers use AR applications to receive assistance, reduce repair times, eliminate errors, streamline complex workflows, improve training quality, collaborate and save money.
The ThinkReality platform enables users to pin, interact and collaborate with 3D digital information in the real world, improving their contextual awareness and efficiency. The platform is device and cloud agnostic, making it easy for enterprise customers to adopt and manage AR and VR software applications across multiple operating systems, cloud services, and devices, such as the new ThinkReality A6, shown below.
The first device in the ThinkReality solutions portfolio, the ThinkReality A6 is a lightweight, heads-up, hands free mobile head-worn device that can be used to deploy both simple and complex AR solutions for enterprises looking to enhance the productivity of their workforce.
Lenovo has added customer-validated solutions to its ThinkIoT ecosystem of offerings. An IoT device captures information from the various repeated actions in an environment and then analyzes data to inspire workplace efficiencies and optimized performance.
ThinkIoT’s portfolio includes edge computing devices such as, ThinkCentre Tiny or the all-new ThinkCentre Nano IoT, the EPC300 as well as an array of sensors, including, smart cameras, motion-enabled lighting, machine vision cashier and facial recognition devices—able to detect and convey information fast to make intelligent decisions at the edge, i.e. locally, in the warehouse or showroom.
From consultation and device deployment, to upskilling workers and enabling predictive analytics, the complex inner-connections of services, software and devices are orchestrated by Lenovo’s solutions architects to improve business outcomes for enterprise clients.
Imagine a doctor using AR glasses to view X-rays on the cloud, or a warehouse associate aided by a high-performance camera sensor (shown below) that can identify whether packages are put on the right pallet within 200 milliseconds of picking up a box via a QR code on the sticker – all made possible through ThinkIoT’s warehouse automation solution.
Brick-and-mortar store owners wanting to bust up long queues and avoid pricing errors will soon be using object recognition technology at self-checkout. With integrated camera, processor, and sensors, this smart retail solution of the future allows shoppers to scan all their items at once, eliminating the need to detect individual barcodes, plus, it weighs the purchases to provide feedback to suppliers, as well as allows for a virtual wallet payment gateway.
Lenovo and Microsoft IoT Collaboration
At Accelerate, Lenovo displayed ThinkIoT offerings powered by Azure that will accelerate customers’ digital transformations, with Azure SQL Database Edge and solutions for verticals such as retail and manufacturing.
Now, customers deploying Microsoft Azure solutions for IoT, AI and data management can do so leveraging the full spectrum of Lenovo offerings including the ECP300 edge gateway and IOT510C Smart Camera, ThinkCentre Nano IoT and ThinkSystem SE350 edge server.
“More than ever, customers want to connect the physical world to the digital world and to implement IoT and AI solutions to enable business transformations. Working with trusted partners who can provide infrastructure and services that simplify IoT is critical,” said Sam George, Director, Azure Internet of Things, Microsoft Corp. “Our new IoT partnership with Lenovo brings together Microsoft Azure platform and Lenovo’s ThinkIoT solutions portfolio of hardware, software and services to dramatically accelerate time to value for our joint customers.”
Smarter PCs Score Big by Going Small, Slim
Lenovo is unveiling fresh computing choices with its latest lineup of Windows 10 PCs, including the all-new ThinkCentre Nano, ThinkBook, and the ThinkPad X1 Extreme Generation 2.
ThinkCentre Nano and Nano IoT
The ThinkCentre M90n is the most compact commercial desktop series in the world. Models are one-third the size of the ground-breaking ThinkCentre Tiny and bring up to 30 percent energy savings annually vs. traditional desktops.
With the smallest form factor in the market, the ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano brings space-saving convenience and manageability to any vertical user and can be conveniently powered by a compatible USB Type-C monitor or Type-C dock.
Built to be energy-efficient with an amazingly quiet fan-less design, the ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano IoT has a broader thermal range (0-50 °C) and is designed for higher vibration and thermal environments like manufacturing.
As a secure IoT Gateway, the ThinkCentre Nano IoT is designed to provide processing and security for the IoT devices you have in your environment that demand real-time responsiveness at the edge. The Nano IoT increases responsiveness and reliability by enabling the rapid relay of information between connected IoT peripherals, sensors and devices, even in harsher commercial environments.
ThinkBook 14s and 13s
Lenovo is launching a new sub-brand dedicated to small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) called ThinkBook – starting with a new line of ultra-slim laptops that embrace the portability and ease-of-use of modern consumer-oriented devices.
In this constantly online world, modern workers need a streamlined laptop they can use to collaborate from nearly any remote location, and no other group leverages smarter technology to enhance productivity quite like the smartphone-literate workers in the next generation.
The ultra-slim ThinkBook S series, available in a 13-inch and 14-inch model, is designed for business buyers unwilling to make trade-offs in essentials such as, security, reliability, and support services, while satisfying the demand for sleek-looking devices that bring the familiar smartphone experience to PCs.
The ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2 improves upon its predecessor with monster upgrades including up to 9th Gen Intel Core i9 processors and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 GPU with Max-Q design, and up to double the storage at 4TB.
Made for advanced business users, the ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2 is the perfect thin and light Windows 10 laptop that includes a brighter optional 4K OLED touch display featuring Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos Speaker System.Tthe ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2 is a 15-inch powerhouse laptop engineered for data intensive workloads from video and photo editing to graphics rendering, AR/VR applications and more.
Lenovo dives deep into security
Built to protect businesses, ThinkShield is a fully customizable suite of security related services, software and hardware capabilities that protect the full lifecycle of commercial devices, from development to disposal. The ThinkShield portfolio is designed to provide greater security across all Lenovo Think devices, data centers.
ThinkShield takes a holistic approach to security that focuses on customer’s four biggest pain points in protecting their data, identity, online and devices.
Launched last year, ThinkShield is adding seven new offerings to its robust security portfolio, such as Lenovo Self Healing BIOS that ‘self-heals’ and reverts back to its last known good backup copy in the event a BIOS is corrupt or maliciously attacked, or ThinkShield Secure Wipe that allows users to completely delete sensitive data on their devices without the need for external tools or removing the drive.