Product Profile: Cisco Spark Board 55-inch

Published 03/22/2018 04:42 PM   |    Updated 03/22/2018 05:04 PM
Connect with colleagues around the globe by using the Cisco Spark Board. This smart whiteboard from Cisco enables real-time collaboration and document sharing, whether your team is in the office or working remotely.

The Spark Board acts as a physical extension of the Cisco Spark app. Anyone using the app can write on the board in real time, simultaneously. Contributors can draw on a blank background or make notes directly on a document. All content is automatically saved to your Cisco Spark space.

Cisco Spark Board specifications (55-inch)


  • Operation: Cisco Collaboration Cloud (subscription-based)
  • Subscription: monthly or 1- to 5-year contract terms
  • Dimensions: 32 x 50 x 1.9 inches
  • Weight: 87.74 pounds

Special features


  • End-to-end security encryption
  • Persistent, app-based content storage
  • Seamless content access across multiple devices
  • Automatic wake-up via intelligent proximity

Screen specifications


  • Screen size: 55 inches (also available in 70 inches)
  • Contrast: 1:4000
  • Capacitive, multitouch screen
  • Screen response time: 5.5 milliseconds

Video capabilities


  • Built-in 4K camera
  • Live video resolution up to 1920 x 1080
  • Active lip synchronization
  • Automatic picture framing

Audio features


  • Built-in 12-microphone array
  • Intelligent voice tracking
  • Acoustic echo cancellation
  • Automatic noise reduction

Connectivity


  • 2 USB 3.0
  • HDMI
  • Audio jack
  • Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n; 802.11ac
  • Ethernet (RJ-45) & Bluetooth technology

Frequently asked questions — features & functionality


Q: Will the Cisco Spark Board function without a Cisco Spark service subscription?
A: Yes, the board will function without a Cisco Spark subscription, but only for local presentations using an HDMI connection. Features such as cross-device functionality, persistent content storage and remote collaboration are not possible without a subscription.

Q: Does this product come with a smart whiteboard pen?
A: Yes, a whiteboard pen is included with the Cisco Spark Board.

Q: Does the Spark Board have a remote?
A: No, a remote is not needed with this product. The Spark Board leverages the touch-screen capabilities of the board itself for both drawing and navigation.

Q: Can all participants in a meeting draw on the Cisco Spark Board, even if they’re collaborating remotely?
A: All participants using the Cisco Spark app can draw and make notes during shared presentations, video calls and meetings. When you draw on your Spark Board, remote participants will see your markup and be able to respond via their own Spark Board or Cisco Spark app.

Q: Can I access my Cisco Spark account on any Spark Board or just on those in my network?
A: You can access your account from any Cisco Spark Board in the world, no configurations required. You can walk up to any Spark Board and start sharing, even if the board isn’t owned by you or your company.

Frequently asked questions — setup & maintenance


Q: Is it easy to set up a Cisco Spark Board?
A: Setup is simple. Before you start, register and create a 16-digit code for your new Spark Board in the Cisco Spark Control Hub. From there, simply mount your Spark Board to a wall (the mount is included), plug in the Ethernet and power cords, and follow the setup instructions on the screen.

Q: Do I need to install any software or updates to my Cisco Spark Board?
A: No. Your Cisco Spark Board comes with all necessary software pre-installed, and updates are installed automatically.

Q: Does the Cisco Spark Board require external microphones for use in a conference room?
A: No. Each Cisco Spark Board has powerful microphone arrays around the framework of the screen. The built-in microphones feature voice-tracking technology, which focuses in on whomever is speaking, even in large rooms.

Q: What should I use to clean the Spark Board screen?
A: You can clean the screen with a soft, dry cloth (one is included) or any alcohol-based screen wipe. If you need to disinfect your Spark Board, use isopropyl alcohol. Avoid regular cleaning products, such as multipurpose sprays and wipes, as they could dissolve the protective coating on the screen. These boards are meant for regular office use and are not intended for use in sterile environments.

Q: How do I reset my Cisco Spark Board to factory settings?
A: Hold the Home button for three seconds. This will delete local whiteboards and reset audio volume to factory settings.

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