Vive Focus Plus Adds VPN & Remote Device Management
HTC addresses security concerns with the latest update to its business-focused headset.
HTC this week launched a new update to its business-focused VR headset, the Vive Focus Plus, introducing several highly-anticipated security and operational improvements that make the enterprise headset even safer and more convenient to use.
This includes new device management solutions from VMware and MobileIron that allow users to remotely manage their devices, settings, and applications.
“To address the growing industry and subsequent IT challenges associated with deploying VR in the enterprise, VMware is excited to have partnered with HTC to deliver scalable management and app delivery for Vive Focus Plus,” said SVP and GM of end-user computing at VMware, Shankar Iyer, according to TechRadar. “With our Workspace ONE Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) platform, Vive Focus Plus customers will be able to easily enroll and configure headsets, deliver immersive VR experiences to employees, and protect data with controls and policies—all from a single console.”
In addition to device management, this week’s update also adds built-in VPN support, allowing users to safely connect to private networks or remain offline entirely.
Here’s a full list of the updates as provided by HTC:
- Mobile device management by VMWare and MobileIron for comprehensive enterprise control
- Addition of in-built VPN and offline operation capability for secure remote use
- Addition of screen recording functionality, for replay of training or remote collaboration in VR and on TVs, tablets, and PCs.
- Enhanced screen sharing with Miracast™ – share the VR screen to Windows 10 PCs, TVs, and tablets that support the Miracast™ standard.
- Unrestricted Kiosk Mode turns Vive Focus Plus into a fixed-purpose device out of the box, enabling app restriction and hiding distractions like alerts and other apps, or navigation.
“We are seeing a marked increase in demand for commercial VR solutions all over the world due to remote work requirements, and we know that security and manageability is critical to the continued successful adoption of Vive Focus Plus in the enterprise environment,” said Dan O’Brien, Head of VIVE Enterprise Solutions, HTC VIVE. “By supporting VPN, our customers will be able to securely collaborate on projects using VR no matter where in the world they are, with the proven enterprise expertise of our partners VMware and MobileIron.”
For more information on this week’s update visit here.
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