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Vivi vs Mersive

 

Vivi and the Mersive Solstice + Gen3 Pod are both widely used as wireless screen-sharing solutions in education and business, respectively.

However, that doesn’t mean they were created equal. There are several key differences between the two products that have real implications for teachers, students and IT managers.

We’ve prepared this product comparison to help you make the best choice for your school, district and higher education institution.

 

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Vivi's key points of difference to Mersive Solstice 4...

  • Vivi is purpose-built for education, offering teacher and student-specific engagement tools and enterprise management for school and district IT admins. Even with an Active Learning option, the Solstice Gen3 Pod software, hardware, and cloud offering are centered around making meetings more efficient mainly in a business setting.

  • Vivi includes a robust Digital Signage solution at no additional cost, offering broadcast of images, videos, live feeds, websites and Google Presentations to classrooms and common areas. Signage can easily be grouped into playlists and scheduled to display on one or multiple displays. Mersive’s Digital Signage option currently only supports HTML-based signage with limited scheduling settings.

  • Vivi Central is a robust all-in-one cloud-based management system, designed for IT Admins in education, giving them the ability to set up rooms and locations, monitor devices and make updates remotely from Vivi Central, cloud-based admin portal. While Mersive does have a cloud management platform in Solstice Cloud for managing and monitoring Solstice Pods, it’s supported feature set is only included with the purchase of the Gen3 Pod hardware for one year, and requires a paid subscription thereafter.

  • Vivi has been designed so that the teacher always retains control over the shared display. Each user must log in to the app to access its features and is assigned appropriate access rights based on their identity as teacher or student. The teacher can give control to share a screen to the student or unlock the room to allow students to connect without requiring permission. Mersive does offer a Moderator role, but it does not distinguish between teacher and student or offers collaborative features like formative assessments and well-being checks.

  • Vivi’s Direct Video Play allows teachers to stream HD videos directly to the screen and projector while using their laptops for other purposes. With video playing an ever-increasing role in 21st century education, this is incredibly useful. Mersive’s Solstice Gen3 Pod offers the options to play local media files from the client device, but no dedicated online video player.

  • In the modern classroom, it’s common for students to collaborate in small groups, in some cases supported by multiple screens or projectors in the single learning space. Vivi enables student groups to present different content onto individual Vivi-enabled screens, and even have up to 4 presenters on a screen at once. Mersive’s Active Learning Solution and Conference options can support either 4 collaborators on one display (included for 1 year with hardware purchase), or unlimited collaborators with the purchase of an ongoing subscription per Solstice Gen3 Pod.

  • Unlike Vivi’s all in one offering of wireless screen sharing, Digital Signage and Live Video Broadcast supported by a cloud enterprise admin portal, Mersive’s solution requires additional purchases of subscription licensing per Gen3 Pod for both the Active Learning and the Cloud add-on options.

  • Vivi provides professional development and training to teachers and staff, onboarding, and unlimited support, all included with the solution at no additional cost. Only Tier 1 technical support is listed as being offered with the purchase or an ongoing subscription.

 

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Feature comparison How does Vivi stack-up to Mersive?

 

 

Vivi

Mersive Solstice 4
+
Gen3 Pod

 

Markets served

Education General
(Corporate / Education / Consumer)

 

Wireless screen sharing

     
Extended desktop

 
Enhanced video play + Movie mode

 
Pause screen

 
Split screen multi-user sharing

4 Users

4 Users or Unlimited (+$)

 
Share to multiple screens

 
Touch screen support

 
Room access code option

 
Guest passcode option

 

 

Student engagement tools

   
Student request sharing control

Capture display screenshot

Annotation tools

Classwork assignments

Feedback / Formative assessment

Student well-being check

 

Broadcasting

   
Digital signage

Emergency alert

Live video broadcast

 

Enterprise management

   
Cloud-based admin portal

Location & rooms management

Active Directory / SSO Integration

User access control / Roles

Custom splash image

Enterprise provisioning

Bulk software updates

Bulk device configuration

CEC Power management

Web Proxy management

Device logging

Usage & analytics dashboards


OS Support

   
Windows

Mac OS

Chromebook

Linux

iOS

Android

 

Power

AC Adaptor or POE AC Adaptor or POE

Networking

Ethernet or Wi-Fi Ethernet or Wi-Fi

 

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Why Vivi?

Investing in technology that can be monitored and measured is the best way to ensure accountability among users.

For this reason, Vivi provides a metrics dashboard and reporting that enables administrators to review how often teachers and students are presenting to the screen, who the most active users are, which classrooms are seeing the most Vivi usage and how often specific Vivi features are being used.

These insights enable administrators to better understand how the system is being used, and to provide support and training to help all users get maximum benefit from the technology in their classroom.

Vivi is the only screen sharing platform on the market that provides this level of pedagogical transparency.

The bottom line...

Built exclusively for the needs of education, Vivi's wireless screen sharing & student engagement platform helps enhance learning by: 

  • Improving teacher productivity in the classroom by up to 10%, 
  • Encouraging and improving student centered learning, and 
  • Significantly improving classroom communication and notification.  

In addition, for IT Administrators, Vivi: 

  • Reduces IT help desk support tickets and issues by 5%,
  • Reduces classroom cable and AV infrastructure expenditure by up to 20%, 
  • Supports 100% of all student and teacher devices and displays, and 
  • Provides complete visibility and control on user adoption and utilization. 

Discover a better way to engage every student

 

Get in touch today to learn more about Vivi’s wireless screen sharing and student engagement platform.

 

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