Tag: Zoom


How will things work in the post-lockdown office?

Not like this, we suspect

When we begin the return to the office, how will we work together while maintaining social distancing? How will we collaborate even with colleagues who are physically present with us?

How will a group that needs to meet to discuss a project, share their thoughts and plans? If we just make calls over a conferencing platform to colleagues across the hall, we might just as well stay at home and reduce the risk of infection.


Until we have an effective vaccine, we will need to continue social distancing


One thing that may help is the ability to share content wirelessly so that we can be in the same physical space (while maintaining a proper distance), having a decent face-to-face discussion while sharing content on our mobile devices.

Huddle Hub One from Intermedia
The Huddle Hub One Re-broadcasts Shared Content Back to all Logged-In Devices

The Huddle Hub One (HHO) could help here because it does something unique in its class called re-broadcasting

So a group get together in a meeting room, a casual meeting area or anywhere within range of the corporate WiFi/LAN. They log in to an available HHO Smart Room (a virtual meeting room) and then start sharing content from their laptop, tablet or smartphone. Content can be shared by one participant at a time or multiple participants can share content simultaneously. Either way, the currently shared content will be streamed back – re-broadcasted – to each logged-in mobile display.


It’s not mandatory but, if there’s an available large format display in the meeting space, this can also be used to show the shared content.


What About the (Remote) Workers? If remote colleagues need to join, any logged-in device can be used to establish the call using the video service-of-choice and the far end will be seen on every device sharing in the Smart Room.

Wireless Professional Video Calls: There is even an HHO model that can be installed in the meeting room and which will allow participants to conference wirelessly using the installed professional AV. So a participant can launch a video call from their mobile device but utilise the installed room camera, audio sub-system, local large format display etc. delivering a high-quality professional collaboration session which can still be viewed simultaneously by any local participant on their own mobile device if they wish.

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PanaCast 2 demonstrated at the Royal Society of Medicine Technology Showcase

This week, I was delighted to be asked by the Royal Society of Medicine in central London to demonstrate the PanaCast 2 camera system with Intelligent Zoom.

The Technology Showcase Day was organised by Kevin McLoughlin, Audio Visual Manager at the Royal Society of Medicine, who invited 13 companies to demonstrate and present their emerging, innovative technologies. Presentations included new solutions in virtual reality, digital signage, lecture capture and new products aimed at the burgeoning huddle room market including audio, video and innovative furniture designs.

The audience included representatives and senior stakeholders from the Royal Society of Medicine itself plus a number of London-area universities including Greenwich, Hertfordshire and the London College of Fashion.

I received great feedback following my presentation and significant interest in the PanaCast 2 camera system and its ground-breaking features and benefits.

For more details regarding the PanaCast 2, to watch a video of the camera in action or to contact me, please click here.

I would also like to thank Kevin McLoughlin for his invitation and the opportunity to present the PanaCast 2 camera on the day. The Royal Society of Medicine is one of the UK’s major providers of postgraduate medical education and a non-profit organisation. For more details please click here.

Doug Pidduck, CEO, Intermedia.


The PanaCast 2 Camera System could save you time and money

These days it seems that every time you get in your car you are faced with traffic jams, road works and unpredictable incidents.

In fact, UK drivers spend an average of 30 hours a year in traffic congestion, with Londoners spending a whopping 100 hours! But drivers in Belgium get an even worse deal, as Belgium is Europe’s most gridlocked country with drivers spending an average of 44 hours a year in traffic jams!

Being stuck in traffic is not only extremely time-consuming, expensive and frustrating, but it can also seriously affect health and businesses!

Stress

Long car journeys, whether commuting to work or for pleasure can lead to stress. Drivers may not get home in time to put their children to bed, miss an important appointment or crucial meeting at work, all of which can be stressful.

Air Pollution

Drivers are exposed to more air pollution the longer they sit in traffic. Research from the University of Surrey revealed that pollution levels inside cars were found to be 40% higher whilst in traffic jams or stopping at red traffic lights, compared to when in free-flowing traffic conditions.

Lack of sleep

Drivers who get home from work late, or who get up early to drive to work to miss the traffic queues will almost certainly be deprived of sleep. Lack of sleep can affect performance, attention and long-term memory.

Cost to industry

When employees are affected by traffic congestion it could mean that they are late to work and miss important meetings, or have to leave work early to avoid delays, so are less productive during the day. There may also be financial costs to the business, such as the extra cost of fuel for company vehicles and the cancelling or rearranging of meetings.

If you have employees that have problems getting to work on time and are also looking at reducing your costs, then holding online web meetings could be the answer. You don’t even need to have a big conference or board-room to carry out your web meetings, as with the right equipment you can turn a little room into a video room!

To find out how the PanaCast 2 Camera System can be a productivity booster for your business and save you money – click here.

The PanaCast 2 Camera System the world’s first 180° 4K video camera for personal and room–based video communications.


Is this your experience of a video conference meeting?

If you work for an organisation, whether an SME or a large corporate, you’ll probably have colleagues based in lots of different locations so you will know first-hand how frustrating it can be if you don’t have the right video conference equipment in place for your meeting!

You may have experienced one or all of the following:

  • Your meeting not being as productive as it could be
  • Not being able to see any documents or presentations clearly
  • Not being able to see or hear who is talking

Well – It doesn’t have to be this way!

Watch the video below to see the fantastic  PanaCast2 camera system with Intelligent Zoom in action.  It’s the world’s first 180° 4K video camera for personal and room–based video communications and it will revolutionise your video conference meetings!

Hope you enjoyed watching the video? If you would like a personal demonstration of the PanaCast2 in action, please contact me by clicking here. 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Research reveals increasing number of organisations using Huddle Rooms for meetings

Research reveals increasing number of organisations using Huddle Rooms for meetings.

The world is changing rapidly and this is particularly true within the conferencing, collaboration and audio-visual industry. Recent research by Wainhouse (WR) has identified three key drivers behind these changes, regarding how people now meet and work together. They are:

  • People
  • Business Environment
  • Technology Advancements and Dependency

The study which was sponsored by cloud conferencing provider Zoom,  also revealed that many organisations are now looking to make the most of their smaller meeting rooms, which Wainhouse Research refers to as “Huddle Rooms.” Click here to learn more from the Wainhouse Research.

More information on Huddle Rooms?

To find out how our Huddle Room technology can help your meetings run smoothly and productively, so you and your colleagues will gain the most from them please click here.

 


There may be light at the end of the tunnel

The end to the Southern Rail strikes is not looking imminent. Around 300,000 passengers use Southern services each day (many of whom are commuting into London). So we started to think about some of the positives of not travelling by train to work if you are one of the hundreds of thousands affected, which should hopefully reduce your stress levels.

Avoiding germs

The average office desk is home to 400 times more bacteria than in a toilet!

We all know that germs (bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms) can be picked up anywhere and everywhere. They spread in all sorts of ways, but particularly via invisible droplets when people near to you talk, cough and sneeze. At this time of year when cold and flu viruses are particularly prevalent, working at home away from public transport and a shared desk can be really good for your health!

More time at home with your family

The number of workers who commute daily for two hours or more has increased by a third in five years, a study revealed. The increase has mostly been driven by soaring house prices and stagnant wages. If you can work from home or can move closer to your place of work, you should have more quality time with your friends or family.

Late to rise early to bed

If you can work at home – it goes without saying – you can have an early night and a lie-in in the morning.

Increase productivity

If it takes you hours to get to work and back each day, then you could be spending that time being more productive doing work.

Getting fitter

You might want to use your free two hours getting fitter by visiting the gym, going for a walk, or doing an exercise class.

Save money on coffee and pastries

Londoners spend around a whopping £2,000 every year on those ‘must have’ items for their journeys such as coffee, pastries and crisps, according to research from AMEX. Even if you cut your spending down by 50% – think what you could buy with the money you save.

Making the most of conference calls

These days, more and more of us are working with remote colleagues, clients, suppliers and partners. With the daily commute for some of us in meltdown, now is a great time to make more of online conferencing tools and facilities such as GoToMeeting, Skype for Business and Zoom.

Affordable Meeting Rooms

And there’s good news for the Office end of the call; a good quality video meeting system for a small/medium room can be set up for less than £3,000 (less if you already have a large screen display) which will be returned in increased productivity in no time (especially if the strikes continue!)

For further information, or to make an enquiry, call us on+44 (0)1992 878312, or please fill in the form on our contact page and we will call you.



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What our clients say!


  • “(PanaCast 2) is a very different form factor than the usual 1080p camera that we are using elsewhere in the lab. You can see it has no seams and it’s a very good picture quality.”

    Robert
    ScobleFuturist / Rackspace

  • “PanaCast…actually seems like something that would be both fun and exceedingly useful.”

    Michael
    SeoWriter / TechCrunch

  • “The actual image captured by the camera when we tried it in a lecture theatre (300+ seat) was perfect. Every seat in the frame, handled the lighting conditions well, good focus, seamlessly stitched. Very impressed.”

    Geoff Lambert
    Sr. Project Manager of IT & Digital Services / University of Western Sydney

  • “… a great improvement over standard video chat experiences.” Read article

    Michael Gorman
    Editor-in-Chief / Engadget

  • “The panoramic view allowed me to see all five remote participants at the same time, and the 4k resolution provided great visual detail – allowing me to feel ‘connected’ to everyone in the meeting.”

    What Ira M. Weinstein thinks about the PanaCast 2
    Senior Analyst & Partner / Wainhouse Research

  • “We chose the PanaCast 2 video camera because it gives an immersive sense of participation to remote meeting participants. With PanaCast 2, there is no need to squeeze together to get into the scene or waste time panning and zooming like with a typical conference room camera.”

    Jolean De KortJolean De Kort
    Director Employee Technology / GoDaddy

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