Latest headlines: Zee Hakimoglu on what the work-from-home movement means for AV integrators, plus news from Extron, Kramer, Biamp and more
March 4, 2021 | Volume: 12 | Issue: 5
What is the outlook for home working beyond COVID-19? What does the work-from-home movement mean for AV integrators and office-based businesses? Why can’t we (or can we) keep dressing casually more often than not in our current remote environment?
Our columns this week have a perspective on each. They explore some of the most pertinent, top-of-mind questions in our industry — but the answers are far from simple. While nuanced, we just have to keep chipping away at these conversations. We’re all just doing our best, right?
Also notable in UCC this week:
— BlueJeans by Verizon announced new features to its BlueJeans Gateway for Microsoft Teams solution. — Epson has new AR smart glasses, MAXHUB has a new PTZ camera, Kramer has a new two-gang Decora wall plate video encoder and AVer launched a new USB camera/mic. The CAM130 is the first of AVer’s new series that includes built-in fill lighting. — ProAV distributor Almo has recently partnered with Jabra to offer resellers the PanaCast. — ViewSonic has joined the Barco (ClickShare)-Vivitek (NovoConnect)-Logitech (Swytch) battle ring by introducing its ViewBoard Cast Button, designed to make wireless multiscreen collaboration simpler.
In this new workplace reality, an organization’s success will rely on its ability to harness technologies that enable multisite collaboration with reliable, easy-to-use hardware and software. While traditional office infrastructure has largely kept pace with the demanding requirements of HD video collaboration, many home offices will benefit from investment in more robust AV equipment to maximize the effectiveness of remote meetings and deliver consistently excellent quality for all parties.
I’ve been in serious business web meetings with serious business people, we’re talking about serious business things, and using serious business words. Which is pretty much like how things used to be too. Except now it’s typical for these serious business people to look on camera like they just rolled out of bed after a three-day nap.
Futuresource’s Home Working survey asked 1,500 employees across America, France, Germany, and the U.K. about the impact COVID-19 has had on their working patterns, as well as the use of work technology in the home. The findings indicate that post-COVID-19, respondents expect the changes to working patterns to continue in some form, and their use of technology will reflect this.