The workplace is changing.
While business locations have traditionally consisted of offices, cubicles, and conference rooms, more of them are now adopting open-concept architectures that encourage employee collaboration. Huddles rooms, which are places in which small or medium groups of workers can convene for planned or ad hoc meetings, are often part of these new setups. And, given the increasingly mobile workforce and the need for businesses to interact regularly with remotely located customers and partners, some companies are outfitting their huddle rooms with video conferencing capabilities.
In a move to address this important trend, BlueJeans Network has introduced a solution simply known as Huddle. This cloud-based video solution is targeted for use in huddle rooms and makes meetings quick and easy to initiate, recognizing users when they walk into the room.
Launching a videoconference is often a lengthy proposition. In fact, BlueJeans Network said it can take eight to 15 minutes to do so using a traditional video conferencing solution. But BlueJeans Network expedites the meeting setup processes by making it more automated and intuitive.
“Huddle was designed from the ground up to remove all obstacles to live video adoption while adding features that help facilitate productivity,” said Krish Ramakrishnan, CEO of BlueJeans Network. “The result is a system that essentially gives every employee his or her own personal assistant for each meeting and takes away the video tax.”
Pernod-Ricard, the world’s second largest wine and spirits company, is among the companies employing BlueJeans Network Huddle. It uses the solution to connect more than 18,000 of its team members across the globe.
The Huddle solution is interoperable with video conferencing technology from Intel, Logitech, and Revolabs (News - Alert). And it offers the same user experience as BlueJeans Enterprise Video Cloud, a secure platform and extensible architecture the company recently introduced that delivers business video communications on a global scale by uniting single-click video experiences with IT management tools and an ecosystem of integration partners.
According to Gartner (News - Alert), video conferencing usage by businesses is expected to increase 400 percent by 2019. The video conferencing business is valued at $9 billion globally.
Edited by Maurice Nagle