Saturday, 10 July 2021 12:35

BlueJeans by Verizon enables next generation mobility


Verizon Business announced new BlueJeans Meetings features for iPadOS, iOS and Android to support today’s mobile workforce, as well as new device partnerships and applications aimed at unlocking the power of Verizon Mobile Edge Compute for real-time video collaboration on the go.

Verizon say that keeping teams truly connected in today’s work-from-everywhere world requires productive mobile meeting experiences. Whether that be executives presenting while on the road, retail employees calling into a cross-store meeting, or facility/warehouse managers checking in on production, providing a consistent, full-featured meeting solution from any device or location is key to unlocking business success without boundaries.

Verizon further say, with new BlueJeans Mobile features and increased support for network edge-based video delivery on mobile devices, Verizon Business is driving real-time video collaboration, remote assistance and more to meet every distributed business need.

Verizon BlueJeans VP and GM Eric Spadafora said, “Long gone are the days of expecting all meeting attendees to be in a conference room together. From the boardroom to the data centre, mobility is driving the way we work. With the new BlueJeans Mobile experience, we’re providing the full-fledged flexibility mobile workers require today, while setting up organisations of all sizes for hybrid workplace success in the future.”

Making Mobile More Inclusive

Verizon says to enable a more diverse, dispersed workforce that is less likely to operate a conventional desktop or laptop, BlueJeans Mobile updates are being delivered across iPad, iOS and Android devices to ensure consistency, flexibility, and productivity. Complementing updates made to Apple’s latest iPad Pro models announced this spring, the new BlueJeans Mobile iPadOS updates were designed for today’s business users who require full-featured meeting flexibility and robust meeting performance. New features include:

  • Layout Flexibility: iPad users can now seamlessly toggle between integrated content and video tile layouts to move between views that display both content and meeting attendees at the same time or separately to replicate BlueJeans’ unique content slider experience found in the desktop app.
  • 7x7 Gallery View: Know who is in the meeting at all times with expanded gallery view for up to 49 participants. Touch-enabled zoom will let users adjust their settings to allow more or less participants to show up in view on the screen.
  • Centre Screen Support: With built-in machine learning and the new ultra-wide front camera support for Apple’s Center Stage, one or more presenters from the same device can be rest assured they stay in frame as they move around the room or go hands-free for the call.
  • Multitasking Support: Pull up a separate screen in-meeting to fact check, brainstorm and answer questions on the fly.

Verizon claim that the newly optimised BlueJeans Mobile experience is designed to provide peace of mind for every meeting participant, regardless of their environment. To support Android and iOS mobile users, BlueJeans Mobile will soon include enhanced video layouts with the ability to overlay content with video tiles and quick join options for meeting simplicity. For those unsure of their camera readiness, the integrated hair check and background blur features will be available before starting the call. Furthermore, mobile WebRTC for Meetings provides zero-download, chat-enabled meeting accessibility for seamless collaboration without technical complexity—ensuring users can directly access the meeting straight from their mobile browser.

Driving Next-Generation Use Cases with 5G

Verizon claim, as the first company in the world to launch a Mobile Edge Compute service (MEC) with AWS Wavelength, Verizon is uniquely positioned to unlock new opportunities in video business applications for teams and corporate users. As a result, BlueJeans is currently piloting an industry-first approach for boosting service performance, reliability, and quality by tapping into the benefits of Verizon’s 5G network and the power of MEC.

Verizon say, by deploying BlueJeans at the edge, the network is able to execute more of the compute-intensive workloads, freeing the mobile endpoint to deliver a truly unique video conferencing experience without being weighed down by traditionally burdensome processing tasks such as virtual backgrounds and immersive presentations.

Verizon continue, further supporting this vision, BlueJeans is now available on the Vuzix M400 and M4000 Smart Glasses to enable seamless meeting productivity for everyone from back-office and field technicians to remote workers. BlueJeans on Vuzix was specifically engineered to optimise the user experience on the Vuzix M4-Series Smart Glasses—the company’s Android-based smart glasses that come backed by an 8-core processor, 4K capable phase-detect auto-focus camera, voice-activation, noise cancelling microphones and an extended battery life.

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