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The True Cost of Video Conferencing in 2020: Software, Equipment and ROI

by Julian Fields in Trends, Meeting Room
Calculating ROI and TCO for Video Conferencing When it comes to adopting video conferencing in the workplace, there are two types of people: those who intuitively “get it,” and those who need some convincing. For people in the first camp, the inherent usefulness and value of a video conferencing system is self-apparent; to quote one CEO and heavy Lifesize user, “I don’t cost-justify the use of our phones or computers, so why cost-justify…

Digital Signage Examples and Ideas to Transform Offices and Meeting Rooms

by Julian Fields in Products, Meeting Room
Digital Signage in Lobby Showing Lifesize's Aragon Award While businesses continue to rally around new goals for improving corporate communication, hundreds of thousands of screens throughout our offices go underutilized, just waiting to help out. And until the employee newsletter becomes retro enough to start being cool again or sentient enough to reverse the “send to trash” rules implemented by your employees, you might find more benefit in deployi…

How to Work from Home with Sick Kids

by Julian Fields in Flu Season, Healthcare, People, Trends
 You shouldn’t have to choose between work and taking care of your family — don’t miss a beat in the office and be there for your children with these tips. Holiday season tracks perfectly with cold and flu season, and if you’ve got little ones, that may mean an increase in sick days to help care for your family. But let’s face it — between the chicken soup runs and the temperature monitoring, there can be a lot of downtime during naps and movie marathons where a flexible work-from-home day might be a better option.   During flu season, nearly…

Finally, a Free Video Conferencing Solution for Room Kits

by Julian Fields in Lifesize, Meeting Room, Technology
Lifesize Dash is the free meeting room connector for conference room kits designed to enable video conferencing and content sharing in huddle rooms and meeting rooms. The room kit phenomenon was born out of companies’ desire to bring video conferencing into underused conference rooms, typically by combining off-the-shelf devices connected to a cloud video service . The upside? More video-equipped meeting spaces. The downside? Services figured out how to turn that crowd-sourced ingenuity into big business. Today, we’re excited to share an alternative…

End-to-End Encryption & How it Works in Video Conferencing

by Julian Fields in Tech Notes, WebRTC
Online meetings that are end-to-end encrypted can only be accessed by the active participants, mitigating risk and protecting sensitive information from being publicized. Used across multiple communication platforms, end-to-end encryption has a reputation as the measure of security when cybersecurity really matters. But to really understand its importance in the modern workplace, let’s dive into what end-to-end encryption really means and how it factors into video conferencing . What is end-to-end encryption? End-to-end encryption (E2EE) is a system of…

Microsoft Teams Video Conferencing Solution: How to Integrate Lifesize and Microsoft Teams

by Julian Fields in Microsoft, Skype, Best Practices, Features
Microsoft Teams is an exceptional tool for persistent collaboration and document sharing within the Office 365® platform. For the more than 13 million active daily Teams users , the Lifesize for Microsoft Teams integration delivers a true-to-life video experience seamlessly integrated into the Teams interface and meeting scheduling workflow. The Lifesize integration adds video conferencing…

Stop Squatting and Start Scheduling Conference Rooms Like a Grown-Up

by Julian Fields in Best Practices, Meeting Room
Having conference room scheduling issues? Avoid double-bookings, delays and equipment blunders with these five tips, plus the right software to keep you connected. As the seconds tick down to the top of the hour, a dozen or so feet start to assemble just below the privacy frosted glass of the meeting room door. You knew the risk you were taking when you lawlessly squatted in that conference room. The jig is up. It’s time to turn yourself in and return the room to its rightful owner. Squatting just isn’t worth the stress, not when you learn the right way…

3 Benefits of Creating a Home Office Video Conference Room

by Julian Fields in Meeting Room, Trends
When you work from home, your office is your meeting room. Learn what makes a Lifesize Icon camera system the perfect home office accessory. Lifesize conference room systems come in range of sizes optimized for the unique needs of the huddle room, conference room, boardroom and all-hands auditorium. But there’s another space that these agile video conferencing systems are prefect for — the home office. If you’re one of the 51% of employees who do some or all of your work from a home office , then you know that working from home…

How to Run a Successful Board Meeting & Board Meeting Agenda

by Julian Fields in Best Practices, Meeting Room
Board meetings are a critical part of strategic business decision-making, but they’re often too unorganized to be effective. Here’s how to make your next meeting a success. Regular board meetings are a critical component of building and sustaining a successful business. For organizations in hypercompetitive industries, a company’s board plays an important role in setting the agenda for the business — determining priorities, setting goals, reviewing strategic investments — all while working closely with executive management teams to balance near-term organization…

Look Out! Lifesize Adds Lifesize Outlook Add-In for Microsoft Outlook

by Julian Fields in Features, Products
Make Lifesize video calls and schedule video meetings right from within your Microsoft Outlook client. If you’re like most Microsoft ® Outlook ® users, you probably spend most of the day with your Outlook client open managing tasks, sending emails and keeping track of your daily meeting schedule. With the new Lifesize Outlook Add-in, we’ve added some additional functionality to help you schedule and make Lifesize video calls right from within Outlook. Feature Highlights Intuitive Design The…
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