Last year the way that millions of people worked changed dramatically. Back in March of 2020 COVID-19 first began to spread rapidly in the U.S. Reacting to the pandemic, governments across the globe shut down schools, businesses and non-essential government buildings forcing millions of people to suddenly work from home while children engaged in online education.
Today the term work from home (WFH) is fully engrained into our culture, and businesses have been honing and implementing solutions to help their employees maximize their productivity from their homes.
With this shift happening so rapidly and widespread — and with the potential impact lasting beyond just the short term — many companies and employees are taking commercial products from the unified communications (UC) category and installing them into home environments.
Technology giants and integration industry market leaders such as Facebook, Zoom, Crestron, Barco, HP and more are leading the way and providing integration professionals with the means to outfit home offices and home “flex spaces” with UC systems that facilitate remote AV communications.
UC Systems Support the Future of WFH
Last fall, HP released its “HP Workforce Evolution” study, which found among other things that 59% of those surveyed thought WFH would be a part of how the workforce operates from this point onward.
A couple of other important points to come from HP’s study: Two-thirds learned how important technology is order for them to properly do their jobs, and another 66% percent said they had either purchased or upgraded their home offices.
Commercial Integrator’s sister publication MyTechDecisions, which focuses largely on solutions for education and corporate office markets, reports the future of WFH will bristle with technology. The site has chronicled ASUS’ launch of the Google Meet Compute System, as well as Facebook’s move to bring the Zoom, BlueJeans, GoToMeeting and Cisco Webex video conferencing platforms to its Portal hardware device, plus Zoom’s launch of Zoom for Home.
More recently MyTechDecisions reported that during its Zoomtopia event, Zoom announced a number of new Zoom Room features. These features are designed to support the now more than 300 million daily meeting participants it hosts, including more than 125,000 schools that use the platform.
To give custom integrators a glimpse at some of the solutions that translate well in residential environments, Commercial Integrator rounded up 13 products from some of the top manufacturers in the UC category.
Click on “View Slideshow” on the right to view the 13 WFH Solutions That Can Work for Integrators
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