Today Zoom announced that we’ve made some awesome enhancements to our room-based video conferencing systems. For Zoom Rooms there are two new features: Zoom Rooms Scheduling Display and significant innovations on Zoom Rooms for Touch. For our H.323/SIP Connector, we’ve created a new 1-Touch integration for Polycom and Cisco systems.
Zoom Rooms is our software-based conference room system for wireless content sharing, integrated audio, and high quality video that seamlessly connects to participants on mobile, on desktop, and in other rooms. Zoom Rooms use off-the-shelf, business-grade hardware for cameras, speakers, and monitors, making it a flexible video solution for any space – conference rooms, training rooms, huddle rooms, and executive offices.
Here are the new features, which will be available in Q2 and will be demonstrated at Enterprise Connect this week:
- Zoom Rooms Scheduling Display: This new conference room calendar display runs on an iPad placed outside any room (see image above). It ends scheduling headaches by displaying upcoming meetings, showing room availability, and allowing users to book a meeting. This system is integrated with Zoom Rooms and your current calendar systems, so there is only one system for IT to manage and for the end user to understand.
- Zoom Rooms for Touch Enhancements: Zoom Rooms for Touch, Zoom’s conference room system that runs on interactive whiteboards, now allows the user to start, join, and manage meetings directly from the interactive touch display. This system is ideal for brainstorming and whiteboarding sessions. Multiple users can now whiteboard at the same time and users can save a brainstorming session as an image for later reference.
- H.323/SIP 1-Touch Integration: Zoom has extended its H.323/SIP Connector capabilities for Polycom and Cisco room systems making it even easier to schedule and join Zoom meetings. By integrating into Google or MS Office calendars, users can start a Zoom cloud meeting with one touch through the native room system interface. No more codes or meeting IDs to input – just one touch and you’re in the meeting!
Here’s what our CEO, Eric S. Yuan, has to say: “Until now, conference rooms and offices have lacked user-friendly technology to enhance collaboration and engage remote participants. Only about five percent of conference rooms are video-enabled, and those that are often rely on complex, problematic systems. Zoom solves this issue with Zoom Rooms, our easy, scalable solution for room-based video conferencing. Now, with the addition of the Zoom Rooms Scheduling Display, the Zoom Rooms for Touch enhancements, and the H.323/SIP 1-Touch Integration, we are delivering a more frictionless, rich experience for all meeting participants.”
Zoom’s customers are excited too! “We have deployed 275 Zoom Rooms across Teletech. They have transformed the way we collaborate and communicate both in our rooms and with remote participants. We are excited to see how the Zoom Rooms Scheduling Display and the other enhancements will further streamline and simplify the conference room experience for our employees,” said David Ramsey, CIO of Teletech.
If you’d like to see all of these new features in action, visit booth #727 at Enterprise Connect Orlando today through Wednesday. We’ll be demoing Zoom Rooms with a variety of hardware providers including AVer, DisplayTen, Huddly, Logitech, PanaCast, and Yamaha.
Additionally, we’re presenting with customer Tesla in the Enterprise Connect speaking session “The Power of Video Collaboration in the Workplace,” Room Osceola 1, March 27 (Today!), 1 pm. If you can’t make it to EC17, sign up for a one-on-one demo with a Zoom product specialist today!