Verizon takes BlueJeans to the edge for video conferencing improvements

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Verizon takes BlueJeans to the edge for video conferencing improvements
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Verizon Business has unveiled new BlueJeans Meetings features for iPadOS, iOS and Android, as well as new device partnerships and applications aimed at unlocking the power of Verizon Mobile Edge Compute.

With the new features and increased support for network edge-based video delivery on mobile devices, Verizon Business hopes to drive real-time video collaboration, remote assistance and more to meet every distributed business need.

Eric Spadafora, VP and GM, BlueJeans by Verizon, 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.”

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.

7×7 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 ultrawide 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.

As the first company in the world to launch a Mobile Edge Compute service (MEC) with AWS Wavelength, Verizon believes it is uniquely positioned to unlock new opportunities in video business applications for teams and corporate users. As a result, BlueJeans is 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.

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.

Want to find out more from executives and thought leaders in this space? Find out more about the Digital Twin World event, taking place on 8-9 September 2021, which will explore augmenting business outcomes in more depth and the industries that will benefit.

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