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More Ways Than One: How an Open Platform Means Infinite Opportunities

Takeaways

  • With the Intel Unite® solution, you can configure meeting rooms to fit your users’ needs with touchscreens, digital whiteboards, cameras, microphones, and other peripherals. You can also use off-the-shelf apps to control lighting, sound, and more.

  • An open architecture and SDK that allows the Intel Unite® solution to evolve with its users and help them achieve more productive collaboration.

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Removing the Barriers to Effective Communication and Collaboration

The convergence of communications and collaboration technology began almost 40 years ago with unified communications (UC), which combined automated phone systems and voice mail. Since then, numerous innovations have fueled the evolution of UC into unified communications and collaboration (UCC). UCC builds on the communication capabilities of UC by adding enhanced collaboration features, such as annotation, that helps users more effectively manage their essential communication and collaboration needs.

A UCC also provides your users with more ways to work together better. A platform like the Intel Unite® solution helps users be more productive, more mobile, and more engaged. And it provides an easy-to-use, easy-to-customize solution for IT.

Here are a few ways the Intel Unite® solution removes the barriers to effective communication and collaboration.

#1. The Intel Unite® Solution Works Seamlessly with Your Existing Technology

The Intel Unite® solution makes communication inclusive for users in a variety of ways. First, it doesn’t restrict communication to a specific device or operating system. Users who’ve downloaded the Intel Unite® software can walk into a meeting with any smart phone, tablet, laptop, or mobile device and instantly open the application. Likewise, it doesn’t matter if those devices run Windows, iOS, Android, macOS, or Linux; the Intel Unite solution is designed for use with any major operating system.

For times when you can’t easily walk into a meeting—or when you’re connecting with users fanned out across the world—the Intel Unite® solution works seamlessly with familiar remote conferencing platforms like Teams, Zoom, and Webex. Off-the-shelf apps are already available for these and other commonly used platforms and integrate the video conferencing system with the Intel Unite® solution to maximize communication and collaboration between users.

#2. The Intel Unite® Solution Allows You to Use Existing Apps or Customize the Solution to Address Your Unique Business Needs

Due to its open architecture, the Intel Unite® solution is highly customizable. Using Intel’s publicly available software development kit (SDK) and application programming interface (API), developers can create apps to expand the software’s capabilities to address their organization’s specific needs.

For instance, a group of college students developed an app for the Intel Unite® solution that medical staff can use in intensive care and critical care hospital rooms. The app uses a device’s microphone to determine which machine’s tone is sounding in a patient’s room, then alerts the nurses’ station to determine what’s needed. This functionality saves nurses and other clinicians valuable time donning and doffing personal protective equipment (PPE) to assess the alert. With this capability, clinicians only have to don their PPE once to enter the room and address the issue with the appropriate medicine or treatment.

#3. The Intel Unite® Solution Creates Collaboration Spaces That Facilitate Worker Engagement

The key purpose of the Intel Unite® solution is to improve and facilitate collaboration. With this platform, you can configure meeting rooms to fit your users’ needs with touchscreens, digital whiteboards, cameras, microphones, and other peripherals. You can also use off-the-shelf apps to control lighting, sound, and more.

With the SDK, users have developed custom apps to manage audio, video, lighting, and even HVAC controls. For instance, one custom app activates a conference room’s lights so they brighten when meeting participants physically enter the space. Another triggers the lights to dim as soon as someone starts presenting.

It’s anyone’s guess in what new ways we’ll be communicating in 10 or 20 years. The only certainty is that there will be new innovations, and UCC will continue to evolve and grow with them. The Intel Unite® solution embraces this uncertainty with an open architecture and SDK that allows it to evolve with its users and help them achieve more productive collaboration.

To learn more about how the Intel Unite solution can help your organization unify its communications and improve its collaboration, please visit intel.com/unite.

See the Intel Unite® Solution in Action

Find out how you can deliver an easy, open, and extensible hybrid workplace collaboration experience by requesting a guided tour of the Intel Unite® solution.