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  • Stefan Mayer

Video Window Remote: Now Free for Remote Users

Video Window has thought of a spectacular way to solve the disconnected feeling that some employees have been feeling since the start of the pandemic. Now that vaccines are being administered, some companies have asked their workers to return to the office. However, not all businesses want their employees to return at full capacity and those asked to still stay home can still feel disconnected from the team.

In a press release, the CEO of Video Window, Daryl Hutchings, said that “Video Window is the world’s first always-on immersive video conferencing portal with enterprise customers including Netflix, Intel, WeWork, and Logitech”.

Hutchings says that the idea of a video conferencing tool that allows for informal communication struck him when he started working from home himself. He felt disconnected from his colleagues and thought of a way to connect with them through technology that would allow everyone to still be safe during the pandemic. That is how Video Window Remote was born.

What is Video Window?

Video Window is ideal to be used between two offices, usually of the same company in common areas such as lunchrooms. It has a 24-hour or a scheduled video stream. At any time during the day an employee can walk up to the screen and knock on it to alert the person on the other side that they would like to have a chat.

The stream is automatically muted, but a knock from the first user will alert the second and give them the opportunity to unmute the screen to start the conversation.

This allows for offices to stay connected through use of technology. But what about the remote staff? Video Window has now made it possible for remote users to download the Video Window app – on Android and iOS – free of charge.

“The remote employees download Video Window to their iOS or Android device and can instantly connect to the common-areas of their offices and other remote employees feeling present, connected, visible, equalised and help reduce loneliness. Then if a remote user wants to have an actual conversation with an office device user or remote user it’s a simple case of clicking join audio to have a live call,” explains Hutchings.

How does it help remote staff stay connected?

Some offices make use of Video Window so that their employees, from multiple locations, can communicate with one another. The idea is that the Video Window should be used for informal chats with colleagues, like one would have in a canteen or around a water cooler. It creates an opportunity for colleagues to bond and to feel connected once more.

Now that some employees are still working from home, they can still feel disconnected, especially those who live alone in a small apartment. There are multiple signs that your employees are feeling disconnected and one way to solve it is through communication. And, that is exactly what Video Window has done for remote workers.

Now remote workers can tune into their company’s Video Window set-up and be part of the small, cooler-side conversations. They can stay connected the whole day, or they can decide to call in when the company would be having its lunch break. It creates the perfect opportunity for employees to bond once again.

Should a remote employee choose to connect to Video Window for the entirety of the day, it would be preferred if they make use of a device that they will not be using for work. The reason being that the Video Window conferencing application might slow down the device, due to the video stream, and it can also cause distraction.

Is security an issue?

The constant connection to the Video Window set-up at the office might feel to remote workers that some security threats might arise. However, Video Window has multiple built-in security features that allows workers to securely connect to Video Window without the fear of any security risks.

“To protect the privacy of remote employees we’ve put many safeguarding features in place and will detail these in the press release,” says Hutchings.

Their personal data will be protected, as well as their audio and visual privacy. This means that the remote employee is in control of everything on their side. They can choose to connect to Video Window, and if they are not connected their stream cannot be seen. They also have control over if they want their audio or video stream on. Video Window can also be scheduled, meaning that during the time that Video Window is inactive, so will the remote employees connection be.

“So, if culture, employee welfare and inclusivity are important to an organisation, then Video Window is a must to research and review. Especially whilst there are still so many travel restrictions in place for the foreseeable future,” concludes Hutchings.


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