Popular video meeting app Zoom has just announced a new feature, Intelligent Director, for improved hybrid meetings within Zoom Rooms. The technology uses multiple cameras combined with AI algorithms to display the best image and angle of meeting participants.
“As more people return to the office, it’s no longer enough to deliver the best remote worker experience; every business needs a solution to deliver the best hybrid meeting experience,” explained Smita Hashim, chief product officer at Zoom. “Even with some employees in the office, oftentimes other team members are dispersed, so meeting equity and inclusion become more important than ever. Intelligent Director is the solution that can bring employees together, regardless of location, so they can truly connect face-to-face”.
Intelligent Director will allow greater clarity for remote participants, even in large conference rooms, and help to avoid the “bowling alley effect” by sending streams to the gallery view of the Zoom Meeting. The AI-enhanced tech can frame up to 16 participants and is an evolution of the company’s existing Smart Gallery feature.
For larger meeting spaces, participants can often be hidden when only using a single camera, so Intelligent Director’s multi-camera configuration was designed to enable meeting equity for everyone in a conference, even if they move or turn their heads.
Intelligent Director has been made possible through support from Zoom’s hardware partner ecosystem, which includes industry heavyweights including Apple, Dell, HP, Intel, and Logitech.
Whether or not remote working has a future after the pandemic, video conferencing continues to prove a vital communication tool for keeping employees and teams connected, and continuous feature enhancements are a way for Zoom to maintain its position as a market leader.
UAE’s du Teams With Huawei For Net-Zero Telecom Services
The telecommunications company aims to promote sustainable development across the region.
du, one of the UAE’s major telecom providers, is boosting its efforts to help the Emirate towards a low-carbon future. The company aims to upgrade its diesel generator sites in remote communities and has ambitious plans to achieve net zero in collaboration with Chinese tech giant Huawei.
The primary goal for du is to reduce reliance on diesel generators, which in turn will cut down on maintenance costs and lower fuel consumption. Over 300 remote sites will be upgraded to advanced hybrid power solutions, lowering the company’s carbon footprint while improving efficiency and network coverage. Huawei’s hybrid generators include state-of-the-art lithium batteries and will reduce carbon emissions by over 10,000 tons – the equivalent of planting 500,000 trees per year.
“This initiative not only lowers our carbon footprint but also ensures the delivery of more eco-friendly and sustainable services to communities in even the most remote desert regions,” explained Saleem AlBlooshi, chief technology officer at du. “Our unwavering commitment to environmental responsibility reflects our determination to contribute to a greener and more sustainable future for all”.