Tuesday, April 15, 2014 | 9:58 AM
The best meetings are face-to-face. But these days, we often connect with each other from far-flung locations, coordinating time zones and dialing into conference calls from our phones. Starting today, any company can upgrade their meeting rooms with a new Chromebox, built on the Chrome principles of speed, simplicity and security.
Chromebox for meetings brings together Google+ Hangouts and Google Apps in an easy-to-manage Chromebox, making it simpler for any company to have high-definition video meetings.
Chromebox for meetings is now available in Canada starting at $1099, which includes the ASUS Chromebox and everything you need to get going. That means for the same price that companies have typically paid for one meeting room, they'll be able to outfit 10 rooms - or more. CDW Canada, Agosto, Cloud Sherpas, SHI and SYNNEX will help bring Chromebox for meetings to customers and resellers in Canada, and Chromeboxes from HP and Dell will be available for meetings in the coming months.
Companies that have been testing Chromebox for meetings have told us that they love the simple setup, the ease of use, and being able to see their colleagues in other offices.
Bill White is the Director of Information and Technology Operations for Vision 7, the parent company of integrated agency Cossette and the EDC group of agencies, and oversees the IT strategy for the organization. "We've been using Google Apps for our business for a while, and it’s been instrumental in allowing our employees to connect and get down to business, wherever they may be.”
“With Chromebox for meetings, we've been able to brainstorm openly and collaborate quickly 'face-to-face,' something that is essential in the marketing and communications world. The technology has been really simple for everyone to use, allowing us to focus on our 'real' work - developing and executing effective, creative campaigns for our clients."
- Instant meeting room. Chromebox for meetings comes with a blazing-fast Intel Core i7-based Chromebox, a high-definition camera, a combined microphone and speaker unit and a remote control. Set up your entire room in minutes and easily manage all meeting rooms from a web-based management console. All you need is the display in your room, and you’re good to go.
- Simpler and faster meetings. Walk into the room, click the remote once and you’re instantly in the meeting. No more complex dial-in codes, passcodes or leader PINs. Share your laptop screen wirelessly, no need for any cords and adaptors. Integration with Google Apps makes it easy to invite others and add rooms to video meetings, directly from Google Calendar.
- Meetings with anyone, anywhere. Up to 15 participants can join the video meeting from other conference rooms, their laptops, tablets or smartphones. Need to meet with a customer who doesn’t use Chromebox for meetings? That’s easy too—all they need is a Gmail account. You can also connect to rooms that have traditional video conferencing systems using a new tool from Vidyo, and participants who prefer phones can join your meeting with a conference call number from UberConference.