Polycom, Inc., the global leader in open standards-based unified communications (UC), today announced that Wembley-based mBlox, a leading mobile commerce provider, is successfully using Polycom RealPresence video collaboration solutions, including RealPresence Mobile, to combat the congestion in London during the Summer Games in late July through mid-August. With the population surging by up to a million people in the capital attending the Summer Games, London is braced for severe disruption to its transport network.
The UK government has urged businesses in London to put remote working practices into place and is leading the charge with civil servants starting a flexible working programme this week.
mBlox has already enabled its staff to work remotely and has no concerns about disruption over the coming weeks, leveraging technologies such as RealPresence Mobile to enable face to face collaboration via video.
“At mBlox we are conscious of the need to empower our workforce by introducing mobile and remote working, and promote a flexible working environment as part of our normal business practice,” says Andrew Mutty, SVP of Production and Customer Services, mBlox. “Making full use of our IT investment in Polycom video collaboration solutions, as well as leveraging cloud based video deployments in London, Singapore and California, ensures that it will be business as usual this summer at mBlox, as our employees can connect and collaborate face-to-face anywhere, from the executive boardroom and conference rooms, to mobile offices and beyond.”
Polycom’s RealPresence secure HD video and telepresence solutions enable video collaboration from anywhere, so that employees can stay visually connected to their teams even when away from the office. This includes video collaboration software for desktop PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones that can connect into room-based systems and immersive theaters, enabling a dispersed workforce to effectively communicate with customers and colleagues at the touch of a button.
“Video collaboration has continued to attract a high level of interest and investment from businesses, which has enabled it to keep growing despite increasing budgetary challenges. More and more organisations are recognising the importance of video collaboration to improve productivity and time to market, as well as increase business continuity and agility in the face of problems such as travel disruption during major sporting events, extended holiday periods or the impact of extreme weather conditions,” says Duncan Clarke, analyst from Canalys. ‘This growth trend is set to continue as solutions become more user-friendly and offer greater flexibility, such as the ability to connect HD mobile solutions to room or group systems. These features help indiv