Home Office: 5 aplicaciones que potenciarán tu trabajo en equipo.

Hoy el mundo nos encuentra en una situación de vulnerabilidad. Con transporte, comercios y bancos ofreciendo servicios limitados, y la mayoría de las personas utilizando el hashtag #mequedoencasa en sus redes, ¿cómo mantener tu negocio funcionando? Tenemos una crisis económica y social inevitable por delante, pero como toda crisis, ésta trae aparejada una oportunidad. Pero es una oportunidad que requiere de adaptación a las circunstancias. Por tal motivo, si estás listo para potenciar tu negocio o aprovechar para comenzar con el emprendimiento online, acá te dejamos algunas herramientas que podes probar para trabajar desde tu hogar y que te pueden ayudar:

ZOOM
Es una aplicación que ofrece distintas opciones de comunicación remota.
Como parte de ello, tiene entre sus funciones realizar videoconferencias, transmitir eventos, mantener reuniones con múltiples participantes, y realizar capacitaciones y seminarios web, todo con audio y video HD, herramientas de colaboración, y la opción de grabar la interacción y sus notas.
También permite conectar a las partes a través de un sistema de mensajería instantánea comercial, e incluso tiene su propio sistema de telefonía, Zoomphone.

BLUEJEANS
Es una página web que también permite llevar a cabo conferencias de audio y video y realizar eventos y seminarios web, pero se destaca por tener una interoperabilidad que simplifica la gestión técnica de la herramienta con su integración en apps como Skype, Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Outlook, Google Calendar y Trello, entre otras, las que forman parte de su App Network. Por lo general es utilizada en grandes empresas.

JOIN.ME
Si bien su función es la misma que en los casos anteriores, JOIN.ME es una aplicación recomendada para freelancers y empresas más pequeñas por ser una opción más económica y fácil de usar, directa e intuitiva. Permite la conexión de hasta 250 personas que pueden conectarse tanto mediante llamada por internet como por línea.

SKYPE
Es un software de Microsoft que permite comunicaciones de texto, audio y video. Las llamadas son gratuitas entre usuarios de Skype, brinda la opción de comunicarse a teléfonos de línea de todo el mundo por una tarifa mínima (SkypeOut), e incluso otorga a su usuario un número de teléfono para que desde cualquier parte se puedan comunicar con el computador, lo que incluye también un buzón de voz (SkypeIn).

HANGOUTS
Es una aplicación de Google de mensajería instantánea que permite mantener conversaciones y realizar videollamadas tanto desde la web como del celular. Todas las conversaciones mantenidas se guardan en una nube accesible desde cualquier dispositivo, y al ser de Google se integra con todas sus otras aplicaciones. Es completamente gratis.

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Top 5 Video Conferencing via Android

As mentioned in the previous article in the digital and smartphone era, we mostly become classified by the type of operating system which we use. If you don’t know which operating system that may be, please refer to the previous article, and our current focus is on Android. For those who do not know Android, Android is powered by Alphabet Group but mostly known by a department made by Google. In this article, we shall cover the best video conferencing software used by Android users in the USA. This information is open to the public and accessible to verify the information. Keep me in mind the Android and ranking are subject to the region or country off used.

Attractive woman having a video call on a mobile phone.
  1. GoToMeeting: Currently ranked 4.7 stars out of 5.0 stars with 23,710 ratings. So why is ranked as number one in the business section? According to the reviews, from its good quality and reliability to experience and functionality. Now, what about the bad reviews? For those who use ChromeBooks, the app doesn’t work, and the developer recommends to use the Chrome Browser for capability. It also shows problems with google sign-in as well as seeing bugs or lack of functionality overall. 
  2. Zoom Cloud Meetings: Currently ranked 3.6 stars out of 5.0 stars with 92,419 ratings. A solid one-star drop, it still ranks number two as users like the easy to use experience, reliability as well as an overall great app. However, lets better understand the flaws for this app; in the last quarter, connection and or reliability have been anything but reliable. It also lacks capability with products that are not produced by the alphabet family. 
  3. TeamLink: Currently ranked 4.3 stars out of 5.0 stars with 181 ratings. One word can best describe this app according to those that rated the app five stars: “Excellente!”. From connection to seamlessly visualizing and working on the app, users enjoy making video calls on this app. Those who rated it poorly ranged from suspicious communication updates to signing out from other devices. 
  4. Skype: Currently ranked 4.3 stars out of 5.0 stars with 10,971,844 ratings. Let’s understand why this app has nearly 11 million reviews. “Amazing app, seeing as it is free, no ads and functional,”- says a user. Since it’s free and it offers versions for a premium price and business price, that means each user has the freedom to choose the best option that suits them. Now, for the bad reviews, ever since the platform got bought out by Microsoft, users lost previous conversations, lack of a real person for resolving issues, and annoyed with their AI. 
  5. Highfive: Currently ranked 2.5 stars out of 5.0 stars with 159 ratings. The users don’t find any problems and love using this app for video conferences. For those who rated the app poorly, it has many bugs. It asks to acquire too many permissions and crashes constantly.

Remember, these are the top 5 apps in Android USA for the video conference calls in which you the user/reader can verify for yourself. If you have noticed the top five apps does not mean they are the top five in a different operating system. What do you think about this? We would like to hear your opinion about this well. Thanks for reading, tune in for the next article. 

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Top 5 Video Conferencing via IOS

In the digital and smartphone era, we mostly become classified by the type of operating system which we use. Video conferences have evolved throughout time from the cameraman, tv, and cables to the desktop camera to now its integration onto smart devices. Depending on the style of any household or organization, we usually lean towards one operating system than another. These variables may consist of social status, versatility, and or adapting to the integration of other networks. In this article, we shall cover the best video conferencing software used by IOS users in the USA. This information is open to the public and accessible to verify the information. Keep me in mind the IOS and ranking are subject to the region or country off used.


  1. Zoom Cloud Meetings: Currently ranked 4.7 stars out of 5.0 stars with 57,189 ratings. So why is ranked as number one in the business section? According to the reviews, it varies from quick and reliable, to easy in shared screens or share files and user-friendly. Now, what about the bad reviews? For those who complained and gave it a one star, the report varies from the app consuming a lot of battery to lag and the app crashing. 
  2. Microsoft Teams: Currently ranked 4.8 stars out of 5.0 stars with 302,452 ratings. Even though this is better rated, it is pushed back by one due to the number of scores. So, why is ranked number two? Most users like this app for its convenience with Azure, its user experience, and its features related to the Microsoft family. For those who complained and gave it a one-star, lack of integration with AirPods, system crashing on older devices, and run-pass sleep hours or do not disturb period.
  3. Hangouts Meet by Google: Currently ranked 2.3 stars out of 5.0 stars with 288 ratings. Now, with full disclosure, I am confused about how this app is ranked number three, but it is. People who rated it highly due to its a new app, and they enjoy the user experience with the google family amenities. Users do not seem to like it since their teachers make them use the app, bugs, and even lag in the system. 
  4. Cisco Webex Meetings: Currently ranked 4.3 stars out of 5.0 stars with 78,132 ratings. Users praise the app for its user-friendly, easy to use, and their reliability. Their negativity starts professors making students use the app due to the coronavirus in which the student can not log in, and the app can not manage the number of traffic people logging in at once. 
  5. Slack: Currently ranked 4.2 stars out of 5.0 stars with 9,229 ratings. Users love this app since its “super simple & extremely customizable,” everything located in one app, and last but not least, the calls are a delight since sharing files is seamless. For those users who rated the app poorly, they complained about its functionality on an iPad, no longer have an option for dark mood, lack of synchronization across devices, and lack of remembering your username and password. 

Remember, these are the top 5 apps in IOS USA for the video conference calls in which you the user/reader can verify for yourself. It’s easier and faster to see what’s out in the market and not get confused by all these blogs, and agencies mentioned the best out there with no actual hard proof data to verify it’s content. Don’t you think? Thanks for reading, tune in for the next article. 

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Remote Work Tips for Coronavirus

Working Remotely. 

Now, due to security and safety for everyone, the job work shall change and shift. Luckily we have technology that allows us to be focused on productivity still remotely. Today we have to deal with the CoronaVirus. We have to understand all viruses are not alive without having a host transmitted via human, plant, animal, and or bacteria. To avoid getting any illness, one would need to clean with soap and water or a disinfecting solution. 

When it comes to our electronics, we can not clean the devices with soap and water regularly. If we do this, we are risking damaging the equipment. So, if you share the equipment with your colleagues at work, please follow the following steps to avoid the spread of the virus:

  1. Use a disinfecting wipe like Lysol, Clorox, or Purell after every use.
  2. Use a disinfecting spray from those brands, and even local brands from your convenience store or grocery store. 
  3. Always wash your hands, and if you can’t, make sure you have hand sanitizer with you. 

If you follow these steps, you will be protecting both yourself and everyone who uses the equipment. However, this would change if you are at home and share the equipment with your loved ones. Most people do not like the smell of Clorox or the smell of bleach. So if you are at home here are the steps to follow:

  1. It would be best if you had an apron, cleaning gloves and paper towels.
  2. Ingredients needed: Clorox, bleach, water, perfume
  3. For every cup of Clorox or bleach used, put 3 cups of water and a few drops of cleaning fragrance like Pinesol or Lavender.
  4. Use cleaning gloves and damp the paper towel to clean the devices. Make sure it’s not soaking wet because if it is, you will damage the equipment. 
  5. Remember, the towel paper needs to be thrown away after every usage. Otherwise, you will be spreading the bacteria and possible virus to other devices. 
  6. With the remaining water, you can use it to clean the rest of your house.
  7. Inside the house, make sure the windows and doors are closed. Use the disinfecting spray in your home ONLY after a person has gone outside and was in close contact with a group of people. Otherwise, it would be pointless to use the spray. 

Remember, if we maintain both ourselves and our devices cleaned, we can avoid the spread of any virus. These tips are handy not only for today’s CoronaVirus but for all types of infections. Thanks for reading, and hopefully, you learned how to maintain cleanliness at work and home properly. 

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How to start with AV integration?

Approaching the integration of the audiovisual system with the help of professional integrators is essential to obtain the best results. Organizations avoid wasting time and money by consulting professionals with the necessary background to ensure the best possible solutions for the unique needs of a company. Configuring and optimizing, today’s hardware and software require the assistance of professionals to obtain the best possible results and prevent future problems.

A poorly selected and installation system can quickly become a real headache for everyone trying to benefit from the system. Without the correct configuration, problems may not manifest until it is too late.  This problem may happen in the middle of a meeting at a crucial time. The results can be expensive and consistent.

Professional installation means avoiding common mistakes and maximizing efficiency. Only with excellent integration of audiovisual systems can the systems operate to their full potential. By turning to experts at the beginning of the planning process, organizations can rest easy knowing that they are getting the most out of their hardware and software.

From Design to Space

Without exception, all large companies exploit the possibilities of integrating today’s audiovisual systems to their full extent. They benefit from the fact that a masterful combination of hardware and software is a powerful tool. Regardless of your industry or sector, technology saves companies time, money, and a variety of other resources at every step.

Innovation in telecommunications technology has revolutionized the way businesses, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies operate worldwide. Companies that invest in telecommunications technology no longer need to tie their employees to a boardroom. Organizations with the right configuration can respond with incredible flexibility to any change in the market, a company crisis, or even bad weather.

The best way to start with integration is to contact an integrating company and raise the current dilemmas to solve.

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What is Audio and Video integration?

In today’s world, technology has become an essential part of our communication. From our cell phones to our computers, the internet allows us to connect with anyone regardless of distances. Despite these benefits, we still find problems across this process (according to statistics + 70% of end-users are not satisfied with their AV experience), from audio, connectivity, or video problems. These inconveniences result in delays, additional costs, and inefficiencies that can have a high impact on the quality of the experience, the costs, and even how our clients perceive us. That is why, over the years, solutions have emerged that seek to correct these problems and achieve a better user experience.




What is audio and video integration (AV integration)?

AV Integration is the merger of Audio and Video equipment and control elements (Hardware) to function as a unified system. Palermitano Solutions converts a workroom into a smart space through it’s simple and intuitive interfaces and applications. Each user can enjoy reliable technology and take advantage of the most advanced collaboration tools on the market.

Audio integration incorporates specialized microphones to capture sound evenly regardless of your location. Simultaneously, video integration allows us to have dedicated cameras that capture every participant in the room and even generate a point of focus on the person who is speaking. Connectivity is crucial to load our devices and to be able to project our content on a screen or projector within the same room. These elements usually add a lot of wiring that connects all these elements. However, we always disguise them from the spectators and visitors within the furniture, floors, and walls of the space.

We can consider a successful AV integration when we achieve:

  • Incorporating different technologies to work together without any problems while allowing smooth transition with new technologies. 
  • Allow simple control for all devices from a single user-friendly interface regardless of generations
  • Ensure that the technology is not an impediment or generates delay during the meeting. 
  • Generate an enjoyable experience that decreases or eliminates the need for face-to-face contact
  • Allows constant use 24/7

Within the Audio / Video integration solutions, we find:

  • Video conferencing systems: video conferencing is becoming a daily standard in today’s corporate environment and almost as universal as making a phone call.
  • Solutions for presentations: fully integrated audiovisual solutions for meeting rooms can help your business prosper.
  • Room scheduling: allows organizations to make the most of their meeting spaces, giving visibility to unoccupied spaces and maximizing the use of space.
  • Digital signage: digital signage allows you to promote what you want. In turn, it can be integrated into cloud platforms to manage these advertisements regardless of the location
  • Wireless presentation systems: no more frustratingly complicated cables or adapters.
  • Auditoriums: spaces designed to provide training, institutional events, shareholders meetings, webinars or other mass events where getting the message to be captured by everyone present is essential
  • Functional audio systems: consist of departmentalized music systems by zones when visitors walk around. 
  • Video walls: We design, install, and service video walls of all sizes, which capture and maintain attention.
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Benefits of AV Integration

AV integration is a solution widely used by the world’s leading companies because it provides a wide variety of benefits. 

Some of them are:

Increase in productivity: audiovisual solutions are a vital tool for the employees of an organization in a globalized world. On the one hand, it facilitates cooperation tools and encourages coordination between teams from different parts of the world without the need to travel. On the other, it increases employee productivity as it allows them to work remotely by staying connected at any time, any where. It is a new feature for any member of the organization which facilitates access to daily information and favors collaboration between peers who normally would not be able to get on in the daily basis. 

Improvement of morale and quality of work: facilities that help employees to rise productivity increases morale and quality of work. They are also very effective for employee retention as they help to create a modern and dynamic organizational context.

Cost reduction: there are many organizations that due to their geographical distribution or the way in which they develop their businesses are forced to transfer their members to other country. These trips result in high cost of lodging, transfer and overtime for organizations. Having a comprehensive AV solution allows you to minimize these costs and be able to hold your meetings without leaving the office. Additionally, in many cases organizations require the services of a professional who is not in the same location, connecting with these professionals without limitations is vital to carry out a project. 

Show professionalism: having integrated spaces with audio and video adequately improves the perception of our business towards our customers and other companies.

To conclude, from Palermitano Solutions we recommend end users to enjoy the technological features a bit more. Rather than finding a frustration in the difficulties of modernization, learn to see the long-term benefits that these changes bring to both organizations and the world.

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Different Types of Integrations – Part 1

VIDEO CONFERENCE ROOMS

The meeting rooms have become over time spaces for creation and learning, engines of teamwork and cultural integration and a center of high productivity for business. That is why transforming a workspace into a smart center is a great decision to consider in the business field. Multimedia content and access to content from any device and place are essential for a better understanding of the information, so AV integration is essential in long working meetings. For a real optimization of the content, the members of the meeting must have: high quality audio, content and video, ease to use technology and wireless connectivity.

TRAINING ROOMS

We capture the audience with ceiling microphones to achieve interaction between the interlocutor and the remote audience. Modern workspaces for large groups must be equipped to connect their employees, no matter where they are.

The design mentioned above covers everything from the analysis of the needs, characteristics of the room, and the approach of the system, to the choice of all the audiovisual devices involved: interface for connecting the sources with the system, processors, transmitters , receivers, amplifiers, display devices (monitors, projectors), recording and transduction devices (cameras, microphones), control processors, etc. This involves an intense work of analysis and information search about multiple technologies present in the audiovisual market that allow to carry out the proposed design. It also includes an exhaustive search of devices that can fulfill the necessary functions.

AUDITORIUMS

Holding live events in auditoriums is usually a complex and demanding task, but the latest networked audiovisual technologies (AV) can make them more impressive and simpler to manage.

In Palermitano we help implement fully digital and networked AV technology that allows centralized control of lighting, HVAC, sound, projection and videoconferencing elements to allow the smooth execution of events with the help of smaller equipment.

We start with the design of the auditorium sound system and integrate elements such as large screen projection, lighting management, control systems and videoconferencing that allow more fluid management of a wide range of subsystems. By implementing custom auditorium speakers with proper speaker placement, our sound engineers ensure evenly distributed sound along with effective noise control and vibration isolation to minimize the effect of external and mechanical noise.

Centralized auditorium management is enabled through touch controllers that allow event managers to maintain control even in the high-pressure environment that inevitably creates high-profile live events. These control systems can be integrated with almost any electronic or electrical system, including HVAC, sound systems, lighting, curtains, AV devices, projectors, screens, cameras, videoconferencing systems, etc.

CLASSROOM

The growing use of screens by young people generates the challenge to incorporate new formats of working tools. The audiovisual market is increasingly present in the informal and formal field of students. Through the multiple screens that surround students, access to audiovisual resources is constant, especially through mobile devices. In the educational field, there are different audiovisual formats used: video fragments, short films or films in a transversal way as the object of study. 

The specific use of audiovisual documents by teachers is a fairly common practice, this is why classrooms need to be properly equipped with devices that allow a good transmission and understanding of the contents.


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