If your organisation is thinking about purchasing occupancy or environmental sensors, take a look at your video conferencing estate first…

Leveraging existing audio and video conferencing and control hardware is a great way to understand occupancy and environmental data without investing in new technology. On the flip side, if you are looking at investing in a new video conferencing technology but also want to understand occupancy and environmental data coming from your building you may want to keep reading…

UMA Vision is able to pull in data from Jabra and Cisco Webex devices to determine anything from how many people are in a meeting room, whether an employee is currently in a call at their desk or what the temperature and humidity levels are in a particular area of a building.

UMA seamlessly connects to Jabra Panacast cameras using the Jabra Integration Service. This allows administrators to understand the occupancy status or the number of people in a Microsoft Teams or BYOD meeting room. This information can then be used to highlight this status on a map of your building.

By connecting to both Jabra and Cisco Webex video conferencing devices alongside our integration with Microsoft 365 (Office 365). The data coming in can be utilised to provide rich analytics in our dashboard to compare occupancy vs capacity and understand how spaces are being used on a daily, weekly, monthly or even yearly basis.

As we are already connected to the meeting room resource within Office 365, we can therefore auto book the resource in the calendar using occupancy data from both the Jabra and Cisco Webex codec. Alongside this, if an employee doesn’t turn up for a booking, we can automatically cancel the booking after a period of no occupancy or a no show. This level of automation allows for an increase in meeting etiquette, usage and productivity.

Not only do we connect to Jabra cameras but we can also monitor and manage any Jabra headset in the market. We can determine if a headset is in a call and therefore apply a status to an employee to share that they’re currently busy or in a call and not to be disturbed.

Cisco WebEx has recently released the Webex Navigator control panel which sits inside and outside of the meeting room. As the Navigator allows persistent web apps, UMA is able to run its room booking software on there which provides a more feature-rich application than the native Webex solution. With our Webex integration, we use the xAPI to pull in all statistics from the panel and the codec it’s connected to determine what the occupancy, temperature, humidity, sound level and ambient noise are like within a particular area of a building. We can then present this data back using our room booking software on the panel to show passers-by.

Environmental and occupancy statistics can be used to assist employees with their daily work life in their building. By using UMA, employees can view a floor map of their building and check the immediate real-time availability of a desk or a meeting room by using both Jabra and Cisco Webex data. But not only that, by hovering over these spaces with their cursor they can understand people count and environmental data and let that determine their decision of which area of the building they’d like to work in.

Providing real-time data like this to employees is a sure way to attract them back into the office after a period of comfort (in most cases) from working at home during the last two years.

As UMA moves forward through 2022 our aim is to provide organisations with wellness viewpoints to guide them through their working day. A multi-modal approach to providing rich data to employees and administrators is what we’re focused on. By connecting more and more intelligent AV and VC hardware to our platform we are setting ourselves apart from our competitors in the market.

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