Category: Office

Why Augmented Reality Is Essential to COVID-19 Recovery and Future Productivity

Colin McMahon
Apr 27, 2020

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Once the pandemic is done, the road to recovery from COVID-19 may be challenging for certain companies due to a variety of factors. These include retraining whatever workforce was lost, working to get productivity back up to normal levels, and communicating challenges across an array of different teams and environments.

Keypoint Intelligence believes that the companies that will recover more quickly from COVID-19, as well as potentially better mitigate the pandemic, may very well be the ones that began to incorporate augmented reality (AR) software and hardware into their standard work procedures.

Before we dive in, here is a brief video rundown of exactly what AR is and how it differs from virtual reality (VR):

To summarize, VR takes the user into a fully digital 3D space. AR (by contrast) overlays the real, physical world with digital information.

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Why Objective Data’s Importance Is on the Rise

Colin McMahon
Apr 23, 2020

Data is everywhere in the 21st century. Some have even compared it to oil, given that an organization can use it to obtain great wealth. That said, oil is a rare substance. It must be discovered, mined, and refined before it is usable. And while data is similar, the sheer amount of it leaves the oil analogy far behind. Moreover, both refined and unrefined data can look virtually identical to the untrained eye.

With that in mind, the more apt comparison is “data is like water.” It’s everywhere, and essential to life. Still, companies can easily drown in it if they are not careful, otherwise they get sick drinking contaminated quantities.

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Examining COVID-19’s Impact on Industry 4.0

Colin McMahon
Apr 20, 2020

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Industry 4.0 has been a subject of debate and discussion for the last decade. While experts argue over what stage of technology we are in (some consider this period to be the fifth revolution, centered upon information and telecommunications technology), the majority agree that Industry 4.0 began with the arrival of the Internet and mainstream digital technology—specifically IoT devices such as smartphones, tablets, and wearables.

That said, few would dispute that we’re currently in a period of immense change. COVID-19 is causing radical shifts in workflow across the planet as millions practice social distancing and/or comply with self-quarantine recommendations. The pandemic’s dramatic appearance has accelerated numerous trends while slowing others. So, with all this disruption, could it be possible that the coronavirus has caused a premature change in industry operation? While there is no doubt that COVID-19 is a transformative force, it is not bringing us into Industry 5.0. It is merely accelerating Industry 4.0 adoption, leading companies across industries into a more mature state of IoT technology and workflow.

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COVID-19 Impact on Trade Shows – List of Canceled and Postponed Events

India Tatro
Apr 9, 2020

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As the situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to evolve, many trade shows and industry events have been postponed or canceled in order to protect the health of attendees, exhibitors, and employees. Many shows with an original date in March-June 2020 have postponed with hopes to hold the show in the fall, while others have canceled altogether with the intention of returning in 2021. Some canceled events will have a virtual experience instead, utilizing web conferencing services like Zoom.

In the table below, Keypoint Intelligence has assembled a list of upcoming trade shows, with their current status and any new show dates where applicable: Read more »

COVID 19: How Glue’s VR Remote Collaboration Framework is Trying to Improve Working Together

Colin McMahon
Apr 8, 2020

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A short time ago, Keypoint Intelligence did a brief examination of how virtual reality could be used for remote collaboration. Since then, the COVID-19 pandemic has only continued, with many organizations now painfully aware that months of remote work will be needed to survive the crisis. The case totals have increased, and results from China look complex. It appears that the coronavirus (or some close mutation) may be a reality until a vaccine is developed and distributed. Businesses must take any and all steps to ensure their remote workflow procedures are cutting edge.

To better inform our clients, Keypoint Intelligence sat down for a podcast with Jussi Havu, Founder and CEO of Glue, a promising VR remote collaboration software provider. Havu explained the particulars of the Glue solution as well as how it can help improve the meeting experience overall.

Virtual Reality Glue

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Remote Workforce Opportunities Abound for Dealers during Coronavirus Pandemic

Carl Schell
Apr 6, 2020

What the Office Equipment Channel Can Learn from MSPsC

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Despite the coronavirus wreaking havoc around the globe, there is a silver lining.

Hello, remote workforce.

Dale Stein, Co-Founder of the Technology Assurance Group, reports that, based on a survey of TAG members, job tickets over the past month have doubled compared to typical MSP workflow. Traditional office equipment dealers that already offer managed IT services are ahead of the game, and it stands to reason that these organizations have also seen a similar uptick in IT work. Which is very good for the channel, as office print has shifted to the home and, well, businesses with a portfolio that reaches beyond output hardware and MPS can still make money—here are three things that can help…

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Canon Launches varioPRINT iX-Series of Sheetfed Presses

India Tatro
Apr 1, 2020

On April 1, 2020, Canon announced the latest update to its varioPRINT series of digital printers. Designed with commercial printers in mind, the varioPRINT iX-Series offers a wide variety of capabilities to improve automation, productivity, and media handling. Following on the success of the original varioPRINT platform that was introduced in 2015, this announcement demonstrates Canon’s continued efforts to combine digital capabilities with the quality and productivity of offset.

Canon’s varioPRINT iX-Series

The varioPRINT iX-Series is capable of producing over 9,000 SRA3 images per hour (320 A4 pages per minute) with over 90% average uptime and no need for daily calibration or maintenance. This makes it particularly suitable for customers whose print volumes exceed one million A4 pages per month. The press also features an extended media range with compatibility from 60 to 350 gsm, making it compatible with a wide variety of commercial applications.

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How Will COVID-19 Affect My Business? bliQ Subscribers Speak Out

Eve Padula
Mar 24, 2020

The global coronavirus pandemic is affecting all of us in a variety of ways. Many employees are being advised to work from home to help slow the spread of the virus, businesses are attempting to manage their remote workforces, people are practicing social distancing, non-essential businesses in many communities are temporarily shutting down, and virtually everyone is wondering how long this will last and how it will impact our personal and professional lives.

The big question is, how will COVID-19 affect our industry? Keypoint Intelligence very recently conducted a survey of its bliQ subscribers to determine how dealers, vendors, salespeople, and others are responding to the outbreak. People were asked to provide their thoughts on the coronavirus and how they expected it to affect their businesses, and they were given the option to publish their comments anonymously or publicly (i.e., disclosing their names and companies). Many of the responses were quite candid and eye-opening, and a synopsis of subscriber comments is provided below.

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How Virtual Reality Can Keep Workplace Collaboration on Track during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Colin McMahon
Mar 19, 2020

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Every day brings more troubling news of the coronavirus. What at first seemed like a distant problem has quickly turned into a global event affecting nearly every aspect of business and personal life. As many adjust to a new routine of social distancing, many executives and decision makers are left wondering what they can do to ensure productivity while simultaneously keeping employees in good spirits.

Enter virtual reality—a relatively new tool that has experienced enormous breakthroughs over the last several years. While VR has yet to catch on commercially, it has found success in multiple business verticals. The coronavirus has given businesses a new perspective on VR and its capabilities, which is in turn helping businesses to shift into the digital economy and allow employees to work from home more efficiently.

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Who is Investing in Smart Workplace?

Deborah Hawkins and Anne Valaitis
Feb 5, 2020

“Smartness” is all the rage, but how far are Smart devices and solutions making it into the workplace? Keypoint Intelligence asked 260 IT decision-makers across the UK & Germany and discovered some interesting things including who is likely to invest and in what.

By way of definition, let’s start with what is Smart workplace?

Figure 1: Smart Workplace Segments by KPI

In the first instance, it’s a reaction to leading trends and soft influencers that mould our working day: The consumerisation of IT has led us to expect more from office technology; changing workstyles are upon us whether from a location perspective or generational influence; the acceleration of technology means we are in a constant mode of change. In addition, digital transformation is all around us and shaping our lives. Smart technology is not new: but it has fundamentally changed the way we do so many things. From phones, to digital assistants, thermostats, lights and blinds that make life so much easier. A smart workplace is one in which employees can perform their tasks or work more efficiently by using smart devices.  The trend is in high demand to improve the customer experience, methods of predictive maintenance and the general efficiency of processes. The increasing adoption of cloud computing, artificial intelligence, IoT and automation are expected to support the growth of the smart workplace market worldwide.

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