End to end encryption
Lifesize is enhancing its cloud video conferencing solutions with end-to-end encryption (E2EE) for all paid for and free subscriptions. Due to be deployed automatically on a rolling basis in Q3 2020, Lifesize E2EE will enable users of Lifesize meeting room solutions and desktop/mobile/web apps to encrypt audio and video streams end-to-end using a key shared among meeting participants. Media will be encrypted from each participant, stay encrypted while in transit and on Lifesize servers, and can only be decrypted on clients that have the key. When E2EE is applied, meeting recordings, PSTN call participants and support for third-party conference room devices will automatically be disabled.
On the grid
Swyx has enhanced its Swyx Meeting cloud-based collaboration solution with a grid view that shows up to 25 people simultaneously (with the ability to re-arrange views by ‘drag and drop’) and an ‘active speaker’ view that shows the person speaking in full-screen mode. The WebRTC-based solution allows users to organise browser-based web conferences with up to 25 internal and external participants, communicate via video, send messages in private or group chat, share their screen and exchange files. Participants can join meetings from any computer, mobile phone or tablet via a browser, without having to install any software or app.
HP has launched three new printers for families with school-age children and work from home parents. The stylish HP ENVY 6000 printer series (from £69.00), the functional HP Deskjet 2700 printer series (from £39) and the Deskjet Plus 4100 series (£59) are available with the HP Instant Ink subscription service.
Quadient has announced the UK launch of Parcel Pending by Quadient Parcel Locker Solutions. Designed for multi-tenant residential buildings, but also applicable to multi-tenant offices, the solutions automate the receipt (and return) of parcels. Once a package has been placed in a locker by the carrier, the intended recipient receives a one-time PIN or barcode for self-service pick-up, via email, SMS or in-app notification.
Remote clocking in
STANLEY Security has updated its Time & Attendance Systems to support modern working practices, including remote working. An optional remote clocking-in module that can also detect the location of employees by GPS allows employees to log their working day and calculate their working hours from a computer or smartphone. There are four systems in the STANLEY Security Time & Attendance portfolio – Starter (up to 50 employees); Professional and Advanced (50-100 employees); and Enterprise (100+ employees) – plus a number of optional modules and add-ons that let customers tailor systems to their needs.
HANNspree portable monitors enable mobile workers to create a dual-display presentation in seconds. The super-slim 15.6inch displays connect to virtually any laptop or PC with a single Type-C USB 3.1 connector cable that also acts as a power supply. The Full HD monitors have a 170° viewing angle, making them ideal for mobile group presentations, built-in stereo speakers and toughened hard glass. They are available in standard (HL161CGB) and multi-touch (HT161CGB) versions and come with a foldable smart case that doubles as a stand.
An antibacterial nano-ionic silver screen coating that kills bacteria on touch and is resilient to heavy use and cleaning is one of the stand-out features of Benq’s RP Series of interactive flat panel displays. Others include built-in sensors that measure air quality in a room and signal when CO2 levels are too high; smart eye-care technology that protects against blue-light and flicker irritation; EZWrite 5 collaboration software; and an NFC sensor on the front of each panel that allows users to gain access to any display within its network via an ID card or QR code, with users’ personal workspaces and display settings loading instantly. The new 4K models are available in three sizes – 65in (RP6502), 75in (RP7502) and 86in (RP8602).
Blink, the smart employee app, has added a video sharing feature that allows users to share video news bulletins and policy updates from within the app. Already deployed in more than 100 organisations, including the NHS, the Prison Service and Stagecoach, Blink gives frontline workers access to all the information, systems and resources they need in a single app, along with the ability to interact with colleagues and give feedback to managers.