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Our speed of communication has improved dramatically and I can ensure important messages are displayed across both buildings on the site almost instantaneously. It means that we can have our briefings by data conferencing, which adds to the flow of inteligence.
James Henrey, CEO

Who are Lifesize and why should you use their products?

If you are considering investing in videoconferencing technology but don’t know where to start, we’d recommend you take a look at the LifeSize range. LifeSize, a division of Logitech, was formed in 2003 and is based in Texas with employees in 16 countries around the world. LifeSize is a leader in video communications technology and was the first company to bring true HD videoconferencing to market. The ethos at LifeSize is that video communications help people do more while travelling less, and that every business and organisation should be able to access the power of video.

LifeSize has over 15,000 unique customers in 100 countries, coming mainly from mid to large size market enterprises, education providers and the public sector. To fulfil their mission statement to give every company access to the power of video LifeSize has developed a range of videoconferencing systems to fit every organisation’s budget, from single user desktop units and apps for smart phones through to dedicated videoconference systems that allow several conferences to run simultaneously. When developing new technology LifeSize tries to address issues such as the widening global market and environmental concerns – its products aim to help companies reduce both travel costs and their carbon footprint whilst improving communication, collaboration and the work-life balance of their employees.

So how exactly can LifeSize’s products benefit business? Perhaps the best way to illustrate why you should use their products is to give you a couple of case studies.

The children’s charity Barnado’s needed a way to improve communications between head office and its retail outlets. With 330 shops around the UK and over 17,000 employees and volunteers, it needed a system that would significantly reduce travel expenses. However, financial cost was also a huge consideration, because the charity tries to keep running costs as low as possible in order to fund over 400 projects around the UK. The charity opted to install a combination of LifeSize products, including Express, Room and Team, in its national and regional offices, and was impressed by how easy all the systems were to use. The benefits were seen immediately – there was a significant reduction in travel-related expenses and a huge improvement in communications throughout the organisation, which meant there was more business support available for the retail outlets, and operations were streamlined and made more effective. The charity also organised regular videoconferencing drop-in sessions so staff could ask any specific questions they had about operating the equipment. Long term, installing LifeSize technology has enabled Barnardo’s to take part in more charity to charity collaboration and even set up their first global partnership, with the University of California.

Anglian Home Improvements, most famous for fitting double glazing and conservatories, decided to install videoconferencing systems for very different reasons. The company’s headquarters and factories are based in Norwich but they also have over 150 showrooms, depots and offices around the UK. Regional directors were regularly driving up to 150 miles a day and the resulting adverse work/life balance was affecting work performance. The company approached LifeSize looking for systems that delivered high quality, true to life HD video conferencing that was flexible and delivered an amazing performance for the price. They also needed systems that would be easy to use and utilise bandwidth effectively. The systems they installed – LifeSize Express 200 and Team 200 – have been a huge success, because they work with the existing infrastructure and teams have been able to access the technology with little training. The videoconferencing is used to connect all the different divisions of the company so it now operates as a single entity. By using LifeSize products Anglian teams now work smarter, and as well as improving communications throughout the company, staff have reported a better quality of life through the reduction in travel, which has lead to improved work performances. 

Smarter Interactive supplies many of the LifeSize products, including Express, Room and Team. Click here to see the full range and to book your free, no obligation demonstration. 

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