One of the most popular teleconferencing platforms out there today, cloud-based Zoom can be used for video conferencing, audio conferencing, meeting recordings and live chat. Recently recognized as a 2020 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for Meeting Solutions, Zoom offers several products, with their most commonly used being Zoom Meetings and Zoom Rooms.
The foundation of Zoom, videoconferencing meetings allow attendees to join from anywhere, whether they are using the platform or not. Attendees can join the meeting in-person, via the phone, webcam or video conferencing camera. Multiple participants can share screens simultaneously and can co-annotate for simple and engaging collaboration
Designed for conference rooms, board rooms, training rooms and huddles spaces, Zoom Rooms enables video conferencing in any room with BYOD collaboration and a simple one touch meeting start. It’s essentially the hardware setup that allows companies to launch Zoom Meetings in their meeting spaces. Zoom Rooms works with existing videoconferencing systems such as Polycom or Cisco with the Zoom Conference Room Connector. Additionally, the platform includes digital signage, allowing you to share images, videos and URLs on your Zoom Rooms screens when rooms are not in a Zoom meeting, as well as a scheduling display so everyone can quickly find their meetings and touch screen displays for easy collaboration.
To make scheduling painless, Zoom syncs with Outlook, Gmail or iCal. Zoom also allows you to record your meetings either locally or to the cloud, with searchable transcripts provided. For centralized management, a single admin panel allows room management, software management and access to usage and utilization data.