Jabra, brings its latest audio and intelligent video solutions to this year’s ISE 2022. Designed to enable more secure personal communication and collaboration, Jabra showcases its newest product in the Engage series, Engage 55, and introduce a security update to the PanaCast 20. ISE also marks the launch of Jabra’s Hybrid Ways of Working: 2022 Global Report which explores employee sentiments and motivations in this hybrid working era.
Greater call quality and security with Engage 55
The Jabra Engage 55 is a brand-new wireless professional headset designed to enhance the conversations and productivity of hybrid workers wherever they may be. It delivers superior call quality with noise-cancelling technology and an extensive wireless range of 150m /490ft – 15x the range of any Class 2 Bluetooth device – for extra mobility.
The headset also offers robust secure pairing, authentication, and the highest DECT security with military-grade 256-bit encryption. These features make it the safest professional wireless headset in the market, with strong protection against any security threats in a non-office environment.
The new Engage headset works with all leading Unified Communications and Contact Centre platforms, including MS Teams, Zoom, Cisco, Unify, Amazon Chime, Google Meet, Avaya, Unify and Alcatel Lucent.
New update for PanaCast 20 brings increased security and efficiency
PanaCast 20 allows hybrid workers to engage in high-quality, secure video collaboration, no matter the location, with advanced experiences and a compact, portable design. But, while hybrid working offers the benefit of flexibility, it can also increase the risk for cyberattacks, as employees can unknowingly create entry points and compromise data by connecting to unsecured home and public networks, using personal devices for work, and otherwise not observing best practices. Therefore, Jabra is introducing a major firmware update to PanaCast 20, available in July, to further safeguard personal communications in the enterprise.
Enabled and managed through the Jabra Direct software application, this new PanaCast 20 update will permit users to optionally blur or replace their video background with a solid colour. Unlike the use of client-based virtual backgrounds, where the original user video passes over networks and through the cloud to the client, these background effects are processed and applied directly on the device using PanaCast 20’s integrated Edge AI processing. The client receives only the resulting processed image, thus ensuring that a user’s surroundings and sensitive data that may appear in the background of their original video image remain fully secure and completely private – never leaving the device. In addition to minimising the risk for exposure and breach, the on-device processing frees up the computing resources typically required by the user’s PC to apply client-based background effects, optimising the overall PC performance and improving efficiency.
Hybrid way of working research: nearly half of in-office workers lack hybrid technology
The Jabra Engage 55 headset and PanaCast 20 intelligent video solution are both designed for the current hybrid work era in which eight in ten meetings are either fully virtual or hybrid. This means that most interactions at work will take place largely in virtual environments, something that many companies are still struggling with. Jabra’s new Hybrid Ways of Working Global Report explores the state and sentiments of hybrid working amongst 2,800 knowledge workers across six countries worldwide. One core finding is the urgent need for leaders to invest in hybrid technology: 37% of employees globally feels left out of conversations in hybrid meetings. The research also shows how professional audio, video, and collaboration solutions is central to achieving more equitable and inclusive hybrid working.
Holger Reisinger, SVP at Jabra, said: “The way we work has changed forever, so we need technology that evolves with the era. This is why our goal for ISE 2022 is clear and simple. We want to showcase the best-in-class hybrid technology that addresses the needs of today’s workers and any security concerns from remote working. The Jabra Engage 55 and the new Jabra PanaCast 20 update promise quality, convenience, and security, enabling employee productivity and true meeting equity.”