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Oblong helps bring maximum iMPACT! to satellite firm Inmarsat’s HQ

Interactive, gesture control display technology helping to enhance collaboration and sharing of contents and ideas amongst staff and customers wherever they are in the world

Inmarsat is the industry leader and pioneer of mobile satellite communications, offering an unrivaled portfolio of global satcom solutions and services to keep businesses, governments and other organisations, connected at all times – on land, at sea or in the air.

For it’s UK headquarters, located by London’s Old Street and part of the ‘Silicon Roundabout’ area which has become the centre of Europe’s thriving technology sector, Inmarsat endeavored to create a cutting-edge new environment to showcase its ground-breaking solutions to both existing and potential new clients. 

This new corporate workspace required an advanced presentation and collaboration solution to enable interactions in both virtual and physical spaces with vibrant effect.

“We were looking for dynamic new technologies to help us showcase Inmarsat in a truly innovative way, which would help our customers visualise how we can solve their business challenges,” commented Jose Pereira, impact developer at Inmarsat. “We wanted exciting and engaging technology, which would help us to ‘jump into the future’ and enable us to show Inmarsat’s solutions in a really stimulating way.” 

Inmarsat’s future technology manager Dan Alldis approached IT consultants MBA-IT to workshop their requirements and were subsequently introduced to Oblong Mezzanine via a demonstration Oblong’s London office in Shoreditch. 

For those unfamiliar, Mezzanine is visual collaboration system, which uses multiple displays on which content can be managed and shared to multiple people in multiple destinations (desktops, tablets, smartphones and other Mezzanine installed solutions) using gestural controls.

Mezzanine at a glance:

  • Interconnected screens easily manipulated with gestural control via Mezzanine’s wireless wand user interface
  • Content displays wirelessly from multiple devices on demand without video cables
  • Additional tactile screens and interactive boards to live annotate digital content
  • Wireless audio systems integrated into the floors and ceilings for 3D sound and
    free participant movement
  • HD videoconferencing capable of managing multiple digital devices 

The project team worked together to fully understand the unique way Inmarsat wanted to utilize the technology within the iMPACT! room.

Guy Brandon from MBA-IT comments: “After learning about the goals for the iMPACT project, it was apparent that Oblong’s Mezzanine would be an ideal fit. We identified this match and recommended they utilize this disruptive technology, which we believed would offer a best-in-class solution that is unrivalled in the market.”

The team at Inmarsat were drawn to Mezzanine’s Infopresence capabilities, which allow individuals and teams (anywhere) to become more immersed in content and sharing the ability to collaborate by sharing  content, contribute to presentations, better analyse key business data in real-time.

The iMPACT! room features a display wall of 55” monitors tiled in a 4×2 array with two ‘cork board’ displays, to provide an expansive space on which to share ideas and content, from video footage to live date feeds. Also installed in the room is a state-of-the-art projection table, which is driven by Mezzanine and enables participants to use the table as an active workspace. Using one of Mezzanine’s intuitive gestural wands, users can move content, video and images around any of the screens, zoom in and expand crucial elements in an intuitive way. With Mezzanine, remote participants can view everything that’s happening via the web interface, accessible from a web browser or iOS app, and add their own content to the discussion.

Mezzanine’s interactive and intuitive gestural-controlled interface, one of several modes of simultaneous control of the workspace, supports a more democratic process to advance business conversations and initiatives. With Mezzanine, no single leader of a discussion is necessarily required; anyone in the meeting can share data and documents to the Mezzanine workspace, and this can then be viewed, accessed and annotated by all participants. Mezzanine goes far beyond traditional video conferencing technology or presentation tools, to offer a richer experience of true interaction and collaboration.

Concluded Alldis, “The feedback from our sales team has been very positive, iMPACT! is seen as a means of differentiation from our competitors, adding real value to the sales process.”