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Google expands Hangouts Meet and Jamboard across Europe

Google’s Scott Johnston (director of project management for G Suite) updated ISE attendees with news of the rollout of its latest suite of conferencing products, Hangout Meet, Hangout Chat and Jamboard services.

Speaking in the AVIXA Unified Commuications Theatre (sponsored by Crestron), he said the products were originally designed for Google’s own demands across 40 offices and locations, and are now successfully handling some 275,000 video meetings per day.

Commercialised last October, it has now been extended across most of Europe (eight countries were added on Monday alongside its existing service in the UK) and is now scalable to support larger rooms.

“While video is in our culture, we also wanted a ROI on how we made use of our meeting rooms,” he added.

“We are also trying to remove any potential friction in the use of a room.”
Importantly, access to the Google solutions was made available without needing a physical location, whether to mobile phones, tablets or laptops.

“Our software algorithms are also earning all the time,” Johnston added. “We all know that agreeing a time for a meeting can be a nightmare, but it can learn how flexible some people are and can accommodate that. Our aim is to accelerate efficiency and become a living asset to any organisation.”