Canon U.S.A., Inc. introduced a collaborative work tool that is in development, AMLOS (Activate My Line of Sight) a hybrid meeting software solution that can harness Canon’s image processing technology.
The development of the AMLOS solution stemmed from the challenges faced over the past two years with remote working. Several months into the pandemic, teams at Canon USA began to personally feel some challenges of remote work, like the majority of those in the American office culture. While the convenience factor of working from home benefited people in many ways, after a few months, many Canon USA employees found some hurdles to conducting productive meetings with high engagement over video.
To keep colleagues connected on a deeper level, the solution of AMLOS (Activate My Line of Sight) was born, with the goal of being single, simple and seamless while creating inclusion among members of a hybrid team, uniting them on a virtual and emotional level. The software uses a single camera enabling multiple lines of sight, is simple to operate through intuitive gesture control (for in office members), and provides seamless connectivity with others through Microsoft® Teams and Azure.
“We have come to know remote working well over the past two years, and we recognize that hybrid teams need a great way to collaborate. With AMLOS and the use of a single camera, we’re aiming to alleviate the pain points that come with group interaction and are pleased to be working with Microsoft on this endeavor,” said Kazuto “Kevin” Ogawa, CEO, Canon Americas.
The AMLOS software is compatible with Canon’s CR-N300 and CR-N500 PTZ cameras, which produce 4K and HD image quality, with image-processing power and speed that enables 4K UHD video acquisition, image stabilization and Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus.
By utilizing both digital and optical zoom capabilities, the camera can keep the presenter in the room in-focus and onscreen, while the software reacts to gestures given by participants in the room. The software and camera can target an area designated by the in-office user and capture snap shots, bringing a specific point of reference into focus.
The software works with Microsoft Teams and Azure. Businesses who already use Teams to instant message, video conference and store files, and those who use Azure for cloud services, will have the opportunity to increase productivity by taking advantage of the AMLOS solution’s intuitive, collaborative software.
“Together with Canon, we will be able to give our customers an advantage on how to approach the future of hybrid work. AMLOS, together with Microsoft Teams and Azure, can help hybrid teams increase productivity and remove barriers affecting the efficiency of this new remote work environment. Physical location will no longer be an obstacle for connecting employees on a professional level,” said Hiroki Iino, Microsoft Account Director.
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