Let me share a personal experience I had recently using the Viewme video collaboration platform which I am sure will resonate with several readers. Everybody’s heard of “El Niño” and how the climatic changes affect the Pacific region every few years. Living in the Los Angeles area, we have been mentally preparing over the past six months for the days of heavy rain announced for early 2016.
The forecast was right on target and in the early days of January, the heavy and steady rain began. The severe weather conditions elevated to a level where the County of Los Angeles had to issue a flooding warning, advising people to avoid driving and if possible to stay home all together. Luckily I am an experienced remote worker as eZuce is headquartered on the east coast, so I conduct business in my virtual meeting room daily.
My home office appeared to be the best shelter against El Niño and spared me from having to endure the traffic and flooded roads to commute to my office. I spent most of the morning on video conference calls with colleagues distributed across the US and overseas while I watched the intensity of the storm building out my window. As the day passed, I was preparing for a very important video session at 2:00 PST. At 1:55 I was connected to the Viewme Virtual Meeting Room, an espresso cup in one hand and the computer mouse in the other, awaiting for the other participants to join in when …oh no! I found myself suddenly sitting in the dark, and all of my home computer equipment had suddenly shut down...the power was out!
I thought maybe the fuse linked to my computer room in the outside power box had blown up (wouldn’t be the first time). But after battling the torrential rain and wind outside to check the box I realized that my entire neighborhood had lost power. I started to panic because I had to be in this important meeting right now! If my entire router/cable system wasn’t down I could have just used my MacBookPro because it had plenty of battery life, but I wouldn’t be able to connect to my collaboration room.
I could just call into the meeting but it wouldn’t be the same as I wouldn’t be able to engage at the same level as I would with the video conferencing solution. Audio only is an option, but I would lose the element of visual collaboration, of not being able to see the live presentation, any shared documents or any of the other participants in the meeting. I was about to dial my remote colleague’s cell number using my Samsung Galaxy S6 cell phone when suddenly I had a break-through idea. Why not use the Viewme Mobile App to join the meeting? My cell phone had enough battery to hold hours of video and by using the 4G network, I wouldn’t be dependent on my home network anymore.
My Vieme Visual Collaboration Mobile App got me connected to the meeting in an instant. After apologizing for being a few minutes late I could move on with my meeting agenda without a glitch. Viewme Mobile saved the day - sorry El Niño you didn’t get me this time! Don’t get caught in the dark, some say the worst of El Niño is still to come!
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