Management by (Not) Walking Around

May 4, 2011, by nparker in Collaboration

IVCi recently completed a large-scale video conferencing and audio visual integration project for a client located across the country from its corporate headquarters in Long Island, New York.  Although IVCi has offices throughout the US, members of the management team are headquartered at the New York location.

During the project the SVP of AV integration took several tours of the project while it was a work in progress – he did not, however, leave his Long Island headquarters.

How did the SVP accomplish this? VGo! VGo is a telepresence robot that is mobile – a remote control allows the user to control the robot’s movement. It comes equipped with a video screen that depicts the user’s face to the far end, and a camera that transmits the robot’s location back to the user’s computer screen.

The SVP took frequent tours of the client’s location using the VGo robot. As the robot traveled around, the SVP said hello to passersby, spoke with IVCi personnel at the installation site, and surveyed an LCD that had just been secured to a wall. The ability to move the robot around as if he were at the client’s location allowed the SVP to manage the project without actually walking around!

Want more information about VGo? Check out:

http://198.154.240.130/~ivcicom/video-conferencing-vgo.html

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