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.2
“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.
Experiences like serendipitous interactions, which were lost with remote working, can be restored by the AMLOS solution. A person in an office can launch a meeting with AMLOS using a hand gesture and then send invites to remote colleagues to join them.
Further, instead of remote participants struggling to participate in group conference room meetings virtually, they will be able to drag and drop on their device screen to zoom in on areas that the in room participant focuses on, like text on whiteboards, presenters in the room, and objects on a table, giving them control over what they want to interact with during a meeting. In-office participants can use hand gestures to identify what they want to share with remote users.
The AMLOS software is compatible with Canon’s CR-N300 and CR-N500 PTZ cameras3, which produce incredible 4K and HD image quality, with image-processing power and speed that enables 4K UHD video acquisition, image stabilization and precise Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus. These features can clearly capture detailed visuals, such as writing on a whiteboard.
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.
Canon U.S.A. is currently scheduled to make the AMLOS software available in the first half of 2022. For additional information, please visit usa.canon.com.
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1 Not an offer for sale. Canon U.S.A. is currently developing the AMLOS solution. Please note that the AMLOS solution is not available for sale or use in the U.S. or elsewhere. Specifications and features may change and no assurances can be given that this solution, in the current or any other form, will be made available for sale or use in the U.S. or elsewhere.
2 Subscription to, and/or purchase of, a third-party service may be required. Subject to third-party provider’s terms and conditions. Neither Canon Inc. nor Canon U.S.A., Inc. represents or warrants any third-party product, service, or feature referenced hereunder.
3 Purchase of a Canon (PTZ) Camera required. Subject to terms and conditions. Camera requires a wired connection and needs to be on the same network as a Windows® 10 PC.
See Canon U.S.A. Partner Portal for technical specifications, requirements and compatibility information: www.partners.usa.canon.com.
To learn more about the AMLOS solution, please contact your Canon Authorized Representative.
Specifications and availability subject to change without notice. Not responsible for typographical errors.
Canon is a registered trademark of Canon Inc. in the United States and may also be a registered trademark or trademark in other countries. AMLOS, The AMLOS logo and “Activate My Line of Sight” are trademarks of Canon U.S.A., Inc. Microsoft Teams and Azure are trademark of the Microsoft group of companies. All other referenced product names and marks are trademarks of their respective owners.
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