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Two years ago, the practice of hosting remote inspections, and other remote meetings, were not nearly as common as they are today. Both domestic and international travel to inspection sites or facilities was part of the status quo, despite the often high monetary and time investment involved.
During the worst of the COVID-19 lockdowns, in-person site meetings were simply impossible. Therefore companies that rely on routine inspections (such as pharmaceutical, manufacturing, medical device, etc) were forced to adopt standard video conferencing to keep business running.
Fast forward to today, where remote inspections are still widely used and more routinely integrated with standard business processes. Not just because of COVID lockdowns, but because they are most cost-effective and efficient.
With improvements in technology, leaders are no longer forced to use standard video platforms to get the job done. Today, we’re going to take a look at why 360° meetings in particular are better than Zoom or other standard videoconferencing.
What are 360° Inspections?
Before we can get into the advantages of 360° inspections and meetings, it is important to define them first. For the purposes of this discussion, we define 360° inspections to leverage advanced 360° technology to create a real-time experience of a remote location.
Like standard videoconferencing, remote attendees can experience a live feed of a place. However unlike standard videoconferencing, 360° meeting attendees can feel like they’re physically present.
360° inspections are currently used to conduct internal audits, facility walkthroughs, inspections of supplier facilities, and much more.
Below are five reasons why 360° inspections are better than Zoom:
1. Provide a more complete view of the facility or inspection site
Since a 360° camera captures everything in its view, it provides a more complete picture of the property or area being inspected. This is especially helpful when inspecting large areas like factories, warehouses, or other facilities. With a standard video conference, you may not be able to see all the details that are important for your inspection.
For example, let’s say you’re doing a remote audit of a supplier’s manufacturing facility. With a 360° inspection, you can not only see the condition of the equipment and facilities, but also get a better idea of the work environment, safety conditions, and more. This information can be vital for making decisions about whether to do business with that supplier.
2. Record in 360° to improve accuracy and completeness of findings
Another big advantage of 360° inspections is that they can be recorded in high-resolution 360° video. This video can then be reviewed later to confirm findings and ensure nothing was missed. It can also be shared with other stakeholders who were not able to attend the inspection in person.
This is especially helpful when conducting audits or other types of inspections that require a high degree of accuracy. For example, let’s say you find a safety hazard during a 360° inspection of a manufacturing facility. You can record it in 360° video and then share that video with the company’s safety team to make sure they understand the hazard and take corrective action.
3. Guests feel more involved in the experience
One of the best things about 360° technology is that it gives guests a more immersive experience. This helps keep them engaged and makes them feel like they’re physically present.
This is especially helpful for meetings where attendees are not able to be in the same physical location. For example, let’s say you’re doing a meeting to discuss the results of a remote audit. With 360° technology, you can give attendees a live tour of the facility that was inspected. This will help them understand the findings better and make better decisions about next steps.
4. More reliable connectivity
Since 360° technology relies on advanced video conferencing technologies, it has much better reliability than standard videoconferencing. This is because there are no dependencies on individual devices or networks. 360° meetings not only work on WiFi networks, but they can also be run on local 5G and LTE networks for when WiFi is unreliable.
5. Improved safety and reliability
Since 360° inspections can be conducted remotely, they are much safer than in-person inspections. There is no need to put yourself or your employees at risk by traveling to a potentially dangerous or unstable location. Furthermore, 360° inspections help more people view sanitary environments or laboratories that would otherwise require special procedures.
360° inspections offer many advantages over traditional video conferencing technologies. They are more immersive, more reliable, and provide a higher degree of accuracy. This makes them the perfect tool for conducting remote audits, supplier evaluations, and other types of inspections.
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