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be a winning combination.” With an increase of businesses adopt- ing a digital-first approach and making the transition to the Cloud, this part- nership comes at a crucial time. Or- ganisations need to be more agile than ever before, with the ability to adapt and meet demands, while still offer- ing an optimised and seamless cus- tomer experience. With support from Giacom and Gamma’s solutions, IT service providers will be able to offer their end-user customers technology


that delivers simple, consistent and cost-effective communication and col- laboration, helping them to meet their need for flexibility and productivity. Steve Law, CTO, Giacom, says: “The partnership with Gamma helps our customers find a suitable product which is cost-effective and straight- forward to manage their communica- tions. We’re excited to be Gamma’s first distribution partner, and with enhanced communication being more important than ever before, especial-


ly during these unprecedented times, we’re sure this solution will bring great value and benefits to our customers. “Through Giacom, our partners can get the most out of their Direct Rout- ing Service through our feature-rich version, meaning they can leverage enhanced features at the best price.” Microsoft Teams Direct Routing Ser- vice will be available exclusively through Giacom.


Glasses-free 3D videoconferencing


Edinburgh-based Holoxica has an- nounced it has created the first glass- es-free 3D videoconferencing solution for remote working. The funding to create a 3D telepresence system without the need for 3D glasses or a headset was provided through the Government’s modern industrial strategy by Inno- vate UK, part of UK Re- search and Innova - tion, fo- cussed on in- n o -


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in response to COVID-19. Traditional 2D vid- eoconferencing delivers an unrealistic “face to face” experience which makes reading body language and facial expressions difficult. 3D videoconferencing solu- tions proposed to date have relied on a fabricated environment and been driv- en by 3D headsets or glasses, which many people find intrusive and can cause motion sickness. Holoxica’s solution uses off the shelf components such as a depth cam- era with Looking Glass light field 3D display technology to create motion video versions of holographic images, enabling people to feel like they are


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genuinely in the room with someone else when video conferencing with them and creating the depth of field typically associated with 3D without the need for headsets or artificial environments.


Director of Holoxi- ca, Wendy Lamin comments: “During t h e


cues in 2D than 3D. Holoxica won an Innovate UK Grant to create a 3D teleconferencing solution that did not rely on headsets, but delivered a more natural, face-to-face experience.” Holoxica’s 3D telepresence demon- stration has been built at the Edin- burgh offices of Codebase, the UK’s largest tech incubator, delivering real 3D telepresence over a local area net- work. The company is now commer- cialising the 3D teleconferencing sys- tem which is expected to start from under £1.000.


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pandemic the business world has turned to video- conferencing to conduct meetings and conversations, but many people are currently suffering from “Zoom fatigue”. This is not only caused by the sheer volume of meet- ings but also because it takes more effort to process someone’s non-verbal


“Holoxica has created award-winning ho- lographic 3D solutions for more than a decade from our base in Edinburgh,” comments Lamin. “Now we’ve applied the insight we gained from this work to deliver real time headset-free 3D videoconferencing for busi- nesses of all sizes across the globe. We expect a commercial version to be available early in 2021.”


“Holoxica has created award-winning holographic 3D solutions for more than a decade from our base in Edinburgh,” comments Lamin. “Now we’ve applied the insight we gained from this work to deliver real time headset-free 3D videoconferencing for businesses of all sizes across the globe. We expect a commercial version to be available early in 2021.”


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