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Spinview appoints Gregg Rasmussen to lead sales for ambitious growth

Spinview appoints Gregg Rasmussen to lead sales for ambitious growth

As Spinview’s endeavour to help clients protect the future of their assets continues to drive traction across industry, they are delighted to announce the addition of Gregg Rasmussen to lead business development and direct their sales function.

As a key adviser to the board, Gregg’s focus will be in preparing strategies to support long term business development and delivering sustainable sales growth.

Spinview is an immersive technology company that helps organisations realise data driven insights into environments, systems and behaviours. This enables them to protect the future of their workforce, infrastructure and bottom line. The successful integration of their cloudbased digital twin platform within a variety of industries makes the appointment of Gregg as ideal and a timely move to capitalise on Spinview’s continued growth.

Gregg brings with him over 20 years of sales leadership experience and knowledge in the manufacturing and automotive industries, leading successful sales teams across multiple territories and business units globally. After graduating with a degree in Engineering, Gregg joined SKF and quickly established a successful sales record where most recently, he headed up global sales leads within new business, marketing, engineering and customer services.

Gregg is excited to join the team, stating: “As the global business community embraces virtual reality, and soon augmented reality, Spinview will become an integral part of most businesses portfolios as a highly valued platform. I have always enjoyed supporting exciting and emerging technology so this is a perfect opportunity to use my years of experience with a large successful global corporation to drive increased growth and profitability for Spinview.”

Linda Wade, CEO of Spinview stated: “We are delighted to have Gregg join us and are looking forward to the long-term view he will bring alongside his depth of experience leading global sales teams. We have ambitious growth plans and Gregg will help us bring a vision of the future to more clients, enhancing their business intelligence, communications and operations.”

Show your team that it’s safe to return to work

Show your team that it’s safe to return to work

Everyone is aware that adjustments are being made to the workplace to enable the safe return of teams to the shared space. However, after such a long time away from their workstations and with uncertainty on the true rate of recovery from this pandemic, there’s a need to provide reassurance that, as they return, they will continue to be protected against COVID-19. PWC’s recent Reset Survey indicated that 58% of workers aged 45-54 say implementing new workplace safety measures would make them feel comfortable being on-site.* This warns of much instability in confidence and the need to shore up belief that they will be safe at work.

We now offer the opportunity not just to tell but to show your returning teams what provisions are in place to keep them safe as we transition back to work.

Spinview can create a digital replica, or twin of any environment and through our platform, a 360 or 3D tour of the space will show incoming teams what will greet them on their first day back. This will reduce anxiety about how the space they normally spend many hours a day in, has changed and increase confidence in an employer so invested in their health and wellbeing.

When Belgravia based Halkin Estates asked us to help them adapt their existing 360 virtual office tours to communicate their new social distancing measures, we added information, embedded guides and showcased videos and signage. All of this was then linked to government websites with behavioural guidance and what to expect on site. Moreover, given the importance of their individual client relationships, we build-in the opportunity to record personalised phone messages from staff to clients, to help provide a personalised experience in the absence of an in-person experience.

Jonathan Kingshott, Director at Halkin Estates said: ‘’Capturing our portfolio through Spinview has proven invaluable in recent months. We are always on the lookout for the best technology to enhance our service and Spinview delivers. It is quick, user friendly and has a great scale of features. Our sales managers have been able to conduct seamless virtual tours and we’ve been able to create a set of interactive video guides that will help our tenants return to work safely.’’

If you’re creating a digital twin for this purpose, don’t let it stop you making great use of its other capabilities. From annotating documents in the virtual world to be used in the real one, to integration with existing company systems, the Spinview platform can help you protect your assets and your people in manifold ways.

If you’d like to talk about how Spinview could help you prepare your people for a return to work, we’d love to hear from you: [email protected]

* PWC Reset: What do employees need to feel confident and supported in a changed world. Image courtesy of Alexander Green Interiors. https://www.alexandergreeninteriors.co.uk/

Hang on, let me send you a picture

Hang on, let me send you a picture

How many times have you heard that?

An engineer trying to explain a complex problem with head office.  One person remotely trying to explain to another on site exactly where they’ll find a specific aspect of a space?

We asked ourselves how much time would be saved if people could meet together in space to discuss something even if neither of them is there.  Then we built it.

Introducing Agority. Spinview’s proprietary tool that enables up to 8 people to meet inside a space to discuss, change and optimise.  Whether a meeting or an inspection, this is more than VR conferencing, it’s a tool to bring your people together inside your space.

First, creating a digital twin of your environment (or uploading one that exists) will allow the visual replication of a space virtually so anyone can see all aspects of an environment – then we integrate with Agority.  As an avatar you can meet with people inside your digital twin, even when sat at your desk – show and tell, onboard, inspect or gain accreditation – all of this is possible remotely.

For a leading telecoms manufacturer, working with Spinview has meant hundreds of thousands of dollars have been saved by using Agority to onboard new US colleagues through immersion into their European factory.  Seeing operations in real life brings up more questions than theory – so not only is the bottom line protected without a large travel expense, new team members can picture how their work relates to what happens in Europe and that greater insight means they’re more accurate and more productive, sooner.

If you’d like to discuss how Spinview can help you bring a remote team together inside your space, we’d love to hear from you:  [email protected].

How does international business move beyond travel?

How does international business move beyond travel?

Amidst the stockpiling from supermarkets and the fast adoption of face worn air filters, much has been written about how people are defending themselves against the spread of Coronavirus, the latest respiratory threat making its way across the globe.

Few, however, are questioning how international business will be affected by government travel warnings and a workforce increasingly reluctant to fly.

This, when added to a woke generation hell-bent on fixing the damage done by polluting modes of transport to our planet means business must innovate once more.

We need to find new ways to be in the room when we can’t….or won’t actually be in the room.

The proliferation of video calling apps speaks of the need for something to serve the desire from business to connect internationally, but all are limited by either the number of participants, or if sharing an environment, the strength of the speaker and steadiness of the caller’s hand.

None so far manage to allow people to share more than their face, voice and screen.

Step forward Agority from Spinview. A spatial reality space where you can connect with multiple people, spread as far across the world from each other as it is possible to be.

Effective collaboration requires true presence which up until now has only been available through face to face meetings.  But face to face meetings increase costs and carbon footprints due to business travel.  Spinviews’ Agority service offers remote teams a virtual extension of their workspace – a space where dispersed teams come together to share, learn, plan and create – or simply chat.  The ability to interact with others remotely as if you were face to face, accessing a feature rich toolset for effective collaboration, note taking and customisable space sharing without the inconvenience of travel – saves time and money.  By providing shared virtual environments where participants are present as if they were in a face to face meeting Spinview offers a complete set of tools for effective live remote collaboration.

Going beyond the sharing of screens and meeting of avatars that is normally associated with virtual reality networking, a variety of industries from oil and gas to telecoms to infrastructure and construction, retail and more are using and embracing this platform in ways even we hadn’t thought of.  From reducing travel time, cost reductions, error reductions and efficiency enhancement to reducing carbon footprint and the ability to create ‘virtual’ war rooms.

Here are just a few ways some of our customers are seeing an immediate improvement to their organisation workflow and providing a more sustainable approach.  If you’d like to discuss how Agority can assist your business please reach out to any member of the Spinview team or email us at [email protected]

1. Employee On-boarding

There’s the blue-chip tech giant who used to fly new team members from America to Eastern Europe every month to visit their factory. They tell us they now have a virtual welcome program which has seen a 100% reduction in these flights, saving the organisation hundreds of thousands of dollars per annum
New joiners are first welcomed with a video in the Agority space before joining a live tour of the factory. Wearing VR headsets eliminates the real world around them so they can be fully immersed into the factory visit – taking in a full 360 view and having their questions answered in real time as if walking side by side.

2. Leadership & Employee Training

For those responsible for training, learning and development or organising international meetings, Spinview’s Agority platform can allow you the feeling of physical presence like you are in the same room even if you are miles apart.  It brings back the sense of presence, the subtly of gesture and body language, of having a shared space with another human being that’s so important when coaching leadership.

For those that want professional coaching support we offer a unique service combining Agority with our training facilitator Q595 to provide professional expertise of running workshops and learning programs through VR, providing a cost-effective solution that’s also kinder to our people and planet.

Q595 provides leadership solutions to organisations in the area of Leadership Training Programs, Advisory Services and Coaching. Their Leadership Academy is focused on Leadership Effectiveness, Collaboration in Teams, Personal Impact and Sales. Q595 offers Leadership Coach Training and other programs as fully blended learning journeys.

Agority is really at its best however, when used in conjunction with the other applications on Spinview’s easy to use platform.

The partnership between Spinview and Q595 offers a powerful proposition that video conferencing can’t compete with, not just for the humanity of the interaction, but also through the additional connection of its intuitive media and document sharing platform.

In sharing this partnership, Spinview & Q595 hope to support people around the world in connecting with more humility and focus, when its need now more than ever.

3. Remote Inspections

Our European network client uses Agority to not only communicate between teams, but to drive greater efficiency in managing its infrastructure.
Using Agority, remote inspection of its road infrastructure, tracks and properties means hard to access tunnels, complex wiring and historical finds are no challenge to maintain when an engineer is able to share his or her view for expert, on-the-spot guidance and repair.

The application of our tagging software means they can annotate work completed or required so other teams can see at once where they need to be, what has been done and what they might need to bring with them to complete a repair or the next phase of work.

We can even predict when that repair might need additional maintenance….but that’s a conversation for another time.

So as you can see a shared spatial collaboration environment provides the ability to host meetings, presentations, and discussions without the need to travel.  Any worker can seamlessly collaborate in real time despite geographical boundaries – giving everyone in every business the ability to “see what you see” and a sense of physical presence and connection regardless of technical know-how.

In her 15-day sail from London to New York in August 2019, Greta Thunberg referenced the Swedish concept of flygskam (flight shaming) and this has led a movement toward staycations and short-haul preference in the leisure space – now exacerbated by Coronavirus.

But for business, the show must go on, despite the health challenges we face today and the environmental hurdles of tomorrow.

How can you be there when you can’t actually be there? Our clients believe Agority is the answer.

We exist to share our technology with everyone, to help everyone in every business to be more productive and sustainable, so talk to us about how you might benefit from Agority today.

For any questions or to arrange a virtual tour, please contact us:

Spinview Coronavirus (COVID-19) Business Continuity Plans

Spinview Coronavirus (COVID-19) Business Continuity Plans

Spinview is committed to providing a safe environment for our employees and ensuring business continuity, to the best of our abilities, for our customers and partners.

We are confident that coronavirus will not significantly impact the Spinview platform. We have ensured that our team members can work remotely if needed and to continue doing their jobs securely and we will continue, as always, to prioritise communication with you, our customers.

Following local country guidelines, we may need to change some timelines with you if we need to delay any planned on-site services. In the event of this, your account manager will contact you and provide you with as much notice as possible.

Internally, we are currently taking the following measures of precaution:

  • We have cancelled all non-urgent business travel and recommended that our team avoids non-urgent personal travel as well.
  • We require any team member that boards an aircraft, either domestically or abroad, where there are confirmed cases and in accordance with WHO stated list updated daily, to work from home for a 14-day precautionary period before coming back to the office.
  • We have cancelled all planned events, parties, meet-ups, and conferences.
  • We have reduced on-site meetings to a minimum, proceeding with our Agority VR App, video and phone calls instead.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to your account manager with any questions or inquiries.

Thank you.

The Spinview Team

Spinview and Q595 create the first VR leadership partnership.

Spinview and Q595 create the first VR leadership partnership.

As the world looks to mitigate climate change and limit the impact of airborne health risks, international business faces the challenge of how to continue to get the best out of people separated by geography.

It’s hard to consider a drive across town, much less boarding an international flight and, if these things are affecting us individually, then the impact to business is multiplied many times over. Barriers such as these do not stop the needs of business, they just change them – significantly. How do we adapt to these changing circumstances? How does international business move beyond the need to travel?

Whilst there is no shortage of video conferencing apps or platforms and the last ten years has seen an explosion of different offerings, enhancing togetherness, providing the true sense of presence and improving user focus is still missing. None so far has managed to allow people to share more than their face, voice and screen.

That is until now.

In the race to adapt to these changing circumstances, Spinview and Q595 have joined forces to support international organisations in finding new ways to be together, communicate together and train together when they can’t physically be in the same location.

For those responsible for training, learning & development or organising international meetings, Spinview’s multi user Virtual Reality service, Agority combined with Q595’s expertise of running workshops and learning programs through VR, provides a cost-effective solution that’s also kinder to our people and planet.

“Let‘s turn challenges into opportunities. We have been experimenting for years with VR and blended learning. It works – it creates a new sense of togetherness and focus, even beyond the classroom.“ says Tobias Kiefer, CEO of Q595.

Spinview’s Agority is a virtual reality space where it is possible to connect with up to 8 people across the world and this virtual collaboration which combines the subtlety of gesture and body language, brings back the sense of presence and of having shared a physical space with another human being – so important when coaching leadership.

Q595 provides leadership solutions to organisations in the area of Leadership Training Programs, Advisory Services and Coaching. Their Leadership Academy is focused on Leadership Effectiveness, Collaboration in Teams, Personal Impact and Sales. Q595 offers Leadership Coach Training and other programs as fully blended learning journeys.

The partnership between Spinview and Q595 offers a powerful proposition that video conferencing can’t compete with, not just for the humanity of the interaction, but also through the additional connection of its intuitive media and document sharing platform.

With Spinview’s Agority platform, a Q595 facilitator is with you and it feels as present as if you were together in the same room. Click here to see Agority in action. Linda Wade, CEO said “We are excited to bring Agority to a new audience, enhancing global training with the subtleties of human interaction in order to transcend geography. We are proud to make our technology accessible for everyone and this new partnership extends our
ambition to fuse the real and digital worlds for a sustainable future.”

In sharing this partnership, Spinview and Q595 hope to support people around the world in connecting with more humility and focus, when it is needed now, more than ever. For any questions or to arrange a virtual tour, please contact [email protected] and [email protected]

Introducing Spinview’s Director of Neuroscience, Katarina Gospic

Introducing Spinview’s Director of Neuroscience, Katarina Gospic

How harnessing the power of the brain can shape the future of businesses

With 15 years’ experience in brain research and neuroeconomics, Katarina Gospic plays an essential role in the Spinview DNA, bringing a unique perspective and level of scientific insight.

Katarina’s expertise will be particularly pertinent on the subject of employee wellness where she has created a series of highly intuitive programmes that range from employee productivity and engagement to health and safety and training. So often we think of employee wellness in the frame of optimising what already exists. It could be replacing chairs with ones that have additional lumbar support. But human beings, as we know, were not designed to sit in chairs for nine hours a day. To provide real long-lasting support and benefits to employees in the workplace, we must go deeper, take inspiration from nature and learn how the brain works in specific situations.

By creating immersive virtual environments inspired by nature, our brains respond to these stimuli as they would do with real life places. Combine that with additional layers of biometric measurement such as heart rate and brain wave activity, you have a risk-free, low-cost but highly effective method of supporting your staff and protecting their wellbeing.

Businesses who place their people as a priority are the most likely to be successful, but the possibilities of what can be achieved through VR and immersive programmes go far beyond engaging individual employees. With the world’s leading climate change scientists warning that we have only 12 years to take drastic action and prevent irreparable damage to the planet, the opportunity to reduce business travel is one that companies are beginning to take very seriously. By creating highly accurate and realistic virtual worlds, Spinview allows businesses to transcend video-conferencing or phone calls by placing people together and allowing real interaction.

As an entrepreneur herself (along with a lecturer and author of six books), Katarina is perfectly placed to shape the understanding of the potential and possibility of VR/AR technology within businesses and how they can use it to become more effective. By continually pushing the boundaries and connecting the latest research and innovation with cutting-edge technology, we are able to maximise the potential for businesses to grow and thrive in their specific marketplaces.

Katarina specialises in helping companies make smarter decisions, informed by years of experience and scientific knowledge along with neuroeconomics, neuroleadership, future workspaces and social e-learning in VR. By using a deep understanding of emotional responses, how the brain processes information and reacts, it becomes possible to create and embed specific technologies within businesses to enhance and improve decision-making.

CEO Linda Wade commented: ‘At Spinview, we are completely committed to making sure businesses utilise technology that has a measurable purpose, not just tech for tech’s sake. That’s why we’re so delighted to have Katarina on-board with her extensive experience working with businesses and as one of the leading voices in her field.’

Spinview welcomes two new hires as the team continues to grow

Spinview welcomes two new hires as the team continues to grow

Following a pre-series A raise of £1.35m, Spinview are pleased to announce the expansion of the UK team with the addition of Greg Roach and Ben Rotheram.

Recognised as a worldwide leader in his field and the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, Greg Roach is a ground-breaking innovator in the world of virtual reality. Starting his career as a live theatre director, he is passionate about creating unique visionary experiences that often incorporate the latest in cutting-edge technology.

He went on to set-up and run HyperBole Studios, one of the earliest developers in interactive games, film, video and storytelling. Working with clients such as Microsoft, 20th Century/Fox, Warner Music Enterprises, Honda and many others, it was one of the fastest-growing companies in Washington State in 1998 and 1999. Additionally, Greg has founded several other successful businesses, spanning a variety of sectors and industries but with immersive technology and storytelling at the core. These include VirtualCinema®, a powerful tool for the creation and distribution of immersive stories, films and games, and Spirit Quest World, a unique travel and media company exploring the convergence of travel, spirituality, technology and social media. All three of these businesses have a strong association with Spinview’s vision, and places Greg in the perfect position to take the company into the next stage of growth and innovation.

As Chief Technology Officer at Spinview, he will be responsible for using his decades of experience as a visionary in high-end cinematic virtual reality to drive innovation within the business and push the boundaries of what has been previously seen in the VR/AR for business space.

Ben Rotheram has joined the team as UK Sales Director and has a wealth of experience in both Adtech and mobile sales. A keen salesman since he knew how to walk, Ben started out his lucrative career by mowing lawns at age 10, and hasn’t stopped selling since. He has a keen eye for opportunity and is looking forward to developing strong client relationships and working to help them achieve their business goals. He specialises in bringing new creative and data solutions to agencies and clients and is keen to discover new and pioneering ways that immersive technology can allow businesses to become smarter and more effective.

Outside of the 9-5 he’s a keen golfer, and can often be found on the greens if he’s not in the office, either that or watching 90’s cricket videos.

CEO Linda Wade said of the hires, ‘we’re delighted to welcome both Ben and Greg to our growing Spinview team. With the company in an exciting period of development, ensuring we have the right people driving the business and the brand forward is absolutely key. I’m looking forward to seeing the impact our new recruits will have on our clients and partners.’

Virtually mainstream? VR is already changing the way grocery brands market and sell products. And with costs falling and consumers ever-more enthusiastic, it seems the future’s virtual.

Virtually mainstream? VR is already changing the way grocery brands market and sell products. And with costs falling and consumers ever-more enthusiastic, it seems the future’s virtual.

“Advancements in VR hold big opportunities for bricks and mortar retailers like these, believes Linda Wade, CEO of Spinview Global. Not least in understanding shopper behaviour via the creation of virtual stores at a fraction of the previous cost.”

Interview with Spinview’s CEO Linda Wade by Megan Tatum for The Grocer 10 March 2018

To view the full article please visit The Grocer website here

https://www.thegrocer.co.uk/home/topics/technology-and-supply-chain/virtually-mainstream-how-vr-is-changing-the-face-of-grocery/564249.article

Article first published in The Grocer 10 March 2018  

JCDecaux Airport UK & Spinview launch UK’s first 360 video VR sales tool

JCDecaux Airport UK & Spinview launch UK’s first 360 video VR sales tool

JCDecaux Airport UK, in partnership with VR experts Spinview, have launched the UK’s first 360 video VR sales tool.

JCDecaux Airport and Spinview have created a VR site tour of Heathrow Airport with 360 videos. The technology has empowered JCDecaux Airport to visualise advertising options at Heathrow Airport. The sales tool has the unique ability to interchange ads inside the VR to demonstrate the impact that existing and potential advertisers’ creative will have within the airport’s environment.

Spinview’s tool means JCDecaux Airport can change advertising on panels and screens inside the VR tour in real-time and share the immersive experience with target customers immediately. The technology enables advertisers to understand the value of the commercial environment and how their creative will fit into it.

In addition, JCDecaux Airport will use the tool to test the ads and build insights into audience behaviour. Spinview will link the VR content with live digital feeds and relevant marketing collateral to create a richer picture of the audience.

Steve Cox, Marketing Director, JCDecaux Airport, “We are very excited about our partnership with Spinview. The ability to not only give clients the closest experience to a real site tour via immersive 360 video but also display their creative in situ, significantly boosts the volume of dynamic sales material at our fingertips.”

Linda Wade, CEO, Spinview, “We believe that properly implemented technology, aligned to client needs, leads to improved revenues and we couldn’t be more delighted that JCDecaux Airport are our first UK ​sales tool ​partner. Our tool can be applied to all OOH environments as well as other sectors and it’s fantastic to be working first on something as iconic as Heathrow Airport.”

 

 

About Spinview:

Spinview is a platform available for brands and companies to license. Using the Spinview Platform will help you deliver your business objectives; whether that be monetisation, bookings, conversions or market research. It facilitates effective hosting, management, analysis and distribution of virtual reality content across multiple devices. Update your content with real-time messages and updates, including images, text, video and programmatic advertising.

About JCDecaux Airport UK:

JCDecaux is unique in the Airport advertising field, with both global and local scale. Our UK portfolio is wide-ranging and diverse. We view airport individually, sensitive to the fact that each is unique, but underpinned a mutual requirement to prioritise a positive passenger experience. We work closely with all our airport partners to provide media spaces to complement the existing infrastructure, working in harmony with it. Partnership means tackling challenges together; designing, developing and installing sites bespoke and fitting for each airport, each specific area of that airport, and the particular passenger experience in that particular location.

 

For sales enquiries, please contact: Fraser Hynes – +46 (0) 707 320 753; [email protected]

For media enquiries, please contact: Claudia Moselhi – 07521975756; [email protected]