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Take your Factory Virtually Anywhere

Take your Factory Virtually Anywhere

Over the past six months manufacturers around the globe have had to make severe operational changes to accommodate a new way of working. Reorganising staff, assessing safety protocols and managing absenteeism due to social restrictions and illness have all caused major disruption in the industry. If you rely on site and factory visits to entice prospective clients or keep current clients in the loop then your business will have noticed major disruption.

Due to current travel restrictions showcasing spaces has become problematic and getting potential clients and partners to visit has not been possible in recent months. Without the ability to physically show your space to potential clients how can they see your capabilities as a manufacturer? How will you demonstrate competencies of your machinery? If an existing client requires reassurance of its production line then how would you walk them through it? The answer is simple. By creating an exact digital replica of your space (a digital twin) you can not only walk prospective clients through your factory, but meet and greet them inside too. By using Spinview’s easy-to-use platform you can ‘host’ your visitors in your virtual space and provide them with real time insights into your business environment. 

Many manufacturing plants now use IoT devices that use sensors in machinery to collect and analyse data. This ‘smart manufacturing’ can provide insights into the efficiency of the equipment in real-time. By overlaying this data into the digital twin, your clients will be able to observe your operating systems in greater depth.

Spinview is able to digitally copy every corner of your factory, office or site so you can share it with your clients wherever they are in the world. You can host up to eight people ‘inside’ the space and virtually walk them through your factory or site. No more costly travel or social restrictions. Your premises will be available to view at any time from the comfort of your clients’ home, office or desk, saving them time, money and keeping them safe. 

Not only will a digital twin of your space solve current issues with travel restrictions, it will future-proof your business and help it evolve with the new way of working. Many businesses are limiting their travel commitments and only time will tell when the world is ‘open’ again. By virtually showing your clients around your space you will be protecting your visitors and workforce all whilst sustaining operations and engaging with new potential clients.

If you think Spinview could help create a digital twin for your business, we’d love to hear from you. Drop us a line here: [email protected].

Linda Wade, invited to speak at the Digitech Leaders Series

Linda Wade, invited to speak at the Digitech Leaders Series

Our very own Linda Wade, CEO Spinview, was invited recently to take part in the Digitech leaders Series to provide insight on why the VR market is so hot right now and why timing is everything.

In this interview, Linda touches on:

– How technology is helping companies to onboard new staff
– Why the Healthcare market is using the technology to train medical professionals
– Why VR / AR sector has gained more market share in the last 4 months
– What CEO’s do when they need to find mentors

See full video here:

Share our spaces with the people who keep us moving.

Share our spaces with the people who keep us moving.

How many of you had just signed or were in the final negotiations with a new client as Covid-19 struck?  For some, conversation could continue online, presentations shared, ideas discussed, and proposals validated.

But what if your presentation was a space?

  • A factory
  • A plant
  • A complex technical site.

What if your ideas were how to drive efficiencies and what if your validation was an onsite inspection or accreditation?

Some of those recognising these challenges will have likely had to wait to share their spaces until they could put complex social distancing measures in place.  Others are still waiting given the nature of the sites and their work within them.

We asked ourselves how we could support our clients in making the most of their spaces even when they can’t be physically accessed.

Borne from our work helping our clients visualise their spaces so they can share closed environments (think film sets, subterranean architecture and high security spaces) we realised we can turn our technology to support everyone needing to view or share a space they can’t get to at the moment given the dangers presented by Coronavirus.

When we supported a leading telecoms manufacturer in onboarding their new US employees with an immersive tour of their Eastern European factory, we helped them impart the expertise that would prepare this team to work in one of the most advanced complexes in the world.  They told us that “Immersive learning and knowledge sharing just ticks so many different boxes – efficiency, safety, sustainability,” and you can read more about our work with them here.

By creating a digital twin of any environment, we are able to host a completely digital version of your physical site on our platform.  Then using our remote presence tool, Agority can enable you to host anyone inside this twin and showcase exactly what they would have seen if there in real life.

Go into whichever room has the new cabling, give them a tour to show how you’ll make their product, evidence the effectiveness of the new machinery in place or as in our leading telecoms manufacturer’s case, transfer expertise from peer to peer 8,000 miles apart without anyone leaving their desks.  All of this can be done in person as you meet virtually inside the space, even if you’re in different countries.

If you’d like to discuss how Spinview can help you take your places to your people, we’d love to hear from you: [email protected].

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.

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.’