Remote work is the future for many companies. This year we have seen a number of benefits from being able to work from home for both employees and employers. We have also seen a range of new technologies as well as older video conferencing solutions adding new features and gaining popularity.
Two examples are GoRemote and Zoom. We are going to see just what these two video conferencing solutions have to offer.
What Is Zoom?
Zoom is an American based technology company that offers cloud-based peer-to-peer communications via video and live chat. In 2011, Zoom was founded by Eric Yuan who was a corporate vice president for Cisco WebEx. It wasn’t until 2013 that the Zoom software was launched and really, 2020 saw global fame.
Core Features of Zoom
- HD video and audio meetings from any device with an internet connection
- Encryption, role-based security, and passcode protection
- Webinars for up to 10,000 view-only attendees
- Zoom Rooms to host conferences with wireless content sharing
- Easy integration of hundreds of apps to streamline communication and collaboration
Pros and Cons of Zoom
Zoom has industry-specific solutions for education, finance, government, and healthcare. Another advantage is that it is relatively straightforward to use. A host can schedule a call and send invitations along with passwords for secure access. The pricing plans are also appealing with a free account for up to 100 participants for 40-minute group meetings and unlimited one on one meetings.
There are a couple of gimmicky features you will either love or hate. Touch-up My Appearance is handy for the bad camera days. Virtual backgrounds are great for hiding the pile of washing behind you but from personal experience, incredibly frustrating when participants keep switching their backgrounds.
One major concern is Zooms security and misleading security information, particularly in terms of its end-to-end encryption. What Zoom should have clarified was that encryption was Zoom endpoint to Zoom endpoint! There have also been concerns over the company’s data-sharing policies.
What Is GoRemote?
Launched at the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, this Swiss company knew that more companies like going to need secure and custom branded video conferencing solutions. The team created GoRemote with security, reliability, effectiveness, and ease of use in mind.
Core Features of Go Remote
- Unlimited video calls with password protection
- Integrated chat
- Screen sharing and document editing
- Encrypted communication
Pros and Cons of GoRemote
GoRemote is hosted in Europe and therefore complies with GDPR. Communication s actually encrypted from end to end and the specialist team can also help you to safely host your data wherever you choose. Password protection ensures only those with permission can access your meetings.
GoRemote has solutions for the same industries as Zoom but also law firms, consultants, software developers, media, and recruitment agencies. Their company branding/white labelling seems far more advanced with branded video conference apps for Android and iOS, branded invitations, website integration, custom URLs, and custom logos and signatures.
The only downside we can really find with regards to GoRemote is that the pricing plans are not listed on the website. So, it’s worth contacting the team to get a quote for your needs.
GoRemote vs Zoom: In Conclusion
Naturally, there is a good reason for Zoom to have gained such popularity in 2020. Lockdowns meant that we all needed to find alternative ways to communicate with coworkers as well as families. Once the news of a COVID-19 vaccine arrived, Zoom stocks plummeted by 15%.
Catching up with your gran or calling video calling a colleague to clear up a few issues is just fine with Zoom. It’s fun and provides quality video and audio calls. Considering the concerns with security and the increasingly strict data privacy regulations, choosing GoRemote will ensure your company remains compliant and professional at the same time.