We have made Sococo smarter so it now detects whether an individual or room is active to determine when bandwidth should be allocated for audio, video, or screen sharing.
We have also improved visual indicators so that everyone can see when media connections are fully established for each participant. We have given you better cues to avoid that can-you-hear-me-now? situations when your teammate with the slow connection speed from home finally has media flowing and can hear what is being said.
Each time you enter a room, you are reconnecting to our media server, and the blue bar is the indicator for you that a reconnect is happening. The blue connection bar disappears as soon as your connection to the media server has been established.
Media Connection Indicators for Each Avatar
We have added indicators to show when individuals reconnect to our media server. Whenever there is reconnect, you will see a lightning bolt icon cycle from yellow to blue as the connection is made. The indicators go away once a user's connection to the media server is fully established.
Media Detection Timers
In addition to adding these new visual cues, we have made improvements to optimize media connections.
Sococo sets active media detection timers to be consistent with users inactivity in the room. For example, when everyone in the room is heads-down silently working and has had their mics and cameras off for 3 minutes, media connections for everyone in the room are put to sleep and reawakened the instant anyone in the room turns on their mic, camera or screen share.
Sococo will also proactively turn off a user's mic, camera or screen share that appears to be left on inadvertently if there has been no other detected user or room activity - like if you walked away from your desk for an extended period and inadvertently left your mic on.
Do not worry; we will always prompt you and allow you to take action to keep your media turned on before putting it to sleep. In these situations, the system will provide a message like the following:
Why do this? By implementing active media detection timers, available network bandwidth is freed up for allocation to those in your workspace who are actively using media.