Perch - Always On Video Portal by Perch Communications Inc. (Universal)
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Released: Nov 19, 2012
Version: 4.3.2
Size: 32 MB
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Perch - Always On Video Portal

Perch Communications Inc.
[ This app may no longer be available for download ]

Perch is designed from the ground-up to be always-available to virtually connect office spaces and facilitate natural, unscheduled face-to-face communication among teams - regardless of physical location or time zone. Perch has a bunch of smart, polite features built-in to the software that emulate what it is like to work in the same office environment. Once connected, companies using Perch say that it has reduced their weekly conference calls, need for meetings and made them feel more in sync as a team.

Perch is super simple to set-up and works best on a dedicated iPad. Once installed, you can:

• Mount a Perch iPad on a wall in your offices to create an always-on video portal between spaces. A portal is like a virtual window into another office, room, or floor that enables you to see people in different locations, wave hello, and enjoy spontaneous conversations throughout the day.

• Even when you are not in a live connection, you can still see online portals and ambient activity in each location. Simply tap once on a portal to instantly communicate with your team members or pop-in to the office. No need to dial a number or schedule a call.

• Invite anyone to connect face-to-face using the Perch ShareLink. The Perch ShareLink is a unique URL that let’s anyone request access to your Portal via the web. Once a user clicks your ShareLink, you will receive a live request to connect on your Portal that you can accept or ignore. If you accept the request, you will instantly be connected live.

• On your iPhone - Download Perch on your iPhone and pop-in to company portals while traveling or on-the-go!

--Perch Features--

• Perch is easy to set-up. Anyone can download the app, create a portal and connect with others in a matter of minutes.

• Perch is smart. Perch understands patterns and preferences to intelligently connect spaces together. It’s automated ambience.\t

• Perch understands social cues. Otherwise muted, It recognizes your intent to speak and automatically activates the microphone, preventing conversations from inadvertently being overheard.

• Perch is polite. Perch always uses two-way video to ensure transparent communication between you and your co-workers. If you can see them, they can see you. In addition, Perch does not record video like a security system does so, you can trust your conversations are private.

• Perch is secure. You need to add and verify your work email address to discover and instantly connect with portals in your company network. But you can invite people to be a member of your organization or have a Perch account to connect with you on Perch. ShareLink’s can only be accessed via a WebRTC supported browser such as Google Chrome or Firefox.

*Note: Perch for iPhone requires iPhone 4s or higher, Perch for iPad requires iPad 2 or higher.

What's new in version 4.3.2
v4.3.2
- The previous Smart Connect bug has been fixed and the feature is back in the app. If you had Smart Connect enabled before you’ll need to visit the settings screen in your Portal to re-enable the feature.
- Bug fixes & stability
Our verdict: Good
  • + Perch - Always On Video Portal is an ok, 3.5-star app.
  • + The app is currently free, instead of its regular price of $21.99.
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