Here’s a development that we here at QTOOTH have been hoping for for sometime: more seamless switching between devices on our Bluetooth devices. Wireless device maker Jabra and Siemens’ Enterprise Communications arm seek to solve this by partnering to support the latter’s OpenScape Mobile Call Swipe feature, which allows you to switch devices without losing connection or switching headsets.
Here’s how it works: with a swipe, you can move a voice conversation from an office phone or laptop to a mobile device. It’s all part of the “unified communications” trend that essentially aims — through technological cooperation — to make conversations about who you’re talking to, not how you’re talking to them.
Jabra’s Holger Reisinger says that the feature is “solving a longstanding, low-tech challenge for mobile workers, moving from the office to the car without having to interrupt the call to change device.” In a news article on ZDNet it was asked, “Is seamless device switching a nice-to-have feature, or is it really solving a productivity-killing issue at the office?” From our perspective? Absolutely critical. In fact, we’d prefer not to have to do the “swipe”. We want our Bluetooth enabled devices to seamlessly, and intelligently, switch from one device to another, from one wireless environment to another, automatically. And we want it now! (Yeah… we know, it’s coming. But hopefully sooner than later.)