It has been more than a year since the world was forced into working remotely during a pandemic. Adaptability is critical, as are safety measures like physical distancing, wearing masks and working from home. The future of how we best collaborate on work, however, has changed forever; as businesses, employees and even customers change from face-to-face interactions to virtual ones.
For years, our focus at Ice Edge Business Solutions has been to build resilience into everything we do. Of course, we did not foresee the world's current state, but we did not need to because we know the only constant is change. This focus makes our software nimble and quick to respond to evolving workflows. ICE software empowers designers, architects and clients to work together through a combination of design and visualization tools. It delivers all the information needed for sales, design and manufacturing.
ICEreality, our collaborative virtual reality platform, expands this idea further. You can experience your design globally in ICEreality and use the tools in ICE to work together on a project in real time. So, instead of your team standing around construction drawings trying to visualize a final design, ICEreality moves that discussion into the cloud, letting guests experience an exact three-dimensional representation of the project.
ICEreality consists of two powerful tools: Create and Connect. ICEreality Create lets you set up and share ICE designs publicly or privately. Like any presentation, you choose what to focus on and use the features that will most impact your clients. ICEreality Connect is a free-to-use app that connects guests to designs. It is available as an iOS, Android or Windows desktop application, with more headsets supported every year. Recently, we have added support for the Oculus Quest 2 VR headset. While in an experience, clients can explore their future space with the certainty that ICE provides. Built-in voice chat allows them to talk with each other and with the host, making it feel as if the participants are in the same room. The virtual sign-off process has never been as intuitive—or fun!
In 2020, when lockdowns became the norm, ICEreality was ready to respond. It provides sales reps, designers, project managers, installers and clients the flexibility to continue working and collaborating while working remotely. Many businesses that have adopted ICEreality to design, demonstrate and present their projects have realized that the benefits of virtual reality, and ICEreality, will last long after the pandemic has ended. These include reduced travel costs, increased meeting opportunities and rapid changes in the moment, just to name a few. ICEreality makes the design process accessible to everyone involved. Now is the time for you to experience ICEreality.