Engineering firms the world over are waking up to the difference Huddle can make to mobile collaboration—and OptaSense is a showcase example of that success. This world leader in distributed acoustic sensing converts fibre communication cables into an array of virtual microphones without any infield equipment. Their technology has prevented theft from oil pipelines in Turkey, for example, and hot tapping activity on pipelines in Eastern Europe.

OptaSense needed to tap into more effective content collaboration—especially mobile working. Email was the predominant platform for sharing content with clients and partners, but tracking document revisions and monitoring approvals was slowing project management and adding complexity. Storyboards for engineering training videos, for example, would often be sent back and forth between the three people drafting different sections. Teams then had to provide feedback and make changes. There was no central hub where the company could save an up-to-date draft that everyone could access.

OptaSense’s parent company QinetiQ Group selected Huddle owing to its government-approved security and the fact it can be used to work on content with a protective marking of IL2 (protect) or below.

Now, mobile engineering teams out in the field—whether it is Kazakhstan, India, or the US—can easily view the schematics of an installation or get a patch for software, for example, on their iPads or smartphones. Prior to Huddle, this would have involved hundreds of megabytes of emails. Everyone involved in a project knows exactly where all of the relating information is stored and home workers can securely retrieve all the information they need.

When new projects start, the engineering team can exchange ideas via Huddle’s whiteboard and discussion features and there are now hundreds of users from across OptaSense’s business ecosystem working together in workspaces.

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