SAN FRANCISCO: Box has unveiled a new photo-sharing tool for businesses called Capture that is available to download for iOS devices via the App Store.
The Capture app is designed to allow staff to take photos from any location and share them within the Box platform, letting businesses create workflows based on the image and solve any problems as quickly as possible.
Vanessa Larco, director for product management at Box, showed off the tool at the firm’s BoxWorks 2015 event claiming that it will improve productivity.
“Capture solves one of our common customer challenges which is to quickly but securely connect information in the field to the rest of the team,” she said.
Larco demonstrated the tool being used to take a photo of a retail display and share it automatically with staff in the office by tagging them in the photo and asking a question, similar to the way someone in a Facebook photo can be tagged.
The person tagged in the photo can then respond from within the Box platform and the person who took the photo will automatically receive that response.
Box also said that the app could prove useful in other industries such as healthcare or oil and gas, by letting staff share information ranging from patient images to safety issues in remote locations.
“While devices today can capture content there was a major disconnect between that piece of content and the rest of the process. Capture solves that,” added Larco.
The Capture tool can also be used to shoot and share video, and files that are uploaded to Box are automatically tagged with key metadata, such as who uploaded it, where it was taken and when.
Larco noted that Capture is built on Box’s Mobile SDK so that developers can build the functionality into their own apps to enable secure photo sharing.
The app has already been used in beta by major Box customers, including Gatwick Airport, The Coca-Cola Company and Schneider Electric.
The tool was the second major announcement from the event, after Box revealed that it had added support for 3D images, medical files and HD video content, to further broaden its appeal in numerous business markets.
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