In occasione della conferenza annuale re:Invent, conclusasi lo scorso primo dicembre, Amazon ha annunciato la disponibilità della versione business di Alexa (sempre in riferimento al mercato nordamericano, come pure per il modello consumer): uno strumento intelligente, utile in azienda per semplificare la vita in ufficio, le riunioni e le attività nella conference-room, controllando con la voce le diverse apparecchiature.
Quindi, uno strumento utile sia nella postazione di lavoro in ufficio sia nella sala conferenze. Ciò che Alexa for Business offre è la capacità di servirsi del noto servizio di Amazon e gli strumenti utili a gestire i diversi dispositivi Alexa (quali Amazon Echo, Echo Dot e Echo Show, che possono anch’essi essere implementati nei diversi ambienti), con la possibilità tramite gli Alexa Skills di creare un’esperienza personalizzata. E sono infatti le API di Alexa for Business appositamente sviluppate per il conferencing che permettono di approntare le funzionalità che consentono ad Alexa di operare e interagire con altre apparecchiature oppure per svolgere compiti specifici all’interno della sala conferenze.
Di seguito, il comunicato ufficiale:
Alexa for Business Is Now Generally Available
Alexa for Business is now generally available for all customers. Alexa for Business makes it easy for you to introduce Alexa to your organization, providing the tools you need to set-up and manage Alexa-enabled devices, enroll users, and assign skills at scale.
Today, people spend too much of their day on tedious tasks at work, like managing calendars, dialing in to meetings, or searching for information across applications. Alexa helps solve this problem by acting as an intelligent assistant at work. Alexa lets people use their voice to interact with technology so they can spontaneously ask questions in a way that feels natural. Alexa can help people stay organized and focused on the things that matter, whether they are working in their office or at home. Alexa can simplify conference rooms, allowing meeting attendees to start meetings and control the equipment in the room simply by using their voice. With custom skills, Alexa can also do things around the workplace, like providing directions to a conference room, notifying IT about a broken printer, or placing an order for office supplies.
Alexa for Business provides you the tools and controls you need to use Alexa in your organization. You can provision and manage shared Alexa devices from a centralized console, specify device locations, and enable a set of skills that can be accessed from those devices. Alexa for Business lets you use your existing conference room hardware and meeting applications. You can specify the type of conferencing equipment you use and your preferred meeting applications, which allows Alexa to start most meetings, on most devices, just about anywhere. You can use Alexa devices as audio devices in small conference rooms, or to control equipment in larger rooms. The Alexa for Business conferencing API allows you to build skills so that Alexa can work with additional equipment or perform specific tasks in your conference rooms.
With Alexa for Business, your users can use their personal Alexa devices for work, at their desks or in their homes. You can invite users to join your Alexa for Business account, who can then access their calendars, join meetings, and access the private skills you make available to them. Enrolled users can access these on any of the devices in their personal Alexa account, at work or at home.
Alexa for Business lets you build your own private skills, which you can enable for use on shared devices, and make available for enrolled users. Alexa for Business offers additional APIs, which you can use to add context to your skills.
Alexa for Business is a pay-as-you-go service. There are no up-front fees, and no long-term commitments. Alexa for Business charges are based on the number of shared devices you register, and the number of enrolled users in your organization. Each shared device costs $7 per month, and each enrolled user costs $3 per month. Alexa for Business is available in the US East (N. Virginia) region. Visit the Alexa for Business website to learn more.