These days, sustainability is a hot topic for pretty much anyone running a successful business. With energy costs ever on the rise, “going green” is more than just a buzz word and companies stand to save – or lose – small fortunes based on the efficiency of day-to-day operations. Google is doing its part to help businesses pinch pennies wherever possible with a new feature that will allow admins to set up Chromebase for Meetings devices to power down the display automatically.
The feature began rolling out this week and will have no effect on the current settings for individual devices unless enabled in the Google Admin Console. Admins can set the displays of enrolled devices to power off automatically when not in use as well as set active times in which to keep the displays on. (e.g., Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 4:30 or whatever criteria are desired.)
- Admins: This feature will respect the current power saving setting for Chromebase for Meetings devices, and can be changed at the organizational unit level. Visit the Help Center to learn more about managing power-saving settings.
- End users: No action required — to wake a device, simply tap on the screen.
For Chromebases, this feature will use the in-build display settings of the device. For Chromeboxes or other devices with external displays, the feature will use CEC to power off the display. This will require a device that uses CEC over HDMI but that includes most modern displays, monitors, and televisions.
The rollout for the new power-saving feature began rolling out on March 8 with full rollout happening over the next 15 days. The feature will be available for all Google Workspace customers and that includes G Suite Basic and Business customers with Meet devices. You can check for the settings in your Admin Console under Chrome Device Settings.
Source: Google Workspace Blog