If you’re looking for the best audio visual (AV) technology for your meeting rooms, here are our tips for choosing the best AV for meeting rooms.
Audio Visual (AV) tech has never been more exciting than it is today. I saw first-hand at ISE in Amsterdam, how our industry is growing year on year, with high quality AV creating experiences for users that we have never seen before. From holograms to laser matrix mapping to interactive projections, the future of AV is astounding. But what does all this mean for AV tech for meeting rooms?
The leading workplaces of today value collaboration, flexibility, wellbeing. And technology is a great enabler of these things. Workers want tech that makes their lives easier – that promotes work-life balance, that eliminates (rather than causes) workplace stress and that helps them to streamline their work and be more productive. In addition, businesses are thinking ahead to the impact of Brexit, as well as growing doubt over HS2 which would change the future of business travel in the UK.
Our choices for the best AV tech for meeting rooms today have been influenced by all these factors. Take a look at our list, and see which of the best AV tech you already have in your meeting rooms. And which ones do you want to tackle in the year ahead…?
1. Plug and Play AV:
The best AV tech in meeting rooms will enhance user experience – not bring it down. There’s nothing more frustrating and time consuming than fiddling with cables and wires at the start of a meeting. Plug and play has gone from being a buzz word, to being an essential feature for workplace technology and meeting room AV.
To wirelessly connect to a big screen, products like Clickshare are priceless. Or if you need to quickly connect to a camera and audio for video calling, plug and play technology like Logitech Rally, definitely fits the bill.
2. Video-Ready Meeting Rooms:
The growing accessibility and quality of video calling means that businesses everywhere are making their meeting rooms video-ready. 70% of SMEs would rather have a video conference than travel to meetings. It saves time and money and is likely to grow in importance if businesses move outside of the UK post-Brexit or HS2 is shelved. Whilst SME’s maybe adopting video because it’s more affordable and efficient, larger organisations with legacy video systems like Cisco or Polycom are also overhauling their systems. Businesses large and small are reaping the benefits of cloud-based systems like StarLeaf that offer secure and interoperable video calling that allow you to call anyone with an internet connection and a laptop camera. Or if you just need to upgrade your camera and audio, take a look at the new Logitech Rally. It offers a great quality camera and audio combo in one. As technology develops, who knows, we may have hologram-calling in meeting rooms in the not too distant future!
3. Sound Systems That Talk the Talk:
Crystal clear audio in a meeting room is essential. Whether you’re having a conference call or showing a video presentation. But you no longer need a fancy integrated sound system. There’s a growing trend for simple plug and play speakers and microphones that offer great sound quality, without messing around with the office infrastructure. Products like the Evoko Minto are stored on a charging wall mount, and are simply taken to whichever space they are needed in. Or the ground breaking Nureva HDL-300, provides crystal clear sound and microphone coverage from its wall-mounted position. These products offer quality and simplicity, connecting easily to personal devices for both network calls or the UC application of your choice.
4. Remote Collaboration:
As the trend for remote working continues, the need for remote collaboration only increases. We realise we need other people to work at our best, but video and conference calling can only get us so far. We’re therefore seeing more people using interactive displays for remote collaboration. These popular, touch screens are great for collaborating together in a room, but many models allow you to collaborate on the screen from different locations. You just connect to the main screen via a tablet or a laptop. This allows different users to collaborate on the same document, wherever they may be in the world. Combine this feature with great video and sound quality VC to get a truly collaborative experience. Cloud-based storage allows anyone to access the project afterwards to review or make changes from their personal device.
5. Standardisation of AV:
A key trend in meeting room AV is standardisation of meeting rooms. As technology develops it makes more sense for your AV deployments to be managed centrally through a remote source. This means every meeting room needs to have the same technology, rather than taking a piecemeal approach. Meeting room booking systems are a great example of this. They let anyone book and see room availability and they provide central analytics and management functions.
Video communication networks like StarLeaf allow all room deployments to be managed and maintained through a centralised system. It means you don’t have to visit every system in the business for maintenance or repairs. Not only are these solutions great for meeting room management, they also provide a simple and consistent experience for users. This reduces stress and downtime for users as well as calls to IT helpdesks with people just trying to figure out how things work.
6. Seamless AV Experience:
When people get into a meeting room, they need to have the same user experience as they do when they’re at their desk. Whether that’s accessing files or wifi, screen-sharing like you’re showing a person next to you or using your usual UC portal. We’re seeing an increase in technology that moves people towards a more seamless AV experience from desk to meeting room. For example, Teamline by StarLeaf provides Skype for Business video conferencing in a meeting room. Without Teamline, S4B users find it difficult to collaborate with others in a meeting room setting, the same way they do at their desktop. Teamline bridges this gap, increasing usability but keeping things simple for a seamless AV experience.
At TecInteractive we live and breathe AV for meeting rooms and the workplace. If you want some advice about choosing which AV tech for meeting rooms you should adopt, why not contact us for a free consultation. Or download our free Guide to Meeting Room Tech.