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Workplace wellbeing and technology: The role of everyday technology in creating a healthier, happier workplace

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Once a buzzword only used by workplace consultants and health enthusiasts, workplace wellbeing is now firmly on the C-Suite agenda for most businesses. It makes sense. If our people are happier and healthier, then they can be more productive at work, take less time off sick and be more inclined to stay in their jobs. Combine this with our corporate social responsibility to treat people well, and workplace wellbeing looks set to be a key business objective for the foreseeable future.

But how can businesses achieve this and what role can everyday technology play in helping you to create a healthy and happy workplace?

Workplace wellbeing and technology: The role of everyday technology in creating a healthier, happier workplace

Ultimately workplace wellbeing is not simply about a series of measures or initiatives that a business takes. Free fruit, personal step counters or lunchtime yoga are all great ideas that can boost wellbeing to some degree, but to truly succeed in creating a happy and healthy workplace you need a culture that nurtures that. Did you know that a recent study found that 75% of us have been stressed at work in the last 12 months? And through our own research*, we found that 60% of people are stressed by workplace technology.

We believe that workplace wellbeing and technology are inextricably connected; that having the right technology in place can reduce stress, save time and help to create a healthier, happier workplace. Here’s how:

Connectivity:

Connectivity is the binding need throughout any business, but only giving people that option when they’re at their desk is just going to slow them down and stress them out. Laptops to connect wherever you are can take the stress out of getting into the office if you have a meeting elsewhere or if trains are delayed. Even being able to work from different locations around the office can boost wellbeing, as people can choose to work in a setting that most suits their task – whether that be a quiet corner or a busy café area.

Workplace wellbeing and technology: The role of everyday technology in creating a healthier, happier workplace

Be a Part of Something:

Happiness at work can come from feeling like you’re part of the bigger picture. Great communication is essential to this, but how do you communicate with everyone without clogging up people’s inboxes with ‘company updates’ all the time? Digital signage is a simple solution that helps you to keep people in the loop without draining people’s time, by broadcasting important information in communal spaces around the office.

Workplace wellbeing and technology: The role of everyday technology in creating a healthier, happier workplace

Start on Time:

For many people, time is the most precious commodity at work. Wasted time impedes our output and makes us stressed, but how many of us have wasted time in a meeting trying to use fiddly wires to connect to the main screen? Now, with wireless presentations systems, you can simply plug a button into your USB port or use an app, to connect your screen at the touch of a button. It’s so simple, even the biggest technophobe can use it, so now your meetings can all start on time leaving you more time to focus on the things that matter.

Workplace wellbeing and technology: The role of everyday technology in creating a healthier, happier workplace

Video Conferencing:

If you count up how many work hours are lost travelling to meetings you start to realise what the benefit of good quality video conferencing can be. Save the stress (and cost!) of wasting hours driving or commuting from A to B and invest in a video conferencing solution instead. Now with cloud-based video calling you can have secure, affordable, good quality conversations plus screen sharing without the wasted travel time. With a system like StarLeaf, associates from outside the business don’t even need their own system – they just connect using a bespoke URL that you can email to them. With technology like that available, you really can be more productive with your time, less stressed, and have a little more ‘zen’ in the office.

Workplace wellbeing and technology: The role of everyday technology in creating a healthier, happier workplace

Collaboration:

Happiness at work, is in part due to the people around us. The people we interact with on a daily basis help us to feel supported and part of something. Plus, being able to work with others and collaborate is a great way to solve problems or generate ideas. And technology for collaboration is changing the way we work together: increased engagement with touchscreen technology, digital whiteboards to save and share ideas at the tap of a button, and interactive displays which give you access to all your files, internet and video calling. The result is boosted productivity and increased collaboration which in turn will improve the way people feel – happier, less stressed, and enjoying their work.

Workplace wellbeing and technology: The role of everyday technology in creating a healthier, happier workplace

Workplace Wellbeing and Technology

If you want to create a workplace where people can perform at their best, where they can be most productive, less stressed, connected, supported, active and ultimately, happy, then we want to help. Why not download our FREE Guide to Meeting Room Technology to find out more ideas.  Or talk to us about workplace wellbeing and technology – and how you can use everyday technology to create a happier, healthier workplace.

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* One Pulse Survey: Q: Do you Ever Feel Stressed By Workplace Technology? 60% Said Yes (17 responses)

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Audio Visual Technology in Engineering: Lessons from Guy Martin’s WWI Tank

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Technology never ceases to amaze me. Even stuff that I’ve seen before. I always think its incredible when you see technology being used in a new way or for a different purpose. Settling down on Sunday evening to watch the latest Guy Martin documentary on building a World War 1 Tank, was one of those moments.

Audio Visual Technology in Engineering: Lessons from Guy Martin’s WWI Tank

Over the years I’ve spoken to countless engineering professionals about how they can use audio visual technology in engineering to bring their work to life and this programme showcased the potential perfectly.

Audio Visual Technology in Engineering: Lessons from Guy Martin’s WWI Tank

The programme follows Martin in his quest to rebuild the hundred year old Mark 4 tank in just a few weeks.  In the initial stages, Martin meets a computer modeller who creates a historical representation of the original tank using Computer Aided Design (CAD). Leading manufacturers JCB then project the CAD model on to a large screen so they can see and analyse every detail of the model as a life-size image in order to be able to construct it. They then used virtual reality to literally ‘step inside’ the tank, as if it was a real life model. It made for some great TV and Guy Martin seemed suitably impressed, but the reality is that great immersive technology is available for any business that wants it.

Audio Visual Technology in Engineering: Lessons from Guy Martin’s WWI Tank

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Using a Projector in an Engineering Project

Projection is a really simple and affordable way to get up close to drawings, presentations, images, videos or data. As with the World War 1 tank, having a large image can provide the viewer with a greater amount of detail whilst providing a more immersive experience. In this example, they were able to create a full life-size model of the tank – it doesn’t get much more immersive than that!

Audio Visual Technology in Engineering: Lessons from Guy Martin’s WWI Tank

LCD & LED Video Walls For Collaboration

If you like the idea of having a large projection but you prefer a sharper image, you could upgrade to an LCD or LED video wall. An LCD video wall simply uses a cluster of smaller screens, like a 46” or 55” screens pushed together in any formation that would be most beneficial to your needs. Choosing an Ultra HD display with a thin bezel will give you a crystal clear image with just a small line visible where the screens meet.

Audio Visual Technology in Engineering: Lessons from Guy Martin’s WWI Tank

Alternatively you could choose an LED video wall which allows you to create a screen of any size or shape using small LED blocks. The resulting video wall is seemless and great quality – perfect for getting into the detail of a drawing or model.

Most of us are now familiar with seeing these video walls in public areas like shopping centres or public events, but their increasing affordability has resulted in more businesses using them for their meeting areas or collaboration spaces. You could even rent one to use for a specific project or to try before you buy!

Interactive Displays in Engineering

What was truly fascinating for Guy Martin as he explored the tank, was being able to get into the detail, see up close in the areas that he was most interested in and be involved in a more immersive experience. It’s not dissimilar from the benefits of an interactive display. These touch-screen displays have long been popular as an audio visual technology in engineering for that exact reason.

Audio Visual Technology in Engineering: Lessons from Guy Martin’s WWI Tank

Using intuitive hand gestures, it’s easy to zoom into the detail of a model or drawing, pan around to different parts of the image and even make or erase notes on the screen. Many businesses have adopted these interactive touch-screens to eliminate paper wastage and provide a more accurate and efficient way of analysing and making changes to plans. Not only this, interactive displays can be viewed by colleagues anywhere in the world from a personal device, so it’s easy to collaborate and make changes with colleagues without the expense and time of business travel.

Creative Projections: Nureva Span

The projected image of Guy Martin’s WW1 Tank also made me think of another great new technology in recent years; Nureva Span. The Nureva projector can project an image up to 10ft wide onto your chosen screen, allowing you to get up close and into the detail of any image or content you want to work on. Then using Nureva Span software, you can add digital flipcharts, sticky notes or other images/graphs etc to create a complete digital canvas of ideas – it is a powerful creative tool.

Audio Visual Technology in Engineering: Lessons from Guy Martin’s WWI Tank

There is one final lesson from Guy Martin’s WWI Tank, on audio visual technology for engineering: In the past, we achieved great things, but with modern technology, we can make our processes and our products even better and more efficient. We’ve worked with many clients in the engineering industry who have used modern technology to change and improve the way they work with some incredible results. If you would like to explore some more options, and learn about return on investment or finance options available, we’d love to speak to you.

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How to create the ultimate demo room that your customers will love:

How to create the ultimate demo room that your customers will love:

For many businesses today coming up with the ideas is just half of the challenge. If you are a business that relies on pitching, presenting or demonstrating to clients to get those ideas off the ground, then you will recognise the growing need for a meeting space that enables that process. That space must allow for not only the presentation of ideas, but also for the process of gaining feedback and interaction from clients. An opportunity to collaborate and develop ideas in these meetings can be a fundamental part of ‘getting things right’. Over recent years we’ve worked with several clients to create these types of spaces so here are our tops tips on how to create the ultimate demo room that your customers will love:

The Ultimate Demo Room: Step 1

Comfort:
This needs to be a primary concern for the ultimate demo room. Firstly, comfortable surroundings will make people feel at ease and relax so that everyone is in the meeting with the right frame of mind. Secondly, the process of reviewing, agreeing and developing ideas can be a long one. So having people stuck on hard seats without refreshment is neither good for relationship building nor for the required longevity of the process.

A great demonstration suite should accommodate the different activities that may take place there – formal seating for meetings and presentations, comfortable breakout seating for when you need to ‘step away’, desks to work on – perhaps consider standing desks or bar stools to encourage different postures and ways of working. And making sure everyone is fed and watered will also improve comfort, so consider a drinks fridge, fruit bowl, coffee machine etc… Not only will everyone work more productively when their elementary needs are provided for, your customers will really appreciate that you are looking after them.

The Ultimate Demo Room: Step 2

Connectivity:
Evoko_Minto_Front_Angle 400wOften in a presentation environment you want a degree of privacy and not to be disturbed – but don’t let this mean you forgo connectivity. Great wifi so people can stay in touch with the wider world will help them to remain present throughout the process, as well as allow them to connect with other parties who cannot be present but who may need to be involved. You could even consider an interactive display which allows you to connect with other remote users or a portable conference phone like the Evoko Minto might also be a simple solution to help people stay connected.

The Ultimate Demo Room: Step 3

Presentation:
Choosing the best medium to present your ideas takes a lot of consideration. Not least because there so many products out there that can help you achieve this, it can be hard to decide which solution will suit you best.

Nureva span ultimate demo roomProjection is a favourite option as it takes minimal space and offers flexibility of walls and space when the projector is not being used. The challenge is that this can be quite static and not as engaging – particularly when image quality isn’t as high. A product like Nureva Span for example can overcome these challenges, offering you an interactive digital canvas that you can project your ideas on to and edit as you go along adding images or digital flip-notes as required.

A video wall allows you to use multiple screens to make up your presentation canvas. The result isn’t so interactive but you would have high quality visual and the opportunity to display either one large image across the wall or a series of smaller images.

CTouch by TecInteractive ultimate demo roomFlat panel displays like a simple ‘television’ are a traditional option and you can have as many as you like in a variety of sizes. But before you opt for a straight forward screen, why not consider an interactive touch-screen flat panel like a SMART kapp iQ Pro or a CTouch Leddura which allows you to edit, highlight or interact with the screen as you go along for a more engaging presentation. The CTouch Leddura can even be turned into an interactive table for different styles of collaborative working.

The Ultimate Demo Room: Step 4

Interaction:
As already highlighted under ‘Presentation’, the best kinds of presentation or demonstration offer some form of interaction. Interaction means engagement, and engagement means ideas can flow and develop. The best client pitches seek feedback and ideas from the clients themselves. Choosing interactive mediums like a Nureva Span projection system or a touchscreen display really invite your audience into the process. People become more engaged if they can literally reach out and touch the ideas or add their own edits, notes and feedback. This kind of technology is intuitive so anyone can use it allowing everyone to be a part of the process.

The Ultimate Demo Room: Step 5

Capture:
Ideas spur ideas. When the creative process starts it can be explosion of new suggestions and concepts that need to be captured and explored. Of course some of the presentation systems we have discussed offer that facility within them but for those presenting on simple flat-screens or for those that need an additional means of idea capture there are a few good options. Whiteboards and flip charts have always been a simple way to achieve this. Although recent technological developments have seen the arrival of digital capture boards like the SMART kapp or kapp iQ that take that process to a different level: capture your ideas as you would on a traditional white board but save your musings at the touch of a button, ready to save and share as you require. Meeting participants – including people working remotely – can view the contents of the board on their own device whether that be a laptop, mobile or tablet.

The Ultimate Demo Room: Step 6

Huddle tables:
Desk space is always useful but tables that offer connectivity can bring that to another level. Tables like the Workszone Collaboration Tables are not only mobile and height adjustable; they also provide an inbuilt connectivity ‘hub’ allowing users to connect to either adjoining screens, or USB’s through hidden but easily accessible wires. We’re even seeing the arrival of ‘charging tables’ – just put your phone down on the table and let your battery re-charge!

Creating the ultimate demo room requires a lot of investment – it’s not just the cost; it’s the time investment spent researching what products are available and what would work best for your own business. If you are thinking about investing in a presentation or demo suite that your customers will love, why not give us a call. We can arrange product demonstrations, free trials and we can help you to discover what solutions are out there and what would best suit your business.

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Best technology to capture ideas in a brainstorm meeting

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Let’s face it – technology is amazing. The things that are now possible thanks to technology are quite incredible – we are more connected, more informed, more productive. But whilst technology is awe inspiring, it is ultimately the people using it who are responsible for driving real change in an organisation. It is the power of people coming together, developing ideas and making decisions that actually drives a business. So when you get technology that can support and improve that process the results can be quite incredible. With that in mind, we have identified the best technology to capture ideas in a brainstorming meeting:

 

SMART kapp

smart kapp best technology to capture ideas in a brainstorming meetingSometimes simplicity rules. And that is why some would say the SMART kapp is the best technology to capture ideas in a brainstorming. It is simply a digital whiteboard. Once it is plugged in, you can just walk up to it and write on it like any whiteboard. But the magic of this board, is that any one can see the contents of that board from their PC or mobile device – from wherever they are. Just connect your device by tapping in or via the QR code and you can see what is written on the board, appear on your device in real time. Connect remote users by simply emailing them an automatically generated URL. All meeting participants have the option to save and share screen captures of the board at any time, so you never have to worry about wiping the board or losing your work. For an easy to use, cost effective solution that enables brainstorming sessions from wherever you may be, the SMART kapp is a great option.

 

SMART kapp iQ

SMART Kapp iQ best technology to capture ideas in a brainstorming meetingThe SMART kapp iQ is a high quality 4K display with digital whiteboard functionality that provides true multi-way collaboration . Like the SMART kapp, it allows all people to see the notes that are being captured in a brainstorming session on their own device in real-time. But in addition, the kapp iQ allows meeting participants to add and edit their own contribution to the board– wherever they may be. Once the device is connected you can write and edit on the board using different coloured ink, in the same way as the person standing in front of the main screen. The SMART kapp iQ is a one of the best technology to capture ideas in a brainstorming meeting because it encourages everyone to be a part of the session and in doing so, maximises the power of group collaboration.

 

Interactive Flat Panel Displays

interactive display best technology to capture ideas in a brainstorming meetingThere are so many Interactive Flat Panel Displays on the market it is hard to identify just one as being the best technology to capture ideas in a brainstorming meeting but collectively, these nifty pieces of tech can take group brainstorming to a new level. These giant touchscreens are designed for collaboration with functionality and user-focused features designed to get everyone involved in the collaborative process. It does this through a variety of ways; the screens respond to the intuitive hand gestures you are familiar with on your personal touch screen device like iphone or tablet making them simple to use. Many displays like the SMART Kapp iQ Pro range also respond to digital pens so you can write in the same natural way you are familiar with on a whiteboard or flipchart.

Like the SMART kapp iQ, there are interactive displays like the Microsoft Surface Hub with multi-way collaboration features, allowing you to conduct a meeting or a presentation on your board and share your screen with remote participants, allowing them to contribute and make changes from their own device. But what makes an interactive display an even better technology for capturing ideas in a brainstorming meeting, is their ability to upload other files and programmes for either reference or to annotate and edit over. This means that when a group may be reviewing amends for a project or a pitch – you can pull up actual files to refer back to and make notes on the documents in question. Having everyone working from the same documents from wherever they may be in the world gives teams the ultimate solution in remote collaboration and that’s what makes interactive displays the best technology for capturing ideas in a brainstorming meeting.

 

Nureva Span Ideation System

Nureva_Span best technology to capture ideas in a brainstorming meetingThe Nureva Span system is a cloud-based digital canvas and projector that brings ideation and collaboration into a new dimension. It takes the proven process of brainstorming on a visual canvas where people can write flipchart notes, add sticky notes or images and graphs, and turns it digital. Using up to 40 foot of virtual canvas, any room can be transformed into the backdrop of your brainstorming meeting. People can write notes with their finger or a digital pen, import images, add ‘flipcharts’ or ‘sticky-notes’ and create a visual brainstorm that can be easily saved and also shared. Remote participants can also contribute to the canvas either in real-time or by returning to the saved ideas at a later date. This intuitive system feels like a traditional brainstorming session but the digital functionality means your meetings can be more productive, easier to save and easier to share, making it the best technology for capturing ideas in a brainstorming meeting.

So the best technology to capture ideas in a brainstorming meeting is…

… well we’ll let you decide for yourself. If you would like to see first hand how these technologies can be used in a brainstorming session or other meetings, why not arrange a free online demonstration or come and visit us at one of our showrooms nationwide. With incredible people, incredible ideas and incredible technology, your organisation will have a winning combination for business success.

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6 Alternative Presentation Tools Better Than PowerPoint

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Microsoft PowerPoint is still the go-to software when creating presentations. It’s not necessarily a bad thing. Powerpoint is a good presentation tool and has some great functionality – if you know how to use it! But there are alternative presentation tools that are even better – and that offer a more intuitive way to create engaging presentations. And that is ultimately the aim of the game. In our smart-phone, touch-screen, dual-screen, multi-media worlds we are used to being challenged visually and aesthetically by the media that we see. So, if you really want to capture your audience’s attention, interest them and excite them, you need to think about using software and hardware that encourages that.  If you want a simpler and more intuitive way to present to an audience then these handy tools can help:

1. Visme

Visme is a cloud-based drag and drop software that’s easy to use and offers a vast library of images, icons and templates, as well as the opportunity to create cool infographics, data visualizations, reports and product demos. Add animation or interactivity to any element including surveys, quizzes, videos or ‘Call to Actions’ and view anywhere online via the URL or save as a PDF or HTML5 to view offline. With 900+ layouts and millions of images, this is a slick, professional option, but it might take some time to master all the functionalities.

6 Alternative Presentation Tools Better Than PowerPoint

2. Slides.com

Slides allows you to edit and access presentations online from any device, and also present offline. It’s a user-friendly alternative to PowerPoint , where you can use the simple editor to create a variety of designs and themes plus arrange main slides horizontally, with additional slides running vertically. It’s free to use, with additional paid-for features if you like it.

6 Alternative Presentation Tools Better Than PowerPoint

3. Emaze

Emaze is a simple to use presentation creation tool, allowing you to turn a flat presentation into a visually stimulating story using cool special effects. It uses HTML5 and so it works well on any browser or device including tablets and Chromebooks. With Emaze you can easily create a presentation in minutes with professionally designed 2D or 3D templates.  Just be aware it won’t work with older devices and takes up a lot of memory.

6 Alternative Presentation Tools Better Than PowerPoint

4. Prezi

Prezi lets you create engaging presentations that pan and zoom from page to page, rather than moving back and forth from slide to slide. Proven by Harvard researchers to be more engaging, persuasive and effective than PowerPoint, Prezi allows you to create non-linear presentations with ease but you can only create non-linear presentations. You can view the presentations that you have created online, and also download them in a Flash player format to play offline. There’s also a Prezi app for iPad.

6 Alternative Presentation Tools Better Than PowerPoint

  1. Google Slides

If you use Google’s G-Suite of applications then you may already be aware that Google Slides is a pretty useful presentation tool. You can create a presentation from scratch or upload and convert an existing PowerPoint. It’s simple to use, has lots of useful functionality and integrates seamlessly with your other Google applications including Drive, Sheets, Docs, etc. Like your other G-Suite applications, many users can collaborate together on a single presentation:

6 Alternative Presentation Tools Better Than PowerPoint

  1. Moovly

Moovly is a free online tool that lets you create animated videos and video presentations to engage and inspire your audience. With over 750,000 templates to use, or make your own from scratch, use the drag and drop and animation features to easily create videos that you can share in meetings or online. The site is free to register with and use, with more advanced features and options being available for an annual fee.

6 Alternative Presentation Tools Better Than PowerPoint

The Best Tool for Presentations

Once your presentation is complete, how can you display your presentation for maximum impact? Having an Interactive Display rather than a standard display screen can really bring a presentation to life. Not only do 4K HD screens bring a sharpness and quality to the images and videos you are presenting, the reach out and touch technology engages audiences to be a part of the discussion. Zoom-in or highlight parts of your presentation to draw attention to key elements. Or you can even invite participants to view and make their own notes on the presentation from their personal device. Used in the classroom for many years now, increasingly businesses are seeing how this touchscreen technology can engage and excite their audiences in a way that presentations on a static screen cannot match. With prices starting from just £166 a month, is it time your presentations got the 5 star treatment?At TecInteractive we are dedicated to making your meetings and presentations better using technology.

Find out more about using interactive displays or interactive whiteboards to create engaging presentations and meetings here.

Or if you’d like to have a chat, why not give us a call on 0800 6122 803 or drop us an email on info@tecinteractive.co.uk to arrange a visit to one of our nationwide showrooms.

Top ways to use an Interactive SMART Board in the corporate world

Top ways to use an Interactive SMART Board in the corporate world

Today’s corporate world is undergoing constant changes that force us to think in new ways, therefore maximising efficiency has to be top priority. Times are moving faster than ever and technology is at the forefront. TecInteractive understand this and so here are our top ways to use an interactive SMART Board in today’s corporate world.

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Maximising efficiency is key, so why do we bring that extra person into meetings, just to take notes! Because that is the standard. Well it’s time for change… with an Interactive SMART Board there is no need for that extra person, no need for them to type the notes up after the meeting and no need for them to be emailed out hours/ days later.

With an Interactive SMART Board all this is done before leaving the meeting, simply touch the screen and click save. With Smart Meeting Pro and its unbound workspace (unlimited space to write) taking notes could not be easier and with 2 people able to write at the same time it makes meetings more engaging and collaborative. Simple pick up the pen and start writing, move around the screen with ease by using your fingers to pinch and zoom in and out. Different pen colours make it easy to differentiate between categories. Save the file in Meeting Pro’s own format, PDF or as PowerPoint, making it easy to open and work on your laptop or email out to share.

Using Everyday Programs

PowerPoint, Word, Excel or the World Wide Web; all can be accessed on your SMART Board enabling you to edit content during your meetings. You can either type with the keyboard or write with the board pen and then convert your writing into typed text. SMART Meeting Pro is also integrated with Adobe, SolidWorks, Autodesk and Tekla to bring your drawings, BIM plans and business into the 21st century.

Annotation and Capturing

Using the internet has become our daily routine, combining it with how we interact and hold our meetings could not be simpler with the SMART Board. Simply open up your browser and start searching, with the annotation tool you can write over the page and make notes. A simple click of the capture button saves the page and the notes into your unbound workspace (into your Meeting Pro file). Video can also be annotated over easily. Whilst watching the video, simply pick up the pen to draw and write over the video. Simply click the capture button and place the pen down and carry on watching the video. Click back to the whiteboard and you will see all your captured slides to either save or email to your team. This is an excellent tool for people to use when analysing technical data, ideas for products, designs etc.

Video Conferencing

With Bridgit conferencing software all participants, remote or local, can experience the same level of interaction by sharing video, webcams and screens. Simply click on the Bridgit toolbar and share screen button and invite your participant via their email address. The email gives them a link to the software and a passcode to access your meeting. Alternatively, you can invite people via Microsoft Outlook calendar. Once they have joined the meeting they can see your SMART Board and annotate over it, making remote users easy to connect with saving both time and money from travelling to the meeting.

At TecInteractive we understand it’s easier to see than read about a product, which is why we offer free online or in person demonstrations. Contact our friendly team today to book your demo on 0800 6122 803.

Top ways to use an Interactive SMART Board in the corporate world

How SMART Board technology is revolutionising the construction industry

How SMART Board technology is revolutionising the construction industry

The construction industry has historically been a very traditional industry. If you look back over the last 100 years, how much has actually changed? Looking at the automobile industry, we can see it is virtually unrecognisable from 1915; cars are faster, sleeker, more efficient and mass produced – all at the highest quality and more reliable than ever before. Over time new technology has been embraced, pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the fields of electronics or robotics. Compare that to the construction industry and you’ll still find that projects are being built in largely the same way; the sites are safer, and the materials used are different, but the process of working from paper construction drawings is still common place.

Today, you’ll find hundreds if not thousands of architectural drawings on every construction site. On site drawings and revisions are constantly being updated, at project meetings clients are marking up changes on drawings with a red pen, and it’s often a challenge keeping up with the latest revision or the latest amendment. Someone has to scan and email the amendments back to the office, the CAD team produce the architectural drawings and then they’re printed and delivered back to site and distributed to the site teams.  But now we are starting to see a shift in processes, as construction teams have identified that SMART Board technology can allow you to cut out a lot of those steps, and in doing so, is revolutionising the construction industry:

How SMART Board technology is revolutionising the construction industry

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  1. Improve collaboration between parties

At the project meeting the teams can collaborate around a SMART Board like the SMART 8065i using two pens, working simultaneously, and they can zoom in to focus on key detailed areas. It’s more engaging and encourages your teams to participate. And if the client or contractors can’t make the meeting on site, they can still participate via their iPad or laptop by using Bridgit conferencing software, which allows all users to see and work from the same documents, even if they’re not in the same room.

  1. Reduce paper waste and margin of error

The SMART 8000 series can be integrated with specialist software such as Autodesk Navisworks, Autodesk Revit & Tekla BIMsight so changes can all be captured and circulated electronically, reducing the need for paper print-outs and the associated paper waste. Also the fact you can zoom in to the tiniest of details allows everyone to feel comfortable that nothing is going to get missed.

  1. Improve efficiencies

SMART Board technology offers a completely integrated solution which allows you to access your specialist software, the internet or MS office programs, using touch technology, just like an iPad. This means you can easily edit, cut, paste, move, zoom or rotate your work simply using intuitive hand gestures, and work across a range of programs simultaneously. This way actions or changes can be implemented at the time of the meeting rather than waiting until you are back at a desktop computer. And of course, you can also email changes instantly to anyone who is involved.

  1. Use for site inductions and health and safety training

Before any contractor can work on site, they need to be briefed around health and safety. Even our largest SMART Board, the SMART 8084i, comes with a mobile trolley so you can move your board with ease to wherever your meeting or training session is being held. And SMART’s latest solution, the SMART 8065i offers an incredible Ultra High-Definition 4k display and excellent sound which can engage even the most nonchalant sub-contractor who has ‘seen it all before’.

For more ideas on how SMART Board technology can revolutionise your construction business, why not visit one of our many showrooms across the UK for a free demonstration or contact one of our friendly experts for a chat.

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SMART display for BIM: Introducing the 8000 series

SMART display for BIM Introducing the 8000 series

SMART Technology is transforming the meeting room landscape with new interactive displays across sectors.

Businesses in the architecture, engineering and construction industries are also seeing the benefit of displays, especially now they’re integrated with specialist software such as BIM, AutoCAD and Adobe Illustrator.

SMART display for BIM: Introducing the 8000 series

Using Interactive Technology in the AEC (Architecture, Engineering and Construction) Industries

As the UK government embarks on the next generation of BIM technology, reducing capital costs and carbon by 20% in the built environment, we look at the next generation of interactive displays and how those businesses using the tool could seriously benefit.

8000 series

The SMART 8000 series is an LCD flat panel display that ranges in size to accommodate any collaborative meeting room.

SMART Technology in action

Quality touch control

The interactive panels allow you to interact with content in a fluid and smooth way. With no lag and a precise, natural touch experience, the 8000 series offers a powerful tool for BIM users to create, amend and collaborate on projects, whether large or small.

Colleagues can also use the board at the same time thanks to the multi-tool, multi-touch functions which means 2 people can interact with content simultaneously.

Visual detail

High resolution, and shadow free, the series supports high information density that offers a fantastic visual experience. Equipped with UHD (Ultra High Definition) and available in displays up to 213cm (84″), the boards provides your team with a platform to collaborate on detailed specifications.

The display also boasts presence detection meaning it will automatically turn on when people are near and turns off when no movement is detected – a great way to get meetings started fast with projects with tight turnarounds.

Multiple sizes

With boards available in 140cm, 178cm and 213cm (55″, 70″, 84″), there will be a display to suit your meeting room or collaboration area. And even better, for those larger business who require a fully integrated system across various displays, the 8000 series is able to connect to up to another 15 displays in one environment, through just one computer.

A great tool for large corporations investing in collaborative areas across the business.

SMART display for BIM

The 8000 series is ready-to-go for BIM users, with the in-built technology to improve your current technology system.

Through multi-touch, UHD display and available in varying sizes, these displays offer businesses an insight into the next generation of architects, engineers and construction companies.

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Using SMART Displays with Autodesk Revit in Design Meetings

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Using Autodesk Revit with SMART Interactive Displays

can make design review meetings so much more effective and speed up project delivery times.

Using SMART Displays with Autodesk Revit in Design Meetings

Using Interactive Technology in the AEC (Architecture, Engineering and Construction) Industries

Using a plug in developed by IDS Engineering, Revit users can manipulate a model directly on the interactive display using touch and make notes in digital ink over any application.

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SMART 8070i Interactive Display in use with Autodesk Revit

Here’s How It Works

Using simple, multi-touch gestures you can:

  • zoom in and out (using pinch to zoom)
  • pan the view in any direction
  • orbit the image
  • bring up object specific actions with a right click gesture
  • insert hand written notes directly into the Revit model

Using integrated Bridgit Conferencing software you can also share your display with other users via the internet in a ‘live meeting’, so they can participate in design reviews remotely and even annotate directly onto the model.

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With remote conferencing all participants are fully engaged and contributing to design reviews.

Imagine how much more effective your design reviews can be when every team member is fully engaged and can collaborate and interact with content, regardless of whether they are in the same meeting room, on-site or in an office on the other side of the world.

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How to do Away with Expensive and Fiddly A0 Plans

How to do Away with Expensive and Fiddly A0 Plans

Paper plans are a beautifully simple method of reviewing information in a meeting.

I am a big fan of things that are simple and straight forward and the paper drawing is exactly that.

How to do Away with Expensive and Fiddly A0 Plans

However it does seem to lack something in this 21st century world….

First of all it can be difficult to see, if there are several people in the room and you just happen to be at the wrong end of the table!

Noting down ideas and amendments can easily be done with a biro, but the process of then taking that information back into the digital world where we all work can be complex and time consuming as I’m sure you are aware.

Time is money after-all and we all need to minimise the chance of mistakes happening.

Step into the Digital Meeting Room

SMART Interactive Displays allow your workers to interact with digital content such as .PDF drawings and designs in a natural, intuitive way all using the power of touch.

Give your staff access to the information they need via a new technology that is fast becoming the essential meeting room tool of the 21st century.

With digital annotation software you can annotate in digital ink over applications on the PC and save the output in one place as one digital file.

What’s more you can also bring teams together in a meeting using our powerful collaborative software and allow them to share data, voice and video in a truly interactive meeting!

The bottom line result?

A more informed and engaged workforce, everybody singing off the same hymn sheet all whilst saving huge amounts of time and money in the process!

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