2017
April 27

Huddle Rooms: Future Spaces of Collaboration

Huddle Rooms in organisations are getting very popular as preferred collaboration spaces by small teams and groups of people. Huddle rooms are smaller, more casual spaces that are not at all intimidating or overwhelming like large conference rooms and big team meetings. In practice and style, huddle rooms are very different from traditional conference rooms. The conventional board rooms are no longer sought after spaces for team collaboration as technology has made it possible to equip smaller spaces with enterprise-grade, affordable online collaboration tools with HD video and audio quality and seamlessly connected ecosystem.

The growth of interactive technology has rendered huddle rooms with a lot of interactive collaboration tools like interactive displays, interactive projectors, smart boards, etc. Huddle rooms are also very cost-effective and people are moving to smaller, warmer spaces to collaborate and complete tasks.

Typically, a huddle room has a display unit and a phone system for conferencing along with a microphone, and a few chairs and a desk for about 3-5 people to sit and collaborate. The team can watch videos, attend to audio calls, share data and files with the remote team or clients, etc.

The following are a few components of a huddle rooms:

Advanced and Intuitive Audio

Good audio set up is what makes a good collaboration set up different from the rest. Audio systems should be intelligent and work equally for the remote as well as on-site team. Acoustics of the huddle room should also be taken into consideration when designing the audio solution. High quality speakers and microphones that come with smart technology to detect the speaker and cancel the outside noise add hugely to a pleasant and production conferencing experience.

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Smart Video Camera

A high-quality video camera with smart technology and ability to focus on the speaker is highly desirable in a huddle space. There are now many apps that enable desktop telepresence for high-definition video conferencing.

High Definition Interactive Display

One of the essentials for the purpose of a huddle room is a high definition, preferably interactive display. It should provide crisp and clear images with provision of multi-point input ports and compatibility with the laptops, mobile phones and tablets team members would use for sharing data and files on the presentations, etc.

Connections and Networks

The huddle room should be equipped with the latest version of wireless networking capacity. A consistent networking connection is essential for an uninterrupted collaboration experience with the remote teams and clients.

Huddle rooms are the way forward for quick video conferencing at the spur of the moment for quick brainstorming, gathering, presentations, etc. There are many reasons why huddle rooms are the new future spaces for enterprise collaboration. The cost-effectiveness and advanced technology have made huddle rooms as an international trend across corporations and businesses.

2017
March 2

Things you should consider for your AV set-up: Part 1

For any AV set-up, audio plays an equally significant, if not more, role than video. Audio quality determines the depth and intensity of any collaborative experience. When people in a team or from different teams, located in different places, are able to hear each other with clarity and without any glitch, the engagement becomes meaningful and productive. An AV set-up that provides rich audio quality to local as well as remote participants enables a work experience that people find fruitful. On the other hand, if the audio is muffled or difficult to understand from different sources or locations, the collaborative experience becomes an exercise in frustration and disappointment where team members are wastefully tied up with figuring out the audio or other media broadcast rather than the important business issues at hand.

There goes a lot of consideration when designing an AV set-up. The AV integrator or service provider should have the expertise and advanced skills to design and implement an AV solution tailor-made for your specific requirement with the smoothest and enriched audio experience. With that in mind, here is the first and foremost of the many questions to answer when beginning the process of designing and implementing a new AV environment within your organisation.

Watch that buzz around the AV room

This is one deeply consequential part to consider when considering the location or the room for the AV set-up for business communications. Unfortunately, this becomes the least considered factor with most AV integrators and businesses.

So, first things first. Understand the room that has been selected for AV set-up. Take stock of the outside noise that prevails around this room like people on work stations, corridors, proximity to the kitchen, cafeteria, service ducts, lifts, etc. Spend some time in that room to understand the levels of distractions and noise seeping into this room at different hours in the day like in the morning when people are coming in, lunchtime or early evenings when people start leaving.

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Depending on the noise levels audible within the selected room, acoustics of the room have to be planned and designed to dampen the outside noise. In addition to the acoustics of the room, technology has also to be integrated that softens the distracting noise and cancels out the effect of intervening sounds of the lift, phones, alarms, etc., or constant low-decibel hum prevalent outside. Audio technology has become incredibly advanced to provide almost zero distraction and smooth transition between different sources with varying volume levels and background buzz.

2016
December 6

Video Conferencing In The Health Sector: Challenges And Opportunities

Video conferencing has benefited almost all sectors and helped those sectors to grow rapidly. With high-speed internet connection, high definition video conferencing and portable devices to conduct video conferencing, work and decision making have become easier and faster.

Health sector has also benefited a lot from this technology of video conferencing. For doctors to remain abreast with the latest development in the field of medicine is necessary. At times,attending seminars or workshops might be difficult due to geographic location or time constraint.

2016
October 20

Expand The Classroom: Video Conferencing In The Education Sector

Education is a big sector with huge scope of improvisation in terms of technology apart from techniques of teaching and learning. Many professional and non-professional courses have started using video conferencing as a way of imparting education.The timing of the classes can be flexible and students or executives can choose the timing accordingly. This method has helped those who face challenges to travel a distance and get the valuable knowledge they striveto achieve.

2016
October 7

The Role of AV Integrators in the Workplace

Not many years ago, working in a corporate environment and communicating with peers, seniors and juniors, happened using the audiovisual (AV), information technology (IT) and telecommunications fields. But with the evolution of Unified Communications and Collaboration (UCC), all these fields have fused into each other, and now work in conjunction to provide the user with seamless communication to achieve the enterprise goal.