Technology has changed almost every aspect of our office culture: wireless internet, sound masking tech, and communications have all improved drastically over the past decade. One area where these advancements are frequently forgotten is in the one area of the office no one enjoys, the conference room.
While the rest of the office has stayed relatively up to date with advancements in connectivity, the conference room has lagged behind. However, with these five high tech solutions, you can bring enthusiasm back to the conference room.
New Age Whiteboard
Your conference room should already have some type of whiteboard and/or monitor to help visualize your ideas for everyone in the room. Monitors, however, lack interactivity and whiteboards come across a bit old school. Think a halftime pep talk during halftime of the big game. Luckily there’s a large section of the market where these two things come together. Interactive whiteboards have been used in classrooms for over a decade, but the latest offerings from Google and Amazon have far and away outclassed those early iterations.
Upgrade Your Video Conference
Today’s video conference tech is far beyond the static camera systems we’re used to. For an effective video conference, it’s important to know how you’ll use your camera. Are the bulk of your meetings just discussions? Then look for a camera that has 360-degree capabilities to put your clients in the room with you. Do you show off a lot of visuals or diagrams? It may be worth it to install an overhead camera to give your clients a clear view of your visual.
Whatever your camera needs, make sure to take the same consideration when it comes to your microphone. Today’s open concept offices can create a lot of unwanted sound pollution, so after you’ve eliminated that, select a high-quality microphone that can pick up everyone in the room without an echo or feedback.
Conference Room Display
No one wants to comb through separate office calendars just to discover the conference room is booked when they need it most. A variety of companies have brought interactive smart displays to market that can show how long a conference room is booked for, future bookings, and even let you reserve a room right from the display.
Wireless Presentation Solution
Everyone’s time is valuable, especially in a meeting when there’s a number of topics to cover, so don’t waste that time by fussing over the proper cord or dongle to connect your computer to a display. Wireless presentation systems use a central hub and separate wireless dongles to share to a central screen. Up to two users can screenshare with minimal effort, so you won’t have to fight over a single HDMI cord anymore.
A strong internet connection seems like a no-brainer for any office operation, but the level of connectivity expected of today’s offices far exceeds the demands of just a few years ago. A strong wireless internet connection is the foundation of everything in your office and is the one aspect that every employee relies on. Your WiFi should provide strong upload and download speeds, solid streaming quality for multiple users, and office-wide coverage. With a solid WiFi network in place, every other piece of tech should fall into place with ease.
Upgrade Your Conference Room With C1C
At Customer 1st Communications, we’re experts in all things office tech. If you’re looking to upgrade the WiFi for your growing business, or want to outfit your conference room with the latest in video conference technology, contact us today for a no-cost, no-obligation quote!