Essential Boardroom AV Technology for 2021
Essential Boardroom AV Technology for 2021. The pandemic changed the way businesses work. Their boardroom AV technology needs have changed, too.
Collaborating with colleagues looks different than it did a few years ago. Now that Google Hangouts, Microsoft Teams, Skype, Webex, and Zoom meetings are mainstays of the modern workday, meeting face to face doesn’t necessarily mean that colleagues are meeting in person.
At the onset of the pandemic, many corporate offices collected cobwebs as businesses quickly transitioned to remote work. Now that some employees are returning to in-person work, these workplaces require more than a deep cleaning to support the needs of the staff. As businesses embrace hybrid work models, decision-makers must equip their offices with new technology to meet the needs of both in-person and remote employees.
According to the 2021 Microsoft Work Trend Index, 66% of company leaders are currently considering remodeling their offices to better support hybrid work. For many businesses, this endeavor begins in conference rooms and boardrooms. Of course, redesigning meeting spaces is not an easy undertaking. Before cutting cords and carting out boardroom furniture, it’s important to consult with AV experts.
In this post, we explore the latest boardroom AV technology trends. What solutions do decision-makers need to connect with each other and their employees? Are BYOD conferencing systems appropriate for today’s boardrooms? We tackle these questions—and more—over the course of this article.
AV solutions that every boardroom needs
Unreliable WiFi. Poor video quality. Inconsistent audio. After a year of web conferencing, most employees can identify surefire ways to derail virtual meetings. What solutions can help businesses avoid these common video conferencing pitfalls? As businesses equip their offices for hybrid work arrangements, it’s important to invest in comprehensive video conferencing systems, not piecemeal video conferencing solutions. Boardrooms need high-quality cameras, large displays, full-room microphone coverage, sound systems, and control panels.
When decision-makers attend web conferences with important clients or meet to discuss quarterly financial reports, low-quality webcams and small computer screens won’t cut it. Larger meeting spaces typically require more advanced camera systems, such as auto-framing cameras or wide-angle cameras. Installing these cameras ensures that everyone in the boardroom is also in the frame. Some will even follow employees as they move around the room. Seeing the people with whom you’re meeting is just as important as being seen. For this reason, it’s important to invest in large displays that can be viewed from all seats in the boardroom.
There’s no one-size-fits-all boardroom AV system. Consult with a reliable AV installer to determine which technology will best serve your workplace.
Better technology, more efficient meetings
Decision-makers shouldn’t have to wrestle with tangled wires or confront system compatibility issues before giving an important presentation. That’s why many businesses are turning to BYOD (bring your own device) audio visual systems. BYOD systems, which are sometimes referred to as plug-and-play systems, eliminate redundant equipment and allow employees to plug in, sign in, and present materials immediately. The benefits of these systems aren’t limited to video conferencing performance: They also streamline local presentations.
BYOD systems are one of many investments that make boardrooms more efficient and more accessible. Interactive whiteboards and video walls have also increased in popularity over the past year. When big decisions and interactions with important clients are involved, collaboration is as well. These AV solutions transfer common in-person collaboration tools to virtual settings. With interactive whiteboards, decision-makers can annotate contracts and other important documents in real-time—without disrupting presentations.
Workplaces with bigger boardrooms may even consider installing video walls, which allow users to display multiple data streams at once. These immersive video solutions provide leadership with all the information they need, all in one place.
Boardroom AV installation for Indiana businesses
As some employees return to in-person work and some transition to hybrid schedules, businesses across the country are attempting to design offices that work for all their employees. Does your company’s leadership team have the technology they need to move the business forward?
Since 1992, AV Designers has provided and installed boardroom AV solutions for central Indiana businesses. Regardless of the size of your project or the constraints of your budget, our skilled technicians will deliver A/V solutions that lead to higher-quality meetings. Contact us today for a comprehensive consultation, design, and installation services.