Meeting Room

  1. Beyond your Meeting Room: How to Make an Impact

    Beyond your Meeting Room: How to Make an Impact

    It’s one thing trying to impress your clients on your home turf. But when you move out of a familiar work environment it can be a challenge to show the same confidence and streamlined delivery when you don’t know the meeting room setup you’ll be working with.

    However, there are a number of things you can do with your own meeting room environment which can actually have a huge impact on your efficiency and organisation when presenting externally. We’ve taken an in-depth look at how you can use your touchscreen display and conference technology to make life easier for yourself even when you’re in an unfamiliar environment.

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  2. How to Choose the Right Screen for Data Presentation

    How to Choose the Right Screen for Data Presentation

    Spreadsheets. Love them or loathe them, the fact of the matter is that we all have to deal with them in meetings. And we all know this kind of data is highly detailed, each cell or line could hold a vital key to the company’s future. Whether your meeting centres around financial reporting to senior board members and investors, or your team is analysing web analytics, traffic or consumer engagement statistics, visualising and interpreting the minutiae is paramount.

    But without the right display screen, there’s a very real risk that your team could miss out on these all-important details. Finding the right display or touch screen for your meeting room or boardroom is essential when figures and analytics are the core premise of your business.

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  3. The 10 Best Wireless Presentation Systems in 2022

    The 10 Best Wireless Presentation Systems in 2022

    With so many wireless presentation systems on the market, it’s not always easy to decide which of them is best for your individual business requirements.

    The truth is, the market has evolved to offer something for all environments – from the boardroom in the headquarters of a multinational conglomerate, to a new meeting room in an SME. Your choice depends on what matters most to you and your team.

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  4. Why Your Business Needs 4K Resolution Displays

    Why Your Business Needs 4K Resolution Displays

    Effective use of technology is rapidly becoming a crucial factor in determining just how successful and productive business teams can be. The right tools provide a multitude of benefits for the internal workings of a company. But they’re also a sign of forward-thinking and innovation on show to any clients, prospective partners and investors. And it’s this additional factor, the potential to impress, that has swung many companies round to really seeing the value of 4K in the business environment.

    We’ve taken a look at some of the main reasons why the new kid on the technology block has become the be all-and-end-all in among creative teams and the board.

    Vive La Resolution

    Britons spend around eight hours a day looking at their tech devices, according to a 2014 Ofcom survey. So it’s vital that any workplace equipment does all it can to support creativity and productivity for those already saturated by technology.

    There’s a sense of mental fatigue when it comes to staring at screens for significant periods of time, but it can also take a physical strain on our eyes if we’re squinting to see a piece of work. Higher resolution screens can help to minimise the negative impact on our eyes that inevitably comes with so much screen time, simply by improving the clarity of the work on display.

    While 1080p resolution can deliver crisp and clear images, there are some situations in which 4K is fast becoming the new standard. In the boardroom, for example, installing the latest 4K screens can really wow visiting clients, potential business partners and employees with next generation results.

    Taking the resolution up a notch also helps to encourage more collaborative and creative meetings. We’re often using hi-resolution devices to pr

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  5. Technology to Enhance Multi-Site Meeting Collaboration

    Technology to Enhance Multi-Site Meeting Collaboration

    Traditional meetings where colleagues get together around the boardroom table are no longer a necessity. Today, workers are able to meet digitally, share and confer while in completely different locations, thanks to digital technology.

    But without the right setup, what should be a time-saving, productivity-enhancing development instead becomes a drain on resources. Teams are forced to struggle with poor call quality, the wrong connectors for their devices or a low-resolution display screen that means they can’t share the content they want to at the quality they need.

    Fortunately, many companies are noticing the fact that poor technology implementation means frustrated teams and wasted hours and so they’re moving to choose the right technology to help with multi-site meeting collaboration and allow teams around the world to be more productive.

    Software Solutions

    The answer to the problem of connecting teams in sites around the world is twofold: you need the right software and the right hardware. The global trend towards remote working has seen the big technology players expand their offerings wherever possible and on the software front there are plenty of options to choose from that won’t break the bank, such as Skype and Google Hangouts.

    Unfortunately call quality is not always reliable; a bit of a problem if the European team are trying to discuss a sensitive deal with a client in China or implement detailed changes based on feedback from a designer in the US.

    That said if your team work with remote freelancers or smaller businesses it’s worth making these options available to ensure you can connect with your suppliers and your team on the go, as they are very widely used.

    At enterprise level, Skype actually has a lot going for it on the call quality side of things too, allowing you to find contacts, schedule meetings through Outlook and conference with up to 250 people at a time (what a conference call th

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  6. How Meeting Room Design & Technology Affects Productivity

    How Meeting Room Design & Technology Affects Productivity

    Have you ever considered that the design of your meeting room and the technology you install could be limiting productivity?

    In many businesses, that’s exactly what’s happening.

    For instance, research from Herman Miller revealed that small groups of workers are only using the appropriate smaller conference rooms for their meetings 10 per cent of the time, opting instead to take up larger meeting spaces. Their reason? The limited technology available in the smaller meeting spaces.

    By contrast, rooms that are well equipped with technology are used five times more often that their poorly equipped counterparts. In other words, a poorly designed meeting room is limiting collaborative efforts in your business and taking up space.

    The meeting room should be a place where people and great ideas come together. It’s a hub of creative activity and productivity. However, when it’s badly designed and poorly catered for with technology, the opposite is true. In this article, we’re looking at the impact of this and what can be done to turn things around.

    What’s the Problem?

    Research from Barco has shown that two-thirds of staff who have had to put meetings on hold in order to sort out technical issues have the same issues on a regular basis. The wider effects of this are that a quarter of workers have missed important deadlines, while 12 per cent state that it has led to the company losing business. It’s a real issue that’s affecting companies on a daily basis. So just what are companies doing wrong?

    One of the most common mistakes organisations make when designing their meeting room is to install a screen size that doesn’t fit the room; it’s either too big and dominates the space, or too small

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  7. After the Meeting: How Display Technology Enhances Productivity

    After the Meeting: How Display Technology Enhances Productivity

    Meetings are on the increase. According to a Harvard Business Review study, employees are meeting over 50 per cent more often than they did 20 years ago. But is the leading to an increase in productivity? Or is all this collaboration just making us lose focus on the task at hand?

    It’s frustrating - not to mention costly - when these meetings fail to result in any forward motion within the company. Unfortunately, in many cases, this lack of productivity in teams is becoming the norm and in fact another survey revealed that professionals lose 31 hours a month due to unproductive meetings.

    But where is all the time spent in meetings going? Well, the answer in some cases may lay in what happens after the meeting rather than during it.

    The Lost Art of Note Taking

    It’s a common scenario: you walk away from a meeting feeling that you’ve got everything under control. You’ve addressed multiple issues, discussed the important stuff and everybody’s left the room with a firm idea of what to do next.

    But at the end of the day, is this just a ‘feeling’? Where’s the written evidence of the discussion or the next steps and the deadlines by which you need to have them ticked off? Even if someone was appointed to take notes, did they really manage to get everything down or have some of the all-important details been lost to time?

    In the days and weeks that follow, the action points relevant to you somehow fall by the wayside and even when you do finally get round to tackling your work from the meeting, you find you’re missing the notes and information you were relying on to get the job done.

    Soon enough the next meeting’s being scheduled and the agenda looks familiar – it’s all the things that should have been sorted out at the last one.

    A Simple Solution

    But t

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  8. Resolution & Screen Sharing

    Resolution & Screen Sharing

    Screen sharing and collaboration technologies have transformed the way in which teams work together. Developments in meeting room technology mean it’s now commonplace for two, three or even four people to contribute their content on the main meeting room display screen at the same time.

    This has noticeably changed the dynamic in meeting rooms across the country; meetings dominated by a single contributor are fast becoming a thing of the past and creativity and productivity are rising as more and more team members have the ability to share their own content and feel confident in doing so.

    But all this can be brought to a grinding halt if the meeting room display screen wasn’t purchased with screen sharing in mind. The problem is that splitting the screen between multiple contributors affects the resolution. We’ll explore why this is the case and what can be done to avoid the problem.

    Sharing a Screen? You're Sharing Pixels.

    If you’ve ever attended a collaborative meeting in the past where two documents, or more, have been shared on the main display and you’ve found yourself squinting at the content, then the chances are that the meeting room didn’t have a 4K UHD screen installed.

    4K resolution isn’t just desirable for displaying the best quality high impact visuals, it’s essential for collaboration and ensuring that image quality doesn’t degrade past the point of clarity when there is more than one input device sharing content on the screen.

    We’ve looked in another article at this example of how the image quality of two 16:9 spreadsheets can be compromised in a split-screen

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  9. How to Choose the Right Touchscreen for Your Business

    How to Choose the Right Touchscreen for Your Business

    The touchscreen smartphone is only nine years old, yet the simplicity of this tactile technology is so ingrained in individuals’ daily lives – both at work and in leisure time – that it’s difficult to recall when touchscreen tech wasn’t the norm. Smartphone penetration rocketed in the four years to May 2016  from 52 per cent to 81 per cent, and with that the app has also risen to prominence and overtaken browsers for many simple daily tasks.

    With such high use on personal devices, it was inevitable that this interactive technology would eventually permeate into the workplace and more specifically the meeting room. Popularity has continued to grow and there is now a wide range of touchscreen devices on the market - let us guide you through the basic considerations of selecting a touchscreen for your business and how to choose the best screen for your space.

    The Right Touchscreen for the Right Space

    Touchscreens are the ultimate in meeting room collaboration tools. Acting as a digital easel or flip chart, these paperless solutions promote team engagement and problem solving. Enabling teams to work together on one document in real-time, touchscreens can enhance creativity and group participation.

    Although there’s a great range of content sharing devices available that can sync to a standard flat-panel – like Barco ClickShare – and allow multiple users to share documents onscreen at once, pairing these devices with a touchscre

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  10. Connectivity for All Devices

    Connectivity for All Devices

    Technology is evolving, but our expectations are evolving faster; with the growth of the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) we can connect everything from washing machines to home heating systems to the internet and so to our smartphones and tablets. With this ease of connectivity comes frustration when we encounter a situation in which we can’t connect up our usual devices, be they smartphones, tablets or laptops, in the usual way.

    As the enemy of productivity, frustration is one thing businesses need to avoid. There is a very real pressure on companies - and IT teams in particular - to reduce and if possible eliminate any connectivity problems when it comes to meeting rooms. The end goal here is a meeting room that enables employees, clients and guests to connect to the audio visual equipment with ease and if your company has a bring your own device (BYOD) policy, then this means enabling connectivity for all devices and operating systems.

    Fortunately, connectivity solutions have evolved to the point where it needn’t be an ongoing challenge to support a variety of different devices and operating systems. In this article we’ll delve into the collaboration and content sharing solutions on the market today and look at the connectivity options available to enable everyone to collaborate, regardless of their device.  

    Go Wireless

    We’ve looked previously at wireless connectivity options in context with the BYOD phenomenon and noted the benefits for both business decision makers and employees, along with the potential obstacles that this gr

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