More than 50 per cent of Europe, the Middle East and Africa’s (EMEA) senior business managers anticipate that their meeting rooms will be “fully digital” by 2014, new research has confirmed.

Facilities management magazine InAVate carried out the ‘Meeting room of the future survey’ to investigate opinion on meeting room technology and collaboration amongst over 300 IT and facilities managers across the EMEA region.

The research found that 59 per cent of respondents believed that their meeting rooms would be fully digital between now and next year, whilst 94 per cent believed that this would be the case by 2020.

The priorities, barriers and spending habits were investigated by the report in terms of kitting out a meeting room in terms of digital equipment, which included projectors, remote conferencing technology and audio reproduction systems.

The majority of those surveyed reported that presentation tools such as projectors were a top priority for meeting rooms, followed by technology which allowed for communication with colleagues based elsewhere.

The report also found that, as increasing numbers of people are using photos and images in presentations, there is a growing need for varied software to support this, outside of Microsoft's PowerPoint.