The market for AV products is becoming more complex as technologies are introduced and refreshed. This complexity is driven by the user’s expectations of universal connectivity. This means connectivity hardware must be selected in an informed and precise way from a versatile and flexible product portfolio. To share, extend, connect and convert signals is crucial in creating complex AV systems. The digitalisation of the world is reflected in these modern, versatile and powerful AV solutions and in turn, these solutions form the connected world.
Collaboration is more than just a way for people to work together. It’s quickly becoming a staple of corporate architecture and a way for public institutions and enterprises to present their brands. An increasing demand for connectivity and interactivity in workplaces and public forums has led to major innovations in the AV industry. Professional, state of the art AV installations have become the standard for presenting customised, dynamic content that is a reflection of the organisation displaying it. As more devices are brought into these collaborative spaces it is vital for the entire experience to be simple, intuitive and work with the Internet of Things.
The mentality of users, including employees, is one of less devices – but more connectivity, and it needs to be easy to access things we need, when we need them.
So, what do collaboration solutions look like in the AV industry today and how can they be used creatively to enhance a variety of installations?
Collaboration in the age of connectivity is something that is constantly changing and evolving to meet the needs of a user-base that has come to expect devices to work together to create one, complete solution. The mentality of users, including employees, is one of less devices – but more connectivity, and it needs to be easy to access things we need, when we need them. This provides a challenge to tech companies as they try to create solutions that gives people the ability to use a single device to control multiple aspects of their workspace or home.
Workplaces of the future require flexible, powerful meeting room solutions that can be utilised by users, both on and off site. As more portable devices are used in the workplace, it becomes vital that these mobile devices can connect seamlessly with docking stations, networks and displays.
It’s important that the modern meeting room uses the latest advances in collaboration technology to present and interact with information in an engaging way, whether connected wirelessly or not. High resolution content has become a mainstay of the meeting room, particularly when meeting with external customers and clients, 4K content on the latest displays can really make a presentation wow the audience. However, no matter how good your content looks, people are always more interested when they’re interacting with the information, you’re showing them. To promote this engagement the modern meeting room should allow for document editing in real time, or even let users turn a main display into an interactive whiteboard. This all combines for a way of changing what would once have been a slow-paced, mundane business meeting into a dynamic, engaging opportunity for collaboration.
Meeting rooms are the standard collaboration example referenced most often, but with the right solutions, and a dash of creativity, these solutions can be used for much more.