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Four AV Trends That Are Driving Collaboration

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Collaboration has always been a major buzzword for professionals, but with so many teams working remotely and in a hybrid fashion, it's extra important now. If it's extra important for your company, then AV solutions can provide more effective collaboration methods. AV has long been a driver of better communication and productivity among teams, and current technologies emphasize this for remote teams as well. Here, we've included four of the AV trends and technologies making collaboration easier and more effective for modern businesses.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Touchless Room Solutions Allow for Easy Connectivity to Conference Room Technology

When the COVID pandemic set in, a desire for additional cleanliness inspired a wave of AV solutions. Among these, it's wireless presentation solutions that will likely remain popular among organizations, and for good reason. Some of the most popular wireless presentation systems include the Barco Clickshare, Crestron AirMedia, Mersive Solstice and Screenbeam’s Screenbeam (the brand and product have the same name). All of these systems allow professionals to access a room's conferencing equipment without touching a single surface during the meeting. The only devices people have to touch are their own smartphone or tablet. From there, users can connect to room technology through an app and with a code provided by the room's display. Once connected, the meeting's presenter can use and configure conferencing equipment, lighting, audio, and other technology to create the ideal collaborative space. In short, wireless presentation solutions allow for fully featured meetings with minimal knowledge of the room's technology being required.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Interactive Flat Panels Bring a Visual and Tactile Edge to Collaboration

One way to improve a collaborative environment is with the use of interactive displays. Among popular interactive display models, the Clevertouch is prized for its impressive features, intuitive software and ease of use. With a Clevertouch in the room, your employees can add a tactile element to presentations. This leads to enhanced meeting creativity and can be easier to control for many people. Touch gestures come naturally to people familiar with technology, and the Clevertouch is designed to operate like a smartphone or tablet. It's easy for most people to approach, in other words. Use the Clevertouch to start a whiteboarding session and brainstorm ideas naturally and with visual aids. Bring in concept drawings or schematic mockups and annotate where needed. If remote members are in the meeting, they can connect to the Clevertouch and make their own annotations from wherever they are. Once the meeting is over, save an image of the whiteboard and send it to the meeting participants for future reference. Interactive flat panels can be used with video conferencing sessions, too, so your teams can collaborate face to face while utilizing the Clevertouch's features.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

All-in-one Video Conferencing Systems can be Deployed for any Space and any Team

Almost all AV systems still include video conferencing as a standard part of the package. Understandably so, as today's office is a global workplace. However, video conferencing solutions have historically been difficult to scale down, and therefore difficult to adjust for smaller spaces. That's a problem, because most modern meetings take place among smaller teams looking for smaller rooms to meet in. Enter the all-in-one video bar. All-in-one video bars combine everything needed for video conferencing in a single piece of hardware, except for the display. That includes cameras, microphones, and speakers. Multiple major audio visual brands have developed all-in-one conferencing bars for work purposes, including Poly and Crestron. Specifically, it's the Poly Studio and Crestron Flex that get a lot of positive feedback. Both can be installed just about anywhere, even on a table sitting under the display. With a single touch, each system can be readied and used to launch a call and collaboration session. The Poly Studio stands out for its unmatched audio quality, which includes several features that reduce ambient noise and its impact. The Crestron Flex can also be used with room scheduling services, including Crestron's own, to ensure smooth meeting traffic in and out of the room.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Remote Monitoring Will Ensure Your Collaboration Technologies Retain Their Excellent Performance

As AV technology becomes more ubiquitous among companies, it's important for those technologies to receive consistent attention and support. The problem is, most organizations don't have the in-house personnel they need to do this. One way around this is to work with a certified AV integrator to provide remote monitoring and ongoing support services. Remote monitoring services keep an eye on system performance, and if there are any blips, the integrator is immediately aware of them. If additional support is needed for your collaboration solutions, an integrator can provide them through an established maintenance agreement. Such agreements include provisions for onsite and remote technical support, along with preventative maintenance that can also spot emerging performance issues before they cause problems. This approach is one of the easiest ways to ensure uninterrupted collaboration among your professional teams.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

The Nature of Professional Collaboration is Changing and AV Integration Can Help Companies Embrace the Change

AV solutions have changed over the years, but the goal remains the same - improving communication and collaboration among professional teams. Today, modern AV solutions have made it possible to engage in high quality collaboration from a distance. Hybrid and remote teams benefit greatly from these new technologies, and the companies that employ them. There are numerous collaboration solutions to choose from, though, and picking the best one for your organization can be a challenge. That's where a certified AV integrator can move the process along. With an AV integrator planning, designing, installing, and supporting your AV solutions, you'll have the best technology for your budget and expert support on call.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]