A/V communications are a critical part of many company’s operations, and quality teleconference equipment is an important element of those communications. Setting up A/V communications is an involved, complex process, and it takes a knowledgeable expert to get the job done. It starts with the right hardware, and this includes sophisticated input and output devices, which must be positioned just right to get the proper look and sound. And this hardware must be paired with the right software – software that can easily establish and maintain a connection. Clearly, there are a lot of moving parts to building an A/V communications system, but the result is definitely worth it.
What teleconference equipment components are needed to establish an A/V communications system?
The answer depends on what a company requires from their technology. There are several types of systems on the market, ranging from browser-based software that can be accessed through a phone, to impressive full-room systems that provide a total immersive experience. Here are the most common options available to businesses:
- Mobile systems may be used with a phone, a tablet, a laptop or a desktop, and makes use of the device’s onboard microphone, display and speakers to allow interfacing. Mobile communications are ideal for smaller teams that need to connect quickly from their desks, or teams that are constantly working on the move.
- Room systems are what many people think of when they picture A/V communications and they are built with various pieces of teleconference equipment. A typical room system consists of a crystal clear display sized so that everyone in the room can clearly make out the displayed image. Other system components include a camera that captures the room’s image, a set of speakers and a set of microphones, all positioned to take advantage of a room’s acoustics. How all of these components are placed will depend on the dimensions of the room and the company’s preferences. For example, microphones mounted to the desk will improve audio quality, but some companies find them to be difficult to work around or aesthetically unpleasing.
- Immersive telepresence is the ultimate solution in A/V communications, and utilizes the most sophisticated teleconference equipment in the industry. The system’s cameras, microphones and speakers are integrated into the room to preserve the space’s aesthetics and to provide the optimal conversing experience. Immersive solutions typically use multiple displays and cameras, making them ideal for larger meetings and larger teams. And with multiple displays, a single meeting can seamlessly involve several parties at once.
Quality hardware is what makes A/V communications possible, and if it’s backed by software that is easy to use and feature laden, then it will serve a company well. An A/V integrator can assist with a company’s needs in building a system and ensure that it provides years of strong, versatile performance.