Modern teleconferencing equipment can dramatically improve how a company communicates, in both how responsive those communications are, and how effective they are. The real question is, to what extent does a business want to adopt this technology? For some companies, a simple economic solution, like a voice-only system is the answer. For others, it makes sense to repurpose an entire room for communications, integrating audio and video into immersive, comprehensive call capability. No matter what kind of solution a business is looking for, though, an A/V integrator can optimize the technology involved and help a business step up their ability to interface with others.
What kind of teleconferencing equipment should businesses consider?
It really does depend on how a company or organization chooses to interact with its partners and clients. In some industries, meeting with partners and clients is done infrequently, so it isn’t necessary to dedicate a lot of resources to advanced communications. For example, a business that supplies products locally may not ever need to communicate with a client over long distances. For these companies, a simple audio-only solution can be effective. There are many phone systems that are ideal for this purpose, and can allow multiple people to speak with their quality microphones.
Some phone systems also allow for easy content sharing as well, and this content can be taken from any device, including a tablet or PC. Content sharing is an effective way to collaborate, which is why many companies focus their efforts on web collaboration, where content sharing is easy to execute. With web collaboration, companies have access to their own online meeting space that can be used at a moment’s notice by anyone who has the proper credentials.
In some industries, it makes more sense to consider room-wide, comprehensive teleconferencing equipment, as this can greatly impact how a company manages its operations. Corporations that operate at a national or global level, like companies in the oil & gas, automotive, shipping and technology industries, typically need a comprehensive system for their purposes.
So what does such a system entail? In most cases, it involves the following:
- An A/V integrator will survey the meeting space and determine exactly what technology will work, taking into account things like how large the room is, its lighting quality and its acoustics.
- Once an integrator has a plan with the space, they will set up the technology and instruct company personnel in its use. This is usually a quick process that ensures the system can be utilized optimally.
- A comprehensive system consists of several pieces of teleconferencing equipment, including audio and video input and output devices, software for easy data transfer and synchronization, lighting and technology for improving acoustics. Microphones, cameras, speakers and displays are usually primary components of a system, and are essential for executing advanced communications.
With an A/V communications system, a company can save money, improve their client relationships, and take advantage of emerging technologies in the field. And all it takes is the right integrator and the right teleconferencing equipment.