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New Video Conferencing Solutions for Your Meeting Rooms to Look Out for in 2021

Whether it is a small huddle room, a medium conference room or a large all-hands room, optimizing your meeting rooms with efficient and secure video conferencing solutions is hugely beneficial. By understanding and integrating the best-fit VC technology in the age of hybrid, remote and flexible work environments, organisations can empower their employees (both remote and in-office) and create a more productive workplace landscape.

With enterprises of various sizes keen on integrating video connectivity into every sized meeting room, it’s a good idea to look at some of the new innovations in video conferencing technologies, which offer improvements in performance, some groundbreaking new features, greater flexibility and ease of use.

Optimize your meeting room experiences with these dynamic VC solutions

Not all one-dimensional VC solutions can be adequate for modern deployment needs that include one-to-many (like live streaming), one-to-one video conferencing or many-to-many conferencing where participants are spread across disparate locations. A comprehensive conference room system includes both exceptional hardware and well-designed software to facilitate productive collaboration.

Video conferencing is an expansive subject to talk about and requires several elements working together to optimise different aspects of performance. Here’s a glance at some key components that are required in high-quality video conferencing systems.

  • Meeting room PTZ (Pan-tilt-zoom) cameras with remote controls to adjust camera angles and viewpoints. 
  • Smart framing and speaker tracking technology
  • Enterprise-quality ceiling mics
  • Built-in and Add-on Microphones for conference calls
  • Interactive digital whiteboarding functionality
  • Built-in speakers for local audio reinforcement

Also, there are some important performance characteristics to look for in your VC solutions.

  • HD video and audio quality
  • Interoperability with VoIP services and web conferencing software
  • Support for features like screen sharing, event scheduling, multi-monitor support, room booking and calendaring

To build an efficient meeting space with VC solutions, let’s check out a few powerful VC meeting room solutions that made our list. These are both easy-to-use and reliable.

Logitech Rally BAR Mini

Logitech’s Rally Bar Mini is a power-packed BYOD solution with the capabilities of larger video bars like the Logitech Rally Bar in a compact form designed for huddle spaces. With studio-quality audio and video and AI-driven performance, it is a good fit for video collaboration. Ultra-low distortion speakers and adaptive beamforming mics by RightSound™, deliver spectacular speech accuracy.

Logitech Rally BAR Mini

Why We Like It

Meeting participants are effectively captured

Motorized pan and tilt, a wide-angle lens, and AI Viewfinder ensure meeting participants are captured and framed to perfection. Its 4K camera with 5X zoom offer cinema-quality video and exceptional colour quality. It automatically adjusts camera position and zooms to find and frame everyone in the room.

Eliminate cable clutter and enjoy flexible deployment modes

This All-in-one bar is meticulously designed to scale across thousands of rooms and offers clutter-free cable management, multiple mounting options, and flexible deployment modes.

Plug and play solution

Works well with any PC or Mac. This remote-controlled device also allows users to run supported video conferencing applications on the device, eliminating the need for a computer.

Lighting conditions are no more a limitation

RightSound optimizes the human voice and enhances conversational clarity. It moves the camera and adjusts the zoom capturing everyone on camera (regardless of lighting conditions). Besides, there is no hassle of calibration, manual intervention or support required.

Crestron Flex Tabletop Medium Room Video Conference System

The Crestron Flex is a tabletop video conferencing solution that is simple to incorporate into meeting rooms, especially when they are smaller in size. Multiple functionalities are combined into the compact and elegant device, making it a very versatile solution for collaboration spaces.

Crestron Flex Tabletop Medium Room Video Conference System

Why We Like It

Intuitive User Interface with Impressive Audio

It provides a superior conferencing and collaboration experience with its large 7 in. HD display, integrated 360° quad microphone array, and an AEC-enabled USB speakerphone that supports full-duplex wideband audio performance. 

High-Definition Video Conferencing

The camera provides an ultra-wide-angle 150° diagonal field of view to capture an entire conference room in Full HD 1080p video resolution. Genius Framing digital auto-zoom detects the people in the room and frames them for an optimal view.

Voice Calling & Audio Conferencing 

It is also a full-featured VoIP conferencing speakerphone that’s fully compatible with major SIP-compliant phone systems.

Dialling and answering calls is easy and intuitive using the large HD colour touch screen. Corporate directory access (LDAP) enables one-touch dialling from the customer’s centrally managed directory. 

BYOD presenting with wireless and Bluetooth connectivity 

Use the built‑in AirMedia® technology for wireless presentation of content from a laptop, smartphone, or tablet device via the room’s Wi‑Fi® wireless network.

Can pair with a mobile phone using Bluetooth® connectivity to make or join phone calls, or to use as a speaker and/or microphone for an application running on a smartphone.

Poly G7500 Video Conferencing System

Flexibility in VC systems is something we really value because different rooms and applications have varying needs when it comes to video conferencing. When rooms that need to be VC enabled have some unique challenges or constraints, this flexibility becomes critical to creating rich collaboration experiences. 

The Poly G7500 is a modular video conferencing system for video conferencing which allows wider configuration possibilities and is simple to use.

Poly G7500 Video Conferencing System

Why We Like It

Flexible Camera and Display Options

The system allows you to pick a camera that best fits your collaborative application, whether it’s a conference room, board room or training space.  You can also set up a dual-display system that allows call participants to see both participants and content on separate screens.

Sharing Flexibility

Getting your meeting going is made simple, with secure support for both wired or wireless content sharing, depending on what the presenter prefers. You can also share two content streams simultaneously.

Noise Blocking Innovations

A noisier office environment can be challenging with external noise affecting the audibility on video calls, and leading to disruptions or fatigue for the teams trying to collaborate. These can be eliminated by built-in technologies like Poly NoiseBlockAI and Acoustic Fence.

Getting the most out of your VC great hardware

Often organisations make significant investments in their VC systems but end up with a sub-optimal VC experience. Either the audio or video quality can end up undermining the meeting experience when the design and integration of the VC system is not done right

Experienced integrators play an important role in helping businesses enjoy a productive workflow with outstanding VC.

Besides AV performance, they can also help you create a consistent experience for all use cases and rooms across the enterprise.

If you’ve chosen to adopt a cloud-based VC meeting room solution like MS Teams or Zoom, then good design and integration goes a long way towards ensuring reliable performance

Reach out to our experts at Actis Technologies to help create collaboration spaces that offer the latest technologies, ease-of-use and to help accomplish your business goals.