Creating Collaboration Environments
To properly design a collaboration environment one must first identify the requirements. For example, how will the room be used and what functionalities will be needed? A room that will be used for interactive collaboration via video with several remote sites will have different requirements than a room used for brainstorming among a few local participants. Common audio visual capabilities include:
Presentation/Training: This includes the ability to show content such as PowerPoint slides or training videos. Audio visual components consist of displays, projectors and projection screens, PCs, DVD or BluRay players and more.
Collaborate on Deliverables: This include the ability to not only show content but to create, modify and annotate documents, brainstorm topics and save everything to a PC. Audio visual components include interactive whiteboards, multiple inputs and screens to display different content simultaneously and more.
Video Conferencing: This includes standard video conferencing abilities for small to medium sized spaces and multipoint conferences up to four people. Components include video codec, speakers, microphones, displays, control systems and more.
Panoramic Camera Views: This includes immersive telepresence capabilities for medium to large sized spaces. Multiple cameras capture images from left, right and center segments and advanced programming allows for both continuous and active telepresence capabilities.
Control systems can be installed to provide an easy-to-use interface to operate the room environment and can be personalized to include company logos. With the touch of a button participants can display and switch between different types of content, operate projection screens, control lights, volume and power, and more.
Every organization’s needs are different; therefore, each collaboration environment must be adapted to fit a firm’s unique requirements to ensure the most effective means of collaboration. Features can be added or removed from a collaboration room and include but are not limited to:
- Front projection system
- Document camera
- Interactive whiteboard
- Audio Conferencing
- Laptop computer interfaces
- Integrated microphones and speakers
- Occupancy sensor
- Lighting/Shade control
- BluRay player
- eControl Web Panel
- Recording Remote room management
- iPad control interface
Sample Installations by Application:
- Conference Rooms and Boardrooms
- Classrooms for Corporate, K-12 and Higher Education
- Laboratories and Observation Suites
- Trading Floors
- Executive Offices
- Medical Offices and Facilities
- Interview Rooms