What will your meeting room look like in 2014?

This coming year the meeting room will become even more accessible, productive and smarter than ever before.

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Traditionally, many organisations upgrade the technology that their employees carry before looking at meeting rooms but with increasingly important trends such as BYOD, remote collaboration and utilisation intelligence, the meeting space is being transformed and is under the spotlight.

With help from our friends at Crestron,  we take a look at the latest technology that will transform meeting spaces – including tabletop control fliptops, wireless presentation solutions and room scheduling panels.

Tabletop control fliptops

fliptopsIn a convenient recessed tabletop compartment, FlipTops offer the control options and connector combinations you need to turn any room into a smart conference room. Connect devices such as a laptop or tablet and start presenting in seconds. Store cables neatly out of sight when not in use. A simple swipe or press of a button controls AV, lighting, climate, shades, and more from the multi-touch screen. Place a touch screen model FlipTop at the head of the table to give the meeting leader complete room and AV control, but you may even want to and to install a basic FlipTop at every seat. Watch your meeting room productivity soar with simple fingertip control!

airmediaWireless presentation solutions from any smart device

Crestron’s AirMedia™ brings presentation, collaboration and content sharing capabilities to a small space, without the need for a fully integrated AV system, so is ideal for use with all of today’s popular mobile technologies. The ultimate standalone collaboration tool, AirMedia™ can wirelessly present audio and video content to a room display, or be viewed remotely from a personal smartphone, tablet or laptop. This allows collaboration and sharing content from up to four personal devices simultaneously on one central display. The Remote View option lets participants in other locations log in from a web browser, or plug in a pre-loaded USB drive to view and save presentations, thus creating the ideal solution for remote workers or international contributors.

Room scheduling, the smart way…

crestron_room_schedule_panelCrestron Room Scheduling touch screens provide an invaluable productivity tool for organisations with multiple conference rooms and meeting spaces. Mounted on the wall outside each room, they allow anyone to see at a glance if a room is available or in use, and view details about the current meeting. A swipe of the finger across the colour touch screen reveals the room’s entire schedule. Upcoming meetings and open time slots are clearly displayed on a scrolling calendar ribbon, and users can even reserve a room right on the spot from the touch screen.

Room Scheduling touch screens end the wasteful practice of searching the corridors for an available room. They eliminate confusion over which room is booked — by whom, and for how long — and allow attendees to verify they’re in the right place before entering a room. They help organisations get the most usable time out of every room — and the people who use them.

So having seen what latest technology is in-store for the smartest meeting rooms in 2014, what will your meeting room look like next year?