Post worldwide pandemic implications, what is now in the sharp focus is a set of innovative practices, personal improvements, tools, processes, skills and pro AV products to engage teams and professionals at work.
As a historically eventful year comes close to an end, the AV industry is proactively engaged in creating major advancements that will offer a competitive edge in 2021.
Even as businesses struggled with the sudden impact of COVID and work came to a screeching halt, several remote work technologies came to the rescue. These technologies went a long way towards helping working professionals, educators, students and businesses collaborate seamlessly, albeit virtually.
There have also been effective attempts at building a solid roadmap for what needs to be in place as people get back to offices in a phased manner.
So, how can AV and collaboration technologies help businesses increase efficiency and boost growth in tangible ways? As most organisations and employees are now becoming accustomed to increased convergence between AV and IT tools, we’re seeing the emergence of several new AV trends and product innovations.
We’ll help you since there is a tremendous amount of uncertainty looming over how workplaces will look into the next year, bringing you these insights from the AV industry experts is our attempt to lend a semblance of structure and standardization to AV trends in 2021.
1. Remote and hybrid work model will continue for many
Teams all across the globe are reporting acceptance of a future hybrid work model in 2021, where employees would be required to work some (perhaps three) days at the office while operating on other (possibly two) days from home/remote location. This arrangement comes in the light of the observation that creativity and a sense of community are getting stifled with the remote set-up.
Maintaining a reasonable 3:2 ratio is aimed at resolving the challenges around remote and office-based work situations.
Also, the cloud-based video conferencing solutions used extensively over the last year will continue to help accommodate social distancing protocols for organisations. The resulting availability of high-quality audio and video conferencing they provide will allow teams to sustain work with healthy synergy.
Organisations will experience other benefits too — such as reduced infrastructure costs, increased efficiency, simpler management, higher scalability and ease-of-use.
2. Bring your own device (BYOD) trend is likely to grow
BYOD and enterprise mobility is projected to grow by leaps and bounds. As most of the professionals return to work in a phased manner, BYOD would be rapidly adopted by most companies as their integral workplace policy to avoid physical interaction with the touch interfaces in the rooms.
Whether it is a laptop, mobile or a tablet, employees will have the freedom to use the BYOD device that they like most, in and outside the office to access enterprise data.
This will help the collaboration going on without multiplying the chances of a virus spread while saving the company from purchasing or replacing the technology.
3. Digital signage will play a big role in delivering targeted communication
Given the fear of infection, people are avoiding touching things as much as possible. In the corporate applications as well as the education, government, hospitality, entertainment and healthcare sector, interactive video walls are going to be more indispensable than they ever were.
Application of video walls for business visibility and sharing of important information via digital signage is going to become a priority for most businesses in the post-pandemic induced changed world.
Social distancing and COVID-19 has altered the video and audio capturing plans for most industries. Digital displays are increasing in size, technical advancements and quality to accommodate and engage an increasing number of viewers. Digital signage technology helps connect individuals, boost engagement, enhance immersion, broadcast information, and foster collaboration.
Besides, audio conferencing tools to communicate effectively with large or small groups are also going to empower collaborative spaces with seamless, glitch-free communication. But since there is no one-size-fits-all solution, we would be happy to help and save you from the trying process of examining everything by yourself while choosing the right audio equipment for your meeting rooms.
There is a lot to adapt to in the Covid-affected landscape
Most importantly, workplaces would be equipped with new kinds of tools to adapt to the Covid-impacted landscape. Besides these, there are several affordable and practical tools to deploy to handle the situation that COVID-19 has created.
Audio visual and control technologies like wireless presentation systems, equipping office spaces with room occupancy sensors, deploying access card-based touchless solutions, consolidating cybersecurity, will be some of the tools which can be employed to create a safer work environment.
Even without a crystal ball to predict what is in store for businesses in 2021, it would be safe to say that these technologies can be effective and do not compromise the safety of teams. They will play an important role in helping most businesses transition towards pre-COVID-19 normalcy.
Hopefully, these insights will be helpful for your business to improve workplace safety in its collaboration spaces, and help restore employee confidence as we move towards more normal times.